Welcome to the July 2008 issue of “Daltons in History”. Since my last notes we have held our 2008 Annual General Meeting and this is reported on below. But before moving on to that, I have to record the sad news of the death of Lucy Slater on 5th June 2008 at the age of 86. Lucy joined the DGS in 1981 and by 1983 she was a committee member. She held the post of Secretary of the Society from 1992 to 2000 and finally retired from the committee in 2005. During this time she contributed enormously to the smooth running of the DGS, and worked very hard keeping in touch with members and helping them with their genealogical queries. She wrote a formidable number of articles both for the DGS Journal and for “Daltons in History” and she organised two very successful gatherings in Cambridge in 1993 and in 2001. Her energy and enthusiasm will long be remembered by us all, and she will be sorely missed. The funeral took place in Cambridge on 20th June and a full appreciation of her life will appear in the December 2008 volume of the Journal.

2008 Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2008 Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 7th June 2008 at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum in Camberley, Surrey, England. Those attending were able 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. This issue of “Daltons in History” includes a record of the very enjoyable day we spent at the museum written by Sir Geoffrey Dalton. Included in the day there was, of course, our formal AGM, the minutes of which will be published in due course. There were reports from myself, from the treasurer and from our general and overseas secretaries, and the Society continues in good health. Michael Cayley has retired from his position on the committee as the Society’s Librarian and Archivist. He has held the post since 2000 and, during this time, he has made significant contributions to the Dalton Data Bank and also prepared many most interesting articles for the Journal. We very much hope that Michael will continue to assist us in these areas in the future. The position on the committee is now vacant and we are actively looking for one of our members to take on this role. Anyone who may be interested in considering this and putting themselves forward is invited to contact me in the first instance.

2008 Gathering in Ireland

This event is now just a month away – our 2008 Gathering will take place from Friday 1st to Monday 4th August 2008 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 are staying at Dooly’s and we have also arranged additional accommodation at 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 we are now expecting about forty delegates to join us over the weekend. These include many overseas delegates attending their first DGS Gathering and we particularly look forward to welcoming them.

If you are interested in attending and still have not booked, you need to contact myself (email:, and our Irish Secretary and Clan Dalton Chieftain, Ciaran Dalton ( immediately. The full programme for the weekend, together with the official registration form can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website. Any new registrations will have to be confirmed by completing the registration form and sending it to me with the appropriate deposit. Full details and instructions for this accompany the registration form. We will do our best to accommodate you, but we must ask that reservations are confirmed by the extended deadline of 11th July at the absolute latest.

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.

Kate and I visited Birr again at the end of May and we confirmed the final details of the arrangements with Dooly’s Hotel, for the bed and breakfast accommodation and for the various events and activities over the weekend. The programme, including these various details, will be distributed to all delegates shortly, and it will be published on the website.

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)

Participants will be aware that the DGS continues to retain the services of Chris Pomery as our project consultant. I held a review meeting with Chris in mid-May and I will be publishing a further update on the website in due course. It is very encouraging that new participants continue to join DIDP, and it is particularly pleasing to see that the test results for many of these are placing them in existing genetic families and therefore we are able to put them in direct touch with new “genetic cousins”. There are now 111 Y DNA project participants, but we still need more, particularly individuals with documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins.

For further information please look at the “Dalton DNA Project” section of the website, and do please contact me by email if you would like to join the project, or if you have any questions which you wish to raise.

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 August.

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

From Sir Geoffrey Dalton

The AGM was held on a fine Summer’s day at Deepcut Barracks, the home of the Royal Logistic Corps, near Guildford in Surrey. It combined the AGM with a visit to the Regimental Museum and Medal Collection to see the Victoria Cross awarded to James Langley Dalton for his conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in Natal in January 1879.

Article on James Langley Dalton

We arrived at the Officers’ Mess at 11am where we were met by Colonel Owen the curator of the Medal Collection. This is housed in a large room - an incredible display of Awards for Gallantry, Orders of Chivalry, Campaign Medals and Long Service Medals awarded to members of the various Regiments which have been amalgamated over the years culminating in the formation of the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993.

Colonel Owen gave us a fascinating talk about the history of the many displays, pointing out that it was one of the most comprehensive collections because, as a support corps, they were involved in most actions whereas frontline regiments were not. Then, he finished by showing us the Victoria Cross won by Commissary JL Dalton, one of 11 awarded for the Defence of Rorke’s Drift and the largest number ever awarded for a single action. Dalton was the holder of one of three VCs awarded to the Corps, the other two being won in the Indian Mutiny at Azimghar in 1858. Dalton died in South Africa in January 1887 at the age of 53. His medals were much later recovered from a blitzed house of a niece and bought by a collector. In 1986 they were put up for auction and the Corps set up a campaign raising more than sufficient to buy the medal together with his South Africa Campaign Medal and Long Service and Conduct Medal for £62,000. They joined the other two VCs in the museum’s care.

James Langley Dalton's Medals

After lunch and the AGM we visited the Corps Museum nearby and had a chance to see displays and memorabilia of the many incidents in the Corps history and, of course, of particular interest was the tableau of the defence of Rorke’s Drift and a copy of the famous painting in which Mr Dalton can be seen in the midst of the battle encouraging and leading the defenders.

Michael, Colonel Owen and Sir Geoffrey with James Langley Dalton's VC

Altogether a most interesting day and we are all most grateful to Colonel Owen and the Curator and Staff of the Museum for all their help as well as providing an excellent sandwich lunch.

DGS Members at the 2008 AGM

From Ciaran Dalton, Irish Secretary

A Visit to Clonmacnoise

As the time draws closer to The Dalton Gathering at Birr, Co. Offaly, in August 2008, perhaps we could have a brief look at what hopefully will prove to be a highlight of our weekend…..a visit to Clonmacnoise.

Clonmacnoise viewed from the River

"Cluain moccu Nois" as it was written in Gaelic, meaning the meadow land of the descendants of Nos, was an ecclesiastic site founded by St. Ciaran in the Mid 6th Century. It prospered and became one of the leading seats of learning in medieval times attracting scholars from Britain and Europe.

Clonmacnoise could be considered therefore, as the central site of early Christian Ireland. Situated on the banks of the Shannon in Co, Offaly, twenty-one kilometres from Athlone, it has become, in recent times, a major attraction for tourist and scholars alike. Some commentators maintain that to get the full perspective of this hallowed place, it should be viewed from the lordly river Shannon. Included among its majestic ruins are a cathedral, seven small churches, two round towers, three high crosses and a collection of ancient grave slabs. (Reputed to be the largest collection of ancient tombstones in the British Isles).

Though many of its ancient buildings now lie unroofed and exposed, it stands testament to the master stonemasons of the time, that it has largely survived attacks by Danes, Irish and Normans. Copies of its registers have also survived and the Annals of Clonmacnoise make many references to the life of this great monastic settlement. It has also proven a popular landscape for painters, illustrators and antiquarians.

In 1738,a visit by an artist called J. Blaymires, caused some commotion when some country folk thought he was the pope’s nuncio come to repair the church, while others presumed he was an agent intent on destruction of the site.

As often happens with our society gatherings, we discover by chance some item of historical interest to our D.G.S. members, in this case a burial slab in Clonmacnoise, with the following epitaph:

Pray for the soul of Christopher Dalton who departed this life, Octobr The 20, 1767.

Also on this tomb are mentioned James Dalton, Judith Dalton, alias Eagan and her husband Robert Dalton.

The modern site boasts an impressive interpretative centre with audio-visual facilities and the Society looks forward eagerly to a visit to this most interesting venue, to learn of its monastic history and understand better medieval Ireland.

Coupled with our visit to the historic town of Birr, we hope that Clonmacnoise will also prove to be a highlight of the 2008 Dalton Gathering.

This is the 2nd part of an article from Rodney Dalton, USA

The next articles have been written by various Dalton researchers:

Record copied from Vol. 11 No. 1 of “The Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society”.


Reference was made in MMQ 10.16 to a paper about Irish Dalton's found amongst the possessions of the uncle of DGS member D.S. Dalton of Sheffield. DSD writes that he has no idea if the document is authentic but that it makes interesting if somewhat difficult reading. This is because it is in manuscript form. It is reproduced below to the best of ability and members are invited to comment or better still add any further information that they may have - Ed.

“The family of De Aliton, Dalton, D'Alton, Daton or Datoon (for so the name is variously written in the ancient Records of the Kingdom of Ireland) is of a Norman descent.

The tradition of this family, recorded in the Archives of the Heralds' Office in Ireland, is that Sir Walter De Aliton Knight, having privately married Jane daughter of Louis King of France, fled to Ireland about the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion to avoid the resentment of the Prince; and joined the new invaders, to whom he had rendered such signal services by his great valour and conduct, that he was soon advanced to considerable employments, and made Governor of the borders of Meath, then the limit of the English conquests, where he acquired large estates and extensive possessions in that part of Meath now called the County of Westmeath.”

“Sir Walter De Aliton as a most valiant Knight was planted on the frontiers of the English conquests in that part of Westmeath called Teffia (part of the territories of the Families of the Foxes and Maegawbys) and made Governor thereof, being deemed the most capable of protecting these quarters from the incursions of the neighboring Irish Chiefs; the O'Farralle, Dynasts of Annaly, and the Macgeoghegans, Dynasts of Hy-Fiacha".

“Sir Walter De Aliton had by his wife Jane (who about the latter end of the XIIth Century founded the nunnery of Tegh-Jane (the House of Jane) afterwards by corruption called Tegh-sinny for Chanoinosses of the Order of St. Augustine) an only son Sir Philip De Aliton who was also Governor of Westmeath, and from whose three sons, Sir Nicholas De Aliton, Governor of Westmeath, Philip the younger, and John, all the Dalton’s of Ireland are descended, as may be seen in the Genealogical table of the family in the Archives of said Herald's Office".

“Walter de Daliton is believed to have come from Hauteville, Normandy, France. A discussion regarding Walter and earlier genealogical records from the Dalton Genealogical Society journal can be read here. He settled in Lancashire and later returned to France on behalf of the last Norman King of England, King Stephen, to meet with the future King, Henry II, (the first Plantagenet King of England and now regarded as the greatest of all the medieval Kings) prior to his return to England in 1154. He was also with King Henry II during his invasion of Ireland in 1171. There is a tale that after completing official business in France, Walter had a brief affair with and possibly even secretly marrying the daughter of King Louis VII of France, but this has not been reliably confirmed. Later, as a reward to services to King Henry II, Walter was given lands in Lancashire in the town of Dale-Ton (meaning little town in the dale), his name becoming Le Sieur de Dalton (the translation of Le Sieur being 'Mister', 'de' being 'of'). Up to this point, surnames where not used in England and so names were taken from place names.”

“Irish legend has always been that Walter de Aliton secretly wed the daughter of the King of France, incurred his wrath and sought refuge in England, but no documentation has ever surfaced. The search has centered around the time period when Louis VII was King of France and Henry II was King of England. The lives of these two men were politically intertwined, and Eleanor of Aquitane the divorced wife of Louis VII, married Henry II of England and bore him eight children.”

So as you have just read above there is reported to be a first Dalton Knight who fought for his King in many battles and is thought to have sired sons to continue our Dalton line.

The next written name of a Dalton Knight to have fought in a war was “Sir Richard de Dalton I son of John and who was born about 1165 in the little village of Dalton, near Wigan in Lancashire, England. He was a crusader in 1187 and killed several Saracens in the Holy Land and from that the family took the green griffin in its crest. He returned home, married and had a son. He is buried at Dalton with his legs crossed.” The source of this statement was John Luther Dalton, Sir Richard's 17th great-grandson who went to England in 1865 and again in 1886 to serve a mission for his church and researched the records of the time to make a pretty close pedigree about his Dalton ancestors.

Of note is this date may be entered wrongly because the second Crusade had ended by 1149 and there were no great battles until the third Crusade starting from about 1189 and which was led by King Richard I the Lion-Hearted. But again we must say that there was also the Order of the Knights Templar who were always in the Holy Land areas from the years of 1118. Every Knights Templar had the right to be buried with his legs crossed to show he gave battle in the Holy Wars.

The Order of the Temple, or "Knights Templar," referred to by Pope Innocent III as "The Knighthood of God," was formed in 1118 by nine French knights who travelled to the Holy Land on a Holy Quest. The brave founding Knights formed the first religious / military Order of Knighthood, offering protection to Christian pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land. Later, the Order became the first soldier monks of the ancient Christian Church, crusading in the Holy Land against the Saracens, helping to establish and maintain the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for almost two hundred years.

The English King Richard I answered the call of the Pope in1190 and raised an army of men and Knights to go and fight in the Holy Wars. He departed for the Holy Land sometime in 1190. In 1191 he conquered Cyprus en route to Jerusalem, and he performed admirably against Saladin, nearly taking the holy city twice. He made the mistake when returning home to cross the lands of his enemy, Leopold V of Austria and was captured and sent to prison. His people had to pay a very large ransom for his release in 1194.

Our Sir Richard de Dalton I must have been awarded a Knighthood by either Richard I or his father, King Henry II. We cannot say which one at this time.

by Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon

The following article is derived from reading the referenced book and viewing newspapers on microfilm at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon USA.

W. H. Dalton, who was really William H. Strickland, was an accomplice in the robbery and murder of James Barkley Morrow on Nov. 21, 1901. by Jack Wade, who was really Joseph T. Ewing, on the streets of SE Portland. Both men were arrested shortly afterwards.

In those days, the administration of justice was swift and sure. Both men were sentenced to death by hanging, according to State of Oregon Law. A warrant was signed by the Circuit Court of Multnomah County, Oregon to carry out the sentence on the set date of Jan. 31, 1902 at 8 am. (1) (4)

At that time, the usual protocol was to erect an enclosed hanging gallows in front of the county courthouse so that public hanging could take place. Between 1850 and 1905, over 50 county sponsored legal public hangings took place in the State of Oregon. The execution of Dalton and Wade was the last double hanging to take place in Oregon. The said event incited such a public spectacle, that the Oregon Legislature was motivated to pass a law to have executions carried out within the more civil atmosphere of the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The last county execution took place on July 21, 1905. (4)

During their last days in the county jail, both men were allowed certain visitors: a minister for easing their passage to the hereafter, a photographer, a phrenologist / astrologer and a palmist. The services of the last three were widely advertised in the newspapers of the day. Photographs of the 2 men were published and made available for sale at the photographer's shop.

W. H. Dalton signed the palm imprint with his real name W. H. Strickland on Jan. 13, 1902. The palmist's findings: --- " of the philosopical type and proves him to be a thinker and a schemer or reasoner according to his light, but morbid and hysterical --- The lifeline is heavily barred at age 22, as is also the headline which abruptly stops at the lifeline." (2)

W. H. Dalton wrote a letter in his own words: -- "born at Augusta, Georgia, adopted at age 9 years by George Willis, my name being W. H. Strickland. He lived 4 miles from Aiken, South Carolina. At age 13, I started out with Satan to rule the world over." (3)

Genealogy analysis: Newspaper accounts gives his age as 21; the palmist gives his age as 22. William H. Strickland would likely be in the 1880 Census of Augusta, Georgia. At the time of his death, he had no known next of kin. In the 1880 Census of City Hospital, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia there is found the name E. (female) Strickland, age 25, born Georgia - at hospital for phthisis (tuberculosis of the lungs); followed by Willis Strickland (male) age 3, born Georgia - patient at hospital for dysentery. Both of these diseases are usually associated with poor living conditions. Willis Strickland was probably orphaned at an early age, barely remembering his mother and not knowing who his father was.

Before the 20th Century, it was not unusual for orphans to not remember what year they were actually born in. This could be the same person as the one who wound up at the end of a noose in Portland. We do not know for sure why Mr Strickland used the alias Dalton nor how Strickland was related to Willis in nearby Aiken, South Carolina. Records for Augusta, Georgia for that time period are not easily available.

The double hanging took place as scheduled on Friday Jan. 31, 1902. Invitations had been issued for 400 witnesses. Outside of the enclosure there was crowd of some 1,000 people - men, women and children. Some 10,000 people viewed the corpses prior to burial at the Multnomah County Poor Farm Cemetery. The County medical examiner revealed that Dalton was 5'6" and his brain weighed 46 oz; on the other hand, Wade was 6 foot and his brain weighed 54 oz. (1) (3) (4)

Paragraph References:

1. Morning Oregonian - Jan. 31, 1902.
2. Evening Telegram - Jan. 31, 1902
3. Evening Telegram - Feb. 1, 1902.
4. Necktie Parties - Legal Executions in Oregon 1851 - 1905 (c) 2005 Caxton Press- Caldwell, Idaho by Diane L. Goeres-Gardner - pp. 245 to 251.

Even more extracts from the Brooklyn Eagle, 1876

From Theckla Ledyard, Washington State, USA

21st June - Father Malone’s Picnic, under the auspices of Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church on 2nd St., near South 3rd. Andrew Dalton was on the floor committee.

23rd June - Academy of Music – Mr Henry Dalton, who used to play at the Lyceum in London, is an actor of remarkable good presence. He is performing in La Gascon.

5th July - Magnolia Social – 1st Annual Picnic – Officer of the Assoc. is Secretary, Mr George Dalton. (At the 6th Annual reception of the Magnolia Social George W Dalton is a Vice President of the club).

14th July - Frank Dalton, harness maker, living at 57 High St. was taken before the U.S. Commissioner on charge of passing a counterfeit 20 dollar bill. He was held on $2,500 bail for examination on the 20 inst.

18th July - United English Assoc. – The first picnic of the UEA took place this morning on the steamer Matamora, accompanied by the barges Wm. Meyers and W J Haskett. Committee of arrangements included Joseph Dalton.

18th July - Ball of Russia Lodge No. 6, Knights of St. Clement. The grand march was led by Mr James Dalton, the Floor Manager. Among those present were James Dalton and lady.

18th July - Iona Coterie – This young association gave their annual picnic. Among those present was George Dalton.

28th July - Discharged – Frank Dalton was arrested on charge of passing a counterfeit 20 dollar bill at the Magnolia Assoc. Picnic. The charge has been dropped as there is no evidence to show he was the person from whom the bill was received.

1st August - Member of Young Men’s Union – 2nd Annual Exercise…..Member P H Dalton.

14th August - The Democratic Committee went to County auditors’ office (among other offices) wanting to know if there were any Republicans working there and asking all offices to get rid of any Republican employees. Then they proceeded to the Fire Dept. Headquarters on Jay St. with the same demand. Mr Dalton was a clerk there.

15th August - Hatter’s picnic at Lefferts Park. Russia Lodge No 6, Knights of St. Clement – annual picnic. A six year old organization lists James Dalton as among those present.

30th August - Clan Na Gael – Annual Picnic – Shooting contest lists Napoleon Dalton on the Coredian team.

2nd October - Appointment for Deputy U.S. Marshalls to serve at polls, 7th Ward, 2nd Dist is James Dalton.

4th October - Young Men’s Independent Democratic Club of 10th Ward was established. James Dalton was elected Treasurer. He was also on committee to select speakers.

7th October - 80th Ward Democrats – One of several vice presidents elected was Matthew Dalton.

19th October - Member of C Company, Alliance Ball - attending was James Dalton.

20th October - North 7th St. NE 80 ft. w 3rd St. 70 x 100, M. Maloney to Patrick Dalton $5,654.

4th November - On 2nd November Thomas, beloved husband of Catharine Donahue, a native of the Parish of Street, County Longford, Ireland, aged 60 years. The relatives and friends, also his son, James Donahue, and son – in law, James Dalton, and brother James Donahue are invited to attend the funeral from his residence 308 Kent Ave. Brooklyn.

4th December - Monument for Horace P Greeley was formally presented to Trustees of Greenwood Cemetery where Greeley is buried. Mr N Dalton was one of the trustees.

5th December - Wm P Leiser Assoc. 1st Annual Ball – among guests were O. O. Dalton and Miss Lizzie Brown.

From Millicent Craig

During the month of June there was a concentration of mail from Daltons of Irish descent and letters follow. There was also much activity in the Dalton International DNA Project with several upgrades scheduled. And thanks to those who responded to the DGS renewal reminders.

Cathy Negrycz's Research Progress

Cathy continues her efforts to locate birth records of her Daltons in Ireland and a male Dalton who will participate in the Dalton International DNA Project. In December of 2007 Cathy and her daughter, Regina, made a trip to Salt Lake City, UT to do more searching in the LDS library and some follow-up results are below. This note from Cathy shows how the DGS, an international organization, can help you with your searching in Australia, Ireland, England or in the United States as part of your DGS membership entitlements. You may contact Cathy at: and you can meet Cathy and Regina at the DGS Gathering in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland this summer.

Cathy's Note:

Dear Millicent,

I had been re-reading the December 2007 copy of the Journal in March and realized that there was an Australian Secretary, Maureen Collins. At that time, I was tracing my grandfather's brother, William Dalton, who went to Australia. I was trying to find web sites to search for a marriage record for William and his wife, Jane Toes, and a birth record for their first child, Patrick, in Brisbane. Jane's parents were also in Brisbane and I thought to get their death certificates, too. Maureen emailed Wendy Fleming and Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood and they sent me web sites and even possible records. As a result, I ordered these documents, and lo and behold, they arrived on Friday. The death record I received for Jane's mother was not her mother, and nothing could be found for her father, but I did get her mother's maiden name, which led to a Scotland census which showed them living in Scotland with Jane's mother's two brothers and a sister-in-law. I also was able to obtain their ships' records. I really want to express my thanks to them for all their invaluable help.

In addition, I have received two generations of baptisms of Daltons from a church in Co. Cork, which gave us dates and my great grandmother's maiden name! The lady I had been searching for was not the correct one.

I have received information from St. Louis, MO and now have quite a few people on that chart, too. The Dalton descendants are now in Co. Cork, Ireland, England, St. Louis, MO, New York, and Florida. The people in Australia moved back to Ireland and brought their baby with them, so I do not know of anyone left behind there, as I believe Jane was an only child. Of course, her parents could have had relatives there, but they would not be Daltons.

I now have a 7 generation chart, which I have sent to two people in Ireland and am sending today to another in England. I hope they will be able to add some missing information.

I have all this information in a program called Family Tree Maker. I am wondering how to send you the information I now have. I could just type a Word document, listing each generation and then placing their children and children's children indented underneath, or would an Excel listing be better, again indenting the generations underneath. I could also mail you a copy of the chart if you wish.

Regina and I are looking forward to our trip and getting excited about meeting everyone. Looking forward to hearing from you.




Welcome back to DGS membership Richard McNally of Ohio.

In searching church records of St. John's Newfoundland for the period 1820-1850, Dick found that a high concentration of Daltons whose place of origin in Ireland was duly noted. The majority originated in County Carlow or County Kilkenny. Dick has sent an introduction to his Dalton (and McNally) ancestry and will submit more for publication at a later date. Dick is also searching for a Dalton cousin who will participate in the Dalton International DNA Project. If you recognize any of the entries below, please be in touch with Dick.

Note from Richard McNally:

My McNally, - Dalton, or Dalton / McNally connection in as follows:

My paternal grandmother was Mary Dalton (1860-1924) and my paternal grandfather was John B. McNally (1858- 1893). Mary Dalton was born and died in St. Joseph, Missouri. Her parents were Martin Dalton and Mary Casin, both born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. She was the oldest daughter and the second born of seven Dalton siblings, all born in Missouri. The oldest born was James Samuel. Mary's middle initial was L and that initial appeared on some legal documents I have found and retained but have no idea what it represented.

My grandfather John B. McNally was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He was the second born of Michael McNally (1840-1900) and Jane O'Connor (1835-1932). Both parents were born in Ireland, Jane in County Meath and Michael in a County still unknown to me. John was the only male of eight siblings. He was also the only one to marry and have off spring. Of his three male children, only my father had any children.

I have good reason to believe that my Dalton ancestors: great grandfather Martin, his siblings and possibly parents, James Dalton and Mary Walsh, all immigrated into North America, around 1849-50, through St. John's, Newfoundland. I also believe their place of origin was Tullagher in County Kilkenny.

Cousins of my grandmother Mary Dalton were in Iowa and Illinois and there were relatives in Butte, MT. Cousins to my grandfather John B. McNally on his O'Connor side were in the states but place unknown. Offspring from a younger brother of my grandmother were in the Kansas City area.

Dick McNally


Note from Margaret Delaney:

I’m looking to share information on Richard (1829/30-1911) and Catherine Doyle Dalton (1835-1908) and their family. They both emigrated from Ireland to the USA in 1850. They married about 1856 - I’m not sure where. I believe that Richard besides having a brother James (1829-1856) may also have had a brother Patrick. Richard, James and Patrick were living in Washington County, NY in 1853 because all three filed intentions to become citizen there on Nov 22, 1853. James died before he was able to become a citizen. I haven’t found Richard's citizenship papers but Patrick obtained his June 22, 1856. Richard's first child, James, was born in Wisconsin and the remaining large family were born in Poultney, VT or the border town of Granville, NY. The Richard Dalton farm was on the border. If this family is on your ancestral tree, please contact Margaret:

Thank you, once again, to all who have contributed to the July 2008 issue of "Daltons in History".

Please continue to send me any interesting pieces, from anywhere, on our Dalton family. New ideas for future articles will be gratefully received. (e-mail:

Contributions for the August 2008 issue MUST be with me NO LATER than 20th July 2008 if "Daltons in History" is to go up before the Gathering in Birr.