The year 2007 began with the news that The Dalton Genealogical Society has been successful in registering with The Clans of Ireland. This new development should be of interest to their members, those of  Irish descent  in particular.  The D.G.S. was founded in 1970 by Daltons of English descent but later spread out to include members from many parts of the world, especially  Ireland, Australia and America.  Many of the latter are of Irish descent and now wish to know more of their origins in Ireland.


It is fully time that the Irish Daltons should stand with the Clans of Ireland, as they  have been  settled here since c. 12th century. Like their predecessors, the Danes, the Daltons, of Anglo-Norman descent, arrived here as invaders, wrestling the fertile lands of  Meath and  West Meath from their Gaelic  inhabitants, the  Mageoghegans ,O’Melaghlin and others. With their neighbouring allies the Petits,Tuites, Tyrrells Nugents, Darcys, Delamars and Dillons, the Daltons  settled  that part of  Ireland. The barony of Rathconrath in Westmeath was  formed by statute in 1584, from lands   previously known as  ‘’Daltons Country’’


         By the same authoritie is ordeyned and enacted That Daltons Countrey be

         from henceforth made and named the baronie or hundred of Rathconytre.


They had adopted over time many of the customs of the native Irish and so by 1486 A.D., it was recorded that their leader took the Gaelic title of ‘’An Daltunach’’ or The Dalton. They also forfeited lands for their part in the Rising of 1641 and later for supporting the Jacobite cause. The  sept  spread out  from Rathconrath, forming  minor  branches  in  the counties of  Kilkenny, Tipperary and  Clare. Daltons  are found too inWaterford, Limerick,  North Kerry, Wexford, with a number  still  to be found on the old ancestral lands  in county  Westmeath.  We are not saying that all Daltons originated  in  the Westmeath area but  further diligent research will  attempt to answer this  vexed question, that  of the origin of all Daltons in Ireland.  One of the main aims  therefore of  the  Irish members  of the D.G.S. should   be  to  document that   particular aspect of  research.


The credit for the 2007 registration of  the  D.G.S  is the culmination  of many months of work  spent by our  American Secretary Millicent and thanks is due to her for her efforts. The support of the officers of the Society should also be acknowledged. It was decided in 2006, that an Irish representative and secretariat would be chosen  from among  D.G.S members to further advance  the Irish participation  and also to  liase with the Irish Clans. Having been chosen in that capacity, I hope to further interest Daltons (Irish or non Irish) in the Society and endeavour together to learn more about  our common Dalton ancestry. We therefore issue an invitation to all Daltons to come and join with us.  Ciaran  Dalton.

Since the turn of the year, the DGS committee has been exceptionally busy on a number of fronts and, one month on, I want to update you on a number of developments:

Arrangements for the 2008 Gathering and Annual General Meeting in Ireland

I am pleased to announce that this event will take place on the weekend of Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 2008. The venue is to be Dooly’s Hotel in Birr, Co Offaly. Our recently appointed Irish Secretary, Ciaran Dalton, will be working with us to devise an exciting programme of events over the weekend exploring the many facets of Irish Dalton ancestry. More details will be published here on this website in due course, at the 2007 Gathering in Worcester, and in the June 2007 issue of the DGS Journal (Vol 46). In the meantime please note the dates in your diary and make your plans to include it in your 2008 itinerary.

Registration of Clan Dalton with The Clans of Ireland

Clan Dalton has now been registered with The Clans of Ireland. The application, which was made last year, has recently been approved by the Board of The Clans and opens the door to much wider recognition of the work being undertaken to research Irish Dalton ancestry. Our Clan Chieftain is DGS Irish Secretary, Ciaran Dalton and we have created a link from the front page of this website to a Clan Dalton page where Ciaran sends his first message as Chieftain of the Clan. Thanks are due to Millicent Craig for coordinating our application and you will also find her note to the Officers of Clan Dalton on the Clan Dalton page. Full details of The Clans of Ireland organisation can be found on their website at

The 2007 Gathering and AGM in Worcester – 27/28/29 July

This year’s major DGS event is just six months away and we are all looking forward to it with eager anticipation. Bookings are coming in steadily and, if you anticipate attending, and have not already done so, you should contact Howard Dalton, our Gathering Organiser, at the earliest opportunity ( to let him know your intentions. Full details of the weekend can be found on this website – just return to the front page and click on the link on the left hand side. Our major theme for this event is Daltons and the Civil War, and in this issue of “Daltons in History” you will find a background article about the Civil War.

Improvements to the DGS website

Last month I referred to our plans to improve this website. During the past few weeks we have been working with a consultant who is helping us with this project. He has produced a prototype website which includes a number of new features, and a small group of committee members and others are now evaluating the prototype for us. Based on their feedback, we expect to begin implementing some agreed changes soon. We will keep our readers informed.

Thank you for your attention to these various points. My best wishes to you all.

Yours very sincerely,

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

Much material has been written about the Civil War, a particularly fascinating period of British history that started in 1638 during the reign of Charles I.  The Battle of Worcester in 1651 was a key turning point that heralded the end of the War and the start of the Commonwealth and Protectorate Period with Oliver Cromwell becoming Lord Protector in 1653, a position he held until his death in 1658.  In 1660 Charles II was restored as monarch. Here Michael Dalton draws together the historical context of the Battle of Worcester as the DGS prepares for its 2007 Gathering in this historic city in July.


Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the Scots recognized his 19 year old son as King Charles II and agreed to support his claim to the throne in return for political concessions. David Leslie an experienced and skilful officer was appointed to raise an army for Charles.


Following defeat at Dunbar in September 1650, by a smaller but far more experienced army led by Cromwell, Leslie had retired to Stirling. Cromwell had initially withdrawn to Edinburgh before attempting and failing to draw Leslie into open battle. After Charles was crowned King of the Scots, at Scone, he took command of the army appointing Leslie as his Lieutenant-General. Charles led an army some 12,000 strong into England in August 1651.


As he advanced through the northern counties Charles expected his army to be joined by thousands of loyal supporters, eager to join the cause. Not only did the expected recruits not materialize but many of the Scottish stragglers were mopped up by parliamentarian troops who dogged their steps all the way. Despite this Charles continued to head south and less than three weeks later arrived at Worcester. The rapid march had taken its toll on the troops and Charles decided to rest in the city and allow time for other supporters to join him. Perceiving that Charles’s next move would be against London, Cromwell with some 28,000 troops, moved to cut off his route to the east at the same time as blocking passage to the west, from where the expected reinforcements were to come.


The Battle of Worcester was fought at Powick Hams and Fort Royal on 3rd September 1651 and signified, at the end of the day, the final battle between the Parliament armies and the Royalist armies led firstly by Charles I against the Earl of Essex and then his son Charles II with mostly Scottish regiments against Oliver Cromwell during the nine years of a bloody and civil conflict.  An outline of the days leading up to the battle, and the battle itself follows:


30th August:


Cromwell arrives at Spetchley, home to the Berkeley family, to create a line of attack which extends from Elbury Hill (now Elbury Park) to Bund’s Hill near the Ketch Inn, a distance of some two and a half miles. Parliamentary troops are already established on Red Hill and in Perry Wood. Lieutenant General Fleetwood positions at Powick near the Teme Bridge. Meanwhile General Lambert arrives up river to the Teme confluence with the Severn with boats to build a bridge across the Teme.


31st August:


Cromwell orders guns to be placed on Red Hill and in Perry Wood and to fire on Worcester as a distraction while the boat bridge is being constructed.  Major Knox for the Royalists leads his Scottish regiment up Red Hill to try and quiet the guns and another sortie is led to Bund’s Hill. Knox runs into General Fairfax’s regiment and falls into a trap. The sortie to Bund’s Hill is similarly indisposed.  This was due to a Worcester spy named Guise who learnt of the sorties and reported them to Cromwell’s armies. He was later caught, tried and hung.


2nd September:


Lambert finishes the boat bridge across River Teme. Plans are laid to attack the Scots on the next day. Lambert returns to his regiment at Upton upon Severn.


3rd September:


The Duke of Hamilton is in charge of Fort Royal with the main body of Scots; Lord Rothes has a strong detachment on the Castle Mound; and the whole of the Scots Brigade of horse is positioned on Pitchcroft under the command of General Leslie.  General Montgomery heads the Scots on the Powick Hams with Keith’s brigade on Powick Bridge where Prince Rupert defeated Fiennes in 1642 (the first official civil war battle). Piscotty’s Highlanders are stationed near the bridge of boats at the Temes mouth, with Dalziel’s brigade in reserve at Wickfield on the high ground overlooking the Teme Bridge


General Lambert, with Dean, marches from Upton in the early morning to Powick. A small skirmish takes place at Powick (evidence of this can be seen on Powick church tower). The Scots are driven back to the bridge which is held by Keith. Lambert manages to cross the Teme via the boat bridge but is repulsed by Piscotty and his Highlanders. Again Lambert attacks and this time he is more successful driving the Scots slowly back towards Worcester. This, in turn, forces Keith to abandon his Bridge stance or risk being cut off on his left flank. Lambert and Dean owe their success to Cromwell receiving news of the Royalist stance and sending three Brigades across the boat bridge to attack from the west side of the Teme.  Leslie is still positioned on Pichcroft with his Brigade of Horse refusing to move and go to the aid of Piscotty and Keith. Piscotty escapes into Worcester through St.Johns but Keith is taken prisoner by Dean.


Meanwhile, back in Worcester, Charles is atop the cathedral tower watching progress. He then quickly moves into evasive action and marches a troop of horse and foot up the London Road towards Red Hill and the Parliamentary positions. The Duke of Hamilton is similarly disposed but, leading a column of his own regiment, goes up to Perry Wood, disposes of some musketeers hiding behind the hedge along the lane, charges on the canon and captures them. Charles’s attack on Red Hill was also successful in driving the Parliamentary line further back up the hill. Again, if Leslie had moved his horse and consolidated the general push by the Royalists then history may well have been changed.


The Parliament troops rally again and force another attack. Cromwell hears of the lack of support and rushes his three brigades back from supporting Lambert and inspires his men to fight on against the Scots. Hamilton is running out of powder and shot. All along the Parliament lines the Scots are falling back. One last attempt by Hamilton results in his own fatal wounding. Cromwell advances quickly taking the advantage. Sir Alexander Forbes is struck down from his command of the Fort Royal and the King’s Standard is torn down.


Meanwhile, the rest of Cromwell’s men make good between Fort Royal and Sidbury Gate taking not only the Scots flank but now their rear. Cromwell orders the Fort Royal guns to be turned on Worcester while his men fall on the easy prey of the now disordered Scots fugitives who are struggling to get through the narrow Sidbury Gate. Cut off, they are easily cut down in the mass slaughter (to be compared with Charles’s father at Naseby and his great Uncle at Culloden), which takes place around Sidbury and up Red Hill.


Throughout all of this Charles is still outside the city walls trying vainly to rally his troops from the entrance to the Commandery. An attack from a Parliament horseman almost altered the whole course of history, but misses in his attempt to cut Charles down. One William Bagnall sees the King’s plight and drives an ox cart between the Commandery entrance and the city walls stopping the horseman and allowing Charles to effect an escape. He makes for his quarters in the Corn Market but not before Fleetwood attacks across the river bridge, up Broad Street into Mealcheapen Street, thus cutting off the Scots rear to the west and the Bridge Gate. The Forgate to the north had been built up, Cromwell is in control of Sidbury to the south and the Friars Gate was already in the control of the victorious Parliament troop.


The only exit left now is St.Martin’s Gate which adjoins Charles' quarters. The Lord Wilmott finds a horse and brings it to the rear entrance of what is now the Swan With Two Nicks Inn. Colonel Corbett with his troopers effect entry though the front of the house leaving Charles only just making his escape through St.Martin’s Gate, along a lane to Barbourne Bridge, across the river and onto the Kidderminster Road heading north.


William Guise, the man responsible for informing Cromwell of the surprise attack to his Red Hill position by 1500 Royalist soldiers, was hanged from the sign of the Golden Cross Inn along Broad Street the next day. However, Cromwell rewarded his widow with the sum of Ł200, a large sum at the time, with an annuity of the same amount. Seven years later to the day, namely 3rd September 1658, Cromwell died leading to the Royalist story and legend that Cromwell sold his soul to the devil in Pirie Wood for a victory and seven years of his life.


London Road was constructed in the 18th century as a turnpike road. The ancient medieval road lies to the south and can be traced most of the way by a line of two adjacent parallel lanes running from Cromwell Avenue and into Blake Street and follows the natural gradient of the hill. Two large cuttings were made to ease the hilly gradient for the coaches to and from London. The first was at Wheatsheaf Hill, so called after an inn of the same name half way up the hill, and cut through part of the defences of the old Fort Royal. The second is at Red Hill and cut through the southern tip of Pirie (now Perry) Wood. Pirie Brook flowed down from the tip of Pirie Wood and because it once crossed the road is now channelled below the road through a pipe.



The information assembled here has been taken from various websites which readers may wish to consult for further details.  These include:


The UK Battlefields Resource Centre, created by the Battlefields Resource Centre


Scot-Wars Scottish Military History & Re-enactment


British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638-1660


In addition to information on the worldwide web, there is of course a wealth of published material which readers may wish to consult.  It is hoped to review some of the books and articles published about the Civil War, and the Battle of Worcester in particular, in a forthcoming issue of “Daltons in History”.

From Millicent V. Craig

What do these names have in common? They are connected to the Daltons of Virginia.

The largest group of Daltons in the Dalton International DNA Project has roots in Virginia but has yet to find its origins in England, Ireland or Scotland. Searching has gone on in all three countries but as of today, there is no conclusive evidence of their roots.

We follow each clue hoping to find an answer and many of the Virginia Daltons are actively searching and sharing their information. In this article we return to the slim clue of Nial of the Nine Hostages looking for a connection. For those unfamiliar with this early King of Ireland, there are millions who bear his genetic signature. Among them is a line of the Virginia Daltons.

Our search led us to review some of the early Irish documents that were posted in either Daltons in History, the Dalton Data Bank or the DGS Journals. One of the documents extracted by K. T. Mapstone is the Annals of Ireland. The references to Daltons within the Annals are posted in the Back Issues of this monthly newsletter. Scroll to Volume 8, Numbers 4, 5, 6.

The Annals were printed in three parts.

The Annals contain the most complete history of the Daltons in Ireland to be found anywhere. Clan War references between the Daltons and Cineal (Clan) Fiachach begin in 1369 and are posted in Annals I, Volume 8 Number 4. The mentioned Fiachach descend from Fiacha, the son of Nial. Warring between the descendents of these two clans continued for over one hundred and fifty years. Even after peacemaking attempts in 1544, according to Annals III the slayings continued.

What these annals show is a long time connection, between the Nials and the Daltons. But there is another connection within the Annals that Virginia Daltons may like to pursue, an alternative to the story of their ancestor Tyrell, son of William, being of English birth.

An entry for 1472.12 in the Annals shows how the so called English of Westmeath banded together when attacked. " A great attack was made by O'Kelly upon Muine-Liath. The English of Westmeath, viz., the Tuites, Petits, Tyrrels, Darcys and Daltons, came up with him. O'Kelly was defeated; Donough O'Kelly and many others were taken prisoners and a party of their foot soldiers and kerns were slaves".

In this February issue of Daltons in History there is historical data sent by Clan Chieftain,Ciaran Dalton and titled "Westmeath in 1598". One section is as follows. " Castles and good Houses - Waterston to one of the Dillons, Tuitestown to William Tuit and many others belonging to the several surnames of Nugents, Tyrells, Darcies, Daltons."

It is well documented that Dillons and Daltons, Nugents and Daltons, Tuites and Daltons intermarried. You might look further for a marriage connection between the Tyrells and Daltons. In DGS Journal, Volume 11, No. 1983, there is an article, "Historical Memoir of the Family of Dalton of the Kingdom of Ireland". In it the author writes of the long term alliances between these families and also mentions a later friendship with the descendents of Niall. He lists the families who intermarried including intermarriage with some of the Irish Clans. An online search of Tyrell genealogy could be a starting place. We also know from the annals that the name William occurred in this family of Daltons. There is much yet to be learned and expanding out parameters of search may or may not add to our knowledge but when the brick wall has not been penetrated, perhaps a new direction is indicated.

Ciaran Dalton is Ireland's Secretary for the DGS, Chieftain of Clan Dalton and a scholar of Irish history. This extensively annotated extract documents the presence of Daltons in Westmeath in 1598.

The following description of Ireland and the State thereof in Anno 1598, is now for the first time published, from a Manuscript preserved in Clongowes-Wood College, with copious notes and illustration by Edmund Hogan, S. J.1 (Dublin, London1876.)

The Countie of Westmeath

This countie contayneth all land from the red moore beyond Aboy2 to the river of Sheynen3 by delven McCoghlan and in bredth and Omelaughlines Countries. So hath it the King's Countie East and South4, the Sheynen and part of the countie of Longford West and the Countie of Cavan and part of the Countie of Meath north.5

Townes Mollingare, governed by a Portrise, lately often burned.

Market Townes Castletown Devlin, Rawyre, Delvin (sic), Ballimore

Castles and good Houses - Killena the Lord of Delvins chief Hous, Castle toune delving belonging to him also, Rawyre belonging to the Earl of Kildare, Tristinaughe, a faire Abbey belonging to Henrie Pierce6 Waterston to one of the Dillons, Tuitestown to William Tuit and many others belonging to the several surnames of Nugents, Tyrells, Darcies, Daltons.7

Here the writer mentions many other families of Westmeath both native and Anglo Norman. Included are some of the large landowners or Chief Gentlemen, among the Daltons of Westmeath.

Chief Gent in Westmeath. Nugent of Moyrath, Dillon,8 etc.

Dalton of Milton9

Dalton of Dundanell10

Dalt. Of Mull.11

Dalton of. (sic)

Hubert Dalton.

Edmund Dalton


1 The manuscript was found in Clongowes Wood Jesuit College. The 12 page document has been abridged by Ciaran Dalton and refers to items mainly of Dalton interest. The ms.probably was written by Sir Henry Folliott, perhaps an English Government official. The original ms. is now lost. A copy was made by Rev Betagh, S. J. towards the end of the 18th century and it was from this document that Fr, Hogan published his account. Fr. Hogan (1831-1917) was a scholar of Irish Placenames. Among his works were Distinguished Irishmen of the 16th Century and a classic work on the toponomy of Ireland entitled Onmatsicon Goedelicum.

2 Athboy

3 Shannon

4 Modern day Offaly

5 In 1543, an act of Parliament was passed in the preamble of which we read 'For the division of Methe into two shires (because) the shire of Methe is great in circuit and the west part thereof laid about and beset with divers of the Kings rebels, and in several partes thereof of the King's writs for lacke of ministration of justice have not been obeyed, ne his Grace's laws put in due exercise.' (Fr. Hogan). Where Fr. Hogan's notes are included in the text, he has bracketed them

6 He was a distinguished traveler and left behind him an account of his travels which was placed among the Ware mss. (Hogan) His book a Chorographical Description of the County of Westmeath was written in 1682 and included in Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis Vol.1 No 1(see Westmeath as Others Saw It, J. Sheehan

7 Barony of Rathconred called the Dalton's Country: - Cief town, Ballymore Lough Swedy, Francis Shane's; at Dondonnell, Hen. Dalton at Milton, the heirs of Rich. Dalton; Edmund Dalton of Mollinmighan; Peter Nangle of Bishopstown; Francis Shane of Killare. - Car. Ca. (Fr. Hogan)

8 John D. of Low Baskin, grandson of Dillon of Drumrany married a dau of Sir John Hugan of co. Kilkenny, and had two dau and nine sons; his dau Jane M. Dalton of Dalystown died in 1636; three of his sons became priests. Lodge, p 152-168 (Hogan)

9 It should read Milltown

10 In 1656, died John Dalton of Dundonnell, son and heir of Hubert D. )alton). He was the great grat grandfather of D'Alton who published the King James Army List, and other works and who had some of the ancestral property. The Attainders of 1691, (this was after the Williamite Wars in Ireland) include 17 continental armies. See King James Army List, p. 376 (Hogan)

11 Dalton of Mollinmighan

Editors Note: In this document the closeness of several families are mentioned including the Tyrells. For those Virginia Daltons who claim Tyrell son of William as an earliest ancestor. this document shows that the name Tyrell was not restricted to England.

Rodney Dalton

DGS member, Rodney Dalton of Utah sent an unusual item that was discussed in the Commons of England in 1593. This serious discussion took place on the shipping of cloath a common term in England and in the first few centuries of America. Cloath has many definitions but the closest we find describes cloath as new cloth that was quite scarce and expensive in its original uncut state. This is opposed to re-used cloth from old garments that were recycled into new items by the majority of the citizenry. Does anyone know which Dalton was at Lincoln's Inn in 1593?

Proceedings in the Commons, 1593 February 19th - April 9th - Tuesday, Feb. 27.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27. a Bill was read, for transporting of Cloath, the first time.

Mr. Morris, Attorney of the Court of Wards.

Mr. Morris's Speech.

My Religion towards God, my Allegiance to her Majesty, the many Oaths that I have taken for the maintaining of her Supremacy, causeth me to offer to your considerations, matters concerning the sacred Majesty of God, the Prerogative and Supremacy of her Majesty, the Priviledges of the Laws, and the Liberties of us all. After some touch upon the usage of Ecclesiastical Discipline by the Prelates, he laid down these three things: Lawless Inquisition, injurious Subscription, and binding Absolution; to which he spake severally, shewing the abuses of the Bishops in every one of them. He delivering the Bill, made this his request, That if the House thought good to receive it, that then they might be Suitors unto her Majesty to have it allowed. The Bill being delivered by Mr. Morris his hand unto Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Dalton of Lincolns-Inne, stood up and spake with much earnestness against it, saying, IT is hard for me upon a sudden to answer a long premeditated speech, but as I am able, I will say and shew what I think of the Bill exhibited: It pretends great things in shew, things tending to the hindrance of God's Service, to the derogation of her Majesties Prerogative, to the overthrowing of our Laws, and violating of our Liberties; things great in shew, but no such things to be found in matter spoke against. It is easie to make of a Mole-hill a Mountain in words; so by a well-compiled speech, to make a great and dangerous thing of nothing; nay, indeed a thing needless: for that the State hitherto hath always stood upon this Government. And so shewed how the Ecclesiastical Government was distinct from the Temporal. The Reasons he gave were few or none; onely his great mislike was, that having received straight Commandment from her Majesty not to meddle with things concerning the Church and State of this Realm, therefore in his opinion the Bill ought to be suppressed.

Mr. Speaker.

In favour and in free love, above my merits and deserts, you have elected me to do all my best service, and to be faithful to you. This Bill delivered to me, is long, and containeth important matters of great weight, and such matters as cannot be expressed in few words. It hath many parts; and if you put me presently to open it, I cannot do it as I should: for indeed it is a matter far above my ordinary practice, and so I cannot so readily understand it; and to deliver a thing before I conceive it, I cannot. Wherefore, if it would please you to give me leave to consider of it, I do prosess I will be faithful, and will keep it with all secrecy.

Hereupon it was put to the question, Whether it should be committed to the Speaker onely, or to the Privy Council and him? But it was held to be against the Order of the House, that a Bill should be committed before it was read. Therefore upon a Motion made by Mr. Wroth, it was agreed that Mr. Speaker should keep it.

This afternoon at two of the clock, Mr. Speaker was sent for unto Court; where the Queens Majesty her self gave him commandment what to deliver unto the House.

From: 'Proceedings in the Commons, 1593: February 19th - April 9th', Historical Collections.

John Dalton

The editor of the DGS Journal, John Dalton, has written that Volume 45 was sent to the printer in January and you will be receiving your copy at anytime.

A number of DGS members and friends have submitted stories of their ancestors from Australia, England, Ireland and the U. S. John welcomes your contributions and photos. It is amazing how many people learned of a mutual relative from the text.

Contact John at: If you are not receiving a Journal, please go to the Membership/Entitlements page, contact your local secretary and submit your membership to the DGS.

December 2006
Letter from the Chairman 2
Births, Marriages and Deaths 4
Births 4
Marriages 5
Deaths 6
Family History Events in 2007 7
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 8
    M. N. & Q. 45.1 J. Dalton, Zoologist 8
    M. N. & Q. 45.2 James Dalton, Highwayman 8
    M. N. & Q. 45.3 Two Irish Dalton Lines 8
    M. N. & Q. 45.4 A Hampton, NH Family of Ice Cutters & Cullers of Staves 9
Daltons along the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal by Lavinia Hemingway 10
Elizabeth Dalton, Transported to Australia 13
Dalton Brothers of the Eighteenth Century by Michael Cayley 14
A Dalton in the Irish Troubles by David Dalton Edwards 17
Introduction to Gladys Collins’ Story by her niece Maureen Collins 25
Gladys Collins’ Story (part 1) 27
Uneventful Lives Updated by Audrey Dalton 33
Australia Meeting, Sydney, 29th April 2006 35
News from America by Millicent V. Craig, our American Secretary 36
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 39
Book Reviews 44
New Members 44
Change of Address 48
Poets Corner 48

Karen Dalton Preston

DGS member Karen Dalton Preston of NV extracted the following birth/baptism and marriage information from LDS microfilm of the parish registers of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Bayonne, New Jersey; Film # 1777190 and # 147719 and St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church, Bayonne, New Jersey, Film # 1403476. Our appreciation is extended to Karen.


17 Apr 1882, C. 22 Apr 1882, James Dalton, son of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: Patrick Dalton and Mary Fitzgerald, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

22 Mar 1884, C. 30 Mar 1884, Alice Dalton, daughter of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: Edward Gleeson and Catharine Brill, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

26 Jan 1886, C. 7 Feb 1886, Catherine Dalton, daughter of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: James Sweeney and Lizzie Sweeney, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

2 July 1887, C. 10 July 1887, Patrick Dalton, son of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: Matthew Powers and Mary Powers, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

22 June 1889, C. 4 Aug 1889, Edward Dalton, son of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: William Splat and Bridget Daly, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

5 Aug 1890, C. 17 Aug 1890, Anne Dalton, daughter of Michael Dolton and Mary Ann McCaffrey, Godparents: Patrick Dalton and Catherine Schilling, St. Henry’s RC

22 Mar 1891, C. 29 Mar 1891, John Dalton, son of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: James Sullivan and Mary Daley, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

9 Oct 1892, C. 16 Oct 1892, John Richard Dalton, son of Michael Dalton and Mary Ann McCaffrey, Godparents: Edward Dalton and Eliza Kennedy, St. Henry’s RC

22 Jan 1894, C. [no date given], Thomas, son of James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald, Godparents: Jeremiah Daley and Nora Spratt, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

21 Dec 1894, C. 6 Jan 1895, Mary Dalton, daughter of Michael Dalton and Mary Ann McCaffrey, Godparents: William Nutrell and Mrs. Annie Boyd, St. Henry’s RC

18 Oct 1909, C. 7 Nov 1909, Joseph Dalton, son of Joseph Dalton and Josephine Anderson, Godparents: Albert Galuchie and Laura Galuchie, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC

6 June 1913, C. 22 June 1913, Margaret Dalton, daughter of William Dalton and Catherine Burns, Godparents: Eugene Humphrey and Mary Humphrey, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC


12 Nov 1902, Andrew Dalton to Ann Darcy, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC, parents: Gerald Dalton and Mary Fenton, Michael Darcy and Catherine Ryan

26 Oct 1905, Charles Dalton to Bridget Mullaney, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC, parents: William Dalton and Martha Welsh, Matthew Mullaney and Mary Roach; Dispensation for Mixed Religion

24 Sept 1906, William Dalton to Catherine Burns, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC, parents: John Dalton and Mary Devlin, Patrick Burns and Catharine Milner

25 Apr 1908, Patrick Dalton to Ellen Riordan, St. Henry’s RC, parents: Richard Dalton and Ellen Bond, Matthew Riordan and Elizabeth Sullivan; groom born in Ireland, residing in Bayonne, bride born in Ireland

19 Sept 1917, Thomas Dalton to Grace O’Donnell, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC, parents: James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald; Hugh O’Donnell and Grace O’Donnell,

7 Sept 1919, John Joseph Dalton to Mary Julia Fraher, St. Mary, Star of the Sea RC, parents: James Dalton and Nora Fitzgerald; Patrick J. Fraher and Mary O’Hanlon


Ttranscribed from an index of burials at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, NJ. Index on LDS microfilm, #’s 1412635 – 638, and #1412700.

1 Nov 1865, Bridget Dalton, age 61, plot # R219-SoA

28 Dec 1868, Barney Dalton, age 55, plot # UG-29

18 Nov 1874, James Dalton, age 47, plot # AF-64

18 Dec 1880, Edward Dalton, age 56, plot # UC-43

2 Aug 1881, Edward Dalton, age 40, plot #AM79

9 July 1883, Bridget Dalton, age 40, plot – “Poor”

5 Sept 1896, James Dalton, age 74, plot – “Poor”

25 July 1900, Edward Dalton, age 22, plot # BA63

27 Sept 1901, Edward Dalton, age 1 year, plot #VAa-27

11 Nov 1901, Charles B. Dalton, age 1 year, plot #POa-7

21 Feb 1903, Grace Dalton, age 7 months, plot # D103-C

28 Jan 1904, Patrick Dalton, age 16, plot # C-907, son of James & Nora Dalton, cause of death- phthisis

1 Feb 1906, Catherine Dalton, age 85, plot #F76B

10 Dec 1908, Eliza Dalton, age 83, plot #F6D

2 Jan 1909, Bridget Dalton, age 4 days, plot # KFb-22

19 Sept 1910, Elizabeth Dalton, age 49, plot #FGa-82

16 June 1916, Alice T. Dalton, age 31, plot #C-907, daughter of James & Nora Dalton, cause of death – chronic nephritis

23 May 1917, Catherine Dalton, age 58, plot #M-115

24 July 1917, Anna Dalton, age 60, plot # F6D

4 Dec 1918, Christina Dalton, age 54, plot # M85D

15 Jan 1921, James Dalton, age 66, plot # C-907, cause of death – acute lobar pneumonia

5 Nov 1923, Grace Dalton, age 23, plot #FP-22

13 Mar 1924, Edward Dalton, age 56, plot # OE5

16 May 1930, Edward J. Dalton, age 60, plot # EK104

12 Feb 1931, Elizabeth Dalton, age 61, plot # F6D

10 Nov 1931, [Baby] Dalton, 1/2 day old, plot #KD-160

11 Jan 1933, James Dalton, age 55, plot # TD-77

3 Jan 1934, Annie Dalton, age 60, plot #NN-81

15 March 1938, Nora Dalton, age 81, plot # C-907, cause of death – cerebral apoplexy

25 May 1940, Elizabeth Dalton, age 64, plot # EM-138

27 Oct 1945, Edward A. Dalton, age 41, plot # D103C

4 Feb 1952, Bridget Dalton, age 75, plot #OE-5

16 Dec 1953, Annie Dalton, no age given, plot # ZFa-32

21 Sept 1954, Anna Dalton, age 71, plot # HF-B 19, 20,21,22

19 Mar 1958, Bridget Dalton, age 72, plot #8D-84

28 July 1960, Edward A. Dalton, age 48, plot # 8C95

29 Sept 1962, Edward Dalton, age 29, plot – “Poor”

14 Sept 1968, James Dalton, age 20, plot # 6D-66

22 Apr 1970, [girl child] Dalton, stillborn, ZR-1

20 May 1974, Thomas Dalton, age 54, plot # 1N-109

31 Dec 1979, James P. Dalton, age 67, plot # 5D 27-1

The following Wills have some striking similarities and obviously have a family connection that originated in Virginia.

Many thanks to DGS member Lettie Holland of Las Vegas, NV for sending a copy of the New Orleans Will. William Dalton is not a member of her family but will be useful to some of Virginia origins.

New Orleans Will

"William Dalton signed Octot, Judge: Know all men that J. William Dalton of the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana being filed November in full possession of my good senses; and fearing that I shall take leave of this world 15th 1827 earthly world I do hereby appoint the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, to be my executor and administrator and do all that relates to the settling of my estate as follows.

First after paying my funeral expenses and all other just debts; that the nett proceeds or balance of my estate be equally divided between my three children - Rachel Dalton Turner, Ellendor Dalton and my son Thomas Dalton.: my slave named Isabella and her child Rosina (?) the said two slaves I do emancipate and set free, The rest of my slaves twelve in number, I wish to be sold, as also my two horses, three drays, 32 hogsheads of tobacco, tobacco schrew, rafts of wood which is now in the Mississippi River and all other property. I wish all to be sold as above instruction, Done in the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana this seventh day of November in the ear of our lord on thousand eight hundred and twenty seven in the presence of the four witnesses which have signed their names at my my signing this my last will and testament. The signature of Wm. Dalton(signed) Wm. Dalton. Witness G. W. Cockerill,

Sumpter Turner, W. T. Capp, James Cause, ne Varictor, sig. J. Octot Judge".

Tennessee Will

A copy of this Will was offered on the Dalton List, and had been contributed by Bernie Bolton , a descendent of this William Dalton.

In the name of God Amen::
I , William Dalton of Smith Co,,and State of Tennessee, being of sound and perfect memory blessed by God, do this sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and nineteen make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in the manner following:::

First all my just debts to be paid, The balance of my property, I will to my beloved wife..Rachel Dalton, so long as she may live; Then after her death my son William Dalton's heirs named::: Rachel Dalton is to have one bed; Elindor Dalton is to have one bed; Thomas Dalton is to have one bed and the three named children of William Dalton to have one fourth of the remaining property... My son Robert Dalton is to have one fourth. My son Thomas Dalton is to have one fourth; my son John Dalton first children: Their names here to be seen; Gincy Dalton, Robert Dalton, Fanny Dalton & Thomas Dalton shall have one fourth of my property divided amngst them.. Also what is made whilst my Beloved wife Rachel lives after her having a decent support shall be equally divided amongst the above named heirs and I do hereby make and ordain my grand son...William Watts and my son in law John Dickerson and my son Robert Dalton & my son Thomas Dalton Executor's to this my Last Will and Testament..! In Witness whereof I , the said William Dalton have to this my Last Will Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written..
William Dalton (seal)

Dairne Irwin

Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Dairne Irwin, married for 38 years to Mel, the present Treasurer of the Dalton Society. For many years I was a primary school teacher, teaching in both England (Norfolk, Buckinghamshire and Lancashire) and in Germany. I managed to escape the stresses and strains of the education system in 2005. What a relief, and now as I look back I wonder how I found time to work!

How did I first become interested in genealogy. As a small child I remember being taken to Street, in Somerset, by my parents, where I had my photograph taken proudly standing with my mother in front of the village sign. I remember being told that my great grandmother was born there. Subsequently about 15 years ago I started researching my family history, finding out that my family had come from Lancashire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

But how did I become involved with the Daltons? My husband had always talked about his Irish- Italian heritage and the times as a small child when he had traveled over to Belfast in Northern Ireland to visit his paternal grandparents. Soon after we married I had started writing to his Dalton grandmother, which continued until her death in 1982. I had never visited Ireland, but one cold wet February in the late 1990's my husband and I found ourselves in the wilds of Cavan where began our search for my husband's Irish connections. Since then we have been back to Ireland a number of times - we have interviewed grave diggers, talked to numerous people, been in Irish gaols ( it is surprising how many genealogical centers are in old gaols), following the elusive trail.

Then in 2002 Mel happened to find information about the Dalton Society on the internet, little did we know what lay ahead. He joined the Society and we attended our first Gathering in Pickering in Yorkshire where we were made so welcome by everyone. Since then I gradually found myself becoming more enmeshed in the society, attending other gatherings in Wales, Lancashire, Ireland and recently New England. Finally last year I became a member of the committee and then shortly before Christmas Michael asked me if I would consider being the Editor of Daltons in History.

Family history is fascinating, it takes you to places you never knew existed, it can be frustrating, exhilarating when you make that break through, but perhaps most important you meet people who you now know you can count as friends. I look forward to receiving your contributions to Daltons in History and to another milestone in the Dalton adventure.

Dairne Irwin at

Millicent Craig

We are pleased that Dairne Irwin will be assuming the editor ship of Daltons in History with the March issue and will support her efforts. Since your data contributions can serve two purposes, Newsletter and the Data Bank, I can continue to receive them and pass them on or vice versa. As research results unfold, there will be items from your secretary. My tenure as editor is in its tenth year and I am now free to devote more time to other projects.

As part of the upgrading process of the DGS web site, the Dalton Data Bank is an important sector. Since it began about 8 years ago, additions were made on a regular basis with data contributions from volunteers. There is so much new data now available that a team is assisting with the additions. They include DGS members Art Dalton, Jim Shaw, Carol Jefferies and Karen Dalton Preston who are concentrating on Canadian data. The next country file to be upgraded is England. We need volunteers for specific counties and please be in touch if you can help with this monster project. We would like to complete the entire project by the end of 2007.

Cecilia Lange and Daveda Bundy have volunteered to work on a project with our Irish Secretary, Ciaran Dalton. They will compile all historical Westmeath data and information into manuscript form. Ciaran believes that the descendents of the prestigious Dalton family remain in Westmeath and he is determined to establish their migration patterns into other parts of Ireland. This will dovetail with a DNA related Daltonolgy project that will also be undertaken in 2007. Volunteers will be needed to help so please let us know of any historical Westmeath documents that can be added to the manuscript.

The registration of Clan Dalton in the Clans of Ireland concludes my involvement in the project. We can now turn our attention to locating Dalton DNA participants in Westmeath, Kilkenny and Waterford who will complement the Tipperary Limerick line.

Another sector of the Dalton International DNA Project that commands attention are testees with ancestry in England, and particularly in Yorkshire. Readers please respond.

It is just six months until the AGM in Worcester, England on July 27, 28, 29 2007 and plane reservations should be made soon. Let us have a good attendance from America. Read the splendid program elsewhere in this issue and let Howard and myself know as soon as possible.

DGS membership in America is at an all time high and we thank each and everyone for their support. As you can see by the activities and projects that are forthcoming, the DGS is a pro-active, forward organization. Please keep a stream of ancestral information, family news and Journal articles flowing to keep our world-wide audience informed.

Millicent Craig,