Person Page 25405
|Father||Amos Eastman the Younger b. 22 May 1804, d. 21 December 1886|
|Mother||Ruby Brockway b. 11 May 1810, d. 12 May 1863|
|Birth||8 March 1831||Darius was born on 8 March
1831 at Ashtabula county, Ohio. Likely in Wayne township, as that is
where his parents were living in this time frame. On the 1860 census he
says that he was born in Ohio, as he does on all later census. On the
1900 census he says that he was born in March 1831. His death
certificate states that he was 75 years, 11 months and no days old at
death in February of 1907. That would make his birth in March of 1831.1,2,3,4,5
|Cen1840||1840|| Darius Eastman may appear on the 1840 U.S. census
for Vernon township, Trumbull county, Ohio with parents and siblings
and several un-identified people as male 5 to 10 years old.6
|Cen1850||1850||Darius Eastman appears on the 1850 census of Wayne township, LaFayette county, Wisconsin with parents as 18 years old.7
|Marriage #1||11 June 1854||Darius Eastman, 23 years old, married Suzanna Crotty
11 June 1854. This was a first marriage for both. This marriage MAY
have occurred about June 1854. Since Darius shows on the 1860 census as
29 years old, and this is consistent with other information, he would
have been about 24 when he married Susan Crotty. Son Frank is 5 on the
|CEN1860||4 Sept 1860||Darius Eastman and Suzanna Crotty
appear on the 1860 census of Wayne township, LaFayette county,
Wisconsin taken on 4 September 1860. Darius is 29, born in Ohio, a
farmer with $3000 of real estate and $400 of personal property. Susan
is 23, born in Ohio. Frank is 5 and Helen is 2, both born in Wisconsin.
They have one hired hand. They appear on line 36, res 44, family 44 on
page 5 of Wayne township.7,9
||15 August 1862||Darius Eastman began his military service on on 15
August 1862. Cassius and brother Darius enlisted in the 31st Wisconsin
volunteer infantry, CoB on 15 August 1862 Cassius served as a private
while Darius was a corporal. They were mustered out of the service on
20 June 1865. They may also have served in Third Infantry--Co. B-- as
they are listed on that roster also. Cassius is listed as being a
Sergeant in CoB of 31st Wisconsin. They may have entered the service
under the "bounty" system, there is a reference to this in the History of South Wayne.10,11,7
|Mil Info||From American Civil War Regiments
31st Infantry Regiment WI 08 July 1865 Infantry
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded=0; Officers Died of Disease or Accident=23; Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded=3; Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident=0
Thirty-first Infantry. -- Cols., Isaac E. Messmore, Francis H. West George D. Rogers, Lieut.-Cols., Francis H. West, George D. Rowers Majs., John Clowney, William J. Gibson, George D. Rogers, R. B. Stenhenson Farlin Q. Ball.
This regiment was organized at Prairie du Chien in Aug. 1862, when six companies were recruited. It was ordered to Camp Utley, Racine, on Nov. 14, where the remaining companies were recruited, and the regiment was mustered in, Oct. 9.
It left the state March 1, 1863, for Columbus, Ky., and was assigned to the 6th division 16th corps. It remained there on picket, provost and reconnaissance duty during the spring and summer and was ordered to Murfreesboro in October. Cos. B. G and K were detached and stationed at Stone's River in guard and fortification work until April, 1864.
The regiment was assigned to the 4th division, 20th corps, and divided into detachments for patrolling the Nashville & Chattanooga railroad, one detachment being mounted for dashes into the interior. The regiment was ordered to Nashville in June for provost guard duty, remaining there until July 3 when it was transferred to the 3d brigade, 1st division, 20th corps, joining the brigade on the 21st before Atlanta and remaining in the siege until Aug. 25.
It took a position on the Chattahoochee River until the evacuation of Atlanta and was then on guard and forage duty until it joined the march to the sea. When within 10 miles of Savannah, accompanied by part of another regiment, it passed through a seemingly impassable swamp, charged the enemy in two redoubts commanding the road and in the face of a severe fire carried the works.
It accompanied the army in the campaign of the Carolinas, performing well its part in destroying railroads, building corduroy roads and foraging. At the battle of Averasboro it was in the front line under heavy fire from noon until dark.
At Bentonville it held an exposed position at the front and was attacked in front and on both flanks simultaneously. It was thrown back, but reformed behind a rail fence, where it was speedily reinforced and withstood five determined charges, inflicting terrible punishment upon the enemy.
This closed its active service. It participated in the grand review at Washington. Cos. A, B. C, D, E and F. were mustered out at Louisville June 20, 1865, and the remaining companies on July 15.
The original strength of the regiment was 878. It gained by recruits, 200; total, 1,078. Loss by death, 114; missing, 2; desertion, 52; transfer, 33; discharge, 176; mustered out, 710.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 64
Fought on 07 May 1864 at Duck River Bridge, TN.
Fought on 18 June 1864.
Fought on 20 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 22 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 23 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 24 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 25 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 26 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 28 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 29 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 31 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 01 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 04 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 11 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 17 September 1864.
Fought on 06 November 1864.
Fought on 17 November 1864 at Madison, GA.
Fought on 09 December 1864 at Harrison's Field, GA.
Fought on 09 December 1864 at Savannah, GA.
Fought on 15 December 1864.
Fought on 31 January 1865 at Robertsville, SC.
Fought on 18 February 1865 at Columbia, SC.
Fought on 01 March 1865.
Fought on 03 March 1865.
Fought on 06 March 1865.
Fought on 06 March 1865 at Cheraw, SC.
Fought on 06 March 1865 at Chesterfield, SC.
Fought on 11 March 1865.
Fought on 12 March 1865.
Fought on 16 March 1865 at Averysboro, NC.
Fought on 19 March 1865 at Bentonville, NC.
Fought on 21 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.12
|14 June 1863|| Darius wrote a letter to
his sister about the death of his mother on 14 June 1863 from Ft.
Halleck New Jersey. 13
|research||14 June 1863||Could be the BATTERY HALLECK Fort Pulaski National Monument in Chatham county, Georgia.
|Milit-End||7 Feb 1865||Darius Eastman ended his military service on on 7
February 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky, Their regiment was mustered out
of service at Louiseville, KY on Feb 7, 1865. The Service record shows
that he was mustered out on 20 June 1865.12
|We know that he could read and write as he kept a
diary all of his adult life. This diary was in the possession of Darius
Eastman of Cheyene, WY. Since the death of Darius of Wyoming it is
assumed that his oldest son has these diaries. The writer has not seen
these diaries but Evelyn Brenner has made notes from some of them and
Bruce Eastman son of Darius had read parts of them before his
|research||1870||Find at who 1870 is this Mary that appears on
the 1870 in Darius' household? She is not likely Darius' (#6460) sister
as she was married before 1870, also she appears to have been born
earlies than 1853.
|Cen1870||10 August 1870||Darius Eastman and Suzanna Crotty
appear on the 1870 census taken on 10 August 1870 in Wayne township,
LaFayette ciounty, Wisconsin where Darius is a 39 year old farmer with
$3000 of real estate and $2000 of personal property, born in Ohio.
Susan is 33 and born in Ohio. There is a daughter Mary that is 17 who
was born in Illinois. This Mary could be Darius sister rather than his
daughter. (This Mary DOES NOT show on the 1860 census with Darius and
she would have been bca 1853 and therefore about 7 years old. ) Frank
is 15, Hellen is 11, Alva is 9, Ruben , listed as MALE, (this is Ruby)
is 2 and there are twins Darius and Dwight who are 7. They are listed
|September 1870||Darius Eastman and Suzanna Crotty
were divorced some time after 1870. Susan appears with Darius on the
1870 census. Notes in Darius' diary indicate that she left in September
1870. In this diary in March 1871 he writes that he and "Mrs. Eastman"
settled on the amount for alimony.16
|Death||25 Jan 1873||Darius' youngest brother, Cassius died 25 January
1873 at South Wayne, LaFayette county, Wisconsin. Notes from Darius'
diary (his brother) indicate that he died at 1:20 AM of lung fever.1,16,8,17,18
|Cen1875||June 1875||The Wisconsin State census of 1875, taken in June,
gives a D. EASTMAN with 4 males and 5 females in LaFayette county WI.
By this time Suzanna Crotty had left the household and may have taken
the children, or at least some of them. Darius and Susan Thomas
Shepherd were not yet married but may have been living together. No
ages are given for any of these people so we can only guess who they
|Marriage #2||7 Feb 1876||Darius Eastman, 44 years old, married Susan Thomas Shepard, who was 23 years old, , daughter of Joseph William Shepard and Mary Ann Knight, 7 February 1876 in Monroe, Green county, Wisconsin. Evelyn Brenner had the original of this marriage certificate. Find it and copy. We have it now..
Both were living in Wayne township, LaFayette county, Wisconsin but the
marriage took place in Monroe, Green county. This marriage is recorded
in Green county WI. Vol 4, p 363 of marriage records.20
|3 Oct 1878||On 3 October 1878 Ruby, daughter of Darius by
Susan Crotty died. It is not known for sure, but she was likely living
with her mother and not with Darius and Susan.
|Guard'ship||10 Dec 1878||On 10 Dec 1878 in LaFayette county, Wisconsin,
Susan T. Eastman petitioned for the guardianship of her two minor
children, Ruby 7 and Ida 6. On 31 Dec 1878 Darius and Susan posted a
surety bond of $500 to adopt these two children.21
|Cen1880||18 June 1880||Darius Eastman shows on the 1880 census for South
Wayne, LaFayette county, Wisconsin taken 18 June 1880 where Darius
shows as 49 years old, born in Ohio, father born in Canada and mother
born in Ohio, Susan T, his wife is 28 years old, born in Maine and both
parents born in Maine. Susan's two children by Cassius, neices of
Darius and step-daughters are Ruby M, 9 and Ida C 7, born in Wisconsin.
Children of Darius and Susan are LeRoy E 3 years old and Charles L 1.
They have a hired man who was born in Wurtenburg Germany. Darius'
children by Suzanna Crotty are not in the household.22
|10 Sept 1881||
|21 Dec 1886||On 21 December 1886 the father of Darius, Amos
Eastman died in Wayne, Wisconsin. He was living with Darius and Susan's
family at the time of death.8
|Church||He belonged to the Baptist church. This is supported by converstation
with Evelyn Eastman Brenner, his granddaughter and a comment in his
diary when son Roger Amos was baptized and joined the Baptist church on
3 September 1893. Also the History of South Wayne tells that he was one
of the founding fathers of the Baptist Church in Wayne township,
LaFayette county, Wisconsin.
|1893||In 1893 Darius visited Pennsylvania relatives.
Possibly saw his son Dwight, but since the notes do not identify the
Dwight that he visited as his "son Dwight" we are not sure of who
Dwight was. There could be another Dwight. Darius also visited other
relatives, possibly Brockway's and Eastmans. Need to read the original
entries in the diary.16
to find in Pennsylvania September 1893 Who was the Lucinda that Darius
visited in the fall of 1893 in Pennsylvania? A Brockway??16
|Cen1900||1 June 1900||Darius Eastman shows on the 1900 U.S. census in
Wayne township, LaFayette county, Wisconsin taken on 1 June 1900.
Darius is 69 years old, bon March 1831 in Ohio, father born in Canada
and mother born in Maine. He is a farmer and owns his farm free
and clear. Susan is his wife, she is 48 years old and born in Feb 1852
in Maine. Parents born in Maine. They have been married for 23 years.
Susuan has had 6 children and all six are living. Children in household
are Ida C 26, born Aug 1873, a teacher; Charles L born Oct 1878 and 21
years old, working on farm; Roger A, born Aug 1881, 18 years old, farm
laborer; Lula E born July 1891, is 8 years old and in school.25
|18 April 1901||Notes from Darius' diary indicate that on 18 April
1901 "self and wife" moved to Warren, Illinois. Assume that Lula went
also as she was only 10 but possibly Roger did not as he was 20 years old.8
|Death||8 February 1907|| Darius died a 7AM on on 8 February 1907 at Warren, at JoDaviess county,
at Illinois at age 75. Death is registered in Book 2, p34 of JoDaviess
county, Illinois. .26,5
|Burial||10 February 1907||Darius Eastman is buried in Eastman cemetery in South Wayne LaFayette county, Wisconsin.5
|Obituary||11 February 1907||The Obituary for Darius, is as follows: Full text of the Obit as copied from a newspaper is as follows:
Darius Eastman Expires Passed away Friday morning after Extended Illiness.
Darius Eastman was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, March 8, 1831. He died at his home in Warren, Ill., Feb 8, 1907; aged 75 years and 11 months. The deceased was for many years a resident of the township of Wayne, LaFayette county, WI and was one of the best known and most successful farmers of southwestern Wisconsin. He was a descendant of Roger Eastman, who was born in Langford, England in 1611 and sailed from Southhampton in 1638, landing at Salem, Mass. and making his first home in Salisbury.
Amos Eastman, father of Darius, was born in Canada in 1804. He removed to New York, later to Pennsylvania and finally settled in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Here he married and became the father of six children.
In 1847 the family removed to LaFayette county WI which became their future home. Here the father died at the ripe old age of 82, living with his son Darius at the time of his death.
The subject of our sketch was 13 years of age when he accompanied his parents to Wisconsin and here he practically grew to manhood. He entered the Union Army Aug 15, 1862 being assigned to CoB, 31 Wis. Vol. Inf. The regiment was actively engaged during its whole term of service. Mr. Eastman kept a diary of passing events throughout the war, which after 45 years is in an excellent state of preservation. He participated in the campaigns of the West from '62 to '63. His division was one of the first to enter Atlanta after the city was evacuated by the enemy.
On Sept 15 began that historical march to the sea and Mr. Eastman participated in all the battles and skirmishes of that never to be forgotten campaign, including the battle of Fort Harrison, Averysboro and Bentonsville, and then marched to Washington to take an honored place in the grand review May 24, 1865. Their regiment was mustered out of service at Louiseville, KY on Feb 7, 1876. (Copied exactly as in obit.)
Mr. Eastman was united in marriage to Mrs. Susan Eastman, widow of his younger brother, Cassius, who died January 28, 1873. To this union were born four children, three sons and a daughter, LeRoy E. Charles L., Roger A., and Lula. These, with one brother, two sisters, the bereaved wife and mother and a large circle of other relatives and friends mourn his departure. In all his business transactions Mr. Eastman maintained a high reputation for sterling integrity and was respected by all who knew him. After a long and painful illness, which he bore patiently, he passed quietly to his rest. Funeral services were held at the late family home Sunday at 1 o'clock PM. The Masonic order, of which Mr. Eastman was a member, having charge of the service. Rev. C. S. Caroll of the Baptist church assisted in paying tribute to the memory of our honored townsman. Interment took place in the Eastman Cemetery in Wayne township.27
|CauseDeath||The cause of death was Coronary heart disease for
40 years, that would be from about 1867 and Gangrine of the leg and
foot for about one month..5
General information about Darius and a time line:
Darius is in Vol 8, p 786 of "Rix". He was a farmer and raised short horn cattle. Either Darius or his father donated the land for the cemetery that is called Eastman Cemetery.
1834 father still paying taxes on land in Ashtabula county, Ohio.
1840 On U.S. Census in Vernon, Trumbull, Ohio
1844 Came to WISCONSIN with parents. IF born in 1831 AND 13 years old when they came to Wisconsin this would be about 1844. The OBIT says they came in 1847 and that he was 13. Cassius was born about 1842 in Ohio and Mary was born about 1849 in Wisconsin.
1854 June--Married SUSANA CROTTY
1855 Son FRANK born, using info from 1860 census.
1858 Daughter HELEN born.
1861 Daughter ALWINDA or Alva (SP?) born.
1862 Entered Union Army 15 AUG; Co.B. 31 WVI
Kept a diary for the War and more.
Was at Battle of Ft. Harrison, Averysboro and Bentonsville. He was with Sherman when they entered Altanta.
1863 Mother Ruby died 12 May 1863
1863 14 June-- Darius was at Ft. Halleck. Where is Ft. Halleck?
1863 DWIGHT and DARIUS born if census information is correct. This seems a bit strange but not impossible. See 1870 census. Birth date is given as 4 July 1863.
1865 Grand Review in Washington, 24 May.
1868 Daughter RUBY born.
1870 18 September--wife SUSANA, left home.
1871 SUSANA and DARIUS agreed on alimony, 25 March, of $5.00 a month.
1871 Bought a farm that was the WILLIAM SIMMONS farm for $2400.
1872 Susanna Eastman moved to Lena, Illinois
1872 Son FRANK ran away. 20 August. He would have been about 17 years old.
1873 24 January Stayed with brother CASSIUS today. Sick with Lung fever.
1873 25 January . CASSIUS died.
1873 26 January . CASSIUS buried.
1873 2 Feb . Attended a masquerade Ball.
1873 5 May. Spent the day setting up "FATHERS" affairs.
1873 6 May. Father moved to Warren, Illinois.
1873 8 Jun. Brother William in town from Blancherville.
1874 7 FEB. Bought organ for Susie.
1876 7 FEB. Married SUSAN THOMAS SHEPHARD EASTMAN. She was about 25 years old and he was about 45.
1877 12 May 1877 son LeRoy born.
1877 Built barn with 2 hired hands. 151 loads of stone for foundation.
1878 2 Oct. ROS SHEPHERD, SUSAN T's brother, moved his family in with Darius.
1878 3 Oct. Child RUBY died. My comments>>(About 10 years old.) Maybe ROS came to help.
1878 25 Oct 1878 son Charles born.
1878 10 December. Petition for Guardianship of Ruby 7 and IDA 6.
1878 31 December. Adoption by DARIUS and SUSAN final. $500 surety bond paid.
1879 30 January. SUSAN T's mother died.. This had to have been her step mother, as her own mother died when she was but a child.
1881 ROGER AMOS born 13 Aug 1881
1882 25 JAN. Quit chewing tobacco on doctor's orders.
1883 Child DARIUS died. He would have been about 20 years old.
1885 Went to Winslow with Uncle Alexander. This would be a brother of Amos the younger.
1886 Dec 24. Father AMOS died. He was living with DARIUS at the time.
1891 Daughter Lula born 21 July 1891
1893 27 SEPT. Started a trip to Ohio and Pennsylvannia with Uncle Alexander by train.
1893 28 SEPT. Attended the World's Fair in Chicago, Ill.
1893 29 SEPT. Arrived in Ashtabula, Ohio.
1893 6 OCT. Visited Sally in PA. His mother Ruby had a younger sister named Sally Lucinda. Ruby's mother may also have been called Sally. Find out who this Sally was.
1893 OCT. Visted BROCKWAYS and "AUNT LUCINDA" EASTMAN. The Eastman MAY have been added by copier.
1893 9 OCT Stayed overnight with [SON] DWIGHT. Where was this? Somewhere in Pennsylvannia?
1897 Another trip to the east.
1897 Roger fell from sled going to school. Had to have doctor. 16 FEB
1899 9 Aug. Bought house and 4 acres from Taylor in Warren, Illinois for $2000
1900 4 March Uncle Alexander died.
1900 26 October. R.M. LaFOLETTE visited farm. Who is LaFolette??
1901 18 April. Moved to Warren, Ill. Just self and Wife So LULU did not go..
Much of the above is from notes that were taken from Darius' diary and need to be checked with the diary to ascertain just what was said. EEB's notes may have been "flavored".28,13,8
|Will||Darius Eastman left a will His will and probate of
the estate is recorded as case #1254 at the Darlington county house.
Get these papers to establish where his other children were at the time
of his death..28
|Family 1||Suzanna Crotty||b. circa 1837|
|Children||1.||Frank Eastman b. 20 Apr 1855, d. a 1899|
|2.||Hellen Eastman b. 20 Sep 1858|
|3.||Alwilda Eastman b. 3 May 1861|
|4.||Darius Eastman b. 4 Jul 1863, d. 12 Aug 1883|
|5.||Dwight Eastman b. 4 Jul 1863|
|6.||Ruby Eastman b. 10 May 1868, d. 3 Oct 1878|
|Family 2||**Susan Thomas Shepard||b. 11 February 1852, d. 20 October 1923|
|Children||1.||LeRoy Edward Eastman+ b. 12 May 1877, d. 5 Mar 1939|
|2.||Charles LaFayette Eastman b. 25 Oct 1878, d. 26 Oct 1949|
|3.||**Roger Amos Eastman+ b. 13 Aug 1881, d. 12 May 1922|
|4.||Lula Evelyn Eastman+ b. 21 Jul 1891, d. 8 Dec 1971|
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Compiler: Pomala Black
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