An impressive number of Daltons have made reservations for the Annual Gathering of Daltons to be held in Dublin and in Mount Dalton on July 30, 31 2005. If you have not sent your reservation, please read the notices in the Current Back Issues section of this newsletter for April, May 2005. Be sure to contact the Chairman, Michael N. Dalton directly.

K. T. Mapstone sends a travel item for those who will be touring in Ireland or who will be driving from Dublin to Mount Dalton. This site appears to be worth a visit.

“There's another hill in Ireland that rivals Tara. It's the Hill of Uisneagh and it's eleven miles west of Mullingar on road R390 . Tradition holds that all five ancient tribes used the Hill of Uisneagh as a meeting place. This was centuries before St. Patrick.

As you travel along the Ballymore road, you will pass the location of King Tuathal Teachmar's royal palace from the 2nd Century. Bealtaine, a pagan festival of fire, was celebrated here during King Tuathal's reign. Our May Day has it's origin in Bealtaine. If you arrive at Mt. Dalton, you've gone too far. Turn around and go back to the Hill of Uisneagh”.

We look forward to meeting our members in Dublin. Check the August 2005 "Daltons in History" for photos of attendees.

For many years, DGS member Jim Wormelle of Florida has tried to find his Massachusetts cousins and July 4, 2005 is the date that his search will finally come to an end. Jim is descended from William Dalton of Nottingham, England and whose son Walter worked in the shoe trade. Walter emigrated to the shoe capital of the world, Brockton, MA where he set up a hat manufacturing business. Walter Dalton was Jim’s grandfather whose son Franklin died a few years ago in Massachusetts. The DGS was able to learn where Franklin Dalton died and who are his children. Jim will visit his first cousins this month in MA.

From age 13, Jim, now retired has collected memorabilia on his Dalton family, photographs, data and even inherited the furniture from his grandfather Dalton’s home. From his trunk of treasures he selected the following photo of the Dalton Hat shop in Brockton. The shop was decorated with red, white and blue bunting for the Fourth of July celebration. Jim estimates that this photo was taken about 1920.

Happy Fourth of July From Jim Wormelle

Dalton, The Brockton Hatter Shop

Jim’s English family lived in Nottingham, Leicester, and in Bournemouth, Dorset about as far south as one can go. He is preparing a history of his family for a future issue of the DGS Journal. Our appreciation is extended to Jim for sharing news of his fourth of July reunion in MA.

For those following the Lancashire Daltons, you are already familiar with the village of Croston and its Daltons. Croston Hall was the most important historical landmark of the village. It was originally built about 900 and went through many transformations and ownerships over time. Ownership descended in two families, one of them being Daltons. By the late 1700’s the de Trafford family had bought out the Daltons share, demolished the Hall and built a magnificent Putin–designed structure.

Croston Hall

Few photographs of Croston Hall exist but this sepia-toned image is in the historical collection of William Derek Dalton of Parbold. (This photograph clearly shows the tower that Derek had arranged to purchase for a summer house.)

After the death of the last Squire and his sister Ermintrude, Dalton heard of the intended demolition of the Hall. The next morning he drove to the site and here his account of the1964 tragic event. .

“Tha can’t come o’er ere, so bugger off”! The night watchman stood, legs apart, arms folded, at the foot of the bridge leading over the river Yarrow to the old Hall, barring the way to nosey sightseers. It was the summer of 1964 and I had heard the night before that unbelievably, the old ancestral seat of the village Squire, the last relic of the past feudal system, was being hurriedly demolished or at least taken to a point of no return before any sympathetic preservationists realized what was happening. My informant had given me the name of the watchman.

From the main road to the Hall, over the old stone bridge, was about a hundred yards. From the road to the bridge was about fifty. I ignored the watchman’s outburst and kept walking towards him, until I was just several feet away. ‘Hold it there Jimmy!’ I said whipping out my folding Kodak camera. Making a big play of focusing, I clicked the shutter. Then I moved around to get a shot that would include the Hall as background. ‘Click’. ‘Okay Jimmy, you’re part of history now’ I said. ‘I’ll make sure you get copies of the’”. I left him speechless by calling him by his name. And as he tried to fathom who I was I had thrown him off balance by taking his photo. This obviously touched a soft spot.

The Hall had been a focal point in our village for over a century. The Squire, a bachelor, and his spinster sister were genuinely well loved by everyone. He was an excellent and considerate landlord. Annually the two received the parish Walking Day at the Hall.

Now as I looked beyond Jimmy to the soft red brick building with its stone mullioned windows, huge Gothic arched doorway and once neat lawns, I could see gaping holes where glass should have been. The huge lead rainwater spout hoppers with the family crest on the front, were squashed flat on a pile of scrap lead flashing and water pipes. The lawn was cut to ribbons by the demolition contractor’s machinery. The whole building, still with its magnificent weather vane gently swinging atop the tower, seemed to be crying out to me for help. If nothing else I had to record this on film.

I went back many times during the course of the demolition work and saw much destruction. Fancy individual plaster moldings of the family crest and motto all around the frieze of the entrance hall were trampled underfoot. Floor tiles bordering each room and bearing the family initials were dug up and carried off for hardcore. Someone chiselled off the armorial shields from the huge stone fireplace, probably to take home as a novelty wall decoration.

In the servants wing the cavernous kitchen that had often been a hive of activity as the staff catered for a huge party, a ball, or a shooting party for the gentry, two men were dismantling the roasting spits and meat hooks for the museum. The tall, mesh-fronted game cupboard stood abandoned, the doors swinging abjectly. Once highly scrubbed preparation tables lay covered in dust and debris. On the far side of the building, which was in reality the real façade of the Hall overlooking the private parkland a bulldozer was busy flattening the peach house, smashing the intricate cast iron columns and brackets for scrap.

Later I watched as the same machine turned its attention to the terraced walk. The driver moved along the dressed stone patio, pushing over the tall ornamental stone urns on paneled linths, some still containing exotic looking plants. Broken, he swept them ahead of him gathering a short flight of stone steps and balustrade as he went to a pile destined as just more hardcore.

Through the main entrance doors the foyer was directly beneath the main tower. Here looking up through several floor levels, the workmen could be seen stripping out the floorboards. I caught glimpses of abandoned antique furniture. This was later thrown through the floor joints to smash on the tiles below. Beautiful oak wardrobes highly French-polished dressing tables and bed all reduced to matchwood because there was no market for them at the time. In the reception hall, flanked by two massive polished red granite pillars, a winding stone staircase lead to a gallery around the bedrooms. These pillars on turned stone bases with Corinthian tops were eventually pushed over and smashed into pieces.

The main tower was hexagonal in shape, made up of open pitch pine gothic arches on a dressed stone cill, with a short tapering dressed slate roof topped with a magnificent weather vane. This I thought would make a lovely summerhouse so we agreed on a price and I arranged to crane it down. I arrived a few days later to cut the retaining pins before lifting. As I approached I could see thick black smoke rising over the trees and a light aircraft was circling the scene. When I turned in through the main gates I saw that the tower was ablaze. Flames were shooting through every empty window as the tower acting as a giant chimneystack drew up the flames of the bonfire, which someone had lit in the porch below the tower. All I had left was the photograph I had taken earlier.

The Remains of the Tower

The bonfire consumed everything with the exception of a few stained glass plates I rescued. Even the family photographs were on a pile ready to be burned and I managed to rescue a few. They were not only social but village history. The pathetic few were excellent examples of a lifestyle now mostly forgotten”.

Note: DGS member, Derek Dalton, antiquarian and local historian is a descendent of the Croston Daltons. He permitted the printing of this article that is part of a historical document for his immediate family. He also provided the two photos used in the article.

From Millicent Craig

Last month "Daltons in History" carried a short account of the Genographic Project that is being partnered by National Geographic and IBM. See the June 2005 issue of "Daltons in History" and the longer explanation in the forthcoming DGS Journal.

All North American participants in the Dalton International DNA Project also received a notice during the month of June 2005 about participation in the study. Several decided to have their first 12 markers included in the project and have let me know of their decision. I appreciate your contact.

Participants in the Dalton International Project who are in Europe or Australia will be briefed on the Genographic Project through DGS Journal #42. This should be in the mail by the first of July 2005. After you have received your copy, you will receive an e-mail from the Project Coordinator concerning your possible participation in the Genographic Project.

There are many members who have not participated in the Dalton International DNA project and have indicated their wish to do so in the coming months. Others have expressed interest in the Genographic project. If you wish to participate in either project, please contact me first and I will do my best to clarify the procedure.

If you are not a member of the Dalton Genealogical Society we welcome your membership and subsequent participation in the Dalton International DNA Project. Genealogy by genetics is one of the most important tools of the 21st Century. In many cases it is defining ethnic origins to be other than what has been traditionally believed. It is also bringing together previously unknown genetic cousins who are working in concert to uncover their common ancestor. We look forward to your query.

If you have been following our search for the origins of a VA Dalton family with offspring named Timothy a few more Daltons have made a suggestion or contributed data. In talking with some members, it is amazing how many sources they have already explored. We have also heard from members who have shared their family data with others whose DNA matches their family and would like to have reciprocal sharing. This should be a two-way street.


Latest to be heard from is DGS member Todd Dalton who seeks to expand a possible Scots-Irish connection. Todd quotes from a book regarding the Scots-Irish immigration written by J. G. Leyburn, a Professor at Washington and Lee University who wrote the following:

“Another example of successful private enterprise was given by Sir Arthur Chichester, English Lord Deputy of Ireland. As a reward for his services in the wars he was granted in 1603 large tracts of the east county of County Antrim, near the modern city of Belfast. Determined to plant his estates, he brought farmers from his own county of Devon and attracted others from Lancashire and Cheshire. His colonization prospered that much of southern Antrim became English in character. Other moderately successful plantations occurred in the inland county of Monaghan.”

Has anyone pursued this angle? Todd opines that it would be great to find a Timothy in one of these counties in 1603.

Limerick, Athea

Rita Dalton Frank posted a note on the DGS Guest Book stating that her g grandfather was Timothy Dalton of Athea. From our earlier searches it was noted that one of the few places that the name Timothy occurred in Ireland was in and around Athea. It appears to be a family name.

John Dalton b. about 1790, married Ellen White and had 10 children. Timothy was the eighth born and fourth male in the family. If the traditional naming pattern was followed, first son was named after the paternal grandfather; second son after the maternal grandfather; third son after a paternal uncle; fourth son after a maternal uncle. So there is a 50/50 chance that Timothy was named after a brother to Ellen White.

Timothy married Johanna Fitzgerald in Abbeyfeale Parish on 21 Feb 1846. This couple had 7 children, two boys. Neither son was given a traditional family name. Timothy and Johanna stayed in Limerick

Timothy Dalton’s youngest brother and 10th child of John and Ellen White Dalton married Hellen Ahern in Athea Parish on August 19 1850. This couple had 6 sons and used the traditional name of the grandfather John, and included the name Timothy. Daniel and Ellen and John, Patrick, Timothy William and Daniel arrived in the Port of NY on Nov 2, 1863. They settled in East Virgil, County Cortland, NY.

What Rita does not know is who were the brothers of John Dalton but in the time frame we are searching, one would need to know who Timothy’s grandfather and grand uncles Dalton were.

Rita added that in the Ellis Island records there were Daltons from Athea going to St. Louis, Kentucky and the Chicago area.

Editor’s note. My files contain a profusion of undocumented information including the birth of Timothy in England. It has come from family trees of many Daltons. There is little agreement among the trees and until something definitive appears it is not likely that any will be printed in this Newsletter. We will continue to search for a link to England or to Ireland.

This is a five page file of Daltons who registered in the draft for WWI. Not all places of birth are noted but there are several who were born in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, etc. Out thanks are extended to K. T. Mapstone who compiled these Daltons in the course of researching her family.


James Clarence Dalton, 24 Jul 1879, White, medium, slender, blue, brown
William Edward Dalton, 10 Aug 1876, White, tall, slender, blue, light brown

Chester Dalton, 27 Jan 1892, White, born Ohio, medium, medium, grey, brown

Grant Dalton, 29 Oct 1895, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, sandy

Frank William Dalton, 23 Aug 1900, White, medium, medium, blue, brown

Charles H. Dalton, 15 Jul 1887, White, born Indiana, medium, slender, brown, brown
David Dalton, 20 May 1894, White, born Indiana, medium, stout, blue, black
James P. Dalton, 22 Oct 1873, White, short, medium, brown, black
Jennings John Dalton, 03 Dec 1897, White, medium, medium, dark grey, dark brown
Joseph Dalton, 20 Feb 1894, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, brown, black
Renous Dalton, 23 Feb 1899, White, medium, medium, grey, dark brown
Thomas Dalton, 09 Dec 1877, White, medium, medium, brown, grey

Melvin Dalton, 14 Oct 1896, ?, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, dark
Thurman Dalton, 01 Oct 1891, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, brown

James Dalton, 22 Feb 1874, White, medium, medium, brown, dark

Robert G. Dalton, 02 Feb 1889, ?, born Indiana, medium, medium, grey, ?
William D. Dalton, 24 Jul 1877, White, tall, stout, blue, grey

James Edward Dalton, 05 Mar 1882, White, tall, medium, blue, brown

James T. Dalton, 02 Feb 1876, White, medium, medium, brown, dark
Samuel J. Dalton, 22 Sep 1884, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, brown, brown

Wilber Clarence Dalton, 29 Sep 1890, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, light

James Russel Dalton, 01 Mar 1889, White, born Missouri, tall, slender, brown, light brown

Hilery Dalton, 25 Dec 1885, Black, tall, stout, brown, brown
John Dalton, 13 Mar 1874, White, medium, medium, grey, brown
Thomas Isaac Dalton, 19 May 1873, Black, medium, medium, brown, black
Frank Paul Dalton, 15 Mar 1877, White, medium, medium, blue, brown, ? cut in right arm
Joseph Alexander Dalton, 09 Jun 1889, White, born Illinois, medium, slender, blue, light
William Alphonsus Dalton, 26 Aug 1875, White, medium, medium, blue, brown, leg off between knee and ankle (wears artificial leg)
Hobert Dalton, 27 Mar 1898, Black, medium, medium, dark, dark
James Aloysius Dalton, 26 May 1898, White, medium, medium, blue, light brown
Jerome Augustine Dalton, 04 Apr 1895, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, light brown, dark brown

Jesse Scott Dalton, 06 Jun 1886, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, grey, brown
Rodalph F. Dalton, 16 Sep 1887, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, brown
Emmet Dalton, 01 Aug 1876, Black, tall, stout, black, slight grey
Gilbert Dalton, 21 Dec 1892, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, brown, ?
Maurice Michael Dalton, 04 Jul 1885, White, medium, medium, grey, auburn
William Patrick Dalton, 12 Jun 1886, White, born Ireland, medium, medium, blue, black, slightly bald
Grover Cleveland Dalton, 10 Sep 1895, Black, born Georgia, short, medium, black, black
Roy Dalton, 11 Apr 1891, White, born Illinois, medium, medium, blue, brown, slightly bald
Ernest Dalton, 15 Apr 1896, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, brown, dark brown
Harry Louis Dalton, 26 Sep 1878, White, medium, medium, light brown, black
Max Edward Dalton, 21 Jul 1885, White, tall, slender, grey, black
Michael Thomas Dalton, 16 Oct 1878, White, medium, medium, brown, brown
Robert Raymond Dalton, 23 May 1883, White, tall, medium, dark blue, dark brown
William Patrick Dalton, 20 Jun 1885, White, medium, slender, brown, brown, gen physical condition bad
William Ralph Dalton, 03 Mar 1884, White, medium, medium, blue, light brown
James R. Dalton, 29 Sep 1873, White, medium, medium, blue, brown
John Frances Dalton, 14 Oct 1875, White, medium, medium, brown, black
John William Dalton, 15 Jun 1882, White, medium, medium, blue, brown
Michael Patrick Dalton, 09 Mar 1893, White, born Ireland, tall, medium, blue, brown
Charlie Dalton, 27 Jan 1894, White, born Kentucky, medium, slender, brown, dark brown
Henry Dalton, 27 Jan 1894, White, born Kentucky, tall, slender, brown, dark brown
Martin Patrick Dalton, 19 Feb 1887, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, grey, dark brown, right foot off
Ernest Dalton, 5 Apr 1896, White, born Indiana, short, medium, brown, dark
James Francis Dalton, 16 Sep 1880, White, tall, slender, grey, brown, left limb amputated below knee
Oday Barrtore Dalton, 30 Oct 1898, White, short, slender, brown, brown
William Joseph Dalton, 10 May 1876, White, tall, slender, blue, brown
John Francis Dalton, 07 Nov 1882, White, tall, slender, grey, brown
Michael Francis Dalton, 17 Jan 1876, White, medium, slender, grey, light
Ludwell Franklin Dalton, 25 Nov 1875, White, ?, medium, brown, brown, sight is poor in left eye
Walter Dalton, 1873, Black, medium, stout, brown, brown

John Edward Dalton, 08 May 1877, White, medium, ?, blue, brown
Lewis William Dalton, 20 Feb 1879, White, medium, medium, blue, brown
Louis Dalton, 20 May 1880, White, medium, medium, blue, dark

Frank Dalton, 14 Aug 1899, White, tall, slender, grey, brown
John Dalton, 20 Feb 1893, ?, born Indiana, medium, medium, brown, black
Joseph Dalton, 14 Aug 1887, White, born Indiana, tall, stout, brown, brown
Squire Lee Dalton, 02 Aug 1889, White, born Indiana, tall, slender, blue, brown
Thomas Dalton, 15 May 1895, ?, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, black

Arthur Franklin Dalton, 26 Nov 1879, White, medium, medium, grey, light
Elijah Elbert Dalton, 17 Oct 1888, White, born Indiana, tall, slender, blue, light

Leslie F. Dalton, 18 Jun 1883, White, medium, slender, blue, brown
William R. Dalton, 11 Jun 1891, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, black

Amos Lee Dalton, 14 Jul 1873, White, tall, medium, blue, light brown, lost an eye

George Albert Dalton, 27 Aug 1880, White, medium, medium, blue, brown
Harley Grover Dalton, 06 Aug 1884, White, medium, slender, brown, dark
John Dalton, 04 Dec 1875, White, tall, medium, dark, brown
Ollie Dalton, 31 May 1879, White, medium, medium, grey, grey
Samuel Hyson Dalton, 11 Sep 1882, White, medium, medium, brown, blonde

Armour Clyde Dalton, 19 Oct 1882, White, medium, medium, grey, dark brown
George William Dalton, 22 Aug 1875, White, medium, medium, blue, light
Robert H. Dalton, 21 Sep 1890, White, born Indiana, tall, slender, blue, dark brown

Ed Franklin Dalton, 07 Aug 1878, White, medium, medium, blue, light brown

Andrew M. Dalton, 26 Feb 1882, White, medium, medium, grey, light

Robert Curt Dalton, 11 Sep 1883, White, medium, medium, grey, brown
Robert L. Dalton, 15 May 1893, White, born Kentucky, medium, slender, grey, black, one eye ?

Forrest Nelson Dalton, 25 Sep 1877, White, medium, medium, brown, black
George Marinus Dalton, 08 Jul 1882, White, short, slender, blue, light brown
Harvey Elwood Dalton, 04 Mar 1882, White, 5'10", slender, brown, brown
James Leroy Dalton, 09 Jul 1885, White, medium, slender, grey, dark

Edmund Carl Dalton, 07 Sep 1897, White, short, slender, blue, blonde

James E. Dalton, 09 Nov 1892, White, born Kentucky, tall, slender, blue, light
Jessee Dalton, 17 Jul 1896, ?, born Illinois, tall, medium, grey, dark brown

John Dalton, 01 Sep 1881, White, medium, medium, blue, brown, crippled little finger on left hand
John P. Dalton, 19 Dec 1875, White, short, medium, light brown, dark
William Dalton, 18 Sep 1879, White, tall, medium, blue, light, left arm off

Edward Paul Dalton, 23 Jan 1891, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, dark
John Thomas Dalton, 21 Dec 1893, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, brown
Leo Francis Dalton, 09 Aug 1896, ?, born Indiana, 5'6", medium, blue, dark
Patrick William Dalton, 25 Dec 1886, White, born Indiana, medium, medium, blue, dark brown
Thomas Dalton, 06 Jul 1882, White, medium, medium, grey, black

Alfred Carter Dalton, 17 Dec 1889, White, born Kentucky, tall, stout, blue, light
Coleman Ruthford Dalton, 03 Oct 1892, White, born Kentucky, medium, medium, brown, brown

Frank Dalton, Oct 1884, White, medium, slender, grey, brown

The following was sent by DGS member, Rodney Dalton and taken from his Circleville Family Data. Our thanks is extended to Rodney.

World War II Draft Board Numbers, 1940

25 174 Ward B. Dalton, Circleville
46 114 Vernon Alfred Dalton, Circleville
70 176 Garth Carrelle Dalton, Circleville (Rodney Dalton's father)
96 44 Morgan Leon Dalton, Circleville
116 230 Wells W. Dalton, Marysvale
120 118 Wiley Grand Dalton, Circleville
156 18 Kenneth Levar Dalton, Circleville
188 232 Lawrence W. Dalton, Circleville
200 253 Arthur W. Dalton, Circleville

Piute Men Register for the World War I Draft

Source: Piute Chieftain, 19 September 1918

Arlo Donle Dalton, 77
Wiley Dalton, 30
Taylor Whittaker Dalton, 39
Delbert Charles Dalton, 60

During the month of June, the files for Waterford and Fermanagh Counties, Republic of Ireland were uploaded to the Dalton Data Bank.

County Waterford

This is a very large file of some 1000 surnames and some birth/baptism data goes back to the 1700’s. The large Death file is quite useful since it gives the age at death for many of the Daltons. Our appreciation is extended to DGS member Mike Dalton of Oregon for his compilation of this file from several microfilm sources.

County Fermanagh

There were few Daltons in Fermanagh and the compilation by Mike consists of about 50 surnames.