June 2004
Contents 1
The 2004 Gathering 2
  • This is a note confirming the arrangements for the weekend in Preston.
Births 2
Thomas Michael COLLIN ... 6th November 2003.
  • A grandson for our Chairman, Michael Dalton.
Emily Ethel FISHER ... 5th November 2003.
  • A grand-daughter for DGS member Dorothy Bunyard.
Marriage 3
Samantha Lynn CRAIG to Donald Ray SMITH ... 27th September 2003.
  • Samantha is the grand-daughter of Millicent Craig, our American Secretary.
Deaths 3
Bernice DALTON ... 26th January 2004.
  • Bernice is the mother of DGS member Delores Dalton.
Mildred Leonta DALTON ... 24th February 2004.
  • Mildred is the wife of DGS member Dale Dalton of Florida.
Nancy Pierce HUTCHENSON ... 13th October 2003.
  • Nancy is the sister of DGS member Norman Pierce of Darien, Connecticut.
Kenneth Richard KOFFLER ... 4th May 2003.
  • Kenneth is the brother of DGS member Stephanie Koffler.
Family History Events in 2004 5
  • This lists five conferences being held during 2004.
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 5
M.N.Q.40.1 A Dalton Disaster. 5
  • Charles Dalton wrote a letter to his kinsman in Ireland, saying that he was sailing to New Zealand. The ship, ”The Cospatrick“, sailed from Gravesend in September 1874, with 476 people on board. When off the Cape of Good Hope, on November 17th, the ship set on fire, and only one boat got away. Of the people in that boat, all died of hunger and thirst, except five who were picked up by “The British Sceptre“. Two of these died soon afterwards, and the three survivors were put ashore at St. Helena.
M.N.Q.40.2 DNA Revelations. 7
  • Stephen Dalton had a surprise when he got his DNA results. He thought his family was Scottish or Irish, but he found markers in his DNA for an Iberian or Arabic ancestry. There is evidence of a large crypto-Jewish population, the Melungeons, in Virginia.
M.N.Q.40.3 Looking for Lincolnshire Daltons. 8
  • Pat Bowman of Tennessee is descended from George Dalton who married Elizabeth Gosling in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1821. They had three children, Matthew (1822), George Henry (1825), and Isaac (1830), all christened at Stickney, Lincolnshire. George Henry Dalton married Sarah Fuller from Scotland. Their first child was James Thomas Dalton born in England in 1849, and, then in 1854, they emigrated to Central Falls, Rhode Island where they had a second child, Margaret Ann Dalton, born in 1857. James Thomas is Pat’s great-grandfather, Pat found a nephew, Clint Graham, and hopes his DNA may shed light on her Lincolnshire ancestors.
M.N.Q.40.4 A Dalton murderer. 8
  • James Dalton, born in Bowness, U.K. was hanged for murder in Tasmania in 1853. Will anyone claim him as an ancestor?
M.N.Q.40.5 Nottingham Whip Makers. 9
  • James Wormelle is descended from William Dalton born in Nottingham about 1821 who was a whip maker in the 1881 census there. He and his wife Mary Ann emigrated to Brockden, Massachusetts where they had a hat making business. Their last male descendant died there in 1985. There were other clusters of whip makers recorded in the Midlands and James needs to find any descendants to check their DNA with his own.
M.N.Q.40.6 Battle of Trafalgar. 9
  • The roll for 21st October 1805, has Charles Dalton, ordinary seaman on H. M. S. Defiance.
M.N.Q.40.7 Dalton over the Border. 9
  • Charles Dalton, Gentleman, of London. married Frances Morris also from London in 1821 at Coldingham, Berwickshire. Perhaps they eloped!
M.N.Q.40.8 An Utah Dalton Gang? 10
  • At the Utah Third District Court, we have, in 1884, Henry and Simon Dalton, for grand larceny; in 1900, Ed Dalton for burglary and, in 1902, Ed Dalton again for assault with intent to rob.
M.N.Q.40.9 The Duelin’ Doolin Daltons. 10
  • In an album, by a folk group, The Eagles, there are several songs about the Daltons. Here the words are given of one of them.
M.N.Q.40.10 A 15th century medial negligence claim. 11
  • In London, in 1424, William Forest made a complaint against John Harwe, Simon Rolf and John Dalton, barber and surgeon, for a great effusion of blood from his thumb, during surgery, which was staunched by John Dalton. The complaint was dismissed and the defendants were cleared of any wrong doing.
M.N.Q.40.11 Christy Minstrels who were Daltons. 12
  • The Christy minstrels started about 1820 and continued until about 1890. Three members of an English Dalton family Edward and his two sons Edward and John, were listed as Christy minstrels in the 1871 census for Whitechapel.
Eric Ralph Dalton James, R.A.F. by Howard J. Dalton 13
  • Eric Dalton James was born in 1917, and became an engineering draughtsman. He joined the R.A.F in 1938, and took part in 31 bombing raids over Berlin and Hamburg. He was posted to the middle East in 1941, and was promoted to Flying Officer. In 1943, he was killed, when his plane crashed in a sand storm. He was carrying V.I.P. passengers, including Lady Tedder wife of Air Vice Marshal Tedder.
The West Berkshire Doltons, Part 2 by Eric Dolton 15
  • Note. Part 2 is a misprint. This is in fact part 3. Part 2 will follow in the next Journal. The parish records of Speen in Berkshire show some Dalton entries before 1720, which however do not tie in with the later family lines. Also there is some confusion as the marriage of John Dolton does not appear in part 1. The part we are considering now, must be part 3, for the author says at the end, “the rest of the family will be considered in part 4.”
  • From 1720, onwards, this article, part 3, gives the various families, Henry Dolton who married Mary Suce in 1725, and Peter Dolton who married Mary Excell in 1728. The book “Going with the Grain” starts with the marriage of Henry to Sarah in about 1730. They had at least 8 children, listed here. Another family is that of William an Anne, who had at least 5 children.
  • The rest of the article considers the offspring of these families. There are some very distinct differences from the families given in “Going with the Grain“, mainly the addition of several extra children in almost every marriage.
Joseph Dalton and Jane Weightman, part 2 by Tina Culbertson 19
  • This article considers the children listed in the first part, in greater detail and with some lovely old photographs. Anne Dalton married William Newton who was a dairy farmer, in 1853, in Upland. They had 8 children, who are listed here. Her brother Isaac worked in the cotton mill at Upland, and married May Dickinson Hill in 1856. They had 7 children. In 1860, Isaac was employed as a coachman. In the war, he joined the Upland Volunteers and served with his younger brother William under Captain Crozer, until they were disbanded in 1863. He founded a bakery in Chester in 1864, but also worked as a head groom, on the Crozer estate. He died in 1896 and is buried in the Chester cemetery.
  • His sister Elizabeth was born in England in 1837. Aged 21, she married John Martin, in 1857 and they had five children. John worked as a weaver in the Upland cotton mill, and their children went to work in the same mill. William Dalton was born in 1838, in Wetheral, Cumberland. About 1858, he married Sarah Ann Anderson whose parents were both Irish. They had five children, all boys. William worked in the same mill as his father and brothers. William became a deacon in the Upland Baptist Church. It is not known when he died.
A Dalton family of New South Wales by Michael Cayley 29
  • Thomas Dalton married Anne Snowdon, at Burton Agnes in Yorkshire. Their first child was John, born in 1833. Thomas died about 1840. After his father died, John became a sailor, sailing to the antipodes. By the age of 40, he decided to settle in New South Wales, where he married Margaret Otto. She died of small pox, soon after the birth of their first and only child, Annie in 1881. He married again in 1882, to Eliza Cox. By his second wife, he had 6 children. He owned a number of ships, which did a fish and shell fish trade for the city of Sidney and he died in 1912.
  • His brother William born in 1838, never married but joined his brother John in Australia. He also died in 1912. Their sister Ann was born in 1840, married George Beck and emigrated to Tasmania where she died in 1908. Their brother Francis died as a teenager in Yorkshire.
  • The second child of Thomas, James was born in 1835. He was a clever lad and became a pupil teacher. Then he went to Cambridge. After his graduation, he went to Devon, where he was a teacher. Ten years later, he became headmaster of a Wesleyan School in Manchester, and helped to teach at the Ragged School there. He became ill and after his recovery, he became headmaster of a smaller school at Lower Broughton.
  • Under his command it soon became a very large school indeed, of over 1200 children. His health suffered again. He retired and went to join his brother John in Australia. There he founded an ecumenical Sunday school, and helped to found the first Methodist Church in Nelson Bay which opened in 1909. He died in November that same year.
  • John and Eliza’s first child was James, who was born in 1883, and killed in the first World War, in France, in 1917. The second child John was born in 1885. He married Ethel White and they had five children, William, Maisie, Jim, Roy and Edna. The third child was Frances, born in 1887. She married George Mathewson, and died in 1950. They had five children, John, George, Archie, Eva and Iris. Her sister Eliza was born in 1890, and married William Horne, a grocer. They had two sons, Murray and Harry. John and Eliza’s fifth child was Henry, born in 1893. He married Enid Gibbs and died in 1961. They had three children, Thomas, Phyllis and Douglas.
  • The sixth child was William, born in 1897. He went to fight in France in 1917. After the War, he set up a dairy farm, with his brother Henry. He married Anna Gibson in 1923, and they had two children, Jack and Gwen. He died in 1974. He was very interested in local matters, served on a number of Councils, and became the first president of the Hunter Historical Society.
Binders for the DGS Journals 31
  • These are £5 each or two for £9, including U.K. postage.
The Dalton quarrymen of Derbyshire by Susan Bryant and Lucy Slater 32
  • This starts with a note on how hard it was to make a living on the moors. The earliest families considered are those of Seth and Leonard Dalton near Penistone. These records were found on the IGI. John, son of William Dalton christened 1737, John son of John Dalton and Mary christened 1757. John married Elizabeth Bean, 1779, John son of John and Elizabeth christened 1779, Seth son of John Dalton and Betty, christened 1791.
  • Seth is the ancestor of Susan Bryant. Seth, a quarryman, married Charlotte Rusby, in 1813, at Penistone. They had eight or more children, Charles christened 1813, Harriet christened 1814, Seth 1817, Mary 1819, Leonard, Elizabeth and Hannah all christened 1824, and Bridget 1828. Times were very hard in the 1850’s. Various other people called Seth Dalton were living in the area. Seth and his brother Leonard worked building railway tunnels, and then went to London where Seth died in Camberwell in 1880. In the 1881 census, Leonard, born in Penistone, is a stone mason, employing 21 men, producing tombstones. He had a wife Ann, a son James Drake, Susan Drake a grand child, and a servant Elizabeth Sparrow. Another Leonard Dalton, almost certainly the son of Leonard senior, lives nearby. He is a mason in the stone works living with his sister Helen and his younger brother John also a stone mason.
  • Seth, christened in 1817, is the grandfather of Elizabeth Maud Dalton, the great grandmother of Susan Bryant. Seth’s son James married Emma Parkes, and was a stone mason. In the 1891 census, James and Emma were living with four children, Frank, Clara, Celia, and Elizabeth Maud. She married William Coffey. In the 1891 census, a cousin of James, called Charles Dalton, has inherited the stone yard, so he must have been Leonard’s eldest son. He lives with his wife Charlotte, and seven children. Next door there is an Elizabeth Dalton, who may have been his sister.
  • The Countney-Coffey family records show William Coffey born in 1846. In the 1881 census, he was a boot maker in Camberwell. His wife is Ann and they have four children, William, Ann, James and Walter. By the 1891 census, the family have four more children, Nellie, Robert, Amy, and John.
  • Elizabeth Dalton was born in 1882, and married Walter Courtney, in 1900 when she was only 18. He had changed his name from Coffey just before he got married. Elizabeth and Walter had three children. Their first child, Walter was born exactly 9 months after their marriage and died soon after birth. Their second child was May Courtney, the grandmother of Susan Bryant. Another child called Walter was born in 1905. Elizabeth left Walter about 1914. Then Walter changed his name back to Coffey and married again in 1915. He died in Australia in 1955.
Mark J. Dalton, Obituary 36
  • Mark J. Dalton died on Sunday May 2nd, 2004, in Vermont, age 89. His wife Barbara nee Higgins had died a year earlier He leaves six children and six grandchildren. He served in the Normandy campaign, and was decorated for his bravery on D-day, June 6th 1944. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Cornelius and Ellen Dalton, from London. He graduated from Harvard in 1941 and was a distinguished lawyer in Boston for fifty years.
DNA Project Report by Millicent Craig 37
  • It is very exciting to link to a genetic cousin. The main problem is to get a family line from England or Ireland, where are very few such links. Please, if you are an English or Irish male Dalton, participate in this work.
  • The latest results have borne out the theory that there are at least seven basic Dalton ancestral groups. These are, the Junior English line, the Bispham, Croston, Thurnham line, the English group III, based in Manchester, the Irish group I, the Irish group II, the Dalton Gang in America, the maternal DNA test of three New Hampton Blake, Dalton lines, and the multiple lines that remain. Participation continues to grow, and several members await the results of their tests. If you want to take a test, it tells you how to do it, here.
Guild of One-name Studies 25th Anniversary Conference by M. N. Dalton 39
  • The Goons was formed 25 years ago, in 1979, and the Dalton Society was one of the earliest members. There are now nearly 2000 member Societies. Michael Dalton attended the meeting and displayed Dalton Society material. The conference was at Wyboston Lakes on the weekend of 2nd to 4th April, 2004.
  • There were about 120 delegates. The conference started with a buffet dinner, and a quiz night which Michael’s group won. On Saturday, Derek Palgrave opened the A.G.M, and presented Certificates to the 14 founder members present, including Michael Dalton. On the Saturday afternoon, there was a lecture about recent web site developments, and demonstrations of the Guild Archive, and the Guild Marriage Index, which will hold all marriages in the GRO indexes from 1837 to 1911. After tea, there was a talk on publishing a one name periodical. Various bookstalls and displays were open. The 25th Anniversary Dinner followed.
  • On the Sunday, there were talks about developing one-name websites and publications. After lunch, the conference finished with a session “Back to the future“. Two members, in futuristic costumes, came back from 2029, to tell us how things had developed in the coming twenty five years. There are two photographs of the meeting.
News from America by Millicent V. Craig 43
  • Millicent reports on a busy six months with 16 new members. Many connections had been made between Dalton relations, mostly through the DNA project. H. James Dalton of California, found he was related to Robert Dalton of California and Archie Dalton of Delaware. Stanley Dalton of Tennessee found he was related to Margaret Mollick of Texas. Marilyn Dunbar of California has been linked with Madeline Troyer, who has written two books about their common ancestors. Marilyn Mungan has written a book about Valentine Dalton, which is reviewed below. Julie Reising of Connecticut learnt that she has the same Irish ancestors as Daveda Bundy of Ohio and Cecilia Lange of Colorado. Through their DNA, Kathy Gire of California has found some new Irish cousins. Bill Dalton Phillips asks us to send Dalton Society flyers to the Dalton museum in Mead, Texas.
  • The DGS Web site is still going strong. The question has been asked What do English Dalton men look like? Photos of any who have emigrated will be put on the Web Site. The Dalton data bank now contains 105,000 surname entries. Progress is being made on the London files and the data base for the Republic of Ireland is being revised by Mike Dalton of Oregon. The Index of DGS journals is now on line.
Report from Australia by Maureen Collins 45
  • A meeting of the D. G. S. was held at Maureen’s home in Sydney, last January. Ten members of the Society were present. They all exchanged information about their family history and Michael Dalton addressed the meeting about the History of the DGS Society. John Prytherch spoke about his Welsh descent, Howard Dalton talked about Heraldry and displayed some memorabilia with the Dalton Crest. Karen Hill spoke about her descent from Daltons in Leicestershire. Virginia Higgins told of her connections with the Daltons of Lancashire. Margaret Dalton can’t find ancestors outside Australia, and wants more information about her husband’s ancestors. Wendy Fleming told of her Irish ancestors, from Limerick, and Maureen Collins spoke about her ancestors in Norfolk, England.
  • After lunch, other visitors arrived, and Michael Dalton chaired a discussion on the DNA project, sources for research and the DGS web site. A video was shown of Dr. Lucy Slater speaking about the Croston Daltons, and the meeting closed after tea. In the evening, a buffet dinner was served. There is a photograph of Maureen with her cousin.
Book Reviews 48
  • A River Away” by Marilyn Dungan is an historical novel based on the life of Captain Valentine Dalton. He was born in Ireland about 1754, and came with his family to Louisiana in the 1760’s. He went with General Clark on several expeditions during the revolutionary War, and became a spy in the Spanish High Command. There are photographs of his second wife Caty, his son Valentine, and his grand-daughter Julia Elizabeth.
  • World War I Ancestry” by N. Holding, revised by Ian Swinnerton, is an excellent guide for any one who wishes to trace such men.
New Members 49
  • Dorothy Malcom Bunyard of Massachusetts, Lisa Silva Corbet of Georgia, Tina Culbertson of Florida, Denise Dagen of New South Wales, Darrell Lee Dalton of Virginia, Dean A. Dalton of Florida, Hannaniah James Dalton of California, Margaret Dalton of Australia, Maize Dalton of Missouri, Patrick D. Dalton of Utah, Robert A. Dalton of Kansas, Samuel Spech Dalton of North Carolina, Sister Philomena Dalton of Waterford Ireland, Vernon Dalton of New South Wales, William Dalton of Massachusetts, Marilyn Dunbar of California, Kathy Gire of California, Karen Hill of New South Wales, Barbara Dalton Jones of Texas, Thomas P. O’Connor of Massachusetts, Julie Reising of Connecticut, Terry M. Rostano of Texas, Heather Smith of Queensland, Veronica Wilson of New South Wales, and James Wormelle.
Change of Address 52
  • Geoff Dalton from Clifton Spring to Drysdale, Victoria, Australia.
Who am I? 52
  • This is a poem about Lucy’s Tabby Cat.