FAMILY OF JONAS EATON, OF READING MASS.
BY WILLIAM L. EATON, Concord, Mass.
It is not known in what year Jonas Eaton came to New England from the mother country. No record of his birth or of his marriage has yet been found. It is believed that he was the brother of William of Reading, for the following reasons; both of them bought and that he occupied land in Watertown, Mass.; then at about the same time they removed to Reading, Mass., and were among the earliest settlers of the town (see notice re "DNA Evidence...." There has been a persistent tradition to the same effect. Lastly, in the land records at Cambridge we find Jonas2, a son of Jonas1, referring to a son of William1, as "my cousin, John Eaton, late deceased." Upon this evidence, the late Prof. Daniel C. Eaton, whose extensive and critical investigations and study of the early Reading families supplementing the earlier studies of Hon. Lilley Eaton, of Reading, cleared the way of nearly all the serious obstacles to progress in our genealogical work upon these families, was convinced, and he accepted as proven—that William and Jonas were brothers. Less convincing evidence also connects these two Reading Eatons with John of Haverhill, and John of Dedham, by ties of kinship.
The record of the descendants of Jonas are perhaps as complete as they can be made without the expenditure of more time and money than are available. The most serious gap in the record occurs in the second generation, and, indeed, we ought to feel reluctant to print the genealogies before we learn what became of Jonas Eaton2 and family, --all of whom seem to have left Reading about 1702.