Birth: Francis Eaton was born in Bristol, England shortly
before September 11, 1596, the day he was baptized.
He died in Plymouth sometime in 1633, between March 25 when his
name appeared on a tax list, and November 8, when his possessions were
inventoried for probate.
Life in England: The records in Bristol
identify Francis Eaton as a house carpenter. The son of John and Dorothy
(Smith) Eaton, he was the only one of their children known to have
survived to adulthood. No record of his marriage or the birth of his
first child has been found in Bristol, so he may have lived elsewhere in
England before he traveled to New England.
Life in New
England: Francis, his wife Sarah, and infant son Samuel arrived in
New England aboard the Mayflower in November 1620. By the time
of his death he was a freeman and owned various pieces of property in
Plymouth. The inventory of “Fr Eaton carpenter of Plymouth” showed that
his debts far exceeded the value of his estate.He was buried in
Plymouth, but the location is unknown.
married (1) Sarah _____ in England. She died in the first winter of the
“general sickness.” Francis’ second wife is generally believed to have
been the maidservant of fellow Mayflower passenger, John Carver.
Her first name was likely Dorothy. She died a year or two after the
marriage.They had no children. He married (3) Christian Penn, who
arrived in Plymouth in the summer of 1623, aboard either the Anne or
Little James. They had three children. Christian Eaton married
(2) Francis Billington, had nine children by him, and died in Middleboro
Son of Francis and Sarah Eaton:
Francis and Christian Eaton: