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John Eastland (1801-1871)                                                       

2 x Great grandfather of Patricia Dorothy Eastland - Generation 5.












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Father: John Eastland:

Baptism: 24 August 1759, St. Michael, Ashburnham, Sussex.

Marriage: 8 October 1787, St. Michael, Ashburnham, Sussex (John was 28 years old).

Occupation: Agricultural labourer.

Burial: 22 January 1835, St. Michael, Ashburnham, Sussex (John was 75 years old).

John's father was a member of the last generation of agricultural labourers who worked the land before the onset of the Agricultural Revolution (1750-1850) which introduced mechanisation and new farming practices, and caused many agricultural labourers to be displaced. As far as can be determined, John's family was reasonably well provided for.


Mother: Hester 'Esther' Dan:

Birth: 1765, Ashburnham, Sussex.

Burial: 11 February 1824, St. Michael, Ashburnham, Sussex (Esther was 59 years old).


Baptism: 4 May 1801, St. Michael, Ashburnham, Sussex.

John was the fifth of six children born to his parents. He and his siblings were raised in Ashburnham, Sussex, a village situated 69 miles (112 Kilometers) south east of London. Although the village was well known for its iron furnace (closed 1813), iron forge (closed 1826) and brickworks (closed 1968), our ancestors were employed in farming and associated trades such as boot and shoemaking.


Marriage: 10 May 1823, St. Mary, Newick, Sussex (John was 22 years old).


Spouse: Lucy Mepham:

Baptism: 14 March 1802, St. Peter and Paul, Hellingly, Sussex.

Burial: 24 May 1860, St. Mary, Newick, Sussex (Lucy was 58 years old).


Children: William Eastland:

Birth: 17 August 1823, Fletching, Sussex.

Burial: 3 August 1858, St. Mary, Newick, Sussex (William was 34 years old).


Thomas Eastland:

Birth: 1825, Fletching, Sussex.

Death: 1908, Newick, Sussex (Thomas was 83 years old).


Sophia Eastland:

Birth: 1828, Fletching, Sussex.

Death: 28 January 1895, Newick, Sussex (Sophia was 67 years old).


George Eastland:

Born: 1833, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex.

Burial: 10 February 1902, St. Bartholomew, Horley, Surrey (George was 69 years old).


James Eastland:

Birth: 1838, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex.

Death: 1892, Reigate, Surrey (James was 54 years old).


Ann Eastland:

Birth: 1840, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex.

Death: 1859, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex (Ann was 19 years old).


Eleanor 'Ellen' Eastland:

Birth: 1842, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex.

Death: 1931, Sevenoaks, Kent (Ellen was 89 years old).


Henry Eastland:

Birth: 1846, 'Fonthill', Church Lane, Newick, Sussex.

Death: 1884, Newick, Lewes, Sussex (Henry was 38 years old).


Occupation: Agricultural labourer.

For a subsistence level income, agricultural labourers worked around 80 hours a week in all weathers to cultivate land, undertake harvesting, care for livestock, mend hedges, clear ditches, repair farm buildings and do any other farm work required. Their only respite from gruelling hard work would've been on a Sunday when best clothes were worn, church was attended and a family meal (probably the most wholesome of the week) was shared.


Death: 1871, Western Road, Newick, Sussex (John was 70 years old).


Cause of death: Unknown.


Note: If you'd like to know more than has been summarised on this website or have information that improves this history, we'd love to hear from you.

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