|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1836|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1936|
From her great-grandson, David Sterley:
Mrs. Ophelia Jane Eastman was born July 1, 1836 in McNairy County, Tennessee to William E Walker & Mary "Mamie" Fowler Walker. In 1872 she married Mr. Francis George Eastman in Henderson, Tennessee. Mr. Eastman who immigrated to the United States from England in 1868, was born February 2, 1849 in South Hampton England (Texas Death Certificate and 1900 U.S. census data).
(The date of his death on his headstone is from family beliefs. Because he was a VERY private Englishman, he would not tell them his exact birth year, or any of his past; so they put what they believed to be correct on his headstone, although they had no way, at that time, to confirm the date). They moved to rural southern Tarrant County near the Rendon-Retta community in the late 1870's and initially lived in a dugout until they were able to get a house and maintain their farm. They had three children; two children who died at young ages are buried in unmarked graves in the Gibson Cemetery in Tarrant County.
Family history relates that they rode into Fort Worth when they loaded all their belongings onto the train that went to Fort Worth in 1876.
Mrs. Eastman was the second person in Texas to receive an official "Old Age Pension Check" of $15.00. She also received a personal letter on her 100th birthday from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on White House Stationery, congratulating her on a milestone in life that few Americans attain.
Mrs. Eastman lived to be 100 years 5 months 19 days old, passing away on December 19, 1936.
A copy of her Death Certificate states that she was buried in "Park Lawn" Cemetery on December 20, 1936 (Perhaps Park Lawn Cemetery was the Original name of Laurel Land Cemetery).
Her husband preceded her in death on May 26, 1928, and was buried at the Gibson Cemetery in southern Tarrant County.
Family lore maintains that she was the third person buried at the Park Lawn Cemetery and that, as a tribute to her long life; she was offered free burial lots for her and her husband in the newly formed cemetery prior to her death. Her husband, Francis George Eastman, was soon disinterred from the Gibson Cemetery and laid to rest beside her, as per previous arrangements between the cemetery and family members. My father, George A. Sterley, was one of the grandsons present to verify Mr. Eastman's remains at his disinterment in the Gibson Cemetery and re-burial in Park Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Eastman had been buried in the same suit that he was married in. It was kept in a special trunk after their marriage and was well preserved by well-placed special cigar tobacco leaves. Their two young children's graves were not disturbed and still remain un-marked in the Gibson Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Eastman were residing, at the times of their deaths, with her daughter and her family, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Sterley at 3401 Baylor St. in Fort Worth. Mr. Arthur August Sterley and Mrs. Ammie Emma Eastman-Sterley are buried in Laurel Land Cemetery in the Rock Of Ages garden.
(Mr. A.A. Sterley's parents, Peter and Magdalena Sterley are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery).
Other members of Mr. & Mrs. Eastman's family who are buried at Laurel Land are:
Grand Daughter, Miss. Ila Mae Sterley is buried in the Rock Of Ages garden.
Grand Daughter, Mrs. Ruth Webb.
Great Grandson, Mr. Glen Webb; his wife, Betty and their daughter Debbie.
Grand Daughter, Mrs. Lena Frances Leach, wife of Mr. Louis Alexander Leach and mother of Marvin Leach, Clyde Leach and some Leach family grandchildren; all are also in Laurel Land Cemetery.
William Edsel Walker (1808 - 1882)
Mary Fowler Walker (1815 - 1881)
Francis George Eastman (1841 - 1928)
Laurel Land Memorial Park
Plot: Monument Garden (1)
Maintained by: Lindsay Hale
Originally Created by: Ray Beamer
Record added: Feb 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34303419