John Eaton

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John Eaton, son of Thomas Eaton and Helen (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at Hatton, Warwickshire, England, 26 December 1590.1 He died at Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 29 October 1668.1

John married (1) Anne (…) at England, about 1620;1 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Phebe (…) at Haverhill, 20 November 1661. The ancestry of both wives is unknown (or not traced here).1,2,3

John Eaton immigrated to Salisbury, Massachusetts about 1640. He was a cooper and was first granted land in Salisbury in 1640. His youngest child was granted land in Hatton, England in Sep 1639. He was made a Freeman in November 1645. He apparently was later added to a 1639 list of Salisbury proprietors. He removed to Haverhill, being a proprietor there in 1648. In April 1650 he was chosen and sworn clerk of the Haverhill market, and in April 1652, made "commissioner to end small causes." He served on a trial jury, 31 March 1646, and on a grand jury, September 1646. He appears in a few land records (Old Norfolk Co. Deeds, 1: 22, 44).

His will, dated 6 August 1660 and proved 13 2m [April] 1669, mentions
"present wife" [name not given];
sons Thomas and John;
daughters Browne, Davis, and Ingalls;
grandchild Thomas, son of son John;
grandchildren John Davis and John Ingalls;
son[in-law] James Davis;
grandchild Thomas Eaton;
son Thomas's son Thomas;
Hester Davis;
son Browne;
three daughters, Ann, Elizabeth, and Ruth;
daughter Ruth Ingalls;
son[-in-law] George Browne

(Probate Records of Essex Co., Massachusetts, 1:155-158).1,2,3

Family 1

Anne (…) d. 5 Feb 1660
  • John Eaton1 b. say 1621, d. 1 Nov 1682
  • Anne Eaton1 b. 14 Sep 1623, d. 16 Dec 1683
  • Thomas Eaton1 b. 19 Feb 1625/26, d. 15 Dec 1708
  • Richard Eaton1 b. 12 Oct 1628, d. 27 Mar 1630
  • Elizabeth Eaton+1 b. 31 Jan 1629/30, d. 21 Jan 1683
  • Sarah Eaton1 b. abt. 1632, d. 4 Aug 1633
  • Daniel Eaton1 b. 8 Dec 1633
  • Daniel Eaton1 b. 26 Feb 1634/35, d. 13 Aug 1635
  • Ruth Eaton1 b. 12 Feb 1636/37, d. bef. 1716
  • Hester Eaton1 b. 6 May 1638
  • Job Eaton1 b. 29 Sep 1639

Family 2

Phebe (…) d. 3 Nov 1672
This person was last edited on1 Jan 2021


  1. [S2] Douglas Richardson, "The English Origin of John1 Eaton (1590-1668) of Salisbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist 68 (January 1993): 48-54, at 48-54, further cited as Richardson, "English Origin of John Eaton."
  2. [S8] Mary Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1938), 2:1119-20, further cited as Holman, Pillsbury Ancestry.
  3. [S7] David W. Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (1897; reprint, Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1981), 147-149, further cited as Hoyt, Families of Salisbury and Amesbury.