DGS Committee Member

Lucy is one of the most widely known members of the Dalton Genealogical Society. In her long tenure with the Society, she has helped hundreds of Daltons with their research problems, responded to their queries and helped to prepare their family histories for publication in the Journal.

Lucy joined the DGS in 1982 following her early retirement from a successful career at Cambridge University. She was then 60 years of age. Lucy began writing for the Journal in 1983 with the story of "Fancy Bob" one of her Oldham Daltons. That year in recognition of her exceptional talents she was appointed to the Committee of the DGS.

In 1992, Lucy became Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the DGS and Joint Editor of the Journal. For health reasons, Lucy resigned these two roles in 1996. She has been one of the most prolific contributors to the DGS Journal and continues to develop research topics and to assist members with their family histories and queries.

Lucy was a featured speaker in 1993 at a reunion of Croston Daltons that was assembled by your "Daltons in History" editor. The villagers were quite taken with a trace of a Lancashire accent and warmed to the history of Lancashire Daltons. Today over a dozen descendents of this line are members of the DGS and a video of Lucy's talk is a good introduction to the history of the Bispham/Croston Daltons.

Lucy has passed many of her duties on to others but remains on the Committee and generally writes up the MN&Q and other features of the Journal. She is considered to be the historian of the organization.

In 2001, Lucy hosted the Annual Gathering and Meeting of Daltons in Cambridge - a well-attended and most memorable event for all. Lucy now has more time for needlework, reading, swimming, Bible study, meeting friends for a cup of tea and sweets and pampering her feline companion Jenny. Lucy never misses an AGM and looks forward to meeting her Dalton friends in Lancashire on July 10/11 2004.


SATURDAY 10th July 2004

11.00 am

Dalton Genealogical Society Annual General Meeting (coffee and biscuits will be served)

12.45 pm

Buffet lunch


Visit to Towneley Hall, Burnley, or Samlesbury Hall

7:00pm for 7:30pm The Annual DGS Dinner


SUNDAY 11th July 2004


For those who wish to attend the Morning Service at Hoghton Church, it is across the road from Hoghton Tower.

1.00 pm

Lunch at Hoghton Tower

2.00 pm

Tour of Hoghton Tower


Towneley Hall dates from the late 1400s, with numerous extensions and alterations up to the 19th C. It was the home of the Towneley family, but now belongs to Burnley Borough Council, who open it and the grounds to the public. About 1492, a daughter Jane was born to Sir John Towneley and Isabella Pilkington. She was their sixth child and married William, son of Robert Dalton.

Hoghton Tower is the home of the de Hoghton family, and is connected to the Daltons through the marriage in 1683 of William Hoghton of Park Hall, grandson of Sir Richard Hoghton of Hoghton Tower, to Elizabeth Dalton of Thurnham Hall.

There is, so far as I can find, no Dalton connection with Samlesbury Hall, but it is a fine Elizabethan manor house (with ghost) and only a mile from the Swallow.

On the Sunday morning, the nearest church is St. John Southworth (of the Southworths of Samlesbury Hall). It is one of the earliest emancipated Catholic buildings and its baptism register dates from 1795. It should also remind us that the Daltons of Thurnham lost a great deal because of their support, as an ancient Catholic family, for the "old faith".

Swallow Hotel. The hotel we have chosen, the Swallow, is conveniently situated both for access and the planned visits. It is 1 mile from M6 junction 31 and 5 miles from Preston railway station. I can meet trains if required. The rooms are all en-suite and there is an indoor swimming pool and fitness room. We have agreed a special rate for the weekend, to include bed & breakfast on the Friday & Saturday nights, coffee & biscuits at the AGM, buffet lunch, and 3-course dinner on the Saturday night, for the inclusive price of £90 per person. A non-returnable deposit of £10 per head will secure your booking. This should be sent to me with the form below completed. The £10 will be used to defray incidental expenses, including admission to Hoghton Tower. Arrangements can be made if you wish to extend your stay, or attend only part of the event. If you have any queries about the arrangements please contact me directly.

Oswaldtwistle, Lancs
Email: johndalton78@hotmail.com

Each year the number of attendees at the Annual Gathering and Meeting of Daltons has been increasing. The 2003 meeting in Wales was no exception. Not only was a non-stop program of visits to Dalton sites of interest arranged by the Chairman Michael Neale Dalton but also the social aspects of the affair were outstanding. Seven members from America, two from Brazil and one from Australia came together with the Daltons from England and Wales. Many are related and met for the first time.

Most of the attendees were present for the above photograph taken at the hotel and the spirit of camaraderie cannot be duplicated when Daltons get together and swap stories. For a week-end of good fellowship, history and fun you will not want to miss the AGM in Lancashire on July 10- 11, 2004. A great deal of effort goes into the planning of these events for you the members and your friends.

In 2003 there were seven Daltons from America who attended and seven have already made reservations for Lancashire. Let's double the number this year. To make your reservation; go to the Home page and click on the item, "Invitation to AGM, July 10 -11, 2004". Right now airfares are low and two can travel for the price of one. See you in Lancashire!

Incidentally, if you are not a member of the DGS you are also welcome!

A Step Back in Time

As part of your introduction to the Thurnham Daltons and their connections, a visit to Hoghton tour is scheduled during the AGM at Lancashire on July 10-11, 2004. If the gatehouse appears impressive, it is just a sample of what is in store. Docents recount the colorful past of the occupants and their steady stream of visitors and merrymakers. Anecdotes relating to the idiosyncrasies of King John are unforgettable. It was here that he knighted a roast of beef, Sir Loin, an appellation that has survived for centuries.

To become acquainted with the history of Hoghton Tower, you may want to refer to articles that are listed in the Index of DGS Journals. Also Listed below are references to the Hoghtons that are contained in The Dalton Book by Mrs. Frances Edith Leaning (1871-1959) and published by the DGS.

Reference in the DGS Journal Index

Vol.5, 1974, p. 43. Hoghton Tower by Kate Dalton. The marriage of Elizabeth Dalton of Thurnham to William Hoghton, 1683

Vol. 6, 1976, p. 21 The Genealogy of the Dalton Family in Pictures by Michael N. Dalton. At Hoghton Tower, pictures of Main Entrance and Banqueting Hall from the Inner Courtyard.

Vol. 7, 1977, p. 17 The Genealogy of the Dalton Family in Pictures (cont.) Picture of Bernard de Hoghton

Vol. 8, 1978, p. 6 Death of Sir Anthony de Hoghton

Vol. 9, 1979, p. 19 Hoghton Revisited by Michael N. Dalton

Vol. 19, 1990, p. 16 Report of the 1990 DGS Gathering Held in Oswaldtwistle in September 1990 and visit to Hoghton

Editor's note. On the Home page, click on Invitation to Lancashire AGM and send your reservation to John Dalton.

References in The Dalton Book

Hoghton, Sir Gilbert of Hoghton Tower, lxxv, lxxvi;

John (afterward Dalton) of Park Hall, xcvi;

Sir Richard of Hoghton Tower, lxxxv

Hoghton, William, Col., d. 1644m William d. 1712, and junior d. 1712, xcvi.

Editor's note. If you do not have a copy of The Dalton Book and would like to purchase one, please contact your local Secretary listed on the Membership/Entitlements page.

from Millicent Craig

There are a number of Dalton descendents who would like to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project and who are unable to locate a Dalton surname relative as a participant. Perhaps you can help. Some cases will be posted on this web site and others will be posted in the Spring Journal. If you are seeking a relative, please be in touch.

Jim Wormelle, Florida

Jim's Daltons came from Nottingham, England to Brockton MA where the family continued to reside until the 1980's. Jim's last known Dalton relative was Franklin Dalton who lived in Brockton and died there. Franklin was born 22 Dec 1916 and died in Mar 1985. Jim would like to be in contact with any descendents of Franklin. His letters have yielded no results. Contact Jim: gym4jim@bellsouth.net

Theckla Constable Ledyard, Washington

Peter Dalton was born about 180l in the Liverpool area of England. He married Ann Fizackly and came to the U. S. about 1850. At least four children were born in England. As late as 1860-70 he was listed as a tinsmith in Brooklyn, NY. Of eight children there are only two males who could possibly have descendents. It is not known where one son, William was born and he was living at 1204 Carroll St., Brooklyn in 1917. It is possible that there are grandchildren form William. The other possibility is that there may be descendents of Peter's son, Peter who was christened 24 Nov 1834 at St. Peter's Liverpool, England, Theckla is not sure that he came to America and has wondered whether he was the Peter Dalton who traveled up and down the East Coast with a minstrel show.

Finding a male Dalton descendent of either of these men is the only hope that Theckla has to determine whether her ancestry is English or Irish as been hinted. Theckla may be reached at: rledyard@earthlink.net

Pat Bowman - a success story

It took Pat Bowman of TN about 6 months to locate a Dalton relative in Virginia to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project. Pat states that the effort was well worth it. Pat is now reunited with Dalton relatives with whom she had no contact for thirty years.

from Millicent Craig

For the past 34 years, the goal of the Dalton Genealogical Society has been to to link Daltons to Daltons firstly through its Journals. Since 1974, connecting people has been a major aspect of the annual gathering and meeting of Daltons. As Internet technology advanced, it increased the Society's ability to reach Daltons round the world through its web sites and to offer an opportunity to post their ancestral information and receive responses to their questions.

Once again the DGS is in the forefront of the latest genealogical research revolution. Through the advancements in forensic sciences and outgrowth of DNA testing to aid genealogists, it has now become possible to take a giant leap forward in linking people to people. There is no experience comparable to the excitement of finding a genetic cousin and proceeding in a new research direction.

Latest Results - Linking People to People
For those readers who have been following the developments of the Dalton International DNA Project, the theory that Daltons had numerous founding fathers is being born out by the results of the testing. Thus far six and possibly seven clusters have emerged with several more participants waiting to find a match. And for those who do not yet have a match do not be discouraged, for I am certain that we have only scratched the surface of the potential. Here is a listing of the clusters as of February 1, 2004. Several more will be added at a later date.

1. The Junior Dalton Line out of England. The DNA of an American is the fourth match to this line.

2. The Thurnham/Croston line. (England) There are two matches and a search is on for other descendents of this line.

3. English Group III. Matches occurred between two Daltons whose ancestors worked in the textile mills of Manchester. We hope to add to this through those Daltons who emigrated to the U. S. during or after the U. S. Civil War when the English mills shut down due to lack of cotton imports.

4. Irish Group I. This group now has six matches, none of whom had previously known each other. It spans three continents, linking an Australian, four Americans and an Irish member. The ancestors of these members seem to be concentrated in mid south Ireland and we now know that two were in adjoining parishes. (A meeting of several members of this group will be held in Palo Alto, CA on Apr 2, 2004).

5. Irish Group II. The DNA of this group differs from that of Group I and suggests that they had a different founding father. We would like our Canadian Daltons to consider testing and linking to others from their lines.

6. The Dalton Gang of America. As announced in the DGS Journal, the DNA of the only living male descendent of the Gang was deposited in the Project in September 2003. The DNA of two DGS members match that of the participant and more matches are expected. Unfortunately some who believe that they are related to the Gang may find otherwise but may find a new and unexpected family in the diverse lines that are being developed.

7. mtDNA Test. Three of our female members who are or may be descended from the Hampton NH Blake/Dalton line have agreed to take the test.

8. Multiple Lines. As of this date there are many English, Irish and American participants in the DNA project who do not yet have a match and because of aberrations in their records some may never have a match. But there are others who should and will have a match. We are actively seeking more male Dalton descendents of Hampton, NH or Newburyport, MA., Kansas, Georgia, Utah, Kentucky, Virginia, and in fact from all states. A Status Report of the project appeared in the latest DGS Journal and more members in England are beginning to seek participation. We hope to hear from more Americans, Canadians and Australians as well.

Note: If you would like to participate in this international project, please be in contact with your Coordinator, Millicent Craig, e-mail: Millicenty@aol.com

During the Month of February, two files were added to the Dalton Data Bank. They include South Australia and the State of Mississippi, USA. The basic files are nearing completion and if you have data to add, please contact me at: Millicenty@aol.com

South Australia

This file contains almost four hundred births and was contributed by Dr. John Jennings of Australia. It is divided into two Sections. Section I contains the paternal Dalton name and Section II contains the full name of the maternal Dalton. Adelaide is included in this data. In total there are over 1000 surnames in this file. Our appreciation is extended to Dr. Jennings.


Birth records for Mississippi were unavailable at the time of data extraction and contributions from your family file will be gratefully accepted. There are 750 surname entries and given names have an unusually high number of variations in spelling. Key wording will not be effective and browsing the entire file will provide better results. This file was extracted in its entirety by DGS member, K. T. Mapstone and our appreciation is extended to her.