Stephen Eaton

The following information has been extracted from a number of sources including the Eton College Register, Alumni Oxonienses, and the Clergy of the Church of England Database.

Stephen Eaton was born in 1737. He was the son of Daniel Eaton and his wife Elizabeth (neé Sanderson) of Deene in Northamptonshire. Stephen was a King's Scholar at Eton and entered Merton College, Oxford in 1757, where he was awarded the degree of B.A. in 1760 and that of M.A. in 1763.

Stephen was ordained Priest on 12 June 1763 and was collated to the Rectory of the Church of St George the Martyr, Holborn in 1765, and to that of St James the Great, Thorley in 1778. Stephen resigned as Rector of Thorley in 1779, when he was instituted Vicar of Northolt (Northall), then in Middlesex and now in the London Borough of Ealing. He also resigned as Rector of the Church of St George the Martyr in 1781 when he was instituted Rector of St Anne's, Westminster and was appointed Archdeacon of Middlesex.

Stephen remained as Vicar of Northolt, Rector of St Anne's and Archdeacon of Middlesex until his death, unmarried, on 14 February 1806. An obituary of the time reported that few have lived so universally admired and respected as a Clergyman, and so entirely esteemed and beloved as a man.

Philip Hargrave
December 2011


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