As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!

The last issue of "Daltons in History" appeared towards the end of May and I must apologise for there not being an issue since then. As you will all be aware Dairne Irwin, our Editor since 2007, stood down from this position in May and, first of all, I want to thank Dairne for all that she has done. Dairne took over as Editor at the time the DGS website was re-designed and for six years she has done a marvellous job bringing "Daltons in History" to you each month without fail. We are all most grateful to you, Dairne and your efforts have been much appreciated by us all.

Since my last Chairman’s Notes much has happened with our very successful DGS Gathering in Dublin, our AGM and a considerable amount of discussion by members of the DGS committee about the future direction of the Society. My first duty therefore is to bring everyone up to date on a number of developments and you will find details of these in the next section of these notes. Following that you will find the latest news about forthcoming DGS events and activities and other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.

The remainder of this issue of "Daltons in History" is devoted to reporting on the Dublin Gathering.

DGS developments

DGS Officers & Committee

In June, Mel Irwin resigned as Treasurer of the Society. Mel took this post over from Howard Dalton in 2006 and we are most grateful to him for all that he has done over the past seven years looking after the Society’s finances. He has also provided essential technical support to Dairne handling the uploading of "Daltons in History" to the DGS website. At the AGM held in Dublin on 27 July 2013, approval was given to the appointment of Howard Dalton to act as Treasurer again on a temporary basis until a permanent successor to Mel is identified. The Society is indebted to Howard for agreeing to take on this important responsibility and provide continuity to the role of treasurer.

Following the AGM, discussions took place about the position of Irish Secretary. This is a post held by Ciaran Dalton since 2006 and, for personal reasons, Ciaran wished to stand down. We are most grateful for all that Ciaran has done for the Society in Ireland over the years, the undoubted highlight being the very successful 2008 DGS Gathering held in Birr, Co Offaly. Bernie Walsh, who all those who came to Dublin had the pleasure of meeting, has offered to step into the role of DGS Irish Secretary. With her Irish Dalton ancestry and her background as a professional genealogist, I am sure she will bring skill and enthusiasm to this post and all the committee look forward to working with her over the coming months and years. It has also been agreed that Ciaran will retain his position as Clan Chieftain of Clan Dalton, which is registered with The Clans of Ireland.

The future of "Daltons in History"

With the departure of Dairne as our Editor, the committee has been engaged in discussions about the future of our monthly online newsletter. Readers will know that the flow of material for publication had reduced to a mere trickle over the past year or more and we were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain it as a regular communication with our readers. Our webmasters suggested that we needed something more interactive and more attractive to a wider readership. At the same time it needs to provide added value for the members of the Society. A new website is under development and is currently being tested – it will have both an unrestricted presence available to all, and sections for DGS members only. It will also include much wider use of social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. It is planned that the new site will go live between now and the end of the year and we shall be making a more detailed announcement about this soon. In the meantime we will continue to bring you information here in "Daltons in History" on this website.

The Dublin Gathering – July 2013

It was a great pleasure to welcome such a wide cross section of DGS members to the Dublin Gathering. We were pleased to see faces, old and new, from all corners of the globe and enjoy a splendid weekend at the Ashling Hotel, which looked after us so well. You will find my diary of the weekend together with some photographs below. There are also some reminiscences from delegates. I have already referred above to our AGM held during the weekend and the minutes of this meeting will be published shortly.

Future DGS events

An announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting in Dublin that the 2014 Gathering and AGM is to take place in East Anglia, UK over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 12/13/14 September. We have reserved accommodation and rooms for our meeting and dinner on the Saturday at the Park Farm Country Hotel which is at Hethersett in Norfolk, only a few miles outside Norwich.

The theme of the weekend will be Dalton families from East Anglia, of which there are several, and the programme will include our 2014 AGM, talks about Dalton family history and visits to places connected with East Anglia Daltons. As usual we will hold our Annual DGS Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Full details about the weekend, the outline programme and a registration form will be available here in December 2013 and they will also be despatched to all DGS members with Volume 59 of the DGS Journal, when it is published at the end of the year.

If in the meantime you have any questions please contact either Mike F Dalton, DGS Committee Member and Gathering Organiser ( or Michael N Dalton, DGS Chairman and Gathering Coordinator (

We hope to return to the United States and visit Virginia in 2015. It has also been proposed that we return to South Wales, UK in 2016.

The DGS committee is actively taking these plans forward and we will be making further more detailed announcements in the coming months about locations and dates. So watch this space!

And, as we like to plan ahead and explore other options for our annual gathering events, if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Our DNA project continues to attract considerable interest with a regular stream of enquiries about joining being received by myself and Karen Dalton Preston as administrators of the project. In September 2012 we published a DIDP Update and this can be found in the “Dalton DNA Project” section of this website. Click here. This includes an up to date list of genetic family coordinators and details of the new reports that we will be publishing during 2013. Chris Pomery has now produced a draft of these and we are looking at how best to supplement and disseminate the information that they contain to all project participants. There will be more news about this shortly.

We are indebted to Chris for all his assistance with the project over the past seven years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most recently a series of six reports covering individual genetic families. He has also given informative presentations at our annual gatherings on several occasions. We now have some 180 participants in the project, and well over 80% are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families.

The DGS Journal

Volume 58 of the DGS Journal for June 2013 was printed and distributed to members in July. All members, both in the UK and overseas, should have received their copies a while back, but if not please contact your local DGS secretary.

As always this latest volume of our award winning Journal contains much of interest. If you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the “Join the DGS” section of this website, or just click here.

John Dalton, our Editor, always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal, and material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible. This will enable him to plan the content of the next and future issues. The deadline for contributions for Volume 59 of the DGS Journal, due for publication by the end of December 2013, will be 15 November 2013. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 58 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:


Enjoy this issue of "Daltons in History", your regular update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. Again apologies for our silence over the summer months - we are back and we will be back again soon.

Thank you for your attention and once again, please do send your articles, notes and snippets of information for publication in "Daltons in History" to me (email:

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton

Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

Here Michael Dalton gives his personal account of the Dalton Genealogical Society’s Annual Gathering for 2013 held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland from Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2013. The weekend was based at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin.

Thursday 25th July

Kate and I flew to Dublin from London Gatwick on an early evening Aer Lingus flight. The flight was notable because of the very severe thunderstorm over Dublin airport which delayed our landing. There were dramatic views from the plane of the dark black mushroom shaped cloud and we were very glad we did not have to fly into it! Once safely on the ground, we were soon taking the airport bus to Heuston Station just near the hotel. We arrived at the Ashling around 9.30 pm, the same time as Howard and Jen, and David and Barbara Dalton, and before long other delegates who had arrived earlier joined us and we were able to have a drink and catch up with everybody’s news.

Friday 26th July

I had arranged a meeting in the morning with Elaine, the Hotel Events Executive. Kate and I had met Elaine back in November 2012 when we visited Dublin to make the more detailed arrangements for the weekend. It is always important to check through everything again just before the event and I discovered that we were to have our Saturday morning conference in a different room – the Kilmainham Suite on the lower ground floor. No matter, it was a more suitable room for our meeting and it was still planned that the annual dinner would be in the Liffey Suite on the first floor. This is the room which we used back in 2005 when we held our first DGS Gathering in Ireland. Since then the Ashling Hotel has been transformed with a major rebuilding and refurbishment programme undertaken 4 or 5 years ago. For those of us who were there in 2005, the hotel is hard to recognise and we were all very impressed with the improvements.

Once I had met with Elaine, I had a number of other things to check through and soon it was time for a lunch break with David Preston and Maureen Collins who were still in the hotel. Others had gone out sightseeing in Dublin and Bernie Walsh had arrived to lead a group visiting the National Archives of Ireland. After some useful discussions with both David and Maureen, it was time to set up the DGS Reception Desk in the main foyer of the hotel, and this was ready by 3 pm, the scheduled opening time. For the remainder of the afternoon I was fully occupied greeting delegates as they arrived, handing out the programmes for the weekend, answering their queries and generally taking the opportunity to meet old faces again, and new ones who had only previously been in touch with me either by email or telephone. Out of nearly 40 delegates, I counted 12 from North America, 3 from Australia, 8 from Ireland and 15 from the UK. Seven attendees were joining us at a DGS Gathering for the first time and 25 of the group claim Irish Dalton descent, or they are the spouse of an Irish Dalton descendant. So the mix of delegates was really excellent, with very good representation from overseas and a majority having a direct interest in Irish Dalton families. It was good to see new faces and returning ones, and particularly those who we had met back in 2005 or 2008 at our previous Irish Dalton gatherings. It was good to see everybody! …..and when we congregated in the Iveagh Bar for a drink before dinner there was soon a real buzz as delegates started chatting and catching up with each other – a hallmark of DGS gatherings wherever and whenever they are held. You cannot stop Daltons talking! A special area in the hotel’s Chesterfield Restaurant had been reserved for dinner and the talking continued as we enjoyed an excellent meal. The hotel staff looked after us extremely well and this was to be a feature of the weekend that we all commented on. The Ashling Hotel did us proud! All too soon the evening drew to a close – it had gone by very quickly.

Saturday 27th July

Following breakfast in the hotel delegates made their way down to the Kilmainham Suite in good time for the advertised 9.45 am start. We were joined by a few locally based DGS members attending as day delegates, who I had time to meet and greet personally. I was able to open our morning conference on time and it was a pleasure to welcome everyone officially to Ireland, to Dublin, to the Ashling Hotel, to the DGS weekend, and to our AGM, the first session on the programme. The formal business of the AGM was dealt with as efficiently as possible and concluded just ten minutes beyond the time advertised for the coffee break. I am not going to reiterate all the details here as the minutes will be published on our website soon and in the DGS Journal Vol 59 due out at the end of the year. We were very sad to lose the services of both Mel and Dairne Irwin after so many years and I am most grateful to Howard Dalton for agreeing to take on the role of DGS Treasurer on a caretaker basis until a more permanent successor is found. Our webmasters, David Preston and Martin Fitzgerald working in conjunction with a few committee members have a vision for a new more interactive website which will take over the role of "Daltons in History" and David outlined his initial ideas to the meeting. I must also mention Bernie Walsh here who had done so much to help with the preparations for the gathering. Kate and I met up with Bernie and her husband Eddie during our November 2012 visit to Dublin. With Bernie living in Gorey, Co Wexford, a few miles south of Dublin and with her professional genealogical experience, she had proved herself invaluable during the past six months. Whilst mentioning Bernie, I must say how delighted I am that she is stepping into the role of DGS Irish Secretary in succession to Ciaran Dalton.

So, with the AGM concluded and the coffee break over, we moved on to the second element of the conference agenda, a talk by DGS Committee member Mike Dalton entitled “The Eirann Daltons”. As coordinator for DIDP Group B, one of two key Irish Dalton genetic families in our DNA project, Mike was well placed to bring us up to date with the traditional family history research being undertaken both in Group B and interestingly in Group D. He referred particularly to work undertaken by DGS member Eric Dalton of Michigan, USA (a member of the Group D genetic family) on a tree linking back to the earliest Irish Daltons who settled in Co Westmeath. Helen Smith in Australia, along with Mike a member of Group B, had been in contact with a Dalton who is descended from this tree and persuaded him to take a DNA test. The result was astonishing – he unexpectedly matches Group B rather than Group D – and this has suggested that all members of the Group B genetic family link back to these early Irish Daltons. There is more work to be done on this exciting discovery but it gave Mike the opportunity to give us a very entertaining presentation on early Irish Dalton family history, including the link with the famous Strongbow, and suggest that they are his and Group B’s ancestors. Everyone much enjoyed Mike’s talk, even if he did take a little licence in arriving at the conclusions drawn. We look forward to reading a full write up on these exciting discoveries as an article in the DGS Journal, and to hearing more about the ongoing research. It is a wonderful example of genetic genealogy and traditional research working together to produce some really exciting and interesting results.

Our final session was led by Bernie Walsh. Bernie gave a very useful account of the Irish Census records now available online, and she was able to demonstrate to us how to access and use them. She showed us various Dalton records and answered many questions from delegates. Accessing original sources of data is such an important part of family history research and, of course, so much of it is now available on the internet and we no longer have to leave home to use it. Practical sessions such as this one by Bernie are much appreciated by DGS gathering audiences and it was particularly relevant to all with Irish Dalton descent. So many thanks to you, Bernie!

Delegates assemble for our AGM and Conference
Patrick & Patricia Dalton speaking with Michael
Michael talking with Etta Rodriguez
Maureen Collins with Hannah & Edna Redpath
Karen D’Alton with her parents Colum & Joy
Mike Dalton giving his presentation

All too quickly the formal part of our conference had come to an end – our buffet lunch awaited us. This was served at the back of the room and everyone was able to carry on chatting informally and following up on outstanding points from the morning. During the afternoon, most delegates took the opportunity to go out and explore the City of Dublin. The Ashling Hotel is conveniently situated near the centre and there is a tram service (the Luas) which goes right past the hotel for those not wishing to walk too far. Kate and I visited Christ Church Cathedral which we had missed on previous visits. This is the Anglican cathedral for Dublin and it has a history extending back to the 11th Century. Unexpectedly we were able to enjoy the singing of a visiting choir and we also found the tombstone of Strongbow, buried in the cathedral in 1176 – now assuming more importance for Irish Daltons following Mike’s revelations in the morning!

On Saturday evening we held the Annual DGS Dinner in the Liffey Suite at the Ashling Hotel. Pre-dinner drinks were served from 7 pm, and at 7.30 pm 34 of us sat down at four round tables for dinner. The food we were served was excellent – the only complaint I heard was that the portions were too generous! The starter was a smooth chicken liver pate; there was a choice of chicken or salmon for the main course; and the dessert was an apple strudel – all absolutely delicious! During the meal we were entertained by two young local lads who played Irish folk music. They were very talented and their music was much appreciated. Along with the candlelit tables, the music lent great atmosphere to our annual DGS dinner. I have to thank Bernie for finding our musicians – we really enjoyed the entertainment they gave us and I am sure they have a great musical future ahead of them.

Howard J Dalton with Bernie Walsh
Kate with David & Barbara and Howard & Jen
Table 3 enjoying the occasion
Etta Rodriguez, Howard J, Hannah and Edna
Barbara D in earnest conversation with Pat Robinson
Our young entertainers playing Irish folk music

Sunday 28th July

Sunday required a brisk start as everyone was asked to be ready to board our coach for a 9 am departure. Bernie had booked the coach from a company local to her home in Gorey and coach and driver arrived punctually to pick us all up. We knew that we had a two hour journey ahead of us to get to Kildalton College, our first port of call. The time passed by quickly and by 11.00 am we were in the village of Piltown. Pat and Geoffrey Robinson had travelled ahead of us by car and they were waiting at the gate of the College with Noel Nugent, our guide, Noel’s wife and Gerard Dalton, a local resident with whom Pat had been in contact. Noel is a lecturer at the College and had kindly agreed to act as our host and we are most grateful to Noel and his wife for giving up their Sunday morning to show us round. The history of Kildalton and the Daltons who used to live in Kildalton Castle before the Civil War has been described in an article by Pat Robinson in the DGS Journal (Vol 57 pp 24-27) and a further piece appeared in "Daltons in History" in February 2013 (Vol 16 No 2) so I will not try to summarise those details here. Although nothing of the castle remains and the present house was completely rebuilt after being burned to the ground in 1923, this is still a place of considerable interest to anyone with Irish Dalton ancestry. Historically the Daltons who lived in this area link back to those Daltons of Co Westmeath referred to by Mike in his talk. Noel welcomed us most warmly and we were able to see inside the house as the photographs show and we were also shown round the modern facilities that the College has to provide first class training in agriculture for its students today.

Kildalton College, formerly Bessborough House
The DGS Group on the staircase inside
Inside what is now the College’s boardroom
Inside the Bessborough Room
Old print of Bessborough House as it was then called
Pat Robinson with Gerard Dalton
Pat Robinson, Kate and the group outside the house
The back of the house and the former chapel

After our very interesting visit to Kildalton, we went on to Kilkenny where our driver was able to drop us off close to the centre of the city and the castle. As it had not proved possible to make a group booking for a castle tour, we split up into small groups and each found their own way. Most of us went on the very interesting self-guided tour round Kilkenny Castle – the ancestral home of the Butler family, Marquesses of Ormonde. We know of links between the Daltons and the Butlers and these have been written about in the DGS Journal. Just near the castle is the old part of the city with its cobbled streets and quaint houses and shops and we wandered round there too. Everyone was mindful of the time that we had to be back at the coach and having “counted them out” I “counted them in” and we were on our way back to Dublin.

Finding the way round Kilkenny
Entrance to Kilkenny Castle
Inside the castle

Our journey back to Dublin was without incident and we were back at the Ashling around 6.30 pm giving everyone time to ready themselves for the evening. During the day we had been lucky – threatened rain turned out to be just a shower when we arrived at Kildalton College and the Neil Diamond outdoor concert at Kilkenny had threatened gridlocked traffic which did not materialise.

Our final event on the programme was dinner at Ryans, a restaurant in the first floor room above a pub just a few steps from the hotel and renowned for its steaks. We had spent a very enjoyable Sunday evening here back in 2005, and everyone enjoyed an informal meal in typically Irish surroundings. At the conclusion of the meal I took the opportunity to thank everyone who had contributed to making the weekend such a success and then Wendy Fleming presented me with a card signed by all and a bottle thanking me for arranging the gathering weekend. This gesture was totally unexpected and much appreciated – thank you to one and all!

Patrick & Patricia Dalton,
Ray, Cathy & Regina Negrycz
John D, Nancy Piastuck, Wendy Fleming,
Kate D, David Preston
Karen Preston, Michael D, Mike D
Three Mrs Daltons, Maureen and Velma Boudreau

All too soon the evening came to an end, and it was time to bid farewell to those not staying at the hotel. On returning to the Ashling, there was the opportunity for a final drink before retiring and reflecting on a busy and action-packed weekend.

Monday 29th July

The day of departure and saying goodbye. Inevitably all good things have to come to an end and I think all who attended agreed that it had been a most successful weekend. Kate and I were busy saying our goodbyes at breakfast as we had to get to the airport for our mid-morning flight home, and only two days at home before flying off to Canada for the month of August.

Inevitably this record cannot include everything that each delegate may wish to read and so I hope that you will fill out this account with your own reminiscences. Some of them follow in the next section, but I am sure there are more to be written and shared!

Here are some reminiscences taken from notes received by the Chairman:

1. From David & Barbara Dalton, Hessle, East Yorkshire, UK:

We very much enjoyed our trip to Dublin, spending time with friends old and new. As we had two extra days with Howard and Jen we learned so many interesting facts about the city that we could almost be employed as tour guides. We practised our skills on Mattie so we trust she would agree!

The Ashling Hotel was excellent and the staff looked after us really well, Bernie was very knowledgeable and informative, the young musicians who played during the meal were brilliant, and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Kildalton College and the trip to Kilkenny.

Our time at Ryans was especially entertaining as we were sitting with the two Pats (Patrick and Patricia). They were delightful company and we found out that we had many things in common apart from the surname.

Special thanks to you Michael and all your helpers for all your hard work in organising such a successful weekend.

2. From Edna Redpath, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK:

Hannah and myself had a very good weekend in Dublin meeting old and new friends.

Bernie and Michael did a good job arranging everything. The AGM had two interesting speakers in Bernie and Mike, and the young boys’ music on Saturday night was a delight – a pity we couldn't all have danced to them, not just Maureen and Mattie – well done to them!

Hannah was over the moon that she enjoyed all of the food – being a vegetarian she does not always gets much choice.

It all went too quickly. Thank you and see you all next year God willing.

3. From Mike Dalton, Portland, Oregon, USA:

Hello Michael: Hope Howard J. got back home, rested and relaxed from early morning flight and hectic weekend.

Pleasant surprise to have an Irish member Bernie Walsh getting into genealogical research professionally, and having a renowned author, Michael Dalton, meeting with several members at the Ashling.

Upgrade of Ashling facilities and management was superior to 2005 experience. Thank you for mentioning family finder DNA options at the AGM.

Note from MND: The Michael Dalton referred to by Mike is the author of a fascinating book “Memories of my Native Sod”, an account of his childhood life in the townland of Curcreigh in Co Roscommon. In the book he observes a way of life and a farming population fast disappearing, typical of so many other townlands in the west of Ireland. Michael Dalton contacted me and sent me a copy of the book which we displayed in Dublin. As a result 10 copies were purchased by delegates and these were delivered by Michael on the Monday morning – sadly it was after I had departed for the airport so I never had the opportunity to meet with my namesake. All these Michael and Mike Daltons – it’s very confusing!

4. From Pat & Geoffrey, Robinson, Barrington, Cambridgeshire, UK:

We are glad that this year’s Dalton gathering was such a success, and we too enjoyed the weekend, although I regretted missing coming down in the coach with the group, and joining you in Kilkenny! But returning to Dublin and then going south again towards Waterford made little sense. We had a light lunch after leaving you, chatting with Gerard Dalton, with whom we got on well and arranged to meet again a couple of days later. On the Monday we caught up on our Dalton family news with my second cousin’s widow, Cathleen Dalton. It was Cathleen who had originally contacted Noel Nugent about our visit to Kildalton and she was delighted to hear how well it went!

On the Tuesday, we set out for Dungarven on the coast to meet Gerard’s sister-in-law and daughter, who joined us in their lovely garden and plied us with coffee and scones. Gerard showed us some interesting family photographs. My grandfather and his grandfather were at the same school in Carrick-on-Suir, and at around the same time we discovered! The following day we set out for Rosslare and the ferry to Fishguard for the journey home – altogether quite a trip!

Pat continues with more details of her discussions with Gerard Dalton about possible common Dalton family history and I am sure this will be the subject of a more detailed report from Pat in due course – MND.

We look forward to receiving more reminiscences and details of ongoing Irish Dalton family history research. Please send them to me (by email to and I will include them in a future issue of "Daltons in History".

June 2013
Letter from the Chairman 2
Births, Marriages and Deaths 4
    Birth 4
    Marriages 4
    Deaths 6
Family History Events in 2013 7
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 8
    M. N. & Q. 58.1 A loose leaf blowing in the wind 8
    M. N. & Q. 58.2 Daltons from Birmingham 8
    M. N. & Q. 58.3 An Irish Burial 9
    M. N. & Q. 58.4 Mary Ann Dalton of London 9
    M. N. & Q. 58.5 A Dalton Family from Co. Offaly 10
    M. N. & Q. 58.6 Daltons in Wales 11
James Dalton of Stradbally and Tasmania by Graham J. Moore 11
Have You Looked at the 'Outrage Papers'? by Colleen Passfield 13
Irish Genealogy Toolkit 19
The Dalton Family of Harriman, Tennessee by James Stanley Dalton 20
Dalton Silversmiths by John Dalton 21
Thomas Dalton's Bill of Complaint 24
From the Lucy Slater Archives Part 2 by Michael N. Dalton 25
News from America by Karen Preston 32
Notes from Australia by Maureen Collins 33
New Members 35
Changes of Address 36
For a Family History by John Daniel Prytherch 36