I have been researching my family lines since 1995. My first mentor, and someone to whom I am much indebted, was the late Col. Ed Schott. Ed, a volunteer at the National Archives in Washington DC, was a certified professional genealogist. He took a keen interest in helping me develop my research skills. He introduced me to LCol. Patrick G Wardell, author of several Virginia genealogy research books. In the days before internet genealogy, both Ed and Pat provided much guidance and assistance in helping me find and document many of my ancestral lines. Both stressed that just because some hereditary society had approved a family tree it did NOT necessarily mean that tree accurately reflected an accounting of that family line. From 1995-1998 I consulted Loyd Bockstruck, the noted genealogist from Dallas, Texas, about newly found documents pertaining to the Hastings aka Hasten/Haisten/Haston* families from Southside, Virginia. In late 1990's and early 2000's I did research "legwork" for the Blanton and Womack surnames DNA projects. Testing of descendants (found via well-documented paperwork trail)proved that the Rev. Jeremiah Blanton of North Carolina was the son of Archee aka Archer Blanton whose birthfather was Abraham Womack of Virginia and named in bastardy courtrecords of Amelia Co., VA. The study proved his sibling Thomas Womack changed his birth surname from Blanton to Womack and that Jeremiah Blanton's wife, Sarah, was indeed his cousin. Except for two (Zerr & Winkler), all my ancestral lines were in America by early 1700's. Most were in Virginia several years before the Pilgrims' landing on a rock at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
*A total of 37 variable spellings of the Hastings surname have been found, to and including "Haysteen".
John Ballard and Josephus Balllard I believe that I have finished all of your requests for these two men. I also thought I would add some more research, so you'll see some links that you haven't before.
Another contributor has posted a findagrave.com for Hester which appears to have the wrong death date.
Lucy Landers The date as seen in the picture is 1828. Those lists of enumberated digits are often fraught with error due to the old records being in handwriting and on aged paper. Of course stones are often wrong too because the person giving the information was often not privy to the official records and didn't have the internet.
Robert Hastings I got your obit, I added it, but I would like to edit it somewhat to make it shorter and less space consuming, but leaving in all vital info. I hate obits on my memorials that runs an entire page. Just checking to see if thats okay with you, Larry