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Samuel Eaton

Birthdate:
Birthplace: England or Holland
Death: Died in Middleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Eaton, "Mayflower" Passenger and Sarah Eaton, "Mayflower" Passenger
Husband of Elizabeth Eaton and Martha Eaton
Father of Francis Eaton; Dau 2 Eaton; John Eaton; Eaton; Elizabeth Eaton and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Eaton
Half brother of Rachel Ramsden; Benjamin Edson Eaton; Christopher "Ideote" Eaton and unk. died young Eaton

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About Samuel Eaton, "Mayflower" Passenger

From MayflowerHistory.com

Samuel Eaton was born probably in early 1620. He came on the Mayflower with his parents Francis and Sarah, and was referred to as a "sucking child". His mother died shortly after arrival, during the first winter at Plymouth. His father died in 1633, when he was just about 13 years old. A few years later at the age of 16 (in 1636), he was apprenticed to John Cooke for the period of 7 years. John Cooke had come on the Mayflower in 1620, as a 13-year old boy.

Around 1646 or sometime shortly before, he had married a woman named Elizabeth and was residing in Duxbury. Surprisingly little is known about this family: the identity of his wife Elizabeth has not been established; and they had two children, both of whose names are unknown. Elizabeth died at some time unknown, but obviously sometime before his 10 January 1660/1 marriage to Martha Billington. Martha was the daughter of Francis Billington, who had come on the Mayflower as a 14-year old boy. Together they had four children, Sarah, Samuel, Mercy, and Bethiah. Sometime during the 1660s, he moved his family from Duxbury to Middleboro. Samuel's probate estate inventory was taken on 29 October 1684 at Middleboro. His wife Martha survived him, and died sometime after 1704, probably in Connecticut

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From History of the Town of Middleboro by Thomas Weston (pub 1906)

Samuel Eaton was a son of Francis Eaton, a passenger in the Mayflower, a carpenter by trade, who moved from Plymouth to Duxbury, where he died in 1633, insolvent.

Samuel was born in England or Holland in 1620, and was one of the two passengers in the Mayflower who became residents of Middleboro. Governor Bradford, in the appendix of his " History of the Plimoth Plantation," in a note concerning Francis Eaton,

The Mayflower thus sPeaks of Samuel: " His sone Samuell who came over a suckling child is allso maried and hath a child." He was apprenticed for seven years to John Cook the younger. Before moving to Middleboro he resided for some time in Duxbury. He was a resident of the town before the breaking out of King Philip's War, and returned after its close. He was admitted as a freeman in 1670, and was among the purchasers of the town of Dartmouth in 1652, and of Bridgewater. In 1651 '"the court admonished Samuel Eaton and Goodwife Hall of Duxbury for mixed dancing." He died at Middleboro in 1684. His estate was appraised at thirty-seven pounds, eleven shillings. He was twice married; his second wife was Martha Billington, a daughter of Francis Billington; his son, Samuel Eaton, was one of the original members of the First Church, and married a daughter of the first pastor, Rev. Samuel Fuller.


Samuel Eaton was among the twenty-six men who purchased what became the First Precinct in "Middlebury" that is now Middleborough, Massachusetts of the Indian Sachem, Wampatuck, said purchase made in the month of March, 1662, and said Samuel Eaton also became one of the pioneer settlers of Middleborough. He is the son of Francis Eaton, who with his wife, Sarah, and his son, Samuel, constituted a part of the Pilgrim band who came to America and landed at Plymouth in the month of December, 1620, from the deck of the "Mayflower." Samuel, the son, was for a time settled in "Duxborough" now called Duxbury, and afterwoods arrived to Middleborough. Samuel, in 1661, married Martha Billington.


Samuel Eaton was among the twenty-six men who purchased what became the First Precinct in "Middlebury" that is now Middleborough, Massachusetts of the Indian Sachem, Wampatuck, said purchase made in the month of March, 1662, and said Samuel Eaton also became one of the pioneer settlers of Middleborough. He is the son of Francis Eaton, who with his wife, Sarah, and his son, Samuel, constituted a part of the Pilgrim band who came to America and landed at Plymouth in the month of December, 1620, from the deck of the "Mayflower." Samuel, the son, was for a time settled in "Duxborough" now called Duxbury, and afterwoods arrived to Middleborough. Samuel, in 1661, married Martha Billington.


Arrived on the ship, "Mayflower."

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Samuel Eaton, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

1620
August 1620
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; Immigration: from Egland on the "Mayflower"
September 6, 1620
- September 16, 1620
Plymouth, England

Mayflower voyage[edit]
Winslow and his wife Elizabeth were part of the Leiden Separatist group who had decided to travel far away from England and the repressive regime of King James I to more freely practice their religious beliefs. Merchant Adventurer investment group agent Thomas Weston assisted in this venture by providing the ship Mayflower for the Pilgrim's journey. Traveling on the Mayflower in company with the Winslows were his brother Gilbert and family servant/employee George Soule and a youth, Elias Story. Also in the care of the family was Elinor (Ellen) More, a girl of eight years. In all there were four unaccompanied More children from Shipton, Shropshire in the care of senior Pilgrims on the Mayflower: Elinor, Jasper, Mary and Richard.[7][8][9] Elinor perished the winter of 1620 with only one brother Richard More surviving.

Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899
The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England on September 6/16, 1620. The small, 100-foot ship had 102 passengers and the crew is estimated to be approximately 30 but the exact number is unknown.[10] They lived in extremely cramped conditions. By the second month out, the ship was being buffeted by strong westerly gales, causing the ship‘s timbers to be badly shaken with caulking failing to keep out sea water, and with passengers, even in their berths, lying wet and ill. This, combined with a lack of proper rations and unsanitary conditions for several months, attributed to what would be fatal for many, especially the majority of women and children. On the way there were two deaths, a crew member and a passenger, but the worst was yet to come after arriving at their destination when, in the space of several months, almost half the passengers perished in cold, harsh, unfamiliar New England winter

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Winslow

Not listed on geni currently:
William Holbeck, John Hooke, Desire Minter, Elias Story, Roger Wilder, Humility Cooper,

November 9, 1620
- November 19, 1620
Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower

On November 9/19, 1620, after about 3 months at sea, including a month of delays in England, they spotted land, which was the Cape Cod Hook, now called Provincetown Harbor. After several days of trying to get south to their planned destination of the Colony of Virginia, strong winter seas forced them to return to the harbor at Cape Cod hook, where they anchored on November 11/21. The Mayflower Compact was signed that day.[11][12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Winslow

November 1620
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Excerpt from Desperate Crossing--The Untold Story of the Mayflower. An excellent History Channel overview of the Mayflower journey. It tells about several in the 3 videos Edward Winslow is one of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv-_JxApHzo

1620
England or Holland
1621
September 21, 1621
- November 11, 1621
Age 1
Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States

Edward Winslow, Mourt's Relation:
"our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a
speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one
day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at
which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming
amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for
three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they
brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others. And
although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God,
we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plentie."
In modern spelling
"our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a
special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day
killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time
amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and
amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we
entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the
Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be
not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far
from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_What_Happened_in_1621.pdf
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Harvest festival observed by the Pilgrims at Plymouth[edit]
Americans commonly trace the Thanksgiving holiday to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

Squanto, a Patuxet Native American who resided with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them. Squanto had learned the English language during his enslavement in England. The Wampanoag leader Massasoit had given food to the colonists during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient.

The Pilgrims celebrated at Plymouth for three days after their first harvest in 1621. The exact time is unknown, but James Baker, then Plimoth Plantation vice president of research, stated in 1996, "The event occurred between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11, 1621, with the most likely time being around Michaelmas (Sept. 29), the traditional time." [8] Seventeenth-century accounts do not identify this as a thanksgiving observance, rather it followed the harvest. It included 50 persons who were on the Mayflower (all who remained of the 100 who had landed) and 90 Native Americans.[8] The feast was cooked by the four adult Pilgrim women who survived their first winter in the New World (Eleanor Billington, Elizabeth Hopkins, Mary Brewster, and Susanna (White) Winslow), along with young daughters and male and female servants.[8][9]

"Pilgrims" are often confused with "Puritans". This sculpture The Pilgrim by Augustus St. Gaudens is based on his earlier work The Puritan
Two colonists gave personal accounts of the 1621 feast in Plymouth. The Pilgrims, most of whom were Separatists (English Dissenters), are not to be confused with Puritans who established their own Massachusetts Bay Colony on the Shawmut Peninsula (current day Boston) in 1630.[10][11] Both groups were strict Calvinists, but differed in their views regarding the Church of England. Puritans wished to remain in the Anglican Church and reform it, while the Pilgrims wanted complete separation from the church.

William Bradford, in Of Plymouth Plantation wrote:

They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.[12]

The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899). The painting shows common misconceptions about the event that persist to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear such outfits, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains.[13]
Edward Winslow, in Mourt's Relation wrote:

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.[14]

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1914)
The Pilgrims held a true thanksgiving celebration in 1623[15][16] following a fast,[17] and a refreshing 14-day rain[18] which resulted in a larger harvest. William DeLoss Love calculates that this thanksgiving was made on Wednesday, July 30, 1623, a day before the arrival of a supply ship with more colonists,[17] but before the fall harvest. In Love's opinion this 1623 thanksgiving was significant because the order to recognize the event was from civil authority[19] (Governor Bradford), and not from the church, making it likely the first civil recognition of Thanksgiving in New England.[17]

Referring to the 1623 harvest after the nearly catastrophic drought, Bradford wrote:

And afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving… By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine now God gave them plenty … for which they blessed God. And the effect of their particular planting was well seen, for all had … pretty well … so as any general want or famine had not been amongst them since to this day.[20]

These first hand accounts do not appear to have contributed to the early development of the holiday. Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" was not published until the 1850s. While the booklet "Mourt's Relation" was summarized by other publications without the now familiar thanksgiving story. By the eighteenth century the original booklet appeared to be lost or forgotten. A copy was rediscovered in Philadelphia in 1820, with the first full reprinting in 1841. In a footnote the editor, Alexander Young, was the first person to identify the 1621 feast as "the first Thanksgiving".[21]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)

1647
March 20, 1647
Age 27
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1648
Age 28
1650
1650
Age 30
1651
1651
Age 31
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA