Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - E surnames

Robert Eastwood, proprietor of the Henry County Woolen Mills, was born in England in 1823, and is one of a family of eight children, four of whom are now living. The parents, John and Alice (Woodcock) Eastwood, were born in 1776 and 1778 respectively. The father was a native of England, and followed merchandising there till 1843, when he came to America, locating in Massachusetts. After remaining there a short time he went West to Ohio, and spent the latter part of his life in tilling the soil. He died in 1853. The mother died in 1855 in Massachusetts, having moved back to that place after the death of her husband. Our subject came to America one year previous to his parents, and after stopping in Massachusetts went to Ohio, and from there came to Tennessee in 1851. He located in the middle part of the State and married Angeline Longford, a native of Tennessee, born in 1833; by this union he became the father of seven children: Richard, Robert, Abel, Alice, Hannah, Mary and Joseph. In 1856 our subject came to Henry County, and built the first woolen-mill in the county, it having a carding and cotton-gin. In 1865 he located where he now lives, and built a woolen factory. He also carries on his farming interest in connection with the factory. He is conservative in politics, voting for principle rather than for party, and he and Mrs. Eastwood have for many years been church members.

Dr. Samuel C. Edmunds, a leading physician and surgeon of this part of the State, was born December 23, 1831, in Warren County, Ky., and is a son of John J. and Sallie (Martin) Edmunds. The father was born in Amherst County, Va., October 19, 1805 and removed to Warren County, Ky., at the age of five. There he lived until 1842, when he moved to Henry County, Tenn., and there remained until his death in 1848, having been a farmer all his life. The mother of our subject was also born in Amherst County, Va., in 1800, and died in 1870. Our subject was reared on a farm, received a practical education, and graduated in the medical department of the university of Louisville in March, 1856. He then began practicing at Cottage Grove, Henry Co., Tenn., continuing there until 1861, when he removed to Paris, and has since practiced his profession in this place with very great success. January 22, 1857, he married Drusilla Hardy, of Calloway Co., Ky. To them were born five children: Hinda, Sallie, Cora, William and Nellie. Politically Mr. Edmunds is a member of the Democratic party, and as a citizen is one of the leading men of the county.