From the April 1998 “Eastlick Roots and Branches” newsletter:
My mother’s an Eastlick, the youngest of three children in the family. Her parents, Lester and Irene (Bottoms) Eastlick of Greenview, Siskiyou County, CA are now deceased, and lay at rest in the cemetery outside Fort Jones, CA. I remember my first trip to the cemetery in 1973, the year I was first bitten by the “genealogy bug.” Up to that point I had been asking lots of questions, writing letters, and spending hours arranging the names of my ancestors on primitive butcher paper pedigree charts. This was long before the advent of personal home computers and the wonderful genealogy software products available for storing and arranging such data.
My grandparents, who were very much alive in 1973, drove my parents, my brother and me that October to the Fort Jones cemetery, and pointed out the headstones of various family members. I eagerly took notes, copied the inscriptions, and listened attentively as they reminisced about various relatives and events, spurred on by seeing familiar stones in a place they had both visited hundreds of times for funerals and Memorial Days. There are more of my direct-line ancestors buried in that one cemetery than anywhere else, with the possible exception of a little plot outside Palmyra, MO, that holds the remains of many of my grandmother’s people. Not only are Lester and Irene now buried in the Fort Jones cemetery, but also both sets of their parents, Willard and Creet (Conner) Eastlick and Obed and Eva (Crouch) Bottoms. Creet’s parents, Jacob and Constantia (Stephens) Conner are there as well, although Willard’s parents, Lafayette and Sarah (Preston) Eastlick are buried in the Yreka cemetery over the mountain from Scott Valley. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also have been buried in Fort Jones. The Eastlicks were a prolific bunch, and since so many came to Siskiyou County in the 1860s and had large families, almost everywhere you turn there’s a cousin.
I have drifted from my original point…my mother’s an Eastlick. She has had little interest in genealogy over the years, until a trip to Great Britain in 1995 with my dad on their 40th anniversary vacation. Dad’s a genealogy fanatic, just like me, even when it’s not his family. On one research stop in London, Dad discovered a pocket of Eastlicks in the Bodmin (Cornwall) records. This was significant to Mom because of her interest in the British Isles, intrigued that her family might have originated from this area she loved. She and Dad brought home pages of notes from their stops in Cornwall and had even called an Eastlick they found listed in a Plymouth telephone book, visiting him in his home for perhaps an hour. His sister came over as well. My folks got information from this Maurice about Dale Eastlick, then of Stockton IL, now of Belmont WI, and David Eastlick up north in England who had done some research. Dad spoke to David by phone and they later exchanged mail. Some months later, back in the U.S., thanks to the phone directory disks available at the public library, Dad was able to locate Dale within two calls, first calling Dale in Waco, getting referred to WI, and then connecting with Belmont by a random lucky guess.
When Mom and Dad were in Washington, D.C. in April 1996, Dad went to the National Archives and brought back pension application files of Cornelius Eastlick and his brother John Easlick, both of whom served in the War of 1812. These files contained lots of genealogical information and ignited my interest in the Eastlicks. Then contact with Dale led us to Ed Easlick of Richmond VA. Ed’s a descendant of John and Margaret (Hawkins) Easlick. He is a tireless researcher and lover of great genealogical detective work. Since then, he and I have enjoyed sharing our finds and filling in the details of the Eastlick/Easlick family.
In April of 1997, my parents once again took the annual trip to D.C. on business, and both spent a day or two at the Archives. This time I had a list of requests to send with them! They brought back excerpts from several pension application files. These were primarily Civil War era veterans’ files, loaded with family data.
Added Oct 2010:
Since then, I have accompanied my parents to Washington DC and have enjoyed the family research there with them, as well as in other locations including the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland in August of 2009. Mom and Dad have made numerous trips to England and have located interesting old Eastlick documents. Someday we hope to find a definite paper trail linking our Alexander Eastlick with his immigrant ancestors, which will likely lead us back to Cornwall.
So much genealogical garbage and hearsay is floating around the internet. People seem satisfied to simply “cut and paste” from other trees without concern for documentation. All I can say is… show me the proof! Every link must be documented!