Biography of Henry E. Eaton
Madison County, NY Biographies





Eaton, Henry E., p. o. Eaton. Allen Nelson Wood, senior partner of the firm of Wood, Tabor & Morse, long manufacturers of portable and agricultural steam engines, was born in Smith Valley, August 14. 1818, and was the son of Captain Allen and Luciuda (Neweomb) Wood. Captain Wood was one of the early notable characters in this county, a prominent Mason and by trade a spinner in the mills at Smith Valley. A Masonic funeral was held on the occasion of his death in 1822. The Newcombs were descended from an honored English family, Captain Newcoxnb, father of Mrs. A. N. Wood, having been a man of considerable distinction. Allen N. Wood spent his early life in Smith Valley and when about eighteen years old went to Poolville and started a machine and repair shop in company with his uncle, Enos Wood. In 1843 they went to Pierceville and set up the machinery in the mill at that place, but in 1845 located permanently at Eaton village, where they began experimenting and making in a small way portable engines, retaining, however, the machine repair shops to maintain them in business. In 1857 the business was removed to Utica and continued until February. 1859, when Mr. Wood returned to Eaton and established the firm of A. N. Wood & Co., succeeded by Wood, Tabor & Morse, builders of portable and agricultural engines, which was one of the leading industries of its time in the country, contributed greatly to the prosperity of the village and yielded a fortune to its proprietors. Mr. Wood was the practical mechanic and manager of the business, the latter being perhaps his special field, for he could not only build engines, but could and did transact the outside business, selling the engines with remarkable success and was equally successful in getting pay for them when other similar industries were suffering losses through insolvent debtors. Altogether Mr. Wood was one of the best men in the business history of Eaton village, and his unfortunate death (September 22, 1892) together with the death of Mr. Tabor in the same year, resulted in closing the shops in 1893 by Walter Morse, the only surviving partner of the firm. In 1842, on January 11, Mr. Wood married Calista M. Eaton, by whom he had one daughter, Olivia C., wife of Henry E. Eaton, a native of Fayetteville, for sixteen years a druggist in Syracuse. a student in Hamilton College. who left his class and on September 5, 1864. enlisted as private in Co. H, 2d N. Y. VoL Cav., promoted quartermaster sergeant and was mustered out June 5, 1865.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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