Eaton family

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The Eaton family's mausoleum at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, with lions by sculptor Eli Harvey

The Eaton family is a prominent family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Members of this family were the owners of Eaton's, a national chain of department stores that was founded in 1869 and became bankrupt in 1999. At the family's height, their net worth was around $2 billion. Today, after the store's demise, "The Boys"—John, Fred, Thor and George—are collectively worth around $450 million.[citation needed]

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and author Rod McQueen have dubbed them as "Canada's royal family",[1] with the CBC describing the Eatons as "homegrown aristocracy", which drew comparisons to the influential Kennedy family.[2] The Eatons were well-known for their lavish lifestyle and generous philanthropy. Today, they and their wives and children continue to hold prominent positions in Toronto's society circles.

Significant family members[edit]

Timothy Eaton in 1903
  • John Eaton (1784–1834), m. Margaret Craig (1796–1848)
    • Robert Eaton (1816-1893)
    • Eliza Jane Eaton (1819-1861)
    • Mary Anne Eaton (1821-1841)
    • Margaret Eaton (1824-1900)
    • John Eaton (1827–1895), m. Margaret Herbison (1833–1907)
      • William Herbison Eaton (1873-)
      • (3) Robert Young Eaton (1875–1956),[3] m. Hazel Ireland (1889–1965)
        • Margaret Craig Eaton (1912-1988),[4][5] m. John Hubert Dunn (1897-)
        • John Wallace Eaton (1912–1990)[6] (twin brother of Margaret), m. Phyllis Finlayson (1915-1997)
        • Edith Elisabeth Nora Eaton (1913-2010),[7] m. Paul Robert van der Stricht (1908-2004)[8]
        • Erskine Robert Eaton (1915–1942) (died in Dieppe Raid)
        • Alan Young Eaton (1916-2000), m. Diana Fishleigh
    • Nancy Eaton (1829-)
    • Sarah Eaton (1831-)
    • James Eaton (1832-1904)
    • (1) Timothy Eaton (1834–1907),[9] m. Margaret Wilson Beattie (1841–1933)
      • Josephine Smyth Eaton (1865–1943), m. Thomas David Meldrum Burnside (1835–1900)
        • Iris Margaret Burnside (1894–1915) (died on the RMS Lusitania)
        • Allan Eaton Meldrum Burnside (1898-1937)
      • Margaret Elizabeth Beattie Eaton (1867-1952), m. Charles Eldridge Burden (1863-)
      • Edward Young Eaton (1871–1900), m. Tillie Robinson (1869-1895)
        • Marjorie Tillie Eaton (1892-1952), m. Harold Simcoe Coulson (1884-)
        • Alice Eaton (1894-), m. Edward Browse
      • William Fletcher Eaton (1875–1935),[11] m. Gertrude Nora Cook (1877-)
        • Josephine Norah Eaton (1900-), m. George Edward Leishman (1897-)
        • Noel Beattie Eaton (1910–1996), m. Julia Isabell Fleming (1912-1989)
      • (2) Sir John Craig Eaton (1876–1922),[12] m. Flora McCrea (1880–1970) (formally known as Lady Eaton)
        • Timothy Craig Eaton (1903–1986)
        • (4) John David Eaton (1909–1973),[13] m. Signy Hildur Stefansson (1913–1992)
        • Edgar Allison Eaton (1912-1988), m. Mildred Jarvis Page (1915–1968)
        • Gilbert McCrea Eaton (1915-1985) m. Marjorie Ann Maston (1913-1988)
        • Florence Mary Eaton (1919–2012),[18][19] m. Frank Flavelle McEachren (1918-1995)
        • Evlyn Beatrice Eaton (1919?–1989) (adopted), m. Russell Payton (1915–1976)
Notes
  • Not exhaustive - listing is generally restricted to siblings of Timothy Eaton, his children, spouses, and significant descendants.
  • (#) - order of succession as the head of Eaton's.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rod McQueen (1998). The Eatons: The rise and fall of Canada's royal family. Toronto: Stoddart. p. 320. ISBN 0-7737-3120-2. 
  2. ^ "Eaton's: Canadian royalty". CBC Digital Archives. 
  3. ^ President of Eaton's, 1922–1942
  4. ^ (Director-General, Canadian Women's Army Corps, 1944–1945) Barbara Dundas and Dr. Serge Durflinger. "The Canadian Women's Army Corps, 1941-1946". Canadian War Museum. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Henry B. M. Best (2003). Margaret and Charley: The Personal Story of Dr. Charles Best, the Co-Discoverer of Insulin. Toronto: Dundurn Press. p. 260. ISBN 1-55002-399-3. 
  6. ^ worked at Eaton's; managed Montreal store
  7. ^ "van der Stricht, Edith Elisabeth Nora Eaton". The Globe and Mail. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paul Robert van der Stricht". New York Times. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  9. ^ President of Eaton's, 1870–1907
  10. ^ "EATON, Nancy Leigh (Snubby) (nee Gossage)". The Globe and Mail. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  11. ^ worked at Eaton's; managed textile manufacturing plant (Oshawa 1903–1916)
  12. ^ President of Eaton's, 1907–1922
  13. ^ President of Eaton's, 1942–1973
  14. ^ President of Eaton's, 1977–1988; High Commissioner of Canada to the United Kingdom, 1988–1994
  15. ^ a b promoter of the Festival Express in 1970, as depicted in the 2003 film.
  16. ^ Langan, Fred (April 20, 2017). "Eaton's department store heir Thor Eaton loved horses and rock music". The Globe and Mail. 
  17. ^ President of Eaton's, 1988–1997
  18. ^ "McEACHREN, Florence Mary (nee Eaton)". The Globe and Mail. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Rod McQueen (27 April 2012). "Florence Mary Eaton McEachren 1919-2012". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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External links[edit]

Media related to Eaton's at Wikimedia Commons