PAGenWeb McKean County, Pennsylvania
from History of the Counties of McKean,
Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania
J.H. Beers, Chicago, 1890
Foster Township Biographical Sketches
JAMES P. EATON, oil producer, Sawyer City, was born in Enterprise, Warren Co., Penn., March 4, 1849, a son of Corrydon P. and Caroline (Phelps) Eaton, natives of Chautauqua county, N.Y. His grandfather, Ebenezer Eaton, who was a native of Madison county, N.Y., took up government land on the present site of Laona, in Chautauqua county, erected one of the first dwellings in the village of Pomfret, and in 1815 erected a cloth-dressing factory, which he operated for many years. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Corrydon, the father of our subject, was also a cloth-dresser by trade, and was one of the pioneer oil men of Venango county, drilling the third oil well in Oil Creek and the first well at Pleasantville. He was the originator of the steel line "jars," and was the first to use casing to case out the water in drilling wet holes. He was an ardent Republican. He died in Warren county, Penn., December 14, 1884. His widow is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton reared five children, three of whom are living: Orlando P., at Corry; James P., in Sawyer City, and Callie (wife of Barker Chadwick), at Corry. James P. Eaton was taken to Chautauqua county, N.Y., when three years of age, and at the age of eighteen years he began in the oil business at Pleasantville, whence he went to Titusville, where he remained five years. In 1876 he came to McKean county, and has since been engaged in producing oil. In 1870 he married Miss Ada, daughter of Thomas Padden, of Chautauqua county, N.Y., and they have two children: Hattie B. and Harry James. Mr. Eaton is a member of Forest Lodge, No. 166, F. & A.M., of Chautauqua county, N.Y.; Sawyer City Lodge, No. 215, A.O.U.W., and Eureka Assembly, Knights of Labor, No. 9873.