Elijah H. & Olive Eaton

Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin


July 16, 1870 Federal Census-Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin by Edward E. Merritt
Home-Family  Name  Sex Race Age Nativity Parents Occupation Estate
26-26 Eaton, Elijah  Male  61  New York    Farmer, Lumberman, Lumber Manufacturer $10,000-5,000
  ~Olive Female  W 41 Indiana      
  Lambert, Clara E. Female   W  15 Wisconsin   Attending School  
  Peterson, Hans Male W 35 Norway Both Foreign Works in sawmill  
  Andrews, Toni  Male   W  21 Norway Both Foreign Works in sawmill    
  Clark, Angus P. (B.)  Male  W 20 Canada East Both Foreign Works in sawmill  
27-27 Eaton, John Male W 53 New York   Works in sawmill  
  Landon, Louis Male W 37 New York Works in pinery    
  ~Barbara Female W 24 England Both Foreign Keeping House  
  ~Andrew M. Male W 3 Wisconsin      

Previous Household: Charles and Christina Richelieu with children: Theodore and Mary.

Next Household: Caleb and Jane Edmund with children: James, Rebecca, Mary, Julia and Walter.

1880 Federal Census-Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin
 Name  Relation Marital Status Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
 Olive Eaton   Self   W   Female   W   51  Indiana     Georgia  Ohio
 Clara Clark   Dau   D   Female   W   25  Wisconsin    Ohio  Indiana
 Carrie Whitmore   G-Dau   S   Female   W   7  Wisconsin     Iowa Illinois
 John Eaton   Uncle   S   Male   W   62  New York     New York New York
 William Robinson   Other   S   Male   B   26  Texas  Laborer  Texas  Texas

 Jacob Pettibone 










Previous Household: Edward & Amanda Smith and their children, Amy, Walter, Edward and Mildred.

Next Household: Robert & Elmira Schofield and the three children, Grace, Hugh and a 4 month old baby girl.


Elijah Eaton represented Walworth County, Wisconsin as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1851 and 1858.


Elijah and Olive Eaton moved to Clark County from Black River Falls, Wisconsin in 1848 and were among the first pioneers to settle in "Eatontown", the area which eventually became Greenwood.  They purchased the mill of Van Dusen & Waterman, and carried on that business for many years.  About 1867, the idea of laying out a village was first discussed.  That was accomplished June 6, 1871.  William Welsch surveyed and platted the new village under the direction of S. R. Stafford and Elijah Eaton.  The name "Greenwood" was suggested by Olive Miller, the daughter of John and Catherine Honeywell and lots were first purchase and improvements made.  The number of dwellings present at the founding of the town were few in number and limited to the log houses and frame structures of settlers, like the Eatons, who had located before a village had been even remotely considered and it was quite some time before offers made by owners of lots were actually purchased.  Mrs. B. F. Brown opened the first store and Alfred S. Eaton opened a Hardware Store after his Black River Falls business had burned to the ground.  Eaton's store also served as the first post office.


Sixty-four year old, Elijah H. Eaton died December 4, during the winter of 1872.  He was the first resident of Greenwood to die.  His wife Olive died in the heat of August, 1892 at the age of sixty-three.  Both of them are buried in the Greenwood City Cemetery, Greenwood, Wisconsin.



John Eaton


Birth: 9 Sep 1785 in Coeymans, Albany Co., New York
Death: 19 Feb 1868 in Garden Plain, Whiteside Co., Illinois

Father: Elijah Eaton b: 24 Aug 1742 in Ashford, Windham Co., Connecticut
Mother: Deliverance Mott b: 8 Dec 1751

Marriage (1) Lydia Preston b: 18 Dec 1785 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York
Married: 22 Dec 1805 in , New York


1.  William Eaton b: 29 Jun 1806 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York
2.  Elijah Eaton b: 21 Jul 1808 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York

Marriage: Olive

Children: Clara (b.1855)

3.  Melissa Eaton b: 10 Nov 1810 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York
4.  Melinda Eaton b: 6 Nov 1813 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York
5.  Sylvia "D" Eaton b: 12 Feb 1816 in Cherry Valley, Ostego Co., New York
6. John Eaton b: 8 May 1818 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York, d. 12 Sep 1891.
7.  Dewitt C Eaton b: 5 May 1820 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
8.  Robert T. Eaton b: 25 May 1822 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
9.  Clarissa L. Eaton b: 30 Jan 1825 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
10. Miles Eaton b: 17 Sep 1827 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York

Marriage (2) Lucy Lee Daines b: 7 Dec 1795 in Marathon, Courtland Co., New York, Married: 25 Oct 1829



11.  Chloe Daines Eaton b: 27 Oct 1830 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
12.  Henry Daines Eaton b: 17 Sep 1833 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
13.  James Murray Eaton b: 31 Oct 1835 in Willett, Courtland Co., New York
14.  Thomas Benton Eaton b: 20 May 1839 in Elk Horn Grove, Carroll Co., Illinois



BioM: Olive Lambert (10 Sep 1860)

Transcriber: Janet


Surnames: Eaton, Lambert Pynetan


----Sources: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, The Eaton Family Records, Obituaries, Cemetery Records and Courthouse Documents.


BioM: Lambert, Olive (10 Sep 1860)


Groom: Elijah Eaton, Male, Birthplace N.Y. State
Race white, Ethnicity American
Father's Name John Eaton
Mother's Name Lyda Eaton
Bride's Name Olive Lambert--Race white
Spouse's Father's Name Pynetan
Spouse's Mother's Name Pynetan
Marriage Date 10 Sep 1860
Marriage Place Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States



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