I found these articles on my Ralston family, including Richard A Ralston, Ivan and Marjorie Ralston, William A and Nellie Mae Ralston, and Nellie’s parents: Charles Lester Eastman and Charity Welch Eastman.
Oscar Eastman was the son of Norman F Eastman and Cornelia Pratt. And the brother of my ancestor Charles L. Eastman, whose daughter Nellie Mae Eastman was my great-grandmother. Nellie Mae married William Alfred Ralston. My great-grandparents were originally from Jackson County, Iowa.
Oscar Eastman, one of the earlier settlers of Lyon
county, and whose history is largely the story of the
settlement of that part of the county where he is
found to-day, located on section 32, Lyon township, in
1887. He was born in Jackson county, Iowa, July 28,
1862, a son of Norman and Cornelia (Pratt) Eastman,
natives of New York and Vermont. The father, who came
to Iowa in the very early days, was a life-long
farmer. When he died in 1893 he had reached the age of
seventy-six years. His wife, who died in 1884, lived
to be sixty-two years. They had a family of eleven
Oscar Eastman was educated in the common schools, and
in his earlier manhood worked by the month at farm
work until his marriage, when he bought his present
place. He was married March 27, 1892, to Miss Minnie
Schoen, a resident at that time of Fairview, South
Dakota. Her parents, John and Mary Schoen, were
blessed with a family of ten children, of whom Mrs.
Eastman was the fourth in order of birth. To Mr. and
Mrs. Eastman have come the following children: Irvin
O., Chester N., Clarence and Agnes M., all of whom are
living and form a most charming family.
Mr. Eastman is becoming largely interested in stock,
and upon his place now has twenty-five head of cattle,
sixteen horses, and one hundred and fifty hogs. For
breeding purposes he has a stallion, Don Arno,
registered No. 25,-564, which is very highly regarded
in the neighborhood. Mr. Eastman is a member of the
Fairview Camp of Modern Woodmen of America, and
attends the Methodist church. He is one of the bright
and progressive young men of the neighborhood.
NOTE: For more information on Lyon County, Iowa
Please visit the Lyon County, IAGenWeb page
Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of
Lyon County, Iowa. Published under the Auspices of the Pioneer
Association of Lyon County. Geo. Monlun, Pres.; Hon. E. C. Roach
Sec’y; and Col. F. M. Thompson, Historian. Geo. A. Ogle & CO.,
Published, Engravers and Book Manufacturers. Chicago, 1904-1905
Cousin Karen was kind enough to send me some photos of my great-grandparents William A and Nellie Mae Ralston. Much thanks to Karen!
Top Photo: William A. Ralston, daughter Gladys, son Harold and wife, Nellie Mae.
Bottom Photos: Left ~ Nellie Mae Ralston Right ~ William Alfred Ralston, Richard A. Ralston (my father) and Nellie Mae Ralston
Nellie Mae Eastman Ralston:
This photo was found recently by my family. Richard Arlen Ralston born Jan 8, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:
From Richard’s baby book as written by his mother, Marjorie Butler Ralston and found recently in my family’s possession:
Nellie Mae Ralston died 16 JAN 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Lester Eastman and Charity Welch.
William Alfred Ralston died 9 DEC 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the son of Millen Ralston and Eliza Sinkey. Millen and Eliza had gone to Jackson County, Iowa from Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1850. Ralston male DNA has shown Cherokee Indian markers and Sinkey male DNA has shown Shawnee Indian markers. I do believe that Millen’s mother was mixed-blood Cherokee from her father. Someday, if we find out who Millen’s maternal grandparents were and find a direct male descendant from that line, we may know for sure.
Donald P. Ralston’s obituary as saved by my father. My grandfather Ivan was still alive when Donald passed away. Unfortunately, my father did not save the entire obituary.
Below is a copy of records from Shiloh Cemetery in Monroe Township, Linn County, Iowa on the Ralston family.
Ivan W. Ralston was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The photographs were sent to me a couple of decades ago by Al Ralston, Ivan’s nephew.