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Capt. Ebenezer Eastman

"Captain Eastman was the first settler in Concord, N. H. There are many interesting facts concerning the part Mr. Eastman took in the settlement of Concord; the services he rendered, and the affairs of trust and honor committed to his charge, were many. Having considerable property, and coming, as he did, at the earliest period of the settlement of the town, with his six sons, the eldest of whom was fifteen years of age and able to do a man's work, it is no wonder that Captain Eastman became in a few years the strong man of the town.

" In 1731, his house and home lot were in better order and he had more land under cultivation than any other in the settlement. From his youth he had been inured to hardships and to bold and daring enterprises. When nine years of age his father's house was destroyed by the Indians. At the age of nineteen he joined the regiment of colonel Wainwright in the expedition against Port Royal.

" In 1711, when the British fleet under Sir Howenden Walker against Canada arrived in Boston, the land forces that were to accompany the expedition were organized with great despatch, and Mr. Eastman, then about twenty-one years of age, had command of a company of infantry, which embarked, with others, on board a transport. In going up the St. Lawrence river they encountered a violent northeast storm, in which eight or nine of the vessels were lost and about 1,000 men met a watery grave. The story as related by Jonathan Eastman, a grandson of Captain Eastman, is that as night came on the orders were that all the vessels should follow the Admiral's ship, which had a large light hoisted at masthead for a signal. Captain Eastman had been somewhat acquainted with the navigation of the river, having sailed up and down before. In the night the light of the Admiral's ship was not to be seen, and it was at the time when the fleet was doubling a very dangerous and rocky point or cape. When the Admiral's fleet had fairly doubled the cape and got into line, the light appeared in such a position as to draw the line of shipping directly on to that dangerous point. Aware of the danger, Captain Eastman went to the commander, and informed him of the peril, and begged him to alter the course of the vessel; but being under the influence of liquor, this the captain positively refused to do, saying that 'he would follow his Admiral if he went to h---.' Captain Eastman replied, 'Well, I have no notion of going there, and if you won't alter the course of the vessel, I will.'

" 'If you do,' replied the captain, 'your head shall be a button for a halter in the morning.'

" Informing his company of the danger and relying on their support, Captain Eastman ordered the captain below and the helmsman to change his course. Thus they escaped the wrecks which befell other vessels of the fleet, by which so many lives were lost. The next morning the humble captain tendered his acknowledgments to his deliverer, and begged his friendship. On the following day the Admiral came aboard, and on seeing Captain Eastman abruptly said, 'Captain Eastman, where were you when the fleet was cast away?'

" 'Following my Admiral, sir,' replied he.

" 'Following your Admiral! You Yankees are a pack of praying devils. You saved yourself, but sent my men to h---!'

"Among the many traditions and anecdotes that are related is one that, soon after settling in Concord, he made a journey to Haverhill on horseback, and purchased a barrel of molasses, which he intended in some way to convey home with him. He contrived what was called a car, that was formed with two shafts, one of which was fastened to the horse and the other to drag on the ground. Lashing the barrel of molasses on his car, he proceeded on his journey homeward along the path through the wilderness. He got along very well until he got to the Soucook river, when, after crossing and ascending the hill, which was very steep, he had got nearly to the top, his horse starting suddenly, the rigging gave way, and down went the barrel full speed, and was dashed to pieces against a tree. The captain, summoning all the patience at his command, exclaimed, 'Oh dear, my wife will comb my hair, yes, and harrow it too!' It was truly a hard case.

" Captain Eastman went to Cape Breton twice, the first time March 1, 1745, in command of a company, and was present at the reduction of Louisburg, June 16, 1745. He returned Nov. 10, 1745. Early the next year he went again, and returned home July 9, 1746. He was also a captain in Col. Sylvester Richmond's regiment, of Massachusetts, Feb. 6, 1744. Mr. Eastman lived on the 'East Side,' was a farmer, and was employed for many years in public affairs. He commenced a two-story house, but died before it was finished. He died July 28, 1748.

" In the name of God amen. I, Ebenezer Eastman of Rumford in the Province of New Hampshire in New England, Gent. Being of perfect mind and memory, do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testement. Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto Sarah, my well and beloved wife, all that my house and my former homestead in Haverhill in the County of Essex, and also that part of my pasture which joines the Cow commons which I purchased of Lieut. Richard Flaggan, Dec., and also my Negro man named Cesar, and also three of my cows which she shall chuse, and a horse now in possession of my son in law Ezra Carter, and also the whole of my household goods, or as many as she sees cause to take for her improvement during her natural life, and afterwards, what she does not expend for her necessities, to be equely divided among all my children, except Joseph to have one hundred pounds old tenor, less than the rest, because I have already given him the value thereof by deed, and my exet'rs, hereafter named, viz, Ebenezer and Philip my two eldest sons and Ezra Carter, my son in law, to pay all my just debts out of my estate before the division thereof, whom I have hereby appointed to be my sole Exet'rs, of my estate.

" In confirmation of this my last will and testement, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of March in the eighteenth year of his Majestys reign, Anno Dominie, 1744.

"Ebenezer Eastman. (seal) "Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced, and Disclosed, In the Presence of
" Moses Clement and David x (his mark) Heath and Edward Thompson.

"Will proved and admitted to probate at Exeter, Aug. 31, 1748.

"In Vol. II, page 405, in Exeter probate records will be found the following inventory of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman's estate by John Chandler and Jeremiah Stickney, and report made Nov. 25, 1748:

The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd lots of Addition, L200,0,0
The 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Lots, L400,0,0
The 3 next Lots adjoining the Addition, L195,0,0
The 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Lots, L300,0,0
The 1st and 2nd Lots on the intervale, L300,0,0
Five acres of land in the Abbott Lot, L100,0,0
The lower Fan Lots, L140,0,0
The Shepley Lot in the Fan, L50,0,0
The six acre Lot in Water Nummeries, L50,0,0
The six acre Lot on Horse Shoe Island, L60,0,0
One acre and quarter of Amandation Land, L16,0,0
One House Lot, L10,0,0
The six, 88 acre Lot, L1,200,0,0
The Mill farm 20 acre Lot, L70, 0,0
The 3, 20 acre Lots & half on the east side of Sewells Swamp, L280,0,0
One 20 acre lot adjoining the Mill farm, L200,0,0
The other 20 acre Lot, L120,0,0
The medow 18 acre Lot, L100,0,0
Pine Plains 40 acre Lot, L31,0,0
Swamp on the Mill Brook, L10,0,0
Two acres and 1/3 meadow, L10,0,0
The Mill farm, L1,400,0,0
The buildings and well, L355,0,0
One Saw Mill, L100,0,0
Corn Mill, L100,0,0
Cattle, horse and hay, L733,0,0
Iron and Husbandry tools, L121, 10s, 6d
Bedding, bed clothes, wearing clothes, and house-hold goods, L539,0,0
A Negro man, L400,0,0
A Smith's vice, L10,0,0
Harrow teeth, L12,0,0
Loom and tackling, L9,0,0
Flax combs and wool combs, L8,0,0
Corn and meal, L45,0,0
Peas & beans, L12, 10s,0
Malt and berley, L132,10s,0
Rie and pork, L78,0,0
Rum, Sugar, Molasses, Cheese, and Butter, L15,0,0

" By virtue of a warrent from Hon. Andrew Wiggin, Judge of probate of wills &c for the Province of New Hampshire bearing date Aug. 31, 1748, we, the subscribers have apprised the estate of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman as is set down in the above inventory.
" Jeremiah Stickney
" John Chandler"

(source: "History & Genealogy of the Eastman Family in America," volume I, by Guy S. Rix, pages 20-26)

"Ebenezer Eastman's team -- 6 yoke of oxen, with a cart -- was the first that crossed the wilderness from Haverhill to Penacook."
(source: "History of Haverhill," Chase, p. 278)

"Genealogy & Family History of the State of Maine," vol. 4, page 1596 says, 'On settling in Pennacook (Concord) his 'house lot' was number 7, second range, on Main Street. In the second survey, in 1727, he had lot No 16, containing four and one half acres, on Mill Brook Range, east side of the river, where he finally settled & had a garrison around his house. He died before he finished a two story house' which was still standing and occupied by Colonel J. E. Ricker when the above was written in 1909. Many visitors enjoy the Eastman Park named in honor of Ebenezer. A Huge monument has the following inscription carved in its base: 'Erected by the Eastman Association in the Memory of Captain Ebenezer Eastman, first settler of Concord 1727. Other markers tell of his importance to the area."
(source: "William Day and Dorothy Littlefield," by Ina Harris Day, p. 177)

"As an illustration of the force and energy of his character in carrying on his farming operations -- In 1729 Capt. Eastman took a lease of the farm laid off to Judge Sewall, containing five hundred acres, with the island, for a period of thirty years. He was to pay, as rent, ten shillings in good bills of credit, or silver money, the first year; twenty shillings the second year and so to advance ten shillings every year till it should reach fifteen pounds, which sum afterward should be annually paid. As conditions of the lease Capt. Eastman was required and agreed to improve the land, by good cultivation, 'to the value of L100; to build a timber house and barn, which should be worth another L100; to leave on the farm L100 worth of good fences, of stone or timber;' 'to plant five hundred apple trees in a regular manner for an orchard, and, also, to set out one hundred more of fruit trees, as cherry, pear, quince, apple and plum trees.

"Capt. Eastman went to Cape Breton twice -- the first time, March 1, 1745, in command of a company, and was present at the reduction and surrender of Louisburg, June 16. He returned November 10, 1745. Early the next year he went again, and returned home July 9, 1746.

"At the time of the massacre in Penacook {Concord}, August 11, 1746, Capt. Eastman and family were in a garrison, on the east side of the river. Subsequently he erected, on or near the spot, a large two story house; but before the house was finished Mr. Eastman died, July 28, 1748, aged 59.
(source: "History of Concord," Boulton, page 553)

Related Families:

The Eastmans are related to many old New England families, and these are a few I'm researching:

Ashworth, Avent, Barnard, Berry, Blyth(e), Byfield, Calvert, Carr, Carter, Cheribough, Clough, Coffin, Copp, Cowley, Coxon, Davis, Dean, Dow, Dutton, Eastman, Ebert, Eckingham, Evans, Folcord, Greenough, Greyndour, Gunne, Ham, Harwood, Heard, Heath, Hildebrandt, Horne, Hull, Illingworth, Itchenor, Ive, Jackson, Johnson, Kember, Kendall, Knight, Lawrence, Lewis, Lewkenor, Lodge, McMahon, Moorhouse, Moyce, Nichols, Oldroyd, Otis, Peasley, Peson, Pfefferkorn, Pierce, Pitman, Reifel, Reynolds, Ridgeway, Roberts, Roby, Rooke, Spalding, Speed, Starbuck, Stevens, Stephens, Stoughton, Streame, Swaine, Terrell, Thayer, Throckmarten, Upshall, Varney, Warren, Welker, West, Woode, Wright, Wynne, Young


The Descendants of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman

Please see my Family Tree Maker page for a Genealogy of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman which you can print out. If you want to know my source for any particular piece of information, please email me.


Related Links:

Here are some links to various genealogy reports or web sites of value:

Genealogy of Nicholas Coffin, born 1561, England
     The strange numbering is due to mutual ancestors. Numbers in brackets
     indicate you'll see that person listed more than once.

Genealogy of Jacob Nichols, born 1789 in Amherst, NH
     Twenty years of research and we still don't know who the parents of Jacob Nichols
     were. Do you? He married twice, first Sybil Wright and then Hannah Willey.
     His son, Jacob Nichols, Jr., was a well known in Lowell, MA, around 1860,
     but nothing is known of Jacob Nichols, Sr.

Genealogy of William Peaslee, born 1570 in England.
     Look for Sarah Peasley, the wife of Ebenezer Eastman near the bottom of page 2.

My Home Page at Family Tree Maker
     Look for a report on the Blyth family. They were Gypsies in Yetholm, Scotland!
     Also look for a report on John Copp, born 1516 in England.

Lodge, Moorhouse, McLachlan, Stow, Hutchinson, Drummond, Fearnside, File web site
     This is my cousin's page, Ed Lodge, who has given me generations of Lodges!

Reifel Family web site
      Early German ancestors of the Reifel family - very nicely done.

Roby Family Association
     You'll find Roby, Robey, and Robie family here.

Hampton, NH, cemetery records
     If you might have an ancestor buried in Hampton, check out this site!

New Hampshire Local History
     This site is slow to load but worth the wait. You can even find out the county name
     for any New Hampshire town.

State of Maine Marriage History Search Form
      Looking for a marriage in Maine from 1892-1996? You might find it here.
      Sending for a copy of a record will cost a few dollars, but searching is free.

Eastman Family Genealogy Forum
     If you're stuck on any Eastmans, be sure to post a message here!


This photograph was found in an album of the Eastman family. I have reason to believe it was taken prior to or around 1875. Click here to view the photograph.

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If you have Eastmans to add to the descendants of Capt. Ebenezer,
it would be my pleasure to include them. Just let me know who they are
and what your sources were. You can email me at vneastman@yahoo.com.
I'll look forward to hearing from you!

Virginia Eastman

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