Tappan Sargent Eaton

17 October 1838–22 September 1862 (Age 23)
Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States

The Life Summary of Tappan Sargent

When Tappan Sargent Eaton was born on 17 October 1838, in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States, his father, Daniel Eaton, was 33 and his mother, Edith Webster, was 31. He married Emma Mary Greenleaf on 21 November 1861, in Roxbury, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years and Roxbury, Roxbury, Oxford, Maine, United States in 1862. He died on 22 September 1862, in Roxbury, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 23, and was buried in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Tappan Sargent Eaton
Emma Mary Greenleaf
Marriage: 21 November 1861
Louis Spencer Bonsteel

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World Events (4)

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty
Age 4
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).
Age 8
U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition
Age 13
In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for "medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated "purchaser", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places so named from Old English ēa ‘river’ or ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

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Sources (14)

  • Tappin S Eaton in household of E D Eaton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Toppan Eaton in household of Daniel Eaton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Taplin S Eaton in household of Edde Eaton, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"

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