As always greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!

Last month, I included the following appeal to you all:

To maintain and improve our monthly web newsletter, we are looking to all of our readers to contribute to its content. Each month our editor, Dairne Irwin, appeals for more material and I hope that each of you will make a New Year’s resolution that, during 2011, you will send something along to Dairne to share with us all. "Daltons in History” is a wonderful channel of communication on all aspects of Dalton family history and I would like to see more active participation in its creation. Please don’t just rely on the regulars to keep filling its pages – be proactive – let us hear your thoughts – tell us what you like (and what you don’t like) and let it truly become your monthly magazine.

The Editor tells me she is still waiting to hear from you. I hope some of you will rise to my challenge soon, so that she will not be disappointed!

During January, there has been plenty of opportunity to work on family history and it has been another busy month for the DGS. We have continued to make arrangements for future gatherings and work on our DNA project, and below you will find the latest information about these together with the usual updates to keep you fully informed about everything that the DGS is doing. Before that here are a few other items of interest.

Back in September last, I mentioned that the DGS website had been selected for uploading to the British Library Web Archive. This has now been completed and visitors to the archive at will find the main DGS website and the Dalton Data Bank included in the Arts & Humanities, Family History/Genealogy section.

In November I reported on an introductory visit to the Churchill Archive Centre at Cambridge and my intention to visit there again. I was able to do this in mid-January and spend a day looking at papers relating to Hugh Dalton, when he served as a senior cabinet minister in Churchill’s coalition government during the second world war. These give a fascinating insight into the relationship between Dalton and Churchill and, in due course, I will prepare articles for "Daltons in History" and for the DGS Journal.

Also during January I met with James Irvine, who is the Project Administrator for the Y-DNA project for the Irwin family (and, yes, our Treasurer Mel Irwin is a participant in this project!) James has written a paper entitled “Towards improvements in Y-DNA Surname Project Administration”, published in the online Journal of Genetic Genealogy (JOGG) Vol 6 No 1 for Fall, 2010, published by the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG). This is freely available online at, and includes a very interesting comparison between 12 Y-DNA surname projects, including Dalton and Irwin. In the same issue of JOGG is another article by Chris Pomery entitled "Defining a Methodology to Reconstruct the Family Trees of a Surname within a DNA/Documentary Dual Approach Project". This sets out a rigorous approach to combining traditional documentary research with genetic genealogy, based on Chris’s work with his own family name and it will be of particular interest to those who heard Chris’s talk to our DGS Gathering last July. These two articles provide much food for thought and I commend them to you.

Future DGS events

This is the last call for the One Day Meeting for our Australian members on Saturday 19th February 2011. It is being organised by Australian Secretary, Maureen Collins, and takes place in Sydney. If you have not already done so and would like to attend, please contact Maureen by email as soon as possible (

The DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 will be held here in the UK on Saturday 18th June. This will be a one day event hosted by Geoffrey and Jane Dalton at their home in Catherington, Hampshire. Some of you will remember that the 2006 AGM was hosted by Geoffrey and Jane on a glorious summer’s day and we hope that, five years later, the weather will be as kind! The AGM will be held in the morning, a buffet lunch will be served and there will be a talk in the afternoon by DGS member, Martin Griffiths, who will speak to us on his Dalton family, the Church Lawford Daltons, about whom he has written articles in DGS Journals Vol 48 (Jun 08), Vol 52 (Jun 10) and Vol 53 (Dec 10). The detailed programme for the day, together with a booking form, will be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website, and there is a flyer with all the details, which is enclosed with Volume 53 of the DGS Journal, recently distributed to DGS members. Click here for the link.

The DGS Annual Gathering for 2011 is to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th/25th September 2011. This will be a very special event and the gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. At the 40th Anniversary Gathering and AGM, Karen gave us a taster of what is in store, and her team have now put more detailed plans in place. Information can be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website and, if you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for a regular email newsletter to keep you informed as further details become available for registration, booking and paying your deposit. Just click here for the link.

For the 2012 Gathering and AGM it is planned that we will return to Yorkshire over the weekend of 27th/28th/29th July 2012. We have now identified the venue for this event, which will be the Ramada Hull Hotel. This hotel is very accessible and is ideally situated between Hull, which has a number of interesting Dalton connections, and Beverley with its Minster and an excellent Record Office. More details of the hotel, a 19th Century manor house set in 12 acres of gardens, can be found at I am most grateful to Howard Dalton of Pickering for his assistance with making these arrangements and he and I will now be working together on the programme for the weekend. Howard is a past DGS Treasurer and well known to many DGS members. He organised previous DGS Gatherings in Scarborough in 1992 and in Pickering in 2002. Watch this space over the coming months for further details of the 2012 event.

For 2013 we are considering returning to Ireland and for 2014 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. But, if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past five years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most informative presentations at our annual gatherings on two occasions. We now have approaching 170 participants in the project, and well over 80% of these are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families. There are just 31 participants who are singletons. The emphasis is now on providing updated reports for each individual genetic family. The first of these, for genetic family A, was published in December and, with the template for these reports now established, the remainder will follow during the first half of 2011. The latest DIDP news and a full DIDP update were published in December 2010, and these can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website, or simply click here for the link.

The DGS Journal

Volume 53 of the DGS Journal for December 2010 has been completed and posted out to DGS members. Our editor, John Dalton, informs me that members in the UK should have received their copies by the end of January, and all copies going overseas have been posted by airmail. If you have not received your copy by mid-February for UK members, or the end of February for overseas members, please be in contact with your local DGS secretary, who will advise you further.

A list of the contents of Volume 53 of the DGS Journal is published in this issue of "Daltons in History". Vol 53 contains much of interest and, if you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "Join the DGS" section of this website, or just click here.

John welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal. Any material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible, so that he can plan the content of future issues. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. 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 given for Volumes 42 to 53 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. 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 March.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

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

The fifth instalment of this personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society by Michael Dalton was published here in "Daltons in History" last month. In this sixth instalment, Michael tells the story of the DGS in 1988, a momentous year for the Society.

The year of 1988 opened with the good news of the acceptance of our registration as a charity from the Charity Commission. The date of registration was recorded as 13th January, 1988 with the governing instrument being the Constitution of the Society, as adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on 11th July, 1987. The registration number for the Society was 298251. The objects of the Society as recorded by the Commission were (and still are!):

(A) To promote and encourage the public study of family history, genealogy, heraldry and local history of all persons at any time having the surname of Dalton, or any variant thereof, whether by birth, marriage or otherwise, and all ancestors or collaterals of, or descendants from any such person.

(B) To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of archival material.

The Constitution of the Society goes on to set out the powers vested in the Society for the furtherance of the objects, the requirement that the Society be affiliated to the Federation of Family History Societies, rules governing membership, and procedures for administration, meetings and finance.

Achievement of charitable status gave the DGS a heightened level of respectability in the world of family history, and of course it brought with it increased responsibilities, and obligations to those studying Dalton family history in particular. With this in mind, the committee entered 1988 with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Preparations were put in hand for the 1988 DGS Gathering and AGM to take place in September in Yorkshire. Morag agreed to host the AGM at her home on Saturday 10th September, and to arrange a tour of places associated with Dalton family history on the Sunday. The focus also turned towards Australia with a growing DGS membership, and which in 1988 celebrated its bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1788. The minutes of our committee meetings held on 20th February at Dick’s and on 23rd April at Pamela’s record much discussion about the arrangements for the year. DGSJ Vol 17 No 1 was published on time in June and included a flyer for the Yorkshire Gathering. It carried an article by Pamela about James Langley Dalton, who was awarded the VC for his bravery at Rorke’s Drift, and one by Lucy about early Dalton priests. It also included an article entitled "The Four-Mile Reunion", edited by committee member Dorothy Dyke. It was really good to have the committee continuing to be so involved in the preparation of quality material for the journal.

Dorothy’s article told the story of Edmond Dalton from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Ireland who emigrated to Australia in 1857, sailing from Liverpool on the "Ocean Chief". The reunion brought together descendants of Edmond at Four-Mile, near Baddaginnie in Victoria, where Edmond acquired land in 1863, creating opportunities for his family, which steadily grew and became more prosperous. Times were still hard though in those pioneering days in Australia and the article gives some insight into life on the land in Victoria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In April we had a surprise visit from Australian DGS member Jill Warren’s parents, Aubrey and Hazel Dalton from Mittagong, New South Wales. They were staying in London on a European tour, telephoned us out of the blue, came down to Reigate and spent the day with us. We were of course delighted to meet them and enjoyed their company immensely. Julia and James, then 10 and 6 respectively, particularly liked Aubrey’s Aussie outback hat!!

Aubrey and Hazel Dalton at 2 Harewood Close, Reigate

It was Aubrey and Hazel’s visit that inspired the idea of the DGS participating in the First International Congress on Family History taking place in Sydney in October to coincide with the Bicentennial. Following their visit, there was much communication between myself and Jill to explore what we could do, and Jill booked a booth at the Congress exhibition. I was determined to get to Sydney myself and Kate and I started working out how this might be possible – two young children and jobs to think about, and how to finance it – it wasn’t going to be straightforward! But where there is a will, there is a way and, with Jill and Aubrey’s encouragement from down under, and some very understanding family and friends at home, who agreed to look after Julia and James for a fortnight, we agreed a plan and booked our flights. More on all that later – first of all, the Yorkshire event.

We had an excellent response for the Yorkshire Gathering – no need to cancel the event this time. Morag arranged accommodation for those needing it at a Leeds University hall of residence near her home and many of us arrived on the Friday. The AGM at Morag and Ian’s home on the Saturday was preceded by a buffet lunch. At the AGM, apart from the routine business, Howard Dalton and Tony Cox, both descended from Daltons of Garton-on-the-Wolds, did a double act recounting the history of this Yorkshire Dalton family, which included a genealogical conundrum, very professionally displayed on a chart prepared by Howard’s partner, Jenny Redpath and also a video made by Howard about the village of Garton as it would have been 200 years ago. Howard was rewarded for his efforts by being elected as a committee member!

The Sunday tour took us to locations associated with the Hauxwell Yorkshire Dalton line. We visited Sleningford Hall, West Tanfield and Hauxwell itself. The accompanying photographs give a little insight into the weekend. Morag had researched the details for the tour meticulously. At Sleningford Hall, a Dalton ancestral home, we were met by Edward Bryant the present owner, who opened up his house for us all. The village of West Tanfield was delightful and St Nicholas Church was a treasure trove of Dalton memorials. Then at Hauxwell Church, the vicar Bill Prudom gave us an excellent account of the history of the church and the long association of the Dalton family. There is a much more detailed report to be found in DGSJ Vol 17 No 3 (May 1989), a special additional issue of the journal which covered both this event and the visit to Australia.

This was a most successful weekend and we owe much to Morag for all her hard work in putting everything in place. It is good to be reminded of it all as we now commence the detailed planning for our return to Yorkshire for the 2012 Gathering and AGM.

The 1988 DGS Gathering & AGM held in Leeds, Yorkshire in September 1988

The AGM under way at Morag's home
Penny Barltrop, Anthony Cox and Dorothy Dyke

Edward Bryant welcomes the group to Sleningford Hall
Jack Richards and John Dalton display
an 18th Century Sleningford estate map

St Nicholas Church, West Tanfield
which contains many Dalton memorials
Penny Barltrop in the Marmion Tower
in the village of West Tanfield

Lunch at Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton.
Jack Richards, Nigel and Morag Simpson,
Dorothy Dyke and Pamela Richards
Group on the Sunday Tour assembled at Hauxwell


Memorial to Marmaduke Dalton in Hauxwell Church
Died 12th September 1708, aged 63

So, immediately following the Yorkshire gathering, Kate and I turned our thoughts to our first trip to Australia. It is hard to believe that it was well over twenty years ago – all the details are still so firmly etched in my mind. I think we packed more into our two weeks away than most manage in a month – it was a whirlwind from start to finish, and perhaps not surprisingly it took us quite a while to overcome the jetlag on our return! Re-reading my recollections published in DGSJ Vol 17 No 3, I am reminded of so many things, but reflecting all these years later, first and foremost in my mind are the kindness and hospitality of Jill and Ralph, Aubrey and Hazel, and Pat Adams, a cousin of Aubrey, and her husband, Rai. We stayed with all of them during our time there, and they whisked us here there and everywhere. Somehow Jill and I found time to assemble everything for the DGS stand at the Congress exhibition and I’m still not sure how we did it! We were on parade at the Congress for four days and Jill had publicised our presence widely to all the Australian DGS members, and others. The result was a continuous stream of visitors to the stand – many of whom remain as DGS members today. The Congress itself was very impressive, being one of the first events to take place in a brand new conference centre in the newly rejuvenated Darling Harbour area of Sydney, the whole being alive with the Centennial celebrations. A memorable Congress banquet was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel, and on the last night we all attended a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Sydney Opera House.

Besides meeting Daltons on the stand, we also found time to visit some who were unable to get to the Congress. Amongst these were my fourth cousin, Vernon Dalton and his wife Robyn, pictured below with Kate. Sadly, Vernon died last year and there is a tribute to him in DGSJ Vol 53 just published. The other pictures below are selected from so many, and they just give an inkling of the time we spent down under.

The success of the DGS presence at the Congress meant that we were now well and truly on the map in Australia, and I was delighted that Jill accepted my invitation to be appointed officially as our first Australian secretary.

Visit to Australia – October 1988
The First International Congress on Family History, Sydney

The DGS display at the Congress

Pat Adams, Aubrey and Hazel Dalton, Jill Warren
Kate with Aubrey Dalton at the Congress Dinner

Kate with Vernon and Robyn Dalton
(Vernon is my fourth cousin)
Aubrey and Hazel Dalton's beautiful home
at Mittagong, New South Wales


Our day of departure from the Warren home at Box Hill
Kate, Scott Warren, Jill, Hazel, Ralph Warren, Aubrey

So, 1988 was indeed an exciting year for the DGS and one that is particularly remembered by me. Next month in Part 7 of these recollections, I will move on to 1989 and the early 1990s.

During her many years as General Secretary of the DGS, Lucy Slater accumulated a vast quantity of documentation and correspondence relating to Dalton family history. Following her death in June 2008, no less than 16 arch files full of documents were passed to Michael Dalton together with an index of their contents. Michael has been delving into these archives and this is the fifth of a series of articles for "Daltons in History” , in which he shares some of this material with readers, this time from arch file number 5.

Index to File 5

In the Index of Dalton Documents Vols 1 to 4 we have so far found some 350 separate documents. In Vol 5 we find another 100 or so documents to review. These relate mainly to Daltons in London and in the English counties of Lancashire, Norfolk and Northumberland. Here is my selection from what I have found of interest.

Doc 0266 – Family Tree of DALTONS in America descended from Croston Daltons

The very first item in this file is a tree prepared by DGS member Norman Pierce of Darien, Connecticut, USA in June 1993 showing all the descendants of Robert Dalton of Croston, who married Mary Rushton in 1745 and died in 1770. Robert and Mary are the five times great grandparents of DGS Vice President Millicent Craig, a span of eight generations in all. I remember seeing this tree at the 1994 DGS Gathering in Lancashire organised by Millicent.

Doc 0270 – Croston DALTONS extracted from Parish Registers

This lists Daltons as early as 1539, Elizabeth Dalton buried on 14 May, 1539. It includes christenings, marriages and burials mainly from the second half of the 16th Century and the 17th Century. Lucy prepared this list from the parish registers and sent a copy to Millicent.

Doc 0271 – Article by Christopher Dalton about Redundant Churches

This is a reprint of an article entitled "Churches’ Salvation", published in "Country Life" in July 1986 and written by my close cousin Christopher who sadly died at the early age of 66 in 2008. For many years Christopher was one of the field officers for the Redundant Churches Fund and his article gives a fascinating insight into that role. It is illustrated with his own photographs (he was an acclaimed photographer of historic buildings) and case studies.

Docs 0281, 0286-0304 – Correspondence with Aubrey Dalton of Mittagong, NSW, Australia and various records relating to his descent from London Daltons

Between 1990 and 1992, Lucy together with Dick Hamilton undertook detailed research for Aubrey (father of Jilly Warren) on his London Dalton line. Papers include extracts from various registers, family trees and other records, and they extend the record of Aubrey’s line back through four generations before his emigrant to Australia, Richard Dalton b 1770 who sailed on the ship ‘Experiment’, arriving in Sydney in June 1804, with his wife Sarah and four children. Also amongst the papers are extracts from publications of the London Topological Society showing the location and appearance of 167 High Holborn, London where this family is recorded as living in 1803, immediately before they emigrated. Letters from Aubrey to Lucy indicate how much Lucy and Dick’s efforts were appreciated.

Docs 0306A, B, D, E – Wimsbotsham Parish Church, Norfolk; extracts from parish registers with transcripts, article in Norfolk Archaeological Journal and notes from Maureen Collins

These papers relate to a visit made by Lucy in company with Maureen to Wimsbotsham Parish Church in April 1998. There is a set of handwritten register entries starting in 1574 and going through to 1626. These have been transcribed by Lucy’s friend and expert on old handwriting, Margaret Bone, and they include a number of Dalton entries. The article in the Journal is from Volume 2 pp 127-148 (no year of publication apparent from the copy supplied by the Cambridge University Library, but from the text it would appear to be around 1850) and is a very full account written by Rev G H Dashwood and Rev C Boutell. It includes some fine line drawings of features of the church. Maureen’s notes relate to the search for records of Jasper Blake who married Deborah Dalton around 1648/49 and they were also sent to Millicent Craig who was interested in the Daltons from Suffolk who emigrated to America at that time. From the notes, it appears that Jasper Blake and Deborah Dalton were in fact married in Hampton, New Hampshire, USA in 1647. There is more to be discovered here and perhaps I will find some more in a later file.

Docs 0310-0313 – Papers relating to Dick Hamilton’s article on "The Living Line"

These are Lucy’s copies of the fascinating research undertaken by Dick Hamilton to prepare his article "A Living Line 1230-1988" published in DGSJ Vol 18 No 1 (Nov 1989). The accompanying pedigree chart was originally shown as part of the DGS display at the First International Congress on Family History in Sydney in October 1988. It showed the double descent of Mrs Maureen Thoms of Auckland, New Zealand from Sir Rychard Dalton of Bispham born c 1230. Mrs Thoms had supplied details which enabled Dick to trace her direct descent over 750 years by two lines, one by Sir Rychard’s eldest son Sir Robert, and the other by his second son Sir John Dalton. It was at this time that Lucy visited Apethorpe Church in Northamptonshire and discovered the alabaster carving of Sir Rychard Dalton of Apethorpe (c1420-1483) inside the church. This Sir Rychard is in the line of descent through Sir Robert referred to above. The negatives of Lucy’s photographs of the church and the alabaster carving are included in the file as well.

Docs 0314-0323 – Copies of Dalton Wills from University of Durham

The following wills etc are included:

1599 Will of Thomas DALTON of Newcastle, with a transcription by Faith Keymer
1571 Will & Inventory of John DALTON of Newcastle, with a transcription by Faith Keymer
1613 Will of William DALTON, gentleman of Newcastle
1578 Will of Robert DALTON of West Auckland
1569 Will of Robert DALTON of West Auckland
1557 Will of Ralph DALTON of West Auckland
1571 Will of Peter DALTON, gentleman of Newcastle
1585 Will of William DALTON, yeoman of Newcastle
1571 Will of Peter DALTON of Newcastle, with inventory.


In this volume of the archives, there is another wealth of interesting material, and it is always difficult to pick out a representative selection of items. The in depth research work undertaken by Lucy is again in evidence and the archive is a valuable source of additional material to the many published articles, particularly for anyone interested in resuming and adding to the research already undertaken.

December 2010
Letter from the Chairman 2
Births, Marriages and Deaths 5
    Births 5
    Marriage 5
    Deaths 5
Obituary of Vernon John Dalton AM, JP 6
Tribute to Dennis Dalton 8
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 10
    M. N. & Q. 53.1 Martha Dalton of Clifton 10
Archive News 10
Family History Events in 2011 11
Charles Dalton - my Great-Great-Grandfather by Jeff Dalton 11
Family Tree of the Dalton Clockmakers by Martin Griffiths 16
A Very Fine Dalton Clock by Martin Griffiths 18
The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP) - update 19
York Cause Papers now Online 24
News from America by Karen Preston, our American Secretary 25
Notes from Australia by Maureen Collins 27
Minutes of 2010 Annual General Meeting 29
Accounts for 2009 34
New Members 33
Changes of Address 36


From Maureen Collins, Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

I send the following mainly for Australian members as it was a small paragraph in our local "Mosman Daily" newspaper, which is a weekly nowadays and no longer based in Mosman but still very useful:

I noticed two photographs of my local beach in Mosman, Balmoral, one taken in the early 1900s and the other in 2011. These are part of a photo exhibit at the Macleay Museum which is on Gosper Lane, off Science Road, at the University of Sydney. The exhibition, which is entitled "Picturing New South Wales" is on display until 13th March, 2011 and features more than 100 photographs taken by Kerry & Co., commercial photographic studio, from 1890 to the present. Since NSW has a lot of Dalton history and connections it may well be of interest to DGS members. Online details at or email

From Joanne Looney, DGS Member New Zealand

I’m chasing the origins of Thomas Richard Hewitt DALTON. The birth certificates of his children (of which he is listed as the informant) state that he was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

He was born either 1845 or 1846 and arrived in New Zealand between 1861 and 1864. He married Anne WELLS (she was the grand-daughter of Hongi Hika, a famous NZ Maori Chief) and they had 5 children one of which is my great grandmother.

Thomas Dalton died early at the age of 35 in 1881.

Unfortunately all the family papers were lost in a house fire but family lore states that Hewitt was his mother's name and that his family originally came from County Meath in Ireland!!?

We have however found a family in Tasmania that could possibly match up with our Thomas – they are as follows:

Thomas William Dalton married Mary Ann Hewitt 3rd April, 1844, he was 28 years of age and she was 21 years.

They had 5 children:

Anne born 26 September, 1844

‘M’ Dalton born 1845 (We suspect that this could possibly be our Thomas)

Mary Ann born 18 August, 1847

John born 1849

William born 13 October, 1854, died June 1855

Mary Ann Hewitt died in 1855 and Thomas remarried Flora Brumidge and they had another 6 children.

With the help of Patricia from Melbourne who is related to this family I have established that Thomas and Mary Ann were married in the St John’s Holy Trinity Church of England and Ireland and also that their son John was christened there but as yet we haven’t been able to check for the older son – ‘M’ Dalton. If we could find this christening this would help us to establish if this is also my Thomas Richard Hewitt Dalton.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated – even a contact with a researcher in Tasmania would be very helpful.

Please reply via Maureen Collins at or the Editor at

From Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon, USA

Obituary from Morning Oregonian of 16 January, 1926

Mrs. Edna Dalton dies on 15 January, 1926 – home made for 66 years in same block – widow of Early-day business man of Portland resided here since 1860.

Mrs. Edna (Clifford) Dalton, aged 91 years, widow of William Dalton and known to her neighbors as one of the few Portland pioneers who lived continuously for 66 years in the same block, died yesterday at the family home, 455 East Oak Street.

Her husband William Dalton who owned Dalton Addition near East Stark and East Twenty Fourth Streets, was an old-time hardware merchant and dealer in paints and oils, who had in the early 1860’s had a store at First and Yamhill (then City of Portland) and afterwards was in business on Union Avenue (then East Portland) near East Stark. He died in November, 1893. The 70 acre parcel of land now known as Dalton’s Addition was acquired by William Dalton in 1870. The 24th and Stark Street boundary was adjacent to then St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery property and later Central Catholic High School and which was originally a part of the Timothy Sullivan Oregon Donation Land Claim.

Mrs. Dalton was rarely ill, and was possessed of rugged good health until the day she died. Born at Wodham Walter, Essex County England, 2 December, 1834, she and her husband were sweethearts when he sailed to seek his fortunes in Oregon, about the year 1858.

In 1860 Mr. Dalton left Oregon for England to claim his bride, and they were married in London that year. They sailed to Panama, crossed the Isthmus and came to Portland harbor. The sea journey lasted two months.

Mr. and Mrs. Dalton first lived at First and Columbia Streets, and then bought the block on East Eighth and Oak, on which the family residence was built, in 1866. At that period the block was in the midst of dense woods, and blackened fir stumps featured the property.

The old residence still stands on East Seventh near Oak. The present house was built 35 years ago. Mr. Dalton was also a contractor and builder, was one of the stockholders of the old Morrison Street Bridge and a member of East Portland City Council. It was replaced by a modern six lane lift span over the Willamette River in 1959.

Three children survive Mrs. Dalton. They are: Mrs. Florence Jeffrey, Mrs. Caroline E. Miller and William L. Dalton, the latter being postal superintendent at Station A, 114 Grand Avenue. Her other son, Herbert L. Dalton died six years ago. A nephew W. E. Linnett also survives her. Mrs. Dalton was a lifelong Baptist.

Her son William L. Dalton died in Portland on 10 October, 1930. He was survived by his above named sisters, his wife Margaret, his daughter Mrs. Pearl Moore and his grandson Paul Dalton Bennett.

Funeral services held 18th January at chapel of Edward Holman & Son, Hawthorne Avenue at 27th Street. Interment at Riverview Cemetery.

See also article in "Daltons in History" - Volume 4 No 6, June 2001 by Millicent Craig.

A: From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

For any members or searchers with Northern Irish backgrounds it could be useful to log on to the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild website:

The address is and email address: There seems to be a good collection of publications of books and educational registers plus a gravestone inscriptions series.

Although I picked up a leaflet/order form sometime ago, the website address has not changed and there may well be a good deal more documentation added since that time.

B: From Maureen Collins Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

This is a sad reflection of the times in which we live. There are so many such email scams that arrive in our inboxes. Below is as an example of the kind of scam which we all need to be on the look out for, "isn't it a shame that even family history isn't immune from this type of thing?"

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The School of Family History

Dear Maureen M Collins,

It has come to our attention that an email scam is in progress whereby someone masquerading as a representative of IHGS is asking for personal details. They are claiming that a large inheritance could be yours if you supply personal details that could be used for identity fraud. THIS DOES NOT COME FROM US. DO NOT SEND YOUR DETAILS. An example of the fraudulent email is below.

My name is David Lord and I am a representative of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS). Our department deals with issues of genealogy and especially genealogical (family) trees. We discovered several evidences to consider You as a heir of great family (clan) and our client supposes that You might be her relative. In order to identify You as a heir and assure our suggestions and connect You with Your possible relative, we need to check some information. Would You be so kind to tell us Your parents names and Your birthday date as it's obligatory for our research and it is also at Your interest. We are looking forward for Your quick response and commitment! Respectfully Yours, David Lord.

Please note that the Institute does not carry out this sort of research and certainly would not do so in this manner.

Please take note of this scam and DO NOT REPLY!!

For this issue, we have taken a look back at the progress that has been made on the DGS web sites in 2010. The web sites are the face we present to the world - to DGS members and non-members alike. I am pleased to report that the traffic on the web sites, particularly the Dalton Data Bank, has increased dramatically. In 2010, we had over 123, 000 visitors to the Dalton Data Bank.

During 2010, we have added over 12,000 new records to the Dalton Data Bank. This has been made possible through the efforts of the DGS members who have contributed and/or transcribed data to be added. In particular, our thanks go to Mike Dalton in Oregon, not to be confused with Mike Dalton in Norfolk, UK, Rodney Dalton in Utah, Vivian Alcott in Florida, Theckla Ledyard in Washington, Lynne Rigg in England and Gary Dalton in Australia. We also want to thank Melanie Crain in North Carolina for giving us permission to share Dalton Civil War records from the Dalton Gang newsletters.

You will find a detailed report on the web usage at the end of this section, along with the monthly usage numbers.

New to the Dalton Data Bank:

In January, we have added 2 searchable databases of Irish records; a compilation of the baptisms for the RC parishes of Athea and Ardagh in County Limerick submitted by Mike Dalton in Norfolk, UK, and a database of civil birth, marriage and death records originally transcribed by Mike Dalton in Oregon, now searchable as a relational database.

New or Reinstated Members:

William F. Dalton, Ft. Myers, FL - a member of Genetic Family D, with Dalton roots in Tankerstown, Co. Tipperary

Richard Todd & Jody Dalton, Ogden, UT

Jack Rudisail, Jacksonville, TX

Sharon D. Dalton, Acworth, GA

Jim Klumpp, Silver Spring, MD - a member of Genetic Family A

Websites Year in Review:

For the period from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010:

Site Visits and Number of Pages Viewed:

Number of New Records added to the Dalton Databank:

Dalton Forum:

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank:

118,665 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 14,886,445 Google Ads served in 2010.

DGS Site:

144 Visitors reached the DGS site by clicking on one of the 236,966 Google Ads served in 2010.

Google Ads for new memberships:

105 visits to the Membership information page from 146,447 Google Ads served in 2010.

The total value of the 2010 Google Ad Campaign was $103,787.71

The total number of Ads displayed was 18,601,193

The total number of visits was 118,914

NB: We did not advertise all sites in 2009 so comparison data is not available

Web Sites Update:

For the period from 1 January to 27 January 2011

Additions to the Data Bank:

22 January, 2011:

Republic of Ireland - Added Birth, Death & Marriage DB Contributed by Karen Dalton Preston, Nevada

15 January, 2011:

County Limerick - Added Athea & Ardagh RC Baptisms Contributed by Mike Dalton, Norfolk, UK

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

31,635 visits came from 156 Countries / Territories

Map showing January DDB visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK – 12,579
2. United States – 5,412
3. Pakistan – 2,337
4. India – 2,293
5. Australia – 1,290
6. South Africa – 1,100
7. Ireland – 748
8. Canada – 733
9. Spain – 347
10. New Zealand – 269

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home Page
2. Join Us (Pop up on Home Page)
3. England
4. USA
5. Australia
6. Republic of Ireland
7. Canada
8. Scotland
9. Dalton Chronicles
10. South Africa


DDB Comparison Chart

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

1,788 Visits from 74 Countries / Territories

Map showing DGS visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. United States – 693
2. UK – 458
3. Australia – 185
4. Ireland – 92
5. Canada – 81
6. India – 44
7. Pakistan – 31
8. South Africa – 23
9. New Zealand – 16
10. France – 13

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home
2. Memberships
3. Daltons in History Index
4. Daltons in History Newsletter
5. DGS Journal
6. Clan Dalton
7. Photo / Video Gallery
8. Dalton DNA Project
9. Clan Dalton Website
10. 2011 Salt Lake City Gathering


DGS Comparatives

Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 216 Posts in 130 Topics by 275 Members.

During the reporting period, there was 1 new topic added, 1 new post and 12 new members added.

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank:

16,707 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 2,280,786 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

DGS Site:

51 Visitors reached the DGS site by clicking on one of the 43,259 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 5 visits to the Membership information from 4,091 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

With best wishes for your February!

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to all who have contributed to the February 2011 issue of "Daltons in History".

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are still needed!!

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

Contributions for the March 2011 issue need to be with me no later than 25th February 2011. (e-mail: