JOHN M. EATON
John Marion Eaton, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits near Oakdale, Stanislaus County, is a native of Tennessee, born in Alexandria on the 23rd of March, 1851. He is descended from an old southern family who were early emigrants to North Carolina, the ancestors having emigrated from England to that state during the colonial epoch of our country’s history. Mr. Eaton is also descended from the Fox family that furnished several prominent representatives to the war of the Revolution. His father, William Jasper Eaton, was born in the state of Tennessee and was married there to Miss Catharine Ward Scrivner. He was an industrious and highly respected farmer and was a member of the Christian Church, while his wife belonged to the Methodist Church. They became the parents of six children, four of whom are living. At the time of the Civil War the father, true to his loved southland, joined the Confederate service, under the command of Captain Wright and Colonel Ellerson. He was taken prisoner and confined at Camp Chase, in Ohio, where his grief and confinement caused his death! He passed away in the winter of 1864, at the age of forty years. His good wife still survives him and is now in the seventy-fifth year of her age, her home being still in Tennessee.
John Marion Eaton is the only representative of the family in California. He is the eldest of the sons and was educated in Tennessee, being reared to manhood on his father’s farm. In 1883 he was married and came to Stanislaus County, California, having no capital but possessed of a strong determination to improve his opportunities and steadily work his way upward to success if he could do so through earnest and honorable efforts. He began work here as a farm hand and was thus employed for six years, after which he rented land, which he put in wheat, sowing as high as twelve hundred acres in 1884. In that year he raised six thousand sacks of wheat, which sold at one dollar and forty cents per hundred. He is now farming eight hundred acres, which is planted in wheat, and his labors are bringing to him an excellent financial return. He owns a residence in Oakdale and has one hundred and seventeen acres of land adjoining that town.
In 1883 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Eaton and Miss Mary Eardley, a native of Illinois and a daughter of Charles and Emma Eardley, now respected citizens of Oakdale. Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Alpha Myrtle, Inez Vivian and Eva. The parents hold membership in the Methodist Church and are people of the highest respectability. Mr. Eaton exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Democratic Party, but has never been an office seeker. He is a good citizen who has a wide reputation as a man of sterling worth and who in all life’s relations is faithful and true to the trust reposed in him, to the obligations of citizenship and to the duties of manhood.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.