I start by sending best wishes to all readers of “Daltons in History” for the forthcoming festive season.  May you and your families all have a restful and peaceful time this Christmas.  It hardly seems possible that 2006 is drawing to a close – what a busy and exciting year it has been for the Society and I am grateful to your editor, Millicent Craig, for allowing me space to review the last year and look ahead to 2007.


The undoubted highlight for 2006 was the extremely successful first ever Dalton Genealogical Society American Gathering held in October at Hampton, New Hampshire, USA.  This event was given extensive coverage in the November issue of “Daltons in History”, and just in case you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, click on “Back Issues” on the front page to take you there.  Millicent is to be congratulated on putting together and delivering such an exciting and stimulating programme, enjoyed by all 50 of the delegates who attended.  I hope that by sharing it through the web and in the forthcoming issue of the DGS Journal, we have enabled those who would have liked but were unable to join us to “participate from afar” and, at least, pick up some of the flavour of the event.  Each time I attend a DGS event, I feel privileged to be part of the wider Dalton family with all the diversity that brings.  Folk travelled from all corners of the globe to be in Hampton – some were long standing DGS members and regular attendees at our gatherings, others were new acquaintances coming to their first ever DGS event.  The regulars always make the newcomers very welcome and this has become one of the hallmarks of DGS Gatherings over the years.  There is a real sense of fellowship and belonging, which I value very much.


Earlier in the year, we held our Annual General Meeting at the home of DGS committee member, Sir Geoffrey Dalton.  Geoffrey and his wife Jane hosted a very enjoyable day helped by glorious summer sunshine and including a most interesting talk by Geoffrey on Daltons and the Drapers’ Company.  Again, the Society mustered a global presence and new friendships were forged.


One of the ongoing activities throughout the year has been the Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP for short).  As you will know, we have been very fortunate in securing the services of Chris Pomery, an acknowledged authority on genetic genealogy, as consultant to our project and he has now established a framework for maintaining our ever expanding matrix of DNA test results and linking this to the genealogical data already held.  By combining the two, we are extending our knowledge of Dalton family history, and this will continue as our historical research progresses and more participants join the project and take a DNA test.  He has prepared a very comprehensive progress report for us, which was presented in outline at Hampton and the formal Issue 1 is about to be distributed to all DIDP participants.  Chris has agreed to continue working with us through 2007 and he will be speaking at our Worcester Gathering and writing an updated progress report for us, which will be available this time next year as Issue 2.  Those who wish to read more about DIDP should click on the link on the front page.


Looking ahead to 2007, the main event will be the Gathering and Annual General Meeting taking place in Worcester, England on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th/29th July.  The details of this, including a full programme and registration form, are now published on the website – there is a link on the front page.  I am most grateful to committee member, Howard J Dalton, for all the hard work that he has done to draw the programme together and organise what promises to be a most interesting and informative weekend.  We look forward to it with eager anticipation.  The Civil War in the mid 17th Century is a fascinating period of history, which embraces not just England, but Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well.  The Battle of Worcester in 1651, where the Royalists suffered such a heavy defeat at the hand of Oliver Cromwell, had immense strategic importance in the development of the war.  During the weekend, we will be viewing this battle through the eyes of our Dalton forebears who fought for the Royalist cause.  As mentioned above we will also be receiving the latest update on the DNA project from Chris Pomery.  By way of contrast, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, we will learn about a great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar born near Worcester, and inspired by the surrounding Malvern Hills.  Based in a very comfortable hotel in the centre of a charming old city everything is set for another opportunity for that DGS fellowship and enjoyment I referred to above, meeting old friends and making new acquaintances.  I hope to see a record attendance and much look forward to seeing many of you there.


Planning is now in hand for returning to Ireland in 2008 at the end of July, with Birr in County Offaly as the chosen venue.  And for 2009 we hope to meet again in Australia.  We will keep you informed as our plans are firmed up.


Alongside our events and projects, we have the DGS Journal and this website with “Daltons in History” and its Dalton Data Bank as the major vehicles for gathering information about Daltons, recording it and disseminating it to our members and to a wider audience through the web.  Your committee works very hard behind the scenes to develop and maintain these vehicles and I want, on your behalf, to pay tribute to this team for all they do.  I believe the Society can be justly proud of its achievements during 2006 and we can look forward with optimism to 2007 and beyond.  I hope with us you will share this optimism, and share in that continuing quest to discover ever more about our Dalton forebears and their ancestors.  This voyage of discovery brings diversity at every turn and, for me, it is that element of surprise which makes family history such an absorbing and fascinating hobby.


It just remains for me to reiterate my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

The Dalton Genealogical Society extends an invitation to all DGS members and their families to attend the 2007 Gathering and Annual General Meeting of the Society in the cathedral city of Worcester, England on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 27th, 28th and 29th July 2007. The theme of the weekend will follow the history of the English Civil War and the Battle of Worcester in 1651 with reference to Walter Dalton and his family who escaped from Worcester and made their way to Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

It will include a guided time walk, and also a visit to the nearby birthplace of the great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar, in the year celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, with glimpses of his beloved Malvern Hills.

Transportation to Worcester

The city of Worcester is situated in the heart of England and is just off the M5 motorway leaving from junction 7 from the south and junction 6 from the north.

Birmingham International Airport is Worcester’s nearest airport and is only 38 miles away via the M42 and M5.

There are regular train services via Birmingham New Street Station to Worcester. The city has two railway stations; Worcester Foregate Street (with services from Birmingham New Street station) is located in the centre of the city and Worcester Shrub Hill (with services from London Paddington station) is a short taxi ride to the centre.

London Heathrow Airport is linked directly to Worcester by a daily National Express coach service.

For further information about transportation visit www.visitworcester.com.


Our venue for the weekend is The Fownes Hotel situated in the heart of the city of Worcester offering a prime location for exploring this historic city and the wealth of interest in the surrounding countryside. It is close to Worcester Cathedral and the River Severn, and also to the main shopping centre. The hotel offers stylish en suite double/twin bedrooms with a number of single rooms also available. We have negotiated a weekend package of £95.50 per person, which includes 3 nights bed and breakfast in a double occupancy room. There is a single room supplement of £12 per night. See reservation form for further details.

If you plan to come by car, leave the M5 at Junction 7 and follow the A44 signposted Worcester City Centre. Turn right at the 6th set of traffic lights (after approximately 3 miles) into City Walls Road, (dual carriageway). Follow to the roundabout and take the last exit, following back along City Walls Road on the other carriageway. The hotel is then situated on the left hand side. It has its own car park with ample space.

Our Conference, Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner will be held on the Saturday in the John Fownes Suite at the hotel.

For more information on the hotel visit www.fownesgroup.co.uk

Once again our two photographers, Barbara Craig and Mary Lou Weber-Elias, have captured the spirit of a Dalton Gathering and posted them on the web for your perusal. Allow time for browsing as there are several hundred photos to examine. Click the small photo for an enlargement. Directions are posted to transfer them to you computer. John and Sheila Dalton photographed the early tombstone of Deacon Philemon Dalton at Pine Grove Cemetery, Hampton. They are truly souvenirs of a most memorable week-end.  You may view the picture gallery here:


DGS member Lettie F. Holland of Las Vegas, NV has persisted in her attempt to cement the relationship between her ancestor Sarah Ann (Dalton) Kirby and Sarah Ann's siblings, Milton A. (H) Dalton and J. J. Dalton.  J. J. was finally deciphered as James Jerome. The search took Lettie through the records of Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio and West Virginia. Sarah Ann (Dalton) Kirby died young and left a young daughter Josephine Kirby who was raised by Milton A. Dalton in Ohio. 


By tracing the whereabouts of James Jerome Dalton, it became clear to Lettie that it was James Jerome who arranged for the care of Josephine Kirby with Sarah's brother Milton A. Dalton in Ohio  James Jerome and Amelia, his wife had at least eleven children and are they are found in the 1860, 1880 and 1900 Censuses of Falls of Blaine, KY. By 1910, James Jerome and his son Albert L. Dalton are to be found in the census of Logan, Logan County, WV.


The birthplaces of the children of James Jerome and Amelia are as follows: Elizabeth L. or Eliza, b. c. 1863, Louisiana; Launa J., b. c. 1865, Louisiana; Alice W. b. c. 1868 in OH.  (Josephine Kirby appears in the 1970 Census of Hamilton, Ohio in the household of Milton A. Dalton and Lettie believes that it was before 1869 that James Jerome delivered Lettie to Milton). James Jerome's fourth child, Caria J. was b. c. 1869 in Kentucky).


The other seven children of James Jerome and Amelia were all born in Kentucky: Tille C., b. c. 1871; Milton Jerome, b. Feb 22, 1873 and married Etta Nunn;  Albert L. b. May 1873 and married Mary ? from N. J.; S. S. Dalton, b.Oct 2 1875 and d. Oct 10 1875; Walter l., b. October 1878; Bertha V. b. Mar 1882; Maggie A., b. Jan 1885.


By 1900, James Jerome Dalton is age 69 widowed, and living with his children and by 1910 James Jerome, age 79 is living with his son Albert Lulia Dalton in Falls of Blaine, KY.  By 1920, Albert Lulia remains and is living alone. 


Next door to James Jerome in the 1900 Census is Willy (Wiley) Austin b. Sept. 1863 in Ohio.  His son George E. Austin, b. Jun 1863 in OH, married Dorothea Dalton b. May 1892 in Ohio. Dorothea was the daughter of Harry Dalton, son of Milton A. Dalton, Sarah';s brother. George and Dorothea Austin died n San Francisco - George on Feb. 19 1945 and Dorothea in 1949.  They had one child, Catherin M. Austin, b. 1815 and died June 30, 2005 in AZ.  Lettie would like to be in touch with descendents of Harry Dalton to exchange information.


Since sending this information, Lettie has learned that Amelia, wife of James Jerome Daltons was from Hamilton County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Philip Rice (Reis) b. c. 1800 in Germany amd Catherin b. c. 1882, in Germany.  Amelia , b. about 1843 was the eighth of nine children. Several of her siblings died in Orleans Parish, Louisiana and are buried in Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. To Lettie this explains why the first born of James Jerome and Amelia were born in Louisiana.  Lettie may be contacted at: sweething2U121363@yahoo.com.

As Lettie Holland proceeded with her research into her Kentucky family, she discovered a marriage bond that was issued to James Jerome Dalton, one of her ancestors. The curious aspect of this bond is that historians and university law professors have been unable to fully explain the conditions of forfeiture and who would receive or retain the Five Hundred dollars.

In 1862, five hundred dollars was a considerable amount of money.  Could there be some unusual circumstances associated with this person or license?   Please contact Lettie at: sweething2U121363@yahoo.com  if you have an answer.


"The State of Louisiana, Parish of New Orleans, City of New Orleans.


Be it remembered that James Jerome Dalton principal, and as security acknowledge themselves indebted unto the State of Louisiana, in the sum of Five Hundred dollars, Whereas, the above bounden, James Jerome Dalton applied to  ?  Ragot, Jr. Seventh Justice of the Peace, for the Parish of Orleans, and has obtained from him a license to marry Miss Amelia Rice, Now the conditions of the said obligation is such; that in case, within two years from now this time, it should not appear that there existed at the time of granting such Licence, any large impediment to such marriage; then and in such case the above obligation shall be null and void, or it shall remain in full force and virtue, Thus done and signed at the City of New Orleans this Fourteenth day of April 1862.  Signed J. J. Dalton."

The first report by DNA consultant Chris Pomery was shown at the Hampton Gathering of Daltons in October 2006 by the Chairman, Michael Neale Dalton.  Mr. Pomery identified 8 lines of Daltons and several testees who are not yet associated with a line.  This is a fairly large number of individual lines but not unusual when one considers the number of hamlets and villages in England that bore the name Dalton prior to the first land census conducted by William the Conqueror after 1066.


Dalton became the surname of some residents of these hamlets and villages at the beginning of the adoption of surnames and it is understandable that there is no genetic connection between some of them. DGS member Mike Dalton of Oregon has spent a considerable amount of time extracting the place names from the Domesday Book transcriptions that are held by the LDS.  In this issue the Dalton place names of Yorkshire are posted and will be followed in a future issue of Daltons in History by the Dalton place names in Lancashire etc. 


From Mike Dalton

There are Daltons in England whose surname origin is adapted from ancestors living in villages of same name before and after 1066 Norman Invasion from Europe and the Scandinavian invasions of the 9th century. As with any incursion into a foreign land: there would be refugees who would move elsewhere and those who would stay. There would inevitably be intermarriage between the natives and the newcomers, and this mixed ancestry would be carried down to present.


Dalton in England means tun (enclosure) in the dael (valley). The word is derived from Anglian dael, valley or dael, piece of land; or from Norse  dalr, dale. Angles or Anglosaxons came into England during the 5th and 6th centuries from Northern Germany and Southern Scandinavia. Up to the 9th Century, much of Yorkshire and Lancashire

Counties were lightly settled, ie locale of Dalton placenames.


I. THE DOMESDAY BOOK  a land survey of the Counties of England completed under direction of King William 1st. (William the Conqueror) in year 1086 post 1066 Norman Invasion of England. The original was translated and edited by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. of London. Notes, maps and indexes are included in each volume. It is the onus of the researcher to pinpoint their place of origin in England and to check out who else may have lived there ie having different surnames.


Land terms used:  One carucate = 120 acres and one bovate = 15 acres. Wapentake or hundred were terms used to describe administrative divisions of the said counties depending upon political jurisdiction of the time and place. A wapentake would have been a pre 1066 term used by 9th century Viking invaders and settlers into the North and East of England. A village or township would be a subdivision of a wapentake, having a centre, ie living in the village and owning land around it. A league would be 12 furlongs in length or 1.5 miles.  A furlong is an Anglo Saxon term meaning long furrow which was about 220 yards or one eighth of a mile in length. Map coordinates are based on the national grid map of England: the first two letters on the map border form a 10 kilometer square area; each four figure square covers 1 square kilometer or 247 acres.


Land holders: A smallholder had more land than a cottager but less than a villager. A smallholder held 5 acres; a villager held 30 acres. A freeman would have held 30 acres and may have been a 11th Century Norman settler displacing an 9th Century Viking settler and/or an English native. There was Norwegian settlement of Lancashire region circa 900 to 950 AD. There was Danish settlement of Yorkshire region circa 875 AD.



1. Dale (Town): In Allerton Wapentake, North Riding, Easby (Land of Count Alan): Ulfr and Asketill had 1.5 carucates of land. The Domesday Book village was subsequently amalgamated with Hawnby Township and the village centre was depopulated in the Tudor period (1461 to 1603). Map  A55 - Grid: SE 535 - 885.


2. Dalton near Ravensworth, North Riding (Land of Count Alan).  Map CtA22 - Grid: NZ 115 - 083  a. Village One: In Dalton (Daltun) Gospatric* had 3.5 carucates and Thorfinnr had 4.5 carucates; now Bodin has both. The former landowners are Northmann, the son of Ulfr and Gamall. The whole is one league long by 4 furlongs wide.  b. Village Two: In another Dalton (Daltun) Gospatric had 4 carucates before and after 1066. The whole is one league long by one half league wide.

*This Gospatric is not to be confused with the Gospatric of Northumbria.


The two Domesday villages of Daltun and alia Daltun' were apparently amalgamated to form one single village, although not before yet a third Dalton appeared within the area of the later township (LVY 297; PNNR 290). There is now only one village centre, known simply as Dalton, at Map NZ - Grid: NZ 1152 - 0839; and this has been used as the grid reference for the village centre for both Domesday villages.


3. Dalton near Topcliffe: In Dalton (Deltunae), North Riding, Gerlestre (Birdfort) Wapentake Deltunae erroneously spelled Deltune. In Topecliffe, Crakehill, Asenly, Skipton (on swale): Bjornulfr had 26 carucates that William now has. This now includes 35 villagers, 14 smallholders, a church and 2 priests, and 1 mill. The whole is 3 leagues long by 2 leagues wide. Map Bi26 - Grid: SE 435 - 763.


4. Dalton near Huddersfield: In Dalton (Daltone) West Riding, Aghrigg Wapentake (Land of Ilbert DeLacy): Alric held 2 carucates with 2 villagers. His son Sveinn now has it. The whole is 3 furlongs long by 4 furlongs wide. Map Ag17 - Grid: SE 172 - 167


5. Dalton near Rotherham: In Dalton, West Riding, Strafford Wapentake (Land of William

De Warenne) there were 5 freemen and 13 smallholders. The whole is 4 furlongs long by one half furlong wide. It is also in Land of William of Percy as: In Dalton (Daltone) Northmann had 2 carucates and 6 bovates. Now Rozeln has it from William. The whole is 1 league long by one half league wide. Map Sf 81 - Grid: SR 458 - 943.


6. North Dalton, East Riding: In Dalton North ((Norman), Warter Hundred: Northmann, Ormr and Arnketill had 3 manors of carucates; Nigel has there 3 men. It is also in Land of Robert of Tosny as: North Dalton (Daltone): Thorgaut had 1 manor; now Robert of Tosny has it and his son Berenger from him; having 22 villagers, 3 smallholders, a priest and a church. It is noted in Hessle Hundred: Authbjorn has 1 carucate and 1 villager. It is noted in Warter Hundred: The Count of Mortain had 6 carucates; Robert of Tosny in same place has 22 carucates and 1 bovate. It is noted in Claims of Yorkshire: Nigel Fossard had 2 carucates and 1 bovates, which was Northmanns which he is now giving up. Map Wa15 - Grid: SE 934 - 522.


7. South Dalton, East Riding: In Delton (South Dalton), Sneculfcros Hundred, there are 12 carucates which Archbishop Alfred held as one manor (or estate lands). Now St. John's has it in Lordship with 12 villagers. The whole is 1 league long by one half league wide. Map Sn11 - Grid: SE 967 - 455.


Next month's issue will feature the placenames of Lancashire from the Domesday Book and the Surnames of French in England from 1150-1350.  Our appreciation is extended to Mike.

Everett Dalton of British Columbia was born in Catalina, Newfoundland and has submitted 20 pages of BMD records that he extracted from the record storages boxes in the Archives at St. Johns, Newfoundland.  These records will be posted in the Dalton Data Bank in a few months after the DGS has had an opportunity to move the data to a larger server. However, I will do a look-up for any DGS member until that time.  Millicent Craig at: Millicenty@aol.com


The Contents of the file includes the following Dalton records:


Western Bay Records, St. John’s Archives, Newfoundland

Vol. 110 Harbour Grace Church of England, Births

Vol. 48 Carbonear Methodist, Births

Vol. 111 Harbour Grace Church of England, Births

Vol. 112 Harbour Grace Church of England, Births


Western Bay Church Records Box 1, Births

Vol. 52A Blackhead, Bay de Verde, Births


Western Bay Church Records Box 1, Births

Vol. 45A Harbour Grace, Marriages

Vol. 45B Harbour Grace Church of England, Marriages

Vol. 52B Blackhead, Bay de Verde, Marriages

Vol. 50A Carbonear, Marriages


Western Bay Methodist Parsonage Marriages

Western Bay Church Records Box 1, Marriages

Western Bay Church Records Box 1, Deaths


Bonavista Methodist Church Records, Newfoundland

Births, marriages, burials

Bonavista Anglican Church Records, Newfoundland

Births, Marriages


Catalina (Methodist) United Church Records, Newfoundland

Births, burials, marriages

Catalina Anglican Church Marriages, Newfoundland

Catalina (Methodist) United Church Cemetery, Newfoundland

Catalina Anglican Church Cemetery, Newfoundland

Little Catalina (Methodist) United Church Cemetery, Newfoundland

Musgravetown, St. John’s Archives, Newfoundland

Vol. 80 Marriages.

The following listings of Lancashire Wills and Probate was extracted by DGS member, Rodney Dalton of Utah.  Our appreciation is extended to Rodney.


Church of England, Archdeaconry of Richmond, Consistory Court (Amounderness Deanery)

Amounderness Deanery Wills, "D" 1661-1690, FHL British Films 98683, 98684


Dalton Anne of Cockerham, widow 1593

Dalton, Eliza of Scorton, 1712

Dalton Frances of Thurnham, 1740

Dalton John Preston, merchant, 1806

Dalton John, Thurnham Hall, esq., 1837


Dalton Johm, Thurnham Hall, 1736

Dalton Mary Preston, gentlewoman, 1819

Dalton Robert of Thurnham, 1704

Dalton Robert of Thurnham, 1708

Dalton Thomas of Ashton, gent., 1637


Walton William of Thurnham (Amounderness Admon) 1745

Dalton William of Wood Plumpton, 1661

Dalton Wood of Wood Plumpton, 1672



Willis and Administrations of Lancashire, 1558-1857, Chruch of England, Diocese of Chester, Consistory Court.  Original Wills "D" 1553-1600 FHL British Film 89440 and Original Wills "A-E" film 89456. Additional wills can be found on the following page. http://www/xmission.com/~nelsonb/sw.htm


Dalton James of Marsden, p. pf Great Budworth, 17 May 1805

Dalton Edward of Ormskirk, maltster, 1784

Dalton Elizabeth of Thurnham, spinster, Admon. 1742

Dalton Francis of Cheetham, excise officer, A. Jun 1834

Dalton Henry of west Kirby Kendal, Schoolmaster, Feb 1835


Dalton Mary of Liverpool, widow, 26 Aug 1815

Dalton Michael of Salford, cotton manufacturer, Nov 1831

Dalton Michael of Liverpool, surgeon, Ad. 08 Dec 1808

Dalton Richard of Little Bolton, cotton manufacturer, 1800

Robert Dalton, Liverpool, publican, May 1837


Robert Dalton of Thurnham, Ad., 1742

Robert Dalton of Thurnham, formerly Bath, esq., 1777 & 1781

Dalton Robert of Croston, co. Lancaster, Inv. 1669

Dalton Robert of Croston, yeoman 1772

Dalton Robert of Pilling Inv 1615


Dalton Robert of Thurnham, esq. Admon. 1748

Dalton Samuel, Liverpool, blockmaker, A. Nov 1825

Dalton Samuel of Hulme, 1675

Dalton Samuel of Northwich, butcher, Admon 1710

Dalton Thomas of Salford, cotton manufacturer, 21 Dec 1809


Dalton Thomas, Welles Dunham Massey, innkeeper Sep 1837

Dalton William of Liverpool, merchant, W Jan 1824

Dalton William of Eccleston, yeoman, 1718

Dalton alias Mascey Elizabeth, of Rixton. Admon.1707



Willis and Administrationsof Lancashire 1590-1857, Church of England, Diocese of Chester, Consistory Court.  Additional Wills can ve found on this page.  http://www.xmision.com/~nelsomb/iw.htm


Dalton Hugh, Manchester, fustian cutter, A Feb 1822

Dalton John of Bolton le Moors, husbandman, 1670

Dalton Joseph of Manchester, dresser, a Aug 1834

Dalton Richard of Liverpool, mariner, Ad. 19 Jan 1802

Dalton Thomas late of Croston, 1739 amd 1740

Dalton William of Olldham, hatter, 20 Mar 1817


Account Books for Lancashire


Year range, 1547-1620, "D-F" FHL British Film 166066

Dalton Thomas of Ashton Parish, Lancs. Alleg. Dep. Etc. 1639

Dalton Robert of Pilling, Parish Garstang, Lancs, Esq., Dep. 1611-12


Lancashire Probate Records 1535-1860, Church of England, Archdeaconry of Richmond, Consistory Court (Lonsdale Deanery) Wils "D" 1566-1680 FHL British Films, 98843, 98844


Dalton Robert of Thurnham, esq. Lonsdale, 1578, Dalton Robert of Thurnham.