John Henry Eaton: A Lost Man
Let me assure you once more that such men as Eaton, is rare to be met with on this earth.
-- Jackson to Donelson, 18311
Never did I so much regret the ingratitude and depravity of man, more than I have the course of Major Eaton. . . . He is a lost man.
-- Jackson to Amos Kendall, 18412
Andrew Jackson, the boy without a father, was also the man without children. But Andrew and Rachel Jackson more than compensated for their lack of biological offspring. They adopted in infancy a young nephew and also an orphaned Indian boy whose parents were victims of Jackson-led soldiers. In addition, the Jacksons were quick to agree to undertake the care, formal and informal, of the children of friends and relatives whose early deaths left them in need of surrogate parents. Andrew Donelson, son of Rachel's sister, was one such responsibility for the Jacksons; Andrew Hutchings, son of a one time Jackson business partner was another; and the Lewis sisters were still further examples of the sort of parental responsibility Jackson and his wife undertook. As noted earlier, the Lewis sisters of Franklin, Tennessee, were the daughters of the region's wealthiest man, who, like all such people, was rich in land,