Leander Benjamin Easton

Male30 April 1852–27 March 1884

Brief Life History of Leander Benjamin

When Leander Benjamin Easton was born on 30 April 1852, in Greenfield, Greene, Illinois, United States, his father, Jackson Easton or Eastin, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Odell, was 34. He married Josephine Jane Shanklin on 9 November 1870, in Greene, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Madison Township, Fillmore, Nebraska, United States in 1880. He died on 27 March 1884, in Cheyenne Wells, Cheyenne, Colorado, United States, at the age of 31.

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Leander Benjamin Easton
Josephine Jane Shanklin
Marriage: 9 November 1870
Lillian Olive Easton
Alexander William Easton
Elmer Benjamin Easton
Alma Easton
Amy Iola Easton
Josephine Lee Easton

Sources (12)

  • Leander Benjiman Easton in entry for Elmer Benjiman Easton, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births, 1842-1917"
  • Leander Easton in household of Wash Easton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lee A Benjamin in entry for William J Bossett and Josie L Hunter, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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  • Marriage
    9 November 1870Greene, Illinois, United States
  • Children (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    On May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide whether or not they wanted to allow slavery within their borders. This Act repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820.


    Age 4

    Historical Boundaries: 1856: Fillmore, Nebraska Territory, United States 1867: Fillmore, Nebraska, United States

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 9

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places in England called Easton ‘the eastern village, estate, or manor’ (Berkshire, Cumberland, East Yorkshire, Hampshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Somerset, Wiltshire), as well as from Easton (Peeblesshire) or Easton near Bathgate (West Lothian) in Scotland. The name may also arise from any of the places called Easton which have different etymologies, in Devon, Essex, and Northamptonshire. Easton in Devon gets its first element from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Ælfrīc (Old English ælf ‘elf’ + rīc ‘power’) or Athelrīc (Old English athel ‘noble’ + rīc ‘power’). Easton Neston in Northamptonshire arises from Old English Ēadstānestūn ‘settlement of Ēadstān’, a personal name composed of the elements ēad ‘prosperity, riches’ + stān ‘stone’. Great and Little Easton in Essex are from the Old English personal name Æga + stān(as) ‘stone(s)’.

    English and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English (bi) este(n) tune (Old English be ēastan tūne), denoting someone who lived at the east end of a village, or from Middle English atte(n) este(n) tune ‘at (the place to) the east of the village’, a type of formation particular to Sussex. Compare Weston , Sutton , and Outen .

    English: from the Middle English personal name Estan (Old English Ēadstān, from ēad ‘prosperity’ + stān ‘stone’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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