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Source:
History of Guernsey County, Ohio
by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet
- Illustrated -
Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana -
1911

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WILLIAM EAGLETON.  Four score and seven years have dissolved in the mists of time, the most remarkable years in the history of the world, since the honored and venerable gentleman whose name appears above first saw the light of day.  Heaven bounteously lengthened out his life until he witnessed the crowning glory of his wonderful epoch, rewarding him with an unusual span of years as a result of consistent and virtuous living in his youth and the years of industry and frugality, he was able to take a retrospective glance down the corridors of the relentless and irrevocable past and feel that his was an eminently useful and successful life.  He lived to see and take a prominent part in the wonderful development of Guernsey county, especially Center township, where he resided.
     Mr. Eagleton was born Aug. 14, 1823, in Center township, the son of John and Elizabeth (McCabe) Eagleton.  The father came from Ireland when only five years old with his parents, William and Jane (Walker) Eagleton, and first settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and later came to Washington county, Pennsylvania, where their son John was married to Elizabeth McCabe, who had been formerly married to John McDowell, and she had three children, Sarah, deceased, James and John McDowell, who came to Center township, Guernsey county, Ohio, with their mother and stepfather in 1822.  The father entered eighty acres of land in the woods, from Andrew Jackson as President, and forty acres from Martin Van Buren as President, and owned this land until his death, in February, 1864.  His widow survived until August 17, 1866, and both are now buried in the cemetery at Washington.  John and Elizabeth Eagleton had a family of three daughters and three sons:  Eliza, Jane, Rachel, William, Israel and Henry.
     William Eagleton spent his childhood and youth with his parents on the farm.  He attended the schools taught in the neighborhood and when old enough was on the farm engaged in clearing more acres to be farmed; at night he would read, by the light of a hickory torch, and sometimes a tallow dip candle, such books as were obtainable.  Thus, he grew up and spent his youth.  He was married on Mar. 27, 1847, to Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of James and Jane (Walker) Stewart, of Washington county, Pennsylvania, originally, but coming to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1838.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Eagleton were born five sons and two daughters, namely: John, deceased; James S., of Denver, Colorado, a teacher in the public schools; William H., also a teacher in the schools of Denver, Colorado; Matthew E., a teacher in the Denver schools; Mack of Guernsey county; Mary Jane,  now Mrs. James Stillion, in the state of Washington; Amanda, now Mrs. William Mawhoor of Jefferson township, Guernsey county.  After his marriage Mr. Eagleton settled on a farm a mile north of Eagleton's homesteads, where he resided for two years, which farm he bought while living there.  He then lived in various places until 1857 when he came to the farm where he lived at the time of his death, which occurred on Oct. 2, 1910.  He acquired lands to the amount of three hundred acres and devoted his energies to farming and sheep raising.  He prospered and was a man of progressive ideas and of great influence in the community.  After his marriage, in addition to his farming interests, he studied law and was admitted to the bar, and for a number of years he practiced in the Guernsey county courts, and especially the justice courts of the county, but never gave up his farm interests.  He was a man of marked ability and a broad education, acquired by reading and in the school of experience.  His sons were all given educations, the most of which, however, was obtained by personal application to study at home and in the common schools, and three of these sons are now prominent educators in the city of Denver.  Mr. Eagleton was a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school and was active in public affairs, having served the public in many positions.  For many years he was a justice of the peace and he also filed all the offices in the township except constable, which he declined.  He was a school director for many years.  After being admitted to the bar, he declined all of these offices.  No man stood higher in the estimation of the people and no man has been more active in public matters that tended for good, than Mr. Eagleton.  He was for many years a member of the Masonic order and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He was active active in church work for over thirty years and a deacon for many years.  His wife died in January, 1896, and is buried in Center township cemetery, where his remains also lie.  She was a splendid woman, whose life work and example were always for good.
     Mr. Eagleton spent his last days on the old home farm of one hundred and eighty-six and a half acres, where he spent so many active years, highly respected by all and living to see his sons holding honorable positions in the educational and business world.  He was very successful in a financial way, as in others; his farm never bore a mortgage and he was never in arrears for taxes.  He has never been sued and never sued but one man, and that was not until he was past his eightieth year, and done with great regret.  Mr. Eagleton was regarded as an authority upon most questions that involved the interests and welfare of the community where he had so long lived and his counsel and advice were often sought by many.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2. - Publ: B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page  915

 

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