Person:Francis Eaton (3)

  • HFrancis Eaton1596 - Bef 1633
  • WSarah UnknownEst 1590 - 1621
m. Nov 1620
  1. Samuel Eaton1620 - Bef 1684
m. Abt 1621
  • HFrancis Eaton1596 - Bef 1633
  • WChristian PennAbt 1607 - Abt 1684
m. Jul 1625
  1. Rachel EatonAbt 1625 - Bet 1656 & 1661
  2. Benjamin Eaton1627/28 - 1711/12
  3. "Ideote" EatonAft 1627 - Aft 1651
Facts and Events
Name Francis Eaton
Gender Male
Christening[4] 11 Sep 1596 Bristol, Gloucestershire, EnglandSt. Thomas
Immigration? 11 Nov 1620 Aboard Mayflower
Marriage Nov 1620 Englandto Sarah Unknown
Marriage Abt 1621 Plymouth, Plymouth County, MAto Dorothy Unknown
Marriage Jul 1625 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Christian Penn
Alt Marriage 1624/25 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Christian Penn
Occupation[2] Carpenter
Death[1][3] Bef 8 Nov 1633 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States(inventory)
Reference Number? Q5480820?

Francis was baptized in 1596 in Bristol. When he was about 7, nearly all of his siblings died in some sort of sickness. He and brother Samuel survived.

Francis became a carpenter and married his first wife, Sarah, probably around 1619. Their son Samuel was a "sucking" child when the three came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. Sarah died the first winter at Plymouth, and Francis then remarried to Dorothy, the maidservant of John Carver, sometime before the 1623 land division. John Carver and his wife Katherine had died in the spring of 1621, so perhaps the marriage occurred not long thereafter. In the 1623 Division of Land at Plymouth, Francis Eaton received four shares: one for himself, one for his deceased first wife Sarah, one for Samuel, and one for his current wife Dorothy, all of whom came on the Mayflower.

Dorothy died sometime not long thereafter: no children are known to have been born from their marriage. Francis then married, about 1626, to Christiana Penn, and they had three children together: Rachel, Benjamin, and a child that was called "an ideote" that was still living in 1651, but whose name has not survived.

Francis Eaton himself died in 1633 of a disease that spread through Plymouth that autumn. [1]

  1. General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. (New England - United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants., Various)
    Vol. I.

    p. 5: "[Francis]...d. Plymouth, bet. 25 Oct. and 8 Nov. 1633 O.S."

  2. Occ.: "The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers...", by Charles.
  3. Johnson, Caleb.
  4. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    "Banks presented evidence that Francis Eaton was from Bristol in England [English Homes 52; see also Waters 1054]. Stratton and Van Antwerp discussed this and other evidence regarding the possible English origin of Francis Eaton, and conclude that it remains suggestive only [ MF 1:4; Stratton 286]. More recently, in 1997, Neil D. Thompson and David L. Greene reassessed this evidence, as well as some newly unearthed data, and concluded that the record found by Banks was for the immigrant, thus supporting the Bristol origin [ TAG 72:301-9], and we follow their lead here."

  5.   Francis Eaton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

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