Biography of A. B. Eaton

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A. B. Eaton was born in Cornwallis, N. S., May 12, 1818, and was the second son of Stephen and Mary Eaton. When he was but five years old his father moved to New York City. Remaining there but a short time, they went to Euclid, Ohio. At the end of two years returned to New York State, settling at Clarence, Erie Co., N. Y.; thence, after three years' stay, to Porter, Niagara Co., N. Y. At the age of twenty-one, when most young men want to begin life for themselves, A. B., no exception to this general rule, bought a piece of land in Wilson township. In 1849, Mr. Eaton became interested in the West, and as many were emigrating from New York to Michigan he fell into line with them, and landed in Cheshire, Allegan Co. To day we find him living on the same farm he then bought. It consisted of one hundred and twenty acres. He has since added forty acres. Mr. Eaton has been twice married. His first wife was Maria B., daughter of Amen and Patta Palmer. Three children were born of this union, viz. : O. P., Mary E., and Washington Irving, who died Jan. 2, 1876. O. P., the other son, is a physician in Detroit. Mary E. was married on the 30th of June, 1867, to F. C. Petty. Mr. Petty died, leaving his wife and two children, U. E. and M. C., who make their home at Mr. Eaton's. Mrs. Eaton died June 5, 1859. The second wife was Lovina, daughter of George and Juliana Hopkins. This marriage took place March 14, 1861. Mrs. Eaton's father was a grandson of G-en. Ebenezer Walbridge, of Bennington, Vt. Gen. Walbridge was an officer in the French and Indian war, and in the Revolutionary war was promoted to the rank of general; he took an active part in the battles of Bennington and Tieonderoga, and in the cap. ture of Burgoyne.

In politics Mr. Eaton has always been a Republican, with which party he is prominently identified and a working member. In religion is a Baptist, and is an earnest worker in his church; was one of the number who organized a church three miles north of Bloomingdale. None have been more earnest in the support of the gospel, and few members of the church more regular in their attendance upon its appointed services. His wife and daughter are members of the same church. Mr. Eaton is one of the substantial and respected men of his township, and enjoys a good reputation for industry, honesty, and economy.


From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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