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Arthur Forbes Eastwood, sheriff of Lake County, Tennessee, is the son of William J. and Susan C. (Bigham) Eastwood. His father was born in North Carolina in 1820 and his mother in Carroll County, Tennessee in the same year. They were married in New Madrid County (since called Pemiscot County), Missouri. They had five sons and one daughter, and both belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Eastwood was a democrat, taking an active part in politics. He died December 3, 1852. Mrs. Eastwood afterward married Captain S. B. Kelley and she died August 22, 1870. Our subject is of Scotch Irish descent, and was born in Pemiscot County, Missouri, April 6, 1852.
Mr. Eastwood was raised on a farm. As he was a child during the late war, which closed the schools in his neighborhood, he had few opportunities of acquiring an education until after he was grown, but commenced teaching when he was nineteen years of age, and continued it for five years. October 18, 1874, he married Miss Mary H. Waters, she who was born in New Madrid County, Mo. April 17, 1852. They have one daughter, Susan V. V., born October 18, 1875. Mrs. Eastwood was a member of the Catholic Church, and died April 20, 1876. Mr. Eastwood afterward married Miss Martha E. Harper, who was born February 15, 1857, in Obion County.
Three children were born to this marriage: Mary E., born May 6, 1881; Erin, born October 24, 1883; Vera, born December 5, 1885. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Eastwood belongs to any church. Mr. Eastwood is one of the prominent democrats of Lake County, and in 1884 was elected sheriff of the county, and is now serving his second term. In 1881 he published the Lake County Star, at Tiptonville, Tennessee and sold his interest to Mr. E. E. Tipton, in November 1883. As sheriff of Lake County Mr. Eastwood has collected a larger amount of taxes than any other sheriff of the county has ever done, and has done more work without a deputy, Mr. Eastwood is very popular and widely known in his county.