I am Douglas MacMillan, Director of the DNA program for the EATON Families Association here in the U.S. We have been operating since 2006 and have nearly 140 DNA samples by now. Most of these are U.S. Eatons, although we also have a sprinkling of samples from the U.K., Scotland and Ireland. We have so far isolated about 6 or 7 Eaton "sub-clans" residing in the U.S.
Our most urgent need is to find an Eaton male descending from any Eaton from the 15th or 16th century in Cheshire.
In particular, from Richard Eaton, Vicar at Coventry, who went on to be Vicar at Great Budworth, Cheshire, in the years before his death in 1600. Two of his college-educated sons came to America. One of them, Theophilus, later founded a new colony in southern New England, where he became the first Governor of our State of Connecticut. He died in that role in 1658, whereupon his widow brought their children back to the Great Budworth area.
We would be glad to hear from such Eatons. Ultimately, we would want to have a DNA sample drawn from any contestants, as the final proof positive. (The sample is simple and painless: our lab would mail a "kit" containing a couple of sponge swabs to be wiped on the inner cheeks, rewrapped and sent back to Houston, Texas.) The cost of the test is US $149. We would be glad to review lineages presented, and if we felt they were truly strong, we would pay for the test.