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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.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:1 1771-1904 E14
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Eaton family business records
Date(s): 1771-1904
Quantity: 3.42 linear feet (4 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English


Gift of Mary H. Davis,1969

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Eaton Family Business Records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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.

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