We have yet another contender who is center of a great story. Until the EFA and its Members started researching this line, little had been confirmed, but each day we are getting closer to the truth. Hope you are part of this exciting family and can join us in solving a true mystery.
John and Joan Eaton were from Radnorshire, Wales. They were Baptist. According to Jones's History of the Baptist in Radnorshire, the Eatons were members at Dolau Chapel, in the the parish of Nantmel. John Eaton was most likely the grandson of George and Ellen Hatfield Eaton; John b. 1645, George, b. 1650 and Sarah b. 1655 all fit into the time frame and area of the George Eaton family.
In Jones' History of the Baptist In Radnorshire, he speaks of "Mr. John Eaton and his little band of pilgrims who emigrated from Llanddewi to Pennsylvania in 1686 (?) had two sons George and Joseph." Our research indicates that John and Joan had three children: John, Jr. born in Wales (village unknown); Joseph, born Aug. 25, 1679 at Nantmel and George, born in 1686 either in Wales or in Pennsylvania. It would seem that all the Welsh Eatons had arrived in Philadelphia by 1689.
John Eaton's brother George was born in Wales about 1650. He was baptized in Radnorshire about 1670. He was married to a woman by the name of Jane. They had no children. He died in Dublin Township on 28 September 1706. He is buried in the Pennepack Baptist Church Cemetery. His widow, Jane, died in Dublin Township on Aug. 10, 1724. She is also buried in the Pennnepack Cemetery. John's sister, Sarah Eaton was born in Wales on 1 April 1655 and was baptized in Radnorshire. She married John Watts on Feb. 16, 1686/87. He was born in Leeds in England Nov. 3, 1661. There is a tradition that he descended from Sir John Watts, Lord Mayor of London.