Sub-fonds ETN 11 - Other Eaton family papers

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ETN 11


Other Eaton family papers


  • 1591-2009 (Creation)

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14 pieces

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According to family notes (see ETN 6/17/17), the Eaton family originally came from the area around Diss. George Eaton, (1702-1771) owned and farmed land in Palgrave, Suffolk, and Shelfanger in Norfolk. The second son of George Eaton,also known as George Eaton (1731-1796) of Diss, was a manufacturer, possibly of linen. His son, Thomas Eaton (1766-1831) was baptized in Diss, but later settled in Norwich. Following his apprenticeship to Jonathan Cozens, a grocer, Thomas Eaton became a silk mercer. In 1795, he entered into partnership with R. Brownsmith, silk mercer, and later became sole proprietor of The Indian Queen on Gentleman's Walk in Norwich. Thereafter, generations of the Eaton family who are documented in the archive, have lived in Norwich, later moving to the parish of Eaton, where members of the family still reside. The Eaton family archive was created and collected over several generations and handed down the family, finally coming into the possession of Tom Eaton who added his own personal and official papers to the collection prior to deposit with the Norfolk Record Office (NRO).

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Includes deeds, probate records, correspondence, photographs and publications collected and created by the Eaton family. Also includes records of the Damant, Fisk, Guybon, Ray, Reynolds, Sancroft, and Smee families, acquired by the Eaton family.

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In many cases, the provenance and original order of these records is not discernible. Furthermore, many of the records have been created and collected over several generations and placed together in files and bundles by multiple creators over many years. The arrangement of these records is largely based on genre or format, however, in some cases, arrangement by subject has been employed.

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