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The earliest known generations of our Eaton line came from county Kent, England. Kent comprises the southeast corner of England, closest to France. It is the location of Canterbury, the seat of the Church of England, and is most popularly known for its famous white cliffs of Dover.

For the first three known generations, the family apparently lived in Dover. Then, probably shortly after marrying Martha Jenkin at St. John Thanet in Margate on the north coast of Kent, William4 moved with his wife to Staple, halfway between his home town and hers, but inland some 50 miles from the coast. There they lived for about a decade before emigrating from the port at Sandwich for New England. In AD 43 the Roman army of Emperor Claudius, under the command of Aulus Plautius marched through this region on the first leg of their successful invasion of Britain. After landing on the southern tip of the Isle of Thanet (now no longer separated from the mainland of Kent), and establishing a beachhead just north of the present location of Sandwich, the army passed thru the location where Staple now is located on their way to Dubrovernum, their name for Canterbury.

The towns associated with our Eaton and related families in Kent are shown here in a sketch map of the eastern part of that county.

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Eaton Family Locations in Kent

Peter Eaton  &  Martha ____
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11   Top  

Peter Eaton was born Jun 1519 +75m, -103m * in England. 

Peter was married to Martha ____. 

Martha ____ was born Apr 1523 +72m, -83m * in England. 

Peter and Martha Eaton were born about 1520 in Dover, Kent, according to the FHL Ancestral File. The parish records for Dover only commence in 1588. The only child recorded for this family in the FHL AF is their son William.

A son of Peter and Martha (____) Eaton:   William

1    Eaton, William was born Jan 1542 +34m, -37m * .    

William Eaton  &  Jane Hussey
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11   Top  

William Eaton was born Jan 1542 +34m, -37m * in Dover, Kent, England and died before 1584. 

William was married to Jane Hussey. 

Jane Hussey was born Nov 1543 +38m, -45m * , died 1584 and was buried 29 Dec 1584 in St. James Cemetery, Dover, Kent, England. 

William Eaton and his wife Jane Hussey were married 1569 in Dover according to the FHL IGI. (This was a sealing record submitted by a member of the Mormon church, not an extraction from an original source, and so is somewhat undependable. Either it or the birth dates of their children must be incorrect.)

Jane's will was writen 27 Aug 1584 and from it we find that she was a widow, and executrix of the estate of her husband. She names her sons as William (eldest), Joohn, Peter and Nicholas (then under age), and gives directions for the education of Peter and Nicholas, that "they shall be kept for one year more in France, to learn the French tongue, and shall afterwards be put to some science or occupation." She mentions "my other chldren", and made her son–in–law Jacques Huggenson her sole executor. Jane was buried 29 Dec 1584 in the church yard of St. James the Apostle at Dover [Molyneux, 1911]. (St. James Parish records do not commence until 1594, and the Bishop's Transcripts, while commencing in 1564, are missing for the period Jul 1584 through Sep 1586.)

The children of William and Jane (Hussey) Eaton, with their births all in Dover, are from the FHL AF. The file for this particular family is an unedited amalgamation of several separate submissions, and the following is only a guess at what the original records must show. Jane's burial in St. James parish would lead one to believe that was their home, but this is of course not certain. William's burial record has not been found.

There was at this time in St. Mary the Virgin parish in Dover a Richard Eaton whose family was intermediate in time to those of William2 and Peter3, but whose relationship to them is unknown. Richard m1) 22 Jan 1581/82 Thomasin Hobden or Holder, and they had Alexander bp 27 Aug 1589, and Alice bp 27 Oct 1591. (Richard also had a daughter Rebecca who was buried 25 Oct 1595, and for whom no birth record exists.) Thomasina died after the birth of their second child and was buried Nov 1591. Richard evidently remarried, as he then was father to Tabitha bp 20 Jul 1594, Thomas bp 2 Oct 1597, and "Margarett, son of Richard" bp 29 Mar 1612.

The six children of William and Jane (Hussey) Eaton:   Joyce, Barbara, William, John, Peter and Nicholas. 

1    Eaton, Joyce was born Mar 1569 +37m, -56m * in Dover, Kent, England.  She was married to James Higgenson.  James was born Aug 1564 +111m, -160m *

I am assuming that this is the same child as Joyce, born about 1575, also listed in the FHL AF of this family.

2    Eaton, Barbara was born Aug 1568 +14m, -24m * in Dover.  She was married to Allen.  was born Aug 1566 +111m, -160m *

Barbara, as Barbara Allen, administered her father's estate a few months after her mother's death in Dec 1584 [Cutter, 1908].

3    Eaton, William was born Oct 1572 +29m, -47m * in Dover.  He was married (1) to Joane Winche 1 May 1620 in St. Paul’s, Canterbury, Kent, England.  Joane was born Dec 1598 +70m, -172m * and was buried 26 Jun 1598 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England.  He was married (2) to Annys Brett 14 Jan 1598/1599 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England. 

William's name in the parish records of his childrens' births was often Willyam, and occasionally Wyllyam, as well as Willm and the more conventional William.

The 1598 burial of "Alexandra Eaton, son of Wyllyam" is recorded three days after the mother's burial. Whether this was a son or daughter is problematical. Note that an apparently unrelated Richard Eaton family of Dover had a son Alexander born in 1589.

The three children of William and Joane (Winche) Eaton:   William, Elizabeth and Alexandra. 

i    Eaton, William was baptized 1 Sep 1594 in St. Mary Virgin. 

ii    Eaton, Elizabeth was baptized 6 Apr 1597 in St. Mary Virgin and was buried Jul 1598. 

The day of her burial is not recorded, but appeared in the record just before another on 8 Jul. Note that Elizabeth's mother and newborn child died the last week of June.

iii    Eaton, Alexandra was born Jun 1626 +119m, -41m * and was buried 29 Jun 1598 in St. Mary Virgin. 

The three children of William and Annys (Brett) Eaton:   Annys, William and William. 

i    Eaton, Annys was baptized 30 Mar 1600 in St. Mary Virgin. 

ii    Eaton, William was baptized 6 Jun 1602 in St. Mary Virgin and was buried 20 Jun 1608 in St. Mary Virgin. 

iii    Eaton, William was baptized 28 May 1609 in St. Mary Virgin. 

4    Eaton, John was born Jan 1573 +33m, -18m * in Dover, Kent, England. 

5    Eaton, Peter was born Apr 1572 +9m, -14m * .    

6    Eaton, Nicholas was born Jan 1575 +28m, -31m * in Dover and was buried 21 Mar 1636/1637 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England.  He was married (1) to Katherine Master 2 Nov 1596.  Katherine was born Feb 1576 +34m, -41m * .  He was married (2) to Joan Tidderman 26 Jul 1626 in St. Margaret's, Canterbury, Kent, England.  Joan was born about 1586 and was buried 14 Jun 1635 in St. Mary Virgin. 

Nicholas birth year is deduced from his stated age of 53 at his marriage in 1626. He signed the St. Mary the Virgin Parish Register as one of the Church wardens on 30 Jun 1603, 30 Sep 1603, Jan 1603/04, and Aug 1604. The latter two times his name was recorded (or copied) as Nicholas Eatton. By Oct 1604 he was no longer one of the church wardens signing the register, but by 1617 he was Mayor of Dover. He was Mayor again, in 1630 and 1631, and described as a "wealthy merchant" [Jones, 1938]. (Some thirty years later William Eaton, in 1663, and his brother Nicholas Eaton, in 1664, were also Mayors of the town.)

The government of Dover had evolved over the years to a three part distribution of power. There was the Commoner's Council, the Jurates, and the Mayor. The eight to twelve Jurates and the Mayor had a symbiotic relationship, in that the latter was evidently chosen from the Jurate when elected to his high office. But the Mayor and Jurates often quarreled, and a King's Commission was sent while Nicholas was Jurate to enforce at least a semblance of peace in the government of the town. The resulting detante lasted almost two weeks.

His burial record 1637 at St. Mary the Virgin, Dover, records him as “Mr. Nicholas Eaton, Jurate”, and Joan's burial record of 1635 reads "Jone, wife of Mr. Nicholas, Jurat". A copy of his three page will of Dec 1666 written in the English Law Hand, proved 23 May 1667, is in my files but not yet deciphered [Canterbury Court 53:514].

From Donna M. Thomas on 11 Nov 2004:

"I took a look at your website and read your entry for the EATON clan. My husband, Ronald EATON Thomas is a descendant of Nicholas Eaton through John Eaton, his son John Eaton, Thomas Eaton, David Eaton, his son David Eaton, Jonathan Eaton, Oscar Eaton (1832 Wolcott, VT), and Herbert Oscar Eaton, (1877 Wolcott,VT.)"

Joan was the widow Gibbs when she married Nicholas.

The five children of Nicholas and Katherine (Master) Eaton:   Thomas, John, William, Elizabeth and Jane. 

i    Eaton, Thomas was born Dec 1597 +14m, -10m * and was buried 14 Jul 1616 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England. 

No record of the birth of Thomas has been found.

ii    Eaton, John was baptized 12 Mar 1600 in St. Mary Virgin.  He and Abigaile Doman / Damman were married 5 Apr 1630 in St James Apostle, Dover, Kent, England.  Abigaile was born Aug 1607 +52m, -70m *

John and Abigaile's marriage can be found in the parish records. (Molyneux [1911] claims there were two Johns, one b 1599 who died young, and one bp 21 Aug 1611 who married. None of this is confirmed by the parish records.) John went alone to New England, and was joined Apr 1635 by his wife and step-son John Damman (1621-1708) in Watertown. When his parents moved to Dedham a few years later, young John came to Reading and settled on Cowdrey's Hill in the west part of town.

The two children of John and Abigaile (Doman / Damman) Eaton:   Mary and John. 

1    Eaton, Mary was baptized 20 Mar 1630/1631 in St James Apostle. 

2    Eaton, John was baptized 7 Oct 1632 in St James Apostle and was buried 27 Jan 1633/1634 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England. 

From Donna M. Thomas on 11 Nov 2004:

"I took a look at your website and read your entry for the EATON clan. My husband, Ronald EATON Thomas is a descendant of Nicholas Eaton through John Eaton, his son John Eaton,Thomas Eaton, David Eaton, his son David Eaton, Jonathan Eaton, Oscar Eaton (1832 Wolcott, VT), and Herbert Oscar Eaton, (1877 Wolcott,VT.)"

iii    Eaton, William was baptized 9 Jan 1602/1603 in St. Mary Virgin and was buried 26 Mar 1603 in St. Mary Virgin. 

iv    Eaton, Elizabeth was baptized 10 Feb 1603/1604 in St. Mary Virgin. 

In Oct 1609 a daughter of Nicholas Eaton was buried at St. Mary the Virgin in Dover. We know that Elizabeth's younger sister Jane lived to be married, so the burial was possibly of Elizabeth. However, it could also have been an unnamed child, so it is not certain that Elizabeth died in her fifth year. The next month, 11 Nov 1609, Alice Eaton "servant of Nicholas" was buried at St. Mary the Virgin. She was most probably a relative, but no other record of this Alice has been found.

v    Eaton, Jane was baptized 28 Mar 1606 in St. Mary Virgin.  She and William Graunt were married 8 Aug 1624.  William was born Apr 1602 +49m, -85m *

Peter Eaton  &  Elizabeth Patterson
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11   Top  

Peter Eaton was born Apr 1572 +9m, -14m * in Dover, Kent, England. 

Peter and Elizabeth Patterson were married 27 Jan 1603/1604 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England. 

Elizabeth Patterson was baptized 14 Dec 1571 in Strood, Kent, England and was buried 8 Jan 1631/1632 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England. 

Peter, b c1572, and Elizabeth were married “with license” at St. Mary the Virgin in Dover 27 Jan 1603/04 [Parish Registers, Dover]. Their eldest surviving son William emigrated to this country, and is of our ancestry as well as that of Nancy Marshall Ames, first wife of my son Mark.

There is a record at St. John Margate, Thanet, Kent [Putnam, 1922], of the baptism 23 Nov 1605 of Mary, daughter of Peter Eaton, Sr. Since William the son of Peter Eaton of Dover was married in that parish in 1627, there could well have been a family connection in Margate at this earlier date. However, the Peter Eaton of Dover could not at this time have been termed Sr., so this father was another Peter Eaton of county Kent, contemporary to our Peter Eaton of Dover.

In St. Mary parish is recorded the burial 3 Nov 1625 of Peter Eaton, Captain of the Hector. Whether this is our Peter, or someone else who died while his ship was in the port of Dover, is unknown.

Elizabeth was the widow Patterson when she married Peter [Molyneux, 1911]. The births and marriages of all of the children of this family are as given in St. Mary the Virgin parish records unless otherwise noted.

Also in St. Mary the Virgin parish as a contemporary to Peter3 was Robert Eaton, whose first daughter Elizabeth was baptised New Year's Day, 25 Mar 1601. His other recorded children were Robert bp 21 Nov 1606, and twins Christian, a daughter, and son Thomas, bp 7 May 1609. Thomas was buried three days later, but Christian evidently survived. Again, the relationship of this Eaton family to our line is unknown.

A Capt. Nicholas Eatton was buried Apr 1667 in St. Mary parish, and could be the father or grandfather of Capt. Nicholas Eaton who was buried there 12 Apr 1729. Other notable entries in the parish record after our line emigrated are Mr. William Eaton, Juratt, who was buried 8 Oct 1672, and Peter Eaton Sr., Knight, of London, who was buried in St. Mary's 3 Oct 1730.

The nine children of Peter and Elizabeth (Patterson) Eaton:   Jane, William, William, Catherine, Joyce, Peter, John, Elizabeth and Nicholas. 

1    Eaton, Jane was baptized 17 Mar 1604/1605 in St. Mary Virgin.  She was married to Shemall.  was born May 1602 +93m, -152m *

2    Eaton, William was born Jun 1606 +5m, -5m * and was buried Sep 1607 in St. Mary Virgin. 

The burial of William, son of Peter, is from the parish records. Since this son died in 1607, the same month as the next William was born, and his older sister Jane had been born in Mar 1604/05, fourteen months after their parents' marriage, his birth could only have been sometime in 1606, but no record of it is found.

3    Eaton, William was baptised 26 Sep 1607.    

4    Eaton, Catherine was born Aug 1609 +10m, -10m * .  She and William Robinson were married 2 Nov 1626 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England.  William was born May 1602 +75m, -212m *

The births of the other children in this family are recorded in the parish records of St. Mary the Virgin. The FHL AF gives Catherine's birth as being in Staple, which is surely incorrect, in 1606, which is also incompatible with the birth dates of the other children. I assume that if she was indeed the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth, her birth must have been around 1609, which would make her about seventeen at the time of her marriage. Catherine's marriage is recorded in the St. Mary parish records.

5    Eaton, Joyce was baptized 1 Sep 1611 in St. Mary Virgin.  She and Edward Ranger were married 16 Aug 1632 in St. Mary Virgin.  Edward was born Mar 1609 +49m, -85m *

6    Eaton, Peter was baptized 3 Jul 1614 in St. Mary Virgin and was buried 3 Oct 1628 in St. Mary Virgin. 

7    Eaton, John was baptized 23 Oct 1616 in St. Mary Virgin. 

As there were other Eatons in Dover, for whom the family relationships are not known, nor the children enumerated, the "John son of John" buried 27 Jan 1633/34 may have been this John's son, but we have no marriage or birth records to confirm this.

8    Eaton, Elizabeth was baptized 12 Aug 1619 in St. Mary Virgin. 

9    Eaton, Nicholas was baptized 6 Jul 1623 in St. Mary Virgin, died 1628 and was buried 28 Sep 1628 in St. Mary Virgin. 

Note that Peter and Elizabeth lost two of their sons five days apart, Nicholas at age five years, and Peter Jr. at age fourteen.

William Eaton  &  Martha Jenkin
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Jenkin Top  

William Eaton was baptized 26 Sep 1607 in St. Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent, England and died 13 May 1673 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

William and Martha Jenkin were married 28 Jan 1627/1628 in St. John Thanet, Margate, Kent, England. 

Martha Jenkin was baptized 23 Jan 1605/1606 in St. John Thanet and died 14 Nov 1680 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Phillips) Jenkin.

William and Martha’s first daughter was baptised at St. John Thanet, where they were married, but they soon moved to Staple where their next four children were baptised, and where he was a husbandman.

William and Martha emigrated 1637 with their family, departing from the port at Sandwich, Kent. The heading to the passenger list reads: "A true Roll or list of the names sirnames and qualities of all such persons which have taken passage from the Town & Port of Sandwich in the County of Kent for the American platacons since the last certificate of such passengers returned into the office of Dovor Castle from the said town of Sandwich 11 May 1637" [Putnam, 1921]. Number 12 of the 13 families: "Wm Eaton of Staple husbandman & Martha his Wief", children John, Martha, and Albe, and servant Jonas Eaton. The list was witnessed by "wee the Maior & Jurats of the towne & porte of Sandwich aforesaid" 9 Jun 1637. (This passenger list was originally published in History of Sandwich, Canterbury, 1786-1792 by William Boys. That report first presented the passenger list for the ship Hercules which sailed from Sandwich in 1634, and later writers erroneously attributed the second list of 1637 to that ship also.)

Jonas Eaton, on the passenger list as "servant", might have been indentured to William as an apprentice, as others so named on the list were known to be. He was also a relative to William, as attested in a 1696 deed executed by his son Jonas Jr. There the son explicitly mentions "my cousin William Eaton", known from the history of the property involved to be the grandson of the immigrant William Eaton. However, the term cousin was then used much more broadly than today, and we cannot infer from this the exact degree of their relationship. The records of St. Mary the Virgin parish in Dover, county Kent, England, do not bear out the claim that William and Jonas were brothers. We know Jonas' house in Reading was next door to that of William, so the actual relationship was probably close, whatever the blood ties might have been.

Jonas was born about 1618 as he deposed in 1670 that his age was 52 [Putnam, 1922, citing Middlesex Court Files]. He married Grace, surname unknown, and they had eight children, starting in 1643. He was first in Watertown, but sold 16 Feb 1646 to Richard Cuttin the house he had bought there from Simon Onge. (The Onge family had immigrated on the ship carrying our Perkins ancestors and Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island.) He was a proprietor of Reading the next year, where he was given a grant of eleven acres in "Bare Meddow". Jonas was a selectman in Reading 1650, 1662, 1670, and 1673, and in 1653 both William and Jonas were made freemen.

He and Grace were members of the First Church in 1648, and had at least three sons, John, Jonas Jr., and Ebenezer. John, the eldest, married the widow Dorcas alias Briant, had a son Noah, and died 25 May 1691. Ebenezer's will of 5 Feb 1738 mentions his wife Abigail and daughters Abigail and Phoebe. Jonas Sr. died 1674, leaving a house to each of his sons John and Jonas, as well as £6 a year to his wife Grace. Jonas also received 100 apple trees "which he shall choose out of my Nursery". Jonas Sr.'s estate was inventoried at £944 16 shillings, 4 pence, quite a tidy sum. One of his descendants was Lilley Eaton, the author of the history of Reading" [1874]. Jonas' widow Grace later married Henry Sillsbee of Lynn.

Putnam reports that there was a John Eaton, living at Watertown when William and Jonas arrived there, who moved later to Dedham and who might be William’s young brother, born 1616. However, that John Eaton was born 12 Mar 1600, the son of Nicholas, Jurate, and hence nephew to our immigrant William. He married Abigail (Bachelor) Damon 5 Apr 1630 [Torrey, 1985], and lived in Staple, England, in Dedham, and in Watertown [Eaton, 1935], although his stepson followed William and Jonas to Reading. This John called Edward Hodsman kinsman, and died 1658 in Dedham. Thus, contrary to the claims of many writers, neither Jonas nor John of Dedham were brothers to William.

Two hundred years later one of John and Abigail (Dammant) Eaton's descendants, Ernest Eaton, was born in New Jersey. Ernest lived in Champaign, Illinois, where he and his brother Herbert published a weekly newspaper from about 1880 to 1886. He and his brothers-in-law traveled by train to Wichita, Kansas, and then by wagon to the Oklahoma Territory where he homesteaded land in Spring Greek township, Logan county ['The Logan County History', Logan County, Oklahoma]. His home was a few miles southwest of where the daughter-in-law Merrie Hartzell of William Eaton's descendant Louisa Ricker (Eaton) Hartzell lived in Guthrie at that same time.

William and Martha settled in Watertown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where William became proprietor 1642 (the year before Middlesex County was erected). On 10 May of that year, William was granted 80 acres, lot 22, in the 6th Division. That same day the town ordered "that an highway being laied out from the Pineşwamp nigh to William Eatons Lott…", which suggests that he was accorded a convenient means of travel across the town.

In the second inventory, of 1644, William's property was described as "an Homeştall of One Acre" bounded South by the highway, North with John Jones, East and West by the Commons. During this same time period, however, William became an land owner in Reading, Middlesex, when that town was formed from part of Lynn. In 1642, a grant there to William Cowdrey was described in part as "bounded on the east with the meddow of William Eaton". On the other hand, in the Watertown record as late as 10 Dec 1649 there was still "Due to William Eatton for a wolfe", an amount unspecified. (Most of the suppporting details concerning our Eaton, Kendall, Swayne, and Hartshorne families in Reading are from "Historical Sketches of Ancient Reading", by William E. Eaton, 1935.)

Exactly when William moved his family from Watertown north to the new settlement of Reading is probably best estimated from the fact that they were dismissed from the Watertown church to the one in Reading 26 Sep 1648. On that same date the Reading church received Mary Swaine (undoubtedly the wife of Jeremiah Sr.), as well as Thomas Kendall, Thomas Hartshorne, and Jonas Eaton, all with their wives. Some fourteen years later, 13 Nov 1662, the church received John Eaton and wife, Mary Eaton (probably John's sister, who was then 19 years old), Mary Swain "Junio", and Sister Hartshorne (by letter from Ipswich).

Reading, originally Redding, was formed from what had been known as Lynn Village by order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 29 May 1644. Based on a list of settlers that year, Eaton [1935] constructed a map, from detailed land descriptions, which has been adapted for our purposes below. In addition to the homes of our ancestors, five of the other houses were of families which married into our Eaton, Kendall, Smith, and Swayne lines in the next generation.

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Our Ancestors in Old Reading, Massachusetts

A general division of additional land was made 6 Dec 1647, at the rate of two acres per person and one per beast, but with a minimum of ten acres and a maximum of twenty. In this division, Thomas Kendall received 24 acres (above the stated maximum), Jeremiah Swain 12, Jonas Eaton 11, and Thomas Hartshorn 5. Why Kendall was favored while William Eaton was passed over is not known.

In Reading William was freeman 18 May 1653 and a town officer. He owned an apple orchard, as did Jonas Eaton next door. When the first parsonage was built, in 1681, his son John, then on the family homestead, was paid £1 10 sh for apple trees for the parsonage lot, plus 15 sh for setting up the orchard fence. In the division of lands westward to the Woburn town line in 1652, William was granted 10 acres, and at other times he received three acres in Parley Meadow, large acreage in the expansion northward, and in 1666 land in the "Great Swamp". In addition to grants from the town, William was active in buying and selling various parcels, and in particular in 1657 purchased 100 acres of upland by Wigwam Meadow, east of the Saugus River. This deed came from Robert Burnap of Reading, and William bequeathed it to his son Daniel, whose son William married Mary Burnet, probably granddaughter of the original holder of that land.

In Nov. 1667 William gave his age as about 60 [Putnam, 1922, citing Essex Court Files], and in 1669 deposed that he was then about 62 [Putnam, 1922, citing Middlesex Court Files]. William’s will was dated 26 Sep 1672 and proved 11 Jun 1673. In it he provided that his wife was to be paid £9 during her life by sons "John & Danell", and was to receive all of the moveables, "except £5 given to my daughter Martha". Son John was bequeathed the dwelling house, out buildings and 210 acres of land excepting a portion reserved to his wife during her life, after which it would go to John. "Danell" received the farm "at the Wigwams", with 100 acres, and all the meadow at "Ready Medow", and his children were also mentioned. William's daughter Mary received £20, and sons–in–law Thomas Brown and Francis Moore (husbands of Martha and Alba) £10 each. His inventory totalled £427 1 sh. Eaton [1935] reports that Fred H. Eaton of Andover, Massachusetts, has a silver, heart shaped pin, handed down from one generation to the next, which is said to have been brought from England by William Eaton three hundred years earlier.

Martha’s will dated 24 Nov 1675 and proved 21 Apr 1681 bequeaths to the same children [Pope, 1911]. William died 13 May 1673 in Reading, and his wife died there 14 Nov 1680 [Putnam, 1922].

Martha's baptism and death are from Putnam [Putnam, 1922]. (This needs rechecking, as Roberts, 1984. citing Jenkins NEHGR v??, pg 696, gives 28 Nov 1605.) See this reference for well documented research on Jenkin families back to 1490 in county Kent. Emigrating at the same time as William and Martha was Nicholas Butler of Eastwell who had a Richard Jenkin among his five servants. In the earlier, 1635, Passenger list from Dover a Nathanel Tilden of Tenterden had an Edward Jeakins as one of his seven servants. Martha had a brother Edward Jenkin.

Martha was bequeathed £20 by her father’s will of 1624. Then, 16 Jan 1661, Margaret Lane of London, widow of Edmond Lane in the parish of St. Dunstan's in East London, bequeathed "To my sister Martha, wife of William Eaton, now, I think, in New England, one hundred pounds within one year next after my decease. To her five children twenty pounds, to be equally divided amongst them, and also within the like time, to their said father or mother for their use…" [Waters, 1883].

Martha's own will was written 24 Nov 1675 and proved 21 Apr 1681. It gives her son John the farm, son Daniel all of the sheep, and the remainder to her two sons–in–law "Thomas Browne and Francis Moor".

The line from William4 and Martha (Jenkin) Eaton through John5, William6, Benjamin7, and David8 Eaton is recorded by Cutter [1908], and, except for David, by Stearns [1906; 1908]. However, the documentation for each generational relationship is specified in what follows below.

The baptisms in England of the children of William and Martha (Jenkin) Eaton, and two of their burials, are as given by Putnam [1922] citing the Parish Registers of Staple, Co. Kent, 1590-1640.

The seven children of William and Martha (Jenkin) Eaton:   Mary, Martha, Alba, William, John, Daniel and Mary. 

1    Eaton, Mary was baptized 28 Dec 1628 in St. John Thanet, Margate, Kent, England, died Jul 1634 and was buried 20 Jul 1634 in Staple, Kent, England. 

Her burial date is given as 29 July 1635 in the transcript at Canterbury [Putnam, 1922].

2    Eaton, Martha was baptized 19 Sep 1630 in Staple.  She was married (1) to Richard Oldham before 1649.  Richard was born Nov 1627 +93m, -152m * and died 9 Dec 1655.  She was married (2) to Thomas Brown 7 Oct 1656 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  Thomas died before 1691. 

Richard was of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1649 [Putnam, 1922]

Thomas was mentioned as son–in–law in the wills of William and Martha Eaton. He was admitted 18 May 1666 to the church in Cambridge [Putnam, 1922].

3    Eaton, Alba was baptized 19 Feb 1631/1632 in Staple, Kent, England and died 19 Apr 1708.  She and Francis Moore were married 7 Sep 1650 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  Francis was born May 1628 +48m, -86m * and died 23 Feb 1688/1689. 

Her name was spelled Alba in the parish record of her baptism, Albe on the passenger list when she emigrated, and Albee in her husband’s will. Torrey also found record of her as Abby. The parish register gave only the year of baptism for Alba and her brother William; the month and day were found in the transcript at Canterbury.

Francis was named as son–in–law in wills of William and Martha Eaton [Putnam, 1922].

4    Eaton, William was baptized 12 Jan 1633/1634 in Staple, Kent, England and was buried 16 Aug 1634 in Staple. 

His burial date is given as 11 Aug 1635 in the transcript at Canterbury.

5    Eaton, John was baptised 20 Dec 1635.    

6    Eaton, Daniel was born 20 Jan 1638/1639 in Watertown, Massachusetts and died in Reading, Massachusetts.  He and Mary Ingalls were married 21 Dec 1664 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  Mary was born Nov 1641 +29m, -32m *

Daniel's birth record, according to Barker [1894], reads “Danill Eaton son of Willyam and Martha Eaton, borne 20 d - 11 m, 1638.” His wife’s surname, with ?, and his death date are from Torrey. Daniel is a direct ancestor of Nancy Marshall Ames [Raymond, 1962], and hence an ancestor of my two eldest grandchildren.

An online web page gives the following names and dates for the children of Daniel and Mary (Ingalls) Eaton. I have not yet researched this source to determine the differences I originally posted here. The sources cited are "Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Vital Records of Reading" (3) and "Karen Hamilton's Data, online" (6)

John Eaton6 b. 15 Dec 1665, d. 1727 David Eaton6 b. 1667, d. 1667 Daniel Eaton3 b. 27 Jul 1667, d. 12 Jan 1667/68 William Eaton6 b. 1668, d. 1773 Ann Eaton6 b. 17 Mar 1671 Mary Eaton6 b. 1 May 1672, d. 7 Oct 1746 Martha Eaton4 b. 16 Oct 1673 Priscilla Eaton6 b. 25 Sep 1676 Daniel Eaton3 b. 1 Jun 1678, d. 11 Jan 1741 Mehitable Eaton3 b. 6 Mar 1679/80

Although we don't know whether these were her relatives, Edmund and Francis Ingalls were the first white inhabitants of Lynn, living near Gold Fish Pond and Swampscott.

The children of this family are from Eaton [1874, p 65].

The nine children of Daniel and Mary (Ingalls) Eaton:   William, Daniel, Daniel, ____, Ann, Martha, Priscilla, Daniel and Mehitabel. 

i    Eaton, William was born Apr 1666 +60m, -17m * .  He and Mary Burnet were married 11 Jan 1692/1693.  Mary was born Jan 1670 +71m, -73m *

Mary was of Reading when she married William. They lived first in Lynn, but moved around 1700 to Tolland, Connecticut.

ii    Eaton, Daniel was born Aug 1666 +5m, -8m * and died 1667. 

iii    Eaton, Daniel was born Dec 1667 +11m, -17m *

iv    Eaton, ____ was born Sep 1669 +12m, -11m *

v    Eaton, Ann was born Aug 1671 +12m, -11m *

An Ann or Anna Eaton married Isaac Knapp (1672-1744) according to Torrey, who reports that their first child was born 1695, and that the couple lived in Cambridge. Whether or not that was this Ann is unknown.

vi    Eaton, Martha was born Mar 1674 +15m, -14m * .  She and Peter Emmons were married 19 Nov 1698.  Peter was born May 1672 +66m, -88m *

Peter Emmons had first married 8 Nov 1692 Martha Killom or Kilham and lived in Ipswich. Joseph and Martha's son Joseph Emmans, and their granddaughter Sarah Emmins, are direct ancestors of Nancy Marshall Ames on the Raymond side of her ancestry [Raymond cites NEH&GR, v.76, pp.54ff; "History, Genealogical and Biographical, of the Eaton Families", Syracuse, N.Y.,1911, p.273].

vii    Eaton, Priscilla was born Feb 1676 +15m, -14m *

viii    Eaton, Daniel was born Jul 1678 +12m, -12m *

ix    Eaton, Mehitabel was born Mar 1681 +38m, -19m *

7    Eaton, Mary was born 8 Apr 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts. 

Mary was unmarried when mentioned in her father’s will in 1672. However, there is in Torrey a record of a Mary or Marah Eaton (?1643-1716) who married 23 Feb 1667 a Richard Dodge (16443-1705) with the couple living in Wenham. Whether that marriage refers to this Mary is problematical, but if it does the use of her unmarried name in her father's will remains unexplained.

John Eaton  &  Elizabeth Kendall
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Kendall Top  

John Eaton was baptized 20 Dec 1635 in Staple, Kent, England and died 25 May 1691 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

John and Elizabeth Kendall were married 8 Mar 1658/1659 in Reading. 

Elizabeth Kendall was born 17 Feb 1642 in Reading and died 7 Oct 1688 in Reading.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Paine) Kendall.

John and his wife Elizabeth lived all of their lives in Reading. John died 25 May 1691, at which time the Reading vital records called him "John of the Playne", referring to the old name of the land on which he lived.

There are two wills extracted by Eaton [1935] for John, the first dated 17 Dec 1695, and the second 16 Mar 1695/96, three months later. The first will made specific bequests to his wife, two sons, and three of his married daughters. The second will specified instead that his estate, after several legacies, "shall be divided among my children, my son William has liberty to purchase said lands but he has received his portion already by gift." Apparently the family prevailed upon John to reconsider his first thoughts on the division of his assets. The William mentioned here is our ancestor; see the record below of his exercise of the "liberty" he had to purchase the land from his siblings. The inventory on 17 Dec 1695 showed that his estate amounted to about £255, while a second one 6 Jan 1695/96 was more detailed and totaled £313 14 shillings.

John and Elizabeth's daughter Martha married Timothy Hartshorn, son of the founding ancestor in this country of Duane Hartshorn's line.

Deacon Thomas Kendall was apparently brought to this country by his parents when he was very young, and was proprietor 1644 in Reading. The Kendall line goes back seven more generations in Kent, Norfolk, and Westmoreland counties, England, to John born about 1421 [Family History Libary Ancestral File].

Their children are given by Eaton [1874], except for Abigail, and all but Elizabeth and Benjamin are listed in the Reading vital records [Baldwin, 1912]. John B. Hill for his Bancroft family history in Bi–Centennial of Old Dunstable, 1878, concluded correctly that the Abigail Eaton who married Capt. Ebenezer Bancroft must belong to this family.

The twelve children of John and Elizabeth (Kendall) Eaton:   Thomas, Elizabeth, Rebecca, John, Martha, William, Thomas, Tabitha, Abigail, Hepzibeth, Hannah and Benjamin. 

1    Eaton, Thomas was born 12 Mar 1660/1661 in Reading and died 12 Oct 1661. 

2    Eaton, Elizabeth was born 8 Sep 1662 in Reading and died 12 Mar 1704/1705 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.  She and John Bancroft were married 24 Sep 1678.  John was born Nov 1659 +93m, -152m * and died 1740. 

3    Eaton, Rebecca was born 1 Mar 1664/1665 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 17 Oct 1732.  She and Thomas Nichols were married 1 Dec 1680.  Thomas was born Apr 1662 +93m, -152m * and died 9 Feb 1736/1737.  He was the son of Richard and Annis (____) Nichols.

Thomas was a Captain of Reading, a Deacon, an officer in King Philip's War in 1675, and Deputy to the General Court. He and Rebecca had eight children [Lewis Wilder Hicks, "Memoirs of Deceased Members", NEH&GR v78, p274, Jul, 1924].

4    Eaton, John was born 28 Mar 1666/1667 in Reading and died 1727.  He was married (1) to Hannah Pratt 23 Mar 1690/1691.  Hannah was born Jan 1670 +29m, -35m * and died 1721.  He was married (2) to Hannah Boutwell.  Hannah was born 3 Jun 1672 and died 17 Jun 1721. 

John resided in the North Parish, and was first taxed in Reading 11 Dec 1691. There are conflicting reports as to the identity of his wife. According to Torrey, John was married 23 Mar 1690/91 to Hannah Pratt of Medfield, and they lived in Reading and in Medfield, but Eaton, [1979], says she was Hannah Boutwell. The Reading vital record for the marriage date says only "Hannah". It is probable that Hannah Pratt died and John remarried to Hannah Boutwell after 1700, when his marriage would not have been recorded by Torrey, and that Eaton missed the first marriage.

The children are from Eaton [1874], who did not list Thomas, the Reading vital records, which do not record the last three children, the will of John Jr., and that of their son Paul. It is possible that the last three children were by John's second wife, Hannah Boutwell, but the record simply doesn't give any information to determine this.

The eleven children of John and Hannah (Pratt) Eaton:   John, Hannah, Thomas, Hefsabeth, Timothy, Israel, Hepzibah, Paul, Silas, Ebenezer and Barnabus. 

i    Eaton, John was born 19 Mar 1691/1692 in Reading and died 1724. 

John's will was written 11 Aug 1724, and the wording, at least as extracted by Eaton [1935], is somewhat ambiguous. After bequests to his father John of £20, and of the rest of his estate to his brother Israel, he leaves £8 each to his other named brothers and sisters, "Hannah, Thomas, Timothy, Hepzibah, and Paul". He then leaves to Silas, Ebenezer, and Barnabus Eaton a like amount, £8 each. Eaton [1874] lists these last three also as John's siblings (although he omits Thomas), but the language of his will apparently does not explicitly confirm this. However, the will of Paul confirms that he had a brother Silas, so I accept these as siblings even though the vital records do not show them.

The vital records of Reading show that a sister Hefsabeth died 1698 at the age of less than three months, and no other sister by that name appears there. However, the bottom half of one page of the record has been lost, covering a period in 1704, so I am assuming the Hepzibah in John's will was born during that time period.

ii    Eaton, Hannah was born Feb 1693/1694 in Reading.  She and Edward Harcum Thomas were married 1720.  Edward Harcum was born Mar 1693 +71m, -89m *

iii    Eaton, Thomas was born 19 Mar 1695/1696 in Reading.  He and Jerusha Gould were married 1736.  Jerusha was born Feb 1715 +71m, -172m *

iv    Eaton, Hefsabeth was born 26 Sep 1698 in Reading and died 6 Dec 1698 in Reading. 

v    Eaton, Timothy was born 14 Dec 1699 in Reading.  He and Mary Delver were married 1727.  Mary was born Jul 1704 +70m, -73m *

vi    Eaton, Israel was born 3 May 1702 in Reading.  He and Diadem Howard were married 1726.  Diadem was born Mar 1705 +58m, -62m *

vii    Eaton, Hepzibah was born Jul 1704 +12m, -11m * in Reading. 

viii    Eaton, Paul was born 8 Oct 1706 in Reading and died 1735. 

Paul's will, signed 22 Jan 1732, gives his entire estate to his brother Silas "who has been kind to Mother".

ix    Eaton, Silas was born Mar 1709 +31m, -16m *

x    Eaton, Ebenezer was born Apr 1711 +62m, -59m *

xi    Eaton, Barnabus was born Feb 1713 +60m, -60m *

5    Eaton, Martha was born 21 Feb 1668 in Reading.  She and Timothy Hartshorn were married 26 Dec 1685 in Reading.  Timothy was born 23 Feb 1661 in Reading.  He was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Ayers) Hartshorn.

Martha' father–in–law Thomas Hartshorn is the immigrant ancestor of Duane Hartshorn who married Julie Marie Thiessen, a direct descendant of Martha Eaton's brother William. His line passes down through Timothy's brother Dr. David Hartshorn. Martha and Timothy had ten children.

One of the ten children of Timothy and Martha (Eaton) Hartshorne:

A son of Martha and Timothy (Hartshorn) Eaton:   Thomas. 

i    Hartshorn, Thomas was born 10 Jun 1691 in Reading. 

6    Eaton, William was born 1 Dec 1670.    

7    Eaton, Thomas was born 25 Apr 1673 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 14 Dec 1674. 

8    Eaton, Tabitha was born 21 Mar 1674/1675 in Reading and died 31 Oct 1734.  She and Joseph Burnap were married 31 Jan 1690/1691.  Joseph was born May 1672 +93m, -152m *

Tabitha and Joseph's intentions were published 24 Dec1690, five weeks before their wedding. They lived in Reading.

Joseph's grandfather Robert was born in England about 1595, came to New England 1638, and was a proprietor in Roxbury 1640. He moved to Reading about 1650. He was a surveyor, a selectman for 14 years after 1654 [Howard].

9    Eaton, Abigail was born 7 Aug 1677 in Reading and died 24 Mar 1716 in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  She and Ebenezer Bancroft were married 19 May 1692.  Ebenezer was born 26 Apr 1667 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts and died 6 Jun 1717. 

The children of Abigail and Ebenezer are given by Hill, mentioned above.

10    Eaton, Hepzibeth was born 26 Oct 1680 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 1703.  She and Samuel Frothingham were married 6 Dec 1697 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.  Samuel was born Jan 1676 +50m, -87m *

Note that Samuel was of Charelestown, and that a Nathaniel Frothingham (1671-1730) married 12 Apr 1694 Hannah Rand, of Charlestown and sister to our Robert Jr.. This surname is consistently given as Frothingham by Torrey, and so spelled in other references, but the vital records of Reading often give it as Tottingham.

11    Eaton, Hannah was born 12 Jun 1683 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

Hannah was not married in December, 1702, the time of her father's grant to his children.

12    Eaton, Benjamin was born Jul 1685 +20m, -14m * in Reading. 

Benjamin probably died 1702 or before, as he was not mentioned in his father's grant of December of that year.

William Eaton  &  Mary Swain
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Swain Top  

William Eaton was born 1 Dec 1670 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 27 Nov 1731 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. 

William and Mary Swain were married 29 Apr 1695 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

Mary Swain was born 16 Aug 1674 in Reading.  She was the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Smith) Swayne.

William, the son of John and Elizabeth (Kendall) Eaton, lived in Lynnfield and died there 1734, according to Stearns [1906 & 1908] and Cutter [1908] — although that town was only formed from Lynn in 1782. But if this were the case, why do the Lynn birth records [Essex, 1905] have no trace whatsoever of the birth of the children of this William and Mary (Swain) Eaton? There were too many William and Mary Eatons around, and these authors, I fear, simply confused one of the others with our couple in Reading.

There were apparently three William and Mary Eatons in the area at this time. First, our William, son of John, who married Mary Swain and had children born 1661 to about 1684. Second, his first cousin William, son of Daniel, who married Mary Burnet or Burnap of Reading 12 Jan 1692 [Torrey, 1985] and had children born 1693 to 1700 in Lynn [Anon, 1907]. He then moved to Tolland, Connecticut, where his children’s births were re–recorded [FHL IGI]. Finally, there was a William Jr. and Mary Eaton who had children recorded in Lynn from 1711 to 1722, but the identity of his father William is unknown. This may be the William Jr. found on the "List of Early Settlers of Reading and South Reading, Mass., from 1640 to 1700" [NEH&GR v2, p46-48], although it's not clear whether there was yet another Jr. in the general area.

William Eaton was first taxed in Reading in 1695, the year of his marriage in that town [Reading vital records and tax lists]. He was a weaver, being so described first in a deed dated 30 Dec 1702 selling for £7 a lot of seven acres "that was my father John's" lying in Cedar Swamp.

As mentioned earlier, William's father in his second will left his estate to be equally divided among the children, but giving William the right to buy the whole from his brothers and sisters. In a deed dated July, 1703, William exercised that right. For "a valuable sum of money paid to each", he purchased all of the family's land on the "Southerly side of Ipswich River" from his brothers, brothers–in–law, and unmarried sister Hannah. The deed was written 18 Dec 1702, and witnessed by the parties 19 Jul 1703. (For some reason, it was acknowledged once more before an official on 4 Mar 1718/19.)

Then, on 5 Jul 1706, when he was 36 years of age, William sold to his brother–in–law Thomas Nichols for £100 "all of my housing & 30 acres of land in Reading lying East of Great Pond". However, Thomas was to take possession of only ten acres and half of the house until their mother Elizabeth was deceased. This transaction enabled the family to move to that part of Lynn later called Lynnfield, where William died.

Another interesting Eaton/Swaine connection(s?) two or three generations later appears in the DAR Patriot Index [Anon., 1966]:

• William Eaton, Jr. b 29 Feb 1754, d 11 Oct 1837, wife Mrs. Betsey Swain, Pvt New Hampshire.

• William Eaton b 8 Mar 1756, d 13 Sep 1835, wife Betsey Swain, Pvt Massachusetts New Hampshire.

These two, separate records nicely illustrate the coincidences and/or confusions that can arise from early sources.

Torrey [1985] gives William Eaton's marriage to "Mary [Swain] dtr Jeremiah", thus establishing her lineage. However, the Reading vital records show William's marriage only to "Mary ____". As most of the later genealogies list her as Mary Swain, I use that spelling, although her birth record gives her as Swayn, and her father's name was more often than not spelled Swayne.

The first four children in this family appear on the filmed copy of the vital records of Reading, Massachusetts [FHL Microfilm 0890236] as well as the printed extracts of Baldwin [1912]. Benjamin, the youngest son and our ancestor, is according to Baldwin also registered in Reading as the son of “William and _____, Mar. 21, 1705”. However, the half page on which births were recorded for the six month period from Mar to Sep of that year was destroyed before the filmed copy of the vital records of Reading was made. The entire family was referred to by name and dates in a genealogical note in the Boston Transcript of 14 Dec 1933, where it is reported there that the family removed to Lynn End.

The five children of William and Mary (Swain) Eaton:   William, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Jacob and Benjamin

1    Eaton, William was born 10 Jul 1696 in Reading. 

William's birth from Essex [1905]. He may be the William who was a member of the church in Hampstead with his brothers Jeremiah and Jacob.

2    Eaton, Jeremiah was born 10 Aug 1698 in Reading.  He was married (1) to Margaret Hawkes 17 Mar 1721.  Margaret was born 4 Feb 1702 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts and died 25 May 1730 in Lynn.  He was married (2) to Hannah Osgood 4 Nov 1730.  Hannah was born 8 Jun 1704 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Dane) Osgood.

Jeremiah and Hannah moved to Hampstead about 1750. He was a designer and carver of wood from printing purposes, and was also noted for his fine musical voice and as a singer of psalms in the church under the ministry of the Rev. Henry True.

Jeremiah and Margaret had two daughters, Margaret and Hannah.

3    Eaton, Elizabeth was born 8 Dec 1700 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

4    Eaton, Jacob was born 7 Jan 1702/1703 in Reading and died 7 Dec 1768 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  He was married to Mary Breed.  Mary was born Nov 1705 +152m, -93m * and died 16 Feb 1775 in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Mehitable (____) Breed.

Jacob and Mary moved to Hampstead, near the Kingston line. He was admitted to the church 30 Jun 1756, and it could have been his son Benjamin who was baptised there Jan 1756(/57?).

5    Eaton, Benjamin was born 21 Mar 1704/1705.    

Benjamin Eaton  &  Anna Rand
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Rand Top  

Benjamin Eaton was born 21 Mar 1704/1705 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died about 1772 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

Benjamin and Anna Rand were married 21 May 1730 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. 

Anna Rand was born Dec 1708 +39m, -48m * in Lynn and died in Candia, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  She was the daughter of Zechariah and Ann (Ivory) Rand.

The Rev. Benjamin Eaton was a Baptist preacher who lived in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, in Candia and possibly Hampstead, both Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and died about 1772 in Dunstable. [Stern, 1908]. The Benjamin Eaton of Hampstead owned land in 1763 adjacent to a Jabez Eaton, who is not known to be related to our line. However, a Benjamin of Hampton Falls, yeoman, was authorized 1763 to appraise the estate of David Felch, and it should be noted that a John Felch bought the land of our Benjamin's son Jonathan in Sutton 1814-15 before Jonathan left for Canada.

Unfortunately there was another Benjamin Eaton who with his wife Elizabeth had children born 1750 and 1752 in Lynn, so it is not possible to claim that the constable recorded in the town meeting records, e.g., and the Baptist preacher were the same man.

The first three of Benjamin and Anna’s children are recorded in the Lynn vital records. There are two more children listed there as the children of Benjamin and Anna Eaton — Benjamin born 1745, and Elisabeth born 1747. It is not certain that this is the same couple, as our Benjamin and Anna moved to Dunstable before 1738 when the twins were born, and both died in New Hampshire. However, Benjamin Jr. married an Anne Worthen of Candia, who could have been a sister or niece of the youngest son Jesse's wife Sarah Worthen of that town, so I am including him and Elizabeth tentatively in this family.

The fourth and fifth sons, twins Jonathan and our ancestor David, were recorded in both Dunstable Township in Hillsborough county, New Hampshire, and in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts. This was originally one town which ended up on the state line, with the northern part becoming Nashua, New Hampshire. Benjamin Eaton died about 1772 in Dunstable [Stearns, 1906] and his widow Anna died in Candia at the home of her son William.

The nine children of Benjamin and Anna (Rand) Eaton:   William, Benjamin, James, David, Jonathan, Ebenezer, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Jesse. 

1    Eaton, William was born 30 Jun 1731 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts and died in Candia, New Hampshire.  He was married to Ruth Bradley.  Ruth was born 19 Jun 1739 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts and died 1789 in Candia, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Ayer) Bradley.

Stearns [1908] has the birth month as Jan. William settled in Chester (later Candia), Rockingham, New Hampshire, and he and Ruth had eight children.

I had a marriage date of about 1751, but Ruth was only 12 years at that time.

Bonnie Nicholson provided William's place of death, and gives Ruth's death date as 1 Sep 1806.

2    Eaton, Benjamin was born 18 Dec 1732 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. 

Benjamin died young [Sterns, 1908].

3    Eaton, James was born 10 Aug 1735 in Lynn.  He was married to Abigail Wood.  Abigail was born Jun 1738 +152m, -93m * and died Mar 1833. 

James marriage from Stearns [1908] who has his birth day as the 25th. They settled in Chester, and had eight children. The widow Abigail was administratrix of his estate in Candia 28 Sep 1780, and she and her son James sold land in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire on 8 Jul 1803.

4    Eaton, David was born 27 Mar 1738.    

5    Eaton, Jonathan was born 27 Mar 1738 in Dunstable Twp., Hillsborough, New Hampshire and died about 1786 in Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  He and Mehetable Page were married 5 Apr 1764 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  Mehetable was born Jan 1742 +65m, -67m * and died 6 Dec 1833. 

Jonathan was a twin to our ancestor David. His marriage to Mehitable was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Henry True [New Hampshire VR], minister in Hampstead from 1752 until his death in 1782. The Boston Transcript of 26 Apr 1933 refers in a genealogical note to a Jonathan Eaton who married Ruth Page, and had a son Capt. Samuel Eaton b 30 Dec 1756. What relationship that couple has to Jonathan and Mehetable is unknown.

There were four Eatons in Almsbury Peak, the area that would eventually become the eastern part of Hampstead, before 1745 — Benjamin, Jonathan, Joseph, and Thomas, but the relationship of those men to this Jonathan is unknown.

At least three of their children are in the New Hampshire Vital Records, David 1765, Daniel 1767, and Benjamin 1770.

According to a GenForum post 21 Aug 2001 by Dorothy Burdick Schatz, Jonathan had a son James who was a Revolutionary solder.

6    Eaton, Ebenezer was born May 1742 +81m, -49m *

An Ebenezer Eaton married Phoebe Shephard 16 Jan 1772 in Plaistow or Candia, and may have been this Ebenezer.

7    Eaton, Benjamin was born 30 Mar 1745 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.  He and Anne Worthen were married 8 Sep 1791 in Candia, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  Anne was born Jul 1761 +79m, -75m * in Candia, New Hampshire, USA and died 25 Jan 1830.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Brown) Worthen.

Benjamin’s marriage information comes from “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947” on That source records that Benjamin Eaton and Anne wordhen [sic], bothof Candia, New Hampshire, were married there 8 Sep 1791 by the Rev. Jesse Remington.

Anne’s birth and parentage come from a Pedigree Resource File on This is an unsourced record, submitted 7 Apr 2014.

8    Eaton, Elizabeth was born 20 Apr 1747 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. 

9    Eaton, Jesse was born 27 Oct 1749 and died 23 Dec 1808.  He and Sarah Worthen were married 6 Oct 1774.  Sarah was born Feb 1768 +19m, -80m * and died 3 Jun 1801.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Brown) Worthen.

Jesse's vital statistics are from Stearns [1908]. He was a minuteman at Bunker Hill, with General Stark at Bennington, and with General Gates at Saratoga. He held the rank of Major [Cutter, 1908].

Sarah, who had been of Candia before her marriage, and Jesse settled in Chester and had ten children. Her birth and death date, and the names of her parents, were given to me by Bonnie Nicholson.

David Eaton  &  Elenor Clements
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Clements Top  

David Eaton was born 27 Mar 1738 in Dunstable Twp., Hillsborough, New Hampshire and died 16 May 1804 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

David and Elenor Clements were married 19 Feb 1761 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. 

Elenor Clements was born 11 Jun 1737 in New Hampshire.  She was the daughter of Timothy and Hannah (Ford) Clements.

Lineage Note:

It seems clear that the twin David is also the David Eaton later of Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, about 50 miles northwest of Dunstable. The author of the "History of Sutton" [Worthen, 1890], although she did not know the name of David Eaton’s wife, says that he died “in Sutton, May 16, 1804, aged 66”, which is in agreement with a birth in March of 1738. The DAR Patriot Index [Anon., 1966], p212, lists a David Eaton who was born on 27 Mar 1738, died on 16 May 1804, and who married Elinor Clement[s], although the source of this information is not cited. This not only ties the exact Dunstable birth and Sutton death dates to the same individual, but also identifies the source of the name Clements in a later generation of our ancestry. As David of Sutton was the father of Jonathan Eaton and grandfather of John Clements Eaton of our lineage, this use of the Clements surname strongly supports the common identity of the two Davids.

For completeness, it should be noted here that [Molyneux, 1911] incorrectly identifies David Eaton of Sutton as the David of Salisbury who married Lydia Fowler [Hoyt, 1916], despite the ten year discrepancy in the ages of these two men. She correctly cites the full birth date of David of Salisbury, p. 381, as a child in the family of Samuel Eaton. But when she lists David of Sutton, p. 395, and repeats that this was the husband of Lydia Fowler, she gives his birth year only, 1728, and in the same sentence copies Worthen in reporting his death on “May 16, 1804, aged 66”. (She also transcribed a date from Worthen as 1728 instead of 1782, wrote 1760 instead of 1790 for Jonathan’s marriage year, omitted two children while numbering the others correctly, and varied the spelling of several of the childrens’ names without citations.)


The DAR record mentioned above lists David as belonging to the Civil Service in Massachusetts during the Revolution. This means that he held some elected office, such as Selectman, Town Clerk, Constable, or Supervisor of Highways. From the recorded births of their children, they moved from Massachusetts to New Hampshire in 1765 or 1766. Worthen [1890], from the perspective of Sutton, New Hampshire, says that he “came probably from Deerfield (Franklin county, Massachusetts) or Nottingham (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)” and that he was in Sutton by 1782. Thus the places the family actually lived during and immediately after the Revolution have yet to be established.

Also we have a David Eaton, Corporal, entered 1 April, discharged 20 Nov, 1759, age 21, Capt. Edmund Mooers'Company, Colonel Bagley's Regiment for the Reduction of Canada, according to a Haverhill history [Chase, 1861]. The age of this David is correct, but if he were David, husband of Elenor, his DAR entry should not have been as a Civil Servant.

David Eaton appears in the Sutton town records from 22 Jul 1784, when he was on a committee to lay out a road [Sutton Town Clerk]. (I was unable to verify Worthen [1890] that he was a constable in 1782, but the town records are both extensive and difficult to read, and any one item would be easy to miss.) In 1784 he was Moderator of the “Leagal Town Meeting”, and was very active all of his life with committee assignments regarding lands and roads in Sutton, appearing in the town records two or three times almost every year. On 25 Apr 1787 we find: “Dn Mathew Harvey & David Eaton be a committee to employ a surveyor & chain–men if need be to find what common land we have in said town & to observe what lotts are cut short by Pond & to make report…”. Although David was not an original proprietor of the town, and so not entitled to any division of common land, he was evidently trusted to be responsible for the equitable settlement of land questions.

One interesting entry in the record book of the town meeting of 1 Apr 1793: “Voted to allow Lieut. Nelson and David Eaton their accounts Brought in for service done Being a Committee to settle with the town for the damage of roads Crossing their land said Services done Last year.” Apparently in this “old boy network” they got paid for the job of deciding how much the town should pay them for land taken by a new road!

David was probably well off by the standards of the town. In 1794 he subscribed $9 for the purpose of building a meeting house in North Sutton at the lower end of Kezar’s pond. Only Deacon Mathew Harvey and two others subscribed more, most of the donations being $1. Also that year he was chosen a Grand Juror, but during the last decade of his life it is difficult to distinguish between him and his son David in the town records. In 1796, one was a shareholder and (possibly the same) one a director of the Sutton Library. Most likely the David Eaton chosen Surveyor of Highways in 1797 was the son, as that was typically a job handed to the aspiring young men of the town.

David’s land was next to Mathew Harvey’s, and his son Jonathan’s daughter Patty drowned in Kezar’s pond just south of Harvey’s place when she was ten years old. As will be seen in the next generation, David’s son Jonathan married a younger sister of Mathew Harvey’s wife. Just north of Harvey’s land were lots owned by James and William Eaton, and south a few miles was a lot owned by Benjamin Eaton. In the record of the original proprietors of Sutton in 1784 we find Eatons with given names Benjamin, Benjamin, Jr., James, Timothy, and William. Benjamin could be David’s young brother, come to Sutton earlier, but the others probably belong to a family of unrelated (or distantly related) Eatons who settled mostly in the south part of town. That other family came to be known as the Eaton Grange Eatons, from the name of their family home in later years.

Another family name in the list of original proprietors was that of Clement, represented by Samuel, Timothy, Moses, and James, a minor in 1788. (In order to achieve the mandatory number of sixty proprietors necessary to incorporate a town, it was often the practice that minor children would be listed, the property devolving to them when they came of age.) The first two of these are given names in Elenor Clement’s ancestry, and quite possibly all are relatives of hers. Also original proprietors were Aaron and Zebediah Sargent. David’s son Jonathan married a Jane Sargent, and we can surmise that these two might have been her uncles or cousins of some degree.

Her given name was spelled Ellenor when her father recorded it in Haverhill Births, but Elenor in her Haverhill marriage to David. Her birthplace was given by him a "on ye line of Towns number 5 joyning upon Rumford", now Merrimack County.

David and Elenor were the parents of David, Jr., Hannah, Jonathan, and of “perhaps other children” [Worthen, 1890]. Two sons named Samuel are both in the Haverhill vital records [Anon., 1910], as are all of the childrens' birth and death dates given below unless otherwise specified. David’s birth date is so far unknown to me. Since the couple were married 19 Feb 1761, he could have been born before the end of 1761, and Samuel in October the next year, so I am temporarily showing him as the eldest son.

The five children of David and Elenor (Clements) Eaton:   David, Samuel, Samuel, Hannah and Jonathan

1    Eaton, David was born Aug 1761 +4m, -19m * .  He and Clarissa Dudley were married 31 Dec 1807 in Newport?, Sullivan, New Hampshire.  Clarissa was born Nov 1786 +50m, -94m *

Molyneux [1911] has 3 Dec 1807 for this marriage.

Clarissa Dudley [Worthen, 1890] was “probably of Newport”.

A son of David and Clarissa (Dudley) Eaton:   Roderick Random. 

i    Eaton, Roderick Random was born 13 Sep 1808 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

2    Eaton, Samuel was born 29 Oct 1762 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts and died 27 Oct 1763 in Haverhill. 

3    Eaton, Samuel was born 28 Sep 1764 in Haverhill. 

This may be the Samuel Eaton who was married at Lynnfield 21 Jun 1808 to Lois Swain of Lynnfield [Anon., 1905].

4    Eaton, Hannah was born 16 Jul 1766 in Hopkinton Twp., Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

Birth record is from the IGI, extracted from New Hampshire vital records, and given by Worthen [1890].

5    Eaton, Jonathan was born 15 Dec 1768.    

Jonathan Eaton  &  Jane Sargent
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Sargent Top  

Jonathan Eaton was born 15 Dec 1768 in Hopkinton Twp., Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

Jonathan and Jane Sargent were married Jan 1790. 

Jane Sargent was born Aug 1772 +11m, -9m * and died 26 Mar 1864.  She was the daughter of Philip and Hannah (Hadley) Sargent.

Jonathan's birth is from the New Hampshire Registrar's Index to Vital Records. Jonathan and Jane were of Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont in 1791 and 1793 if the record there of their first two childrens' birth dates means that they were born there (not a necessary conclusion, as births were often re–recorded when a family moved). In any event, they must have lived there for at least some time after 1793, but the date of the record itself cannot be ascertained. Their son Cyrus’ birth 8 Jan 1795 was not recorded there, and by 1796 Jonathan begins to appear in the Sutton records, so the family probably was back in New Hampshire some time in 1794.

Jonathan first appears in the Sutton town records, in 1796, as a shareholder in the Sutton Library (at $2.50 per share). In 1801, "Lieut. Jonathan Eaton" was Surveyor of Highways, and in 1808 "Lt. Jona. Eaton" was one of the appointed petit jurors. He continues to appear almost yearly through 1814. In 1815, a John Felch shows up on the Poll Tax with exactly the same acreages mowed, tilled, in pasture, and in orchard as Jonathan had in 1814. This lot is adjacent to that of Mathew Harvey, and must have been David’s land, since Worthen [1890] says that Jonathan "lived on the homestead of his father, and there his eleven children were born”.

She then reports that Jonathan moved to Brownington, Vt., where he died. This town is in Orleans county in the extreme northern part of Vermont, some ten miles from the Canadian border. The only Vermont death record I was able to locate for a Jonathan Eaton of about the right age is one who died 21 Feb 1820 at age 52, buried North Cemetery, Rockingham, Windham county, some 30 miles west of Sutton.

Jonathan’s widow later married John Sargent, of New London, as his second wife, and died 26 Mar 1864, aged 91.

Augusta Harvey Worthen, in her History of Sutton, New Hampshire, gives us a delightful glimpse into the life of Jane Sargent [Worthen, 1890; pp. 279-280]. She writes: "Young girls were sometimes bound out in families, their period of service being limited to the age of eighteen years. In return for their labor they had their home in the family, instruction in the various branches of work customary for women, their support and clothing, some school education, and, if about being married, a present for a wedding outfit was not lacking."

"The following memoranda of the clothing and other things provided for two young girls… and two young men… were bound up in the same package… and are in the handwriting of Mrs. Harvey." This was Hannah, wife of Deacon Mathew Harvey, and sister of Jane Sargent. Jane herself was one of the young girls bound out in her sister's home. The memorandum regarding her payments reads:

"The things that were paid by Matthew Harvy and his wife to their sister, Jane Sargent, for her services done for them before she was 18 years old. July 20, 1794 --

One Chintz Gown
Four Home made Gowns
Four Short wrappers, -- middling good.
Two Woolen Aprons and two Linen Aprons.
One checkered Apron, and one old apron
One Black cloak
One mean (medium) Red Skirt
One Green Skirt -- half worn.
Two every day coats (skirts) more than half worn.
One Shawl, and Black Handerchiefs
Three Home–made Handkerchiefs, -- one white one.
Three Pair Stockings
Two Pair old Shoes -- One Pair New Shoes.
Three Shifts -- One Old White Skirt, One Hat.
One Coverlid -- Two Sheets, Two Pillows and Pillow cases
One Chest, with a Drawer
Six Chairs -- No bottoms to two of them
One year-old Heifer
Six Sheep -- One Pig.
One White Table.  One Bedstead.
Thirteen Pounds Flax
Twenty–four Pounds Feathers
Four Plates, One Frying Pan, One Fire Shovel.

The 1794 date on the inventory is interesting, as Jane was then about 21, and had been married in January, 1790. Possibly her dowery was slow in coming, but more likely this was an after–the–fact accounting made for some reason in the Deacon's household.

Worthen [1890] gives Jane's death date at age 91 years, as well as her second marriage to John Sargent as his second wife. I have not been able to find what, if any, relation John had to Jane's family.

The births of all eleven of their children, including the first two, are recorded in the Sutton Town Records. According to a notation in the copy of the Town Records which was filmed by the FHL, the last two were written in pencil. The entire family record appeared as follows:

A Record of the age Jonathan Eaton's Children
Mr. Jona. Eaton and Miss Jean Sargent Married
Betsy Eaton was born February 16th 1791
John Clements Eaton was born December 17, 1793
Cyrus Eaton was born January 8th 1795
Patty Eaon was born April 22th 1797
Amanda Eaon was born July 9th 1799
Mathew Harvey Eaton was born June 28th 1801
Elenor Eaton was born July 23rd 1803
Susannah Eaton was born August 4th 1805
Miriam Eaton was born July 29th 1807
Matthew H. Eaton  Deceased March
Stillman Eaton (in pencil)
Patty Eaton Deceased July 17th 1807
Harrison (in pencil)

The eleven children of Jonathan and Jane (Sargent) Eaton:   Betsey, John Clements, Cyrus, Martha "Patty", Amanda, Mathew Harvey, Elenor, Susannah, Miriam, Stillman and Henry Harrison. 

1    Eaton, Betsey was born 16 Feb 1791 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont. 

2    Eaton, John Clements was born 17 Dec 1793.    

3    Eaton, Cyrus was born 8 Jan 1795. 

4    Eaton, Martha "Patty" was born 22 Apr 1797 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire and died 17 Jul 1807 in Sutton. 

Patty died by drowning in the pond on her uncle Samuel Kezar's land, less than two weeks before her sister Miriam was born. The year has been variously recorded as 1800 and 1809, but the Sutton town record reads 1807.

5    Eaton, Amanda was born 9 Jul 1799 in Sutton. 

6    Eaton, Mathew Harvey was born 28 Jun 1801 in Sutton and died 8 Mar 1803 in Sutton. 

7    Eaton, Elenor was born 23 Jul 1803 in Sutton. 

8    Eaton, Susannah was born 4 Aug 1805 in Sutton. 

9    Eaton, Miriam was born 29 Jul 1807 in Sutton. 

10    Eaton, Stillman was born Mar 1810 +20m, -15m * in Sutton. 

BORN: 1809? IN Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire

11    Eaton, Henry Harrison was born Nov 1811 +16m, -15m * in Sutton and died before 1860.  He and Ann Kirk were married 6 Jan 1834 in St. Andrews, Ottawa, Canada.  Ann was born Oct 1811 +11m, -11m * in Ireland.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Green) Kirk.

Henry Harrison Eaton and his family were given to me by Gail Martin 26 Apr 2005. She also provided his first name Henry, which I didn't have, his marriage to Ann Kirk, and the parents of Ann and of Margaret Kirk, wife of David Ricker. In September, 2006, Gail kindly sent me photographs of Henry and Ann, as well as most of the rest of Ann's family.

Ann Eaton    48   Housekeeper 1200/500     Ireland
Johnaton     22   Farmer                   Canada
George       21   Laborer                  Canada
Elizabeth    24                            Canada
Lidia        17                            Canada
Henry        14                            Missouri
1860 Census, Westport P.O., Jackson, MO

The six children of Henry Harrison and Ann (Kirk) Eaton:   Anna Elizabeth, Jonathan, George, Jane, Lydia and Henry Travis. 

i    Eaton, Anna Elizabeth was born Aug 1835 +20m, -15m * in Ontario.  She and Albert Porter Haller were married 18 Apr 1872 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri.  Albert Porter was born Jun 1847 +54m, -103m * in Virginia and died before 1880. 

With mother in 1870 as "Lizzie", aged 33 1880, listed as head of household, widow, aged 42, living in Kaw, Jackson Co. Missouri. Wit h the family was a Parrish Stuart, labourer, aged 35, born in Missouri, parents born in Wuert emburg. 1900 Census, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri as a widow with her two sons 1910 Census, living with her son, Albert P. Haller

The three children of Anna Elizabeth and Albert Porter (Haller) Eaton:   Albert Porter, Annie M. and Porter D. 

1    Haller, Albert Porter was born May 1874 +35m, -22m * in Missouri. 

1910 Census, 12 WD, Kansas, Jackson, Missouri working as a jewellery salesman

2    Haller, Annie M. was born Aug 1876 +19m, -16m * in Missouri. 

She is not listed with the family in 1900

3    Haller, Porter D. was born Jul 1880 +45m, -16m * in Missouri. 

1900 Census, Kansas City, Ward 7, Jackson Co., Missouri with his mother who is listed as Eliz abeth

ii    Eaton, Jonathan was born Jun 1837 +13m, -12m * in Ontario. 

1850 Census, Kaw, Jackson Co., Missouri 1870 with mother as "John", aged 31 1880 Census, Kaw, Jackson Co., Missouri, farmer

iii    Eaton, George was born Oct 1839 +11m, -10m * in Ontario and died in Kansas.  He and Eliza Prewitt were married 1872 in Cowley Co., Kansas.  Eliza was born Nov 1851 +48m, -71m * in Kentucky and died 21 Jul 1928 in Leavenworth, Kansas. 

From William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Cowley Co., Part 14, 1883:

"GEORGE EATON, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Maple City, was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1839, and when a child came to this country with his parents; he settled in Marion County, Mo., in 1843, and in 1845 removed to Jackson County, Mo., where his father died in 1849, of cholera; he remained with his mother until 1859, engaged in farming; he went to the Pike's Peak country in Colorado, returned home in 1859, and remained until 1861, and then returned to Colorado, and was engaged in the business of Government transportation and remained in that business until 1867; then returning home he remained there until 1869, when he started for Southwestern Kansas, and settled on his farm of 305 acres where he now lives."

"He was engaged in farming and stock-raising; not finding wheat a remunerative crop, has confined his grain crop to corn chiefly, averaging forty bushels per acre, and of millet three tons; his neat one and one-half story farm residence is with its contents insured, and is shaded by ornamental trees and shrubs; his orchard contains 250 assorted fruit trees, various berries, etc., while his stock interest is represented by from $8,000 to $10,000 worth of cattle, horses, etc. Mr. Eaton was married in 1874, to Miss Eliza Prewitt of this county; their children are David Prewitt Eaton, aged eleven years; Mary E. Eaton, aged seven years; Anna K. Eaton, aged five years; John H. Eaton, aged three years; Samuel A. Eaton, aged four months. Mr. Eaton is now filling his third term as Trustee of this township, and has also been for three years Director, and is now Clerk of School District No. 58, and is one of the pioneer settlers and representative men of this part of the country."

George was in 1860 in Jackson County, Missouri, in 1870, age 29, censused with his mother, and in 1880 was a farmer in Silver Creek, Cowley, Kansas. For a lovely example of political diatribe in years gone by:

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 31, 1883.

"Register of Deeds. George Eaton was elected trustee of Spring Creek Township, not because he was so distressingly popular, but to secure the defeat of a man who persisted in listing cattle held in the Indian Territory by prominent Republicans. These Republicans got tired of paying lawyers to undo the work of one crank, and out of spite they turned in and elected this George Eaton. Since then George Eaton has gone daft. Sudden local prominence hath made him mad, and he essays to ride on this little ripple across the ocean of Cowley's politics into the haven afforded by the office of register of deeds. He forgets that T. H. Soward is skimming along on a wave that will bury Eaton and his handful of votes so far out of sight that he will never be heard of more. Mark this: Geo. Eaton will not carry his own township, and Soward will beat him in the county five hundred votes. This is official."

The six children of George and Eliza (Prewitt) Eaton:   Mary Ellen, Anna K., John H., Samuel A., David Prewitt and Helen. 

1    Eaton, Mary Ellen was born Aug 1874 +32m, -23m * in Silver Creek Tws, Cowley Co., Kansas. 

Aged 4 in 1880

2    Eaton, Anna K. was born Nov 1877 +10m, -10m * in Silver Creek Tws. 

Aged 2 in 1880

3    Eaton, John H. was born 20 Sep 1879 in Silver Creek Tws and died Jun 1968 in Garden City, Finney, Kansas. 

4    Eaton, Samuel A. was born Sep 1881 +29m, -13m * in Silver Creek Tws, Cowley Co., Kansas. 

5    Eaton, David Prewitt was born May 1885 +27m, -15m * in Silver Creek Tws. 

Aged 8 in 1880

6    Eaton, Helen was born Sep 1882 +41m, -44m * and died 21 Jul 1928 in Leavenworth, Kansas. 

iv    Eaton, Jane was born Sep 1841 +13m, -14m * in Ontario. 

v    Eaton, Lydia was born Jan 1844 in Canada, died 9 Aug 1918 in Bakersfield, California and was buried in Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California.  She and Elisha M. Roberts were married 1 Sep 1870 in Jackson Co., Missouri.  Elisha M. was born 11 Sep 1843 in Marshall Co., Tennessee, died 29 Mar 1919 in Bakersfield, California and was buried in Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California.  He was the son of Henry and Harbor (Leathia) Roberts.

Elisha and Lydia, both 35, were censused 1880 in District No. 5, Kern County, California. He was a farmer born in Tennessee, with parents born in North Carolina and Tennesee. Lydia was born in Canada, her mother in Canada, but she didn't know where her father was born.

From the birthplaces of their children, the family moved to California about 1875.

The four children of Lydia and Elisha M. (Roberts) Eaton:   Maud, Thomas Lynn, Herbert G. and Daisy Lydia. 

1    Roberts, Maud was born Aug 1872 +51m, -22m * in Miami Co., Kansas and died 12 Nov 1938 in Bakersfield, California. 

The 1920 Census states she was born in Missouri. 1930 Census, born in Kansas circa 1876

2    Roberts, Thomas Lynn was born Feb 1875 +39m, -14m * in Kern Co., California. 

With the family in 1880 as Thomas L. Roberts

3    Roberts, Herbert G. was born Oct 1883 in California and died 10 Mar 1923 in Bakersfield, California. 

Herbert was 16, and going to school, when the family was censused 1900 in Kern County.

4    Roberts, Daisy Lydia was born 18 Oct 1888 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., California and died 13 Oct 1959 in San Francisco, California.  She was married to Fred G. Fulton.  Fred G. was born Dec 1885 +93m, -152m * in Missouri and died before 1920. 

I at one time had Daisy's birth date a 18 Oct 1888, but have lost track of where I go that date. Her birth date from the 1900 census was Mar 1887, her family quite well identified by her parents' birth places.

I don't have a marriage record for them, but Fred G. Fulton and Daisy L. Fulton were censused 1920 in Kern County. Her age recorded in that census was 30, or birth year 1889/90, and her birthplace Californai, which are both close enough (for census records) to accept this as the right couple.

Daisy appeared in the 1930 Census, Bakersfield, Kern Co, California as Daisy R. Fulton, widow. Place of birth for both parents were given as Tennessee. At least the reference to Tennessee, if not accurate for both parents, supports the identification of Daisy and Fred.

vi    Eaton, Henry Travis was born 19 Apr 1846 in Kansas City, Missouri, died 27 Jul 1925 in St. Joseph, Buchanan Co, Missouri and was buried in Mt. Mara Cemeter.  He and Mary Elizabeth Johnson were married 20 Dec 1870 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Mary Elizabeth was born 25 Aug 1854 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri and died 7 Feb 1928 in Prarie, Sercy County, Arkansas. 

1870 with mother, aged 24 In 1880 he was a farmer in Louisburg, Montgomery, Kansas His death certificate says he die d of Nephritis and states that he was a dairy man. Roy Eaton was the informant

Daughter of John Johnson and Permilia Jackson.

The three children of Henry Travis and Mary Elizabeth (Johnson) Eaton:   John Aaron, Anna Elizabeth and Harrison Travis. 

1    Eaton, John Aaron was born Nov 1871 +11m, -8m * in Missouri.  He was married to Effie L. ____.  Effie L. was born Feb 1890 +61m, -99m *

John A. Eaton, 58, and wife Effie L., 48, were in Prairie, Washington, Arkansas in 1930. I use this census to identify his wife and children.

The three children of John Aaron and Effie L. (____) Eaton:   Lenard F., Charles A. and Hester C. 

i    Eaton, Lenard F. was born Oct 1911 +41m, -126m * in Arkansas. 

ii    Eaton, Charles A. was born Jun 1916 +18m, -17m * in Arkansas. 

iii    Eaton, Hester C. was born Mar 1918 +32m, -15m * in Arkansas. 

2    Eaton, Anna Elizabeth was born Aug 1874 +14m, -14m *

3    Eaton, Harrison Travis was born 22 Nov 1876 in Kansas City, Missouri, died 13 Nov 1947 in Marshall, Searcy Co., Arkansas and was buried 19 Nov 1947 in Marshall Co., Tennessee. 

John Clements Eaton  &  Louisa Ricker
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Ricker Top  

John Clements Eaton was born 17 Dec 1793 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont and died before Oct 1851 in Washington Twp., Jackson, Missouri. 

John Clements and Louisa Ricker were married about 1818. 

Louisa Ricker was born Aug 1800 +28m, -26m * in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire and died about Jun 1860 in Oxford, Johnson, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Joshua and Abigail Eunice? (Chamberlin) Ricker.

John Clements Eaton left New Hampshire when he was about 23 or 24 years of age. His move westward from New England marks the end of our New England ancestry. He went first to Canada, and after all of his children were born, moved further west and south to the border between Missouri and the Kansas Territory. This outline map shows the travels of the several generations of Eatons in America.

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Eaton Locations in North America

John Eaton settled in the town of Hull on the north bank of the Ottawa River in what was then called Lower Canada. This town is located across the river from a place, then called Bytown, which is now Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Lower Canada, later Canada East, is now Quebec Province, while Upper Canada across the river was later Canada West, and is now Ontario Province. Hull had been settled at the mouth of the Gatineau River by Philemon Wright (born 2 Sep 1760), Tiberius and Ruggles Wright, and other settlers from Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1800. Bytown would be settled on the southern bank of the river some nine years later. Hull was not only a self sufficient outpost in the Canadian wilds, but grew rapidly as a saw mill, grist mill, and blacksmith’s shop with four water powered bellows were constructed, and the export of lumber down the Ottawa to the port of Quebec began in 1806.

It is not known how large Hull had grown by the time John came there in 1816 or 1817, but the 1825 census showed 100 families, and a population of 803. The population statistics are interesting. The approximately 100 families had an average of three children, and constituted 477 of the town's citizens. The rest of the town consisted of 284 single men, and 42 single women. Tiberius and Ruggles Wright had in that census a total of 85 single men in their two households! Three other households each had from ten to 20 single males. Apparently these founding families provided living accomodations for the single men they had attracted to Hull to make the town self sufficient. The 20 single women over eighteen years of age must have found it an interesting town in which to live. In addition to the Wrights, another of the town's original settlers was Benjamin Chamberlin, who was still alive in 1842. In 1825 there were seven Chamberlin and six Wright families (although Philemon had apparently died by then) in town.

We don’t know whether or not John married Louisa Ricker in her home town of Bath on the Connecticut River in Grafton county, New Hampshire, but she would have been no more than 17 years of age when John came to Canada. John’s parents had been living in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, around 1794, and Louisa’s parents were in Newbury, less than twenty–five miles away in the same county, until about 1795. So the two families could have been acquainted in the previous generation, and John might well have emigrated to Canada knowing that family friends were there. Several at least of Louisa's family had apparently moved to Canada, and we know her younger brother David was there. It seems most likely that the couple met and married in that frontier outpost, but this is purely a guess.

In 1823 “J. C. Eaton” subscribed £5 for the construction of the first church on an acre of land on “shier falls island” given by Philemon, Tiberious, and Ruggles Wright, Esquires [May, 1923]. The first of the articles of the committee commenced: “RESOLVED that each of the Committee do use his individual exertion and by personal application collect such subscriptions, to commence the erecton of the church either in money or articles useful about the said building”. The laborers later pledged that “each agree to refrain from useing any spiritous Liquours on the scaffolding or walls of the said Church”. Each £5 pledge entitled the subscriber to one vote as to the location of the church, and was to be a credit in the subsequent disposal of the pews by vendeau.

Two years later, the 1825 census shows J. C. Eaton with five people in his household; he and his wife, one boy under six, one boy six to 14, and one daughter under 14. (It is an anomaly of the Canadian census that the forms called for "number of the family" in three age groups below eighteen years, but these meant "male children of the family" of those ages. The total number of the family was also given, as well as men and women by various age ranges, and the total can only be explained, consistently for each family as well as for the town totals, if that interpretation is made.) None of these three children appear in the 1842 census seventeen years later, and we don’t know their names nor whether they died or married and moved out of the household. Since Louisa was born 1800 or 1801, her eldest child must have been born not much before 1819, and the other two during the period 1820 to 1825, so these three would have been between seventeen and twenty–three at the time of the second census.

The 1825 census also shows a John Eaton and wife living in Buckingham, about 20 miles from Hull down the Ottawa River to the east. He was born between 1785 and 1800, and she between 1780 and 1811, so they were of the same generation as John and Louisa, but nothing else is known concerning them. There were no Rickers, or other related names, censused there or in the two neighboring townships of Lochabor and Templeton that year.

The Canadian census for 1842 is illuminating, but intriguing in that it provides many bits of information which raise questions rather than proved answers. J. C. Eaton had ten inmates in his household, six of whom where natives of the Continent of Europe, two of the United States, one of Ireland, and one a citizen of French Canada (see below). Since these had to include five or six of their Hull born children, the census forms must have defined Lower Canada as belonging to the Continent of Europe. Eight of these ten belonged to the Baptist or Anabaptist Church, one to the Church of England (which John had helped found almost twenty years earlier), and one to the Church of Rome.

There was one farm servant employed, and since Melissa later married a John Penoyer (in a Presbyterian church), it is quite possible that he was a French Canadian, Roman Catholic farm laborer living with the household. The family also employed a female servant, and this could have been a sister or other relative of Margaret Kirk, the Irish born wife of Louisa's brother David Ricker. These are mere speculations, however.

John was at that time a farmer with 250 acres of land, 45 acres of which were improved, tenured by him on the basis of a government grant. During the year he produced 10 bushels wheat, 50 of oats, and 60 of potatoes. He had 5 meat cattle, 2 horses, 19 sheep, and 5 hogs. The household also produced 30 yards of flannel cloth, and gathered 30 pounds of wool. All in all, the picture is one of a prosperous farm in a frontier town that still must have seem isolated far into the wilderness of Canada. That year John was censused next after Josiah Chamberlin, who had a family about the same size on a farm that was just a little larger and more productive than the Eaton one.

On 3 Jul 1848 Melissa Eaton married John Penoyer at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Wakefield, the next town north of Hull [Blondin, 1986]. Within a couple of months the entire family with their new son–in–law had followed Louisa's brother David and his family to Jackson County, Missouri. There John on the 16th of September purchased 200 acres straddling the Santa Fe Trail in Washington Township about a mile from the border of what was then called Indian Country, later to be named Kansas Territory. His land consisted of three adjoining parcels in Section 8, T 47, R33, described as the W half of the SE quarter, 80a, the E half of the NW quarter, 80 a, and the E half of the E half of the SW quarter, 40 a. That same year, a town called Kansas was platted some thirteen miles north on the Missouri River in Kaw township in the north west corner of the county. Over the years, this town was to become the metropolis of Kansas City which would eventually spread to almost completely obliterate the farmlands and small towns where the Eatons settled in Missouri. The following sketch maps show the location of the Eaton lands along the Kansas–Missouri border in the 1850’s.

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Eaton Lands Along the Santa Fe Trail

The 16 Aug 1850 the census for Washington Twp., Jackson, Missouri, has John C. Eaton listed as a farmer with his wife Louisa and five children, John and Melissa Penoyer and their son Charles, 11 months old (born in Missouri), and a John Eaton (later we find that his middle initial was O.) born in Canada, aged 22 years, and listed after the children of the family. John Clement Eaton had a younger brother Cyrus (and two much younger brothers Stillman and Harrison) who could have gone to Canada with him, so it’s possible that John O. is John Clement’s nephew. However, in 1825 there was another John Eaton in Buckingham Township in Lower Canada, he and his wife having been born before 1800 (i.e., about John Clement's age) but with no children that year. It is quite possible that John O. is that John Eaton's son, born 1828, but there seems to be no place on the Eaton family tree for that elder John. What John. O.'s relationship is to John Clement remains a mystery, but he remained closely involved with the family for the rest of their lives.

Also in the Jackson county census we find Louisa's brother David Ricker with his wife Margaret (Kirk) Ricker, born Bath, New Hampshire and Ireland, respectively, and a daughter Melissa named possibly after David’s niece Melissa Eaton. David and his wife and their five Canadian–born children came to Missouri about 1845, preceeding John Clement and Louisa by three years.

Also in 1850, in Kaw township, we find Ann Eaton, aged 34 and born in Ireland, with six children born between 1836 and 1846 in Canada. It is believed by Cheryl Edwards, a descendant of David, that Ann was a sister of Margaret Kirk, the wife of David Ricker [Edwards, 1991]. Ann’s eldest son was named Jonathan, quite probably after John C.’s father. But whether Ann was the widow of one of the two early sons of John C. and Louisa, or of someone from yet another branch of the Eatons in Canada is still not known.

In 1850, we find Louisa Eaton listed as a new member, by experience, of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church of Grandview, Missouri, located just three miles east of the Eatons' land. (I’ve lost this reference -- may have to contact library in Missouri to identify it.) Also a member by letter of the church at this time was a Preston Clements. Whether or not he was a relative by marriage of Louisa's we don't know. Preston was dismissed from the church by letter in 1854, returned in 1859, and a John Ambrose Clements and Hannah A. Clements were baptised in 1860. Preston again was dismissed by letter in 1868, and it is noted in the records that Hannah died 1887, and John Ambrose in 1904. The last extant record of Blue Ridge Baptist is the membership list of 1875, and presumably the church closed its doors around that time.

On 25 Aug 1851 Harrison S. Vivion was appointed administrator of the estate of John C. Eaton who had recently died intestate. On the 10th of October a sale was held at public vendue (auction) of the goods and chattels of his estate. Louisa took at the appraised value some $103 worth of goods, including a yoke of three year old steers for $30, a black mare for $25, a red cow and calf for $12, a speckled cow and calf for $11, and a bay pony for $8. Since she also bought for cash a $12 wagon, the $103 probably represented a widow’s one–third of her husband’s personal estate. The rest of the property was auctioned for $169, including a field of oats to her brother David Ricker for $8.50, and several items including a shotgun for $4.25 and a $21.50 silver watch to the administrator, H. S. Vivion. The list of buyers, and the items they purchased for prices ranging upward from 25˘ for two carpenter's gouges, takes up two and a half handwritten, legal size pages.

When John C. bought his land 16 Sep 1848 from Dwight Spencer, he had paid the $1200 purchase price with $200 “in hand” and three notes due in one, two, and three years of $333.33 each, with interest. After his death by Aug 1851, his estate did not have the cash available to meet these notes, none of which had apparently been paid. On 24 Sep 1853 Spencer obtained a judgment in the Circuit Court of Jackson County against “Harrison S. Vivian as Administrator of the Estate of John C. Eaton, deceased, John Pannoyer & Melessa Pannoyer his wife, Jane Eaton, Louisa Eaton, Elizabeth Eaton, Edgar Eaton, Alfred Eaton, John Eaton & Louisa Eaton for the sum of one thousand and forty three & 52/100 dollars”, to be brought before the court at the March term in 1854. (That represents, incidently, a 7.5% annual interest compounded.) Since the children are named in order of birth starting with Melissa, the last named Louisa is the widow. The John Eaton named before her must be the John O. whose exact relationship to the family we don’t know, but who was considered by the court to be an heir in the intestate death of John C.

As a consequence of this judgment, and the debt still not being paid six months later as required, the Jackson County Court at its July term in 1854 ordered that the administrator of the estate sell the land “for the payment of depts, at public outcry, at the Court House door in the City of Independence, on the 2nd Monday in August next”. The poster that the administrator had printed is defective in its description of the land to be sold, describing a quarter section (not owned by Eaton) but specifying 20 acres, so it’s not possible to tell what portion of the original purchase was sold on 14 Aug 1854, nor why the entire farm didn’t have to go.

On 6 Oct 1851 a town called New Santa Fe had been platted on the Santa Fe Trail at the Missouri border about two miles SW of the Eaton land, and just about the time of John's death. The portion of the trail between his land and the new town is today called the Santa Fe Trail Road, in south Kansas City, meeting the Kansas border between 122nd and 123rd streets. Early in 1857 the town of Oxford was laid out just across the border in what is now Kansas, essentially a continuation of New Santa Fe. The leading member of the town was Christopher Columbus Catron, a pro–slavery advocate, and Oxford became the county headquarters for that party. Over the next few years it prospered, but was abandoned by its pro-slavery inhabitants during the border wars, and fell into only sporadic use as a barracks by Union soldiers during the war. Soon after the war the town was completely converted to farm land.

On 22 Jul 1858 Louisa Eaton purchased or claimed Lot No. 1 in Sec. 14 in Oxford, comprising 61.58 acres, at $1.25 per acre. Section 14 was a fractional section abutting the Kansas–Missouri border (and thus at the eastern limit of the Kansas land survey), about 0.2 miles wide. Thus it held about 128 acres, and Lousa’s lot must have been either the northern or southern half of the fractional section. The south–east corner of the section lies about a half mile north of the Santa Fe Trail where it crosses the border. On 19 Oct that year there is record of an indenture “between Louisa Eaton of the County of Johnson and Territory of Kansas and John O. Eaton of the same” in the amount of $76.98 for Lot No. 1, and on 7 Feb 1859 Louisa testified to her grant of the land to John O. before John T. Schuck, J.P. On 2 Apr 1860, with Preemption Certificate No. 1205 (recorded 2 Mar 1908), the U. S. granted to Louisa this same lot, and it noted that she “has deposited a certificate of the Registor of the Land Office at Lecompton whereby it appears that full payment has been made”.

On the church record indicating that Louisa had joined the Baptist church in 1850 is the notation that she died in 1860. That year, John O. Eaton, age 31 and born in Canada, was censused on 22 Aug in Oxford Twp. as a constable owning property worth $1200. In his household were Melissa Pennoyer and her son Charles, Louisa Eaton (age 24), and Alfred Eaton (17, a farmer). Thus mother Louisa Eaton died between April and August of 1860. Melissa’s husband John would have been 35 years of age at that time, and what happened to him and to Louisa’s other children is unknown.

John O. Eaton was still on the Oxford land in 1870, where he was censused at age 42 as a farmer with $1000 in personal property. His wife Anna was born in Missouri. By 1880 he had moved to Concord in Clinton County, Missouri, where many members of the Eaton and Hartzell families lived. That year he was censused with his wife Annie, 16 years younger than him, and son Charles, 12, and daughter Mary, 8. Perhaps some day we will be able to find John O.'s exact connection to our line, as he was obviously closely involved with John Clement and his family over many years.

The children of John Clement and Louisa (Ricker) Eaton were all born in Hull, Lower Canada (now Quebec). I had overlooked these children whose given names I don't know when I checked land transactions in Missouri and Kansas. I thus may have not recognized records pertaining to these members of our family. There was, for example, a Eunice Eaton who had land in Johnson County, Kansas, patented to her by the Office of Indian Affairs in 1859.

In the 1870 census can be found a Cerilda Eaton in Oxford Township (where Lousia and John O. had land), a Henry Eaton in Garner Twp, Kansas, and another Henry D. Eaton in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri. By this time John C. and Louisa' daughter Louisa had married Adam Leonard Hartzell and moved to this area near Plattsburg, and her brother Edgar was there also. However, there were Eatons in the area from Tennesee and Kentucky, so relationships do not follow from surnames alone.

The nine children of John Clements and Louisa (Ricker) Eaton:   ____, ____, ____, Melissa, Jane, Louisa Ricker, Elizabeth "Betsy", Edgar C. and Alfred. 

1    Eaton, ____ was born Jan 1821 +37m, -50m * in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

One of these two sons could have been the husband of Ann (Kirk) Eaton, born 1815-1816.

2    Eaton, ____ was born Jan 1822 +27m, -42m * in Hull. 

3    Eaton, ____ was born Aug 1827 +27m, -51m * in Hull. 

4    Eaton, Melissa was born Sep 1828 +31m, -42m * in Hull.  She and John Penoyer were married 3 Jul 1848 in Wakefield, Quebec, Canada.  John was born Jul 1826 +51m, -86m *

5    Eaton, Jane was born Mar 1833 +12m, -12m * in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

6    Eaton, Louisa Ricker was born 18 May 1835.    

7    Eaton, Elizabeth "Betsy" was born Dec 1837 +20m, -16m * in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

8    Eaton, Edgar C. was born Dec 1839 +19m, -18m * in Hull.  He was married to Eliza ____.  Eliza was born Feb 1844 +152m, -93m *

Edgar C. was censused 1870 in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri, as a carpenter, age 29 and born in East Canada, with $600 in real estate and a $150 personal estate. It is interesting that the census that year had both of his parents as "foreign born", although John Clement had been born in Vermont and Louisa in New Hampshire. The same was true of the parents that year of John O. Eaton who, however, also had the notation that he himself was a U. S. citizen.

Her name from 1870 census in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri

9    Eaton, Alfred was born Aug 1843 +28m, -17m * in Hull.  He was married to Jennie ____.  Jennie was born Dec 1851 +87m, -92m *

Alfred was listed as a farmer at age 17 when he was censused in the household of John O. Eaton in Oxford Twp. He is missing from the 1870 censuses of both Kansas and Missouri, but by 1880 he was in Plattsburg with the rest of the family.

The two children of Alfred and Jennie (____) Eaton:   Herbert and Beula. 

i    Eaton, Herbert was born Nov 1877 +20m, -68m *

ii    Eaton, Beula was born Jun 1879 +65m, -54m *

Louisa Ricker Eaton  &  Adam Leonard Hartzell
Peter 1, William 2, Peter 3, William 4, John 5, William 6, Benjamin 7, David 8, Jonathan 9, John Clements 10, Louisa Ricker 11 Hartzell Top  

Louisa Ricker Eaton was born 18 May 1835 in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada, died 8 Feb 1923 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and was buried 10 Feb 1923 in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri. 

Louisa Ricker and Adam Leonard Hartzell were married 9 Jul 1861 in Johnson, Kansas. 

Adam Leonard Hartzell was born 17 Mar 1827 in Covington, Miami, Ohio, died 19 Aug 1913 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  He was the son of Phillip and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Hartzell.

The information provided by his son Charles for his death certificate says Adam Leonard was born in Covington, Ohio. (Margaret Hartzell, Charles' daughter, thinks he was born in Piqua, where the other side of our family, the Mitchells, resided, but that may be because records are located there in the county seat.) About the time he came to Missouri, either just before or just after, he made a trip to California.

According to the Miami County, Ohio online Genealogical Index, there was an earlier generation Adam Hartzell censused 1820 and 1830 in nearby Jefferson Twp., Montgomery County [Census book pages 116 and 235, respectively].

Adam Leonard and Louisa settled in Clinton county, Missouri, in 1865, a few years after their marriage. The farm he purchased lay a short distance from the Log Church, and at the time of Adam Leonard's death was being lived on by Alfred Edgar, described as "E. A." in the obituary.

In 1880 "Addam L." and "Louiza" were censused in Concord, Clinton, Missouri with their six children. John E. and Edgar A. were working on the farm, and the three girls were at school. Edgar's age was given as 16, rather than 15.

According to his obituary, Adam "saw some service in the Missouri state guard in the early part of the Civil war". The family story, handed down, says he rode with Quantrill. William Clark Quantrill (also Charles W. Quantrell by some authors, and allegedly alias Charley Hart in his early years) was a guerrilla leader of the Southern cause who came to prominence early in the Civil War. Four years of border warfare between the factions for and against slavery, whipped to blood heat by the tactics of John Brown, fomented a legacy of hatred probably stronger and more personal than anywhere else in the country during that conflict. Quantrell was commissioned a Captain in the Confederate Army on 15 Aug 1862, and organized a company of about 150 men, ninety of whose names have been recorded. He later journeyed to Richmond, Virginia, where he was commissioned Colonel, and returned to his men on the Kansas border in January or February of 1863.

The guerrilla warfare Quantrill and other bands waged in the Missouri counties along the Kansas border so beleagered the Union forces that Major General Henry Halleck decreed that any civilian caught with arms would be executed. In August of 1863, a group of Southern women who were relatives of Quantrill's men, including Bill Anderson's sisters and Cole Younger's cousin, were imprisoned in a dilapidated, three story brick building. Within a few days the building collapsed, killing four of the prisoners. Six days later, Quantrill had collected 500 men and in retribution attacked and burned Lawrence, Kansas, killing every male they could find who was old enough to carry a gun. This was the home town of the hated Senator James Lane, whose Jayhawker bands had led murderous raids against the homes of southern sympathisers in Missouri for several years. Almost immediately, Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, in command at Kansas City, issued the infamous Order No. 11 which forced virtually all of the population out of a four county area from Kansas City south along the Kansas border. The order drew heavy criticism from both the Northern and Southern press, but failed to aid the Federal cause in any material way.

Our family story says that Louisa, with her son John Eaton and a negro woman slave, fled the area in a wagon, driving through Kansas City north to Plattsburg. There her brother, either Alfred or Edgar, ran a livery stable. If this was indeed at the time of Order No. 11, John Eaton would have been almost eleven months old. Since Adam Leonard was not with his family at that time, he probably participated in the raid on Lawrence. The few more or less factual reports available on Quantrill's company (all highly partisan on one side or the other) provide only incomplete lists of the men he commanded, and Adam Leonard's name is not to be found. Post-war accounts of annual conventions of Quantrill's veterans up to the time of Adam Leonard's death do not list him, either. Thus the family story, while quite possible true, hasn't yet been corroborated by any objective evidence.

In 1880 "Addam and Louiza" were censused in Concord, Clinton County, Missouri with all of their children at home. The two older boys, ages 16 and 18, were working on the farm, the three daughters, from 9 to 13 years of age, were attending school.

Adam Leonard died at the home of his daughter Mrs. G. Emmett Winn, one and a half miles northeast of Plattsurg [Anon., 1913a]. He had moved into town several years before his death, as he had become partially paralyzed and blind. His obituary [Anon., 1913b] reported that at that time all of Adam and Louisa's children were living except our ancestor John Eaton: "Ed, C. L., Roxie now Mrs. Emmett Winn, all of this [Clinton] county, Mrs. Mary Porter of Mulhall, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Dollie Hale of Osceola, Missouri". There was also a short, very flowery obituary in the Plattsburg Democrat. Adam Leonard was a Mason 64 years, and the Masonic Lodge conducted the service at the grave. He was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Louisa Ricker Eaton represents the convergence of our New England ancestry. That is, all of our New England ancestors were hers, as well. In addition, when she left New England, first for Canada and then for Missouri, she became the last generation of our ancestry who lived in New England.

A photograph of Louisa, and another of her three daughters, Dollie, Mayme, and Roxie, were received by Pat in July, 1992, from Ollie May Hartzell.

According to the 1850 census, Louisa was living in Oxford township, Johnson County, Kansas Territory with her sister Melissa Pennoyer and John O. Eaton who had come from Canada with the family. Louisa moved back to Missouri when she married Adam Leonard. She joined the Christian Church in the year of her marriage, and apparently belonged to the Log Church near their farm.

Louisa's death certificate says she was living in Concord, Clinton county, and lists the cause of death as apoplexy [Anon., 1923a]. Her death notice in the Plattsburg Leader, 9 Feb 1923, says she "died Thursday evening after being taken suddenly ill Wednesday" [Anon., 1923b]. The funeral services were held at the home of Emmett Winn. The Plattsburg Democrat says she died "Thursday 8 Feb at 5:00 at age 87 years" [Anon., 1923c]. She was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The children and grandchildren (and one great-granddaughtre) of Louisa and Adam Leonard as given here are from the family bible at one time in the possession of Grace (Winn) Siler. A copy of the family events was provided to us by Margaret Hartzell, daughter of Charles Leonard. It is difficult to say how many records were contemporary entries, and how many added at a later date. Apparently the entries were begun sometime after Adam Leonard's death in 1913.

The six children of Louisa Ricker and Adam Leonard (Hartzell) Eaton:   John Eaton, Edgar Alfred, Roxie Louisa, Mary Miller "Mayme", Dollie Edna and Charles Leonard. 

1    Hartzell, John Eaton was born 30 Jul 1862.    

2    Hartzell, Edgar Alfred was born 26 Feb 1865 in Clinton, Missouri and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.  He and Louise D. "Lula" Heisler were married 1 Feb 1899.  Louise D. "Lula" was born Jul 1876 +55m, -86m * , died 1944 and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. 

Sometimes recorded as Alfred Edgar, he was censused as a young man as "Edgar A.", and mentioned in his father's obituary as "E. A.". IN 1930 the census entry read "Harzell, Alfred S." Obviously, this man's given names were not accurately recorded.

The two children of Edgar Alfred and Louise D. "Lula" (Heisler) Hartzell:   Samuel Allen and Alfred Leslie "Duck". 

i    Hartzell, Samuel Allen was born 2 Dec 1899.  He was married (1) to Harriett Chenoweth.  Harriett was born Sep 1902 +152m, -93m * .  He was married (2) to ____. 

The two children of Samuel Allen and Harriett (Chenoweth) Hartzell:   Gladys Merle and Emma Jean. 

1    Hartzell, Gladys Merle was born Jul 1926 +207m, -88m * and died 8 Oct 1990.  She was married (1) to H. F. White.  She was married (2) to Clarence Handy.  She was married (3) to Claude Englehardt. 

Gladys and Clarence had a son Charles S. Walker, according to Ollie May. Whether this was an adopted son, or a misprint in her notes, I don't know. Charles had a son Kevin and and daughter Aimee.

The two children of Gladys Merle and H. F. (White) Hartzell:   Karen and Marcia. 

i    White, Karen.  She was married to ____ Hall. 

Karen had two children, Dennis and Donna.

ii    White, Marcia.  She was married to ____ Clark. 

Marcia had two children, Diane and Lissa.

2    Hartzell, Emma Jean was born Aug 1928 +176m, -88m * .  She was married to Jack R. Glass.  Jack R. died before 1992. 

Emma Jean's correct first name and descendants are from Ollie May, July 1992.

The two children of Emma Jean and Jack R. (Glass) Hartzell:   Jack and Michael. 

i    Glass, Jack.  He was married to Judy Lyons. 

Judy and Jack had four children, Jack, Joe, Justin, and Jeanna.

ii    Glass, Michael.  He was married to Frances Strong. 

Frances and Michael had a son Michael E. and a daughter Crystal.

ii    Hartzell, Alfred Leslie "Duck" was born 2 Nov 1902 in Missouri and died Nov 1976 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  He was married (1) to Katherine ____.  Katherine was born Mar 1905 +58m, -66m * .  He was married (2) to Julia Bernadette Mallen.  Julia Bernadette was born in Plattsburg and died 25 Nov 1990 in Plattsburg. 

Alfred Leslie, as recorded in the family bible, seems to have been called Leslie A. in later life, and was known by his friends in Plattsburg, Missouri, as "Duck".

The birth date and burial year of Nov 1976 given here are from the SSDI, and the evidence that these are for the correct Leslie Hartzell (one of three) is the death location given as Plattsburg.

A pedigree resource file on FamilySearch claims that Leslie was married twice, once to a Julia Bernadette (written as if that were her surname), and second to a Julia Mallen. I had originally (and carelessly) accepted this, but now believe, and am showing here, that Leslie was married to only one Julia, Julia Bernadette Mallen. That conclusion is supported in that her obituary and a legal notice regarding her estate named her as Julia B. Hartzell.

However, there is a 1930 census record for Oklahoma City (Ward 1, Sheet 2b) for a Hartzell household consisting of Alfred S., born 1864/65, Lula, born 1869/70, Katherine, born 1901/02, Leslie, born 1902/03, and Mary Lu, born 1927/28. This record, particularly with his mother identified as Lula, establishes that Leslie (Duck) was in fact also married to a Katherine.

(See also the note below concerning Julia's obituary.)

Leslie's wife Julia and children were first given to us by Ollie May Hartzell, the wife of Lawrence Eaton Hartzell, a first cousin of "Duck", and my mother's brother. Ollie May and Lawrence also lived for a time in Plattsburg. Her July, 1992, letter to my sister Pat Thiessen also included a somewhat ambiguous notation "died 25 Nov 90", but apparently referring to his wife Julia.

"Duck"'s 74th, and last, birthday party, on election night, 2 Nov 1976, was written up in the Plattsburg Ledger of November 12. In addition to noting the large crowd which gathered at Don's Hitchen Post in Plattsburg, the article listed the food, provided by friends and neighbors, which "ranged from barbecued coon, squirrel, roast beef and venison to mountain oysters".

The children are also named in Leslie's death notice which noted that he died in a Smithfield Hospital, and that the survivors, in addition to his wife, included "three sons, James Hartzell of Plattsburg and Jeff Hartzell and John Hartzell, both of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Curfman of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Judy Blankenship of Kansas City, and five grandchildren." The notice said that Leslie was a lifelong resident of Clinton County, and worked as a carpenter in Plattsburg.

Julia's obituary, which provided her death date in Plattsburg, noted that she was a lifelong resident of Plattsburg, and was a secretary for the Missouri Division of Family Services there. She was survived by her three sons and daughter Judy Blankenship, who at that time was of Smithsville, about 19 miles by road SW of Plattsburg. That a daughter Mary Lou was not mentioned in this context can be interpreted, that she was a step-daughter, and so not listed.

A daughter of Katherine and Alfred Leslie "Duck" (Hartzell) ____:   Mary Lou. 

1    Hartzell, Mary Lou was born 16 Jul 1927 in Missouri and died 21 Jan 2011 in Peoria County, Illinois.  She was married to ____ Curfman.  ____ was born Sep 1924 +93m, -152m *

There is a SSDI record for Mary Lou Curfman, born 16 Jul 1927, died 21 Jan 2011 with payment records just before her death in Peoria and in Puttstown, both in Peoria County, Illinois. I'm adopting those dates here. Her Social Security number had been issued in California, her husband's given name should appear on her death certificate, which can be purchased from Peoria County.

The four children of Alfred Leslie "Duck" and Julia Bernadette (Mallen) Hartzell:   Judith "Judy", James, Jeff and John. 

1    Hartzell, Judith "Judy".  She was married to ____ Blankenship. 

There is an SSDI record for a Judy Blankenship who was born 24 Mr 1943 and died 10 Apr 2004 . Her Social Security number had been issued in Missouri, and her death residence locality was listed as iberia, Miller, Missouri. it is difficult to tell if this is for the daugher of Leslie, particularly as I have no idea of the order of birth of his four children. I've

listed Judy first only because that is the order her mother's obituaries used.

2    Hartzell, James. 

3    Hartzell, Jeff. 

4    Hartzell, John. 

3    Hartzell, Roxie Louisa was born 5 Jan 1867 in Clinton, Missouri and died in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  She and George Emmett Winn were married 14 Nov 1894.  George Emmett was born Apr 1869 +45m, -48m * , died 1936 in Plattsburg and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. 

The five children of Roxie Louisa and George Emmett (Winn) Hartzell:   ____, Virginia Louise, Rex Hartzell, ____ and Grace Roxie. 

i    Winn, ____ was born 29 Aug 1895 and died 29 Aug 1895. 

ii    Winn, Virginia Louise was born 30 Nov 1897 and died 20 Aug 1939. 

iii    Winn, Rex Hartzell was born 13 Nov 1900 and died 3 Sep 1960. 

iv    Winn, ____ was born 4 May 1902 and died 4 Jun 1902. 

v    Winn, Grace Roxie was born 4 Jun 1905.  She and Dwight Siler were married about 1939.  Dwight was born Aug 1902 +93m, -152m *

Grace Siler's address in 1990 was Route 1, Box 11, Plattsburg, Missouri 64477.

4    Hartzell, Mary Miller "Mayme" was born 29 Dec 1868 in Clinton, Missouri.  She and Morton A. Porter were married 17 Dec 1890.  Morton A. was born Mar 1867 +33m, -46m *

The four children of Mary Miller "Mayme" and Morton A. (Porter) Hartzell:   Vera Ione, Essig Upton, Jennetta Louise and Gladys Edna. 

i    Porter, Vera Ione was born 1 Jan 1892.  She was married to Harry Essex.  Harry was born Mar 1889 +53m, -92m *

The two children of Vera Ione and Harry (Essex) Porter:   Una Maxine and Hartzell Porter. 

1    Essex, Una Maxine was born 10 Mar 1914. 

2    Essex, Hartzell Porter was born May 1916 +55m, -14m *

ii    Porter, Essig Upton was born 21 Dec 1893.  He was married to Mae ____.  Mae was born Oct 1896 +152m, -93m *

The three children of Essig Upton and Mae (____) Porter:   Essig Upton, Shirley Jean and Jerry Richard. 

1    Porter, Essig Upton was born Aug 1920 +207m, -88m *

2    Porter, Shirley Jean was born Sep 1922 +176m, -88m *

3    Porter, Jerry Richard was born Jan 1925 +175m, -91m *

iii    Porter, Jennetta Louise was born 12 Sep 1896.  She was married to William Craig.  William was born Nov 1893 +93m, -152m *

The two children of Jennetta Louise and William (Craig) Porter:   Helen Marie and Jack Lawrence. 

1    Craig, Helen Marie was born Mar 1920 +173m, -79m *

2    Craig, Jack Lawrence was born Apr 1922 +147m, -81m *

iv    Porter, Gladys Edna was born 29 Nov 1899.  She was married to Cecil Green.  Cecil was born Jan 1897 +93m, -152m *

5    Hartzell, Dollie Edna was born 2 Oct 1871 in Clinton.  She and Harry C. Hale were married 29 Mar 1893.  Harry C. was born Mar 1870 +39m, -56m *

The two children of Dollie Edna and Harry C. (Hale) Hartzell:   Ronald Hartzell and Leonard Ethan. 

i    Hale, Ronald Hartzell was born 25 Aug 1894.  He was married to Cora Harrison.  Cora was born Jun 1897 +152m, -93m *

The seven children of Ronald Hartzell and Cora (Harrison) Hale:   Dorothy Joyce, Mary Edna, Harry Harrison, Ronald Vernon, Vivian Frances, Allene Berdine and Gene. 

1    Hale, Dorothy Joyce was born Apr 1921 +207m, -88m *

2    Hale, Mary Edna was born May 1923 +176m, -88m *

3    Hale, Harry Harrison was born Sep 1925 +175m, -91m *

4    Hale, Ronald Vernon was born Nov 1927 +174m, -93m *

5    Hale, Vivian Frances was born Dec 1929 +168m, -94m *

6    Hale, Allene Berdine was born Nov 1931 +161m, -94m *

7    Hale, Gene was born Oct 1933 +156m, -94m *

ii    Hale, Leonard Ethan was born 6 Jul 1901.  He was married to Virgil Gravens?.  Virgil was born May 1904 +152m, -93m *

6    Hartzell, Charles Leonard was born 5 Sep 1874 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and died 19 Jul 1960 in Plattsburg.  He and Hattie Frances Carter were married 18 Jun 1902.  Hattie Frances was born 12 Sep 1876 and died 29 Oct 1923. 

Charles may have been living in Oklahoma when his brother John Eaton died in 1904, as the latter "gave his brother, Charlie, directions about his business affairs on the way to the hospital" according to the death notice in the Mulhall Enterprise.

Charles' death notice says that Mr. "Hartcell" was a retired merchant and farmer who was a longtime resident of Lathrop and Plattsburg, Missouri. Funeral services were held at Crunk Chapel in Lathrop, and he was buried in Lathrop Cemetery, his nephew Leslie being one of the pallbearers.

The three children of Charles Leonard and Hattie Frances (Carter) Hartzell:   Lucile Esteline, Virginia Ruth and Margaret Frances. 

i    Hartzell, Lucile Esteline was born 8 Jan 1906.  She was married to George A. Owen.  George A. was born Nov 1902 +41m, -61m * and died about 1955. 

George and Lucille resided 1960 in Kansas City, and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1990 Lucille was residing in Augusta, Kansas.

The three children of Lucile Esteline and George A. (Owen) Hartzell:   Marjorie Ann, Charles E. and Eleanor L. 

1    Owen, Marjorie Ann was born 22 Feb 1927 and died 30 Dec 1988.  She and Paul L. Sundberg were married 4 Dec 1955.  Paul L. was born Apr 1930 +71m, -74m * and died 29 Jan 1983. 

The two children of Marjorie Ann and Paul L. (Sundberg) Owen:   Patricia A. and Michael C. 

i    Sundberg, Patricia A. was born 20 Apr xxxx.  She was married to Lee Brest.  Lee was born Jun xxxx +93m, -152m *

ii    Sundberg, Michael C. was born 12 Aug 1963 and died 8 Jun 1992. 

2    Owen, Charles E. was born 18 Aug 1928.  He and Anita Sauder were married 6 Jun 1954.  Anita was born Apr 1932 +40m, -47m *

The three children of Charles E. and Anita (Sauder) Owen:   George E., John H. and Paul L. 

i    Owen, George E. was born 3 Jan xxxx. 

ii    Owen, John H. was born 4 Feb xxxx. 

iii    Owen, Paul L. was born 18 Feb xxxx. 

3    Owen, Eleanor L. was born 18 Jul 1934.  She and Curtis E. Goldsmith were married 23 Sep 1956.  Curtis E. was born Oct 1932 +36m, -50m *

The three children of Eleanor L. and Curtis E. (Goldsmith) Owen:   Cynthia, Laura L. and Mark O. 

i    Goldsmith, Cynthia was born 17 Mar xxxx. 

ii    Goldsmith, Laura L. was born 19 Apr xxxx. 

iii    Goldsmith, Mark O. was born 4 May xxxx. 

ii    Hartzell, Virginia Ruth was born 17 Dec 1908 and died 26 Jul 1963.  She was married to Elmer S. Whitmer.  Elmer S. was born Apr 1904 +50m, -60m * in Missouri and died 1969.  He was the son of David A. and Fannie B. (____) Whitmer.

I am accepting the 1920 census record in Ray County, Missouri, for this Elmer's birth place and year, and parentage. Ray is partially adjacent to Clinton County, the given name and middle iniitial correspond to my records, and the age is just right, so I think it is a reasonably sure assignment.

Elmer was censused 1910 and 1920 with his parents ifrst in Richmond, Ray, Missouri and then Crooked River, the same county. As a married man he was censused 1930 in Mount Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri, and in 1940 back in Richmond.

I originally had sons Charles born 7 Nov 1931 and Alvin 20 Mar 1932..e., born 1930/1931 and 1931/1932. That implies a misprint for 7 Nov 1930, which I adopt here.

In 1960 Elmer and Virginia were residing in Richmond, Missouri.

The two children of Virginia Ruth and Elmer S. (Whitmer) Hartzell:   Charles D. and Alvin D. 

1    Whitmer, Charles D. was born 7 Nov 1930.  He was married to Marjorie Lillard.  Marjorie was born Oct 1937 +73m, -79m *

The two children of Charles D. and Marjorie (Lillard) Whitmer:   Brett D. and Clay D. 

i    Whitmer, Brett D. was born 8 Dec xxxx. 

ii    Whitmer, Clay D. was born 12 May xxxx. 

2    Whitmer, Alvin D. was born 20 Mar 1932.  He was married to Gloria.  was born Mar 1934 +35m, -40m *

The five children of Alvin D. and (Gloria) Whitmer:   Bruca A., Lisa J., Kimberly A., Julie G. and Brian S. 

i    Whitmer, Bruca A. was born 7 Jun xxxx. 

ii    Whitmer, Lisa J. was born 7 May xxxx. 

iii    Whitmer, Kimberly A. was born 16 Jan xxxx. 

iv    Whitmer, Julie G. was born 17 Aug xxxx. 

v    Whitmer, Brian S. was born 21 Jan xxxx. 

iii    Hartzell, Margaret Frances was born 8 Jul 1915 and died 21 Jan 2008. 

Margaret Frances kindly provided us with copies of the family Bible records of Adam Leonard's children and grandchildren. She was an insurance agent, residing since 1960 in Cameron, Clinton, Missouri. Her company still exists there (2011) with the name Kenney & Hartzell Insurance.

b 1862      d 1904
b 1866      d 1942
b 1903      d 1989
b 1903      d 1953
b 1929      
b 1930      d 1998

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