THE FAMILY OF JOHN EATON, OF HAVERHILL.
BY WM. H. EATON
JOHN AND ANNE EATON settled in Salisbury, Mass., prior to the winter of 1639, when his name first appears on the Proprietor’s Books. There were several grants of real estate made by the “Freeman of Salisbury unto John Eaton1 from 1640-46.” On one of these “containing pr estimation six acres lying upon ye great neck” it is supposed that he lived. The homestead has never passed out of the Eaton Family, and is now known as “Brookside Farm.” What ever may have been the cause of the emigration of this family from the old country one thing is plain, that he was a man of conviction who acted upon his own opinion. His general course of conduct clearly shows that he was capable, under God, of being the architect of his own fortune. His autograph, his dealings in real estate, hi official relations, and his last will and testament, which contains twenty-four well arranged items, wherein are bequests to his wife, children, and grandchildren, are so many testimonies to his intellectual ability and moral integrity.
In the year 1646 he moved to Haverhill, Mass., where the last twenty-two years of his life were spent. His first wife Anne, died in 1660, and he married Phoebe Dow, Widow of Thomas Dow of Newbury, the following year. He died in Haverhill, Oct. 29th, 1668, aged seventy-three years.
His children, all by his first wife are as follows.
- John2 b. 1619; m. MARTHA ROWLANDSON of Ipswich, Mass., and resided in Salisbury, Mass.
- Anne2 b. about 1622; m. LIEUTENANT GEORGE BROWN of Salisbury, and resided in Haverhill.
- Elizabeth2 b. about 1625; m. THOMAS DAVIS of Haverhill.
- Ruth2 b. about 1628; m. SAMUEL INGALLS of Ipswich, Mass.
- Thomas2 b. about 1631; m. 1st MARTHA KENT, 2nd EUNICE SINGLETERY, and lived in Havehill.
- Hester2 b. about 1634. She died unmarried.