Donald Leith Hastings Sr

21 May 1928–18 May 1985 (Age 56)
Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Donald Leith

When Donald Leith Hastings Sr was born on 21 May 1928, in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Louis Hastings Jr, was 26 and his mother, Jessie Leith, was 30. He married Marjorie Jean Carter on 21 June 1953, in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in Wellesley, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1940 and Natick, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1995. He died on 18 May 1985, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Natick, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Donald Leith Hastings Sr
Marjorie Jean Carter
Marriage: 21 June 1953

Spouse and Children

21 June 1953
Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Louis Hastings Jr





World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Age 3

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 16

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: habitational name from Hastings, a place in Sussex, on the south coast of England, near which the English army was defeated by the Normans in 1066 . It is named from Old English Hǣstingas ‘people of Hǣsta’. The surname was taken to Scotland under William the Lion in the latter part of the 12th century. It also assimilated some instances of the native Scottish surname Harestane ( see Hairston ).2 English: variant of Hasting .3 Irish (Connacht): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistín ‘descendant of Oistín’, the Gaelic form of Augustine ( see Austin ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Donald L. Hastings, Sr.

Our dad (Donald L. Hastings "Don") died May 18, 1985 at age 57 at Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. He married our mother Marjorie Carter on June 21, 1953 & had 7 children. At the time of his death, h …

Sources (3)

  • Donald Hastings in household of Lewis Hastings, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Donald L Hastings in household of Lewis C Hastings, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Donald L Hastings in entry for Mrs Margaret E Hastings Annese, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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