Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Beautiful and Fascinating Miss Moran 1891

William Edward Eastman
ca. 1890

Today I'm posting a letter to Fannie Moran from another one of her many admirers.  She is described as "beautiful and fascinating" by William Edward Eastman Jr., of Nashville Tennessee.  At the end of the letter I've included as much information as I could find in regards to Mr. Eastman and his family.  It appears he never married, did Fannie break his heart?

Fannie thought highly enough of Mr. Eastman to include him in a photo album of close friends and family.  He is about 18 years old in this picture. (Picture was added to this post on April 26, 2013)

Bank of Commerce
J.N. Brooks Prest.
C.B. Duncan, Cash'r
Nashville, Tenn Oct 17, 1891

Dear Miss Moran,

I am afraid that you are fast forgetting your old Nashville friends so I have taken the liberty of letting you know that one is still true and desires very much to be remembered.

I saw your very dear friend Mr. Ewing the other day and he informed me that the beautiful and fascinating Miss Moran was well and doing well.

I received a letter from Matt A. to day.  He is in St. Louis with the "St. Louis Republic." (Maybe you have heard that direct from him?)

I was awfully sorry not to have been able to bid you a fond farewell when you left here.

When are you coming to Nashville again?  Would like very much to have a "reunion."

It it would not be too much trouble to you I should be delighted to hear from you.

Yours very truly

   Will E. Eastman Jr.

William Edward Eastman Jr was born February 20, 1872 in Nashville Tennessee to William Edward Eastman Sr and Addie Florence Clark.  William Eastman Sr. appears in A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Volume 1:

Son of Elbridge Gerry and Lucy Ann (Carr) Eastman; grandson of Timothy and Abigail (Wilkins) Eastman; great-grandson of Nathaniel Eastman, private New Hampshire Continental Rangers.

William Eastman Sr. was one of the founding partners of The Nashville Banner and served as its first president.  He was also a member of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of the State of Tennessee and was a "Grand Scribe", "Grand Steward",  "Grand King", "Grand High Priest",  and a "Grand Master of Ceremonies" at one of the conventions.

William Eastman Jr. is listed in the 1900 Census.  He's living in Washington DC as a boarder and his occupation was accounting.  By 1910 he's living in Nassau, New York and is residing in the household with his brother-in-law Colin Studds, his sister, Maud Eastman Studds and their sons Carlin (possibly mis-written by the census take, most likely Colin Jr)  and Eastman Studds.  William Eastman is listed as single.  An interesting side note, Maud Eastman Studds is the grandmother of Gerry Eastman Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress.

In the 1920 Census William is now listed as head of household and his sister and her two children are living with him.  Oddly enough the census taker lists both of them as married which I believe is incorrect.  William was still single and his sister was now a widow since her husband Colin Auld Studds died in 1915.

In 1930 the Census has reversed the situation with Maud now being listed as head of household. His occupation is now that of District Passenger Agent for the railroad.  His marital status is single.

In 1940, the most current year census records are available, it is just he and sister residing in the home at Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

I don't know where he died but William Edward Eastman died in 1950 and is buried in Pennsylvania with his sister Maud and her husband Colin Studds.

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