Biography of William L. Eaton
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Eaton, William L., was born in Marion, February 20, 1841, and is the son of Ira and Almira (Hall) Eaton, she being the first white child born in the town of Marion. Mr. Eaton settled in Marion after his marriage and came to Ontario, where be died. His wife died January 20, 1894. William Eaton was educated in the common schools of Ontario, and went to Pultneyville to learn the miller's trade with J. B. Craggs, and worked at Ontario and at Sodus Point. He came to Williamson in 1873, and built the present mill, and formed a partnership with Thomas Seeley, which continued until 1878, when he entered into partnership with J. A. Ridgeway, which was dissolved in 1880. He has since continued the business alone. He has the full roller process, with a capacity of fifty barrels per day and grinds about 25,000 to 30,000 bushels of wheat yearly, and about 20,000 bushels of coarse grain. Mr. Eaton has served as excise commissioner, but devotes his energies mainly to his farm. In 1866 he married Rebecca Jackson, of Williamson, and they have two children: Mary, wife of Alfred J. Paget, who assists his father-in-law in the mill; and Clarence W., who is at home. Our subject is a member of the Pultneyville Lodge No. 159, F. & A. M., and he and his family are members of the M. E. church. Mr. and Mrs. Paget have one daughter, Gladys.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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