Son of Capt. Robert Donelson Eaton (1772-1854) and Jennet Chamberlain (1770-1851). Husband of Susannah McBride Donaldson (1807-1878) and father of Robert Patterson Eaton and Ellen C. Eaton Boyd. He was a farmer and dry goods merchant, and was involved in the movement to promote the construction of railroads in E. TN.
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