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

September has been a busy month for the DGS. With the 40th Anniversary celebrations behind us, we have had the opportunity to work on some of our other major projects and below you will find information about these together with the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities.

Future DGS events

In February 2011, Maureen Collins is planning a one day meeting for our Australian members to take place in Sydney. Maureen is now back in Sydney after her travels and will be contacting all DGS members in Australia and New Zealand about this event shortly. The exact date for the meeting is still to be finalised and if you would like to attend, you are asked to contact Maureen by email as soon as possible (, indicating your interest.

Plans are now in place for the DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 to be held here in the UK on Saturday 18th June. This will be a one day event hosted by Geoffrey and Jane Dalton at their home in Catherington, Hampshire. Some of you will remember that the 2006 AGM was hosted by Geoffrey and Jane on a glorious summer’s day and we hope that, five years later, the weather will be as kind! The AGM will be held in the morning, a buffet lunch will be served and there will be a talk in the afternoon by DGS member, Martin Griffiths, who will speak to us on his Dalton family, the Church Lawford Daltons, about whom he has written articles in DGS Journals Vol 48 (Jun 08) and Vol 52 (Jun 10) . The detailed programme for the day will be published on this website during the autumn, and there will be a flyer with all the details, enclosed with Volume 53 of the DGS Journal due to be published in December.

The DGS Annual Gathering for 2011 is to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 23rd/24th/25th September 2011. This will be a very special event and the gathering organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. At the 40th Anniversary Gathering and AGM, Karen gave us a taster of what is in store, and her team are busy putting the more detailed plans in place. Initial information can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and please keep a watch for further announcements during the coming months.

Our plans for the 2012 Gathering and AGM are now being actively discussed by the DGS committee and we will be making a preliminary announcement about the dates and the location soon.

For 2013 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. If you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past five years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most informative presentations at our annual gatherings on two occasions. Over the gathering weekend this summer, Karen Preston and I were able to discuss with Chris our priorities for further reporting and the format for these reports. It has been agreed that the emphasis should be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families and we now have a plan for publishing these. More details on this will be found below in a separate section of this edition of “Daltons in History”.

Chris Pomery made a presentation on Saturday 31st July at our 2010 Gathering. Entitled “Getting the best from traditional and genetic genealogy – the future for the Dalton surname project”, it provided the latest update on the project and stressed the importance of undertaking the traditional genealogy in order to extend and maximise our knowledge of the family history associated with each identified genetic family. The presentation slides used by Chris are now available on the website, together with a full video recording of his talk. These are of immense value to all participants in DIDP, so please make sure that you take a look at them.

Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report was published in October 2009. This included all the new participants who have joined the project up to January 2009. There were 99 participants included in Issue 2 of the report published in January 2008 and Issue 3 has 126 sets of markers recorded and analysed. This represents an impressive expansion of the project. Additionally, many participants have extended their number of markers and this adds considerably to the value of the database as a whole to our Dalton family history researches.

The report is a landmark document and extends to 54 pages. The number of separately identifiable genetic families has increased from 10 to 13. The number of singletons has increased by just three, from 18 to 21. This reflects the high success rate that we are achieving, with nearly all new project participants finding matches with existing project members.

All members of the project were circulated by email and invited to request their copy of the full report. If, as a project participant, you still wish to receive the report but have not advised me, please contact me by email immediately. We do ask that those who receive the report are current members of the DGS. The subscription contributes towards the cost of retaining our consultant and, of course, brings many other benefits as well.

On the “Dalton DNA Project” pages of this website you will find extracts from Issue 3 of the report giving a summary of the main conclusions; the foreword to the report, which includes a history of the project; and a description of the DNA process and how it assists the family historian.

Further participants continue to join the project and there are now approaching 150 sets of markers in our database. DIDP is one of the largest and most respected projects of its type internationally, but we still need to expand it further, particularly with individuals who have documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins. The strength of the database as a family history research tool lies in its size, and its continued growth is of paramount importance to us all. So, if you are a Dalton male and you have yet to take the plunge, please do think about joining this well established and exciting project.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic family groups to share data with one another. These have now been established for groups A, B, C and D. We have added a link to these from the “Dalton DNA Project” homepage here on the main DGS website. Webpages will be added for other family groups shortly.

The DGS Journal

Volume 52 of the DGS Journal for June 2010 was distributed in early July. Copies for overseas members were despatched by airmail, so all members of the DGS should by now have received their copy. If your copy has not arrived, please contact your local DGS secretary in the first instance and we will investigate the matter. The list of contents for Volume 52 will be found in the DGS Journal Index on this website.

Our editor, John Dalton, is now turning his attention to Volume 53, due to be published in December 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other items for publication in this and future issues. Any material for publication in Vol 53 should reach John by the end of October at the latest. He is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 52 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. 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 November.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

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

The first instalment of this personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society by Michael Dalton was published here in “Daltons in History” last month. In this second instalment, Michael looks more closely at the early years of the Society and the various developments that took place during the early 1970s.

The formation of the DGS, the successful recruitment of members, and the publication of Volume 1 of the DGS Journal which was universally well received, all combined to encourage me to continue with my endeavours and develop the Society. Inevitably this was a delicate balancing act with all the competing pressures of a busy life. At the age of 24, recently graduated from university and with a demanding job in the world of computers, I was also buying my first house and rapidly moving towards my engagement and marriage to Kate.

Whilst I put family, home and work first, family history and the DGS ran close behind in their demand for my attention. With over 50 members paying their subscriptions there was a certain obligation to them and, of course, to meet my objectives of sharing Dalton family history with a wider audience and of making it as accessible as possible. This required time, but, as I soon realised, efficient organisation as well. Volume 2 of the Journal appeared in November 1971, and Volume 3 in November 1972. A pattern started to emerge for the format of the Journal and for an associated administrative and filing system. Articles had to be written. Subscription records needed to be maintained. Correspondence had to be filed. Enquiries needed a response. I was fortunate in having a number of contributors to the Journal amongst the members and, in those early days, these included Neale Dalton, a third cousin of my father who lived in Ealing, West London; Edward Adams Dalton, a more distant American cousin living in Utah; Kathleen Irene Neale Dalton, another third cousin of my father and an Anglican nun in a convent in Hertfordshire; Philippa Simpson in Leeds, my fourth cousin and daughter of Morag Simpson; and Voyla Dalton Smith, another American cousin, living in Oregon.

1972 was the year that Kate and I were married on 4th March – hard to believe that was nearly 40 years ago – our partnership is almost as old as the DGS! Keeping things in the family, Kate’s sister, Janet Fewster, also recently married, took over the task of typing the articles for the Journal from Valerie Evers, whilst Kate continued to prepare the line drawings and maps.

Back in those days there was no modern technology as we know it today. The internet had not been invented and there was no such thing as email. I was still using a small portable typewriter, a cast off from my father. Corresponding with anyone meant writing (or typing) letters, with a carbon copy for the file, and posting them. If it was to one of the many overseas members in North America or Australia, then it would be a week before they received my letter, maybe another week for them to write a reply, and then a third week for that reply to reach me – three weeks in all. How did we manage?

In Volume 4 of the Journal, published in November 1973, I started a “Miscellaneous Notes & Queries" section, known as MN&Q for short. This was a response to the many enquiries that the Society received from all corners of the world with queries about Dalton family history. Although the Journal was primarily for members, it was important to me to spread our wings and encourage and assist everyone with an interest in Daltons as much as we could. By helping others, it increased the chances of finding missing links for our members. This was summed up very eloquently by a rhyme sent to me by a DGS member, which I quoted in my letter from the editor:

There’s a destiny that makes us brothers
None goes his way alone
All that we send into the lives of others
Will come back into our own

I couldn’t have put it more eloquently myself!

1974 was a particularly busy year at work with International Computers Limited (ICL) – I was very closely involved with the launch of a major new range of computers – and time for the DGS was reduced. As a result I was writing the letter from the editor for Volume 5 on New Year’s Eve, and members did not receive their journals until sometime in January. A major innovation in Volume 5 was the inclusion of photographs (only black and white in those days) and these added considerably to the appearance and interest of the publication.

In 1975 I attended my first family history conference, the English Genealogical Congress held at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge over five days at the end of August that year. This was not only a first for me – it was a first event of its kind, very ably organised by Stella Colwell, already known to me through the research into the links between the Yorkshire and Lancashire branches of the Daltons she undertook a few years earlier. I was invited to assist in the Congress office which gave me the opportunity to meet many more of the 180 delegates than I otherwise would. The Congress opened my eyes to the wider world of genealogy and family history, and apart from being a very enjoyable and stimulating experience, it led to two significant discoveries. Firstly, I found that there were a number of others who had started one name societies similar to the DGS, and secondly I was introduced to the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS for short), which had been formed the previous year. It was extremely useful to meet such people as Derek Palgrave, Ian Swinnerton, Pauline Litton, Elizabeth Simpson, Don Steel and Michael Walcott and to find that apart from being keen and industrious one namers, they had also been among the prime movers in the setting up of the Federation just one year earlier. As soon as I arrived home from Cambridge I applied for the DGS to become a member of the FFHS and so, since September 1975, we have been affiliated to the Federation as a one name society.

At that time the FFHS had about 50 member societies, the majority of which were county or regional UK-based family history societies. However about a third were one name societies. One of the activities encouraged by the FFHS was the exchange of journals and I decided that this would be highly desirable for the DGS to raise awareness of what we were doing, and recruit new members. So Volume 6 of the Journal, which did not appear until April 1976, had an increased print run of 150 to cater for approaching 100 DGS members together with all the FFHS societies. This took the DGS to a new level of exposure and my intray filled rapidly with many more enquiries and requests for information about Dalton family history.

With these thoughts, I close Part 2 of these recollections. In Part 3, I will pick up the theme of expansion again as the DGS moves to set up a committee in 1978, and hold its first gathering in 1979.

This month’s “Notes from the Chairman” refer to a new series of DIDP reports being prepared for each genetic family. Here Michael Dalton, as the DIDP Coordinator, gives some more details of these plans.

Discussions have taken place with Chris Pomery on the way forward for the preparation and publication of further Dalton International DNA Project progress reports, and we have now agreed a plan for this. With three issues of the very comprehensive full report already published in November 2006, December 2007 and October 2009, and with nearly 150 participants in the project, we have taken the view that we should now concentrate more on the individual genetic families. We therefore plan to publish a series of reports, one for each genetic family, as follows:

• Between now and the end of the year, for genetic families A, B, C, D, F and Z.
• Between January and June 2011, for genetic families E, G, H, I, J, K, X and Y, with a separate report covering singletons.

A template has been agreed for the format of these reports and they include more comprehensive data on the earliest known Dalton ancestors (name, dates and location) for each participant; phylogenetic trees which Chris introduced to us in his presentation at the recent gathering; and identification of likely closest cousins. Each report will include an introductory section giving an overview of the project as a whole and the more general key conclusions to date.

Alongside this, we will shortly be updating the circulation list that accompanied Issue 3 of the DIDP Progress Report. This arranges all DIDP participants by genetic family and gives number of markers tested, email address and other details. This will be circulated by email to all participants, initially as a draft to enable corrections to be made, and then as a final version.

In determining the sequence for the publication of the reports within the two phases, we will be taking into account the amount of change since Issue 3 of the report. Priority will be given to the genetic families where there has been more change in terms of new participants and upgrading of markers. Inevitably some genetic families will have to wait longer than others for their report and, of course, if there are significant developments ahead of the report becoming available to you, we will endeavour to keep you informed about these. This is where the role of genetic family coordinator will take on an increasing importance and we will rely on them to be your first point of contact. We still have a number of coordinators to be appointed and the list is reproduced below with the request that volunteers come forward to fill the gaps.

Genetic Family


Email Address


Karen Dalton Preston


Wendy Fleming


Michael Neale Dalton


Karen Dalton Preston


Millicent Craig


to be appointed



to be appointed



to be appointed



Gerry Dalton


to be appointed


to be appointed  


to be appointed



John Dalton


Howard John Dalton


Michael Neale Dalton


During her many years as General Secretary of the DGS, Lucy Slater accumulated a vast quantity of documentation and correspondence relating to Dalton family history. Following her death in June 2008, no less than 16 arch files full of documents were passed to Michael Dalton together with an index of their contents. Michael has been delving into these archives and now commences a series of articles for “Daltons in History”, in which he will share some of this material with readers.


The receipt of this archive, which finally arrived at my home towards the end of last year, was initially a little daunting. Fortunately there is an index for each file. However the sheer volume of material, where to store it and what to do with it, all posed questions in my mind which did not have an immediate answer. I put a short paragraph in my chairman’s notes in the January 2010 edition of “Daltons in History” to bring the archive to the attention of readers, but it has taken a few months to determine the best way forward. What I now plan to do is to make each of the 16 files the subject of a part of this series – so we are in for a long haul of 16 episodes! For readers who are interested in finding out more about the content of documents to which I refer, I will of course be more than happy to respond to any enquiries by email.

Here in this first instalment, I start with File 1, and firstly its index.

Index to File 1

The Index of Dalton Documents, Vol 1 lists 105 separate documents. Virtually all of them relate to the County of Cambridgeshire with a few indexed as Durham, Lincolnshire, Shropshire and Suffolk. Much of the material is in the form of correspondence and documents from DGS member, Mrs Faith Keymer. Mrs Keymer of Blackheath, London joined the Society in 1991 and she is a descendant of Thomas Dalton, a prebendary of Durham at the time of the Restoration in the 17th Century. Thomas’s family is linked to the Cambridgeshire Dalton family, about which Lucy had written an article in the Journal entitled “The Unprofitable Servant of God” (DGSJ Vol 14 No 2 Apr 1986). Faith subsequently wrote articles about Thomas Dalton and this link in DGSJ Vol 20 No 2 Nov 1993 and Vol 22 Oct 1994. Another correspondent is Richard Fitzgerald who is descended from the same Dalton line. Towards the end of the file there are copies of various parish register entries and other records extracted from grants of probate, wills, hearth tax assessments etc.

Doc 003 – Letter (Mar 1991) from Richard Fitzgerald about Cambridge and Norfolk Daltons and fitting in Thomas Dalton, DD as son of George Dalton of Hildersham

As a note after the main letter about Thomas, RF writes:

I liked your article in DGSJ Vol 14, which contains odd items that I have not got. I also have a bit extra. Could George b 1568 be the one who married Agnes Dawson at Wisbech in 1591? Where are the children of this first marriage? MOST importantly you have produced a son Thomas born in 1609. This would fit the Rev Thomas DD !! particularly as there is a brother John !! Where oh where is George’s Will?? Does the Norwich branch start with a John? You seem to have an error by including Mary b 1567. Where is her bapt? There is no room for her between Prudence 7.2.1566/7 and George 18.11.1568. Prudence m Robert Webb at Freckenham 14.10 1585 at the age of 18. Marie did better and m John Symonds 25.11.1588 aged 16½, so she could not have married as a single woman Henry Wing at Freckenham in 1604, unless she reverted to her maiden name for her second marriage…..

and so it continues with much attention to detail.

Doc 0029A – Post card (17 Mar 1992) from Faith Keymer about Thomas’s books

A postcard to Lucy Slater, depicting a delightful artist’s impression by Robbie Polley of the Science Reading Areas in the British Library at St Pancras, opening in 1993. Faith, referring to her first meeting with Lucy, writes:

Dear Lucy, It was nice of you to welcome us on Monday & we were very pleased to meet you. The one Bible Thos DD left was his Bucks Bible. He also left 4 Lexicons “yet unbound” & 4 Walton’s Bibles. This was the Polyglot Bible edited by Brian Walton (his prize at the Restoration was the Bishopric of Chester). I have wondered whether Thos contributed to the Polyglot, but as it was published in 1657 he was probably in Turkey at the time. I read Walton’s will (dated 1658, proved 1661) for clues, & he does leave money for 20 clergy “who have suffered in these times for their loyalty & constancy in the Truth” but doesn’t name them. We hope you continue to get better. Faith

This is but one of many letters from Faith to Lucy. The meticulous attention to detail is remarkable and this correspondence enabled Faith to publish her two articles in the DGS Journal in 1993 and 1994. Lucy responded to this particular note on 1 Apr 1992 with full details about the Polyglot Bible gleaned from a visit to the Bible Society’s room at the Cambridge University Library. Apparently, Walton’s Polyglot was important in that “it shook the belief in a divinely inspired unalterable text of the Greek New Testament”.

There are a number of photostats of wills with transcriptions. Examples are:

Doc 0044 – Photostat (made 1993) of will of John DALTON of Leverington, Ely probate 1 June 1537 10:86, and transcription by M Bone

Doc 0045 – Photostat of will of William DOLLTON of Waldersea, near Wisbech, Ely probate 1662 30:49 & rough transcription

Doc 0046 – Photostat of will of Michael DALTON of West Wratting 1643, Ely probate 1645 28:99

Doc 0047 – Abstract of will of Eleanor DALTON, nee JELIBRAND, 19 Mar 1615, SOG Glencross mss & article “Two ladies of Freckenham”

Doc 0048 – Photostat of will of Thomas DAWLTON of Doddington, Ely probate 1580 17:118, and transcription by M Bone

Doc 0049 – Will of Henry DAWLTON of Newmarket, Ely probate 1543, and transcription by M Bone

Doc 0051 – Note & photostat of will of Thomas DALTON of Hildersham, proved PCC prob. 11/100, 5 Oct 1602

Doc 0053 – Photostat of will of Mary DALTON, Ely probate 1647 28:222

Another interesting note of an early Dalton in Cambridge:

Doc 0080 – Note from Peterhouse records of William DALTON, Bedall of the college

William Dalton was Bedall of the College in 1455. In 1455 he paid personal tithe of 3s 4d, and again in 1456, and 1457. In 1461 he paid the same personal tythe but also a tythe on a mill unnamed. In 1462, one John Fryng was charged with breaking into the house of William Dalton, at 11 o’clock at night armed with a dagger and a club, and he stole a bible, a partase, a silver bowl and £10 in money. This may have been forcible repossession of his own impounded property. In 1463 a legacy was received of 12½d for the High Alter, from the wife of William Dalton and finally in 1470 a legacy of 6s 8d was received for the High Alter from the estate of William Dalton.

Who was this William Dalton? The Beadle of a Cambridge College would have been in attendance on members of the College and responsible for discipline and security. The sum of £10 stolen by John Fryng would have been a considerable amount in the mid 15th Century.

As an example of a Hearth Tax record, I note:

Doc 0101 – DALTONS in Hearth Tax assessment for Cambridgeshire, 1674

In Lucy’s handwriting, the following has been extracted from the records:

St Michael’s Cambridge - Robt. Dalton, 1 hearth
Abington Magna - Mr Dalton, 3 hearths
Fulbourne - Tyrell Dalton Esq, 14 hearths
West Wratting - Tyrell Dalton Esq, 4 hearths
Swaffham Prior - Robt. Dalton, 1 hearth

Tyrrell Dalton signed the declaration at the end.


These notes can only give an indication of what is a wealth of information contained in this file, much of it now published in the DGS Journal articles referenced above, by Lucy Slater and Faith Keymer. The DGS is very fortunate to have had such in depth research undertaken in order to prepare these articles, and the supporting archive is a valuable source of additional material for anyone interested in resuming and adding to the research already undertaken.

From Mike Dalton, Portland, Oregon, USA

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTATMENT of me, William Serjeantson Dalton, Esq. a captain in Her Majesty’s Army, now residing in East Houthhowe, County of Devon while I am of sound composure, memory, mind and understanding. First I will that all my just debts, if any and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied as soon as possible after my demise. All the rest residue and remainder of my estate and its effects received and personal lands, goods procured, chattels and estate whatsoever, my money in the public funds, Pound notes of land securities for Bonds and all other estate and effects of every piece and quantity and description given and whatever the same may be at the time of my demise and is belonging to me at the time of my demise. I give, devise and bequeath the same unto my said beloved wife Laura Dalton, her executors and administrators and associated solicitors that I freely nominate to represent and I appoint my said beloved wife Laura Dalton sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament after making revoking and making void all former and other wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and reconfirming this to stand as my Last Will and Testament. In witness thereof I have affixed and inscribed my name and set my seal on the 12th day of April one thousand and eighteen and thirty eight (12 April, 1838). The will was signed by him in presence of witnesses who lived in Devonport.

The Last Will and Testament of William Serjeantson Dalton, formerly of East Houthhowe in the County of Devon and lately of Flesk Lodge, Killarney, County of Kerry, was submitted on 20 April, 1854 by his widow Laura King of No. 20 South Mall, Cork, Ireland and proven in London on 2 August 1854, with his widow Laura King being appointed sole executrix. (It appears that they had no children).

Source: Public Record Office, National Archives, Surrey, England

Biographical Timeline

1803: birth of William Serjeantson Dalton to Lt. Col. John Dalton and Susanna Prescott. Their family genealogy appears in Dalton Chronicles: Dalton Family from Yorkshire, England Comes to America by Rodney G. Dalton and Burke’s Landed Gentry – Dalton of Sleingford Park, Yorkshire.

8 March 1830: marriage to Laura King of Captain King, R.N. at Falmouth, Cornwall, England. Reference: Dalton Databank, England.

1848: Griffiths Valuation Survey of County Kerry, Killarney Parish, Poulnamuck Townland: Captain Wm. S. Dalton is leasing 25 acres of office, house and land from Sir. Thomas Herbert. The Herberts owned the nearby Muckross Estate which is today a tourist destination in the Killarney area of County Kerry. The valuation survey map shows Flesk Cottage/ Lodge as part of Poulnamuck Townland.

17 December 1853: Report of Death in Gentlemen’s Magazine (1854 – Vol. 195, pg. 219): at Flesk Lodge, Killarney, aged 50, Major William Serjeantson Dalton, youngest son of the late John Dalton, Esq. of Sleiningford Park, Yorkshire and Filingham Castle, Lincolnshire. Source: Google Books.

22 December 1853: Report of burial of Major W. Dalton of Flesk Cottage, Killarney, County Kerry in Killarney Parish, Co. Kerry - Church of Ireland records.

N71 to Upper Lewis Road Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Way marker to Aghadoe C of I Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

With the assistance of DGS member, Ciaran Dalton of County Kerry, I was able to locate the final resting place of William Serjeantson Dalton: Aghadoe Church of Ireland Graveyard, just off R563, uphill from the Killarney Youth Hostel and close to the junction with N72 by the Golden Nugget Pub. N72 joins with N71, which passes through the Killarney Town Centre.

Dalton’s Avenue is just off N71 to Upper Lewis Road, and then on the left. I found it by missing the N72 turnoff out of town. According to Leen’s B & B on Dalton’s
Avenue, the road is named after Cardinal John D’Alton of Ireland who had served in Killarney, early in his priesthood.

The said gravesite is located in back on the left between the church building and the gate. Because the large marker slab was lying atop the grave, the 156 year old inscription was in remarkably good condition. Had it been upright, the inscription would have been weathered and difficult to read.

Inscription: Sacred To The Memory of William Serjeantson Dalton, Youngest Son of Colonel Dalton of Sleining(ford) Park, Ripon, Yorkshire Who Died at Flesk Lodge, Killarney 17 Dec. 1853, Age 50. And God shall wipe away all tears from this day forward. And there shall be no more death or other sorrow or crying ---- until all things are passed away.

A. From: Howard Dalton, Pickering, North Yorkshire, England

The following are extracts from a book entitled 'Evidences Relating to East Hull' by Thomas Blashill FRIBA of 1903

1] Page 13: "In 1768 Thomas Broadley acquired from Matthew Henry Witham, together with a share of the manor of Sutton, some land called Witham. This name may have come from his father Henry Witham, whose aunt, the widow of Thomas Dalton, had left her late husband's property in Sutton to her family".

2] Page 26: [further reference to the above land] "They were sold to Mr Thomas Broadley, by the last representatives of that branch of the Daltons which acquired the third part of the manor, called Boomer's or Bulmer's, from the descendants of Agnes, daughter of Sir Thomas de Sutton".

3] Page 59: [regarding the area of Southcoates] John Dalton, of Swine, who had inherited a share in the manor was a fellow sufferer [his estate forfeited for treason against the Commonwealth]. In 1653 he complains to the Committee for Compounding that, although two-thirds of his estate is sequestered for his recusancy, his third has not been set apart for him, so that he cannot comply with the demands of his creditors. This was granted "if sequestered for recusancy only". In 1654 he begs to contract for the two-thirds under the Recusants Act of 1653. He owned the Hastings berewic, married Lady Mary Viscountess Dowager Dunbar and lived at Nuttles. In 1685 he died".

B. From: Pam Lynam, DGS Secretary

There is a painting in the Reigate Manor Hotel that depicts the Battle of Rourkes Drift! And at the bottom is the name of the Quartermaster "Dalton" who also won a medal for his contribution to the battle.

From: Pam and David Lynam, Watford, England

I am so sorry this is late – time is running away with me at the moment. How did I ever find time to go to work.

Dave and I would like to thank Michael and Kate for such a good weekend, and thank you for opening up your house and garden Friday night for all of us. You even organised the weather!

Greetings for sunny Las Vegas! The weather is perfect now. The temperatures have cooled, but it still in the 80's and low 90's, with very blue skies. This is my favorite time of year here.

Good News for Genetic Family B!

There is a new genetic cousin in Group B, Richard O. Dalton (Dick), in Arizona recently had his DNA tested and was found to be a match to Group B. Dick has been actively working to put Group B genetic cousins in touch with each other. This month we have added 2 new family trees to the Group B site. Many thanks to Dick for all his hard work!

Genetic Family D Irish Ancestry

Group D member Eric Dalton in Michigan has been researching the deep ancestry of the Daltons in Ireland. Using manuscripts from the National Library of Ireland, Eric is working to piece together the ancient Dalton family lines. He hopes to discover our Common Ancestor and how the current-day members of Group D might all be related. If you are a member of Group D, and have not submitted a family tree, we would like to hear from you.

To help unravel the mystery of the Irish origins of Genetic family D, it would be great to have more DNA data. If you have Irish ancestry, we'd love to hear from you! Please consider joining the Dalton International DNA Project. For more info, please see the update which Michael Neale Dalton has provided this month. In particular, we would like to hear from any members who have traced their Dalton origins to County Clare and to the counties in Southern Ireland.

New Members:

Please join me in welcoming two new members who joined in September:

Sharon Dalton, Weslaco, TX
Sharon's Dalton connection is through her husband who was a Dalton. His Dalton line was primarily in Wisconsin.

Karyon Elsea, Greentop, MO
Karyon has Irish Dalton roots, possibly from County Cork. Her great great grandfather, Francis Dalton, arrived in the US in 1848. The family eventually went to Scotland County, MO, and to Reno County, KS.

A note to Expired Members:

There are several members in North America whose memberships expired some time ago. We have kept these members on the membership rolls as a courtesy. I have been sending out emails, to notify lapsed members that they need to bring their memberships to good standing by 31st October, 2010. Some of these emails have bounced back, since, and I haven't had any word of new contact info. In an effort to reach as many of you as possible, I am including the notice here.

After 31st October, 2010, expired members who fail to reinstate their membership will be moved from the mailing lists, including the address list for the next issue of the Dalton Journal.

If you have received a notice about your expired membership, kindly reply to before the end of October.

Web Sites Update

For the period from 1 September, 2010 to 25 September, 2010

Additions to the Data Bank:

4 September 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - Henry Clay Daulton, California Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

2 September 2010:

Dalton Chronicles - Richard Dalton, Royal Art Surveyor Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

20,697 visits came from 142 Countries / Territories

Map showing September DDB visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK - 8,675
2. United States – 4,124
3. India - 995
4. South Africa - 991
5. Australia - 939
6. Ireland - 705
7. Canada - 593
8. Pakistan - 420
9. Mexico - 235
10. Spain – 212


DDB Comparison Chart

Interesting Factoid - 119 Visitors have viewed the AGM videos and slide shows page.

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

2,197 Visits from 79 Countries / Territories

Map showing DGS visitor distribution

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. United States - 873
2. UK - 688
3. Australia - 115
4. Ireland - 114
5. France - 75
6. Canada - 71
7. South Africa - 22
8. India - 21
9. New Zealand - 16
10. Philippines – 14

Top 10 Pages Visited:

1. Home
2. Memberships
3. Daltons in History
4. Daltons in History Archive
5. Photo Video Gallery
6. Archive of Gatherings
7. Dalton International DNS Project
8. Clan Dalton
9. Forthcoming Gatherings and Events
10. Daltons in History (May)


DGS Comparatives

Interesting Factoid - The Membership pop-up box on the Data Bank generated an additional 418 visitors to the DGS Membership page.

Dalton Forum:

There are a total of 205 Posts in 123 Topics by 256 Members.

During the reporting period, there were 5 new topics added, 16 new posts and 16 new members added.

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank:

10,300 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,788,900 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

DGS Site:

5 Visitors reached the DGS site by clicking on one of the 16,201 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 2 visits to the Membership information page on the DGS web site.

With best regards,

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to all who have contributed to the October 2010 issue of "Daltons in History".

Back to normal with our contributions I see!!

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are still needed!!

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be nice, too. It would also be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.

We look forward to more information concerning Salt Lake City in 2011.

Contributions for the November 2010 issue need to be with me no later than 25th October, 2010. (e-mail: