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Darius & Ruby Eastman – First Kinsley Cemetery, Edwards, Kansas


The headstone reads: Children of D & S Eastman Above the earth our children dwell, Above the strife and cares of life, Where all is peaceful bright and fair, Their home is there their home is there

Darius and Ruby were the children of Darius Sr., and Susanna Eastman. The two were married in 1854 and they raised seven children. Darius Jr. was born July 4, 1863 in Wisconsin. Ruby was also born in Wisconsin on Apr 10, 1868.


The US Federal Census of 1870 has family living in Wayne, Lafayette, Wisconsin. A few years later, Darius, Sr. and Suzanna were divorced. Susanna took the children and moved to Illinois.


The 1880 census documents Suzanna, and three children living in the Blanchards Addition of Kinsley, Edwards County. Ruby contracted consumption (tuberculosis) and passed away on October 4, 1878 at the age of 10.


Darius died on August 12, 1883 at the age of 20. He was attempting to cross a river on horseback. His horse reared back and threw him. Friends were unable to save Darius and he drowned.


The remaining family members moved to California. Darius Sr. did remarry and died in 1907. He is buried in Eastman Cemetery, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

Susanna passed away in 1919 and is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

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