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Re: Amazilla Eastman

EASTMAN, CHEEVER, BELKNAP, GARLINGHOUSE

Posted By: Gay Spencer (email)
Date: 6/10/2017 at 09:14:54

In Response To: Re: Amazilla Eastman (Mary E. Lanigan)

They were Methodists. In the The "Old Northwest" Genealogical Quarterly, Volume 11 (search for it--it's been scanned by Google) on page 186 you can see the "class" attendance records (which is essentially a "congregation") showing Amazilla, Joel and two additional generations of Amazilla's family--with surnames Garlinghouse and Belknap.

Obituary in the Western Christian Advocate, April 25, 1849 ("Official organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church.")

March 25--In Wapello County, Iowa, brother Joel Eastman, son of Josiah and Rachel Eastman, aged thirty-eight years, six months, and twenty-two days.

He was born in Vermont. His parents, from thenc, emigrated to Ohio, when he was three years old.

At the age of sixteen years he was converted at a camp meeting in Licking county, O.

In his twenty-first year he was married to Amazilla Belnap.

In 1841 he emigrated to Iowa. From the hour of his conversion he retained the evidence of his acceptance with God.

In his life we have an extraordinary example of an even, meek, and quiet spirit.

We have it from those who knew him best that he was not known to be peevish or angry in the last eighteen years.

He has filled the office of class-leader most of the time since he came to Iowa.

His pilgrimage ended in great peace.

In his last illness, which lasted only five days, he suffered much; but his mind was calm and collected.

He was favored with his reason to his last moments; he knew, for several hours before his departure, that he was dying.

He had no tears to shed; and, while his family stood, reluctant to let him go, he told them not to weep for him; he knew he wasd dying, but he was ready.

He has left a companion and six children to mourn their loss.

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