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Edward Everett & Willa McCord Eslick

Two of the most prominent people from our Eslick lines are Tennessee Congressional Representatives Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) and his wife Willa McCord Eslick (nee Blake, 1878-1961). Edward was born in Giles County, Tennessee, the son of farmer Merritt E. Eslick and his wife Martha Virginia Abernathy. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1893. Shortly thereafter in 1896, Edward won his … Read more >

Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake

Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake (1809-1893), wife of Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, is one of the earliest women bearing an Eastlake surname to receive national prominence for her contributions to writing and the arts. Elizabeth was born in Norwich, Norfolk in 1809, the daughter of physician Edward Rigby and his wife Anne Palgrave. While taking a cure for typhoid in Switzerland, she learned German and began … Read more >

William Merton Eastlick

William ‘Merton’ Eastlick was born in Ohio in 1854, the son of John Eastlick and Lavina Day, destined to become a ‘boy hero’ only a decade later. John and Lavina worked hard to make ends meet for their five young sons, first moving to Illinois and then to Lake Shetek, Minnesota in search of affordable land. Increasingly, settlers were moving into this southwest corner of … Read more >

William Clark Eastlake (Eastlack)

William Clark Eastlake (1834-1887) is another bearer of our surname who features at the top of our notables list. He was born in New Jersey as William Clark Eastlack, son of Richard Wills Eastlack and his wife Sarah Clark. Richard was a dealer in patent medicines and son William grew up to study dentistry. As part of the Japanese Government’s efforts to modernise Japan, William … Read more >

Charles Lock Eastlake

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793-1866) is undoubtedly one of the most famous people to bear a surname of our one-name study. Born to George and Mary Pearce Eastlake and part of a remarkably successful Plymouth family, references to Charles can be found across the Internet. Baptised at Plymouth St Andrew, Charles pursued his artistic interests with passion from an early age and studied with Samuel … Read more >