John extends his greetings to Daltons world wide and solicits your contributions to the DGS Journal that is published twice each year.  John and his wife Sheila make their home in Oswaldtistle in Lancashire, England. They are world travelers and might even pop up at your door. John writes as follows.


"My job as editor of the DGS Journal is to put the contributions (articles, photographs, etc) from members into proper order.  We aim to produce a high standard magazine, so I put in page headers and numbers, and always have a contents list at the front so that reference can be made quickly.  We have always accepted material as paper or electronic format, although the latter is preferable, since it takes less time to load into the computer.  This, however, should not put off anyone from sending a typescript if that is their method.


We try to send page proofs back to the contributor for final checking: accuracy is important in our field, and it is all too easy for both factual and typographical errors to slip in at the various stages of the process.  My assistant, Elizabeth Cameron, does a most important job of doing the first proof reading, and picks up errors before the pages are assembled.  She cannot, of course, see mistakes in "family facts", so it is essential that contributors check these things themselves before sending the copy in.  We are recording for future generations, and our Journal also goes into the massive Mormon archives, both the library and the granite mountain, in Salt Lake City, so we must all do our best for our descendants. Remember also, that if you donít write your stories down they will be lost, so do it now!"

John and Sheila Dalton

John and Shelia could not resist taking the last flight from London to New York on the Concorde before it was retired from service.  John will cherish the memory of sitting in the "driver's seat", a tale for his future grandchildren.  So send John your family stories for publishing and preservation for your grandchildren.  e-mail: 
John Dalton, DGS Editor
5 Highfield Close, Oswaldtwistle
Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 3TD

From Millicent Craig


There are a number of Daltons who are known to have emigrated from England or Ireland to North America but their descendents are unknown.  The DGS hopes to link their descendents to cousins round the world and to confirm identified lines or establish new lines.  If you have a relative who emigrated to North America or Australia and cannot locate his/her descendents, please send the particulars to


Edward Dalton born England
Edward Dalton was born in Newton Heath, a suburb of Manchester, England on 5 Dec 1855.  He was the second child of John and Elizabeth Hibbert Dalton.  Other children were: Helena b. 22 Oct 1855; Sarah b. 13 Nov 1860; and John b. 6 Sep 1862.


He first appeared in Utah in the 1880 Census of Toole County, Ophir as follows.  Edward Dalton, 22, b. ENG, wife Celestia, 15, b. NY, mo. b. ENG.  There is not a record of marriage. The couple had at least six children.  Three were born in Ophir - Celestia Irene, b. 19 Jul 1880;  Almeda Sophia b. 11 Dec 1882;  Emmeline Alice, b. 20 May 1885.  Two children were born in Toole - Elva Loila, b. 11 Aug 1896 and Cloyd Enos born 31 May 1894.  One child was born in Ogden - William Ray, born 16 May 1894.    Edward and Celestia are also listed in the 1930 Census in Toole City.


Listings in the Toole Cemetery are as follows:
Celestia Bates Dalton, b. 2 Jun 1864, d. 17 Nov 1933
Edward Dalton, b. Dec 5, 1857, d. Dec 1930
Cloyd Enos, b. 31 Mar 1901, Ophir, d. 18 Sep 1965
William Ray, b. 16 Mar 1894, Ogden, d. 21 Nov 1944
Cloyd and William may have children, and certainly grandchildren who are living.


Editor's note.  Edward was born in the textile community of Manchester and may link up with other Dalton DNA matches from this area.  Please contact: 
Source: Lancashire and Utah files of the Dalton Data Bank


Thomas Hawkins McMillan Dalton of England
Thomas was born in Carlisle, England Jan 23, 1877, the son of Robert Dalton, Esq. of 8 Castle St., Carlisle. He was admitted to the Carlisle Grammar School in Jan 1880 and a note in the Grammar School Memorial states that he went to America. In the 1901 Directory of Cumberland Robert Dalton & Son Auctioneers is listed at 6 Castle Street, Botchergate, Carlisle.  Whether Thomas went to Canada or the U. S. is unknown. Any descendents please contact 
Source: Cumbria file in Dalton Data Bank


John Thomas Dalton born Ireland
Mel Irwin of Lancashire England has searched for a long time for his Dalton relatives who were born in the U. S.  Mel would like to be involved in the Dalton International DNA Project and needs a Dalton to participate. He is likely to be DNA connected to the cluster of related Daltons now forming in a section of Ireland. Contact Mel directly at:


John Thomas Dalton was born 1877 in Tipperary, Ireland. He appears in the 1920 US Census for New York (Manhattan): John T - Head (42) , - labourer;   Mary -wife (42) ;  Children - Joseph - son (13);  Mary - daughter (11);   Catherine - daughter (9);  John - son (9);   William - son (5);   Percy - son (4).   In the 1930 Census Percy is shown as Bernard and Mary does not appear (probably married).  Percy graduated from a private high school in NJ  and is known to have worked for the Ford Company in Virginia.  With six children in this family,  (three sons) someone must have some knowledge that will help Mel.

Editor's note:  There is only one Joseph Dalton listed in the Social Security Death Index with a 1907 birthdate. (26 Mar 1907). His SS# was issued in NY, his last residence was in New York City (10028) and his last benefit was sent to NYC (10038).  He died Dec 1978. Anyone who believes that this may be your relative, please try to find an obituary that would list who his surviving relatives were and where they were located.


Captain John Dalton of Ireland
Carol Jefferies is anxious to find Dalton descendents of great grandfather John Dalton who was born in Ireland and was a ship buider in Kit Cove, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland.  John had a half-brother, Matthew Dalton who died in 1883.  He worked in the shipbuilding business with John.  Carol is not sure where John originated but Waterford is a likely place of origin.  She knows that there are Dalton male descendents of this family but has not been able to locate them.  Carol would also like to have confirmation through DNA testing.  Perhaps one of our readers can help.  Contact Carol at:

from Millicent Craig


While abstracting data for the Texas file in the Dalton Data Bank, it became apparent that there are many irregularities in this data that add to the difficulties of ancestral research.  A few clues are given to circumvent some of them, but all in all it is a daunting task.  Despite its flaws, the 1880 Census is a Dalton snapshot in time equal to no other.


Given Names.
Corruption of birth names was quite widespread.  Samuel became Sam and finally Sammie  in the SSDI.  By using Sam in a keyword, all three spellings appear.  If the name was Gilpin, and Gip is the nickname, keywording Gil will not locate Gip.  Imagination is required to put letter combinations together and a date may be the only valid entry in the Data Bank.


Use of initials for given names  appears in many of the records.  It is also widespread in the Tennessee data.  Whether this was caused by a fad, limitations in spelling, intentional abbreviation in records,  identity concealment or other, it compounds research problems.


Initials also appear in the large section of Land Patents.  By matching the initials in a land grant county with the names in the same county of the 1880 Census, some given names emerge.  C. C. Dalton in land grants is likely to be Carter C. Dalton in the Census.


Texas was a young state in 1880 when 183 Daltons were enumerated. Less than half, 47%, were born in Texas with 14 % born in  Kentucky and 11 % born Tennessee.  Smaller numbers had arrived from the remainder of the southern tier of states, Ireland, England and one from Sweden. The Irish tended to remain in the port cities and the English migrated inland.


In general, the 1880 Census lists the birthplace of the parents of those individuals who were enumerated. Among Daltons there is a substantial number in Texas who did not report the birthplace of one or both parents.  Very few parents of those enumerated were born in Texas and of parents reported, the largest numbers were from Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

Migration of Texas born Daltons was limited to three African-Americans.  Two went to Mississippi and one to Colorado.


Remarriage and step children were common  as was the "taking in"  of relatives' children, ( likely orphans) most of whom were born out of state.  Young widows with children were also prevalent.


In 1880 Texas had a  population of young people, with the majority of the new farmers and ranchers in the 24-29 age group. Young Dalton men were single and living alone and it is likely that they were sheep herders or cattle guards. There was only three Daltons over the age of 60 and one over the age of 70.


Land Owners
After reading the section on Land Patents, one can say that Daltons were among the early land barons of Texas, owning up to 4000 acres largely  devoted to raising sheep and cattle.  One can also speculate that these men were operating at the time of the range wars, cattle rustling and cattle drives that contributed to the colorful and sometimes lawless history of Texas.

From Millicent Craig


The following items have appeared on this web site and some recently received information adds to the background.


Mourning Sampler
A recent  issue of "Daltons in History" featured a story about the identification of a Dalton Mourning Sampler.  Sarah Dalton who died in 1808 and her 3 month old daughter Sarah who died in 1806 are commemorated in the sampler.  From data in the Dalton Data Bank it was judged that this family had lived in Stoneham, MA. The sampler design was classical Greco-Roman and the young girl standing beside the monument was thought to be an older child of Sarah.


We have since learned that the design was used by  Joseph Dunkerly who painted miniature portraits on ivory. Little is known of him except that he worked in the Boston area between 1784 and 1887. For two years during that period he rented a house from Paul Revere on Boston's North Square.  It was Paul Revere the revolutionary and silversmith who fashioned the mountings for Dunkerly's miniatures.  One set of miniature portraits was done for a couple as weddings gifts to each other.  When their thirteen year old daughter Betsey died, he painted the mourning design in miniature on ivory as a gift to them.  The young maiden standing beside the monument is said to be Betsey.


Whether the design was already in existence or whether it was an original by Dunkerly is not known.  What is clear is that the design was known in the Boston area by 1800 and adds to the clues that the Daltons in the sampler could be the Stoneham Daltons. The sampler was likely worked about 20 years after the mourning brooch was made.


Old Dalton, Young Dalton
In an earlier issue of "Daltons in History", Westmeath Daltons were the subject of an article made up from references in The Story of Ireland by William Magan.  Magan related several incidences in the lives of Daltons who were neighbors and cousins in Mullaghmeehan, Westmeath.  One episode speaks of Old Dalton and his son Young Dalton who had enlisted in the Catholic Jacobite army and deserted  In Athlone he enlisted in the Protestant forces, converted, and married the daughter of the Bishop of Elphin.  He returned to his home and was killed by his old friends. The date had to be about 1690-1691 if this was correct.


Your editor's search through the Church of Ireland produced no record of a marriage of a Bishop's daughter to a Dalton in that time frome.  By way of New Zealand, extracts from a book, "Moate, County Westmeath" by Liam Cox, arrived in K. T. Mapstone's in box.  Shirley Arabin of Mount Maunganui had sent a string  of references to Daltons from the book. Her Arabin ancestors had purchased the Dalton land and it was still in her family so she had a keen interest in the history of Moate and it surroundings.


Page 37. "Many Catholic gentlemen of the Pale took no part in the 1641 rebellion (included Richard Dalton of Mullinmeehan).  The Murder of Christopher Magawly said to have been carried out by Edmond, son of Richard Dalton, - part of a family dispute as they were kinsman".

Page 38.  Richard became a protestant and married Anne King daughter of the Bishop of Elphin which displeased her father.  Richard with wife went to Athlone and joined the garrison there."


Editor's note.  Liam Cox has added some details to Magan's story.  Richard's incident may have occurred fifty years prior to Magan's tale and we now know that the name of the Bishop of Elphin was King.  There is no mention of Richard being killed by his friends and in fact he had issue. Magawleys are also mentioned in a Dalton will. The string of references to Westmeath Daltons will be printed in the November 2003 issue of "Daltons in History".

All are invited to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project, to join the DGS, and to link with relatives world wide. The DGS, located in England, has branches in North America, Australia and members in many other countries.


Over the past three months there have been several requests to participate and each has received an individual response.  In this study, the DNA of Y chromosomes (males) are analyzed.  Therefore, the participant must be a male Dalton of your line.


Many have asked whether they qualify and here are some general guidelines and responses to questions that may help to determine whether benefits will result from your participation.

1. Males.
If your grandmother or great grandmother was a Dalton your DNA will be that of your biological father.  To qualify you require the DNA of a Dalton surnamed descendent from her brother or from her father's brother.

If your mother was a Dalton, you inherited a small amount of mitochondrial DNA from your mother that is not passed on by you.  Your DNA results  will be primarily that of your biologcal father and a separate MTDNA test is required and available for results from her line.

2. Females.
If your father was a Dalton, you will require the DNA of your father, your brother, Dalton cousin or nephew to participate.

If your mother was a Dalton, you will require the DNA of one of her brothers, your maternal grandfather, Dalton cousin or nephew.

If you are married to a Dalton and have sons, your husband or sons qualify for the study.

3. Adoptees.
If you are a male and your biological father was a Dalton, regardless of your name, you qualify for the study.  If your adopted father is a Dalton, your DNA will be that of your biological father
An adopted female will have to locate a biological, male Dalton relative in order to participate in a Dalton study.

4. Participants in Another Surname Study
If your DNA matches that of an Dalton International DNA Project participant, Family Tree DNA will notify you to contact the Project Coordinator for follow-up.


Editor's Note.  If you have questions send them to your Project Coordinator, Millicent Craig:  For all questions of a general nature go to: