Mss:1 1771-1904 E14
Eaton Family. Eaton Family Business Records, 1771-1904: Finding Aid
Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Mss:1 1771-1904 E14
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Eaton family business records
Quantity: 3.42 linear feet (4 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Gift of Mary H. Davis,1969
Cite as: Eaton Family Business Records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
Joseph Eaton, son of Thomas and Lydia (Kimball) Eaton was born February 27, 1730 in
Haverhill, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Webster on January 24, 1754 and the couple had ten children. Joseph
lived his adult life on a farm opposite his father's house in the West Parish of Haverhill
and died there on February 20, 1805. His son, Samuel, was born in Haverhill on July
15, 1760. Samuel was living in Boston in the 1830s, but eventually moved back to Haverhill.
Richard Chase, son of Francis, was born 1780 in Haverhill. Richard married Martha
Davis of Amesbury, August 12, 1804 and the couple had eight children. They were: (1) Hannah, b. June
2, 1806; (2) Francis, b. July 26, 1807; (3) Ephraim; b. December 12, 1809; (4) Richard,
b. February 2, 1812; (5) Sarah, b. February 18, 1814; (6) son, b. and d. April 23,
1816; (7) Caleb, b. April 23, 1817; and (8) Abigail, b. June 5, 1820. Francis was
very active in selling real estate in the towns near Haverhill and even up into New Hampshire. His son, Ephraim moved to Sandown, New Hampshire where he owned a small farm. Ephraim married Sarah Eaton, daughter of Samuel, and
they had one child, Martha Lois Chase, who was born 1853. Martha married James A.
Davis in 1874 and the couple had three children: (1) Alfred, b. 1875; (2) Fannie,
b. 1879; and (3) Mary, b. 1881.
The collection consists of business records for Joseph Eaton and his son, Samuel,
Francis Chase, and James A. Davis. The Eaton, Chase, and Davis families were early
settlers of Haverhill, Massachusetts and maintained close kinship ties for decades.
It also includes a small amount of Richard Chase accounts, 1807-1828, primarily for
the sale of wood and the genealogy of the Chase family.
- Volume 1, Joseph Eaton accounts
Date: 1764-1796 Joseph Eaton accounts, 1764-1796
Scope and Contents: This includes details of transactions for farm produce and farm labor for individuals
including Jonathan Nelson, Enoch Bartlett, Jonathan Webster,Simon Greene, Daniel Bradley,
James Walker, John Downing, William Atwood, Phineas Adams, Isaac Osgood, Joseph Hanes,
Nathaniel Marsh, John Johnson, Moses Gale and others. There are loose papers such
as calculations, receipts, and notes have been removed from the volume and placed
in a separate folder.
- Volume 2, Samuel Eaton accounts
Date: 1783-1796 Samuel Eaton accounts, 1783-1796
Scope and Contents: This includes the details of transactions for farm produce and farm labor for individuals
including Phineas Adams, Jonathan Ayer, Nathaniel Bradley, Charlotte Brown, Moses
Clark, Samuel Chase, William Dale, John Downing, Enoch Eaton, Jonathan Emerson, Ebenezer
Gage, David Glover, Richard Kimball, Low the Shoemaker, Abraham Mitchell, Amos Ordway,
Oliver Putnam, Samuel Smith, Moses Wingate and others. The collection includes a separate
- Volume 3, Samuel Eaton accounts
Date: 1815-1851 Samuel Eaton accounts, 1815-1851
Scope and Contents: Although the sale of farm produce and farm labor are mentioned, the bulk of the volume
contains accounts for individuals hired by Eaton to sew clothing and make shoes. The
majority of accounts date from 1819-1824 and include John Berry, Leonard Clark, Amos
Davis, Francis Emerson, Nathaniel Greenleaf, Richard Kimball, Amos Ordway, John Woodman
and others. The collection includes a separate alphabetical index. Loose papers such
as calculations, receipts, bills and invoices have been removed from the volume and
placed in a separate folder.
- Volume 4, Francis Chase accounts
Date: 1847-1865 Francis Chase accounts, 1847-1865
Scope and Contents: This includes accounts for individuals located in Haverhill, Massachusetts as well as Sandown, New Hampshire. Although the sale of farm produce is mentioned, the bulk of accounts concern the
hiring of farm labor, the provision of transportation to surrounding towns, and the
hauling of wood. Individuals mentioned include Charles Carleton, Ezekiel Currier,
John Ordway, George Critchet, Lewis Webster, Dorothy Putnum, William Emerson and others.
Loose items that have been removed from the volume include a calling card, a recipe
for spring tonic, a trade card for Horsford's Baking Powder, an invoice, bills, a
recipe for nerve ointment, calculations; most of these date from the 1870s and 1880s
and were probably placed there by someone other than Francis Chase.
- Volume 5, James A. Davis accounts
Date: 1882-1904 James A. Davis accounts, 1882-1904
Scope and Contents: These accounts include Cash Accounts for the Year 1882, Cash Accounts for 1883, D.
H. Davis, Nelson Ordway, Charles H. Coombs, Mrs. Mary W. Howe, Dr. Emerson, John Hazelton,
Cash gave to Mattie while at Boston, Mary Chase Account, Old Place Account, A. C.
Davis Account, Agreement between C. P. Davis and B. A. Davis, Hen Account, Chicken
Account, Mileage Ticket Book, Incubator Record for 1899, Egg Record for 1899, [Apple]
Trees Set Out May 1895, and others. The donor of the collection and a daughter of
Mr. Davis, stated he ran a small egg business during these years.