A visit to Samlesbury Hall is on the agenda for the Annual Gathering of Daltons in Lancashire, England on July 10/11 2004. The meeting will be held at the Swallow Hotel in Preston near the Hall. If we look back far enough in time, we find that nearly all of the early Lancashire families are connected. In the Southworth family history of Samlesbury, the Thorneley and Molyneux families are connected to the Daltons.

Ghosts, Ghosts and More Ghosts

Spooky tales of Samlesbury are quite plentiful and continue to this day. One of the most repeated stories is that of the "White Lady" who appears in the Hall. The origin began in the seventeenth Century when Lady Dorothy Southworth, a devout Catholic fell in love with a young Protestant. On the night of their intended secret elopement, her brother learned of it and killed the young man and his two accomplices. Lady Dorothy the story goes was sent to a convent in France where she went insane and died. Recent discovery of three skeletons near the Hall reinforced the story and it persists despite the fact that Lady Dorothy lived a full life.

Throughout the 1940's and 1950's the apparition of a lady has appeared in the hall, on the outskirts of the hall where the old moat stood, and on walkways. Locals are convinced that it is Lady Dorothy and the minds of those who have experienced this phenomenon are not to be changed. If you are a lover of ghosts and ghost stories you will not want to miss Samlesbury, said to be one of the most haunted Halls in all of England. Download the following Invitation to the AGM and send it to John Dalton. johndalton78@hotmail.com


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

Our host for the 2003 Annual Gathering and Meeting of Daltons, Michael Neale Dalton, led the motorcade through the Gower Peninsula in Wales enroute to the famed church of the Daltons at Carmarthen, On the way we stopped for a short visit in the quaint village of Laugharne perched high on the top of a cliff. From a scenic vantage point one can view the beautiful green rolling hillsides for miles. From the opposite side of the vantage point the estuary seems miles below. Both views can be seen in the pictures below and includes the home of poet, Dylan Thomas.

DGS Members
Home of Dylan Thomas

Members in Photo

Enjoying the spectacular view are:

Back Row: Howard Dalton, Yorkshire; Charles Dow, Brazil; Mike Dalton, Oregon; Dan Mapstone, Mississippi; Peter and Joy Goater, Wiltshire

Front Row: Michael N. Dalton, Surrey; K. T. Mapstone; Margaret Deyes, London; Rosemary Dow; Millicent Craig, California

Dylan Thomas' Home

Thomas was born in Wales in 1914 and his first volume of poetry was published at age 20. He married Caitlin MacNamara in 1937 and in 1938 moved to the house in Laugharne where his children were born. We peeked inside his garage with its red painted work table, papers and books. It was his sanctuary where solitude existed and creativity flourished. Thomas' work was widely accepted in the U. S. and he died in NY in 1953 at age 39. He is buried in Laugharne and his grave is marked by a simple wooden cross.

One never knows what surprises are in store for our adventurous Daltons so join your fellow members for an unforgettable experience in Lancashire. Photos courtesy of Sam Craig, Jr.

DGS member Donna Moore of WA would like to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project and needs help in locating a male Dalton from her line. She is descended from Milo E. Dalton who was b. in IA in1873. The family of one son Lloyd G. Dalton has been traced to Fergus County Montana and the latest information is the death of his descendent Robert E. Dalton in Lewistown, Fergus County on 18/20 Dec 1994. Robert was b. 16 August 1930. Donna met Robert once on a plane and would like to be in contact with any issue.

The second member of this family was J. Frank Dalton who was b. In IA c. 1878 He married Alvina, b. Germany and a son Alvin was b. 27 Dec 1909 in CA. A dau Hellen was b. about 1915 in Texas. Alvin died in Laguna Niguel, CA on Oct 28 2001. Donna would like to reach children of Alvin or Helen. Contact Donna at: do_re_1976@msn.com

Once again we appeal to the descendents of Edward Dalton and his family of Toole, Utah. Edward Dalton was from Newton Heath, England. Virginia Higgens of Australia has provided some additional information on this family that suggests that she may be related. If you are descended from Edward in Utah, or from other members of this family in England, please be in touch. Millicenty@aol.com

To Dalton Gang afficionados, DGS member Neilis Dalton of Washington writes the following. "There are two items that I have not seen that anyone has addressed. The first one is in the book written by Frank J. Latta, "Dalton Gang Days". On pages 150, 152, 153, He mentions a Maggie Rucker who is letting Bill Dalton hide in her house. This takes place in California. It makes me believe in the Granger County TN. connection of the outlaws and Reuben's descendants. His son, John Meredith Dalton's wife was Delphia Rucker.

The second item concerns the Rucker family also. Recently I was on one of the genealogy internet sites and found Delphia Rucker Dalton's line complete back to 1302. The earliest ancestor was Friederick Schmeltz Rucker. He was a German".

Neilis would like to see comments by others who are doing Dalton research. E-mail: ntdalton@cet.com

From Millicent Craig

In recent weeks several requests for participation have arrived from individuals who may or may not have interracial backgrounds and this article addresses some of their questions and needs.

According to the 1880 Census of the United States, about 8 % or almost 900* Daltons, Daultons, Doltons and Doultons were classified as black or mulatto. These designations could have been accurate or arbitrary according to the written or unwritten classifications in the area. Interracial Daltons were to be primarily found in the southeastern states - the Carolinas, Georgia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. Most states had a law against mixed marriage and interracial couples lived together without marriage or moved on to other states. Native Americans were often classified as black and many freed slaves joined the tribes. It was commonplace among the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminoles tribes.

On plantations and farms, black domestic servants and laborers frequently assumed the surname of the plantation owner and had no biological connection with the owner or master. In other cases, the domestic bore the owner's or master's children and sometimes Daltons had two separate families, one white and one black. Despite emancipation, this practice continued through the 1870's.

Through the DGS web pages and correspondence we are learning how widespread interracial Daltonism is in the world and will be in the future. In the western world, the islands of the Caribbean are a prime example. And as European societies become more integrated, more and more of tomorrow's children will be interracial.

In trying to assist both white and black members of such families, it has become apparent that documentation is indeed lacking. One means to verify or deny Dalton lineage is through the DNA process. After observing the results of some 35 cases, it has become clear, that Daltons of Irish and English descent, fall within a small numerical range of each other as expressed by allelles or markers. Just two have fallen outside of the range and one of them completely matches another surname.

Thus if you are in doubt or want to verify that your lineage is Dalton, I suggest that you at least take the 12 marker test. If your alleles or markers fall outside the Dalton range, this will give the first indication that your lineage is not Dalton. If it falls within the range then I suggest that you continue with the extra 13 markers in order to learn whether you have a true genetic cousin match. In either case your Recent Ethnic Origin (REO) will be established.

In families where there were both white and black or mulatto children who had a common Dalton father a more definitive result is possible. The ideal situation is for a white Dalton male descendent and a black or mulatto Dalton male descendent to have their DNA analyzed. This will give positive proof of whether they had the same common ancestor. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact: Millicent Craig, Coordinator, Dalton International DNA Project. Millicenty@aol.com

This file of Federal prisoners, surname Dalton was compiled by K. T. Mapstone

Name: John G. Daulton
Year: 1903
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Civilian/Military: Military
Jurisdiction: 7th US Cav., Camp George H. Thomas, GA
Offense: Viol. Articles of War, Sect. 62
Photograph: True
Fulldate = 18 Nov 1903.
Record number = 3733.

Name: Jack Dalton

Year: 1917
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Military
Jurisdiction: 3rd Texas Inf., Corpus Christi, TX
Offense: Fraudulent Enlistment/Desertion/Uttering
Photo: False
Fulldate = 9-Nov-1917.
Record number = 12086.

Name: Harry Dalton
Year: 1918
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Military
Jurisdiction: Quartermaster Corps, Camp Funston, KS
Offense: Forgery/Uttering
Photo: True
Fulldate = 15-Nov-1918.
Record number = 13322.

Name: Jesse B. Dalton

Year: 1918
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Military
Jurisdiction: Medical Department, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii Territory
Offense: Larceny/Possessing Opium (see # 45197)
Photo: False
Fulldate = 1-Feb-1918.
Record number = 12383.

Name: Bob Dalton
Year: 1919
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Civilian
Jurisdiction: Arizona
Offense: Illicit Distilling
Photo: True
Fulldate = 20-Jun-1919.
Record number = 14131

Name: Harry A. Dalton

Year: 1919
Group/Society/Organization: Leavenworth (KS) Federal Prisoners
Located: Leavenworth Co, KS
Source: Prison Records
Notes: Military
Jurisdiction: 168th US Inf., American Expeditionary Forces, France
Offense: AWOL/Breaking Arrest/Forgery
Photo: True
Fulldate = 22-May-1919.
Record number = 13989.

To receive a copy of a case record, a letter must include the prisoner's case number and name. The Archives' staff will write back with the cost of copying the record. Do not send money until you have received confirmation from them on the cost. Mail your request to:

NARA's Central Plains Region
2312 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131-3011

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 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 March two new files were added to the DDB and some corrections were made to existing files as requested by readers. The new files were Nottingham U. K., and Oklahoma, U. S.

The last major file to be extracted for the U. K. is London and this will be a huge file. Bill Dalton of WA state volunteered to extract marriages and another volunteer is working on the 1871 Census. If you have some free time and would like to extract births for London or other Census material, please be in touch. There are still a few major states to be assembled for the U. S. and work on Scotland is in the offing. Help with any of these files will be appreciated.

Nottingham, U. K.

Records of births and marriages have been augmented with Archdeaconry, Marriage and Allegation records of Nottingham that provide more specific details. Lace making was a major industry. Migration from Nottingham was significant and the results are shown in Section II of the 1881 Census. Many lace makers came to America. There are approximately 900 surname entries in the file.

Oklahoma, U. S.

Dalton residents of Oklahoma remained relatively low in number even in the 20th Century. The Social Security Index shows that the out-migration of Daltons equaled the in-migration so the population remained fairly static. The first Census data available is for 1920 and the total number of surname entries in this file is approximately 450.