WILLIAM HARRISON EATON
Carpenter and builder, Berwick, a descendant of old Southern families particularly known in North Carolina and in Kentucky, is a man of enterprise and much force of character who is making his way to a creditable worldly success. Henry Eaton, his paternal grandfather, was born in North Carolina, and James Eaton, his father, in Edmonson County, Ky. His mother, Amanda School, and Akalus School, her father, were both natives of Kentucky, where tne subject of this sketch was born December 9, 1841.
Henry Eaton emigrated early in life to Kentucky, and died in Edmonson County. His son, James, became a farmer, and was married in that county and, in 1866, with his wife and nine children, removed to Warren County, Ill., where he farmed until his death, March 20, 1897, having reached eighty-three years of age. His wife died January 31, 1899. William Harrison Eaton was the eldest of his father's children and, during the civil war, he and his father sympathized with the North, and he was a member of the. home guard. He learned the carpenter's trade in his native state and, in 1869, came to Berwick Township, where he has had a very successful career as a contractor and builder, having erected scores of farm houses in the country tributary to Berwick, and many residences and business buildings in Berwick and other villages.
In politics lie is Democratic and is not without considerable influence, having been for several years a School Director and for eight years a Justice of the Peace of Berwick Township. In 1863, in Edmonson County, Ky., Mr. Eaton married Agnes Elizabeth Kelly, whose father died in Kentucky March 12, 1882, and whose mother, aged about ninety years, lives with a daughter in Edmonson County.
Mr. and Mrs. Eaton have children as follows: James Washington, born February 22, 1864, is married and lives in Roseville Township; Jonathan, born June 17, 1865; Thomas Newton, born April 30, 1867, was married and died March 21, 1900, leaving two daughters named Annie Marie and Edith Pearl; Amanda, born November 10, 1868, is a member of her parents' household; Delia Jane, born September 26, 1872, married Hiram Ray, farmer, Lenox Township; Rudolphus, born January 16, 1874, enlisted August 4, 1898, in the Third United States Engineers and served in Cuba during the Spanish War, until mustered out of service, May 30, 1899, was married June 30, 1901, is a painter by trade. Amanda School, Mr. Eaton's grandmother in the maternal line, was the first cousin of the celebrated Daniel Boone.
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