This is the info I have on my Eastwood family. There maybe something here about your Vanmeter family that you don't have. I wish I could find the link between my Eastwood and the Vanmeters, Clines, Rice and Tylers as these men are very close associates. I know there has got to be a link. I beleive John Eastwood's wife Hannah was either a Vanmeter, Cline, Rice or Tyler that nobody knows about.
Children of JOHN and HANNAH EASTWOOD:
1) JOHN EASTWOOD, Jr. b. abt 1767 m. 7 Dec 1789 in Nelson Co., Ky.CATHERINE OSBURN dau of EBENEZER OSBURN.
2) PROVIDENCE EASTWOOD b. bef 1770 d. aft 1814 m. 13 Sept 1785 inJefferson Co., Ky. EDWARD BRANT.
3) MARGARET EASTWOOD b. abt 1772 d. aft 1814 m. JAMES VOREHOUSE.
4) ABNER EASTWOOD b. July 1773 Fayette Co., Pa.
5) MARY EASTWOOD b. abt 1775 Muddy Creek, Green Co., Pa. d. abt1816 Henderson Co., Ky. m. ISAAC HARMON.
6) JACOB EASTWOOD b. bef 1778 Muddy Creek, Green Co., Pa. m. 8 Dec1797 in Jefferson Co., Ky. RUTH QUIRK.
7) ABRAHAM EASTWOOD b. 1779 Muddy Creek, Green Co., Pa. d. abt1855 Henderson Co., Ky. m. 31 Oct 1808 in Hopkins Co., Ky.JEMIMA V. MERIT.
8) JOSEPH EASTWOOD b. aft 1785 Shelby or Jefferson Co., Ky.
'History of Green County, Penna.' by L.K. Evans.
"Most of the settlers on the Whiteleys were strong in their allegiance to Virginia though not native Virginians. Thomas Provins was born in New London township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. John Long, Sr. was originally from Delaware and later Maryland, the Minors and Gapens were first from New Jersey. They had settled for a time in the Upper Shenandoah, and it is not surprising they were soon followed to the Whiteley by their former neighbors, the Garards, Suttons, Vanmeters, ect., a Baptist group some of whom tarried for a time in Fayette County. Thus we find that in 1773, Goshen Baptist Church was established to supply the civilizing influence needed on the frontier. The Minute Books of this Church afford an interesting picture of the early history of the Whiteley Community and its families".
(the Vanmeters were originally from New Jersey then moved to Upper Shenandoah, Virginia.)
As seen in a former sketch the first Baptist settlement in Green County was on Muddy Creek, by the Vanmeter family in 1769. In the month of April 1771, a meeting house was built at Garards Fort and I presume about on the site of the present and commodious brick church which is the fourth house built on that site for public worship, and worship continued under the minstrations of John Corbly, who was yet but a licentiate.
On the 7th of Novermber 1773, a church was constituted. Revs. Isaac Sutton and Daniel Fristoe officiating, and called Goshen. The following thirty persons were constituent members. Jacob Vanmeter, Edward Rollens, Abraham Vanmeter, ____ Vanmeter, Benjamin Underwood, _____ Eastwood, David Kenton, Bambo (colored man), Daniel Waychoff, Moses Lambert, M____ Hahn, Alhalia Minor, Alice Davis, Jacob Fraizy, Isaac Sutton, Letty Vanmeter, Rebecca Rollens, Rebecca Vanmeter, Mrs. _____ Underwood, Mrs. ____ Eastwood, Mary Kenton, Dinah (colored Woman), Benjamin Vanmeter, Thomas Mingo, Henry Crosby, Nancy ____, Rebecca Jenkins, Abner Eastwood, and Daniel Fristoe
Goshen Baptist Church Records, Whitely Twsp, Green County, Pennsylvania: 24 May 1776. Met according to appointment Brother Corbly and Brother EASTWOOD appointed to site Sister Ives to our next monthly meeting.
Most of the thirty Charter Members were of the family of Jacob Vanmeter.
Bedford County, PA. tax lists:
1775 - Amos Eastwood...50 acres...Colerain Township.
1783 - Amos Eastwood...50 acres...non-resident.
Court records of Yohogania County, Penna. 22 March 1779:
John Corbley, Jacob Vanmeter, Abraham Vanmeter, Isac Dye, John Eastwood, Abraham Holt, John Holt, Robert Tyler, having produced recommendations from the County Court of Monongehala to pass unmolested to the Falls of the Ohio which was read and approved of. (The Falls of the Ohio was later to become Louisville, Ky.)
'The Patriarch, Edward Tyler 1719 -1802' by William J. Tyler
Bodley relates an incident, which occurred while George Rogers Clark occupied Vincennes, which throws some light on an event in the life of Captain Robert Tyler. Clark was short of supplies which he alleviated somewhat in this manner: "At this time some Spanish traders at Vincennes---of whom the principal was one Barbizone---received a cargo of varied merchandise. None of them had passports, which were required of all alien traders, and the want of which subjected them to arrest and confiscation of goods." The goods were confiscated by Clark.
It will be recalled that in March 1779 Captain Robert Tyler, Abraham Vanmeter, John Coebly, and a few others were granted permission by the court of Yohogania County to "pass unmolested to the falls of the Ohio." We have evidence that Vanmeter, and possibly Corbly, was in Kentucky as early as 1775. My hunch is that these men, including Captain Robert Tyler, had gone from Kentucky to the Monongahela valley in search of supplies , and the March 1779 pass was a permit to take the supplies down the river to Louisville.
An entry in the church books dated 18 Sept. 1779, discloses that on that date the following persons asked for letters of dismission; Jacob Vanmeter, Sr., John Garard, John Ventrees, John Eastwood, Joseph Eastwood, John Gates, Isaac Dye, David Henton, Abraham Vanmeter, Jacob Vanmeter, Jr., Rebecca Ventrees, Letitia Vanmeter, Hannah Dye, Mary Underwood, Mary Henton, Hannah Eastwood, and the two colored persons, Bambo and Dinah. They were mostly the family of Jacob Vanmeter, Sr., and were preparing then to go to Kentucky, which journey they effected the following spring. Letitia Vanmeter was the wife of Jacob Vanmeter, Sr., Rebecca Ventrees was the wife of John Ventrees, Hannah Dye was the wife of Isaac Dye, Mary Underwood was the widow of Benjamin Underwood, Mary Henton was the wife of David Henton, Rebecca Vanmeter daughter of Jacob Vanmeter, Sr. was the wife of Edward Rollins, John Garard had married Susan Vanmeter daughter of Jacob Vanmeter, Sr.
My conclusion: Evidence points toward Hannah wife of John Eastwood as being related to Jacob Vanmeter. John and Hannah Eastwood namedsons Jacob and Abraham.
Although Jacob Vanmetre, Sr. settled in Hardin Co., Ky. upon arrival there, his son Abraham settled at Squire Boone's 'Painted Stone' fort in shelby Co., Ky. along with John and Joseph Eastwood. Abraham Vanmeter also entered his land claim next to John Eastwood's claim on Gists Creek in Shelby Co.
24 May 1780:
John Eastwood enters 500 Acres upon a Treasury Warrant on the east side of Gists Creek about one mile from the creek and about one mile from Tick Creek including a cabbin and sinkhole spring.
Also 400 Acres on the north side of Tick Creek beginning at the Indian Painted Tree, running up the same creek near north for quantity, then near west, thence to the beginning.
Bebjamin Rice enters 500 Acres upon a Treasury Warrant on the south side of Gists Creek about two miles above the fork where Tick Creek and Gists fork meet, to include an emprovement on the creek made by Squire Boone and Co.
Abraham Vanmeter enters 800 Acres upon a Treasury Warrant in the fork of Gists Creek (a branch of Brashears Creek) beginning near the fork on the creek running near north and then west including his cabbin.
Peter Cline enters 500 Acres upon a Treasury Warrant on the north side of Tick Creek beginning half a mile below the Indian Painted Tree on the creek and run near north, then near west for quantity.
Robert Tyler enters 500 Acres on the south side of Tick Creek about a mile from the Indian Painted Tree, beginning on a branch on a branch below Squire Boone's cabbin, running west, then south, then east to include the cabbin.
Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds - Jefferson Entries:
John Eastwood...500 Acres...Book A pg. 94...24 May 1780 GistsCreek...surveyed.
John Eastwood...400 Acres...Book A pg. 94...24 May 1780 TickCreek...surveyed.
John Eastwood...200 Acres...Book A pg. 266...26 Feb. 1783 CaneCreek.
John Eastwood...200 Acres...Book A pg. 334...21 Jan. 1784.
Jefferson Co., Ky. Land Records...Squire Boone - Jefferson Co., Ky. Land Grant (adj. John Eastwood) 1782.
Benjamin Harrison Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know ye that in consideration of the sum of eighty pounds paid by Squire Boone into the treasury of this Commonwealth there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said Squire Boone Assignee of George Merewether a certain tract or parcel of Land Containing two hundred Acres surveyed the eighth day of July one thousand seven hundred and eighty one part of a treasury Warrant Number five thousand eight hundred and seventy seven and issued the fifteenth day of July one thousand seven hundred and eighty and bounded as followeth to wit Beginning at John Eastwoods North west Corner a sugar tree extending thence North two hundred and thirty two poles at fifty poles cross Guess creek to an elm and two Buckeyes at the head of a drain of said creek thence east one hundred and thirty eight poles to a small Walnut and Hickory thence south two hundred and thirty two poles to a Buckeye and box elder on the bank of Guess creek on the south side in Eastwoods line thence with his line West one hundred and thirty eight poles to the Beginning with its Appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of Land, with its Appurtenances to the said Squire Boone and his heirs forever In witness whereof the said Benjamin Harrison Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand and Caused the Lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two and of the Commonwealth the sixth.... Benjamin Harrison.
Painted Indian Tree
( Article by George L. Willis, Sr. Shelby Sentinel Feb. 17, 1933)
... Bland Ballard and Robert Tyler came from the Bear Grass and other stations around the Falls, and established "Tyler's Station." on Tick Creek, a little to the North of what is now Midland Trail U.S. 60 and about six miles East of Shelbyville....
Tyler's station is familiar to all, while its other early name, the "Indian Painted Tree," seems known to only a few who study the eariler records of the county....It was called the "Indian Painted Tree". The following is one of several depositions found in Deed Book B, the second book opened after Shelby became a county, and which book like Book A, is filled for the most part with these evidences of the right to titles in the valuable lands that had been "taken up," by grants and otherwise, years before Kentucky became a state or this became a county. All of the group of depositions of which the following is one, had to do with the establishment of the title to the "Indian Painted Tree" tract, which they all show was identical with the tract on which Tyler station stood and which had been sold just after the first massacre by Squire Boone to Robert Tyler...."The Indian Painted Tree" "Deponent says: That a certain Beech tree, standing on the bank of Tick Creek, near the mouth of a small branch, an within about 40 yards of the house which John Cline now lives, is a tree which has been known, and called 'The Indian Painted Tree.' I do not know of, and never heard of any other tree called 'The Indian Painted Tree". The cabin is the one that I have always understood was the one Robert Tyler bought of Squire Boone, and I believe it to be the cabin on the 500 A. on Tick creek you bought of Squire Boone.
...Tyler and Ballard founded the Tyler or Tick Creek station in 1783, about two years after the massacre of the Squire Boone settlers, at Long Run.
Original Settlers of Squire Boone's 'Painted Stone' fort in the spring of 1780 besides Boone and his family were Marius Hansbury, old Mr. Yount and son, George Yount, William Hall, Abraham Vanmeter, Abram Holt, Robert Tyler, John Kline, Philip Nichols, old Robert Eastwood, John Vancleve and Evan Hinton all with their families.. Also there were several young men without families, among them: George Holeman, Richard Rue, a brother of Philip Nichols. one Legget and others; also the widow Underwood and family. (Draper Mss. 19C27).
Eastwood and Legget Attacked
Al;most immediately there was an Indian incident. The very spring they settled the station, Eastwood and Legget were attacked by a party of Indians who stole upon them while they were making clapboards some distance from the fort. Legget was killed and Eastwood was wounded in the back but escaped and recovered (Draper Mss. 19C27).
'History of Kentucky' by Richard and Lewis Collins 1874 vo.1, pg.13:
A partial list of the twenty three men stationed at Painted Stone and comprising Captain Squire Boone's Company at June 23, 1780:
Squire BooneJohn HintonRobert Tyler
Alex BryantAbraham HoltAbraham Vanmeter
John BucklesMorgan HughesAdam Wickersham
Richard CatesEvan HintonJacob Wickersham
Charles DolemanJohn McFaddenPeter Wickersham
John EastwoodJohn NicholsJames Wright
Joseph EastwoodPeter PaulGeorge Yount
Jeremiah HarrisJohn Stapleton
The Long Run Massacre
(As told by Moses and Isaiah Boone sons of Squire Boone)
(Draper Mss. 19C33-36, 89-96)
.......Joseph Eastwood's wife, a daughter of Mr. Hansbury, was horribly killed. Mrs. Eastwood was pregnant and her body was ripped open and mangled.
.....Most of the massacre's survivors straggled into Linn's Station by nightfall. Old Mr. Eastwood and his wife had both fled into the woods during the attack. Somehow they found each other during the afternoon and dodged about in the bushes until dark without making any progress toward getting away. They hid during the night in a sink hole. As morning approached, they discovered an Indian camp very nearby and quitely stole away. They finally reached Linn's that day.
11346-roll 6, pg 1250-1251:
Service in the Army of George Rogers Clark:
26 June 1781: State of Virginia account with Robert Tyler. Payment for building smoke houses and payment to individual workers. Nanes JOHN EASTWOOD, A. Vanmeter, Peter Cline, John Vancleave, John Cline, John ilson, George Yunt, M. Wickersham, ? Holt, Squire Boone, Pat Kennedy, and William Shannon.
Source: 'George Rogers Clark and His Men' Military Records 1778-1784:
A Pay Roll for parts of Captn. Chenowith Company of Jefferson County Militia on a tower of duty at building Fort Nelson from the twentieth of April until the twelth of May both days included 1782.
John Vores, Serjt.23 days
A Pay Roll of Capt. Rich. Chinoweth's Comp. in Col. Isaac Cox's Batt. of Militia, Col. John Floyd County Lieut. under the Command of Gen. Geo. Rog. Clark Commencing the 20th Oct. & ending the 24th Nov. both days included on a Campaign against the Induians 1782.
Richard Chinoweth, Capt.36 days
George Pomery, Leut."
John Voris, Serjt."
George McManus, Private"
Return of Horses Under the Direction of Bland Balard H. Master on the Expedition against the Indians under the Command of B. Genl. Clark in the year 1782. Commencing 21 Oct. 1782 Ending 25 Nov. 1782.
Richard Chinwith, Capt....1 horse...black...age 7...brand S
In Capt. Chinwiths returns there is 6 horses. One found by John Eastwood. Bland Ballard H.M. March 27th 1783.
19145-roll 12, pgs 343-349:
Service in the Army of George Rogers Clark:
12 Feb. 1785:
For George Rogers Clark expedition in 1780. Listed are owners, number of horses supplied, when entered, when discharged, number of days use and amount paid. Names Capt. William Linn and among others JOHN EASTWOOD.
Mercer County, Ky. tax lists:
1789 - Abner Eastwood
Nelson County, Ky. tax lists:
8 Jan. 1793 - John Eastwood, Jr.
Jefferson County, Ky. tax lists:
1792 - John Eastwood
1793 - John Eastwood
- Abner Eastwood
1794 - John Eastwood
- Abner Eastwood
1795 - John Eastwood
1796 - Abner Eastwood50 a.
1797 - John Eastwood113 a.
- Abner Eastwood
1799 - John Eastwood, Sr.63 a. Turkey Run
- John Eastwood, Jr.50 a. Floyd's Fork
- Jacob Eastwood
1800 - John Eastwood
- John Eastwood, Jr.
- Jacob Eastwood
John Eastwood sales his land in Shelby County, Ky. to Charles Lynch. (Land Grant on Gists Creek of May 24, 1780).
This Indenture made this ninth day of November one thousand eight hundred and one Between John Eastwood, Senior of the County of Henderson of the one part; and Charles Lynch of the County of Shelby of the other part Witnessth that the said John Eastwood for and in consideration of the sum twenty eight pounds current money of Kentucky to him in hand at and before the signing and delivery of these presents the receite whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, hath given , granted, bargained and sold and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain and sell unto the said Charles Lynch his heirs Executors Administrators and Assignes forever a certain tract or parcel of Land situated lying on Guess Creek a fork of Brashears Creek. Abraham Vanmeter and Joseph Eastwood chainmen, Robert Tyler marker. Beginning at two beeches a large ash and large gum and a honey locust marked IE about fifty poles from Guess Creek, on the East side thereof, extending thence East five hundred and thirty eight poles to a small buckeye and hoopwood marked IE then north two hundred and sixty eight poles to two white ash's and elm marked IE thence West five hundred and thirty eight poles to a hickory two ash's and two small buckeye marked IE thence south two hundred and sixty eight poles to the place Beginning together with all and singular the here (dilament?) and Appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise Appertaining five Acres only reserved for a mill seat. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of Land with all and singular the premises to the same belonging, the mill seat and five Acres before mentioned excepted unto him the said Charles Lynch his heirs Executors Administrators and Assignes forever and the said John Eastwood doth (comend?) and agree to warrant and defend the said tract of Land from any person or persons whatever claiming under him, himself, his heirs or Assigns, unto him the said Charles Lynch his heirs Executors, Administrators and Assigns forever. In witness whereof the said John Eastwood hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this day and year above mentioned.
Sealed in presence of
Ancas McCalisterJesse McCalister
John PenistonDaniel AshbySigned JOHN EASTWOODseal
Isaac HarmonWilliam Glenn
Henderson County, Ky. tax lists:
1799 - Abner Eastwood - Grave Creek, near Harmons Ferry
1800 - Abner Eastwood
1801 - Abner Eastwood
- John Eastwood
1802 - Abner Eastwood200 a.
- Abraham Eastwood
- John Eastwood250 a.
1803 - John Eastwood
- Abraham Eastwood
- Abner Eastwood
- Jacob Eastwood
9 Nov. 1801 deed Henderson County, Ky. Isaac Harmon witness amongothers.
19 Oct. 1804 power of attorney Henderson County, Ky. JohnEastwood, Sr. to John Eastwood, Jr. of JeffersonCounty, Ky.authorizing disposal of land onFloyd's Fork in Jefferson County, Ky.
Will of John Eastwood dated June 1808 Henderson Co., Ky.
Appraisment of the Estate of John Eastwood Dec'd Aug. 1809
one spiched cow-----------------------------7.67
one red and white cow-----------------------8.00
one black cow-------------------------------8.00
one red and white heifer--------------------5.00
four yearling cattle------------------------ 12.00
one horse collar and a clive----------------.25
one frying pan------------------------------.50
one feather bed and furniture--------------- 20.00
one feather bed and furniture--------------- 16.00
one bible and hynm book---------------------5.00
puter and crookery ware---------------------6.00
one flax wheel------------------------------1.50
one pot trammel-----------------------------1.00
one smoothing iron--------------------------.75
two ?iggins and cooler----------------------.75
one old chest-------------------------------.25