Two or three years ago a woman named Kim Baldacchino contacted our daughter, Leslie, as both of them were involved with researching our project’s surname. Somewhere along the way, Kim and I started communicating and I shared with her our findings through visits to the UK over the years; my love of Bodmin, Cornwall (which we visited first in 1995) as the place I felt had my “family” church; how we found the Eastlake Farm in Devon, quite by accident, in 2010, and shared with her our research into Samuel Eastlick who was transported in 1723 to Annapolis (we held his court records in our hands on one of our stops in London); and that we could not connect my most distant ancestor, Alexander Eastlick, to Great Britain since we have been unable to document his birth and parents.
In May 2013 when we made our trip to Great Britain, we contacted Kim and told her we were going to be in the area for about a month and would love to meet her. She met us in Bratton Clovelly, the little community in Devon we had been visiting to take pictures for a friend in 2010 when we accidentally drove by the Eastlake Farm, saw the sign and stopped to visit with the current owners. On the agreed upon morning we met her in front of the Inn in Bratton Clovelly and we spent the morning at the nearby Community Center sharing information and getting acquainted. I felt like we had been friends forever, and with a lot of laughter and stories, we learned about her family and her life in the UK and also the research she had been doing with the Guild of One-Name Studies. She also shared that she was now going to do a One-Place Study about the Bratton parish (which would include the Eastlake area).
On a side note, she had invited the local post mistress of Bratton Clovelly, who had recently retired after being the post mistress all of her life following upon her father who had been post master before her. She and her husband met us at the Inn and we had a wonderful time learning about the area and of course they were well aware of the Eastlake Farm and knew the current owners…it is a small area and reminded me of Scott Valley, California, where I grew up…everyone knows everyone!
Kim is originally from the United States and a descendent of Francis Estlack from Bermuda and New Jersey. Her work is well documented and very informative. What fascinated and thrilled me was that her research supported our own as we had also documented Robart in Bodmin in the 1500’s, Thomas, the mayor of Penzance, Eastlakes in Pymouth, and we found many with the spelling of Eastlick in London prior to the 1700’s including Samuel Jr. and his father, Samuel Sr., who charged him with the felony for which he was transported. Up to the time of finding the Eastlake Farm, I was convinced that the name came from Cornwall (based on the earliest church records) but now I need to say “through Cornwall” as the documentation dating back to the 1200’s certainly appears to place our name beginnings in Devon. If we can find the book that documents Robart’s traveling across the River Tamar to Bodmin we can be certain.
I encourage all who are interested in the Eastlake, Eastlick, Easlick, Estlick, Eslick name to go to Kim’s article reporting on her One Name Project at this link: (copy and paste the link)