Welcome to this issue of “Daltons in History”. Another busy month has slipped by for us all with the lead up to the 2008 Gathering in Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland gaining momentum; the arrangements for the 2008 AGM being put in place; much activity on the Dalton International DNA Project; and further exciting developments on the DGS website. Each of these is covered in a little more detail below.

For me the past month has been tinged with sadness when my mother, Kathleen Mary Dalton (nee Bodle), widow of the late Gerald Neale Dalton, passed away on Saturday 6 October. Mary, as she was known to everyone, died very peacefully at a nursing home here in Reigate aged 93. Born in 1914, before the First World War started, she saw so many changes through her long life and was a great supporter of the Dalton Genealogical Society. Many members of the DGS made her acquaintance over the years. A tribute to her life will be published in the forthcoming edition of the DGS Journal.

2008 Gathering in Ireland

Friday 1st to Monday 4th August 2008 are the dates when our 2008 Gathering will take place in Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland. Dooly’s Hotel is the venue, with its excellent conference facilities for our meetings and the annual dinner. Delegates will be able to stay at Dooly’s and we have also arranged additional accommodation at three nearby places offering bed and breakfast. Birr is located in the heart of mid-Ireland about two hours drive west of Dublin, and a similar distance east of Shannon. It is a beautiful old Georgian town with an impressive castle and much of interest to the visitor. It is also well situated to enable us to make a number of visits to places with Dalton connections. Further details will be found on the “Forthcoming Gatherings” link on this website.

Since initial details were posted at the beginning of October, considerable interest has been shown in this event and the accommodation in Dooly’s Hotel is already nearly full. You are urged to contact myself (email:, and our Irish Secretary and Clan Dalton Chieftain, Ciaran Dalton ( at the earliest opportunity to register your interest in attending. The full programme for the weekend and the official registration form will be published on the website as soon as they are finalised and they will also be distributed to all DGS members with Volume 47 of the DGS Journal, due to appear at the end of the year.

If, in the meantime, you have any questions about our plans or need help with making your travel arrangements, please contact either Ciaran or myself.

2008 Annual General Meeting

The Society’s 2008 Annual General Meeting is to be a separate event from the Birr Gathering, and it will take place on Saturday 7th June 2008 at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum in Camberley, Surrey, England. This venue has been chosen to give the opportunity to view the original of the Victoria Cross medal awarded in 1879 to James Langley Dalton for his gallantry at Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War. DGS committee member, Sir Geoffrey Dalton has made the arrangements for this one day meeting and he and I are visiting the Museum later in November to finalise the details. A full programme for the day will be posted on this website next month.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Chris Pomery, the consultant to DIDP, gave the Society a most encouraging presentation on the project at the Worcester Gathering at the end of July. He has now prepared Issue 2 of the DIDP Progress Report (for 2007) and this is currently being proof read and checked prior to its distribution to all project participants. This 42 page document is a state of the art analysis of the DNA results of 98 testees. This includes some testees in the Dalton America Project whose DNA results match testees in DIDP. During October some additional information has become available for incorporation into the report and we anticipate finalising Issue 2 and distributing it by mid-November.

The DGS website

During October we have set up the Forthcoming Gatherings and Past Gatherings sections of the website. There is now a considerable amount of information available in both sections. In Forthcoming Gatherings we include not only the full details of the major events being arranged for 2008, but also outline our plans up to 2010. In Past Gatherings we now have records of events as far back as 2003. As time permits, we plan to expand these records further and take them back to the year 2000. We will also extend the Photo Gallery to include photographic records of these earlier events, and other material relevant to Dalton family history.

We are indebted to our website consultant, Martin Fitzgerald, for the considerable amount of work that he has done to facilitate the development and expansion of our website. Another milestone in this programme is the achievement of a successful handover to members of the DGS committee of the day to day responsibility for maintaining and updating the various sections of the website. This will now enable Martin to focus on transferring the remaining elements of the website, the DGS Journal Index, the Daltons in History Archive, and the Dalton Data Bank, to our new format. We will keep you informed about these further developments as they are implemented.

Subscriptions to the Dalton Genealogical Society

Members of the Society should note that approval was given at the AGM to an increase in the UK subscription rate to £10.00 per annum with effect from 1 January 2008. The subscription rate has been held at £8.00 since 1991, a period of 17 years, and the committee believes that the Society, with all the benefits that are available to members, still offers exceptional value for money at the new rate. Revised rates for overseas members, who pay their subscriptions in American or Australian dollars, will be announced in December, and will take account of the prevailing exchange rates and the costs of airmail postage for the DGS Journal.

Back issues of the DGS Journal

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a 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. Shortly we will be adding the synopses for Volumes 42 to 46. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


Enjoy this month’s issue of “Daltons in History”, your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again at the beginning of December.

Thank you for your attention and best wishes to you all.

Yours very sincerely

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

Ciaran Dalton, DGS Irish Secrectary, gives an historical perspective on Birr.

Early Picture of Main Square, Birr Co. Offaly
Early Picture of Main Square, Birr Co. Offaly

The selection of the town of Birr, the venue of the 2008 Gathering of the Dalton Genealogical Society, is to be welcomed. It is the Society’s second occasion to hold their Gathering in Ireland. In 2005, the Gathering was based around Mount Dalton, near Mullingar in Westmeath. This area was part of the ancestral lands of the original Norman D’Alton family.

Birr, a heritage town, is one of the best Georgian towns in Ireland. A hundred and thirty km. from Dublin, it is situated on the Camcor River in the county of Offaly. Originally an ancient monastic site founded by St. Brendan of Birr, it later became a stronghold of the O’Carrolls and was temporarily “bestowed” on none other than Philip de Worcester. There are a number of references to Birr to be found in the ancient Irish Annals.

Birr boasts many interesting buildings and attractions, among them The Castle Demesne and of course, the famous Great Telescope. This was, for over seventy years, the largest telescope in the world. Many interesting scientific artefacts may be viewed at the Science Centre there. One recent valuable addition to the town is a copy of The Gospel Book of Macregol of Birr. This beautiful illuminated manuscript copy, courtesy of The Bodleian Library, is on display in the elegantly restored library in the town. It was originally compiled in Latin (a gloss of Old English was later added) in the 9th century by Macregol, Abbot and Bishop of Birr and is, we are told “an important source for the history of the English Language.” This and many other local attractions make Birr an exciting venue for the 2008 Meeting of the Dalton Genealogical Society.

Extracted from the New York Times by Theckla Ledyard of Washington State in her search for Peter Dalton.


Feb. 21, 1867 – A notice by Dr. Dalton, Sanitary Superintendent of Metropolitan Board of Health – later referred to as Dr. E. B. Dalton.

April 8, 1873 – Attempted Suicide in Jersey City – A man, supposed, from papers found in his possession, to be Edward L. Wyman, went into the gun shop of Peter Dalton, corner of Newark Ave. and Montgomery St., Jersey City, yesterday, and asked to be shown some pistols. After examining several patterns he selected one and surreptitiously inserted a cartridge into one of the chambers, placed the muzzle to his breast, and fired. Dalton immediately procured the assistance of the police and had the wounded man conveyed to the office of Dr. Woolfe, who probed the wound but failed to find the bullet. The man was then carried to the hospital. The ball entered the right lung and may prove fatal.

Sept. 5, 1873 – Last evening, Peter Dalton, aged eight, was sitting in a wagon belonging to Jacob Flatner, in front of 116 Columbia Sts., when the owner of the wagon ordered him to lave, and, as he did not get out fast enough, threw him off. The boy’s head struck against the sidewalk, and concussion of the brain was the result. Flatner was arrested.

June 16, 1874 – Strike of Butchers – The hog butchers, to the number of 200, employed at the Abbatoir, on the banks of the Hackensack River, in Jersey city, struck yesterday, because Peter Dalton, who has been employed as foreman for the last eight years, was discharged. Some disagreement between Dalton and the company, led to the former’s dismissal, and yesterday morning, when a new man appeared in his place, the butchers immediately quit work, and declared they would not resume until until Dalton was reinstated. The company does not seem inclined to submit to the men’s demands because they consider it unwarranted interference on their part with the business of the concern.

June 17, 1874 – End of the Butcher’s Strike – The strike of the hog butchers at the abbatoir in Jersey City terminated yesterday, the company having reinstated Peter Dalton, for foreman, on account of whose discharge the butchers struck.

Aug. 1, 1875 – In the case of Miller, the cook of the steam tug Thomas Cornell, who was drowned in the bay on Sunday last, and whose body is awaiting inquest on Staten Island, Coroner Tappan and Chief of Police Blake, of staten Island, yesterday visited the Jersey City authorities, and requested the attendance of Peter Dalton, who saw the man thrown overboard, at the inquest on Thursday evening next, ………. Etc. (This Peter Dalton is the same Peter Dalton Jr. mentioned in another article, and mentioning that he has a store, and saw the occurrence from a yacht).

Nov. 14, 1884 – The Killing of Maria Morihan – Peter Dalton, who was arrested in Yonkers on Wednesday, for the death of Maria Morihan in Newark, arrived in the named city yesterday. Maria Morihan was the dissipated wife of a watchman employed at Gill’s factory in Orange. She abandoned her husband and cultivated evil associates. Towards the close of the Presidential campaign she was in a saloon on River st. when a party of torchlight paraders entered. They were quarrelsome and noisy and before long became involved in a fight. They were forced to retreat to the street. Pistol shots were fired, and one man was struck in the leg. Finally a heavy stone was hurled through the glass door into the saloon. It struck Mrs. Morihan in the forehead, fracturing her skull. She lingered a few days and then died. The Coroner’s jury declared that Dalton and James Mack were responsible for the throwing of the stone. Mack is still at large.

Feb. 28, 1885 - article saying that Peter Dalton said he did not kill Mary, but then changed his mind and pleaded guilty.

Feb. 22, 1887 – article mentions that Peter Dalton is serving a ten year term for the death of Mary Morithan.

Dec. 23, 1887 – Spoiled the Little Conspiracy – Inspector Byrnes’s detectives arrested John Goole, Peter Dalton, James Roberts, Joseph Meyer and James McMahon on Wednesday night coming out of Kearney & Foote’s hardware store, 101 Fulton St. with goods worth $500 in their possession. John W. Rush, a clerk in the store, had been in collusion with the thieves, who mhave been stealin from the store for some time. The men, who said they were peddlers, will be tried in the General Sessions next month.

DGS member, Rodney Dalton of Ogden, Utah, USA has extracted a miscellany of data about de Daltons from the British History Online website These extracts relate to Cumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire and London and readers will recognise names and places mentioned. Our thanks go to Rodney for identifying the extracts and providing them for “Daltons in History”. For each extract, a URL is given and the reader will find further information by using these links.


The Abbey of Calder is situated in a wooded recess nearly a mile from the village of Calderbridge, on the high road midway between Egremont and Gosforth, in the south-west of the county, not far from the priory of St. Bees. It was an affiliation of the neighbouring monastery of Furness and at first of the order of Savigny which in 1148 was united to the Cistercian Order. As no chartulary of the house is known to exist, we are dependent for its history on incidental notices gathered from various sources.

A colony of twelve monks with Gerold as their abbot went out from Furness and occupied the new foundation. Abbot Philip of Byland has left their names on record, viz. Robert de Insula, Tocka de Loncastre, John de Kynstan, Theodoric de Dalton, Orm de Dalton, Roger the sub-cellarer, Alan de Wrcewyk, Guy de Bolton, William de Bolton, Peter de Pictaviis, Ulf de Ricomonte and Bertram de London. These monks remained in community at Calder for four years, living in great hardship and privation under the constitutions of the order of Savigny in Normandy, to which at that time the abbey of Furness belonged.

Source : 'Houses of Cistercian monks: The abbey of Calder', A History of the County of Cumberland: Volume 2 (1905), pp. 174-178.

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The hospital of lepers at Lancaster, dedicated to St. Leonard, is said to have been founded by King John when count of Mortain and lord of the honour of Lancaster, 1189-94. It is first mentioned in the charter which he granted between those dates to Lancaster Priory. In the fourteenth century it sustained a chaplain and nine poor persons, of whom three were to be lepers, but it is always referred to in early documents as the hospitale leprosorum of Lancaster.

John's grant included free pasture for their animals in his forest of Lonsdale, and the right of taking fuel and building timber therein without payment. Deprived of these privileges during the civil troubles which followed, they secured orders for their enforcement from Henry III in 1220, 1225, and 1229. From Pope Celestine III (1191-8) they claimed to have obtained exemption from payment of tithes on lands in their own cultivation. This led to disputes with the priory of Lancaster, which owned the rectorial tithes of the parish. The first recorded ended in a compromise about 1245. In 1317 there was further litigation. The prior complained that the master of the hospital withheld tithes at Skerton and Lancaster to the amount of £5, and the oblations of the hospital chapel, worth £1. On the question of tithe the master pleaded the bull of Pope Celestine, to which the prior retorted that the benefits of the bull were exclusively intended for lepers, and that in any case it only covered land newly brought into cultivation, whereas that in dispute had been cultivated from time immemorial. He alleged seisin of both tithes and oblations since the date of the bull. Judgement was given against the hospital on both heads.

On the forfeiture of Thomas of Lancaster the advowson of the hospital was taken into the hands of the crown, and one William de Dalton obtaining a grant of the wardenship ejected several of the lepers and poor inmates, and sublet the wardenship to William de Skipton and Alan de Thornton, who diverted much of its revenue to their own uses. A protest was made and the king ordered an inquiry. The jury reported (5 October, 1323) that the custom had been for the brethren to elect one of the lepers as master and present him to the seneschal of Lancaster, who instituted him. Three years later, however, the crown appointed a warden.

Source: 'Hospitals: St Leonard, Lancaster', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 2 (1908), pp. 165.

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The family of Kirkby Misperton held the manor under the abbey. Richard son of Roger de Kirkby brought a suit against the abbey in 1304, and in 1324 Richard conveyed the manor to John de Dalton of Pickering. In 1344 Roger son of Richard claimed the mill and lands as entailed. John de Dalton was succeeded by his son of the same name, who was apparently the father of the Sir John de Dalton lord in 1371. Thomas Dalton was concerned in an attack on Ralph Eure before 1467. The manor was held by Edmund Dalton at his death in 1529, when it passed to Roger his son, a minor. In 1562 Roger made a settlement of the manor, he died in 1586, leaving a son Roger Dalton of Lincoln's Inn, who with Alison his wife conveyed it in 1594 to Thomas Phelippes.

From: 'Parishes: Kirkby Misperton', A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2 (1923), pp. 444-449.

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AT LANCASTER. Lancashire

At Lancaster, on the Assumption of the B. V. Mary, 15 Henry VII. [August, 1500].

Richard Wall and James Sclater, clerk, demand against James Dalton, William Dalton, Thomas Dalton, and John Dalton, 22 messuages, 300 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 100 acres of wood, 200 acres of pasture, 300 acres of heath, and 40 acres of marsh in Bispham, Maudesley, and Dalton next Holland.

The tenants vouch to warrant Hugh Assheton, &c.

The demandants shall recover their seisin against James Dalton and the others.

From: 'Lancashire Fines: Henry VII', Final Concords for Lancashire, Part 3: 1377-1509 (1905), pp. 141-171.

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AT LANCASTER, Lancashire

At Lancaster, on the Assumption of the B. V. Mary, 15 Henry VII. [August, 1500].

William Wall, clerk, Richard Shirburn, knight, Richard Wall, and James Sclater, clerk, demand against Richard Dalton, esquire, 10 messuages, 200 acres of land, 40 acres of meadow, 10 acres of wood, and 100 acres of pasture in Mawdesley.

Richard Dalton vouches to warrant James Depedale, &c.

The demandants shall recover their seisin against the said Richard.

The same demandants also demand against the said Richard Dalton one moiety of the manor of Croston, and the eighth part of the manor of Langton.

Richard Dalton vouches to warrant Thomas Deconson, &c.

The demandants shall recover their seisin against the said Richard Dalton.

From: 'Lancashire Fines: Henry VII', Final Concords for Lancashire, Part 3: 1377-1509 (1905), pp. 141-171.

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19 JUNE 1338, City of London

Pleas held before the Mayor and Sheriffs on Friday before the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist [24 June] A o 12 Edw. III [1338]

William de Dalton, spicer, was attached to answer a charge, brought by the Beadle of Castle Baynard Ward, of keeping a house of ill-fame to which married women and their paramours and other bad characters resorted. He was found guilty by a jury and committed to prison. After being in Newgate over two months he was released on mainprise.

From: 'Roll A 5: (i) 1337-44', Calendar of the plea and memoranda rolls of the city of London: volume 1: 1323-1364 (1926), pp. 165-197.

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The High Street still boasts of many quaint houses, some of which can date back more than two centuries. The police-station forms part of what was once a fine mansion, formerly occupied by a wealthy family of the name of Dalton, and subsequently used as a convent. The police station occupies the site of one of its outbuildings. Another house, now a draper's shop, was formerly the head-quarters of the Royal Asylum of St. Ann's Society, which was founded in 1702; whilst Avenue House, now the central office of Miss Rye's establishment for aiding the cause of female emigration, was, in days of old, a family mansion of some note.

From: 'Peckham and Dulwich', Old and New London: Volume 6 (1878), pp. 286-303.

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PICKERING, Yorkshire

As tenants of Thomas of Lancaster the men of this neighbourhood were deeply involved in the politics of the early 14th century. In 1312 John de Dalton the bailiff led 300 tenants clad in forest green against Scarborough and subsequently to Lancashire to attack Sir Adam Banaster and the royal forces at York, Pontefract, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Tickhill. It was chiefly through Earl Thomas that the northern counties were so much ravaged by the Scots during this reign, and the inhabitants of the Vale of Pickering complained that although they were forced into treasonable warfare they were never arrayed or allowed to array against the Scots. The commonalty of the vale in 1322 promised Robert Brus 300 marks if he would spare them; they gave three hostages as security, but afterwards refused to make payment.

From: 'Parishes: Pickering', A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2 (1923), pp. 461-476.

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Date accessed: 21 October 2007.

Web address:

Extracted by William “Mike” Dalton

ALUMNI DUBLINENSES: A register of the Students, Graduates, Professors and Provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin for the years 1593 to 1860. Published by George Dames Burtchaell (Deputy Ulster King of Arms died 1921) & Thomas Ulick Sadleir. Thom & Co. Ltd. Dublin, Ireland - 1924.

In 17th Century life, children of wealthy were frequently born in Dublin or the nearest town, where medical advice could be obtained. Birthplace: if not father’s house, then that of maternal grandfather in case of an eldest son. Age usually given as next birthday.

DALTON, CHRISTOPHER, Sizar (free education in return for performing certain menial duties; usually of poor parents or of the clergy), (taught by Mr. Alexander Mullin, a private tutor); enrolled July 14, 1676, aged 14; son of James Dalton; born County Louth. B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Verna (Spring Semester) 1681.

DALTON, EDWARD, Scholar Commoner (S.C. able to graduate within three years) (Mr. Patrick Murphy); enrolled June 5, 1799 at age 15 years and six months; son of Edward Dalton; born County Meath. B.A. Aestiva (Summer Semester) 1802 (afterwards Tuite-Dalton).

DALTON, EDWARD, S.C. (Mr. Street); enrolled Oct. 21, 1833, aged 18; son of Edward Tuite-Dalton, Generous (Gent); born County Meath.

DALTON, GEORGE WILLIAM, Pensioner (paid a fixed sum annually, not paid to as a retiree) P.T. (private tutor, no name given); enrolled July 4, 1842, aged 17; son of George Edward Dalton, Medicus, defunctus (physician, deceased); born Malta. B.A. Vern. 1847, M.A. (Master of Arts) Vern, B.D. and D.D. (Bachelor and Doctor of Divinity), Vern 1877. Biography: George William Dalton born 15 Sept. 1824 at Malta on way to Palestine, the son of Jane and George Edward Dalton. George Edward Dalton died in Jerusalem, Palestine during Jan., 1826. George William Dalton resigned as Victor from St. Peter & Paul Church of Todwick, Sheffield, England during July, 1891.

DALTON, HENRY, Pen. P.T., enrolled Oct. 14, 1822, aged 17; son of George Forster Dalton, Pragmaticist (Solicitor); born Dublin. B.A. Aestiva (Summer semester) 1827 and M.A. Vern 1845. See Foster and Boase (Supp.).

D’ALTON, HENRY, Pen. (Mr. Huddart), enrolled June 8, 1846, aged 30; son of Henry Dalton, Musicus (musician), defunctus; born County Tipperary.

DALTON, JAMES, Pen. (Mr. Nolan), enrolled Jan. 1, 1826, aged 27; R.C. (Roman Catholic), son of Oliver Dalton, Mercator (merchant); born County Limerick.
Note: No mention of religion made before 1790.

D’ALTON, JOHN, Pen. (Mr. Hutton), enrolled July 7, 1806, aged 14; R.C., son of William Dalton, Generous (Gentleman), b. County Westmeath. B.A. Vern 1811 (Irish Bar 1813). John D’Alton became the Dublin based author of King James’ Army and other Irish historical books. See D.N.B. and Boase.

DALTON, JOHN, Pen. (Mr. Feinagle); enrolled Mar. 6, 1820, aged 16; son of Edward Dalton; N.F.P. (No further particulars).

DALTON, JOHN, S.C. (From Oxford), enrolled Oct. 9, 1828.

DALTON, JOSEPH HOLLIDAY, Pen. (Mr. Wilkinson), enrolled Jan. 19, 1829, aged 21; son of Thomas Dalton, defunctus; born Cumberland. B.A. Vern 1833.

DALTON, MAURICE, Pen. (Mr. Butler), enrolled Sept. 17, 1843, aged 17; son of Edward Dalton, Generous; born Dublin. Scholar 1746, B.A. Vern 1748.

DALTON, MICHAEL, Pen., enrolled June 6, 1735, (N.F.P.)

DALTON, MICHAEL, Pen. (Mr. Ingram), enrolled Dec. 19, 1743, aged 19; son of Michael Dalton, Generous; born County Limerick. Scholar 1746, B.A. Vern 1748.

DALTON, PHILIP TUITE, S.C. (Mr. Brickell), enrolled Nov. 10, 1795, aged 14; son of Edward Dalton, Generous; born County Meath, B.A. Aest 1799.

DALTON, RICHARD, son of Gerald Dalton of Ballinecarrow, County Westmeath, Gent. (Ward July 1, 1615.)

DALTON, ROBERT DOMINICK, Pen. (Mr. Egan), enrolled June 27, 1781, aged 15; son of Dominick Dalton, Dux. (Captain); born Kings County.

DALTON, THOMAS, Pen. (Mr. Gourdon), enrolled May 13, 1680, aged 18; son of John Dalton; born County Meath.

DALTON, THOMAS, Pen., enrolled June 3, 1729 (N.F.P.)

DALTON, THOMAS, S.C. (Mr. Benson), enrolled Nov. 9, 1761. (N.F.P.) B.A. Vern 1765.

DALTON, WILLIAM, Pen. (Mr. Ardee?), enrolled Oct. 12, 1818; aged 17; son of George Forster Dalton, Pragmaticist; born Dublin. B.A. Vern 1823. See Foster and Boase (Supp.)

DALTON, WILLIAM, Pen. (Mr. Wall), enrolled July 1, 1846, aged 15; son of John Dalton, Generous, defunctus; b. County Westmeath.

Bibliographies: Joseph Foster and Charles Boase; Dictionary of National Biographies; Supplement to Alumni Dubliensis: sources used by authors. Other sources used for book include: Alumni Cantabrigienses (Cambridge) and Alumni Oxionienses (Oxford).

From Millicent Craig

This valuable Dalton information was copied by DGS member Rodney Dalton of Utah. The source for the Index is Book # 942.74 B4a, Vol 6. located in the British Section of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What remained of the wills were compiled by the Yorkshire Archaelogical and Topographical Association, Records Series Vol VI for the year 1888. Many early wills were lost, destroyed or decayed and there are gaps in the periods.

Dalton Wills in the York Registry
A. D. 1389 to 1514

Key: Date, Name, Place, Volume.

Mar 24, 1393, Dalton, Richard de York, barbour, Oct 29, 1392. 1
Sep 22, 1398, Dalton, Richard de, chaplain, Prob. Act. 3
May 26 1399, Dalton, Agnes de, late wife of Wm. de D., York, May 5 1399 - 3
Jul 21, 1402, Dalton, William, York, Prob. Act. -3
Aug 1, 1405, Dalton, John de, clerk, par. St. Celem., York, Jun 11, 1405-3

Apr 17, 1433, Dalton, Sir John, York, chaplain, Adm - 3
May 4, 1436, Dalton, Beatrix, wife of Richard D, York, tanner, Apr 26, 1436 -3
Oct 14, 1 438, Dalton, Sir John, York, chaplain, Adm.- 3
Oct 26, 1445, Dalton, Agnes, late w. of Wm. D. of York, merchant, Sep 24, 1445 - 2
Nov 5, 1445, Dalton, William, York, Adm. -2

Sep 6, 1446, Dalton, Thomas, Newerk, Notts., Adm. - 2
May 2, 1449, Dalton, Sir William, Vicar of Broderton, Prob. Act -2
Mar 12, 1452, Dalton, William, Dogleby, esq., Adm. - 2
Jun 9, 1452, Dalton, William, Kirby in Crendalelyth, Prob. Act (cancelled). 2
Oct 20, 1458, Dalton, John, Kyngstown upon Hull, Sep 9 1458 - 2

Jun 21, 1462, Dalton, Thomas Kirkbytmysperton, Adm. -2
Mar 7, 1468, Dalton, William, Scardeburgh, pannarius, May 20, 1467 - 4
Mar 22, 1468. Dalton, Agnes, rel. of Wm. D. of Scardeburgh, Mar 13, 1468 - 4
Feb 13, 1471, Dalton, Thomas, Fowforth (Fulford), Feb 4, 1471 - 4
Dec 13, 1484, Dalton, Thomas, Langton, Nov. 8, 1434 -5

Mar 14, 1487, Richard, par., Heton, gentleman, Adm. -3
Sep 7, 1496, Dalton, John, Kyngstown upon Hull, Oct 12, 1487 -5
Jan 4, 1502, Dalton, Thomas, Hull, merchant, Jun 15, 1497 -6
Feb, 1502, Dalton, Sir John, par. St. Trin., York, clerk, Jul 18, 1502 -6

John Doxey of Sydney, Australia, was born in Yorkshire England. He signed the Dalton Genealogical Society Guestbook and referenced his Dalton web site that is devoted to the activities of Dalton Parva, Dalton Magna and Dalton Brook in Yorkshire. Millicent Craig asked a few questions on how the Dalton name originated in the these locales. For further information see

John sent a note that may be helpful to those of Yorkshire ancestry and who have participated in the Dalton International DNA Project. John, who is a student of Yorkshire history, has laid out in brief form, the various races who were present in Northern England prior to the Domesday Book.

Dear Millicent,

Many thanks for your response to my guestbook entry, it was a pleasant surprise. I was delighted to find a webpage regarding the name Dalton, and I have done a little research on the origin, which you may have.

The name Dalton consists of two Saxon words: Dal = Dale or valley. Ton = house/farm. This translates to Farm in the Dale or Valley, which is exactly what Dalton Parva was at the time of the Doomsday Book. It is also a fact that nearly all the placenames in the Doomsday Book were of places that existed prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066, most of them had existed for a few hundred years. Given that the name Dalton has Saxon origin, and occurs in the Northern counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Westmoreland, Durham, and Northumberland, we can surmise the name existed prior to the Viking and Danish arrival around 850 AD, and after the Romans left England around 450 AD.

Numerous races were present in England prior to 1066. In Yorkshire alone we had Kelts, Jutes, Saxons, Angles, [two different races] then Vikings, Danish, Flemish, add to that the Romans, and Jews, which without adding other nationalities gives us quite a mixture. Not forgetting that the Normans were not French, they were Vikings in origin and were given the area now known as Normandy as a payment to cease attacking France. Further to that there would be remnants of the ancient Britons.

In the time of the Kelts [Celts] Yorkshire was divided by two tribes the Brigantine tribe controlling the areas that became the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire which at that time included a large part of Lancashire, this tribe was defeated by the Angles and they then co-existed side by side. The two Ridings mentioned contain the placenames of Dalton within Yorkshire.

Venerable Bede, who was a monk of Jarrow, 700 AD wrote of this period and stated that from across the North sea came Angles, Jutes, and Saxons. The Jutes were a small tribe of people who disappeared into obscurity.

Angles came from Slesvig formally Angel which falls between the Sle and the Flensborg Fiord. Now these Angles certainly "Burnt their Bridges" because the entire nation came across, and they must have been pretty smart because they settled in what was to become the East Riding of Yorkshire, conquering West Yorkshire in later times. They are often confused with Saxons but they were not Saxon. Saxons were in-between the rivers of Weser and Elbeis in Holstien and this is where the Saxons originated from, and they headed to the South of England.

From Millicent Craig

New Members

During the month of October two members were added to the North American membership roster of the DGS. Rev. Edward White, Anglican Bishop in Washington state claims Dalton ancestry going back to Philemon in 1635 in NH and to William White who accompanied Philemon on the Ship Increase. Melissa Hicks of Rhode Island also joined the DGS. Melissa is descended from North Carolina Daltons and has joined the Dalton International DNA Project. She is a cousin to Robert Miller (Dalton descent) currently living in Northern Ireland.

Yorkshire Tidbits

John Doxey of Australia is an authority on Yorkshire history and dialects. He writes that "the accent still used today is older than Middle English, and dates back to K{C}eltic times. The people of North Wales, Northern Ireland, and Yorkshire have a common Celtic bond, and that the Shepherds in the Yorkshire Dales used the same language as the people of North Wales to count their sheep, a language still used in the 20th Century." For some early Dalton Yorkshire references beginning in the 14th Century visit:

Descendents of Fugate Dalton

Clinton Dalton of VA sent a rather long descendency list of Fugate Dalton’s family. Fugate is descended from William Dalton of Pittsylvania County who settled in Carroll County.

Fugate Clark Dalton, born Mar. 3, 1873 and died Dec. 31, 1962. He married Virginia Worrell, daughter of William Robert and Nancy (Sutphin) Worrell in 1895. The following are their children:

1. Roscoe Conkin Dalton, born Oct. 4, 1895 and died Dec. 24, 1963. Roscoe served in World War 1 fighting several battles in France. He married late in life to a woman named Margaret.

2. William Garrett Dalton, born Feb. 18, 1898 and died Jun. 19, 1984. He married Mary Palmer in May 1927 who bore him a daughter, Virginia. Virginia is married to Jack Rood.

3. Fred Johnson Dalton, born Sept. 9, 1900 and died Mar. 6, 1966. He married Goldie Higgs, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Higgs, in 1934. Their three children were: Bertie Mae, first marriage was to Glenn Dalton; Kenneth is married to Estelle Dalton; and Shirley Dalton is married to Pat Qusenberry.

4. Polly Dalton, infant daughter, died Aug. 16, 1903.

On June 14, 1905, Fugate remarried to Nancy Elizabeth Smith, Daughter of Isaac and Eliza (Mitchell) Smith. The following are their children:

1. Luther Carson Dalton, born Dec. 29, 1906 and died September 8, 2000. Married Rebecca A. Stewart, daughter of James and Ellen Stewart, on Oct. 11, 1935. Their daughter, Laura Elizabeth, is married to Robert Coburn and they have a daughter, Kate.

2. Edgar Glenn Dalton, born April 22, 1909 and died June 15, 1972. Married Bertha Hollingsworth June 25, 1938. Children are: Clark, married to Carol Olsen; Stuart’s first marriage was to Madaline Draper who bore two daughters, Ellen and Sharon; second marriage is to Yvonne Hurt; and Claralyn, married to Kenneth. They have two daughters, Vangie and Vicky.

3. Isaac Pierce Dalton, born October 24, 1911. Married Clara Smith September 12, 1941 who bore two daughters, Janet and Susan. Janet’s first marriage was to Waverly Land. Second marriage is to Tony Heatwole. They have a son, Nathaniel and a daughter, Amanda. Sue is married to Ray Miller and they have a daughter, Caroline, and a son, Matthew. Pierce served in World War II.

4. Stephen Rush Dalton, born August 3, 1914 and died September 13, 1999. Married Eileen Cunning February 9, 1957. Rush served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.

Note: Information from Carroll 1765 - 1815 The Settlements by John Perry Alderman, Luther Dalton, family Bibles, and other sources.

These pictures of the Dalton Adding Machine (The Ten Key) were found on the web by Gerry Dalton of Australia. Obviously an important tool for the American Government in the early 20th Century USA. Can anyone offer an explanation as to how they acquired the "Dalton" name?

Dalton Ten Key
Dalton Ten Key Adding Machine


1917 Dalton Adding Machine
Original Advertisement for the Dalton Adding Machine Company


Colour advert for a Dalton Adding and Calculating Machine
Advertisement for the Dalton Adding and Calculating Machine

Extracted by the Editor from “The Post Office Bolton Directory, 1889” published by Tillotson and Son.

  1. Dalton, Charles K. Mill Secretary, 50 Higher Bridge Street, Little Bolton
  2. Dalton, Thomas, Photographer, 11 Knowsley Street, Little Bolton (He is also listed in the classified section as “Artists Photographic”)
  3. Dalton, Thomas, Provision Dealer, 50 Higher Bridge Street, Little Bolton.

N.B. Subsequent research has shown that Thomas Dalton (the Provision Dealer) is the father of Charles K. Dalton. He was born in Croston, Lancashire in 1827, and is the great, great uncle of our American Secretary, Millicent Craig.

My grateful thanks to all of you who have contributed to the November 2007 issue of “Daltons In History”. Please continue to send your contributions to me to arrive no later than the 25th of each month, unless advised otherwise. My e-mail address is: