Gideon Alphonzo Hastings
- Born: 18 Feb 1821, Bethel, Oxford County, Maine
- Marriage (1): Dolly Keyes Kimball on 3 Oct 1847 in Maine
- Died: 31 Aug 1905, Winchester, Douglas County, Oregon at age 84
per research of Ray and Mary Straw he was a farmer
Research of Tobi Harris on Rootsweb: Occupation: Served as the town clerk and repreresented Bethel in the State Legislature.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire By Lewis
Gideon Alphonso, eldest child of John and Abigail (Straw) Hastings, was born in Bethel, February 18, 1821. Settling in Bethel, his native town, he became a prosperous farmer and a lumberman. In politics he was a Democrat. In addition to holding town offices, he represented his district in the state legislature and served as county commissioner. He enlisted August 8, 1861, in Company A, Twelfth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry. He was commissioned captain, October 15, 1861, and July 31, 1862, was commissioned major. May 12, 1862, he went to New Orleans, and in September, 1863, was in command of the regiment and Read's Cavalry. He was in command of regiment at the battle of Baton Rouge, also in the battle of Irish Bend, and made the charge on the steamer "Dana" in battle of Port Hudson. He was then ordered to Maine in the recruiting service, and was in command at Camp Berry, Portland. From August, 1863, to April, 1864, he was at New Orleans on detached duty. He joined his regiment. June, 1864, was ordered to Morganza Bend, and July 16 left New Orleans for Bermuda Hundred. He was with Sheridan at Cedar Creek, and at Fisher Hill. December 7, 1864, he was mustered out of the service. February 24, 1865, he was commissioned major by the governor and authorized to raise a new company and join his regiment at Savannah, Georgia. He was provost marshal at Savannah, and was detailed provost judge for western Georgia, in charge of the Freedman's Bureau. He was honorably discharged April 26, 1866, by reason of expiration of his term of service.
He married. October 3. 1847, Dolly (Keyes) Kimball, daughter of Moses Kimball, of Rumford, Maine. She became the mother of eight children, namely: Moses Alphonso, referred to at greater length in the succeeding paragraph. William Walter, born February 15, 1851, resides in Bethel, Maine. Frank Wallace, born September 25, 1852, died July 2, 1872. Florence Isabella, born May n, 1854, died August 13, 1854. David Robinson, born January 24, 1857, resides in Auburn, Maine, where he has served as mayor, also sheriff of Androscoggin county for some years ; he is an extensive lumberman ; lie married (first) Josephine A. Sanderson; married (second) Ella J. Coffin. O'Neil W. R., born March 28, 1859, deceased. Herbert Bryant, born June 25, 1861, resides in Oregon. Thomas Foskett, born January 14, 1871, resides in Bethel, Maine
Gideon married Dolly Keyes Kimball, daughter of Moses Foster Kimball and Mary Bean, on 3 Oct 1847 in Maine. (Dolly Keyes Kimball was born on 10 May 1826 in Rumford, Oxford County, Maine.)