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Hal Eaton (#47745260)
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Bio Photo My main interests are genealogy and history. Mostly in Southern California and the West. Most of my pages are connected to my family in some way, but I am happy to transfer them to closer relations and perhaps exchange genealogical information.

(I also added burials from the New Plainfield, CT, Cemetery based on a 1964 transcription combined with other records and will link them over time. Many of these are not relatives.)

Doing paper genealogy for years, finding specifically where people were buried was always a priority for me, since many of my family were dug up from removed Downtown cemeteries, cremated, and ashes stored for decades. Usually the grave space was neeeded for parking lots or football fields.

It's so nice to go to a graveyard in a small town and find very little changed, though most of the relatives have moved away and forgotten. Something this website addresses.

Y-STR DNA Testing has validated my paper Eaton genealogy back Jonas Eaton who left Old England for New in 1637. His great grandson, Capt. Joseph Eaton was the founder of the Plainfield, CT, Eatons.

Y-STR DNA Testing on a Hodge cousin has helped link several Hodge/Hodges families from New York and may someday break this brick wall.

Findagrave may eventually become a great resource for locating "Ancient DNA" for testing--just kidding!

M Hodge manages our mutual Hodge lines.

Included in my memorials are some unrelated families of Curtis Hodges & Lucy Clark based on research I have done to sort out early Mormon families.

If you need to contact me outside of the FindaGrave system my email is, but it is checked less frequently.
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Sarah Louisa Hayes (1855)
Regarding the above, I understand that Hayes recorded the birth and death of this baby in his diary, but how did you determine her name?
Added by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2014 1:45 PM
Susan Barrow Spaulding
RE: Ezra Spaulding & Others
I happened to be in town over the weekend. Cemetery is on a rounded corner on RT 14 going into Canton. The Spaldings/Spauldings are ancestors of my husband. Not direct line. It was sad to see the cemetery in such rough shape. I wonder if there are others buried there. It seemed like there were stones.

Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on Jun 28, 2014 11:59 AM
RE: Ezra & Hannah Spaulding Grave
There is also a military plaque marker in front of his grave. If you want me to place it on his memorial as well as the regular grave photo I can do that. Just submit a New photo request.
Added by bluelady on May 05, 2014 11:40 AM
Jean Ann Purdom McAlister
Annie Payne Cogswell Pynchon
Hal, their some who say a little girl named Mary Lucretia Pynchon born Mar 30 1860-Mar 2 1861, is buried with her parents there, even a reocrd of New Plainfield Cemetery Records say she was there.

The Problem is both she and her parents are listed in the 1860 census in Missouri, although not living together, census dated 5 Jun 1860, Mary L is 2 months old. Later her father was made Post Master of that same Missouri town in April 1861.

William is back in Connecticut by the end of 1861 serving in the Navy.

I believe this child was left behind and raised by another family.

My question is there a 3rd grave in this Cemetery, or is ther just a maarker to remember this child they might have thought died in Missouri?

Thanks in advance for your time and trouble.

(Jean) Ann (Purdom) McAlister
Added by Jean Ann Purdom McAlister on Mar 29, 2014 8:50 AM
Fred Eaton's birthplace
Hello Hal! In researching this period of time from the Hayes/Eaton and Biddy Mason points of view I was interested in what you think or what information you may have regarding the jail in use for Los Angeles in December 1855 and January 1856. This is the link I am sure you already have for Biddy's court judgement in Jan 1856

Since Frederick was born in Sept 1855 in the adobe on Ft Moore's hill, converted from the jail, by chance have you run across information about where the jail was situated next? After Hayes' judgement freed the women and children Biddy continued to visit the jail tending to the health and needs of prisoners. I assume it was not relocated far from the original.

You have a masterful command of the period and the people who inhabited it: something I appreciate tremendously. My own forebears moved to South Pasadena in the early 1900s from South Dakota. After finding a few Eatons in our 17th-18th century New England branches on ancestry I have been secretly hoping I could find a distant cousin or three related to your Eatons!!
Yours, Linda Bennett lbenett649@yahoo
Added by lbennett649 on Jan 21, 2014 7:24 PM
Karin KL
RE: Alexander Graham b. 1791

I am researching Alexander and Margaret (McEwing) Graham. It is my understanding that they had a son named John, b. 1815, but you do not have him listed as one of the children. Could you tell me your source for the list of their children?

Thank you!

Karin Lightner
Added by Karin KL on Nov 27, 2013 7:47 AM
L Beacon
Plainfield Cemetery
Just adding photos I took today and came across one of your relatives, the marker has been cleaned up since the last photo so posted the one I took today which is much clearer.
Have added quite a few more since the other day and still at it :)
Added by L Beacon on Nov 05, 2013 6:28 PM
RE: Hodges additions
Timely you should contact me, BTW. I am making my "winter research" list, and Jacob Hodge is on it. I know he had a will--it is indexed in the Onondaga county records, but so far I have been unable to determine if he owned any land or not. If I could find out where he lived, and what he did, I might be able to figure out where he is buried. There are a surprising number of people who were important to the early settlement of this county who are "missing". Anyway, I was wondering if you know what type of document (i.e. letter, church reference)mentions where Jacob is buried?
Added by clevelandpole on Oct 29, 2013 5:30 AM
RE: Hodges additions
LOL!. You are very welcome. I am actually trying to find the location of Jacob Hodge, who died in Pompey, and is buried supposedly in the town of Manlius (ancestor of M.Hodge). Along the way, I keep finding other "lost Hodge/s"!
Added by clevelandpole on Oct 24, 2013 4:22 PM
Dawn D
Hi Hal, I was wondering if you could help me. I have the Eatons on my ancestry tree starting with Leroy Eaton. My issue is that on the Find A Grave memorial page for Joseph Eaton (who is listed as a judge with the same dates of death and birth) that his father is listed as Ebenezer Eaton. I do not have this info nor does anyone else that I have searched and contacted on Ancestry. We have Ensign Aaron Eaton as Joseph Eatons father. Now unless the Judge Joseph and the Joseph we have are two diff people with the exact same dates of death and birth? If you have any info that could explain please let me know. Like I said most of us have the parents of Joseph Eaton that was born 1775 and died in 1857 listed as Ens Aaron Eaton and Lydia as his mother.
Added by Dawn D on Sep 20, 2013 9:02 AM
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