I am not strictly an Eastway relative YET. I am searching my Bates family background which seems to disappear in South Carolina about 1800. I also have on good authority (My father) that John Bates emigrated from England but no details. With a further clue that John's father was James Bates I went searching in England and came across John Bates as the son of John and Mary Field Bates that has an older sister, Elizabeth Bates, that married Elias Eastway 13 Jun 1793 in Willian, Hertfordshire, Eng. A search of Ancestry also comes up with and Elias Eastway/Mary Bates that emigrated to New York then moved into the NY mountains and finally moving to Michigan. Further searches for John Bates is totally stonewalled. Intuition told me he probably emigrated to NY with his sister and her family but I have been unable to locate anything to substantiate the thought. I just looked at the records again, after a long hiatus for retirement and moving, and suddenly the marriage of Elias and Mary's oldest living child, James Bates Eastway, seemed to leap off at me - Gernsey, Channel Island, England. I have't gotten much further but it seems to me that with the proximity to France the may have sailed from a ship out of one of the nearby ports to New York. Does anyone have any information about the Bates side of the Eastway family?
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