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Eatts, Isaac

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1807
Place of birth Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridgeshire, England
Date of arrival 1846
Principal occupation Farmer, gold seeker
Date of departure 1852
Date of death 1852
Place of decease Bendigo, Vic

Isaac Eatts was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridgeshire, England in 1807. He was the son of Edward Eatts (1759-1835) and Elizabeth Woodcock (1765-1837). The spelling of Isaac’ surname is extremely variable and appears as Eatts, Eats, Eatt or Eat in his lifetime and most of these variations also appear among the second and subsequent generations.

Isaac married Lucy Cave (1811-1869) on 17 August 1829 at Holywell cum Nedingworth, Cambridgeshire, England. They had 14 children, three of whom died young:

  • Elizabeth (or Eliza) (1830-1883) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married Isaac Wright on 1 March 1847 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They had nine children. Elizabeth died at Alberton, SA.
  • Charlotte (1832-1871) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married John Galpin (1825-1894) on 6 December 1849 at St Stephens Anglican Church, Willunga. They lived at Willunga and McLaren Vale (1849-1862) and then moved to Allendale East. Charlotte died at Allendale East, SA. The couple had fourteen children:
  • Maria (1834-1899) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married George Baxter (1825-1875) on 20 March 1851 at O’Halloran Hill, SA. They had three children. Maria died at Yankalilla, SA.
  • Jacob (1836-1847) was born at Cambridge, England and died as a child at Willunga.
  • William (1839-1911) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married Catherine Lynch (1832-1907) on 14 July 1858 at Yankalilla. They had eight children. William was a timber dealer at Kadina. He died at the Adelaide Hospital.
  • Benjamin (1840-1840) was born and died at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England.
  • Rueben (John?) (1842-1932) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth Jackson (-1896), on 24 February 1862. Rueben and Sarah had ten children. Rueben's second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth Clarke. Rueben was a sawyer at Yankalilla and died at Yankalilla, SA.
  • Susan (1843-1917) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married (1st) Joseph Frances (1836-1876) on 6 June 1861 at Christ Church, Yankalilla. She married her second husband, Daniel Alfred Langford (1857-1907), at Adelaide in 1882. Susan died at Yankalilla, SA.
  • Rebecca (1845-1936) was born at Papworth-St Agnes, Cambridge, England and married (1st) John Jackson (1836-1894) on 20 September 1865 at Yankalilla, SA. She married her second husband, Charles Wheatley (1866-1941), on 7 November 1908 at Sydney, NSW. Rebecca died at Figtree, NSW.
  • John Henry (1846-1919) was born at Bennetts Gulley, Aldinga, SA and married Mary Ann Charlotte Dibbs (-1919) at Yankalilla on 8 August 1870. They had nine children and lived at Willunga and later Lovely Valley. John died at Lovely Valley, Myponga, SA.
  • Thomas (1847-1927) was born at Aldinga and married Elizabeth Hunt (1851-1939) at the residence of Mathew Hunt at Myponga on 12 December 1872. They had eleven children. Thomas was a farmer near the Myponga Jetty. He died at Myponga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Jonathon (1848-1931) was born at Aldinga and married Adeline Barrett (1852-1936) on 31 October 1870 at the Normanville Wesleyan Chapel. They had five children. He was a farmer at Myponga and died at Myponga.
  • Louisa (1851-1852) was born and died at Aldinga.
  • James (1852-1900) was born at Aldinga and married Elizabeth Rowley (1856-1941) on 1 April 1875 at Adelaide. They had seven children. James was a farmer at Myponga. He died in South Australia.

Isaac (39), Lucy (35) and eight of their children (Eliza 16, Charlotte 14, Maria 12, Jacob 10, William 7, Rueben 4, Susan 3 & Rebecca 1) arrived in South Australia aboard Canton on 31 July 1846. He was described as a carpenter. They had five more children born in South Australia.

Isaac Eatts was a farmer at Tea-tree swamp, Aldinga in the late 1840s and early 1850s but he does not appear to have owned land in South Australia. The family went to Bendigo in Victoria in search of gold and Isaac Eatts, aged 45 years, died at Bendigo in 1852. After Isaac’s death Lucy Eatts returned to South Australia with her seven remaining children and two bullock teams. They they settled at Willunga. Lucy Eatts, aged 56 years, died on 29 October 1869.

Sources

  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888



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