Anthony Demings, kidnapped from Portugal, became a pilot for Planters who settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Wife of Stephen Eaton, Elizabeth Woodworth arrived from Rhode Island with her parents Thomas Woodworth and Zerviah Fox on the “Sally” or “Lydia” Sloops and settled in Falmouth or Cornwallis. The cost to each of the 58 passengers was 25 shillings each. In Falmouth, “the town meeting was used as the means of dividing the land and of regulating almost every activity of the community, even to the distribution of the Acadian ruins, the cutting of firewood, the earmarks for the cattle, and the use of the commons for grazing.” The DeWolf family traveled from Saybrook, Connecticut, and established Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1761. Lebbeus Harris, who married Margaret Lucilla DeWolf, arrived from Essex, Massachusetts, in 1761 to settle in Cornwallis. Sailing from Boston to Annapolis Royal, Shippy Spurr arrived with his parents Michael Spurr and Jane Shippe on the sloop “Charming Molly” in 1760. Nathaniel Parker, a Loyalist soldier, married Salome Whitman who also arrived with her parents Deacon John Whitman and Mary Foster on the sloop Charming Molly; Nathaniel and Salome settled in Annapolis County.
Pugwash, Nova Scotia, with its large tracts of timber, rich farming soil, and fine deep harbour beckoned Amos Eaton, Sarah Harris, Isaac Ackerley, Mary Desiah Parker, John Bigelow, Anthony Demings, John Doherty, and Lachlan Macpherson to settle there.
In 1860, Levi Woodworth Eaton, recognizing the end of the era of sailing ships, convinced family and friends to move from Pugwash to New Zealand. His ship, "The George Henderson" met its demise in 1861, but ghostlike, reappeared one hundred years later.
Cyrus Eaton and Charles Eaton were peace activists. Cyrus Eaton, a wealthy industrialist, returned to his hometown Pugwash to help rebuild it after hellacious fires. He was instrumental in funding and hosting the early Pugwash Conferences that brought together scientists from both sides of the Iron Curtain to find a way to end nuclear proliferation and nuclear war. That conference was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Charles Aubrey Eaton, a Baptist minister, also moved to the United States where John D. Rockefeller was one of his parishioners. Charles Eaton, a member of the House of Representatives, was a signer of the UN Charter and helped devise the Marshall Plan at the end of World War II.
Author Cathy Eaton has created a website to complement her book which contains photographs and historical documents to allow readers additional insight into these men and women who helped shaped first the Colonies and then Nova Scotia.
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Our first confirmed Eaton ancestors, John Eaton and Anne left England and arrived with six children in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in the winter of 1639 or 1640. This Eaton family carved out a life, built homes, farmed the land, and helped established towns in the English colony of Massachusetts. Ancestors of Eaton’s and their spouses arrived in the Colonies primarily from England but also from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Prussia, and Portugal, by the names of White, Singletery, Cooke, Sanders, Kimball, Atwood, Woodworth, Fox, Harris, DeWolf, Parker, Spurr, Maynard, MacPherson, Akerley, Doherty, and Demings. Our early ancestors, in addition to being farmers and militia, were carpenters, ministers, shipbuilders, wheelwrights, town planners, ferry men, harbour masters, entrepreneurs, teachers, and general store proprietors.