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Capt. Robert Donelson Eaton (1772-1854) was the son of Joseph Eaton (1740-1808) and Jennet Unknown, of Grainger Co., TN. On 17 Oct. 1803, he married Jennet (Jenny) Chamberlain (Abt 1770-1851), of Jefferson Co. She was the next-to-the-youngest daughter of Ninian Chamberlain (1718-1804) and Jennet Unknown (Abt 1720-30 Mar. 1784). According to the 1850 census for Anderson Co., both Robert and Jenny were born in VA. A captain in the TN militia, Robert is said to have served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson. For purposes of taxation, TN counties at that time were divided up into militia districts, and the district in which Robert lived bore his name. Robert and Jenny Eaton had five children: Andrew Chamberlain; Margaret; Joseph P.; Jane D.; and Wm. G. Some researchers give Robert's middle name as "Donaldson" rather than "Donelson."

Birth:
12 Nov 1772 1
VA 1
Death:
31 Jan 1854 1
Anderson Co., TN 1
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Birth:
12 Nov 1772 1
VA 1
Male 1
Death:
31 Jan 1854 1
Anderson Co., TN 1
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Burial Place: Old Wallace Cem., Anderson Co., TN 1
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Mother: Jennet Unknown 1
Father: Joseph Eaton 1
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Jennet Chamberlain 1
17 Oct 1803 1
Jefferson Co., TN 1
Spouse Death Date: 06 Mar 1851 1

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From "Goodspeed's History of Tennessee . . . Thirty East TN Counties," p. 1082.

The Eaton family is of Scotch-Irish origin, and came to this State from Pennsylvania. The paternal grandfather, Robert D., was a captain, under Jackson, in the war of 1812. He and his wife died in Anderson County.

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