Biography of John C. Eaton
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John C. Eaton, who was for many years identified with agricultural pursuits in Hartford township, was born in Madison county, Indiana, on the 21st of December, 1841, a son of Benjamin and Lucy (Deming) Eaton, both natives of the state of New York. They were pioneers of Indiana, where they resided for a number of years, but in 1854 became residents of Keokuk county, Iowa, where the father entered land. Both he and his wife passed away in that county. They were the parents of eleven children and four of their sons served in the Union army throughout the Civil war and all returned home at the close of hostilities.

John C. Eaton was reared under the parental roof and there learned lessons of patriotism that prompted him to offer his services to the country when the southern states endeavored to secede from the Union. He enlisted in Company H, Thirty third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was at the front for three years, participating in a number of hard fought battles. He was fortunate enough to escape without being wounded and after being mustered out returned home and began farming in Keokuk county. For one year following his marriage, which occurred in 1874, he resided in Keokuk and then removed to Iowa county, where some time later he purchased a farm. He was one of the energetic and well to do agriculturists of Hartford township and developed and improved his farm so that it became one of the valuable properties of his locality. His widow and son, Albert J., still reside upon the place.

On the 11th of April, 1874, Mr. Eaton married Miss Margaret Griffiths, a native of Wales and a daughter of David and Anna (Thomas) Griffiths, who were likewise born in that country. They never came to the United States but spent their entire lives in their native land. Their daughter Margaret emigrated to America in 1871 with an uncle and first located in Denver, Colorado, where her marriage occurred. To Mr. and Mrs. Eaton were born eight children: George H., who is deceased; Eugene R., of this county; Albert J., who operates the homestead of one hundred and twenty acres on section 2, Hartford township, and specializes in stock raising; Mary, the wife of Walter Sims; Elwin C.; Ralph R.; Gertrude A., who is attending college in Des Moines; and Jennie L., deceased.

Mr. Eaton cast his ballot in support of the candidates and measures of the republican party. He was a member of Ladora Lodge, No. 622, I. O. O. F., and also belonged to the post of the Grand Army of the Republic at that place, thus keeping in touch with his comrades in arms. His religious faith found expression in his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his widow also belongs. He was successful as an agriculturist and as a citizen manifested a praiseworthy interest in everything relating to the public welfare, while in all relations of life he adhered to high standards of manhood. His demise, which occurred on the 1st of February, 1913, was the occasion of deep and sincere mourning, and his memory is still cherished by many friends. He was laid to rest in the North Sumner cemetery.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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