ONE NAME STUDY – EASTLAKE

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)

http://www.onename.org/journal/articles/vol111/vol111_Eastlake.pdf

MAY 28 – CORNWALL AND DEVON RESEARCH

Our time in West Country went very quickly.  We visited the Bodmin Church in Cornwall and the Eastlake Farm in Devon, both places we had visited in the past and have significance to the family name.  We also did research in Truro and Redruth in Cornwall, and Sowton, Devon.  I will try and write an article on both the church and the farm when I get home.  

We also arranged to meet another researcher of our family name(s) in Bratton Clovelly in Devon.  She has concluded  that all of these variant names will most likely date back to the name, Byestelake (loosely, east by the stream or water) in Devon, and identified in the Assise Rolls of 1244 in the Broadwoodwidger Parish. This connection of the variant names is certainly what I hope our DNA project will confirm… that we share a common ancestor.

Researching in the Devon Heritage Center at Moor House in Sowton (near Exeter), I found it unbelievable how many more records have been digitized since we were last here in 2010.  I hope to share a list of websites when I get my research organized at home..  All of us interested in this name can now do so much online from the United States.  Seeing digitized copies isn’t like holding the old documents, but sometimes the translations are much more understandable, both because of the language (often Old English and Latin) and because of the aging of the documents.  We left Devon on Sunday, May 26th, to continue research on other family names in Sussex.  When I get my photos organized, I will post some additional pictures to summarize our trip, but this will be my last post while traveling.  What a fascinating journey it has been!

May 14 – CONTINUING IN CORNWALL

The days fly by and I am derelict in posting because we were enjoying Bodmin, and then moved on to Clowance Estates near Praze-an-Beeble, visting friends and staying in doors on a couple of days due to the heavy rain and wind.  When you leave A30 in Cornwall, the roads are often very narrow and even only wide enough for one car, and there are unexpected tractors and other farm equipment so rainy driving isn’t great fun.  We had seen most of the tourist sites in past trips, so we mostly like to talk with folks in the pubs, visit friends made before, and just enjoy being here…when not visiting a research center.  We have found about 20 people in the phone book, mostly with the spelling ESTLICK, but some other variant spellings.  We are going to stop by a store in Troon to see if we can find one of the families but we have discovered that most do not trace their families back beyond the first census in the 1800’s. Way too late for our connection.  I believe DNA will show we all have a common ancestor but finding that link to Devon and Cornwall will remain very difficult.  I am just grateful that I have experienced the discoveries that I have in Cornwall, Devon and London and even if you are not into genealogy it is really LOVELY to visit this country, so like our own but so different.  Just wish it would stop raining for a few days! 

May 7 – CORNWALL FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

Today we went to Truro to renew my subscription to the Cornwall Family History Society.  I had let it lapse since our visit in 2010 but they had all my info and i could keep my long held number.  We went to the small alley of their location in past years, only to find they have moved.  They are now at 18 Lemon Street close to the parking lot we usually use (through Lemon Street Market) and very near Mannings, a favorite restaurant.  The new location is beautiful with a large table near the reference books in the library, and several computers for online research in a separate room.  The volunteers are friendly and helpful and although nothing new was discovered from our previous visits, it was satisfying to be there and to talk with fellow genealogists!  We had hoped to attend their Spring Meeting on Saturday but there were no lectures and it was only a tour of Lanhydrock House, which we have gone to several times on previous trips, so we decided to continue on our own research.  I would encourage members of the Eastlick Name Project to consider joining the Cornwall Family History Society…they are digitizing more and more of their material.  We will be going to Heritage House in Devon in a couple weeks and will probably join their group as well. 

May 6 – Arrived in Cornwall

On Monday, May 6th, we left Salisbury and after stopping to visit friends near Ilminster, we traveled the well-known route to Cornwall on A30, across the Moor in Devon (passing close to Bratton Clovelly and where the Eastlake Farm is located and where we will visit in a couple of weeks) to Lanhydrock Hotel in Bodmin, Cornwall.  Just down the road we enter Bodmin passing the church featured on my Blog.  We will return to visit as we have on all of our trips but after driving we are always happy to settle in our hotel (especially one that we know and love like Lanhydrock).  Coming to Cornwall feels like coming home.  The people are friendly helpful (like assisting with opening our gas tank lid on our very automatic rental car…the trick is to open the lid immediately after turning off the engine).  Although we had lovely weather in Salisbury, the forecast is for wind and rain in Cornwall.  Fortunately Tuesday was lovely (as they say over here) and the rain didn’t hit until Wednesday.

May 1 – May 6

Russ and I arrived in Great Britain on May 1st.  We stayed in Salisbury for 5 nights as a transition time getting  over jet lag.  Salisbury is one of our favorite cities and we have visited it on every one of our trips to the UK beginning in 1979, having discovered the ancient hotel, Red Lion Inn, identified as the oldest continuous hotel in England.  The original building was constructed in the 1200’s to house workmen  building the Cathedral.  I have no ancestors that I am aware of in Wiltshire, but Russ does, and he claims St. Thomas Church in the city center as one of his ancestral churches.

Traveling in Cornwall and Devon

Russ and I will be visiting Great Britain again this spring, spending three weeks in Cornwall and Devon and continuing our research into the Eastlick/Eastlake name(s). We have visited and researched in Cornwall on nine trips between 1995 and 2010, and did extensive research in Devon in 2010. We have been to the Bodmin Church (St Petroc) each time, and the last trip in 2010 we discovered, quite by accident, the Eastlake Farm near Bratton Clovelly in Devon. With the Eastlick Name Project in Family Tree DNA I hope to begin to trace the Eastlick/Eastlake lines more definitively to these and other locations in Great Britain. On most of our trips we have kept a journal. This trip I hope to blog about any new information we may discover as well as sharing the joy of being in my second homeland.