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James Madison Eaton

James Madison Eaton

Male 1850 - 1934  (84 years)

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  • Name James Madison Eaton  [1, 2, 3
    Born 2 Jun 1850  Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Marysville, Marshall, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Marysville P.O. 
    Residence 1860  Marysville, Marshall, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    With parents John and Mary (York) Eaton and five siblings 
    Census 1870  Nishnabotna Twp., Atchison, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Rock Port P.O. 
    Residence 1870  Nishnabotna Twp., Atchison, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    With father John Eaton and four siblings 
    Occupation 1880  Edwards Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer or stock raiser; owned one wagon; five horses or mules, ten cattle, and four hogs 
    Residence 1880  Edwards Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Not listed as a land owner; possibly resided with mother-in-law Elizabeth (Watson) Smart 
    Occupation 1881  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer; owned 160 acres by preemption, valued at $25, along with five horses and nineteen cattle 
    Residence 1881  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1882  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Farmer; owned a wagon, five horses, and twenty-four cattle 
    Residence 1882  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Owned 160 acres through preemption, valued at $75 
    Occupation 1883  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer; owned a wagon, four horses, twenty-four cattle, and three sheep 
    Residence 1883  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Owned 320 acres of land valued at $210 
    Occupation 1884  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Farmer; owned two wagons, eight horses, forty-two cattle, and four sheep 
    Residence 1884  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Owned 160 acres valued at $75 
    Occupation 1885  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Owned two wagons, nine horses, forty cattle, and seven sheep 
    Residence 1885  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Owned 160 acres valued at $400 
    Occupation 1886  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Farmer; owned two wagons, ten horses, forty cattle, nine sheep, and ten hogs 
    Residence 1886  Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Owned 160 acres valued at $500 
    Occupation 1887  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Farmer; owned two wagons, eight horses, and thirteen cattle 
    Residence 1887  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Owned 160 acres valued at $800 
    Occupation 1888  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Farmer; owned two wagons, five horses, fourteen cattle, and sixty goats 
    Residence 1888  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Owned 160 acres valued at $500 
    Occupation 1889  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Farmer; owned two wagons, seven horses, twenty-one cattle, and two hogs 
    Residence 1889  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Owned 160 acres valued at $500 
    Occupation 1890  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Farmer; owned two wagons, seven horses, twenty-eight cattle, and six hogs 
    Residence 1890  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Owned 160 acres valued at $560 
    Occupation 1891  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Farmer; owned two wagons, seven horses, thirty cattle, and twelve hogs 
    Residence 1891  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Owned 160 acres valued at $560 
    Occupation 1892  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Farmer; owned three wagons, nine horses, thirty cattle, and seven hogs 
    Residence 1892  Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Listed as a resident non-land owner 
    Census 1900  Cimarron, Union, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Enumeration District 163 
    Occupation 1900  Cimarron, Union, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Farmer 
    Residence 1900  Cimarron, Union, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    In the home of stepson-in-law Henry N and step-daughter Martha E (Huffman) Waldrup, with wife Elizabeth (Smart), five children, a step-nephew, a step-niece and two farm hands 
    Census 1910  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Enumeration District 16-252 
    Occupation 1910  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Farmer, General farm 
    Residence 1910  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    With wife Elizabeth (Smart) and two sons 
    Census 1920  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Enumeration District 17-246 
    Occupation 1920  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Farmer 
    Residence 1920  Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    With wife Elizabeth (Smart) 
    Census 1930  Justice Precinct 1, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    Residence 1930  Justice Precinct 1, Stephens, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    Listed in Edison neighborhood with son Joseph. Also listed in Carry Pool neighborhood with son James. 
    Died 12 Nov 1934  Stephens Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Stephens Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    • Shady Grove Cemetery
    James M Eaton (1850 - 1934) - Find A Grave Memorial
    James M Eaton (1850 - 1934) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Includes headstone photo.

    Created by: Cemetery Hoppers
    Record added: Mar 05, 2009
    Find A Grave Memorial# 34494656
    Notes 
    • The Eatons Come to Texas

      as told to Mozelle Wootan Benton

      I don't really remember Grandpa James Madison Eaton, but I believe he was not a large man, and he wore a mustache. Mama (Lilly Mae Eaton Wootan) said he loved horses and that he liked to move to new places - always thought a new plaetter. In fact, she (Mama) said he was kind of a "fiddle foot", but he seemed to make a good living, for those times, where ever they lived. Grandma Betty (Elizabeth Smart Huffman Eaton), as I remember her, was a slender woman with a pleasant outlook on life. As I think about it, I can't remember any of our parents or grandparents complaining or whining - it didn't seem to be part of their nature. What a wonderful legacy that is!

      I don't really know where Grandpa and Grandma lived before Mama was born, except records show they had children born in Mason County and Mama said they were married in the same County where Grandma was born, either Bandera or Coryell County. At any rate, they were living near Abilene, in Taylor County when Mama was born October 12, 1887. When she was about five years old, Grandpa moved his family and all worldly goods by train to Indian Territory, what is now Oklahoma. They lived first in the Chickasaw Nation, then lived in the Creek Nation, near what is now Muskogee. Grandpa leased land from on "Old Indian named Alec Yarbo".

      While they were living on Mr. Yarbo's place he decided Aunt Minnie would make a nice addition to his household, and he offered Grandpa a new wagon, a good span of horses (or mules) and a set of new harnesses for her! Mama said Aunt Minnie was really scared, she was afraid Grandpa wouldn't be able to resist such a good trade! But he did resist, and Mama said she never thought she was in any danger.

      Grandpa's father, John Eaton, lived with them while they were in Oklahoma and he died while they were still living near Holdenville (1898 or 1899) and is buried there.

      I believe Aunt Mary married while they were in Oklahoma. She married Jim McDaniel, and they had three children. Aunt Mattie was married too, but she may have married before they left Texas, Mama didn't say.

      Anyway, sometime around 1899 or 1900, Grandpa decided the grass was surely greener farther west, so he decided to go to Folsom, New Mexico where Aunt Mattie and Uncle Henry Waldrup lived. They went by wagon to Durango, Colorado, then on to Folsom, NM. After two or three weeks in Folsom, Grandpa took the family to Durango where they spent a couple of months while the weather was warm.

      Then they decided they would move to Farmington, New Mexico. Grandpa made a living hauling freight from Albuquerque to Farmington. While they were in Farmington, Aunt Mary and her husband, decided they would move their family to New Mexico, too. They traveled by train from Indian Territory to Durango, Colorado. Grandpa took Grandma and some of the kids to Durango to meet the train and bring the McDaniels back. When the train came in Mr. McDaniels was very ill with pneumonia. He lived less than two weeks after arriving. After his funeral, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Mary and the children went to Farmington. Aunt Mary got a job in the apple canning plant - Mama said there were many large apple orchards in the area. I believe it was while she was working in the apple "shed" that Aunt Mary met Huber Vineyard, a widower with two children. They soon married and had two children of their own.

      After they had lived in Farmington for two years or so, Grandpa took Grandma and Uncle Jim, who was nine or ten years old, to Capitan, New Mexico, to see Grandma's sister and her family. This was Minta and Tom Buckelew. Grandma got sick while they were there, and Grandpa decided to move to Capitan - I don't know which came first.

      Anyway, he and Uncle Henry Waldrup started back to Farmington to move everything to Capitan. (I don't know whether Aunt Mattie and Uncle Henry were already living in Capitan, or whether he was going to move there also.)

      Grandpa and Uncle Henry were going by wagon but the snow was so deep they couldn't make it and Grandpa went back to Grandma, and Uncle Henry took the train to Farmington. He and Uncle Joe (who was 17 or 18 years old) got the things together and started moving to Capitan. They were on the road for two weeks, and there was snow on the ground all the way. Mama rode side saddle the entire trip, and took care of the loose horses. She loved it!

      She loved horses, like her father. I asked her if she didn't get awfully cold, but she said she didn't remember being very cold.

      Grandpa got a job in Capitan, hauling ties to the railroad. I believe she said the ties were cut in the mountains - in what is now Lincoln National Forest, I guess.

      While they lived at Capitan, their water came from a spring in the mountains about two miles away. The water came down the mountain in a wooden trough made out of 2' x 12' boards, Mama said. In the Winter it was Mama's and Uncle Jim's job to "walk the trough" and cut the ice out of it, so the water could run into the storage tank. Another fun job!
    • The "Old Indian named Alec Yarbo" mentioned in the story could have been named Alec Yarbo, Yarborough, Yarbrough, etc. There were some Yarborough/Yarbrough families in the Okfuskee/Creek/Hughes county area at the time.

      More likely the man's name was Alahek (Alec) Harjo, Harjo being a family name among the Creek Nation. For example, a sixty-four year old widower whose name is recorded as Aha-Luck Harjo appears in the 1900 census of Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, in the extreme southwest corner of the county, Twp 10N Range 9E, adjacent to Hughes County (the location of Holdenville). This area was formerly part of the Creek Nation. There was an Alex Harjo who applied for a land allotment as a member of the Creek Nation (one of the "five civilized tribes") in Twp 11N Range 9E in 1900.
    • Not found in Stephens Co., Texas probate minutes index
      Not found in Stephens Co., Texas wills index
      Not found in Young Co., Texas probate records index
    • Not found in Mason Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879, 1878
      Not found in Llano Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
      Not found in Burnet Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
      Not found in Kerr Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
      Not found in Menard Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
      Not found in Edwards Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879, 1878
      Not found in Bandera Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
      Not found in Bell Co., Texas tax rolls of 1873, 1874, 1875 (not available 1876-1881)
      Not found in Williamson Co., Texas tax rolls of 1874 (not available 1875-1881)
      Not found in Coryell Co., Texas tax rolls of 1879
    Person ID I0909  Wm L Gann Ancestors
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2014 

    Father John Eaton,   b. 1811 - 1814, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1898, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Mary York,   b. 1820 - 1824, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jun 1860 - 01 Jun 1870  (Age 46 years) 
    Family ID F429  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Smart,   b. 31 Mar 1854, Williamson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1935, Eliasville, Young, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 11 Mar 1875  Travis Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 26, 27
    • Officiated by James W Smith, JP [26]
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane Eaton,   b. 27 Oct 1877, Real Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1966, Levelland, Hockley, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Arminta Muriel Eaton,   b. 3 Nov 1879, Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1970, Ranger, Eastland, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Joseph Pinson Eaton,   b. 7 Oct 1881, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1930, Clovis, Curry, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     4. Nancy Lynton Eaton,   b. 22 Aug 1883, Castell, Mason, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1956, Gallup, McKinley, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Rosa Lee Eaton,   b. Nov 1885, Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1956  (Age ~ 70 years)
     6. John Eaton,   b. 1886,   d. Bef 1890  (Age 4 years)
     7. Maggie Eaton,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Lilly Mae Eaton,   b. 12 Oct 1887, Taylor Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1983, Menard, Menard, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     9. James Riley Eaton,   b. 22 May 1892, Mason Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1968, Forth Worth, Tarrant, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     10. Charlie Eaton,   b. Aft 1892,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Photos
    Eaton, James M and family with John c1897
    Eaton, James M and family with John c1897
    Eaton family c. 1897
    Back row, L to R: Nancy Lynton Eaton, Rosa Lee Eaton, Joseph Pinson Eaton
    Front row, L to R: James Riley Eaton, James Madison Eaton, Elizabeth (Smart) Eaton, John Eaton, Lilly Mae Eaton
    Photo courtesy of Kristy Williams at www.ourchildrensancestors.net
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth c1880
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth c1880
    Eaton - Rosa L, Arminta M, Nancy L - 1933
    Eaton - Rosa L, Arminta M, Nancy L - 1933
    With Doris L Donaldson in front right of picture. The boy on the left is not named in the caption.
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth - Photo c. 1920
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth - Photo c. 1920
    Caption on back:

    [illegible] Bessie to
    [illegible] I
    guess you know
    who this is
    Grandma and Pa
    in front of aunt
    Minnies house
    See Grandma's
    [illegible]nnet canning
    be hind her
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth - Portrait c. 1890
    Eaton, James M and Smart, Elizabeth - Portrait c. 1890
    Eaton, James M, Smart, Elizabeth, and Eaton, James R - Portrait c. 1915
    Eaton, James M, Smart, Elizabeth, and Eaton, James R - Portrait c. 1915
    Identification is far from positive. It is possible this is actually a photo of John Eaton with James M and one of his sisters or perhaps three entirely unknown people.
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2016 
    Family ID F417  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Eaton, James M - Portrait c. 1890
    Eaton, James M - Portrait c. 1890
    Cropped from a photo of him with wife Elizabeth (Smart)

  • Sources 
    1. [S14606] Personal letter from Irene Hazelwood to William L. Gann , Irene Hazelwood, (13 February 1989), 2.

    2. [S23590] Eaton, Mary J - Death Certificate, Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, (13 May 1966).

    3. [S34623] 1900 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900), Household 36, sheet 2B, ED 163, Precinct 2, Cimarron, Union, New Mexico.

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      This census shows a birthdate of 1840, birthplace Illinois.

    5. [S34634] 1870 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), fam. 158, p. 21, Nishnabotna Twp., Atchison, Missouri (Reliability: 2), 16 May 2010.

    6. [S40178] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), fam. 430, p. 51, Marysville, Marshall, Kansas (Reliability: 2), 01 Jul 2010.
      He is mistakenly shown as "John" in this census.

    7. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Edwards county > 1880 > image 3 of 6 (Reliability: 3), 17 Nov 2014.

    8. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Mason county > 1881 > image 13 of 77 (Reliability: 3), 10 Nov 2014.

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    13. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Mason county > 1886 > image 23 of 117 (Reliability: 3), 10 Nov 2014.

    14. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1887 > image 25 of 152 (Reliability: 3), 10 Nov 2014.

    15. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1888 > image 25 of 151 (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 2014.

    16. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1889 > image 24 of 153 (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 2014.

    17. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1890 > image 32 of 174 (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 2014.

    18. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1891 > image 42 of 231 (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 2014.

    19. [S70] Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910, index and images, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch), Taylor county > 1892 > image 40 of 231 (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 2014.

    20. [S34623] 1900 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900), fam. 36, p. 2B, ED 163, Cimarron, Union, New Mexico (Reliability: 2), 23 Mar 2010.

    21. [S40176] 1910 United States Federal Census, United States Department of Commerce, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910), fam. 50, p. 3B, ED 16-252, Justice Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas (Reliability: 2), 12 Mar 2010.

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    27. [S26877] Travis Co., TX Marriage Records (1840-1916), Travis County (Texas) County Clerk, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975 ), FHL US/CAN FILM 978165., v. 4-5 1873-1883, 2:2BM9B8B (Reliability: 3), 16 May 2010.