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 Lavina <I>Day</I> Eastlick

Lavina Day Eastlick

Colesville, Broome County, New York, USA
Death 9 Oct 1923 (aged 90)
Lougheed, Wainwright Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Burial Lougheed, Wainwright Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Memorial ID 61103083 · View Source
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From Western Canadian Tidings (dated October 24 1923):
Mrs. Lavina Eastlick was born May 28, 1833, in the State of New York, and died in her daughter's, Mrs. Angus MacDonnell's, home in Lougheed, Alberta, October 9th, 1923. The Edmonton Journal of May 29, 1923, on occasion of her ninetieth birthday, speaks of her life in part as follows:
"Mrs. Eastlick was ninety years old yesterday. This dear little old lady is known for miles around as Grandma Eastlick, and chose to spend the eve of her years with her daughter, Mrs. Angus MacDonnell, at Groveland. Her life reads more like that of a returned veteran as she carries a bullet in her head, which she received after being shot at three times by the Sioux Indians in the massacre at Lake Shetek, Minnesota, in August of 1862, when the tribe broke out and took the 'pale face' settlements by surprise and storm. Born in New York State, U.S.A., in 1833, Mrs. Eastlick with her parents made her home in Johnsonville, Ohio, after she was one year old, and remained there until she was married to John Eastlick in 1850. Of the family circle living, there is one son, John Eastlick of Monticello, Minnesota, one daughter, Mrs. Angus MacDonnell of Groveland, Lougheed; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, and a nephew in Nebraska, 80 years of age. In the terrible massacre by the Sioux Indians in 1862, Mrs. Eastlick lost her husband on the battlefield. He was shot by these Indians as well as their two children. The third child was never seen or heard of. The oldest son, Merton, aged eleven years, carried Johnny, the fifteen-months-old baby, forty miles in the flight from the Indians and reached a place of safety in another white settlement where he was overtaken by his mother who had crawled around the battlefield after being left for dead by the enemy. Recovering her senses after the shooting affray, when shot three times, she crawled in the long grass to hunt for her family, when she was seen by the Indians and again brutally beaten about the head with a rifle which turned out to belong to her husband. The masses of beautiful, long, thick tresses was all that broke the force of the blows from her assailants. She was restored to her two living children by a mail driver who chanced along the road and saw her trying to crawl to a place of safety, and he took them all to a white settlement where they remained about a week until relief came from the soldiers. She remained in the hospital many weeks, and then settled in Ohio and Minnesota, working for her three children and mourning her lost ones. Mrs. Eastlick has been married three times and kept house until eight years ago. She is still enjoying good health only absenting herself four times from the dining table for over a year on account of a slight cold. She enjoys good eyesight and assists with the household mending and light sewing as well as other small chores. During the last war she busied herself with knitting for the Red Cross."
Sister Eastlick accepted the present truth in 1886 in Minnesota and joned the Mankato (Minnesota) church in 1894. She has been faithful until she was called to lay down her life. Words of comfort were spoken from the text which Sister Eastlick herself had wished to be used, namely, John 14:1.4. A goodly number of her friends followed her to her last resting place in Lougheed, Alberta.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 61103083
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lavina Day Eastlick (28 May 1833–9 Oct 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61103083, citing Lougheed Cemetery, Lougheed, Wainwright Census Division, Alberta, Canada ; Maintained by Bill Cox (contributor 47178385) .