The Dalton land in Moyvoughley  was purchased by the ancestors of Shirley Arabin and is still in the Arabin family.  Moyvoughley was in the heart of Dalton Country as was Moate.  The following Dalton entries were extracted by Shirley from  "Moate, Co. Westmeath, A History of the Town and District" by Liam Cox and published in Athlone in 1981.  Shirley lives in Mount Mauganui, New Zealand and has conveyed these extracts to DGS member, K. T. Mapstone.  We are indeed grateful to Shirley for the following references.


p.14.       "In 1401 the O'Farrells and the Daltons together attacked the people of Art O'Melaghin probably at Moyelly, but they failed to gain a victory"
p.18.       "In 1544 Rory O'Melaghlin was killed by the Daltons, at the Dalton's castle on Clare Hill"
p.30.       "Robert Plunket, Lord of Daunsany, granted a manor to Gerald Dalton, clerk"
p.37.       "Many Catholic gentlemen of the Pale took no part in the 1641 rebellion (included Richard Dalton of Mullinmeehan) Murder of Christopher Magawly said to have been carried out by Edmond, son of Richard Dalton. - part of a family dispute as they were kinsmen".

p.38.       "Richard became a Protestant and married Anne King daughter of the Bishop
of Elphin, which displeased his father. Richard with wife went to Athlone and joined the garrison there".
p.40.       "Local Catholics transplanted to Roscommon in 1653 included Miles Dalton of Ballinlug, James Dalton of Mullinmeehan and John Dalton of Moyvoughley".
p.41.       "Edmond Dalton of Mullinmeehan served the Commonwealth".
p.45.       "After the Restoration some lost the lands given by Cromwell.  This included Elizabeth Dalton, Margaret Dalton and her 5 orphans - all ended destitute".

p.50.       "After the Battle of Ballymore in 1691 prisoners taken to Athlone included Walter Dalton, of Ballymore".
p.53.       "Land belonging to Luke Dalton of Moyvoughley was attained and sold".
p.61.       "The only Catholic shopkeeper noted in Moate was Christopher Dalton who seems to have died unmarried.  By his will, which was proved 12 October 1764, he left legacies to the sons and daughters of his brother, Tobias Dalton of Moyvore, Co.Westmeath"

p.135.      "Charles John O'Donoghue, son of Daniel O'Donoghue and Mary Ennis born 1860 the second son married 20 September 1892 Rose Dalton of Ballynahown and died with issue 25 January 1903".
p.178.     "Patrick Robins married Miss Dalton of Coolatore and had one son Laurence Dalton Robins. Laurence founded the Lake House family of Tullaghnegeerach and father of the late Lorcan Robins T.D. for Longford Westmeath. He was an undercover agent for Sinn Fein and worked under an alias - Richard Dalton".
p.179.     "The original Richard Dalton was L. Robin's  grandmother's brother from Coolature who before 1860 emigrated to the US took part in the Civil War as a Captain in the Confederates, only to jump the bounty afterwards".
Laurence was caught by the British and while in Mountjoy Gaol was re-elected for T.D. to the 2nd Dail.

p.193.     "Irish Proprietors 1640 and Grantees under Settlement Acts in Moate and District.
Proprietor: Richard Dalton - Mollinmeeham, Rathin, and Ballinlug granted to Taunton Corporation, Foulke Rokeby, Robert Thornhill... Ummamore granted to Rokeby and Mary Dalton alias Hoare,
Proprietor:  John Dalton - Ummamore granted to Taunton Corp.
Proprietor: Henry Dalton - Moyvoughly granted to Sir John Maynard, Foulke Rokeby, Mary Dalton and Ed.Geoghegan.
Proprietor: Walter Dalton - Dungolman granted to Kathleen & Pierce Dillon.
p.194.    "Irish Jacobites in Moate District outlawed 1690 for high treason:
Richard Dalton, Dungolman
Luke Dalton, Moyvoughly
John * Edmund Dalton, Mullimeehan".


Editor's Note.  In view of the tentative arrangement for the Dalton Genealogical Society to hold its Annual Gathering and Meeting in Ireland in 2005, the web page will continue to print Irish Dalton data that may be useful in research efforts.  In addition, DNA results from Irish descent Daltons who have participated in the Dalton International DNA Project will be available to members.  Those who have knowledge of other Westmeath town histories such as Athlone please contact the editor;

The following list of Wills for Daltons of Surrey, England have been extracted from the following site:

Lists are continually updated and it is best to check for earlier and later entries.  Items include date of probate, scope of entry and catalogue reference number for ordering copy.


8 Apr 1873, John Dalton, shipwright, Saint Mary Rotherhite, Surrey: 11/658
28 Jun 1733, John Dalton Davy, mariner bound out on a Voyage to the West Indies of Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey; 11/659
18 Jul 1739, George Dalton, cooper and now bound out to sea to the East Indies in the good ship called the Mary of Rotherhite, Surrey, 11/697
3 May 1863, Thomas Dalton, cook of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey; 11/887

19 Jul 1773, William Dalton, chaffcutter of Putney, Surrey; 11/989
16 Jun 1779, Prince Dalton, game keeper of Egham, Surrey; 11/1054
1 Feb 1788, Ann Dalton, widow, of Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey; 11/162
22 Nov 1790, Ann Dalton, spinster of Egham, Surrey; 11/1197
23 Jun 1801, William Dalton, Master Mariner, and now bound in the ship Queen Charlotte on a voyage to Surinam in the West Indies of Newington, Surrey; 11/1358

2 Jan 1810, James Dalton of Saint Saviour, Southwark, Surrey;  11/1507
16 Mar 1811, Richard Dalton, student at Trinity College, Cambridge of Camberwell, Surrey; 11/1520
10 Jan 1818, Jane Dalton, spinster  of Albury, Surrey;  11/1600
7 Mar 1829, John Dalton, builder of Saint Saviour, Southwark, Surrey: 11/1752
4 Nov 1831, John Dalton, shopkeeper, Croydon, Surrey; 11/1791B

22 Oct 1835, Martha Augusta Dalton, spinster of Walworth, Surrey; 1//1852
16 Sep 1840, Maria Dalton, wife of Dean Street, Southwark, Surrey; 11/1933
28 Oct 1842, Catherine Dalton, wife of Peckham, Surrey;  11/1969
28 Aug 1854, Martha Dalton, widow of Wandsworth, Surrey;  11/2196

During the next three months three separate groups of Mormon Daltons of Utah will be discussed. One has roots in Wales, one in Ireland and one in England.  There are thousands of descendents from the first two lines who are located in the western and mid western states of  the U. S.  Their DNA link to Wales/England and to Ireland has been established.  The third group has yet to be located in Utah and may be genetically connected to a Manchester/Oldham group.


Case #1
The Dalton Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 2, 1971 contains charts of this extensive American family as prepared by Dr. Edward Adams Dalton of Parowan, Utah.  (  The family is descended from James Dalton, (1650-1721) and Joyce Vaughan (1647-1731) of Wales.

The intent is not to repeat the genealogy but to point out some of the principals from this line from whom current day Utah Daltons are descended.


If any of the following are in your family tree, you may be a member of this line:  James Ormonde Dalton, Henry Simon Dalton, Orsemis Willard Dalton, Henry (Harry) Dalton, Orley Dalton; George and Hyrum Dalton;   Jared, John J., Brigham and Alonzo Dalton;   John William, Orsu Nephi, Albert Alonzo, Ebenizer Amasa, Isaac Ferguson, and Edward Malcolm Dalton;  Edward, Edward Meeks, Joseph Proddy, John Cranmer and Franklin Stephen Dalton;  Randell Warren,  James Edward, Francis Marion, Harrell Warren and Harley Warren Dalton;  Simon Cooker, Charles Wakeman, George Simon, Henry Harvey, Simon Eugene, John Melvin, Frank Heber Joseph Alvin and Alonzo Malon Dalton;  Charles, John Luther, Dell, Charles Sheffield, Orlando, Don Carlos, Simon, William and William Henry Dalton;   John Charles, Frederick Fedel, Orson Luther, Herbert Archie, James Lawrence;  John Luther, Jr., Joseph Edgley and Alvin William.


The above is a partial list and most of the names are sufficiently unique to be recognized.  There are five descendents from this American group who are active members of the Dalton Genealogical Society and the DNA of two male members perfectly matches the DNA of a member of an English line that is also descended from the same Welsh couple.  The English line is also quite extensive and Society researchers have extended this line backwards in England.  Efforts are being made to obtain the DNA of those with known Yorkshire roots in order to project the line even further.  Through this scientific tool coupled with hard research, it can be accomplished.


We encourage our genetic cousins in Utah to join with their cousins in England, become active in the DGS and to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project that is sponsored by the Society.  The bridge to Wales has been built and research confirmed, now join in the next phase to York and beyond.
Millicent Craig, Coordinator: Dalton International DNA Project.

Update (November 2003)

The Dalton Genealogical Society's Chairman Michael Neale Dalton announced an International DNA project for members at the May/June 2003 Annual Gathering and Meeting in Wales. All committee members provided samples of their DNA.  It is recognized that there is a large number of members who have been unable to trace their ancestral line beyond several generations and quite rarely beyond the late 1500's through records.  In Ireland it is uncommon to trace an ancestral line beyond the late 1700's.


The DGS DNA Project hopes to assist members by determining whether there are cousin relationships, whether individuals may have the same paternal roots and where to turn their attention for further records research.  Daltons comprise a large segment of the population, not quite as prevalent as Smith and Jones, but nevertheless one of the largest of One Name Studies. As such it is possible that there is not one but several founding fathers. This study will begin to show whether this is indeed a possiblity.


The project is being approached in a systematic manner by inviting those members with the longest ancestral records to contribute their DNA.  Many of these ancestral lines have been the subject of research reports that have been published in the DGS Journal.  Thus ancestral record bases exist for matching and should prove  helpful to other members whose ancestral lines are not so long.


The paternal roots of nearly all Daltons lie in either England or Ireland and this study is directed toward both the English and Irish segments of Daltons.  Baselines are being established for both groups. Partcipants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, the U. K. and the U. S. are now part of this study all with either English or Irish ancestry and showing connections across the globe.  Many have been totally surprised and are now in contact with new found relatives to exchange information and to pursue new avenues of research.


Clusters now forming
Manchester/Oldham, England workers in the textile trade.  Emigrants who came to the textile plants in PA and N. E. may be part of this line. There may also be a line in Utah. This line shows Viking/Norman ancestry.


Byspham/Croston, England.  There are dozens of descendents in the U. S. and many, many in England.  Need male descendents of Thurnham for this section.  Fitzgerald-Daltons will not carry the Dalton DNA.


Wales, Curbridge, England.  Cluster now shows that hundreds of Utah Daltons belong to this line as well as many, many Daltons in England.


Mid South Ireland.  This cluster is growing with American/Irish and Irish participants, hitherto unknown to each other.


Ready for Matching
The DNA for the following lines have been processed.
Hampton, NH, Newburyport, MA Daltons with roots in Suffolk England.  Descendents of Samuel of Mayo, VA who believe they are connected to  the  Samuel/Timothy of NH may want to participate and confirm or deny.


The DNA of a line of Westmeath Daltons is available for matching.  This line consists of hundreds in the U. S. and many are in Utah.  Members who remained around Madrid, N.Y and those who stayed in Ireland are most welcome.  Argentinian Daltons are also welcome.

The Yorkshire line is most important for American and English Dalton links.  Because there were so many of them, additions to this sector of the test are wanted to establish linkages with established lines.


Other Results
In future issues of "Daltons in History" there will be updates of where the clusters are occurring.  In the  DNA pool are descendents of Daltons who were in Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, London, Dublin, Kerry.  We also await the results of those members whose ancestry was in VA, TN or KY and whose origins are unknown.  An announcement of historical significance will be made in the Fall DGS Journal regarding American Daltons.


You are cordially invited to join the Dalton Genealogical Society and to participate in the International Dalton DNA Project. The procedure is simple and if your DNA is submitted by mid-October 2003, your certificate will be ready for your family by Christmas.


There are two types of tests available.  A 12 marker test will show cousin relationships and the 25 marker test will show additional ethnic background information and the probabilities of having the same ancestral father if such a relationships exists.  A 12 marker test is $99.00 and the full 25 marker test is $169.00. (These are group discounted prices). The latter is recommended because of the likelihood that Dalton lines go back to Norman times. Generally about seven weeks are required for results.


For those who would like to be a part of this study, please be in contact and let us know the geographical location and date of your earliest recorded Dalton ancestor. DNA kits can be mailed to any location in the world. The particulars of this study are available on the  Family Tree DNA web site and Millicent Craig, the American Secretary is your current coordinator.  Contact:


Editor's note.  Please read FAQ's in the October 2003 issue of "Daltons in History" for answers to questions about qualifications.

from Millicent Craig


In October 2003, the Dalton Data Bank observed its third anniversary with a compilation of 100,000 Daltons in the Bank.  This number is relatively small when we consider that there may be 750,000 Daltons the world over.  Yet it is the largest compilation of Daltons to be found anywhere on the net. The U. K. and Irish data files are unique compared with what is available on for example.


For those beginning an ancestral search, the DDB offers a good starting place.  Within the year 2004, every U. S. state and U. K. county will be complete.   Each file contains births, marriages, census data, and other categories of data as available.  When you have exhausted the data, the DGS Archives are open to you through the Archivist, Michael Cayley.


Responses from the many who have used the DDB have been most favorable. As your DNA results indicate a link to your country of origin,  the Bank will become even more useful for searching, particularly the Christening and Marriage data for those with roots in England.*


During the last three years many DGS members and non-members have made contributions to the files.  Among those yet to be started is the file for London. It will be a huge project.  If you have the time and inclination to extract and format sections of the data for London your help will be  appreciated.  The format is kept simple.


If you have not visited the Dalton Data Bank, you might take a look and see what is currently available and what you can contribute.  No bank is ever complete. E-mail:


*Editors Note:  When the DNA Project was begun and as it unfolds, participants from known lines in England and Ireland are sought in order to establish baselines and to enhance the possiblities of  matching for those whose origins are unknown.  During its 33 years of existence, the DGS Journal has reported these lines and an Index of the Contents of these Journals has been posted on the web.   You may want to become familiar with this unique body of research  by studying the Contents from the link on our home page.