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Eastman Family History

By: Matthew Bivins Rogers

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The Eastman Family is probably one of the most researched of any of the families on this website. Because there have been so many studies done on the subject, one may think it's pretty easy to create a narrative. However the opposite is true. Because there have been so many studies done there's a lot of conflicting information. We've created an addendum to this narrative. Where the information conflicts with other studies you'll find subscripts linked to a addendum which is available upon request. We encourage independent verification of anything found within, before using it in support of factual claims. 


Early History 1500's - 1800's


Other studies show the Eastman family traces it's lineage back to John Eastman, born in 1515 in Dowton Parrish, England. The origins of the family in the United States begins with Roger Eastman, aka: "Roger the Immigrant". 


Roger "the Immigrant" Eastman was born April 4, 1610 in Dowton near Salisbury, England. He immigrated to America in 1638 and married Sarah (Smith?). They begot eleven children. Among them Joseph Eastman, born November 8, 1650 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Other children were Ebenezer, John, Nathaniel, Phillip, Thomas, Timothy, Benjamin, Sarah, Samuel and Ruth. 


Joseph and his brother Timothy removed to Hadley and were prominent in the development of the settlements in that area of Massachusetts. It's likely in 1675 -1676 Joseph was soldier during the Indian uprising in New England known as "King Phillips War". 


Joseph married Mary (Tilton). She was the daughter of the Honorable Peter Tilton, of Hadley Massachusetts. Peter Tilton was married three times and had a small family. His eldest daughter Elizabeth died at an early age and his son Peter described in biographies as an imbecile never married. Mary was the only one of his three children who did marry. 


Though lacking in propagation, Peter Tilton may still be considered a Patriarch. If not of the communities around Hadley at least to the Eastman family. He held many prominent  positions of public service; Recorder for the town of Hadley, Representative to the General Court, Associate Judge for the County Court and Elder or Deacon to the Church. In the descendant line of the Eastman family the given name Tilton would be continued through many generations and cause much confusion to those who would attempt to trace their lineage. 


Many excerpts can be found about Peter Tilton in the books dealing with the early history of the towns in the area. One of those stories deals with concealing the regicides of King Charles I. William Goffe and Edward Whalley were two of the men who served as Judges and signed the death warrant of King Charles I.  Later when Charles II assumed the crown Goffe and Whalley were excluded from from the "Act of Indemnity" that would have spared their lives. They fled from Europe and eventually found their way to Hadley, where they were concealed in the Reverend John Russell's home for eleven years. It's believed Peter Tilton was one of the few men aware of Goffe and Whalley's presence in Hadley and upon his death one of the regicides may have been interred on the Tilton property.


Joseph Eastman died in April, 1692. His widow Mary married James Guernsey the following year. Mary's second marriage may not have been a happy one; it's said the couple argued frequently. It appears the marriage didn't last long and Mr. Guernsey died a few years after the union at which point Mary removed to New Jersey.


Joseph and Mary (Tilton) Eastman begot three children; "Deacon" Joseph, Mary and Peter. Mary died in infancy. "Deacon" Joseph lived for a time in Deerfield, Massachusetts and was present there February 29, 1704 during the "Deerfield Massacre". This was a raid by the Indians and French as part of "Queen Anne's War" which was the second of the four French Indian Wars. 


During the massacre some 40 citizens were killed and one hundred were captured. The captives were taken to Canada and held by the French for 3 years. "Deacon" Joseph Eastman was one of those captured. He returned from captivity and took up residence in Hadley on his grandfather Peter Tilton's estate. He probably picked up the name "Deacon" because of his long standing with the Church of Hadley and prominence in the community. You can follow his descendency in the book by Guy Rix "History and Genealogy of Deacon Joseph Eastman of Hadley, Massachusetts"  


Peter Eastman was Joseph and Mary (Tilton) Eastman's youngest son, born January 20, 1686 in Hadley, Massachusetts. He married Mehitable (Root), November 8, 1708. She was the daughter of Hezekiah and Mehitable (Frary) Root of Deerfield, Massachusetts and the granddaughter of Thomas Root of North Hampton, Massachusetts. She was also the granddaughter of Sampson and Mary (Daniels) Frary who were killed during the Deerfield Massacre.


Shortly after they were married, Peter and Mehitable moved to Suffield, Massachusetts (now part of the State of Connecticut). Here they had the following children; Peter, Mary, Peter, William, and Hezekiah, who was born February 5, 1715. Of these five children, the second Peter and Hezekiah were the only ones who survived infancy.


After the birth of Hezekiah, Peter and Mehitable moved the family to Hanover, Hunterdon County New Jersey. It's possible this is when Peter's mother Mary (Tilton) moved to New Jersey. Peter and Mehitable had five more children while living in New Jersey: Azariah, Benjamin, Joseph, Ann and Mehitable. Later the families moved to Connecticut and took up residence in New Fairfield and New Milford.


Peter and Mehitable's second son by the name of Peter was born in Suffield, Massachusetts, June 16, 1712. He resided in Hamburg, New Jersey where he married his first wife and some of his children were born. We're not sure who his first wife was, but it appears she was the mother of all of his children. He moved to Fairfield Connecticut where he married his second wife Esther Laird in 1762. Peter then moved to Danbury, Connecticut where his estate was settled in 1767. Peters children were William, Polly, Tilton, Peter and Norman. 


Peter's son William Eastman was born about 1739 in Hamburg, New Jersey. around 1759 he enlisted in Captain Bass' Company Colonial Army. When the American Revolution broke out it's supposed William became a Tory and may have moved to Canada.


William married Joanna Miller. He had eight children Peter, Tilton, Amos John, William, David, John Miller and Alexander. In the 1790 census William and his son Peter are found living in Granville, New York, located on what would become the border with the state of Vermont. In the 1800 census William and his sons Peter, William, Amos and Tilton are enumerated in Swanton, Vermont. The record book  for Swanton's First Baptist Church  contains the Church's covenant  of 1796, the document includes the signatures of Peter, William and Tilton Eastman. The book also mentions when the Eastman's left the Church and Williams dismissal by excommunication.


It's possible William Eastman married Remembrance Rowlee late in life after the death of his first wife Joanna (Miller). There are conflicting reports  about Remembrance. Some say she married Williams brother Tilton Eastman. So far in our research we've not been able to sort out this conflict. William died before 1807 and Remembrance (Rowlee) died in 1809. 


The path to statehood for Vermont was long and contentious. Before Vermont was recognized as a independent State in 1791 the area between the Connecticut River on the East and the current border with New York on the western edge of the Green Mountains was contested between the states of New York, New Hampshire and even Massachusetts for nearly fifty years. Because of this controversy the records for the Eastman family are difficult to comprehend. The stated place of birth for many of the Eastman's born in the late eighteenth century can vary between New York and Vermont depending on the source of the information. The gaps and a lack of sources for the family during this period are compounded because of the American Revolution. Because of these conflicts it's difficult to reconcile William Eastman's true history. Whether he was actually a Tory or just trying to survive as best he could during the border rivalries of Vermont may never be reconciled.


It appears most of Williams children left Swanton, Vermont around 1805, eventually settling in Genesee County, New York. 


Williams son Peter married Phebe Fillmore. They had eight children; Matthew, Peter, Harvey, Ferdinand, Phebe, Huldah, Hannah and Amanda. Peter and Phebe (Fillmore) originally lived in Granville, New York where their oldest son Mathew was born.  The couples next two sons Peter and Harvey were probably born in Swanton, Vermont. It seems their fourth son Ferdinand was born in Canada as the couple was migrating to Genesee County, New York. Their four daughters were born in Attica, Genesee County, New York.


Peter and Phebe (Fillmore) Eastman's son Mathew was born December 12, 1787 in Granville, New York. It's likely he first married Sally Eastman around 1810. Census records indicate Mathew and Sally probably had two children one of whom was Orran Andrew Eastman the other may have died in infancy and we don't have a record of his name. It appears the marriage between Mathew and Sally ended before 1825 


Mathew then married Sally Sanborn in 1825. She was the daughter of James and Sarah (Elkins) Sanborn. Matthew and Sally (Sanborn) had three children: Warren Sanborn, Emily and Matthew Jr. 


The youngest son of Peter and Mehitable (Root) Eastman's was Joseph Eastman, born in New Jersey in September 1724. When he was about fourteen he moved to New Fairfield, Connecticut with his parents. This is where he married Phebe Hendricks October 12, 1746. Joseph and Phebe begot seven children: Hezekiah, Nathaniel, John, Joseph, Phoebe, Experience and Abraham Dayton.


In 1788 Joseph and Phebe lived in Kingsbury, Washington County, New York. Later in 1799 they resided in Marshall, Oneida County, New York. Joseph passed through the Pearly Gates  September 15, 1802 and Phebe joined her husband with the Saints March 4, 1812


Joseph and Phebe (Hendricks) Eastman's son Hezekiah was born September 1, 1748. He married Hannah Porter, October 17, 1774. Hezekiah was ordained as a Baptist Minister seven years later in the home of Steven Caulkins and became the first settled Minister of Danby, Vermont. Eventually he settled in Marshall, New York where he died. He had a second wife named Sarah.


Hezekiah and Hannah could be known as the Great Grandparents of modern photography. Their great grandson, George Eastman was the inventor of dry plate photography and the Kodak Camera.


Hezekiah and Hannah had nine children; Harvey, Buell, Joseph, Hezekiah, Sarah, Phebe, Hannah, Saviah and Rhoda.


Joseph and Phebe (Hendricks) Eastman's second son was Nathaniel Eastman. His biography is a little confusing when compared with other studies. He was born to Joseph and Phebe (Hendricks) Eastman in New Fairfield, Connecticut, probably on January 9, 1750. Some studies show he was born in 1763. Chronologically the year 1750 seems more appropriate when compared to the dates of his siblings birth. There are sugestions Nathaniel first married Bethia Porter of Halifax, Massachusetts and she died shortly after their union.  We know he married Naomi (Rowlee) and they had eight children: Salina, Deborah, Phebe Hendricks, Nathaniel, Sally Naomi, Solomon Rowley, Eliza and Mary. 


The "Family Records of Peter Eastman" state Nathaniel enlisted in Captain Charles Nelson's company November 26, 1775 and this company was part of Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys of Vermont during the failed siege of Quebec.  Nathanial's name is found on a muster roll which includes Colonels Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, Major John Brown and Captain Charles Nelson. This detachment is said to be part of Benedict Arnold's regiment. 


There is also story told in the "History and Genealogy of The Eastman Family in America" page 201 which tells of Joseph Eastman and three of his sons, Nathaniel, Joseph and Hezekiah being called out with the Militia to repel or capture the Red Coats who had burned Danbury, Connecticut. 


It may seem these two accounts of Nathaniel's participation in the American Revolution contradict each other. However the chronological order does work. November 1775  coincides with the period when Seth Warner would have been rebuilding his command after the original Green Mountain Boys' enlistment had expired and they returned home. They were recalled to reinforce and later cover the retreat of Benedict Arnold's forces from Quebec.  Danbury was burned by the British in April 1777. It's possible Nathaniel could have served first with the Green Mountain Boys and returned to Connecticut and served in the militia later.


In 1787 we find the family of Nathaniel and Naomi (Rowlee) Eastman in Washington County, New York. They appear to have moved through Oneida County in 1800 and settled near Batavia, Genesee County, New York, in 1805.


At some point Nathaniel Eastman was trained to be a doctor and in turn he taught his nephew Hezekiah the profession. They were the first Medical Doctors south of Batavia, New York and were known in the area as the Old Doctor and the Young Doctor. They were responsible for training others in the medical profession including Nathaniel's son, Nathaniel Jr.


When the families started settling in Genesee County, the region was considered part of the American frontier. In 1796 The Holland Company settled a treaty with the Indians of the area. The company began surveying and breaking the land into parcels and continued selling land into the 1850's. In 1808 the Town of Sheldon was formed from part of Batavia, this is basically where the Eastman families settled. In 1811 part of Sheldon was used to create Attica. Attica was incorporated into the County of Wyoming in 1841. 


We know the settlers of Genesee County we're not free from harassments by Native American Indians and the British Army until after the War of 1812. The family had been well settled in this area of the country before the War's outbreak. 


Dr. Nathaniel and Naomi (Rowlee) Eastman with their son Solomon Rowley and his wife Nancy Maria (French) moved on in July of 1818. They were the first Eastman's to settle in 6 Mile, Jennings County, Indiana.  


6 Mile, Indiana, doesn't exist today but if you were to look for it on a map, it's now known as Hayden and can be found on State Route 50 twelve miles west of North Vernon.


Dr. Nathaniel Eastman's final diagnosis was sometime in 1824. Naomi (Rowlee) Eastman followed her husband to Eternal Peace in June of 1847.


Other family members would follow the Doctor to Indiana and this where the history begins to get mottled. Around 1836 his daughter Sally Naomi (Eastman) Tyler, came to the area with her husband Daniel. In the fall of 1844, Sally's son, Orren Andrew Eastman  arrived in Six Mile.


The mystery in our family history, is trying to determine the father of Orren Andrew Eastman.


The Mottled History


Sally Naomi (Eastman) was born May 30, 1795. She was the Daughter of Nathaniel and Naomi (Rowlee) Eastman. We believe she first married her cousin Matthew Eastman, with whom she had two sons. One was named Orren Andrew. The other died in infancy and Sally ran off from Matthew after the infants death. Later she married Daniel Tyler and the couple had at least six children. Five of their children were James, Mary, Hannah, Joseph and Nancy. 


Daniel and Sally Naomi (Eastman) Tyler lived in Genesee County, New York until around 1835. They moved to Spencer Indiana, where their youngest daughter Nancy was born around 1836.


Matthew was born to Peter and Phebe (Filmore) Eastman about 1787. He first married his cousin Sally Eastman as stated above. Later Matthew married  Sally Sanborn around 1825. Sally was the daughter of James and Sarah (Elkins) Sanborn. Matthew and Sally (Sanborn) had three children: Warren Sanborn, Emily and Matthew Jr. 


"The family Records of Peter Eastman”  tell of Matthew Eastman marrying his cousin Sally and that she ran off with another man. There are a lot of problems with names and dates in this study. But most stories you find of this nature have some basis in truth.


Orren Andrew Eastman


Orren Andrew Eastman was born between 1815 and 1820 to Matthew and Sally (Eastman) Eastman. The name of his parents is brought to us by the Charles Hastie Letter and another letter brought to our attention by Judy Mills Boie, which infers Orren's Mother is Sally Naomi (Eastman) Eastman/Tyler.


The Letter Judy Boie has provided us, was written by Orren's Aunt, Phoebe Hendricks (Eastman) Sprout, May 4, 1844, from Jennings County, Indiana.


According to the letter, Orren was involved with the Millerites. This was Fundamental Christian Group, which eventually evolved into the Seventh Day Adventists. The group was founded by William Miller and they're probably best known for predicting the Second Coming of Christ, October 22, 1844. 


It's unknown how strong Orren's faith was in the Millerites. In the sentence just before Phoebe's statement about Orren being a Millerite, she writes in regard to Orren ... " he intends to move here next Fall". "next Fall" being the same time the Millerites are supposed to gather around Ascension Rock in Low Hampton, New York, to wait for Christ's return.


Orren married the widow of Cornelius O'Neil, Ann Marie (Kearney) around 1838. During the 1840 census enumeration, the couple lived in Java, Genesee County, New York. Included in the household of Orren and Ann, are two daughters from Ann's first marriage:  an unknown O'Neil daughter, born between 1825 and 1830 and Julia O'Neil.  The other children are Martha and Matthew Warren Eastman.


Orren and Ann had two more children. Hester Ann was born in 1842 before the family migrated to 6 Mile, Indiana and Nancy was born in 1846, in Indiana just after Orren's death in 1845.


In the Fall of 1844, the family migrated to Indiana. Ann, Orren and their four children Julia, Martha, Matthew and Hester, traveled by boat as they journeyed to their new home. An earlier history of the family suggests they traveled the Erie Canal. A more logical route would have taken them down the Allegany River to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania onto the Ohio, to arrive in Madison, Indiana. They settled in an area about twenty five miles Northwest of Madison at a place known as 6 Mile, Indiana. 


In 6 Mile Orren built a log home for the family with the help of Orren's Uncle Solomon Rowley Eastman. The home they built for the family  bordered the property, Rowley and his father (Orren's Grandfather) Dr. Nathaniel Eastman, settled back around 1818 and may have been part of his original estate.


Ann gave birth to their daughter Nancy in 1846. She would be the couples last daughter. Orren passed by Saint Peter a few months earlier, September 30, 1845. After his death Ann continued in the log home and the family is shown living there in the 1850 census. 


Eventually Ann moved to Justus Rich's farm and helped care for his aging wife Alice. Ann married Justus Rich on August 29, 1851, shortly after his wife's death. Justus died before 1860 and the farm his family established more then sixty years earlier passed into Ann's hands. We believe Ann and Orren's daughter Nancy died sometime during this period. 


Ann married Israel Warner, June 10, 1866, This was her fourth and final marriage. Ann Marie (Kearney) O'Neil/Eastman/Rich/Warner met the Saints July 13, 1896.

      Martha & Nancy Eastman

Martha Eastman was born in Genesee County, New York around 1938. She was the first child born to Orren Andrew and Ann Marie (Kearney) Eastman. We haven't found any records about her after the 1850 census.

Nancy Eastman was born in 6 mile, Indiana around 1846. This was shortly after her father Orren died. We have learned from a letter written by a neighbor that one of Ann's daughters passed away while she was married to Justus Rich. Whether the daughter mentioned in the letter was Nancy or Martha we don't know. Both daughters: Martha and Nancy, may have died during this period. Ann was married to Justus Rich between 1851 and 1857

    Matthew Warren & Sarah (Stearns) Eastman

Matthew Warren was born August 20, 1840. He married Sarah Jane Stearns, November 6, 1859.  Matthew enlisted in September, 1861 in the 33rd Indiana Infantry Co. "I". He was killed at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864.

Matthew had only been married to Sarah for 4 1/2 years at the time of his death. Sarah remarried Winfield Richardson, January 3, 1866. She didn't survive to 1870. Careful study of the 1870 and 1880 census shows us two Eastman children who may be orphans of Matthew Warren and Sarah (Stearns) Eastman. Their names were Alta and Joseph M.

Alta Eastman was born in September 1860. After her parents died she was raised by Isaac and Cynthia Stearns. She married Alexander Mills, September 10, 1876. Alexander was 26 and Alta was 16 years old when the couple married. They had three children: Grace, Willard and Warren C.

Joseph M. Eastman was born in 1862. After his parents died, he is shown in the 1870 census living with  William and Mary Stearns. Later in the 1880 census he was enumerated as the ward of Alonzo and Phoebe (Stearns) Wilcox. So far we haven't found any record for Joseph after 1880.

Sarah (Stearns) Eastman/Richardson may have left behind a pair of twins fathered by her second husband, Winfield Richardson. The 1870 census shows two Richardson children age three living in the same household as Winfield. The children born in 1867, are a girl named Emma B. and boy named Worthy L. If these are Winfield and Sarah's children, it may be Sarah died while giving birth.

    Hester Ann (Eastman)

Hester Ann Eastman was born in Attica, New York, February 7, 1842. She met Sarah Stearns' cousin, Philander Stearns in 1858, while he was attending College in Hartsville, Indiana. She was 16 and he was 18 years old. They married the following year, November 26, 1859. The couple had three children: Hattie S, Ann M. and Philander Francis Rosecrans.

In September of 1861 Philander Stearns and Matthew Warren Eastman enlisted in the 33rd Indiana Infantry Co. "I". During the Battle of Thompson's Station, near Franklin Tennessee, Philander and his brother in-law, Matthew were captured along with most of their regiment . They were paroled from Libby Prison two months later and made their way back home where they reenlisted in the 33rd infantry, January of 1864. Philander was killed at the battle of New Hope Church in Georgia on May 25, 1864. Later after the War, Hester married George A. Murdock and the family moved to Cincinnati Ohio.

Hattie S. Stearns was the oldest of Hester and Philanders children. She was born May 23, 1860. She passed into Eternal Bliss, March 8, 1876, after suffering from pneumonia. 

Philander Francis Rosecrans Stearns was born February 10, 1864. Family legend says he had twelve middle names, in respect to the generals of the Union Army.  He passed away four months shy of his 20th birthday, October 17, 1883. His burial certificate from Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati only identifies six initials, "P. F. O. E. R. S. Murdock". The Murdock name likely shows he was adopted by his Mother's second husband, George Murdock. During his lifetime it may have been entertaining to believe he was named after the Union Generals. Certainly the 33rd Indiana Infantry was attached to the Army of the Cumberland which was led by General Rosecrans. The General was for a time one of the more popular Union Generals and well liked by his troops, so it's likely Philander Francis did carry his name as his sisters stated. But the other initials are more likely indications of family names: Philander Francis Orren Eastman Rosecrans Stearns Murdock.

Ann M. Stearns was born April 1, 1862. She married William A. Hastie the son of John Wilton and Jessie (Hall) Hastie. The couple had four children: Frank Ross, Charles, William R. and John.

William A. Hastie was a Music Teacher and Composer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ann joined the Angels the day after her 41st birthday, April 2, 1903. William joined Ann in Eternal Peace after being struck by an automobile, May 7, 1948.

After the death of her husband, Hester Ann (Eastman) Stearns married George A. Murdock of Cincinnati, Ohio. The couple had at least nine children, six girls, one son and a still born. The first four children were Margaret "Maggy" Isabella, Ella Y. "Nellie",  Mary Emma and Julia Etta. The next five children all died in infancy: George A, Ruth Inez, Martha Elizabeth, Mary Jane, and the still born. 

George Sr. died March 29, 1885, at the age of 52. The cause of death is listed as softening of the brain on his death certificate. After George's death Hester lived for a while with her daughter Ann in Cincinnati and later moved to Chicago to live with her daughter's Julia and Ella. Hester Ann (Eastman) Stearns/Murdock passed through the Pearlie Gates at the age of 88, June 5, 1930.

Warren S. Eastman


Warren S. Eastman was born To Matthew and Sally (Sanborn), in September of 1826. He may have been married twice. In the 1860 census there's a girl named Rachel A. enumerated with the Eastman family. She's one year younger than Warren and doesn't appear in any other census. If she was Warren's first wife, we don't believe they had any children together. 


In 1855, Warren married Myraett (Munger), the the daughter of Riley and Elvira (Walbridge) Munger. Warren and Myraett had four children, one infant died the day it was born in 1856. The others were Ida May, Elva A. and Riley Matthew Eastman.


Sometime before 1910, Warren ascended with the Angels, from Attica, New York. After her husband passed, Myraett lived with her daughter, Ida May (Eastman) Parker, in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Myraett (Munger) Eastman reunited with her husband, December 7, 1911.


Ida May Eastman was born in about 1860. She married a farmer, Curtis "Guy" Parker in 1885. The couple lived in Eaton County, Michigan. According to census information, the couple had three children. So far we've only been able to identify their son Alfred H. and daughter Fern.


Elva A. Eastman was born in September, 1864. She married John Knapp in 1890. John was the son of a Adam and Katherine Knapp. John and Elva had at least 3 children. We know one died in infancy, one was a son named Roy and another was named after Elva's Mother, Myraett.


Riley Eastman was born in November 1867. The last record we find for him is the 1900 census. He's enumerated at the age of 32, unmarried, living on his parents farm and employed as a Stock Shipper. According to "The Munger Book" he entered Eternity, January 1, 1908.


Emily Eastman


Matthew and Sally (Sanborn's) only daughter, Emily lived with her parents at least until1850 when she was enumerated in the census at the age of 19. So far we haven't found any other records for her.


Matthew Eastman Jr.


Matthew Eastman Jr. was born to Matthew and Sally (Sanborn) in October 1835. He married his first cousin Caroline M. Eastman, the daughter of Ferdinand and Nancy (Lindsey) Eastman. Matthew and Caroline were first cousins. Their children were Catherine, Edith and Irving Matthew.


Matthew and Caroline lived in Attica, New York, at least until 1910. By the 1920 census the couple is enumerated with their daughter Catherine, living in Albany, New York. Matthew Passed through the Pearlie Gates, August 24, 1920. Caroline continued to live with her daughter until she followed her husband to Heaven, December 21, 1946.


Catherine Eastman was born in October 1874. She was a School Teacher and never married. According to "History and genealogy of the Eastman family of America" by Guy Rix, in 1900 Catherine taught German and Music at Groton High School in Groton, New York. Tracking her through the census we discovered, in 1920 she was working in the Albany County Public School District as an Examiner and in 1930 she was a Teacher in the Yonkers Public School System. Catherine joined the Saints July 2, 1955.


Edith Eastman was born around 1879. It's hard to track her after the 1880 census. Edith is enumerated in the 1900 census as a Single, School Teacher, working in Clarence, Erie County, New York. She probably married after 1900 and we lose track of her after that.


Irving Matthew Eastman was born October 30, 1888. In 1910 Irving was living in Boston, Massachusetts working as a Piano and Pipe Organ Tuner. This is an occupation he would be involved in throughout his life. Irving registered for the Draft June 5, 1917, in Sullivan Indiana. He was single at the time he registered, so we know he married his wife Ruth between 1917 and 1920 when the couple is enumerated in the census of 1920.


As far as we can tell, Irving and Ruth never had children. The couple is shown living in Bristol, Tennessee, in the 1930 census. Later they moved to the North side of the town, which is in the State of Virginia. The last record we found for Irving is his WWII Draft Registration.






Our history of the Eastman Family concerning Matthew Eastman (1787 - 1868) and his descendents does not agree with previous studies of the family. For this reason we've created an addendum which explains our research in detail and why it departs from previous studies. The addendum is available upon request.


The early History up to Peter and Mehitable (Root) Eastman was compiled from: "History and genealogy of the Eastman family of America. Containing biographical sketches and genealogies of both males and females", compiled by: Guy Rix, 1901. Available online at HeritageQuest.com, One World Family Tree database of Ancestry.com and

Eastman Genealogy and History website of George Eastman where we discovered...

 ("The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record." Volume XLVI, 1915. Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Pages 58 - 62 Some Early English Records Pertaining to the Eastman Family. By Charles R. Eastman, American Museum Natural History, N.Y. City.)


The research of Lynn Hayes provided much of the information about Nathaniel and Naomi (Rowlee) Eastman's family and many other interesting items. Lynn's research and other contributions are available on the Jennings County website of rootsweb.com


Much of the information about Orren and Ann (Kearney) Eastman's family, comes from Uncle Will Hastie's interview of Hester Ann (Eastman) Stearns/Murdock transcribed in the Charles Hastie Letter and internment certificates from the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati Ohio. Also notes from Margaret (Murdock) Buck/Golding, Margaret Battcher and Hester (Battcher) Coyne. 


Information that Orren's mother was Sally Naomi (Eastman) Eastman/Tyler and The Phoebe (Eastman) Sprout Letter pertaining to Orren's connection with the Millerites, was provided by Judy Mills Boie.


The "The family Records of Peter Eastman” explaining Matthew Eastman and Sally Naomi (Eastman's) marriage was brought to us by Pomala Black, her Eastman Family research is available here


Information about the family of Warren S. Eastman was found in "The Munger Book: 1639-1914, Including Spellings Monger and Mungor" Compiled by Jeremiah B. Munger, page 360


In compiling this history an intensive study of the U.S. Federal Census 1790 though 1930 was required. We've retained copies of all the enumerations used. Transcriptions of Land Purchase listings from the Holland Company are also available.


Like most Genealogy studies the history leaves more questions then it answers and so it evolves as research continues.


You are encouraged to add your facts, speculations, criticisms or questions. Sources available upon request.


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