Robert Scroggin Eastin

by Edmund Starling, 1886


ROBERT SCROGGIN EASTIN, Master Commissioner of the Henderson Circuit Court, is a son of Edward Franklin Eastin and Amanda Collins Scroggin. His father was born August 25th, 1806, in Bourbon County, Ky., lived in that county until his marriage in June, 1833, and soon thereafter removed to Missouri, where he remained one year. He then returned to Kentucky, and resided in Bourbon, Woodford and Harrison Counties, where he engaged in the manufacture of bagging and rope till his coming to Henderson County in 1846, where he died in 1869. Mrs. Eastin was born in Bourbon County January 12th, 1808, and is still living in Henderson, aged seventy-nine years. Our subject's paternal grandfather was Rev. Augustin Eastin, a Baptist preacher in Virginia during the latter part of the colonial period, and during the Revolutionary War. He married the first couple north of the Kentucky River. He was one of the preachers who was confined in jail for preaching to the British soldiers during the Revolution. He removed to Kentucky in 1784, and during the great religious excitement of 1804, became a Universalist, dying in that faith in 1833, in Bourbon County. The paternal grandfather was General Zachariah Eastin, born in Virginia in 1777, January 11th. He was a Colonel in the War of 1812; was at the battle of Tippecanoe and River Raisin, and was promoted to Brigadier General, which position he held until 1824, when he resigned. The following named, who died in Henderson County, were soldiers with General Eastin: Captains Bowen, Cox, Negley and John Baskett; they all lived near Hebardsville. General Eastin removed to Henderson County in 1844, and died here in 1852. He was the father of Henry J., Robert, Thomas and William A. Eastin, all civil engineers, Henry J. being one of the first engineers in the employ of the State during the days of Internal Improvements. Henry Thomas and William A. located at Spottsville, and erected in 1840, a saw and grist water mill, using the water power occasional by the dam, across Green River at that point. Our subject's grandmother was Nancy Durbin, a native of Maryland. She married General Eastin in 1799, and died in Henderson in 1852. Our subject's maternal great grandfather Scroggin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War; was a native of Delaware, but removed after the war to Maryland. The maternal grandfather, Robert Scroggin, was a native of Maryland, married in Virginia, Marcissa Mills, and came to Kentucky at an early date. He was a Lieutenant in Colonel Richard Johnson's celebrated regiment of mounted men, that took such a conspicuous part at the battle of British General Proctor, so closely, that the General abandoned his carriage, unloosed one of the horses and escaped on horseback. Lieutenant Scroggin captured the other horse, the General's field glass, papers and baggage. Lieutenant Scroggin died in Bourbon County in 1836. Robert Scroggin Eastin, subject of this sketch, taught school for a number of years, and has served as County Surveryor for a number of terms. He is now Master in Chancery of the Henderson Circuit Court, and, by the exercise of fine judgment, is making an exceptionally good officer.

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 753-54;

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