Alexander John Eaton stumped - born 1847, died 1907 dublin, ireland

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I've hit a brick wall. I've gone all the way to Dublin but with an affection for pubs and a very short number of days and tons of inexperience in genealogical research, I came back with photos of my great grandfather and grandmother's graves and no additional info as to where they came from. Is there any chance someone here might have some additional information? Apparently he was a loyal employee of the Inland Revenue Service, his son, and my grandfather, John Wallace Eaton, worked as intelligence in WWI and transitioned from teaching in Saskatchewan to working as a professor of German at University of Michigan around 1929, however I cannot figure out for the life of me who might have been my great great grandparents or any of the lineage beyond that. ANY help at all would be HUGELY appreciated!!! Thanks so much for your time :)
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Ireland is a bad place to research in,a lot of records have been lost,but i will look.

Wayne R, Morgan
Thank you so much! I'm completely new to this forum but a couple of years into researching my ancestry. I know that my relatives spent a lot of time living at 3 Belgrave Terrace (Rathmines), that my great grandparents are buried in Deans Grange, and that according to some relatives whom I knew in childhood who have since unfortunately passed that I had a great aunt, Queenie Eaton, in the theater - strange as it may sound, there are even more than one of those! Any help you could give me would be so wonderful, thank you!!!

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Hi John

I am related to this family, my grandfather Richard is your grandfathers youngest brother. I am also having difficulty getting beyond Alexander John Eaton. Interesting to see he died in Dublin as I have not seen his name in the 1901 census but he was in the UK Census in London, Battersea for that year  working for the Inland Revenue.

Would love to hear from you to see if we can resolve the mystery.



I would love to collaborate with you! I just signed up with this forum today so I apologize I've no idea how to share information just yet, if I did I'd shoot you my email address. Things get confusing becasue there are so many John Eaton's, but my grandfather, who was written down as an Alexander John Eaton or "Alexis J W Eaton" in early census reports, is actually the John Wallace Eaton who, among other things, was a professor of German at the University of Michigan, which is where he and my uncle died in 1948. He and his younger siblings were all born in Lancashire area, whereas the older 3 (2 died as infants and are buried with my great grandparents in Deansgrange cemetery, & 1 named Anna two years older than my great grandfather who moved with them to Lancashire) were born in Dublin. I've also obtained a record that I _think_ may be the marriage of our (yay! so happy to have found you!!) great grandparents' marriage in 1883 in Dublin. By the way, I'm not sure why my original post labeled me as John, my apologies for the confusion, but my name is Samantha & it's a pleasure to meet you & muse over these mysteries with you, Roger!
Hi Sam

Sorry for mix up over your name I realised as soon as I clicked the send button. Great  to hear from you. I have a newspaper cutting relating to John Wallace Eaton's death. You mention that he and your uncle died, does that mean that J W was trying to rescue your uncle when they both fell through the ice on the lake? I was not aware of the relationship to each other, I will have to try and find the cutting again.

Interestng that both Alexander John and Edith H are buried in Deansgrange I will follow that up.

I was also not aware that Queenie was in the theater do you have more information on that?

Where you aware that Oscar  A M Eaton also served in the 1st World War and earned the Military Cross at the Battle of Arras in France.

So many questions. Look forward to the journey of discovery.


Hello Roger(my cousin)and Sam my distant findings are that Alexander John Eaton was born in Dublin in 1846 and died here in 1907, he does not show up on any census as he was in Wandsworth London in 1901 and in Lancaster in Lancashire during the 1911, he married into another family of Inland revenue people The Batten family, he married Edith H in 1883 in St Peters Church Dublin, His father was John Eaton Born 1824 from Culcheth, Wigab, Lancashire and he was also a Revenue collector, I would love to see or email any information i have on this...

Oscar Alfred Mortimer Eaton....1/16th ..

On 4th November 1918during the attack on Sebourg he led his company with great courage and gallentry. Having penetrated the plage, his company came under very heavy machine-gun fire and shelling.He rallied it and gained the first objective. Later when driven back by enfilade machine-gun fire at close range from both flanks, he skillfully organised a defensive position, thus maintaining the bridgeheads of the Aunelle River....

that is how Oscar gained his email is


Alan Eaton

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