Lilley Eaton

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Lilley Eaton III was born in 1802 and was a descendant of one of the town's early settlers. The Eaton family was well known in town, and they lived in a large home at the northeast corner of Main and Salem Streets.

He was a selectman for 25 years and also served on the school committee. He was a justice of the peace for 38 years, a trustee of the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, and served as town clerk for 20 years. He also served as a representative and senator.

In addition to his civic contributions, he was noted as a local historian and wrote a major reference work on the town called Genealogical history of the town of Reading, Mass., including the present towns of Wakefield, Reading, and North Reading, with chronological and historical sketches, from 1639 to 1874