The Easterling family in Marion County is an importation from Marlborough - a very extensive
and respectable family in that county. James Easterling married a Miss Manship, a sister of
Rev. Charles Manship, of Marlborough, and came down into Marion and first settled near what was
then called Bethea's Cross Roads, now the Widow Ann Manning's, and moved on a place on the north
side of Catfish, and just at the lower end of Catfish Bay, where he lived the remainder of his life.
He raised a considerable family of sons and daughters; his sons were Enos, Silas and I think, John,
Tristram, Henry and James F., and several daughters, whose names are not all remembered. ...
Of the daughters of "Jimmy" one married a Fletcher - John Fletcher, I believe, of Marlborough.
Another daughter, Celia married a Matthew Watson. The young daughter, Sallie, a very pretty girl
went to Alabama with one of her brothers Enos or Silas and married in that State, near a town called
Benton, on the Alabama River, a man by the name of Melton.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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