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The EATONs were prominent for a very long time first in old Edgecombe Precinct, then old Granville Co, and still later in Warren County. The original William EATON owned thousands of acres of land in North Carolina and Virginia, some of it described in his 1759 will in Granville Co. The earliest record I see of William EATON in NC is in 1737 Edgecombe Pct (the part that later became Edgecombe Co., then Granville)here:
"Abstracts of Deeds, Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 1732-1758", by Margaret M. Hofmann-
Pg.271- THOMAS ELLERBEE of Edge. Prect. to WILLIAM EATON of Prince George Co.,VA, 12 Oct 1737 50 pds VA money 640 acres on the south side of Morratock river, joining THOMAS WHITMELL, Stonehouse creek and the river all houses, orchards, gardens etc. as by patent to JOHN GRAY 6 Apr 1722 and by him conveyed to the sd. ELLERBE Wit: EDWARD YOUNG, WILLIAM PERSON, ORLAND HUGHES Reg. (place and date not given) J. Edwards, C. Ct.
According to "North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1786", William EATON had 11 whites, and 23 blacks (slaves) in his 1743 Edgecombe Co. household.
This was the land that became known best as Eaton's on the south side of the Roanoke River (Morratock/Moratuck being an early name for that river) and which many of his descendants, which included his sons William, Thomas and Charles Rust Eaton later, lived on. Since the family lived there for so long, there are many, many records of their transactions including wills, deeds, estate records, etc, and for someone wanting to do research of the slaves of the family, one would have to look through those records to trace the movements of those slaves. Since you still aren't specific with names of the slaves you are looking for, your best bet is to look first at the public records that are available online for the EATONs. Some of the places where those records exist are on the North Carolina County websites for the USGENWEB, that is, the NCGENWEB counties of Granville, Warren and Edgecombe, and I'm sure there are also record on the other surrounding counties since the family was quite extensive and had business in quite a few of the North Carolina counties. There are wills on some of the county sites for the EATONs, William EATON's 1759 will is on the Granville County website which contains the names of some of his earliest slaves, as well as other records pertaining to the family, so you would need to do a Search of the website. Here is a link to that page:

Since most of the North Carolina GENWEB sites have moved from their original locations recently you may want to bookmark these 2 websites with the links to the County and Archives Pages:
(note that a Search can be done for the EATON surname from the tab at the top of the County pages for Granville & Warren)

Another suggestion is to check out this site's own "Resources" tab, scroll down to Afrigeneas Library; scroll dow to the list of links under Slave Records, and click onto "Enslaved Ancestors Abstracted from Granville County, North Carolina Deed Books: 1746-1864". This is a book by Barnetta M. White where she has abstracted all of the names of slaves found in the Granville Co. deed books, it is alphabetized by the surnames of the slaveowners, and you might want to see what's there for any of the EATON names.

Deloris Williams

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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