Husband of Jennet Unknown and father of Robert D; Wm.; Mary (Polly); Margaret (Peggy); Andrew; James; Joseph, Jr.; Janet; John W.; and Daniel. Lived in Grainger Co., TN. Said to have been a veteran of the Revolution. His eldest son, Robert Donelson Eaton, married Ninian Chamberlain's third daughter, Jennet (Jenny). According to a researcher's transcription, Joseph Eaton's will, drawn up in Grainger Co. on 18 Jun. 1808, was witnessed by "J. C. Chamberlain" and "Nn. Chamberlain."