Our earliest Eastland ancestors heralded from Sussex and were farmers and agricultural labourers, some of whom became quite wealthy.
As assets were handed down from father to son(s), it was divided into shares, and each share became smaller over time.
In the end, as widespread change driven by the Agricultural/Industrial Revolution (1750-1850) reached the rural areas, the Eastlands were forced into the cities in search of work.
This migration took many years for the Eastlands, but as far as we know, none of them suffered the diabolical working conditions faced in the factories, mills and mines by thousands of other working class families.
On the whole, our Eastland ancestors transitioned from the 'old ways' to the 'new ways' for each generation, with amazing adaptivity and resilience.
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