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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Jesse L. Eaton, M. D., and son of Dr. John A. and Ollie (Ramsey) Eaton, was born at Belgrade, Washington Co., Mo., November 27, 1862, received his education in Bellevue Collegiate Institute, and finished at Carleton Institute, St. Francois County. Upon completing his education he taught two years, being about seventeen when he began. Having studied medicine under his father two years he entered the Missouri Medical College, graduating from that institution in 1884. He then practiced a year at Belgrade, then at Centerville, Reynolds County, until 1887. While in Reynolds County he had a large and lucrative practice, being the only physician at the county seat of that county. He was also owner and manager of a large stock of general merchandise and drugs. In September, 1887, he came to Caledonia, where he has a good practice. In connection with this he keeps a small stock of drugs. In 1885 he married Miss Mollie S. Maxwell, a native of Washington County. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Reynolds Lodge, No. 185, also a member of the A. O. U. W. and has practiced his profession for about six years before and after graduating. Dr. Eaton is a promising young physician, and one who will make his mark in the world. In politics he is a stanch Democrat. His father, Dr. John A. Eaton was born in Washington County, in 1844, and is the son of Jesse and Sarah (Wildman) Eaton, both natives of Virginia, where they lived until 1840; they then came to Missouri, located in this county, and remained here the balance of their days. He was a farmer by occupation, and he and wife were members of the Southern Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a Whig in politics and died in the prime of manhood. The mother afterward married James M. Hays She is still living, and is sixty-four years of age. By her first marriage she had two sons, only one now living; the other, Thomas H., died of measles in the United States army, during the war. The father of the subject of this sketch was reared in Washington County, and received his primary education in the common schools. After teaching for some time he began the study of medicine under Dr. M. Carr, of Caledonia, and after reading about three years took his first course of lectures at the Missouri Medical College in 1871 and 1872 He then practiced until 1875, when he took a second course of lectures, graduating the following spring. Returning, he has practiced since in the vicinity of Belgrade. In 1863 he married Miss Ramsey, who bore him six children, five now living four sons and one daughter. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Lodge No. 12, of which he has been master. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., being examining physician of Palmer Lodge, No. 350. At the beginning of the war he enlisted in Company K, Thirty-first Missouri, United States army, but received a certificate of disability. He is a Republican in politics, and after the war was appointed lieutenant to enroll the voters of his county. He has practiced medicine for about sixteen years successfully, and in connection therewith carries on farming. He and wife are members of the Southern Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Eaton and wife were married by Rev. B. E. H. Warren. His father and mother, his grandmother and grand-stepfather, were all married by Rev. John Thomas.

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