Prosper Lawrence Eaton

Male1 February 1836–about 1898

Brief Life History of Prosper Lawrence

When Prosper Lawrence Eaton was born on 1 February 1836, in Toledo, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, his father, Thomas H. Eaton, was 24 and his mother, Almira Soper, was 19. He married Josephine READ about 1856, in Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, New York, United States in 1870. He died about 1898, in St. Lawrence, New York, United States, at the age of 63.

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Prosper Lawrence Eaton
Josephine READ
Marriage: about 1856
Charles Edwin Eaton
George Eaton
William Eaton

Sources (5)

  • Prosper Eaton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Prosper Eaton in entry for William Eaton and Voilet M. Lawerance, "New York Marriages, 1686-1980"
  • 1880 United States Federal Census

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1856Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada
  • Children (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 10

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 27

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 27

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Eaton or Eton, such as Eaton Socon (Bedfordshire), Eaton (Cheshire), or Eton (Buckinghamshire), named from either Old English ēa ‘river’ or ēg ‘island, low-lying land’ + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’.

    History: Nathaneal Eaton, born in Coventry, England, c. 1609, came to MA in 1637 and was the first head of Harvard College, in 1638–39.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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