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George Amos Eastman
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1840
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1883
Reno County
Kansas, USA

George was the son of Amos Eastman (1809-1903) and Julia Abigail Crissey or Cressey (1816-1854). He was born in Underhill, Chittenden, Vermont on 27 July 1840 and married Louisa Amellia Foster (1850-1930).

George was well-educated and became a school teacher. He taught in Vermont and later in Missouri. He had strong abolitionist views, which put him at odds with Missouri locals. Because of this, he moved to Braintree and Stoneham, MA, then on to Chicago, IL where he was engaged in the laundry business with his brother, Wilbur Brainerd Eastman (#39982226). In 1882 he contracted a lingering illness. He decided to relocate to Reno County, Kansas in hopes that a change of environment and employment would alleviate his illness. He started a farm there. His condition continued to worsen, however and he died on Aug 9, 1883.

His brother, Wilbur (#39982226) shut down his business in Chicago and moved in to help George and his family during his illness. After his death, Wilbur took over the affairs of the farm and eventually married George's widow, Louisa. My great-grandmother, Linnie Foster Eastman-Moore was one of her children by George Amos as was Byron Eastman, Sr (#37262110).

George was the son of the great line of Eastmans, stretching down from Roger Eastman, who came from Downton, Wiltshire, England on the ship "Confidence" in 1638 and settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The Eastmans were early settlers of Haverhill, Massachusetts. From this line sprang George Eastman (#2184), a distant contemporary relative of George Amos, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, entrepreneur and philanthropist and Daniel Webster (#1083), 14th and 19th United States Secretary of State and conservative orator, also a contemporary to George.

Both of his parents' families' histories were deeply intertwined with early American history. He was twice descended from Edmund Hobart (#34697261), founder of Hingham, MA (through his son, Rev. Peter Hobart (# 21838650) and daugter, Nazareth Hobart-Beal (#51597279)). Solomon Hobart (# 20356505) was a Revolutionary War soldier, who fought at Bunker Hill. His brothers fought there as well; Isaac sacrificed his life by being speared by a British bayonette. Other notable ancestors were Rev. John Davenport (#6767414), co-founder of New Haven Colony (now in CT), who was a descendant of King Edward III of England(#1957) and other English nobles and rulers of other countries, Lt. Gov Stephen Goodyear (#28844665) of New Haven, Thomas Roberts (#11389520), founder of Dover Colony, NH, Gov William Bradford (#124) of the Mayflower and 2nd governor of Plymouth Colony, John Webster, Gov of Connecticut Colony (#15090482,)John Prescott (#6238510), founder of Lancaster, MA. Ann Alcock-Foster (#17330119) (2x ancestor) died in prison in Salem, MA during the witch trials in 1692, wrongfully accused of witchcraft and awaiting execution.

George's father was Amos Eastman, son of Caleb Eastman (#20370406). Caleb's father was Lieutenant Amos Eastman (# 74633972), Jr., who fought at Bunker Hill in 1775. He re-enlisted in 1776. Amos resided in Hollis, NH and was Justice of the Peace there. Amos, Sr. (#42567169) was also a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. There's a story about him being held captive by Abenaki natives with Maj. Gen. John Stark (#13146). His father was Jonathan Eastman, who lived in Haverhill, MA during the French & Indian War. His wife, Hannah Green was captured by Abenaki natives from present-day Cananda. She was taken to Canada after they ravaged the town of Haverhill and brutally killed the Eastmans' baby by bashing her brains out during a raid there in March, 1697. Jonathan went in search of her and found her much later in the care of a French Canadian family. They had a long trek back home through the snow on foot. Jonathan's father was Thomas, the son of Roger Eastman the immigrant (previously mentioned).

Thanks to Joe Gibbens for creating this memorial page and to Jane Mitchell for taking the grave photos. 
Family links: 
  Amos Eastman (1809 - 1903)
  Julia Abigail Cressey Eastman (1817 - 1854)
  Louisa Amellia Foster Eastman (1850 - 1930)
  Linnie Foster Eastman Moore (1874 - 1947)*
  George Amos Eastman (1840 - 1883)
  Albert Faxon Eastman (1843 - 1884)**
  Charles R Eastman (1855 - 1938)**
*Calculated relationship
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Hutchinson Eastside Cemetery
Reno County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: Steven Dunn
Originally Created by: Joe Gibbens
Record added: Feb 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48442436
George Amos Eastman
Added by: Steven Dunn
George Amos Eastman
Added by: Jane Mitchell
George Amos Eastman
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To my great-great grandfather, George Amos Eastman. Rest in peace.
- Steven Dunn
 Added: Jul. 6, 2012

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