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Some of the main topics included in the blog focus on the history of the Daniel Haston family, honoring earlier Haston family researchers and other notable Hastons, announcing events of significance to members of the Daniel Haston Family and related families, and miscellaneous topics.

May 21 2022
Major Bob Haston – Stalag Luft III Prisoner of War
Major Bob Haston – Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft III Daniel Haston Family Roots Enlistment & the Silver Dollar Distinguished Flying Cross Mission #17 Tragedy Stalag Luft III POW Camp Near Deadly Postwar Ejection German POW Camp Stalag Luft III North Compound of German POW Camp – Stalag Luft III Stalag Luft III was Read More
May 13 2022
Major Bob Haston – Disastrous Mission #17
Major Bob Haston – The Disaster of Mission #17 Shot Down, Severely Burned, 5 Crewmen Captured, 5 Killed Daniel Haston Family Roots Enlistment & the Silver Dollar Distinguished Flying Cross Mission #17 Tragedy Stalag Luft III POW Camp Near Deadly Postwar Ejection Lt. Bob Haston’s Crew (Bob is 3rd from the left end) – Probably Read More
May 11 2022
Tour Stop # 3 – Daniel Haston Homesite
Tour Site # 3a,b,c – July 23, 2022 Daniel Haston Homesite – c. 1804 & On The Daniel Haston Farm Remained in the Haston Family for More than 150 Years On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will get a guided tour of another one of the most Read More
May 7 2022
Major Bob Haston – The Distinguished Flying Cross
Major Bob Haston – The “Distinguished Flying Cross” Experience Daniel Haston Family Roots Enlistment & the Silver Dollar Distinguished Flying Cross Mission #17 Tragedy Stalag Luft III POW Camp Near Deadly Postwar Ejection What Did it Mean to “Catch Flak” in an Aerial Assault? German 88mm Flak Anti-Aircraft Gun The versatile 88mm cannon was Germany’s Read More
April 27 2022
Reunion – Charles Beason & Myrtle Wallace Haston Family
FireFly Acres Pavilion
Charles Beason & Myrtle Wallace Haston – Family Reunion Sunday – July 24, 2022 The day following the Daniel Haston Family Reunion General schedule: 10:30 a.m. worship service with our family; noon, catered lunch; afternoon, time with our Beason Haston family.  More details later. Please RSVP to me at WayneH37@aol.com or on Facebook The Charles Read More
April 25 2022
Isaac T. Haston, Sr. Family
Isaac T. (Sr.) & Elizabeth Sparkman Haston Family Children of Isaac T. and Elizabeth Sparkman Haston Isaac T. Haston’s 1853/1854 Grant #11561 from TN for 215 Acres Isaac T. Haston’s survey says he purchased 215 acres, but when the survey “calls” are followed as stated on the survey, it’s clear that he got considerably less Read More
April 25 2022
(I.T.) Haston Cemetery – Cummingsville, TN
Isaac T. & Elizabeth Sparkman Haston Family Cemetery Cummingsville of Van Buren County, Tennessee On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will visit the “Haston Cemetery,” burial ground for descendants of Isaac T., Sr. and Elizabeth Sparkman Haston.  Isaac T. Haston was the next-to-the-youngest son of David Haston, Read More
April 23 2022
Major Bob Haston – The Silver Dollar Story
Major Bob Haston, WW II Hero – The Silver Dollar Story Daniel Haston Family Roots Enlistment & the Silver Dollar Distinguished Flying Cross Mission #17 Tragedy Stalag Luft III POW Camp Near Deadly Postwar Ejection When the war started, he wanted to sign up immediately but his mother thought he was too young. She told Read More
April 22 2022
Major Robert Weldon Haston, His WWII Stories
Stories of a World War II Haston Hero – His Haston Family Roots Lieutenant (later Major) Robert “Bob” Weldon Haston The following links will be activated, as his stories are posted throughout the “Memorial Month” of May. Daniel Haston Family Roots Enlistment & the Silver Dollar Distinguished Flying Cross Mission #17 Tragedy Stalag Luft III Read More
April 16 2022
Proud of My Country Roots – Wayne Haston
“I’m Proud of My Country Roots” Wayne Haston About 1951 – Left to right: My Dad (Boyd Haston), sister Marilyn, me (Wayne), cousin Mickey McWilliams, and of course – the mule. In the photo above, you are looking west toward the “Mitchell [or Dodson] Bridge” and Fraizer’s Chapel Methodist Church in a Caney Fork River Read More
April 9 2022
Ten Interest Centers – Daniel Haston Family Reunion
Lots to Share and Learn at the Daniel Haston FAMILY Reunion July 22-23, 2022 in White County, TN Place your mouse on a slide to pause it. Previous Next For questions about any of the above Interest Centers, feel free to contact us at Info@DanielHaston.blog.  More Information and Register If you appreciated this article, please Read More
March 31 2022
Timeline of Our Blog Articles
Timeline of Our Blog Articles Some of the main topics included in the blog focus on the history of the Daniel Haston family, honoring earlier Haston family researchers and other notable Hastons, announcing events of significance to members of the Daniel Haston Family and related families, and miscellaneous topics. March 22 2022 Tour Stop #2 Read More
March 22 2022
Tour Stop #2 – Big Fork Cemetery
Tour Site # 2b – July 23, 2022 Big Fork Cemetery One of the Oldest Church Cemeteries in or Near White Co, TN – 200+ Years On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will get a guided tour of one of the most important sites in our families’ Read More
March 18 2022
Tour Stop #2 – Big Fork Baptist Church
Tour Site # 2a – July 23, 2022 Big Fork Baptist Church The Earliest Baptist Church in White County, TN On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will visit the site of White County, Tennessee’s oldest Baptist Church.  The building is gone, but stories still linger.  You will Read More
March 7 2022
Tour Stop #1 – Old Union Cemetery
Tour Site # 1b – July 23, 2022 Old Union Cemetery – 200+ Years of Burial One of the Oldest Church Cemeteries in White County & Surrounding Region On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will get an opportunity to tour this historic burial site of Haston and Read More
March 5 2022
Tent Graves: A Middle TN Phenomenon
Comb (or Tent) Graves = “Born” in White County, TN? Visitors who are not familiar with White County, Van Buren County and some of their neighboring counties are often surprised when they pass an old cemetery and see a scene such as the one above.  I grew up seeing lots of these kinds of graves Read More
February 26 2022
The Story of the Daniel Haston Family – Book
The Book: The Story of the Daniel Haston Family Scroll Down for the Reserve Your Copies Form Remember the days of old;     consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you,     your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7 (NIV) In this book, I want to tell a story—a Read More
February 19 2022
Joe Diffie – Descendant of Our Daniel Haston
Joe Diffie – Grand Ole Opry Descendant of Daniel Haston Yes, his great-great-grandfather was my great grandfather David Montgomery Haston. His great grandfather was Jack Haston a nephew of my granddaddy. His grandmother and my mother were first cousins. I did know his grandmother. She helped me when I was doing our Haston tree. We Read More
February 12 2022
Tour Stop #1 – Old Union Church
Tour Site # 1a – July 23, 2022 Old Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church Founded 1805? – Organized Officially 1811 On Saturday, July 23, 2022 – the attendees of our Daniel Haston Family Gathering will visit this old church that was co-founded by Daniel’s Haston’s son, David.  From the first decade of the 1800s until the Read More
January 29 2022
33 Key Sites & Experiences – 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour
Thirty-Three Key Sites & Experiences On the June 14-27 2023 European Hiestand/Haston Heritage Tour Contact Renee Cue for more information or answers to your questions: renee@reneecue.com So, what if COVID creates a problem for the trip? During this time of uncertain travel, the “Haston/Hiestand European Heritage Tour” is still on for June 2023, as deposits Read More
January 22 2022
Be Careful What You Hang on Your Tree
Be Careful What You Hang on Your Family Tree It May Haunt Your Family Forever! When I began researching my family history, I was totally at the mercy of other people who had researched the history of the Daniel Haston family before me.  In most cases, their research records turned out to be extremely helpful.  Read More
January 7 2022
Next Stage – Feature More of YOUR Family’s Stories
2022 (and beyond) – Featuring More of YOUR Families’ Stories We will continue to try to post a variety of stories related to our Daniel Haston family–more history, etc.  But this year we want to begin to hear more of your stories.  All branches of the Haston Family have stories that are worth sharing with Read More
January 3 2022
Marlin Shelton Haston
Marlin Shelton Haston, 1928-2022 Marlin Haston, 93, passed away on January 1, 2022. He was born September 5, 1928, Spencer (Van Buren County) of the late R.C. Haston Sr. and Etta (Smith) Haston. He is survived by his son, David (Laura) Haston of Dandridge; daughter, Jean Ann Hall of Hartsville, and daughter-in-law Brenda Haston of Read More
December 25 2021
52 – Other Daughters of Daniel Haston?
52 – Daughter of Daniel Haston? One Yes, One Maybe, One No I am confident that Daniel Haston had two or three daughters (and/or maybe a son) that we have never been able to identify.  But there is one for-sure daughter who has emerged out of more recent research.  There’s another who may or may Read More
December 11 2021
50 – Jeremiah Haston – Another Son of Daniel Goes to Missouri
50 – Jeremiah Haston, from Illinois to Dallas County, Missouri The three youngest sons of Daniel Haston settled in Missouri.  Jesse and Jeremiah remained there for the rest of their lives, but Isaac moved on to California after about 20 years in the “Show Me” state.   Dallas County, Missouri When a new county was created Read More
December 4 2021
49 – Jeremiah Haston – A “Lost Son” of Daniel Haston Found by DNA
49 – Jeremiah Haston – Lost Son of Daniel Haston Found by DNA Sometimes you may see his name as Jeremiah MC Haston, but there is no existing evidence that I have found to prove that Daniel’s son Jeremiah had a middle  “MC” name, but his youngest son was definitely Jeremiah MC “Mac” Haston. DNA Read More
November 16 2021
48 – Jesse Haston – His Family’s Civil War Years and Following
48 – Jesse Haston’s Family in the Civil War Years and After Some Selected Highlights Some of Daniel Haston’s grandsons and great grandsons joined the Union Army.  Others, especially those who remained in Tennessee, chose to suit up in grey.  None of the Tennessee Hastons I know of were slave owners.  They were probably defending Read More
November 12 2021
33 – The Rhine River Cruise
33 – The Beautiful and Relaxing Cruise Up the Rhine River On Monday, June 26, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour will enjoy a relaxing cruise up a portion of the beautiful Middle Rhine River and see many of the same sights that Henrich Hiestand saw in 1727 when he was on his journey to America.  Read More
November 10 2021
31 – Mennonite Church in Ibersheim – Where Our Ancestors Worshipped
31 – Mennonite Church in the Village of Ibersheim, Germany Our Hiestands’ Church Home 350 Years Ago On Sunday, June 25, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour group will worship here, where our ancestors worshiped.  Pastor Andreas Kohrn has invited us to join their congregation for the service and to enjoy their annual summer “BBQ Read More
November 10 2021
30 – Our Ancestors’ Little German Village of Refuge – Ibersheim
30 – Our Ancestors’ Little German Village of Refuge – Ibersheim On Sunday, June 25, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will visit this very special place.  We have been invited to join the village’s Mennonite Church for their Sunday morning service, be their special guests for an after-church “Grillfest” (BBQ), then take a walking Read More
November 6 2021
45 – Isaac and Agnes Simpson Haston – Missouri Years
45 – Isaac and Agnes Simpson Haston – Missouri Years Isaac Haston lived the Great American Dream.  He left Tennessee landless and broke, moved to Missouri and became a prosperous landowner in just a few years.  He deserved it – he fought bravely for our country at the Battle of New Orleans.   At least four Read More
October 30 2021
44 – Isaac and Agnes Simpson Haston – Tennessee Years
44 – Isaac Haston – Battle of New Orleans Hero & Much More Part 1 – His Tennessee Years Look at the battle map above.  Where do you think the battle was the “hottest”?  It’s quite obvious if you look at it carefully and think about it.  That’s where Isaac Haston and some of his Read More
October 27 2021
29 – Swiss Mennonite Cheese Factory
29 – Swiss Emmentaler Cheese Factory Saturday, June 24, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Tour Group will visit the world-famous Cheese Factory in the Emmental region of Canton Bern, Switzerland.  There are around 2000 groups of tourists, one-third of which are foreigners from around the world, visiting this cheese factory every year. Swiss cheese is a piece Read More
October 26 2021
28 – Trachselwald Castle – Prison Where Anabaptists Suffered and Died
28 – Trachselwald Castle – Where Anabaptists Were Imprisoned Simply Because They Wanted to Practice New Testament Christianity A Story and Some Scenes that You May/Should Never Forget By Don and Joanne Hess Siegrist Used by permission of authors, Don & Joanne Hess Siegrist Before the Reformation, all of Switzerland was catholic. After the Reformation, Read More
October 23 2021
43 – John and Catherine HASTON Austin
42 – John and Catherine HASTON Austin History, especially genealogical history, is sexist!   OK, I’m pretty much a traditional-minded person and don’t use the word “sexist” in an accusatory way very often.  But I must say – genealogical history is sexist, and unfortunately so.   One tradition I wish had caught on 700 years ago in Read More
October 16 2021
42 – Jacob and Lucinda Haston Mitchell
42 – Jacob and Lucinda Haston Mitchell Lucinda Haston – Daughter of Daniel Haston Jacob Mitchell was the son of Morris and Elizabeth Husong Mitchell (married 1781) who came to Tennessee from Washington County of western Pennsylvania.  Morris was a Revolutionary War veteran and a Methodist preacher.      May 1, 1784 – The Morris Read More
October 15 2021
Landon Medley Obituary
Landon Medley October 6, 1949 – September 25, 2021 Whether you knew him personally or not, Landon Medley was a friend to all of us who are interested in researching and studying the history of our Daniel Haston family.  Landon lived near the Daniel Haston family place and was steeped in a knowledge of local Read More
October 14 2021
26 – The Täuferversteck – Hiding Place for Anabaptists
25 – The Täuferversteck – “Anabaptist Hiding Place” Anabaptist hunters were employed in the 18th century. In 1734 two Anabaptist hunters were out and about to catch Christian Siegenthaler in the lower Hälig, Wüthrich zu Häuser, Hans Gerber, called “Stadler”, and David Baumgartner. The Anabaptist yegi were disturbed by the fact that the persecuted “were warned with Read More
October 8 2021
41 – Joseph Haston – Son of Daniel Haston
41 – Joseph Haston – 2nd Son of Daniel Joseph and David were probably the only two sons of Daniel who were born in Virginia.  If we correctly understand the time of Daniel’s departure from Virginia, Joseph would have been three and a half years old when the family moved south.  So it’s likely that Read More
October 6 2021
25 – Swiss Home of Albert Einstein
24 – The Home of Albert Einstein in Bern, Switzerland On Friday, June 23, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Tour group will visit the home where Einstein discovered the theory of relativity. Albert Einstein lived in Bern from 1903 to 1905 and developed his Theory of Relativity here. The Einstein House gives visitors a chance to see Read More
October 2 2021
40 – Herbert Clinton Haston – Grandson of Montgomery Greenville Haston
Herbert Clinton Hemphill
40 – Herbert Clinton Haston, Grandson of Montgomery G. Haston The 1880 census record for D.L. (David Levander) and Virginia Riddles Haston A three-year-old boy, by the name of Herbert C. Hemphill, appears “In family” on the 1880 census record of David L. and Virginia Haston.  For decades, many people in the Daniel Haston family Read More
September 29 2021
24 – The City of Bern, Switzerland and the Famous Clock Tower
Early 13th-century clock tower in Bern Switzerland. A remarkable experience to see it in action.
24 – The World Famous Zytglogge (Clock Tower) in Bern On Friday, June 23, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage tour group will watch the famous clock tower turn to a new hour. Built in the early 13th century as a gate tower for the city’s western fortifications, Zytglogge has served over the years as a guard Read More
September 19 2021
23 – Jakob Markt – We’ll Stop and Shop Where the Swiss Shop
23 – Jakob Markt – We’ll Stop & Shop Where Locals Shop One of the favorite shopping places for locals and tourists is the Jacob Markt.  Here is the best place to buy Swiss lace curtains, Swiss-style clothes, and delicious Swiss chocolate bars.  While the women shop (maybe some of us men too!) others can Read More
September 19 2021
27 – Swiss Alphorns and Yodeling
27 – Swiss Alpine Music: Alphorns and Yodeling Two of the most famous features of historic Swiss culture are the Alphorns and yodeling.  Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston Heritage tour group will enjoy a bit of both types of Alpine Music. The Swiss Alphorns Enjoy this brief video example of Swiss Alphorn music. https://youtu.be/K_qp26NHyTg With the Read More
September 11 2021
38 – Mystery of the Father of Montgomery Greenville Haston
38 – Mystery of the Father of Montgomery Greenville Haston Based on the evidence cited previously, I think we can confidently assume Polly Haston was the mother of M.G. Haston, the child who was born out of wedlock on October 16, 1823, or 1824.  But who was the birth-father of M.G. Haston? Due to the Read More
September 11 2021
37 – Mystery of the Mother of Montgomery Greenville Haston
37 – Mystery of the Mother of Montgomery Greenville Haston As far as we can tell, the parents of Montgomery Greenville Haston–and how he fit into the Daniel Haston family–were unknown for well over 100 years!  Even the most diligent Daniel Haston family researchers were stumped! Montgomery Greenville [not Greenfield, as some have asserted] (M.G. Read More
September 4 2021
36 – David Haston – A Founding Leader in Van Buren County, TN
36 – David Haston – A Founding Leader of Van Buren County, TN David Haston spent much of his time in the final 20 years of his life helping to establish Van Buren County. Haston Family – Early Influences in Van Buren County, TN Several of Daniel Haston’s children and grandchildren had already left Tennessee Read More
August 29 2021
22 – Oldest Mennonite Church in the World – Langnau, Switzerland
22 – World’s Oldest Mennonite Church – Langnau, Switzerland On Thursday, June 22, 2023, members of the Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will see the oldest continuously active Mennonite Church in the world. Langnau has a history of Anabaptism going all the way back to March 1525. Today, Langnau has the oldest Mennonite church in the Read More
August 28 2021
35 – David Haston, Popular Civic Leader in Early White County, TN
35 – David Haston – White County, Tennessee Pioneer, Part 2 David Haston, Esq. (Justice of the Peace) How did simple farmers and businessmen – many of whom had very little formal education – understand Tennessee (and county) laws enough to serve as county court judges?  They were guided by a book like the one Read More
August 26 2021
21 – The Swiss Cowbells Factory
21 – The Swiss Cowbells Factory On Thursday, June 27, 2023 our Hiestand-Haston Historic Tour group will stop at the famous Swiss Cowbells Factory. Did you know…? Bells are protection, happiness, and a sign of peace. This is because in times of war the Swiss bells were taken from the churches and from the pasture Read More
August 25 2021
19 – Piz Gloria 360° Rotating Restaurant 9,744′ Altitude
19 – Breakfast in the Rotating Restaurant at 9,744′ in the Alps On the morning of June 22, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will eat breakfast in the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant in the village of Murren on top of the Schilthorne summit. BEVERAGESCoffee / Tea, cold and warm milk (lactose-free and soy milk Read More
August 20 2021
34 – David Haston (Daniel’s Son) in White County, TN
34 – David Haston, White County, Tennessee Pioneer, Part 1 Isaac T. Haston Family Home – Grandson of Daniel Via. David The “David Haston” Bible Record Any family with an existing copy of a family Bible record from the early 1800s is fortunate, especially if it is as complete and apparently accurate as the “David Read More
August 13 2021
20 – World Famous Kambly Cookie Factory
20 – World-Famous Kambly Swiss Cookie Factory On June 22, 2023, the Hiestand-Haston Tour group will stop at this world-famous cookie factory and sample (FREE!) dozens of cookies.  But I can pretty much assure you that you will buy some too!  We will also eat lunch there. Oscar Kambly started his company in 1910 with Read More
August 12 2021
18 – Cable Car to the Car-less Village of Mürren in the Swiss Alps
18 – Cable Car Ride to & Evening in the Alps Village of Mürren On June 22, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will take a scenic cable car ride up to the mountain village of Mürren.And we will spend the night there! Mürren is a traditional Walser (inhabitants in the Alps) mountain village in Read More
August 8 2021
33 – Daniel Haston’s Final Years
Division of Daniel Haston's 150 acres to his three sons who remained in Tennessee as long as he lived - David, Joseph, and Isaac.
33 – Daniel Haston’s Final Years Daniel Haston lived his final years on his 150 acres farm in what we now know as the Cummingsville community of northern Van Buren County–southern White County until 1840.  There are a few things that we KNOW about his final few years there and a few more things we Read More
August 5 2021
32 – Daniel Haston – Petitioner to Create White County, TN
32 – Daniel Haston, A Founding Petitioner for White County, TN The first record we have of Daniel Haston in (what became) White County, as well as some of his family members and friends, is the petition to create White County on July 22, 1806.[i]  Four of the 155 names on the petition were Isam Bradley, Read More
July 31 2021
31 – Daniel Haston and the White County, TN “Big Spring” Settlers
31 – Daniel Haston & Other White County, TN Big Spring Settlers The area south of the Caney Fork River near the mouth of Cane Creek was a prominent settlement in the early 1800s.  It was part of White County, Tennessee prior to its inclusion into newly formed Van Buren County in 1840.  The abundance of Read More
July 28 2021
17 – Ballenberg Open-Air Museum
Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that displays traditional buildings and architecture from all over the country.
17 – Ballenberg Open-Air Museum On Wednesday, July 21, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston heritage tour group will visit the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that displays traditional buildings and architecture from all over the country. Located near Brienz in the municipality of Hofstetten bei Brienz, Canton of Bern, Ballenberg has over Read More
July 28 2021
16 – Lucerne and the Wooden Chapel Bridge
16 – Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland And Shopping in this Beautiful City! In the afternoon of June 20, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston heritage tour group will visit the Swiss city of Lucerne.  Not only will we see and stroll across this historic bridge, but there will also be time for shopping in Lucerne. The Kapellbrücke (literally, Read More
July 21 2021
30 – Daniel Haston Family Moves Across the Cumberland Plateau
30 – Our Hastons Moved West of the Cumberland Mountain Through the Tellico Treaties of October 25 and 27, 1805, Cherokee chiefs ceded to the United States a large area of Middle Tennessee.  On April 24, 1806, the October 1805 treaties were officially proclaimed by the President of the United States.  Much of Middle Tennessee, Read More
July 21 2021
14 – Were Our Ancient Swiss Hiestands Spiritist-Pagans?
Ancient-Origins
14 – Were our Ancient Swiss Hiestands Spiritist-Pagans? Although I can’t say for sure, it is probable, that our Medieval ancestors were pagans who lived in a high-mountain area of what is now the northern edge of Canton Zug, Switzerland.  Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit this area. The (Swiss) hills were alive Read More
July 18 2021
July 22-23, 2022 Daniel Haston Family Heritage Days
Gathering for All Haston Families – July 22-23, 2022 The First ALL Daniel Haston Family Get-Together in 200+ Years! The Schedule Important:  Keep in mind that we will be on Central Time, so adjust your watches & thinking. Friday Evening, July 22, 2022 (6:00-8:30 pm CENTRAL Time) Fun & informal get-acquainted activities, with “potluck desserts,” Read More
July 18 2021
15 – The “Black Madonna” in the Einsiedeln Monastery
15 – Einsiedeln Abbey, Home of the Swiss “Black Madonna” Tuesday, June 20, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit the largest church in Switzerland–the famous Einsiedeln Abbey. 150,000 to 200,000 Roman Catholic pilgrims visit each year Black Madonna of Einsiedeln The abbey is dedicated to Our Lady of the Hermits, the title being derived Read More
July 17 2021
Tour of Daniel Haston Family Historic Sites
The Daniel Haston Family Historic Sites Tour Saturday Afternoon, July 22, 2022 Download Print Version To see the highlighted route on a printed copy, print in color or print in grayscale then highlight the route manually. Click on the (right side) arrow to sequence through the sites on the tour. 0 – Hickory Valley Baptist Read More
July 17 2021
Some Lodging Options and Recreation Sites
Some Lodging Options and Recreational Sites For the July 22-23, 2022 Heritage of Daniel Haston Days Week Lodging and Recreation Reservations for lodging at these recreational sites tend to fill up EARLY, plan well ahead if possible. Fall Creek Falls State Park Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited Read More
July 17 2021
29 – Resolving the “McComisky Mystery” in the Daniel Haston Family
29 – Resolving the “McComisky Mystery” in the Haston Family A common piece of erroneous family lore has circulated among Daniel Haston family members for many years–the assumption that Daniel’s son, David, was named “David McComisky Haston.”  You don’t have to look at many Haston family trees on Ancestry.com or other genealogy internet sites to Read More
July 13 2021
13 – Village of Hirzel, Home of Two Famous People
13 – Village of Hirzel, Switzerland – Home of Two Famous People Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit the little mountain village of Hirzel, Switzerland on Monday, June 19. The village of Hirzel, just a few miles on the mountainside southwest of Richterswil is famous for its beauty, as well as the homes Read More
July 10 2021
28 – David and Peggy Haston on Grassy Creek in Knox County, TN
28 – David Haston – Distinguishes Himself as a Young Adult Adjacent to a 2020 $45 Million Development Project At age 25, David Haston became the owner of 111 acres in Knox County, TN.  Apparently, owning land was not something his father (Daniel) achieved until his mid-50s.  In 2020, a $45 million project was developed Read More
July 7 2021
12 – The Richterswil Museum (Canton Zurich, Switzerland)
12 – The Richterswil Museum In June 2023, while our Hiestand-Haston tour group is in Richterswil, Switzerland, we will have an opportunity to visit the local museum. The Richterswil local museum deepens the understanding of regional history and promotes cultural life in the community. The main points of his work are: Management and expansion of Read More
July 4 2021
27 – David Haston Marries 14-Year-Old Girl
27 – David Haston Married 14 Year Old “Peggy” Roddy Yeah, I just created the title for the dramatic effect, but it was true. On May 5, 1800 (one day short of David Haston’s 23rd birthday) he was issued a marriage bond to marry Margaret “Peggy” Roddy in Knox County, Tennessee. Perhaps his bride was his 23rd birthday gift Read More
July 1 2021
Haston Family History Overview
The Daniel Haston Family: A Historical Overview The Story of the Daniel Hiestand/Haston Family From the Mountains of Switzerland to the Rhineland of Germany to all across America The Story of Daniel Haston’s SWISS Ancestors, His Life, and All of His Known Children in 50+ Segments If you appreciated this article, please share it with Read More
June 16 2021
11 – Boat Cruise Around Lake Zürich
11 – Boat Cruise Around Lake Zürich On Sunday afternoon, June 18, 2023 we enjoy a delightful cruise around Lake Zürich, seeing the towns along the shores and the Alps in the distance.   https://youtu.be/oA3vPJ_9s1U More Information about the June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour Share this with Hastons or related family members who might Read More
June 16 2021
26 – Daniel Haston’s Many Experiences in the Knox County, TN Courtroom
26 – Daniel Haston’s Many Experiences in the Courtroom While Living in Knox County, TN When Daniel was a young man back in Shenandoah County, VA, he was conspicuously absent from court appearances of any kind, although his brothers were there often as witnesses, involved in court cases, or even sometimes as attorneys. Daniel, as Read More
June 16 2021
10 – The Richterswil Wilderness Trust
10 – The Wilderness Trust in Richterswil That the Hiestands Have Been Members of for Many Centuries On Sunday morning, June 18, 2023 we will worship – like our Anabaptist ancestors worshiped – in a Swiss forest on the hillside behind the town or Richterswil.  They met in secret there because they could be imprisoned Read More
June 15 2021
25 – Another Haston Boy in Trouble – Joseph and the Broken-Down Fence
25 – Another of Daniel Haston’s Boys in Trouble Joseph and the Broken-Down Fence Let’s start with a couple of definitions, for those of you who may not know what “Timothy” is or a “close,” because this story is all about a “timothy close,” some hogs, and a son who was just following his father’s Read More
June 15 2021
09 – The Old Wädenswil Castle in Richterswil, Canton Zurich of Switzerland
9 – The 13th-16th Century Wädenswil Castle Above Richterswil Alt-Wädenswil Castle, the residence of the barons von Wädenswil, was inaugurated in the 13th century. The castle had to be demolished in 1557 according to a decision of the Diet, as Schwyz felt threatened by the expansion of the city-state of Zurich.  Our Hiestand Ancestors Were Read More
June 12 2021
24 – Daniel’s Son David Haston Cut Tails Off a Neighbor’s Cows
24 – David Haston Cut Tails Off a Neighbor’s Horned Cows Some of us Haston boys have been known for mischief.  Just ask people who knew us while we were growing up.  For example, out of a class of 212, the principal’s daughter I were voted “Most Mischievous” in my senior year of high school.  Read More
June 8 2021
08 – The Amazing Richterswil Fountain
08 – The Amazing Richterswil Jet Fountain Weather permitting and etc., we will watch the world famous Richterswil Jet Fountain “spout” on Sunday, June 25, 2023. The Richterswil FONTÄNE, with its height of 101 meters (331 feet), takes eighth place among the top ten, but it is the highest fountain in the world that is Read More
June 8 2021
Understanding Your DNA Results – Darvin Martin Zoom Meeting
Understanding Your DNA Results Darvin Martin in Our June 7, 2021 Zoom Meeting Darvin Martin – an expert in Swiss-German Mennonite genetic (DNA) genealogy.  Darvin presents a basic understanding of DNA as it relates to family research.  But there is lots of time for questions and answers. If you appreciated this article, please share it Read More
May 29 2021
22- Two of Daniel Haston’s Siblings in South Central KY
Two of Daniel Haston’s Siblings in South Central, KY The Mill Creek Meeting House Near Tompkinsville, KY. Built in 1804. Abraham Hiestand’s (Hestand’s) Path Ends in South Central KY John Mulkey and his brother Philip Mulkey, sons of Rev. Jonathan Mulkey, were members of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church near what is now Newport, Tennessee Read More
May 22 2021
21 – Daniel Haston Votes in Favor of the State of Franklin
21 – Daniel Haston Voted in Favor of the State of Franklin So, our Daniel was a “Franklinite” The yellow county – Washington County – is where Abraham Hiestand lived for a few years.  Although there is no (to my knowledge) evidence for Daniel Haston’s specific whereabouts in the county, apparently he also lived there Read More
May 18 2021
07 – Richterswil – Our Swiss “Hometown”
07 – Richterswil, the “Village” of Our Swiss Hiestands Although our Hiestand ancestors lived in other villages around Lake Zürich, we can probably think of Richterswil as our Swiss hometown.  For that reason, we will be spending four nights in Richterswil, where – in our free times – we can walk the streets that our Read More
May 18 2021
05 – Zürich – Walking Tour of the City
05 – Zürich – A Walking Tour of the City On the afternoon of Saturday, June 17, 2023, we will tour the city of Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.  It’s one of the most important financial centers in the world.  Situated on the north shore of Lake Zurich and spanning the Limmat River, it Read More
May 15 2021
20 – Abraham and Daniel Hiestand in the “Overmountain” Wilderness of NC
20 – Abraham and Daniel in the “Overmountain” of NC For approximately 10 to 15 years, Henry Hiestand’s “boys”–Daniel and his older brother Abraham–lived in the “Overmountain” region of Western North Carolina.  Well, that’s not totally accurate because that area became part of the 16th state of the USA, Tennessee (1796), while they were living Read More
May 11 2021
06 – Limmat River – Where Felix Manz Was Martyred
06 – The Drowning Martyrdom of Anabaptist, Felix Manz On Saturday June 17, 2023 we will visit the site on the Limmat River in Zurich City where one of the first Anabaptist leaders, Felix Manz, was executed by drowning solely because of his Anabaptist faith. The people of Zurich crowded along both sides of the Read More
May 1 2021
18 – The Mysterious Daniel MG Hastings “Mortality List” Card
18 – The Mysterious Daniel MG. Hastings Mortality List Card The “1830 Revolutionary War Mortality Listing” Card In the early 1970s, Dwight Haston discovered the little card that you see pictured above.  He found it in a research library in Arkansas.  At that time, there was several members of the Daniel Haston family who were Read More
April 30 2021
Submit Name and USPS Address for Occasional Snail-Mailings
Building a USPS (Snail Mail) List for Occasional Mailings Related to the History and Heritage of Daniel Haston & Haston Family Events If your current surname (or the surname of a friend or relative who is related to the pioneer Daniel Haston family) is not spelled “Haston” or “Hastain” (example, you go by a married Read More
April 28 2021
DNA – Explained by Scientist and Genealogist Darvin Martin
DNA – An Introduction by Darvin Martin, Scientist & Genealogist View the June 7, 2021 Zoom Session with the Daniel Haston Family Association View Another Video: Darvin Martin Teaching the Basics of DNA Summary of the Q&A in the Video What are the main tests you can take to learn information about your background? There Read More
April 24 2021
17 – The “Daniel Haston” Revolutionary War Land Grant
The “Daniel Haston” Rev War Land Grant Legal or Fraudulent? 640 acres in Houston County, TN (west of Nashville) were granted to Thomas Archer, based on Revolutionary War Land Grant #2344.  The right to the land was originally issued to a “Daniel Haston.”  But was the name Daniel Haston just used by NC Secretary of Read More
April 21 2021
03 – Hiestand Bakery in Zurich, Switzerland
03 – Hiestand Bakery Bistro & Shop in Zurich, Switzerland –Here’s where we will eat lunch on Friday, June 16, 2023 – on our Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour to Switzerland and the Rhineland of Germany.– View the Menu Options Alfred (Fredy) Hiestand comes from Hiestand family, which is the honorable bakery brand in Europe. He Read More
April 20 2021
01 – Black Forest of Germany
01 – The Black Forest of Southwest Germany – First Evening Stop on Our Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour to Switzerland and the Rhineland of Germany – The Black Forest is Known for its Awesome Beauty Our first evening will be spent in the Black Forest, along our way from Frankfort Germany to Zurich, Switzerland.  The Black Read More
April 17 2021
Clarence E. Haston, Jr.
“Bud” (Clarence E.) Haston, Jr. Awarded the Gold Star Honor In WWII – An Honor Nobody Wants to Win – Thanks to Chuck Haston of McMinnville, TN for sharing this information with us.  Chuck’s father (Judge Charles D. Haston) is Bud Haston’s kid brother. “Bud” Haston (Clarence Eugene Haston, Jr.) grew up in McMinnville of Read More
April 17 2021
16 – Daniel Haston and the DAR and SAR
16 – Can I Get Into the DAR or SAR through Daniel Haston? The centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1876 renewed a fervor to honor our country’s Revolutionary War patriots. In the year of that centennial, the Society of Cincinnati (Ohio) launched The Sons of the Revolution and a group Read More
April 10 2021
15 – Henry Hiestand’s Estate Settled and the Family Splits
15 – Henry Hiestand’s Estate Settled and the Family Parts Ways Daniel’s Mother & Father Die in 1777 and 1779 Peter Hiessandt, Sr.’s, (older brother of Daniel) Bible record was written in the old German script, but transcribed later by descendants.  Peter recorded some very helpful information about his mother and father: Year 1777 the Read More
April 9 2021
00 – June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston Tour to Switzerland and Germany
The town of Richterswil, in Canton Zurich of Switzerland - where many of our early Hiestand ancestors lived.
Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour June 14-27, 2023 – Switzerland & Rhineland of Germany Photo above: The “village” of Richterswil in Canton Zurich, Switzerland – where our Hiestand-Haston ancestors lived centuries ago. Download the Questions and Answers Document A Tour with Double-Value Scenic Value The “scenic value” of this tour alone will be worth the price Read More
April 6 2021
Ruth Haston Norwood
Ruth Haston Norwood
Ruth Haston Norwood May 15, 1929 – April 3, 2021 A Daniel Haston History Hall of Famer Daniel was my gggg grandfather. David my ggg, Isaac [Isaac T.] my gg, Wm Carroll (not David’s son) my g grandfather, Wm Isaac my grandfather. Ruth Haston Norwood (January 19, 2001) When I (Wayne Haston) began researching the Read More
April 3 2021
14 – Daniel & Christina Nave Haston – Newlyweds in Fort Valley
Passage Creek flowing through the 400 acres once owned by Henry Hiestand.
14 – Daniel & Christina Nave Hiestand/Haston Newlyweds in Fort Valley, VA Daniel and Christina lived on Passage Creek for the first ten years or so of their marriage.  Their little kids (three whose names are unknown, but David and Joseph Haston for sure) would have played in this creek at or near this very Read More
March 27 2021
13 – Daniel Hiestand Married Christina Nave
13 – Our Daniel Hiestand Married Christina Nave In Shenandoah County, Virginia View Larger Version of this Image I think we can safely say it’s fact that our Daniel Hiestand/Haston married Christina Nave on September 28, 1773, or at least was issued a marriage bond on that date.  But two questions remain unanswered: Who was Read More
March 20 2021
12 – Hiestand Land in “The Fort” – Powell’s Fort Valley, VA
Some of the Seven Bends in the North Fork Shenandoah River. near Woodstock, VA - east of the Massanutten Mountain, with Fort Valley embedded in the top of the mountain.
12 – Hiestand Land in “The Fort” – Fort Valley, Virginia Seven Bends of North Shenandoah River, near Woodstock, VA with Fort Valley in the Massanutten Mountain behind (east of) the river. Photo Above – Looking Southeast Foreground = Seven bends of North Fork Shenandoah River (near Woodstock, VA) on the west side of Massanutten Read More
March 16 2021
William A. Haston – Mexican War Hero
William A. Haston, son of Jesse Haston and grandson of Daniel Haston fought in the 1st Missouri Regiment of Mounted Volunteers.
William A. Haston – A Mexican War Hero (Grandson of Daniel through Jesse) I have no photo of him.  I have no details of his specific activities during his year of service in the Mexican War.  He was only a private.  He was only a volunteer, not a member of the Regular Army.  He only Read More
March 13 2021
11 – The Henry Hiestand Family in Virginia
11 – The Henry Hiestand Family in Virginia When Henry Hiestand and his wife (name unknown) moved their family to Virginia, they probably already had four or five children who had been born back in Lancaster County, PA–Barbara (c. 1734), Jacob (c. 1736), Peter (c. 1738), and maybe Abraham (c. 1840).  Ann was born October Read More
March 6 2021
10 – Indian Troubles in the Shenandoah Valley, VA
Memorial to the Rev. John Roads family
10 – Indian Attacks Around Our Hiestands in Pennsylvania and Virginia Memorial for Rev. John Roads – Mennonist & wife and six children massacred here by Indians, August 1764 As a kid, cowboys and Indians was just a fun game we played.  And the battles between Indians and American pioneers was just something we enjoyed Read More
March 4 2021
Surname Spellings in Daniel Haston Family
One Family – Many H-Surname Spellings Colonel Howard H. Hasting, Sr. – a 1950s–early 1980s Haston family researcher – opened his research report on the family of Daniel Haston with this question: What is the name of this family?  He then proceeded to reference several different ways our H-surname has been spelled in official records.  I Read More
February 27 2021
09 – Our Ancestor Moves to the Shenandoah Valley, VA
From a Hiestand field on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
Hiestands Move to the Shenandoah Valley in Northern Virginia From a “Hiestand field” on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River Our Daniel Hiestand/Haston was probably born a quarter mile or less down river from this spot. He grew up here and no doubt learned to swim and fish in this river–the South Fork of Read More
February 20 2021
08 – Henry Hiestand Settles on Penn Family Land
08 – Henry Hiestand Settled on Land Acquired from William Penn’s Sons Outline of the 226 acre tract Henry Hiestand settled on and had surveyed in Lancaster County, PA. And who were Henry Hiestands parents? Exactly where did he live in Lancaster County, PA? Why did he owe so much money to Caspar Wistar?  Who Read More
February 13 2021
07 – Our Hiestands Begin Life in America
William Penn's first visit to his American colony in 1682 paved the way for our Henrich Hiestand to settle there 45 years later.
07 – Henry Hiestand – His Earliest Years in America William Penn’s first visit to his American colony in 1682 paved the way for our Henrich Hiestand to settle there 45 years later. Image Source: https://owlcation.com/ For Americans, an “immigrant ancestor” is an ancestor who emigrated from some other country, to come to and settle Read More
February 11 2021
Caney Fork of the Cumberland
Caney Fork of the Cumberland (The Book) Daniel Haston settled on the south side of the Caney Fork River in what was then White County, TN.  The river holds lots of memories for those of us who grew up near there.  I certainly have enough personal stories to occupy you for a few hours and Read More
February 7 2021
06 – The Journey from Ibersheim to America
06 – The Journey from Ibersheim to America Source: http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/ In early 1727, Henrich Hiestand probably boarded a barge in Worms, much like the one above, saying a “forever” goodbye to his Ibersheim family. Of the Mennonites who emigrated from the Rhine lands, “only a small proportion—roughly 10 percent—journeyed overseas.  The vast majority relocated in Read More
February 1 2021
05a – Our Hiestands (Heystandts) – Refugees on the North Sea
The Nine Years War or War of the Grand Alliance
05a – Our Hiestands (Heystandts) – Refugees in Friedrichstadt on the North Sea “Heystandt” was the way the Hollander-Dutch spelled our Hiestand name. The Nine Years War or the War of the Grand Alliance In 1689 Ibersheim and the entire Palatinate again became a hot war zone.  Five years after hereditary tenant rights were granted Read More
January 24 2021
04 – Swiss Anabaptists Flee to the Germany
04 – Our Swiss Ancestors Flee to Germany (Source: artuk.org) The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) Paves the Way for Swiss Anabaptists to Find New Homes Almost as soon as the Swiss Brethren (Anabaptists/Mennonites) began to teach and practice the Biblical principles they were learning from studying the New Testament (1525 A.D. and following), they encountered Read More
January 21 2021
Baughman Maps and Images
J. Ross Baughman’s Maps and Images Just one of 85 pages of maps and images from J. Ross Baughman’s Books – Many or most of which Ross drew himself Download This Resource Eighty-five Maps and Illustrations from the Origins of Swiss & Anabaptist Migrants: Collection of maps created by J. Ross Baughman for (and included Read More
January 20 2021
01-19-2021 Our Swiss Roots with Ross Baughman
Our Hiestand (Canton Zurich) Swiss Roots Video of the January 19, 2021 “Swiss Roots of the Hiestand/Haston Family” Zoom discussion with J. Ross Baughman as the expert guest. The full two hours of the meeting, focusing on the area south of the Zurich Sea where our Hiestand ancestors came from, with information on their participation Read More
January 17 2021
Apart From This World
Free Book About Our Swiss Mennonite Roots: Apart From This World The Account of the Origins and Destinies of Various Swiss Mennonites Apart From The World: Ross Baughman, author.  An account of the origins and destinies of various Swiss Mennonites who fled from their homelands in remote parts of Cantons Zurich, Aargau, and Bern – Read More
January 14 2021
03 – Our Mennonite Roots
03 – What Do You Know About Our Mennonite Roots? Image from Christianity.com Rev. Samuel Hiestand’s parents, grandparents, and several generations before were all Mennonites. “Samuel Hiestand” – Wikipedia This Samuel Hiestand was our Daniel Haston’s nephew, son of Daniel’s oldest brother Jacob. Huldrych (Ulrich) Zwingli You know about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation Read More
January 12 2021
Lake Beneath the Crescent Moon
FREE Book About Our Swiss Homeland A Lake Beneath the Crescent Moon: Some of the history, legends and folkart from around Zurich ranging from prehistoric times through the 18th Century, along with the families thereabout named Bachman, Hiestand, Ringger & Strickler – 2000; 265 pages.  (28.6 MB) Download PDF If you enjoyed this article, please share it Read More
January 10 2021
02 – Hastons Rooted in Switzerland
02 – Our Haston Roots are in Switzerland For many years, even the most diligent researchers in the extended Daniel Haston family would hit the so-called genealogical “brick wall” with appearances of Daniel in western North Carolina, prior to the formation of the state of Tennessee.  They could establish their family connections back to Daniel, Read More
January 3 2021
01 – In Search of Our European Roots
01 – In Search of Our European Roots It looks like a hopeless task to trace back the family of Daniel, but let’s keep stumbling in the dark until we find something. Col. Howard H. Hasting, Sr. (1979) The desire of Daniel Haston’s descendants to know our European ethnicity did not begin with the genealogical Read More
December 27 2020
Book Project – Heritage of Daniel Haston
Book Progress Update – December 2020 The work on this book actually began in the fall of 1999, when I started interacting with other people who were researching our Haston family history, visiting libraries, reading books, organizing a filing system, and developing http://www.DanielHaston.com. When I officially retired in 2017, the writing began.  I estimated that Read More
December 26 2020
Hastons – A Family of Pioneers
Hastons – A Family of Pioneers Daniel Haston and his family were American pioneers, in the truest sense of the word. And we can’t begin to imagine how tough it was to be a pioneer in the wild wilderness of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and the Caney Fork River valley in the decades just Read More
December 26 2020
Tragic Death of Wm Carroll Haston, Jr.
Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee
A Step in the Dark Hurled Wm. Carroll Haston, Jr. into Eternity July 17, 1890 Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee A shudder passed through the convention hall last night when the announcement was made that a man had fallen from the second story of the Capitol and killed.  The Chairman of the White County Read More
December 25 2020
Discovering Your Family History
Why Study Dead People? Or “Discovering Your Family’s History” Written by Deborah Johnson This article is based on an interview I had with Dr. Wayne Haston, an expert on discovering family history. So why study dead people? It’s a lonely hobby as it’s so narrowly focused! When Dr. Haston started doing research, he became overwhelmed with all Read More
December 17 2020
Dave and Estelle Haston
We owe a lot to these folks for their diligent and careful research on the history of the Daniel Haston family and their efforts to connect the various branches of our ONE BIG Haston Family.
David Rhea & Estelle Haston Daniel Haston Family History “Hall of Famers” David Rhea and Estelle (Suggs) Haston lived in Sparta, Tennessee (White County, TN).  You can see their birth and death dates on the Highland Cemetery tombstone below.  For 20+ years (mid-1960s until sometime in the late 1980s or so) Dave and Estelle did Read More
December 6 2020
Colonel Howard H. Hasting, Sr.
Colonel Howard H. Hasting, Sr. 1950s-80s Daniel Haston Family Researcher A Daniel Haston History Hall of Famer Howard H. Hasting, Sr. March 23, 1905-April 1, 2003 Oldest of six children. Graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1928. Separated from the armed service in 1931, he practiced law in Arkansas until he Read More

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The Book: The Story of the Daniel Haston Family

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Remember the days of old;
    consider the generations long past.
Ask your father and he will tell you,
    your elders, and they will explain to you.
Deuteronomy 32:7 (NIV)

In this book, I want to tell a story—a historically true story about our Haston family roots in Europe, beginning near the end of the Middle Ages.  The story will continue as I describe some of the dreadful experiences they were forced to endure in Europe because of their evangelical Christian faith and how our immigrant ancestor (earliest-to-America ancestor) got to America.  But the most extensive part of the story will focus on how our American forefathers moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia, from Virginia to Tennessee and Kentucky, and from there, all across the United States.

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Section One – Our Haston Family Roots in Europe

Chapter 1 – The Pre-DNA Search for Our Family Roots

Chapter 2 – Switzerland, Our Deepest European Roots

Chapter 3 – Anabaptists in Switzerland

Chapter 4 – Anabaptists Flee to Eastern France and the Rhineland of Germany

Chapter 5 – Ibersheim in the Palatinate of Germany

Chapter 6 – Emigration to America

Section Two – Henrich Hiestand in America

Chapter 7 – Henrich Hiestand in Pennsylvania

Chapter 8 – Henrich Hiestand in Virginia

Section Three – Daniel and Abraham Hiestand

Chapter 9 – Daniel Haston in Virginia

Chapter 10 – Daniel Haston, a Revolutionary War Veteran?

Chapter 11 – Daniel Haston’s Early North Carolina Connections

Chapter 12 – Hiestand Families in Upper East Tennessee

Chapter 13 – Hiestand Families in Early Kentucky

Section Four – Daniel Haston Family in Tennessee

Chapter 14 – Daniel Haston Family in Knox County, Tennessee

Chapter 15 – David Haston’s Young Family

Chapter 16 – Daniel Haston’s Family in White County, Tennessee

Section Five – Children of Daniel Haston

Chapter 17 – David Haston in White County, Tennessee

Chapter 18 – David Haston in Van Buren County, Tennessee

Chapter 19 – Grandson, Montgomery Greenville Haston 

Chapter 20 – Joseph Haston

Chapter 21 – Jacob and Lucinda Haston Mitchell

Chapter 22 – John and Catherine Haston Austin

Chapter 23 – Isaac Haston in Tennessee

Chapter 24 – Isaac Haston in Missouri

Chapter 25 – Isaac Haston in California

Chapter 26 – Jesse Haston

Chapter 27 – Jeremiah Haston

Chapter 28 – Daniel Haston, Jr.

Chapter 29 – James and Elizabeth Haston Roddy

Chapter 30 – Mary/Polly and Peggy Hastings?

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Chapter 31 – Big Fork Baptist Church and Cemetery 

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33 Key Sites & Experiences – 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour

Thirty-Three Key Sites & Experiences

On the June 14-27 2023 European Hiestand/Haston Heritage Tour

Contact Renee Cue for more information or answers to your questions: renee@reneecue.com

So, what if COVID creates a problem for the trip?

During this time of uncertain travel, the “Haston/Hiestand European Heritage Tour” is still on for June 2023, as deposits are coming in. But in case of cancellation due to Covid, the Masts are now strongly suggesting that travel insurance is purchased especially for the airline ticket because 100% of the rest of the tour cost will be refunded by the Masts. Closer to 2023, we will know what the additional cost of airline insurance is and those persons who wish for the Masts to purchase their airline tickets will be informed.  – Lois Ann and Lemar Mast
2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour

– June 14-27, 2023 – Hiestand/Haston European Heritage Tour – Terms and Conditions

2023 Hiestand-Haston Europe Tour Price and Other Details June 14-27, 2023 – Switzerland and Rhineland Germany Download a Printable Copy of the Itinerary and Form More Information about the June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour Share this with Hastons or related family members who might be interested in the June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Read More

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00 – June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston Tour to Switzerland and Germany

Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour June 14-27, 2023 – Switzerland & Rhineland of Germany Photo above: The “village” of Richterswil in Canton Zurich, Switzerland – where our Hiestand-Haston ancestors lived centuries ago. Download the Questions and Answers Document A Tour with Double-Value Scenic Value The “scenic value” of this tour alone will be worth the price Read More

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01 – Black Forest of Germany

01 – The Black Forest of Southwest Germany – First Evening Stop on Our Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour to Switzerland and the Rhineland of Germany – The Black Forest is Known for its Awesome Beauty Our first evening will be spent in the Black Forest, along our way from Frankfort Germany to Zurich, Switzerland.  The Black Read More

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02 – Rhine Falls, Near Schaffhausen, in Northern Switzerland

02 – Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Switzerland https://youtu.be/IWVG_ctdGWY The Rhine Falls in Switzerland  is the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe.  You will see, not only the Rhine Falls in Switzerland, but the awesome landscape and villages that surround the Rhine River. The Rhine River Falls is on a stretch of the Rhine River Read More

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03 – Hiestand Bakery in Zurich, Switzerland

03 – Hiestand Bakery Bistro & Shop in Zurich, Switzerland –Here’s where we will eat lunch on Friday, June 16, 2023 – on our Hiestand-Haston Family Heritage Tour to Switzerland and the Rhineland of Germany.– View the Menu Options Alfred (Fredy) Hiestand comes from Hiestand family, which is the honorable bakery brand in Europe. He Read More

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04 – The Anabaptist Cave – Täuferhöhle, Where Anabaptists Worshipped in Secret

04 – Täuferhöhle (Anabaptist Cave) – Secret Place for Worship – Saturday, June 17, 2023, we will walk up the hill to see where Swiss Brethren (Anabaptists/Mennonites) met to worship in secret. – The German word Täufer = “Baptist” in English, not Baptist as a denomination but Baptist as “one who baptizes.”  In Switzerland, beginning in Read More

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05 – Zürich – Walking Tour of the City

05 – Zürich – A Walking Tour of the City On the afternoon of Saturday, June 17, 2023, we will tour the city of Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.  It’s one of the most important financial centers in the world.  Situated on the north shore of Lake Zurich and spanning the Limmat River, it Read More

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06 – Limmat River – Where Felix Manz Was Martyred

06 – The Drowning Martyrdom of Anabaptist, Felix Manz On Saturday June 17, 2023 we will visit the site on the Limmat River in Zurich City where one of the first Anabaptist leaders, Felix Manz, was executed by drowning solely because of his Anabaptist faith. The people of Zurich crowded along both sides of the Read More

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07 – Richterswil – Our Swiss “Hometown”

07 – Richterswil, the “Village” of Our Swiss Hiestands Although our Hiestand ancestors lived in other villages around Lake Zürich, we can probably think of Richterswil as our Swiss hometown.  For that reason, we will be spending four nights in Richterswil, where – in our free times – we can walk the streets that our Read More

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08 – The Amazing Richterswil Fountain

08 – The Amazing Richterswil Jet Fountain Weather permitting and etc., we will watch the world famous Richterswil Jet Fountain “spout” on Sunday, June 25, 2023. The Richterswil FONTÄNE, with its height of 101 meters (331 feet), takes eighth place among the top ten, but it is the highest fountain in the world that is Read More

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09 – The Old Wädenswil Castle in Richterswil, Canton Zurich of Switzerland

9 – The 13th-16th Century Wädenswil Castle Above Richterswil Alt-Wädenswil Castle, the residence of the barons von Wädenswil, was inaugurated in the 13th century. The castle had to be demolished in 1557 according to a decision of the Diet, as Schwyz felt threatened by the expansion of the city-state of Zurich.  Our Hiestand Ancestors Were Read More

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10 – The Richterswil Wilderness Trust

10 – The Wilderness Trust in Richterswil That the Hiestands Have Been Members of for Many Centuries On Sunday morning, June 18, 2023 we will worship – like our Anabaptist ancestors worshiped – in a Swiss forest on the hillside behind the town or Richterswil.  They met in secret there because they could be imprisoned Read More

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11 – Boat Cruise Around Lake Zürich

11 – Boat Cruise Around Lake Zürich On Sunday afternoon, June 18, 2023 we enjoy a delightful cruise around Lake Zürich, seeing the towns along the shores and the Alps in the distance.   https://youtu.be/oA3vPJ_9s1U More Information about the June 14-27, 2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour Share this with Hastons or related family members who might Read More

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12 – The Richterswil Museum (Canton Zurich, Switzerland)

12 – The Richterswil Museum In June 2023, while our Hiestand-Haston tour group is in Richterswil, Switzerland, we will have an opportunity to visit the local museum. The Richterswil local museum deepens the understanding of regional history and promotes cultural life in the community. The main points of his work are: Management and expansion of Read More

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13 – Village of Hirzel, Home of Two Famous People

13 – Village of Hirzel, Switzerland – Home of Two Famous People Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit the little mountain village of Hirzel, Switzerland on Monday, June 19. The village of Hirzel, just a few miles on the mountainside southwest of Richterswil is famous for its beauty, as well as the homes Read More

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14 – Were Our Ancient Swiss Hiestands Spiritist-Pagans?

14 – Were our Ancient Swiss Hiestands Spiritist-Pagans? Although I can’t say for sure, it is probable, that our Medieval ancestors were pagans who lived in a high-mountain area of what is now the northern edge of Canton Zug, Switzerland.  Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit this area. The (Swiss) hills were alive Read More

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15 – The “Black Madonna” in the Einsiedeln Monastery

15 – Einsiedeln Abbey, Home of the Swiss “Black Madonna” Tuesday, June 20, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston tour group will visit the largest church in Switzerland–the famous Einsiedeln Abbey. 150,000 to 200,000 Roman Catholic pilgrims visit each year Black Madonna of Einsiedeln The abbey is dedicated to Our Lady of the Hermits, the title being derived Read More

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2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour

16 – Lucerne and the Wooden Chapel Bridge

16 – Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland And Shopping in this Beautiful City! In the afternoon of June 20, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston heritage tour group will visit the Swiss city of Lucerne.  Not only will we see and stroll across this historic bridge, but there will also be time for shopping in Lucerne. The Kapellbrücke (literally, Read More

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17 – Ballenberg Open-Air Museum

17 – Ballenberg Open-Air Museum On Wednesday, July 21, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston heritage tour group will visit the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum. Ballenberg is an open-air museum in Switzerland that displays traditional buildings and architecture from all over the country. Located near Brienz in the municipality of Hofstetten bei Brienz, Canton of Bern, Ballenberg has over Read More

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18 – Cable Car to the Car-less Village of Mürren in the Swiss Alps

18 – Cable Car Ride to & Evening in the Alps Village of Mürren On June 22, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will take a scenic cable car ride up to the mountain village of Mürren.And we will spend the night there! Mürren is a traditional Walser (inhabitants in the Alps) mountain village in Read More

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19 – Piz Gloria 360° Rotating Restaurant 9,744′ Altitude

19 – Breakfast in the Rotating Restaurant at 9,744′ in the Alps On the morning of June 22, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will eat breakfast in the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant in the village of Murren on top of the Schilthorne summit. BEVERAGESCoffee / Tea, cold and warm milk (lactose-free and soy milk Read More

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20 – World Famous Kambly Cookie Factory

20 – World-Famous Kambly Swiss Cookie Factory On June 22, 2023, the Hiestand-Haston Tour group will stop at this world-famous cookie factory and sample (FREE!) dozens of cookies.  But I can pretty much assure you that you will buy some too!  We will also eat lunch there. Oscar Kambly started his company in 1910 with Read More

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21 – The Swiss Cowbells Factory

21 – The Swiss Cowbells Factory On Thursday, June 27, 2023 our Hiestand-Haston Historic Tour group will stop at the famous Swiss Cowbells Factory. Did you know…? Bells are protection, happiness, and a sign of peace. This is because in times of war the Swiss bells were taken from the churches and from the pasture Read More

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22 – Oldest Mennonite Church in the World – Langnau, Switzerland

22 – World’s Oldest Mennonite Church – Langnau, Switzerland On Thursday, June 22, 2023, members of the Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will see the oldest continuously active Mennonite Church in the world. Langnau has a history of Anabaptism going all the way back to March 1525. Today, Langnau has the oldest Mennonite church in the Read More

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23 – Jakob Markt – We’ll Stop and Shop Where the Swiss Shop

23 – Jakob Markt – We’ll Stop & Shop Where Locals Shop One of the favorite shopping places for locals and tourists is the Jacob Markt.  Here is the best place to buy Swiss lace curtains, Swiss-style clothes, and delicious Swiss chocolate bars.  While the women shop (maybe some of us men too!) others can Read More

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24 – The City of Bern, Switzerland and the Famous Clock Tower

24 – The World Famous Zytglogge (Clock Tower) in Bern On Friday, June 23, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage tour group will watch the famous clock tower turn to a new hour. Built in the early 13th century as a gate tower for the city’s western fortifications, Zytglogge has served over the years as a guard Read More

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25 – Swiss Home of Albert Einstein

24 – The Home of Albert Einstein in Bern, Switzerland On Friday, June 23, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Tour group will visit the home where Einstein discovered the theory of relativity. Albert Einstein lived in Bern from 1903 to 1905 and developed his Theory of Relativity here. The Einstein House gives visitors a chance to see Read More

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26 – The Täuferversteck – Hiding Place for Anabaptists

25 – The Täuferversteck – “Anabaptist Hiding Place” Anabaptist hunters were employed in the 18th century. In 1734 two Anabaptist hunters were out and about to catch Christian Siegenthaler in the lower Hälig, Wüthrich zu Häuser, Hans Gerber, called “Stadler”, and David Baumgartner. The Anabaptist yegi were disturbed by the fact that the persecuted “were warned with Read More

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27 – Swiss Alphorns and Yodeling

27 – Swiss Alpine Music: Alphorns and Yodeling Two of the most famous features of historic Swiss culture are the Alphorns and yodeling.  Our June 2023 Hiestand-Haston Heritage tour group will enjoy a bit of both types of Alpine Music. The Swiss Alphorns Enjoy this brief video example of Swiss Alphorn music. https://youtu.be/K_qp26NHyTg With the Read More

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28 – Trachselwald Castle – Prison Where Anabaptists Suffered and Died

28 – Trachselwald Castle – Where Anabaptists Were Imprisoned Simply Because They Wanted to Practice New Testament Christianity A Story and Some Scenes that You May/Should Never Forget By Don and Joanne Hess Siegrist Used by permission of authors, Don & Joanne Hess Siegrist Before the Reformation, all of Switzerland was catholic. After the Reformation, Read More

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29 – Swiss Mennonite Cheese Factory

29 – Swiss Emmentaler Cheese Factory Saturday, June 24, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Tour Group will visit the world-famous Cheese Factory in the Emmental region of Canton Bern, Switzerland.  There are around 2000 groups of tourists, one-third of which are foreigners from around the world, visiting this cheese factory every year. Swiss cheese is a piece Read More

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30 – Our Ancestors’ Little German Village of Refuge – Ibersheim

30 – Our Ancestors’ Little German Village of Refuge – Ibersheim On Sunday, June 25, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will visit this very special place.  We have been invited to join the village’s Mennonite Church for their Sunday morning service, be their special guests for an after-church “Grillfest” (BBQ), then take a walking Read More

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31 – Mennonite Church in Ibersheim – Where Our Ancestors Worshipped

31 – Mennonite Church in the Village of Ibersheim, Germany Our Hiestands’ Church Home 350 Years Ago On Sunday, June 25, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour group will worship here, where our ancestors worshiped.  Pastor Andreas Kohrn has invited us to join their congregation for the service and to enjoy their annual summer “BBQ Read More

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2023 Hiestand-Haston European Heritage Tour

32 – Worms, Germany – Where Martin Luther Defended His Faith Before Emperor Charles V

32 – Worms, Germany – Where Martin Luther Was Tried On the afternoon of (Saturday) June 22, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour group will arrive in the city of Worms (pronounced “Vermz”), Germany – the place where Martin Luther stood before a formal deliberative assembly (“diet”) of leaders from the Holy Roman Empire, led by Read More

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33 – The Rhine River Cruise

33 – The Beautiful and Relaxing Cruise Up the Rhine River On Monday, June 26, 2023, our Hiestand-Haston Heritage Tour will enjoy a relaxing cruise up a portion of the beautiful Middle Rhine River and see many of the same sights that Henrich Hiestand saw in 1727 when he was on his journey to America.  Read More