Charles Robert EATON (1859 – 1955)

Name

Charles Robert Eaton

Known as

Bob

Gender

Male

Birthdate

1859

Birthplace

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage(s)

1908

Date of death

03 July 1955

Place of death

Napier Hospital

Partner(s)

Partner records

Emma EATON

Biography

Biographical notes from Pat Mooney –

  • born around the time of the Civil War in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • influenza epidemic killed both parents around that time
  • his father was a doctor
  • placed in an orphanage, 2 elderly women took him to their farm for labouring
  • as a teenager they took him back to the orphanage
  • then went to a plantation to work, owner would whip workers
  • retaliated and whipped owner, so ran for his life
  • arrived at dockyard and signed on as a seafarer
  • spent life at sea
  • around WWI he was working as a stevedore at Napier Port – minutes of Harbour Board mention him
  • married about this time (possibly) to Joyce Ballantyne’s grandmother, Emma [actually 1908]
  • worked till he was 80 as a stevedore, though not physical work
  • boy named ….Eaton brought up by Bob and Emma, but he may have been Joyce’s uncle
  • adept at ship chandlery eg spliced ropes, saddlery
  • made ropes for Dr Ballantyne’s yacht
  • lived in home of Irene and Jack Mooney, Church Road, Taradale, opposite Mission Station shearing shed
  • was there when Pat was born (June 1943) until he (Pat) was about 12
  • Bob and Jack were workmates and friends
  • couldn’t read or write so Jack as tally clerk made up the wages
  • on leaving Mooneys’ home, he may have lived with the Ballantynes in St Aubyn Street, Hastings, but Pat is unsure if he ever lived at Stoneycroft
  • died mid 1955 in Ward 4 at Napier Public Hospital (this was the Old Men’s Home) at the age of 96
  • headstone in Park Island lawn cemetery erected by Irene Mooney – it states “erected by Mooney Family
  • an American flag that is in one of the glass cabinets in the Ballantyne Room at Stoneycrot belonged to Bob

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