Seth Hastings and Seth Hastings, Jr., commonplace books, medical records, and papers, 1772-1845 (inclusive), undated

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Content Notes

The Seth Hastings and Seth Hastings, Jr., commonplace books, medical records, and papers, 1772-1830 (inclusive), contain writings, patient records, manuscript addresses, and papers of the father and son physicians. The commonplace books include transcriptions and excerpts from medical textbooks, and medicinal recipes and instructions for delivering medicine and medical care to patients with occasional patient case histories from their medical practice. The manuscript addresses and other assorted papers in the collection contain the speeches of Hastings, Jr., to local medical societies, and the charter for the Woodbury Medical Society, Woodbury, Connecticut, signed by Hastings, Sr.

Biographical Notes

Seth Hastings (1745-1830) and his son, Seth Hastings, Jr. (1780-1861) were physicians in Clinton, New York. After the younger Hastings completed his medical studies in 1801, father and son established a practice in the town. Seth Hastings was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, on 6 December 1745 to Lydia and Hopestill Hastings. He moved to Washington, Connecticut, at an unknown date and joined the medical practice of Daniel Sheldon in nearby Woodbury. Hastings was a member of the Woodbury Medical Society and a fellow of the Connecticut Medical Society. He was also a surgeon in the Connecticut militia detachment of Colonel Increase Moseley (1740-1811) during the American Revolution. The Hastings family moved to Clinton, New York, in 1797, settling on a farm on Paris Hill Road. In addition to his work as a physician, Hastings was a trustee of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, which became Hamilton College in 1812. Hastings married Eunice Parmele (1763-1821), a native of Washington, Connecticut, in 1779, and they had eleven children, including the composer Thomas Hastings (1784-1872). He died in Clinton, New York, on 29 April 1830 at age 85. Hastings, Jr., was born in Washington, Connecticut, on 23 August 1780. He studied medicine under his father, and at age twenty-one, entered into a partnership with the elder Hastings in Clinton, New York. After his father's death in 1830, Hastings, Jr., maintained the practice for another twenty-one years. In 1806, both Hastings were present at the first meeting of the Oneida County Medical Society, during which Hastings, Jr., was elected treasurer of the group. He served as President of the Society from 1828 to 1829. In 1811, he was commissioned as a surgeon in a regiment of the militia in Oneida County. Hastings, Jr., married Huldah Clark (1783-1850) in 1802, and they had fifteen children, one of whom died in infancy. He retired from his practice after suffering a stroke in 1851, and died on 26 March 1861 at age 81.