February has been another busy month and again I’ve craved the indulgence of your editor to update you all on a few matters.  Thank you Dairne and good luck as you now take up the reins as our editor!

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

 During February there has been a steady stream of bookings coming in.  I reiterate my plea made last month – if you anticipate attending, and have not already been in touch, please contact Howard Dalton, our gathering Organiser and Coordinator, at the earliest opportunity to advise him of your intentions.  His email address is h.dalton1@ntlworld.com.  We still have accommodation available at the hotel, and spaces for the various activities and events planned for the weekend, but we cannot guarantee to hold these unless you book soon – so please be in touch.  Full details continue to be carried on this website.  Just return to the front page and click on the link on the left hand side.   If you are still undecided and want any further information just email Howard or myself (michaelndalton@aol.com).  If you are travelling from America please contact the DGS American Secretary (millicenty@aol.com), and if from Australia/New Zealand, the Australian Secretary (mmcollins@ozemail.com.au).  The DGS Officers and Committee will all be present and look forward to welcoming you to Worcester on Friday 27 July 2007.

As you will already be aware, the major theme for the Gathering is Daltons and the Civil War and I am delighted to announce that our speaker on this topic at the Saturday morning conference will be Tony Spicer, an acknowledged authority on the 1651 Battle of Worcester.  More details about Tony and a bibliography on the Civil War will be found below.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Last week I met with Chris Pomery, our project consultant, to review progress on DIDP.  We had an excellent meeting with extensive discussions about each of the genetic family groups.  Much has happened since Issue 1 of his report was distributed to all participants towards the end of last year, with many tests being extended and new participants joining the project.  I am planning an update on the project for inclusion on the DIDP page which is accessed from the link on the front page of this website.  This should be available in April, so watch this space!

Improvements to the DGS website

Work has continued on this project and I had a meeting in mid February with our consultant assisting us on this.  We reviewed the evaluations of the prototype, which were of great value.  Thank you to all those who gave their time to respond on this.  We now have an agreed programme of improvements and an implementation plan for them.  You will see the first changes next month.  The website will be moving to a new web address and the front page of the site is being re-designed.  The April edition of Daltons in History will be in a slightly different format.  Our present web address will continue to find us with an automatic redirection, so no-one will get lost!  We’ll explain it all to you in more detail next month.

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

As announced in the Notes from the Chairman above, Tony Spicer will be speaking to us about the Civil War at our Worcester Gathering Conference on the morning of Saturday 28 July 2007.  Here you will find some biographical details about Tony, together with a selected bibliography covering some possible books that you might wish to read before coming to Worcester. These details have been assembled by our Chairman, Michael Dalton.


Tony Spicer

In the 1960’s Tony Spicer studied history at Bristol University and the London School of Economics where he wrote a dissertation for his Master’s degree on The Battle of Pottava, 1709.  He subsequently qualified as a solicitor and practiced in Worcester for over 20 years.  Reviving his interest in history later in life he joined the Battlefields Trust (http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/) as a founder member in 1992.  Over the years Tony has organized a number of walks for the Trust.  Living as he does in Malvern, local battlefields such as Worcester and Evesham came to be walked most frequently and he has written a book about the Battle of Worcester (“The Battle of Worcester 1651” by Tony Spicer published in 2002 by Paddy Griffith Associates ISBN 0-9521488-5-4).


Tony will give a talk at the Gathering Conference entitled “The Battle of Worcester, 1651”.  In his talk he will cover aspects of the battle of particular interest to Daltons, including where they might have crossed the River Severn to escape to Wales, and further information about what might have happened to the royal pay chest.  He will then join us during the afternoon walking tour of the battlefield and be available to answer all our questions at the scene of the battle where the Daltons fought.


We are most fortunate to have secured Tony’s services and we look forward with anticipation to his contribution towards helping us to understand in more detail the trials and tribulations that the Daltons suffered on the battlefield and immediately after at the start of their flight to Wales.




Apart from Tony’s book already referenced above, there are many, many other books on the Civil War, which include detailed descriptions of the Battle of Worcester.  There are also other books, particularly about Charles II and about Oliver Cromwell which paint the picture of the Civil War and set it in the context of what was happening in England, and in Scotland, Wales and Ireland at the that time, both from the Royalist perspective and from the viewpoint of the Parliamentarians.  Here is a small selection from which you may wish to draw for pre-gathering reading (these are all books that are in my possession and I will be bringing them with me to Worcester for delegates attending the gathering to peruse).


“Civil War – The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638 - 1660” by Trevor Royle

first published in Great Britain by Little, Brown in 2004 and by Abacus in paperback in 2005.

 This compact volume includes illustrations and the Independent on Sunday described it as a ‘superb narrative history’ and refers to Royle as ‘a master storyteller’.  It is a vivid and dramatic account of these turbulent years and a ‘superbly drawn portrait of one of the greatest conflicts in our history’.


“The Life and Times of Charles II” by Christopher Falkus (with an introduction by Antonia Fraser)

originally published by George Weidenfeld and Nicolson Limited in 1974.

 This is a classic text published in a well known and respected series of books about each of the monarchs of England.  Known as ‘The Merry Monarch’, Charles II was the most popular of kings in his lifetime and has remained so in posterity.  But of course he was more than just a witty and tolerant king.  He ruled three kingdoms, England, Scotland and Ireland, at a time of crisis and in his youth he knew the bitterness of defeat and exile.  In the end he triumphed against the odds, having reached a low point in 1651 with defeat at Worcester.


“King Charles II” by Antonia Fraser

published by Book Club Associates in 1979 by arrangement with Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

 This is another classic text by Antonia Fraser herself, which offers important judgements and reassessments on central questions about the reign of Charles II.  The narrative is described as exciting and compelling and it shows all the skills which have secured Fraser’s place as one of the foremost biographers of our time.


“Civil War” by Taylor Downing & Maggie Millman

originally published by Collins & Brown in 1991.

 This book was prepared to accompany a six part television series on Channel Four in the UK.  The TV series and the book sets out to tell of the events and themes of the war:

-                                                         Why men were fighting and what was at stake

-                                                         The battle of ideas

-                                                         The legitimacy of political authority

-                                                         The conflict between the role of the army and the state.

It re-creates the experience of war from the perspective of those who lived through the tumultuous years of the 1640’s and early 1650’s, when at times one man in every ten was under arms and when father could be at war with son.

 There are many other texts and a contemporary article in the issue of History Review just published for this month (March 2007) is entitled “The Cromwellian Protectorate”.  Written by Graham Goodlad, it surveys the variety of interpretations offered by historians of Cromwellian rule in the 1650’s.  This serves to illustrate that debate about the facts of the Civil War and its aftermath continues to be very lively and I hope that, in some small way, our interest and debate at Worcester in July can make a further contribution to understanding what happened on the battlefield in 1651.

Rodney Dalton of Ogden, Utah


Sir Henry Firebrace married as his third wife, Mary, eldest daughter of Richard Dalton, Serjeant of the Wine Cellar to King Charles II.  The first member of the family of whom we hear is the father of the latter, Richard Dalton of Leatherhead, yeoman, whose will (Archdeaconry of Surrey, 206) is dated June 8, 1642.  He mentions in it one son Richard Dalton, then of age, and five daughters, Elizabeth, Frances, Sara, Mary, and Dorothy, all minors; one must have married, as his son-in-law Robert Boughton is named as an executor, with Edward Hudson and Thomas Lampard.  Proved Aug. 9, 1642.  The family held land in the manor of Thorncroft, held by Merton College, Oxford.  The Court Rolls show that at a Court Baron held Sept. 13, 1639, Nath.  Edward Skeete sold to Richard Dalton, 15 acres of land freehold at a quit rent of 6d., and at a Court held Sept. 23, 1652, the death of Richard Dalton, freeholder, is recorded, and his son Richard Dalton is admitted tenant.  There is, therefore, an interval of ten years between the death of Richard Dalton (the first) and the admission of his son, but it is paralleled by the gap of eleven years between the death of the latter in 1681 and the admission of his son Richard Dalton (the third) in 1692.


It is stated in 'The History and Antiquities of Surrey' by Rev. Owen Manning (1804) that Richard Dalton (the second) and his son resided at the Manor House of Thorncroft, but no record of a lease to the Dalton's is to be found in the Court Rolls at Merton College. They may, however, have held a sub-lease.


Richard Dalton (the second) was born in 1616 or 1617, but the actual date and place have not been found.  The first mention of his name in the account books of the Comptroller of the Household occurs in 1641 (16 Charles I), when he is mentioned with Henry Hall and two others as a Turnboach in the Royal Kitchen.  At the Restoration, his petition for employment is recorded by Secretary Nicholas as follows:


April 1660. Richard Dalton, now yeoman of the Wine Cellar; he paid upon His Majesty's letter £100 to Sir R. Page; he suffered much for being active for the King in the Surrey business and has helped many of his friends, as Sir Fras. Vincent testifies.  He wishes to be Serjeant of the bake house, as you have bestowed on Mr. Hethwait his place of Serjeant of the Wine Cellar.  From this it would appear that he had risen to the post of Yeoman of the Wine Cellar under Charles I.  The 'Surrey business' may refer to the abortive rising of August, 1669.


Mr. Hethwait appears to have resigned the post of Serjeant, as Richard Dalton was sworn Gentleman and Yeoman of the Mouth on Aug. 17, 1660, and Sergeant of the Wine Cellar on Oct. 24 of the same year.  He held the post until his death.  He married probably about the year 1645, and kept on his house at Leatherhead, where all his children were baptized; but on his appointment he came to reside in London, taking over the lease of Pepys' house in Axe Yard, on the latter's removing to apartments in the Navy Office.  The transaction is recorded in the Diary:-

August,31, 1660.


This afternoon I agreed to let my house quite out of my hands to Mr. Dalton (one of the wine sellers to the King with whom I had drank in the old wine cellar two or three times) for £41.

The Diary continues:


September 13.  In the afternoon to Westminster where Mr Dalton was ready with the money to pay me for my house but our writings not being drawn, it could not be done today.


September 16.  After that to Westminster and dined with Mr. Dalton at his office, where he had one great Court dish, but our papers not being done, we could not make an end of our business till Monday next.  Mr Dalton and I over the water to our landlord Vanly, with whom we agree as to Dalton becoming a tenant.  Back to Westminster.


September 17.  Dined at home and Mr. Moore with me and afterwards to Whitehall to Mr. Dalton and drank in the Cellar where Mr. Vanly, according to appointment was.  Thenceforth to see the Prince de Ligne Spanish Ambassador come into his audience, which was done in very great State.  That being done, Dalton, Vanley, Scrivener and some friends of theirs and I to the Axe, and signed and sealed our writings and hence to the Wine Cellar again where I received the £41 for my interest on my house, out of which I paid my Landlord to Michaelmas next and so all is even between him and me, and I freed of my poor little house.  Home by link with my money under my arm.


September 20.  After dinner at Whitehall to Mr. Dalton and with him to my house and took away all my papers that were left in my closet, and so I have nothing more in the house or to do with it. Pepys mentions Dalton once more:


January 5, 1662/3.  I took Sir W. Batten and Capt. Allen into the Wine Cellar of my tenant (as I call him Serjeant Dalton) and there drank a great deal of variety of wines, more than I have drank at one time, or shall again a great while, when I come to return to my oaths, which I intend in a day or two.


"The Axe" mentioned above was a tavern situated in King Street, Westminster, from which Axe Yard close by took its name.


On this site was built Fludyer Street in 1761, and this again was swept away in 1864-1865 to make room for the new Goverment Offices.


In 1664 Dalton obtained a contract to supply Spanish wine to his Majesty's Household, but in June of the following year he surrendered this to Joseph Batajihe.  The latter was a friend of Pepys, who calls him Batelier.  His death is reported in the Diary on Oct. 16, 1667.


Dalton is not mention again in the Diary until about three years later:  Dalton again secured the contract for Spanish wines in 1670, and held it until 1681.  It was renewed yearly with the exception of the year 1674, being described variously as "for Canary wine" for "Canary and Sherry wines" and for rackt wines.


Source:  nq.oxfordjournal.org/content/vols12


From: 'Index of officers:  D', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 912-56. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp.


Dalton, Richard, sen. Gentleman and Yeoman of the Cellar 16 Aug. 1660

Sergeant of the Cellar 24 Oct. 1660 (LS 13/252, f. 11v). D. 4 Oct. 1681


Dalton, Richard, jun. Page of the Cellar 5 Aug. 1670 

Supernumerary Page of the Cellar Est. of 30 June 1674

Page of the Cellar by promotion to Groom 29 Oct. 1677

Groom of the Cellar 29 Oct. 1677

Second Yeoman of the Cellar 5 Aug. 1681

First Yeoman of the Cellar and Yeoman Keeper of Ice and Snow 14 Nov. 1681 Gentleman and Yeoman of the Cellar 27 Sept. 1683

Yeoman of the Cellar and Yeoman Keeper of Ice and Snow 14 Apr. 

Gentleman and Yeoman of Cellar 30 Mar. 1689

First Yeoman of the Cellar 14 July 1702

Gentleman and Yeoman of the Cellar 27 Feb. 1714


Richard Dalton of Leatherhead, Surrey, England:

Source: The Dalton Data Bank




25 Jan 1647, Richardus Dalton son of Richardi Dalton

13 Mar 1649, Maria Dalton dau of Richardi Dalton

5 Sep 1658, Joan Dalton  dau of Robert Dalton

20 Aug 1660, Caralina Dalton dau of Richard Dalton

11 Dec 1660, Elizabeth Dalton dau of Robert Dalton

12 Oct 1663, Elizabeth Dalton dau of Richard Dalton

27 Sep 1665, Jane Dalton dau of Robert Dalton

25 Mar 1668, John Dalton son of Robert Dalton


14 Aug 1746, Henry Dalton son of Richard Dalton

15 Aug 1746, Henry Dalton son of Richard and Jane Dalton

31 Jul 1756, Mary Dalton dau of Richard and Jane Dalton

19 Aug 1757, Martha Dalton dau of Richard and Jane Dalton

The following were abstracted by DGS members, Rodney Dalton from the British Origins web page.  Of significance are the entries for Curbridge Daltons.


1545 Dalton, John, to Robert Molson, 1545-6, Brewers' Company

1553 Dalton, Roger, son of Nicholas, Carlisle, Cumberland, tanner, to John Bowgham, 18 Jan 1553/4, Brewers' Company

1559 Thomas, John, son of Thomas, Oswestry, Shropshire, clothworker, to John Dalton, 6 Jun 1559, Brewers' Company

1564 Dalton, Alexander, son of Rowland, Carlton, Yorkshire, husbandman(deceased), to Thomas Rust, 25 Jun 1564, Brewers' Company

1617 Dalton Samuel son of William citizen and salter, deceased, to Philip Travors, 5 Feb 1616/7, Vintners' Company

1617 Lee James s Richard, Deane, Lan, yeoman to Toby Dalton, 5 May 1617, Fishmongers' Company

1618 Grave Thomas s Thomas, Much Hadham, Hrt, yeoman to Toby Dalton, 13 Jul 1618, Fishmongers' Company

1622 Dalton Richard s Francis, Kyme, Wor, vintner to John Coppyn, 1 Jul 1622, Fishmongers' Company

1629 Dalton Robert s Edmund, Ipswich, Sfk, gentleman to Basil Graye, 22 Jun 1629, Fishmongers' Company

1640 Dalton Mathew, son of Thomas, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, gardener, to Edward Oram, 8 Apr 1640, Farriers' Company

1643 Dalton Edward, son of Andrew, Curbridge (Witney), Oxfordshire, husbandman, to John Skynner, 25 Mar 1643, Armourers' and Braziers' Company

1651 Dalton William, son of John, Chatham, Kent, shipwright (deceased), to Robert Taverner, 16 Jan 1650/1, Farriers' Company

1655 Jordan James, son of Richard, Walthamstow, Essex, carpenter (deceased), to Edward Dalton, 29 Sep 1655, Armourers' and Braziers' Company

1660 Ashton Thomas, son of Ralph, ', Hartford', Warwickshire, husbandman, to William Dalton, 24 Oct 1660, Farriers' Company

1662 Dalton John, son of Andrew, Curbridge, Oxfordshire, husbandman, to John Skynner, 9 Oct 1662, Gunmakers' Company

1686 Dalton Percy, son of Terrill, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, gentleman, to Henry Whetstone, 29 Oct 1686, Waxchandlers' Company

1701 Dalton William son of William, Ire, gentleman, deceased, to Elizabeth Conley, 3 Jun 1701, Vintners' Company

1701 Dalton John son of John, Sheffield, Yks, carrier to Charles Fraw, 7 Oct 1701, Vintners' Company

1703 Dalton, John, son of John, Bath, Somerset, feltmaker(deceased), to William Titman, 6 Sep 1703, Feltmakers' Company

1710 Laxon Jonas Cole, son of James, St Olave Southwark, Surrey, tailor, to Andrew Dalton, 29 Apr 1710, Broderers' Company

Source: British Origins web page

The following Tipperary Hearth Money Records for Daltons  were extracted by K.T. Mapstone at County Tipperary Library, Clonmel, Ireland 

Tipperary Hearth Money Records for 1665

Baronia de Midlle Third,

Parochia de Cloneene

Joseph Dalton, Garranquoill 1 hearth 2 s. (page 9)

Parochia de Ardfynan and Deddans

Richard Dalton, Ardfynan 1 hearth 2 s. (page 27)

Parochia de Dearragrath and Abynisleonaghty

John Daton, Monkstowne 1 hearth 2 s.

Edmond Daton, Monkstowne 1 hearth 2 s. (page 28)

Parochia de Kyllcaish

Vincent Dalton, de Kyllcaish 1 hearth 2 s. (page 30)

Parochia de Ballyngarry

Edmond Dalton, Ballynsagirt 1 hearth 2 s. (page 33)

Parochia de Kyllmanimnane

Ballywalter and Clonlahy Vills.

James Dalton, 1 hearth 2 s.  (page 35)

Parochia de Graingemoclyar

Currehyne and Atty James Villages

Edmond Daton " 1 hearth 2 s.

John Daton " 1 hearth 2 s.

Patricke Daton, Gleanskeagh 1 hearth 2 s. (page 36)

Baronia de Kyllnemanagh

Parochia de Kilkerry

Peeter Dalton, de Greenstone 1 hearth 2 s. (page 45)

Parochia de Ballimacky

James Dalton, de Coolederry 1 hearth 2 s. (page 48)

Parochia de Killnaniffe

James Dalton, Ballyrissine 1 hearth 2 s. (page 49)

Villa de Clonmell

John Docton, Clonmell 4 hearths 8 s. (page 67)

Villa de Carricke

James Daton, Brogmacker 1 hearth 2 s. (page 71)

Hearth Money Records for 1666-7

Parishes of Lissronagh, Killygrant and Rathronane

Peirce Dalton, Killorney 1 hearth 2 s. (page 78)

Parishes of Killshillane, Templeruny, and Killcogoane

James Dalton, Powlegory 1 hearth 2 s. (page 79)

Parishes of Kilmurry and Newtownlenane

James Daton, Lisdobur 1 hearth 2 s.

Peirce Daton, Ballyneclonney 2 hearths 4 s. (page 81)

Parish Illegible

John Dayton, Munkstowne 1 hearth 2 s.

Edmond Dayton, " 1 hearth 2 s. (page 84)

Parishes of Cahir and Mortlestowne

Morish Daton, Kilcomonbog 1 hearth 2 s.

Darby Dayton, Clanemare 1 hearth 2 s. (page 86)

Parish of Ballyberan

Morish Daton, Tulloe 1 hearth 2 s. (page 88)

Parishes of Ardfenane, Rochestowne & Neddane

Ellinor Datone, Ardfenane 1 hearth 2 s.

Richard Dalton, " 1 hearth 2 s. (page 90)

Parishes of Templeniry and Cloneloffe

William Daton, Barnelaghar 1 hearth 2 s. (page 121)

Barony of Slevardagh and Parish of Grange-Moilre

Edmond Dalton, Glasnesmutt 1 hearth 2 s.

John Dalton, " 1 hearth 2 s.

Patrick Daton, Glanskah 1 hearth 2 s. (page 130)

Parishes of Killinainvan & Modeshell

James Daton, Ballywalter 1 hearth 2 s.(page 132)

Parish of Fennor

William Dalton, Graig Padin 2 hearths 4 s. (page 137)

Parish of Ballingarry

Edmond Dalton, Ballintaggart 1 hearth 2 s. (page 137)

Barony of Upper Ormond & Parish of Latteragh

Parish of Killherry

Peter Dalton, Gremanstowne 2 hearths 4 s. (page 174)

Parishes of Ballymackey & Templederry

James Dalton, Clueenlea 1 hearth 2 s. (page 176)

Parish of Dolla

James Dalton, Killcofett 2 hearths 4 s. (page 179)

Parish of Lurha

Loghlin Dalton, Carigin 1 hearth 2 s. (page 189)

 by  Howard J Dalton.

Bournemouth is situated on the south coast of England and is of comparatively recent origin dating from 1810.  It became renowned for natural chines and pine trees in the Victorian age and attracted those seeking better health.  By the late 1880’s the residential suburb of Westbourne between Bournemouth and Poole had developed, and around 1896 there came to live William Henry Dalton, his wife Mary Emma nee Cook, and their family.

His background was unusual.  He succeeded to the Manor of Thurnham, Lancashire, after the deaths of eleven relatives including his second cousin, Sir Gerald Dalton Fitzgerald. William was poor and the estate at Thurnham had been allowed fall into disrepair.  He had no direct link with his ancestral home as he had spent much time in America, Brazil and Argentina.  William had taken an American wife, daughter of a slave owner, and at least three of his family of two sons and six daughters were born in Argentina and spoke Spanish fluently.

My natural interest in Bournemouth as my own birthplace made me seek more information about the family and I visited the excellent Local Studies Section at the modern Bournemouth Library.

The first mention that I could discover was in the Burgess Electoral Roll for 1897-8. William Henry and his family lived at ‘The Ferns’, Alumhurst Road, close to the shopping parade in Westbourne.

The 1901 census has the following entry:

‘The Ferns’, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Mary E.Dalton Head Wife aged 48 yrs.
Living on own means
b.America (Brit.subj)
Laura M   “  Dghtr S “     23   “ 
b.Argentina     “
Lola   M    “  “  S “      18   “ 
b       “             “
Alzira        “  S “      11   “ 
b       “             “
Evaline      “  S “       8   “ 
b  “on the high seas”

Another daughter, Lilla Marion, born in Buenos Ayres, on 25th. July 1880, had died aged 16 years at Bournemouth on 28th. December 1896, and her death was registered at Christchurch Registry Office.  She was buried in Wimborne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth, by John Patterson, Clerk, Curate of St. Ambrose, Bournemouth.

The last entry I could discover for the family was at the same address in the Visitors Directory newspaper for 2nd April 1902.  The property then passed in the ownership of Mr. E. H. Mooring Aldridge, well known Bournemouth solicitor.  Mary Emma Dalton died at Thurnham Hall on June 6th 1945 and was buried at Lancaster Cemetery.

The departure of the family from Bournemouth was probably brought about by the death of William Henry in 1902 at Thurnham. His body was brought to Bournemouth for burial and he lies beside his daughter, Lilla, in Wimborne Road Cemetery.  The internment took place on 16th May 1902 and was performed by Charles Edward Gollen, Clerk. (The headstone, depicting an angel supporting a cross still stands today).

The eldest son, John Henry, succeeded to the estate implementing some refurbishment of the property, and was followed after his death in 1937 by his brother, William Augustus, who died in 1965.  The estate then passed to the eldest surviving sister, Eda Florence, until her death in 1971.  The surviving sister, Alzira Eloise Dalton, continued to live at Thurnham Hall before moving into a cottage on the estate where she died in 1983. The ancient link with the Dalton family came to an end with the purchase of the Hall by Mr.and Mrs. Stanley Crabtree who carried out extensive refurbishment to the property.

My own Dalton family moved to Bournemouth from London, with links in North Buckinghamshire, around 1919 when my grandfather, Albert Edward, became Secretary of the Bournemouth Flying School.  After some years he became partner in the firm of E. W. Marshall Harvey and Dalton, Solicitors.

I had little idea when visiting Thurnham with the Dalton Genealogical Society in 2004 that the family had for a time resided just a few yards from my present home close to Westbourne and a short distance from the home (bombed in the Second World War) where between the years 1884-1887 Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” and “Kidnapped”!                    

The Headstone of William Henry and Lilla Dalton
at Wimbourne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth, Hampshire
Inscriptions from the Headstone
Inscription from the Headstone above

Millicent Craig

If you have not received a copy of DGS Journal Volume 45, for December 2006 (printed and distributed in January 2007), please contact me. Dave Edwards of New York, who submitted the article, "A Dalton in the Irish Troubles", has requested extra copies of the Journal for his children. 

Mike Dalton of Oregon attended a DNA lecture on February 18, 2007 at the Jewish Genealogical Society in Portland, Oregon.  The presentation was made by Mr. Bennett Greenspan, Pres.of FTDNA.  Mike sent an outline of topic coverage.

During the month of February the DGS welcomed three new members; Carol Jefferies of Canada (a former member), Cathy Negrycz of Florida and Richard Dalton of Florida and Ireland.

If anyone has any news of Doc Hurt of Virginia Beach, VA, please contact me.

Velma Boudreau of Newfoundland has been added to the list of volunteers who are working on updating the data in the Canadian file of the Dalton Data Bank. If you have time to do some transcribing for any country, please be in touch.

Ciaran Dalton, Irish Secretary of the DGS and Chieftain of Clan Dalton sent notes on the

Westmeath Daltons who occupied the lands of Teffia, near Longford.  This was the territory of Maine, descendent of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The Dalton occupation occurred in the 13/14 th Century. Bits of evidence keep surfacing that place Daltons and O'Neills in the same area of Ireland. It was the location of Umma More, home to Daltons and described in the book " History of an Irish Family and their Country" by William Magan.  The book was first published as "Umma More" in 1983. It contains many references to Daltons.

There are now 84 Dalton testees in the Dalton International DNA Project.  Twenty are of Irish descent with two added in February.  As noted in the DNA Project Summary #1, (which you can read  by clicking the Dalton International DNA Project on the front page), Chris Pomery our project consultant has separated the Irish Daltons into two genetic Groups, B and D - one in the midlands of Ireland and one in the southern part of Ireland. (Another 25 descendents of Virginia Daltons carry the Niall DNA signature and are likely to be of Irish descent). The remainder are of English descent or as yet unknown ancestry. The intent of the DGS is to continue expanding this project and it now has an ample number of English and Irish descent testees to increase your possibilities of making a genetic match.

If you have reached a brick wall in your genealogical research, the DNA tool is available to help. You also have the benefit of an ongoing  professional consultant to analyze your results and suggest future direction for you. At the end of the 2007 a second DNA Progress Report will be issued to all participants.

Millicent Craig

DGS American Secretary

Coordinator of the Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

And Y-DNA Project Organiser for Clan Dalton


Thank you to all the members who have contributed to this my 1st issue of Daltons in History.  Future contributions will be most welcome from any of our worldwide members. 

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