Eastwood Family History Tidbits


About Clint Eastwood's first marriage:
"It was a fast-paced engagement. A week before Christmas, 1953, Clint and Maggie were married in South Pasadena by a Congregational minister, Rev. Henry David Grey." (from - McGilligan, pages 55-56)

 "...acting was still an exotic thought. Besides, there were distractions, most notably Maggie Johnson. Clint had continued to see her since arriving in Los Angeles, and their relationship was deepening... At the time Maggie was living in Altadena, working for a manufacturer's representative. The long distance separating them, and their busy work schedules, helped to make the idea of marriage more attractive to them. Clint thinks he was more reluctant than she was to take the step. He thought they were too young, not well enough established. But, when it comes to marriage, "Guys never have much say about it." Clint shrugs. After all, Maggie came from a nice middle-class background, and in those days young women like her expected to marry after a courtship had proceeded for a certain length of time. Clint, being the obliging young man that he was, never overtly rebellious against social conventions, was not hard to win over, especially since he had the example of his parents' youthful marriage before him." "Above all, marriage "was doable." Clint was still managing the apartment house on Oakhurst Drive, assuring them an affordable rent. If they combined her salary and his odd-job money he could continue his education at City College and they could get by. So on December 19, 1953, they were married in a respectable church wedding, after which they honeymooned in Carmel for a few days." -  (from - Schickel, pages 64-65)

About Clint Eastwood's Ancestors:
"Talking to the writer, Clint [Eastwood] stressed the lack of grandeur in his background. "My dad was Scots-English; my mother's Dutch-Irish. Strange combination. All the pirates and people who were kicked out of every place else." In other words, there are no Eastwoods in the Society of Mayflower Descendants. It is sometimes Clint's pleasure to slightly overemphasize his lack of early promise..." Schickel, page 19

 "It isn't quite true, as Richard Schickel wrote, that 'there are no Eastwoods in the Society of Mayflower Descendants', although that nicely burnishes the aura of an underdog. The first paternal forebear arrived in America early in the seventeenth century, and Eastwoods were among the early pioneers heading West. Originally, Yankees, Puritans and Easterners, family relations spread out and pushed into New York, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, California and Alaska... They chartered new towns, erected prairie churches, held local office, wore peacekeeping badges..." from: McGilligan, pages 2-3:

About Clint Eastwood's Paternal Ancestors:
"The first documented Eastwoods to arrive in America were Richard and Elizabeth, who emigrated from England to Jamestown Colony in 1640. Their Eastwood ancestors were respectable property owners who claimed antecedents dating much further back than the seventeenth century." The first American-born male with the surname Eastwood, Richard Eastwood Jr., was born to the young pioneering couple within a few years of their arrival (1642) to the first English colony established in "The New World" (May 14, 1607), preceding the Pilgrims' arrival to the Plymouth colony (Dec. 21, 1620) by more than 13 years. Though Jamestown was first settled 25 years before the Eastwood's arrival, the settlement was still riddled with problems, most notably, disease, droughts, famines, and constant battles with the local Indian tribes."-

Copyright 2001-2006, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Clint points out in this quote from author Schickel:
"My dad was Scots-English, ...
All the pirates and people who were kicked out of every place else."
However, the Anglo Saxon, English, Eastwood family began to spread throughout the British Isles by the fifteenth century. Their presence was most evident in Louth County, Ireland, especially in Dublin, where John Eastwood constructed a large English castle, and in 1658, he became Mayor of the famed historic Irish city.

Edited and revised 2006