Welcome to the May 2008 issue of “Daltons in History”. My notes include updates about both the DGS AGM and the Irish Gathering together with some other items as well.

2008 Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2008 Annual General Meeting is now just over a month away and will take place on Saturday 7th June 2008 at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum in Camberley, Surrey, England. This venue has been chosen to give the opportunity to view the original of the Victoria Cross medal awarded in 1879 to James Langley Dalton for his gallantry at Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War. The day will commence at 11.00 am with a tour of the medal collection, including the James Langley Dalton VC, hosted by Colonel Owen. This will be followed by a buffet lunch, after which we will have our DGS AGM. Those attending will then be free to tour the Museum, which contains many interesting displays. The programme for the day together with the registration form will be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website, and they were also distributed to all DGS members with Volume 47 of the DGS Journal. An encouraging number of you are already registered to attend and it is still not too late to join us. I can extend the deadline for returning completed registration forms to me to Monday 19th May at the absolute latest. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

2008 Gathering in Ireland

Friday 1st to Monday 4th August 2008 are the dates when our 2008 Gathering will take place in Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland. This is a double event – it is the Annual Gathering of the Dalton Genealogical Society and it is also the first official meeting of Clan Dalton. Dooly’s Hotel is the venue, with its excellent conference facilities for our meetings and the annual dinner. Delegates will be able to stay at Dooly’s and we have also arranged additional accommodation at three nearby places offering bed and breakfast. Birr is located in the heart of mid-Ireland about two hours drive west of Dublin, and a similar distance east of Shannon. It is a beautiful old Georgian town with an impressive castle and much of interest to the visitor. It is also well situated to enable us to make a number of visits to places with Dalton connections.

Since the initial details were published last October considerable interest has been shown in the Birr Gathering and the accommodation in Dooly’s Hotel is nearly full. It is still not too late to book and if you have not already done so, you are urged to contact myself (email:, and our Irish Secretary and Clan Dalton Chieftain, Ciaran Dalton ( at the earliest opportunity to register your interest in attending. The full programme for the weekend, together with the official registration form are to be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website, and they were also mailed out to all DGS members with Volume 47 of the DGS Journal.

It is important that anyone who pre-registered and has yet to confirm their registration does so immediately by completing the form and sending it to me or one of the overseas secretaries with their deposit. Full details and instructions for this accompany the registration form.

If, in the meantime, you have any questions about our plans for the Gathering or need help with making your travel arrangements, please contact either Ciaran or myself. Many delegates are planning to tour in Ireland before and/or after the event.

I will be visiting Birr towards the end of May to put the final detailed arrangements in place. I know that we are assured of a great welcome and I am sure it will be a memorable weekend.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Issue 2 of the DIDP Progress Report dated December 2007 was distributed by email to all project participants during January. The publication of the report has generated a considerable amount of discussion, and I want to thank all those who have been in contact following reading and digesting the report. I am endeavouring to deal with your responses as quickly as I can.

Participants will be aware that the DGS retains the services of Chris Pomery as our project consultant. I have arranged a review meeting with Chris to take place in mid-May and, following that, I hope to publish a further update on the website. In the meantime please look at the “Dalton DNA Project” section of the website for further information, and do please contact me by email if you have any questions which you may wish me to raise with Chris.

Back issues of the DGS Journal

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are available for Volumes 42 to 47 and the full synopses will be available shortly. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


Enjoy this month’s issue of “Daltons in History”, your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in June.

Thank you for your attention and best wishes to you all.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

How our Dalton family become the owners of Bispham Manor above Dalton

From Rodney Dalton, Utah, USA

The article below was copied from a book, (Google Books) found on the Internet. It will show that Sir John Dalton I of Dalton married his 4th wife just before he died in 1369.

In our Dalton history I have found information that Sir John was married to 4 women:

1. Ellen Hussy in 1327.
2. Margery de Poynings on 13 March, 1347.
3. Ismania de Hackensill about 1357.
4. Jane Bispham before he died in 1369.


E Inquisicid in Curia de Croston et Maudisley 19 E. 3. per sacramentum Rogeri de Bispham,
Roberto de Bispham, Rogeri de Bispham Juniore, Warine filio Willelmo de Bispham, etc:


Inquisition in the Court of Croston and Maudesley 19 Edward 3d [1345] on the oath of Roger de Bispham, Robert de Bispham, Roger de Bispham Junior, Warrin son of William de Bispham, etc.

The Sir John Dalton, Knight, mentioned in the Pedigree as having married Jane the daughter and heir of Sir Henry Bispham, Lord of Bispham in the 40th year of Edward III, was according to " Burke's Commoners" the son of Sir Robert de Dalton, living in the reign of Edward III, and died in 1369, seised of the manors of Bispham, Dalton Hall, and other lands in the County of Lancaster. He was direct ancestor of Robert Dalton Esq. of Bispham and Billinge, who acquired by purchase in 1556 the Manor and Estate of Thurnham. This family is now known as Dalton of Thurnham.

Sir William Molineux of Sefton by deed dated 40 E. 3. [1366] gave to Jo. de Dalton, a yearly rent of XX Marks out of his land in Ellhall dated at Bispham. This sheweth the sayd Sr. Jo. Dalton who married Bispham's heyre then to live at the Manor of Bispham, the heyre generall of £5.

(Another page in the book)


There are two Bispham Manors in Lancashire, and the one so often referred to in these old Latin and English documents is situated in the Parish of Croston, and in the Leyland Hundred. "The Hundreds of the Saxons were exactly the same with the Cantrefs of the Britons. The latter consisted of a hundred townships, and the former were composed of ten tythings. These were always considerable districts, and exist to this day, the great division of the counties. Each of these contained a hundred free-masters of families, or in other words, a hundred superiors of townships."

The Bisphams of this History lived at this Manor as early as the twelfth century, for as is stated in Sir Henry St. George's Pedigree, "Matthew de Bispham, lord of the Manor of Bispham in the County of Lancaster dyed in the tyme of Kinge John" and the lordship of this manor seems to have continued for five generations in the male line of the family or till the reign of King Edward 3d when Jane the daughter and heir of Sir Henry Bispham, Lord of Bispham, was married to Sir John Dalton Knt. who in a deed dated at Bispham in the 40th year of levied as "Lord of Bispham jure uxoris." (“Jure uxoris” is a Latin term that means "in right of a wife”).


Another article about Sir John Dalton marrying into the Bispham Family:

The history of the manor of BISPHAM is very obscure. It was held of the lords of Leylandshire, by whom in former times the place appears to have been considered a hamlet or appurtenance of Chorley, though the boundaries were separated by a distance of 5 miles at least. In 1288 it was found that Amery de Bispham held the place of William de Ferrers by the service of 40d. yearly. Soon afterwards it passed, probably by marriage, to the Dalton family, who took their surname from the township of that name on the western side of the Douglas. Sir Robert de Dalton was in possession about 1324, and died in 1350. He and his son Sir John fought at Crecy in 1346. Sir John made himself notorious by the violent abduction of Margery de la Beche from her manor house at Beaumes (Beams), near Reading, in 1347; he afterwards married her. He was pardoned for this offence and apparently received into the King's favour once more. Sir John died in September 1369 holding the manor of Bispham of Sir William de Ferrers and the other lords of Leylandshire by the rent of 3s. 4d. John his heir, a son by a later wife, was six years of age.

Source: Victoria County History Publication - A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6.
Author: William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors)
Published in 1911. 100-102 pages.
Citation: “Townships: Bispham”, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 100-102. URL:

From Howard Dalton, Yorkshire

Howard Dalton has visited the new Archive and Research Centre at Drumlanrig Tower, Hawick, Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders and discovered next door, a hostelry named "Dalton's Bar"!

An initial visit to the bar gleaned that originally it was called the Corn Exchange Bar, but was renamed around the turn of the 20th Century, when it was owned/run by a Dalton. It is now called the Exchange Bar, but the landlady has painted the name "Dalton's Bar" over the door, as it is known in the town by that name.

As Dalton is an uncommon name in Scotland, some more "on-site" research will be undertaken by Howard, who will report back to “Daltons in History”.

Dalton's Bar, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland

From Gerry Dalton, our wandering Australian Correspondent

Born 11 January, 1892 near Adavale, Queensland. Michael was the second son of George Henry Dalton and Mary Josephine, nee Grintell.

By the time Michael George was 4 years old his family had moved back to NSW where his next brother, my grandfather, Christopher Alfred Dalton was born.

The family were carriers with bullocks and wagons and their work involved carting timber for construction, wool to various railheads or wharves on the inland rivers for transportation to major cities as well as carrying stores and provisions back to remote stations of NSW and Queensland. (“Station” is Australian for a big farm or ranch).

This generation of my Dalton’s were all good horsemen and highly skilled bushmen living and working in remote and sparsely populated areas of our developing county. Their work was hard labour and their bed for the night was often on their wagon or under the wagons. Several of the children of this generation were born in the shade of the wagon and by the roadside.

On 10 February, 1916 Michael George Dalton heard the call of King and Empire and enlisted into the AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) at Dubbo in NSW, Regimental No. 1908.

After some training Private Michael Dalton embarked at Sydney on 23 June, 1916 on the “SS Barambah” an Australian Merchant Steam Ship and disembarked at Plymouth, England on 25 August 1916. By 12 November, 1916 Michael George Dalton was assembled with his unit, at Folkstone to go overseas to Etaples in France on the SS Oswald and take part in active duty in the 55th Bn. Australian Infantry Regiment taking part in the Battle of the Somme Valley through the winter of 1917 and the advance on the Hindenburg Line and onto Ypres in Belgium to name a few of the battles Michael George Dalton was involved in.

Michael George Dalton received shell wounds to the right leg, buttock and right arm in the field on 4 July, 1918. Michael was transported by the 15th A Field Ambulance to the 20th Casualty and Clearing Station where he died of wounds received in the field during WW1 on 6 July, 1918 and is buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery, France, which is about 8 miles N.N.W. of Amiens and near the village of Fromelles.

Photo taken on 21 June, 2007 by my husband Tom Wood at Vignacourt Cemetery, France



The above newspaper clipping was passed on to me, but unfortunately we do not know the date, or newspaper in which it was published. To date this is the only image we have in our collection of Michael George Dalton.

In the next issue of Daltons in History there will be a further story of a WW1 ANZAC to tell about, that is one of the other “ 3 sons of George and Mary Dalton, Private Albert Dalton” as shown in the above newspaper clipping.

Location on the Roll of Honour

Michael George Dalton's name is located at panel 160 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan) in Canberra, ACT, Australia.

"The following poem is a bit special to me and I will explain. My grandfather's brother Michael George Dalton died at Vignacourt in France on 7th July, 1918 of wounds received during WW1. Tom and I found his grave while we were in France last year, we have his war service records and I've been searching for his war service medals for some years. My dream is to have Christopher Alfred Dalton and Michael George Dalton's (my grandfather and his brother) WW1 medals displayed together so they can be handed down to future generations. The attached poem reminds me a bit of my search for the medals".

The Anzac on the Wall

I wanderer thru a country town, 'cos I had some time to spare,
And went into an antique shop to see what was in there.
Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all,
A photo of a soldier boy - an Anzac on the Wall.

'The Anzac have a name?' I asked. The old man answered 'No.
The ones who could have told me mate, have passed on long ago.
The old man kept on talking and, according to his tale,
The photo was unwanted junk bought from a clearance sale.

'I asked around,' the old man said, 'but no one knows his face,
He's been on that wall twenty years... deserves a better place.
For some one must have loved him, so it seems a shame somehow.'
I nodded in agreement and then said, 'I'll take him now.'

My nameless digger's photo, well it was a sorry sight
A cracked glass pane and a broken frame - I had to make it right
To prise the photo from its frame I took care just in case,
Cause only sticky paper held the cardboard back in place.

I peeled away the faded screed and much to my surprise,
Two letters and a telegram appeared before my eyes
The first reveals my Anzac's name, and regiment of course
John Mathew Francis Stuart - of Australia 's own Light Horse.

This letter written from the front... my interest now was keen
This note was dated August seventh 1917
'Dear Mum, I'm at Khalasa Springs not far from the Red Sea
They say it's in the Bible - looks like a Billabong to me.

'My Kathy wrote I'm in her prayers... she's still my bride to be
I just cant wait to see you both, you're all the world to me.
And Mum you'll soon meet Bluey, last month they shipped him out
I told him to call on you when he's up and about.'

'That bluey is a larrikin, and we all thought it funny
He lobbed a Turkish hand grenade into the Co's dunny.
I told you how he dragged me wounded, in from no man's land
He stopped the bleeding closed the wound with only his bare hand.'

'Then he copped it at the front from some stray shrapnel blast
It was my turn to drag him in and I thought he wouldn't last.
He woke up in hospital, and nearly lost his mind
Cause out there on the battlefield he'd left one leg behind.'

'He's been in a bad way Mum, he knows he'll ride no more
Like me he loves a horse's back, he was a champ before.
So Please Mum can you take him in, he's been like my own brother
Raised in a Queensland orphanage he' s never known a mother.'

But Struth, I miss Australia Mum, and in my mind each day
I am a mountain cattleman on high plains far away.
I'm mustering white-faced cattle, with no camel's hump in sight
And I waltz my Matilda by a campfire every night

I wonder who rides Billy, I heard the pub burnt down
I'll always love you and please say hooroo to all in town'.
The second letter I could see, was in a lady's hand
An answer to her soldier son there in a foreign land.

Her copperplate was perfect, the pages neat and clean
It bore the date, November 3rd 1917.
'T'was hard enough to lose your Dad, without you at the war
I'd hoped you would be home by now - each day I miss you more'

'Your Kathy calls around a lot since you have been away
To share with me her hopes and dreams about your wedding day.
And Bluey has arrived - and what a godsend he has been
We talked and laughed for days about the things you've done and seen'

'He really is a comfort, and works hard around the farm,
I read the same hope in his eyes that you won't come to harm.
McConnell's kids rode Billy, but suddenly that changed.
We had a violent lightning storm, and it was really strange.'

'Last Wednesday, just on midnight, not a single cloud in sight,
It raged for several minutes, it gave us all a fright.
It really spooked your Billy - and he screamed and bucked and reared
And then he rushed the sliprail fence, which by a foot he cleared'

'They brought him back next afternoon, but something's changed I fear
It's like the day you brought him home, for no one can get near.
Remember when you caught him with his black and flowing mane?
Now Horse breakers fear the beast that only you can tame,'

'That's why we need you home son' - then the flow of ink went dry-
This letter was unfinished, and I couldn't work out why.
Until I started reading, the letter number three
A yellow telegram delivered news of tragedy,

Her son killed in action - oh - what pain that must have been
The Same date as her letter - 3rd November 17
This letter which was never sent, became then one of three
She sealed behind the photo's face - the face she longed to see.

And John's home town's old timers - children when he went to war
Would say no greater cattleman had left the town before.
They knew his widowed mother well - and with respect did tell
How when she lost her only boy she lost her mind as well.

She could not face the awful truth, to strangers she would speak
'My Johnny's at the war you know, he's coming home next week.'
They all remembered Bluey he stayed on to the end.
A younger man with wooden leg became her closest friend.

And he would go and find her when she wandered old and weak
And always softly say 'yes dear - John will be home next week.'
Then when she died Bluey moved on, to Queensland some did say.
I tried to find out where he went, but don't know to this day.

And Kathy never wed - a lonely spinster some found odd.
She wouldn't set foot in a church - she'd turned her back on God.
John's mother left no Will I learned on my detective trail.
This explains my photo's journey, of that clearance sale.

So I continued digging, cause I wanted to know more.
I found John's name with thousands, in the records of the war.
His last ride proved his courage - a ride you will acclaim
The Light Horse Charge at Beersheba of everlasting fame.
That last day in October back in 1917
At 4pm our brave boys fell - that sad fact I did glean.
That's when John's life was sacrificed, the record's crystal clear
But 4pm in Beersheba is midnight over here......

So as John's gallant sprit rose to cross the great divide,
Were lightning bolts back home, a signal from the other side?
Is that why Billy bolted and went racing as in pain?
Because he'd never feel his master on his back again?

Was it coincidental? same time - same day - same date?
Some proof of numerology, or just a quirk of fate?
I think it's more than that you know, as I've heard wiser men,
Acknowledge there are many things that go beyond our ken

Where craggy peaks guard secrets neath dark skies torn asunder,
Where hoofbeats are companions to the rolling waves of thunder
Where lightning cracks like 303's and ricochets again
Where howling moaning gusts of wind sound just like dying men

Some Mountain cattlemen have sworn on lonely alpine track,
They've glimpsed a huge black stallion - Light Horseman on his back.
Yes Sceptics say, it's swirling clouds just forming apparitions
Oh no, my friend you can't dismiss all this as superstition.

The desert of Beersheba - or windswept Aussie range,
John Stuart rides on forever there - Now I don't find that all strange.
Now some gaze upon this photo, and they often question me
And I tell them a small white lie, and say he's family.

'You must be proud of him.' they say - I tell them, one and all,
That's why he takes - the pride of place - my Anzac on the Wall.

Daltons in the 1841 Census of Scotland

From Millicent Craig, DGS's American Secretary

Bill Dalton of Gig Harbor, Washington , USA has been abstracting Daltons and variants from the 1841 Census of the U. K. He has completed entries for Scotland and they are presented below. Bill welcomes your questions and may be contacted at: . Our appreciation is extended to Bill.

1841 Census of Daltons Living in Scotland

Listed alphabetically by County of residence.

Keys: Name, relationship, age, occupation or social condition, place of enumeration, birthplace, parish number.

Margaret Dolton unk 35 none listed Dailly, Ayrshire not listed 585

Mrs. Margt Dolton Head 40 none listed Largs, Ayrshire Ireland 602
Peter Dolton son? 33 Laborer Largs, Ayrshire Ireland 602

Thomas Dolton unk 15 Male svt. Largs, Ayrshire yes 602

William Dolton unk 48 Nailor J. Maybole, Ayrshire Ireland 605
William Dolton son 10 none listed Maybole, Ayrshire yes 605

David Doualdens head 70 Farmer St. Vigeans, Angus yes 319
Ann Doualdens dau 20 none listed St. Vigeans, Angus yes 319
Barbara Doualdens dau 25 none listed St. Vigeans, Angus yes 319

Robert Delton head 40 Provisions Store Gorbals, Lanarkshire Ireland 644/2
Patrick Delton son 15 Provisions Store Gorbals, Lanarkshire Ireland 644/2

John Dolton unk 35 Bricklayer Falkirk, Stirlingshire Ireland 479

Ann Dalton unk 20 Flax spinner Dundee, Angus Ireland 282

William Dalton head 25 Laborer Dundee, Angus Ireland 282
Bridget Dalton wife 25 none listed Dundee, Angus Ireland 282
Thomas Dalton son 4 none listed Dundee, Angus Angus, Scotland 282
John Dalton son 2 none listed Dundee, Angus Angus, Scotland 282
Catherine Dalton dau 6 mo none listed Dundee, Angus Angus, Scotland 282

Martha Dalton Head? 60 House Keeper Barony, Larnarkshire Ireland 622
Ann Dalton dau? 25 Cotton Worker Barony, Larnarkshire Ireland 622

Henry Dalton head 45 Spirt Seal Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian England 685/2
Elizabeth Dalton wife 40 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian England 685/2
Elizabeth Dalton dau 15 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian England 685/2
Sarah Dalton dau 13 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian England 685/2
Annas Dalton dau 11 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian Midlothian, Scotland 685/2
Charlotte Dalton dau 9 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian Midlothian, Scotland 685/2
Caroline Dalton dau 2 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthburts, Midlothian Midlothian, Scotland 685/2

Elisabeth Dalton unk 20 none listed Edinburgh St. Cuthberts, Midlothian England 685/2

Arne Dalton unk 20 P L W Glasgow St. Marys, Lanarkshire Scotland 644/1

Christopher Dalton Head? 20 Sweep Bowden, Roxburghshire England 783
Mary Dalton wife 20 none listed Bowden, Roxburghshire Roxburgshire, Scotland 783

John Dalton Head 50 H L W Abderdeen West, Aberdineshire Aberdineshire, Scotland 168A
Mary Dalton wife 45 none listed Abderdeen West, Aberdineshire Aberdineshire, Scotland 168A
James Dalton son 15 Blacksmith Ap. Abderdeen West, Aberdineshire Aberdineshire, Scotland 168A

James Dalton Head 30 Hatter Greenock St. Andrews, Renfrewshire England 564
Mary Dalton wife 25 none listed Greenock St. Andrews, Renfrewshire Scotland 564
William Dalton son 4 none listed Greenock St. Andrews, Renfrewshire Renfrewshire, Scotland 564
Catherine Howie unsure 1 6 mo? none listed Greenock St. Andrews, Renfrewshire Renfrewshire, Scotland 564

Mary Dalton unk 22 Seamstress Gorbals, Lanarkshire Ireland 644/2

Willaim Dalton unk 40 none listed Dundee, Angus Ireland 622

Margaret Daulton unk 40 none listed Barony, Lanarkshire Ireland 622
John Daulton 15 Cotton Mill Barony, Lanarkshire Ireland 622
Jean Daulton 13 none listed Barony, Lanarkshire not listed 622
Mary Daulton 9 Barony, Lanarkshire Lanarkshire, Scotland 622
David Daulton 8 none listed Barony, Lanarkshire Lanarkshire, Scotland 622
Agnes Daulton 5 none listed Barony, Lanarkshire Lanarkshire, Scotland 622
Barbara Daulton 2 none listed Barony, Lanarkshire Lanarkshire, Scotland 622

Jean Delton unk 19 Female svt. Stair, Ayershire Ayrshire, Scotland 614

Mary Delton unk 30 Female svt. Gorbals, Lanarkshire England 644/2

Patrick Delton unk 22 Ag. Laborer Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire Ireland 498

William Dultan unk 25 R Lab Erskine, Renfrewshire Ireland 563

John Dulton unk 45 Cotton H L W Maybole, AYrshire Ireland 605

Charles McDelton Head 52 Farmer Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Mary McDelton wife 50 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
John McDelton son 22 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Mary McDelton dau 20 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
William McDelton son 15 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Ann McDelton dau 10 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145

Ann McDeltown Head 42 Farmer Aberlour, Banifshire Scotland 145
John McDeltown son 18 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Ann McDeltown dau 16 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Mary McDeltown dau 11 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145
Elizabeth McDeltown dau 4 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145

Clspet McDeltown dau of Ann? 9 none listed Aberlour, Banifshire Banifshire, Scotland 145

More extracts from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 1875 to 1879

From Theckla Ledyard, Washington State, USA


2nd February – Politicians Dancing… 7th ward Young Men’s Republican Assoc. – 1st Annual reception. Present among others
was James DALTON and lady. James DALTON was also on the floor committee.

5th March - Young Bachelors Club – Annual Ball on 25th March at Stella Hall, Brooklyn. Secretary of Club is Joseph A. DALTON.

26th May - Congregational Church Society – regarding foreclosure by Globe Insurance Co., mentions a Mr DALTON at the

16th October – The Surrogate – Letters of guardianship of the person and estate of Julia B. Lewis, Nellie J. Lewis and Wilhelmina P. Lewis were granted to Silas B. Lewis; of Edward N. DALTON and William H. DALTON to Anna J. Brower etc., all of the County of Kings.

23rd October – Democratic Candidate for Supervisor of the 17th Ward is Mathew W. DALTON; an employing mason, age 34,
and native of New York.

Mathew M. DALTON has been elected Secretary of the 8th Ward.

From Millicent Craig, our American Secretary

Appreciation is extended to Michael Neale Dalton for keeping our North American members informed of my progress during the past four months and for handling urgent requests. I am pleased to be back in circulation on a part time basis and thank all for the many cards, letters, telephone calls and e-mails during this period. My enthusiasm for helping others with their family histories never wanes and I look forward to your queries and interesting stories. They will receive circulation in "Daltons in History" or in the DGS Journal.

Member Activity

Membership renewal rates in North America have remained at a high level and several new members have been added to our rolls. Welcome to Stephen Edward Dalton of Sanibel, Florida who has added his markers to the Dalton International DNA Project. Joining the DGS during April were C. Anne Riordan of Spring Creek, NV. (Anne is actively seeking a male descendent of Valentine Dalton for inclusion in the DIDP); and Harry McRae Dalton of Rock Hill, SC who was tested in the National Geographic Project and his markers will be added to the DIDP. There is a great deal of interest in joining this project. Several female members of the DGS are actively searching for a Dalton relative so if you are not yet a participant please contact me at: or Michael N. Dalton at:

Bill Dalton of Gig Harbor, WA has undertaken the extraction of Daltons and their variants from the 1841 and 1842 Censuses of the U. K. Data for Scotland is included in this issue and if in need for Wales, Channel Islands, etc. please contact Bill at:

William "Mike" Dalton of Portland, Oregon visited me in April and has contributed a history of his Kerry family to the Journal. He will be at Birr in August and will visit his cousins in County Kerry. Carolyn Bach of St. Genevieve, MO, is related to the developer of the "Dalton Adding Machine". She has researched its history and written an excellent article with photos of this Dalton family for the Journal. John Dalton, editor welcomes your family stories and queries.

Our Chairman, Michael N Dalton writes that many DGS members in America have already booked to come to the DGS Gathering in Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland at the beginning of August. He hopes that many more will take this unique opportunity to visit Ireland and to interact with the Daltons who will be present at what promises to be a landmark event for the Society. You are asked to return your registration form without delay. Full details of the event are to be found on this website by clicking on "Forthcoming Gatherings". Subscriptions and deposits for Birr should continue to be mailed to me at my usual address.

Another Relative of the Gang?

The most frequently asked Dalton question is whether the writer or family is related to the Dalton Gang of outlaws. Fifty or more years ago any possible connections to the Gang were hidden or downplayed. However today it is not the case and "everyone" wants to be related to the Gang.

A recent "wannabe" offered the information that Mary Elizabeth Dalton Tiffel, his great grandmother, was connected to the town of Tabor in Iowa. Virtually nothing was known of her nor of her family but the 1870 Census of Iowa yielded information on the entire household.

According to the enumerations, the parents of Mary Elizabeth (and Fannie) were born in England as were the two oldest children John and Ann. Samuel the father and his wife Francis came to the U.S. between 1849 and 1850 and were in Ohio in 1850 since they were counted in the 1850 Census of Paint Township, Highland Co. Sarah was b. in OH (1854); William and Mary Elizabeth b. in Iowa in 1856 and 1860; and Fannie b. Ohio 1863. Samuel was a prosperous farmer and employed two farm hands.

Taber, Fremont County, Iowa 1870 Census

Samuel, 47, farmer b. England
Frances, 48, keeping house b. England
John, 23, farmer b. England
Ann, 21, at home, b. England
Sarah, 16, at home b. Ohio
William, 14, at home, b.Iowa
Mary E., 10, b. Iowa
Fannie, 7, b. Ohio

Ohio was a stopping place for many families arriving from England and today there are numerous descendents of early Dalton immigrants who have remained in Ohio. Perhaps there is a reader in England who recognizes this family of Samuel and Francis Dalton and children John and Anne, all b. in England. Perhaps we can establish a link for this family.

Ontario Canada Additions

The following additions to the Dalton Data Bank were sent by Jay Johnston.

Gordon James Dalton 1884 - 1935 - SON
Alta Myrtle McNea 1888 - 1974

James Gordon Dalton 1857 - 1926 - FATHER
Agnes V Cooper 1867 - 1948

Charles Dalton ABT 1829 born possibly in England
18 Jan 1916 Died in Ontario, Canada - GRANDFATHER

Margaret Walkingshaw ABT 1826 Born in Scotland
4 March 1905 in Ontario, Canada - GRANDMOTHER


All died in Ontario, Canada, except John Dalton. Where he lived and died is unknown.

Untangling a family of Daltons

Margaret Delaney faces a challenging task of trying to separate her family of Daltons from the numerous Dalton families who lived and still live in the New York/Vermont border towns. Poultney and Granville were primary locations. The Richard Dalton farm was close to the NY state border and the children attended the parish school in Middle Granville.

Richard, James and Patrick were the children of Patrick and Bridget Foley Dalton and all emigrated from Ireland. Richard was b. about 1830. Margaret is descended from Richard's daughter Mary and would like to hear from any Daltons who are descended from Patrick and Bridget Foley Dalton. Margaret states that this is a large puzzle. She would like to sort out the lines and would appreciate hearing from any relatives. Contact Margaret at:

Thank you to all who have contributed to the May 2008 issue of “Daltons in History”.

Please continue to send to me any ideas for future articles and also keep looking for any information to include in the Dalton Strays section (Dairne Irwin:

Contributions for the June issue must be with me no later than 25th May, 2008.