Hello to all our Members!


I share my life with my fiance Jenny Redpath, and we live in a converted barn in the village of Wrelton, on the edge of the North York Moors near Pickering. We used our town as the base for the Dalton Gathering in 2002.


My responsibility is to look after the finances of the Society, a job in which I am ably assisted by our Secretaries in Australia and America, namely Maureen Collins and Millicent Craig, who look after the subscriptions of their members. Many of the UK members pay directly via their bank, which makes my task a lot easier, and many also pay through Gift Aid, which enables the Society to reclaim the tax that has been paid on that contribution another vital source of income for us.


Both Jenny and I are very keen genealogists; my ancestry is rural East Yorkshire back into 17th C, and before that probably Hull, where there have been Daltons since the 14th C.  Jenny,  however,  is a Scot, which has the bonus that her Record offices are in Edinburgh, one of our favourite cities. My involvement in Family History extends to my work as I sell Histories of surnames and Coats of Arms, and meet lots of other people with the same interest in genealogy.  We also enjoy gardening, and have been lucky enough to have designed and built the garden we have here, as we started with a green field!


In December 2003 we head off to Australia and New Zealand and hope to meet as many members in Sydney on the 3rd January 2004 as possible. The idea has rubbed off on Jenny as she is having a Redpath Gathering the day before and meeting descendants of her family who emigrated from Scotland in the 1880s.

From Maureen M. Collins, Australian Secretary


Apart from an inaugural meeting in 1988, when the Australian branch of the DGS was founded by Michael Neale Dalton and Jill Dalton Warren, this will be the first gathering of Australian Dalton members and those with an interest in Dalton family history.  The incentive to hold the meeting is a visit by Michael Dalton, Chairman, and his wife Kate and by Howard Dalton, Treasurer, and his wife Jenny.


We have decided that the meeting should be fairly informal to enable members and friends to exchange interests, anecdotes, family photos and other memorabilia. A major topic would have to be the DNA project being undertaken by the DGS and there will be information and explanations available to those interested.  I have kept costs to a minimum and we will have a light sandwich lunch and a buffet evening meal for those wishing to stay on after 5.00 pm.


Anyone interested in attending is invited to phone me, email me or send me the attached registration form by email or mail. I am already receiving enquiries about attending and would be grateful to hear from those interested as early as possible in order to work out catering arrangements. A deposit of $10 is requested on registration made payable to The Dalton Genealogical Society. If anyone is intending to travel interstate, please let me know if you need any help regarding places to stay. There is certainly bed and breakfast accommodation available in the area and I will help with arrangements as the need arises.





Please register me (us) for attendance at the Dalton Genealogical Society meeting at 1/11 Moruben Road, Mosman, NSW 2088, on Saturday, 3 January 2004.


 Participant Name(s)______________________________Tel:_____________________________

 Address:_______________________________________ E-mail:__________________________  

 Please indicate attendance at lunch and/or dinner: ______________________________________


Meeting 10:00 am until 5:00 pm includes lunch annd morning/tea/coffee (Aust $10).

Evening session 7:00 pm buffet dinner (Aust $20.00)


 I enclose Aust $10.00 deposit.


Please make cheque payable to Dalton Genealogical Society and return prior to December 18, 2003 to:  Maureen Collins, 1/11 Moruben Road, Mosman NSW 2088 or e-mail:  mailto:mmcollins@ozemail.com.au?subject=Dalton Information




 Further information will be sent after registration or please phone (02)9960 1171


from Millicent V. Craig


In the Dalton International DNA Project, there is a participant who is descended from Matthew William Dalton of Utah.  His DNA does not match other Daltons of Irish descent who are in the project and  an effort is being made to locate any Daltons who are related to this family and if possible to confirm this potentially important line of the Daltons.  Because the family was still in County Meath, Ireland in the 18th Century it is a clue although remote, that this line may be descended from one of the earliest Daltons who settled in Meath.  Many Daltons who were living in Meath had been displaced to Westmeath in the 17th Century.



Matthew was born on 1st November 1829 in Madrid, St. Lawrence County, New York.  On his way to California to to seek his fortune, he stopped in Salt Lake City where he converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and subsequently married three times.  His first wife was Rozilla Marilla Whitaker, the daughter of Malinda Fishel and James Whitaker of Council Bluffs, Iowa. They had eight children.  His second wife in bigamy was Alice Ophelia Miller mar. 5 Sep 1868 in Salt Lake City and they had one son, William Frederick Dalton.  Matthew and Alice divorced and he took as his third wife, Sarah Ann Hymas, daughter of Sarah Ann Carter and George Hymas of Hockley England.  They had two children.


The 1880 Census shows that there were four clusters of this family living in close proximity in Willard, UT.    Matthew, 51, his wife Rozilla, and three daughters Jane, Martha M. and Ellen comprised one group.  James M., farmer, 28 and wife Priscilla and three children were enumerated in a second household.  John A., farm laborer and his wife Elizabeth were in a third household.  Frederick, 10, was living with his grandparents, John H. and Anne Miller.


New York, Wisconsin, Ireland Connection

Matthew's parents were  John J. and Mary McGovern married in 1818 in Bohermeen Parish, Lower Navan, Meath Ireland.  Before settling in Madrid, St. Lawrence, NY, two children were born in Ireland;  Peter was born in Dec 1819 and Thomas was born on 18 Apr 1821 , both in Arbraccan, Navan, Meath, Ireland.  James was born in 1823 aboard ship and lived in St. Lawrence, NY, unmarried.  George was born on 27th Oct 1826 in Madrid, St. Lawrence .  They had one sister, Mary who was born on 15 Aug 1832 in Madrid St. Lawrence and married Michael Murphy on 1 Dec 1851.


Mary McGovern Dalton died on Feb 1834 in Madrid and was buried on the farm of her grandson Raymond Dalton on Norfolk Rd., Madrid.  Her husband, John J. Dalton, re-married to

Nancy Ann Carol and brought two children by a previous marriage to the union.  John J. died in Wyocena, Wisconsin on the 22 Mar 1877 and is buried at Rocky Run Cemetery near Rio in Columbia County,  Wisconsin.  In the 1880 Census of Wyocena there is a small cluster of Daltons who may be related.


This family originated in either Darmstown or Ardbraccan, Meath Ireland.  Matthew's grandfather, Peter Dalton was born about 1752 and died in Meath on 2 Jan 1834.  Peter, a farmer, married Nancy Naulty about 1778 in Adbraccan.  This couple had 11 children.  One son, John J. Dalton, the

father of Matthew is the connection to America.  Undoubtedly there are thousands of descendents of Peter and Nancy Dalton who remained in Ireland and from brothers of Peter Dalton who also remained in Ireland.


It is hoped that Daltons in Ireland, New York, Wisconsin and Utah will recognize this family and  contact the editor and coordinator of the Dalton International DNA Project,  Millicent Craig,  Millicenty@aol.com

During the month of November 2003, two files were added to the Dalton Data Bank. They were Sussex County, England and Part I of the Tennessee, U. S.  file.   Work began on the London data file thanks to DGS member, William "Bill" Dalton of Gig Harbor, WA.  William "Mike" Dalton of Portland, OR has been revising the file of Ireland and hopes to finish in the Spring of 2004.  Data for Northern Ireland will be set up as a separate file. Volunteers for these projects are most welcome.


Sussex, England


There is a rather large collection of Births and Marriages in this file of some 1000 surname entries. It also includes two sets of extractions from the 1881 Census. Section I contains the enumerations of those Daltons who were in Sussex at the time of the Census and Section II contains the enumerations of those Daltons who were born in Sussex and were living elsewhere.  An Index of Daltons from the 1891 Census is also included but researchers will have to search the original data for surnames other than Dalton who were living in a household where Daltons were enumerated.


Tennessee, USA, Part I


Tennessee documents record the migration of Daltons from the Carolinas, Virginia and Kentucky.  They often remained for one generation and then moved on to Indiana, Missouri, Texas and other mid-western states. Birth records are scarce but marriage records are plentiful.  A very large section of Deeds, Warrants and Trusts was contributed by Melanie Crain, Editor of the Dalton Gang Newsletter.  Our appreciation is extended to her.  This file contains approximately 3000 surname entries and will be uploaded in two sections.  The first section is uploaded in November 2003 and the second section is scheduled for uploading in December 2003. Contributions of birth records are welcome.

from your Editor


During the year 2003, the DGS launched two important projects. The Index of DGS Journals covering a span of 30 years (1970-2000) was made available on its own web site for all Daltons to savor this historical treasure.  In June of this year the Dalton International DNA Project sponsored by the DGS made its debut. This is an ambitious undertaking and a genealogical tool that  may provide clues to the relationships and ancestors of our members.


A spectacular Annual Gathering and Meeting was held in Wales in May/June.  Thanks to our Chairman Michael Neale Dalton,  this was an historical and social success.  Through the media of the DGS Journals, the monthly web page "Daltons in History",  and the Dalton Data Bank , the Society significantly increased the amount of research and data available to Daltons everywhere.


Our thanks are extended to all who have made contributions. Membership has risen substantially throughout the year.


All  was made possible through the efforts of the Chairman of the DGS, Michael Neale Dalton, the committee members around the world, and the generosity of volunteers who contributed to the Journals, and to the web pages. To all signers of the Guest Books who registered their appreciation of our work, we are most grateful. 


Our intent is to make your ancestral search easier through print, the internet, personal contacts and the science of genetics.  Toward this end, much more data and research findings will be made available in the year 2004. If you are a user of the web pages and value what you find, support the efforts of the DGS with your membership and submit your ancestral line for inclusion in the Journal. You will have to agree that The Dalton Genealogical Society is unique among One Name Societies in its offerings to the Dalton public at large.


On behalf of the DGS your editor wishes Daltons everywhere a Happy Holiday Season. We also hope that your ancestral search will be most rewarding in 2004.

Update (December 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 Dalton International 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: Millicenty@aol.com


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