Person:William Eaton (8)

William Eaton
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Name William Eaton
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1720 Haverhill, Essex, MA
Marriage 20 NOV 1742 York, York, MEto Meribah Wardwell or Ruth Wardswell

William Eaton was the first white man to make a permanent settlement on Deer Isle, settling there in 1762. He and his family settled on what came to be known as the Scott Farm. This was near the Steamboat landing. After residing on Deer Isle for several years, he sold his possession there to Nathaniel Scott of Ward (Auburn) Mass. He and his family moved to Little Deer Isle where they occupied the farm which after his death passed into the possession of Benjamin Weed, his son-in-law. This was later owned by Peterr Hardy Jr.( by 1839).

William served as a private in Captain Nathaniel Fales' company, August 3, 1779. He was discharged August 15, 1779. This company marched on an expedition to Majorbagaduce by order of Gen. Lovell.

  1. Barbara Wardwell Peterson's Genealogy.