Greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History” .

Welcome to 2010 and the thirteenth year of “Daltons in History”, which has appeared every month since January 1998. Together with the all the DGS officers and committee members, I send all of you very best wishes for the New Year. We trust that each of you is looking forward to 2010 in anticipation of a good year ahead, and may you make many new family history discoveries during the coming months. 2010 will be another milestone year for the Dalton Genealogical Society and it is still difficult to believe that during this year the DGS will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary! More of that below.

Also below you will find the other usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS activities.

Future DGS events

As everyone will be aware, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Dalton Genealogical Society and we are holding a special Gathering and Annual General Meeting in Surrey, England over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 30th/31st July/1st August 2010. Arrangements have been made for the main events on the Saturday to take place at the Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon, Surrey. These will include our conference during the day and a splendid celebratory dinner in the evening. The conference programme will include guest speakers and our AGM, and there will also be entertainment in the evening. The theme of the weekend will be the origins and the history of English Dalton families and particularly those originating from Surrey. Coupled with this we will also review the work of the Society over the past forty years and look ahead to the future. There will be a programme of activities and visits for the Friday and the Sunday. Accommodation has been arranged locally at the Reigate Manor Hotel ( The Surrey National Golf Club is beautifully situated and has a modern clubhouse with excellent conference and dining facilities. Further information may be found at

More details and booking information for this 40th Anniversary celebration have now been published in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and additionally they appear below here in this month’s edition of “Daltons in History”. They are also included as a separate flyer with Volume 51 of the DGS Journal for December 2009 which will be mailed to all DGS members shortly.

Please make sure that you reserve the dates in your diary now. It would be very helpful to have the earliest possible indication of numbers attending and, if you have not already sent one, I would appreciate a short email (to as soon as possible, and ahead of your booking form and deposit, if you are planning to come. Thank you to those who have already been in touch. This information will enable us to ensure that we reserve enough accommodation and it will help with the planning and organisation of the various events and activities over the weekend. We look forward to many members and their families joining us for this very special gathering, and we anticipate that overseas members will use it as an opportunity to visit other parts of the UK as well.

For 2011 we have arranged for the DGS Annual Gathering to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 14th/15th/16th October 2011. This will be another very special event and the Gathering Organiser is our North American Secretary, Karen Dalton Preston. Karen and her team are now putting the more detailed plans in place. Initial details are on the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and further announcements will be made during the coming year.

The DGS Annual General Meeting for 2011 will be held in the UK earlier in the year and an announcement about that will be made later.

For 2012 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)

During October Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report was published. This includes 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 have been 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 140 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 please do think about joining this well established and exciting project.

Last month we announced a collaboration with the Dalton America DNA Project, also hosted by Family Tree DNA. This has already resulted in a number of members of that project joining DIDP and sharing their markers with us. This is of particular importance to members of Genetic Family A and Karen Preston, as coordinator of that group, will be keeping its members informed on the details of this.

Some of you may not be aware of the special webpages set up to enable genetic families to share data with one another. We have added a link to these from the “Dalton DNA Project” homepage here on the main DGS website.

DGS Archives

I have recently taken possession of the DGS working papers of the late Dr Lucy Slater. Lucy, who died in June 2008, was for many years the Executive Secretary of the Society and also Editor of the Journal. These papers fill no less than sixteen very full lever arch files and they have all been indexed. They contain a wealth of information, much of it unpublished, and I am hoping to start a “from the archives” section in “Daltons in History” in order to give wider access to some of this material.

The DGS Journal

John Dalton, Editor of the DGS Journal, reports that Volume 51 of the Journal (for December 2009) is currently with the printers (as at the time of writing – 22 December). It should be mailed to all DGS members very early in January.

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 available for Volumes 42 to 50 and the full synopses will be available 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 February.

Thank you for your attention. I hope you have had an enjoyable and peaceful time over Christmas, and again my best wishes to you all for the New Year.

Yours very sincerely

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

For 2010, the DGS Annual Gathering is a special event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Society. It will take place in the Chairman’s home county of Surrey, from Friday 30th July to Monday 2nd August 2010.

The Dalton Genealogical Society extends an invitation to all DGS members and their families to attend the 2010 Gathering of the Society in Reigate, Surrey, England from Friday 30th July to Monday 2nd August. All will be welcome, and the theme of the weekend will be the origins and the history of English Dalton families and particularly those originating from Surrey. Coupled with this we will review the work of the Society over the past forty years and look ahead to the future.

The weekend will include the opportunity to visit a number of interesting places local to Reigate, some with Dalton connections, together with talks about Dalton family history and, of course, the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow members. The special celebratory DGS 40th Anniversary Dinner will take place on the Saturday evening.

Full details of the programme for the weekend, costs and booking arrangements will be found below. If you require any further information or have any queries, please contact Michael Neale Dalton (DGS Chairman and 2010 Gathering Coordinator - email:, who will be pleased to assist.

A note about travel arrangements

If you are travelling to England from overseas and are able to fly in to London Gatwick, this is the most convenient airport for Reigate, being about twenty minutes drive away. Alternatively from London Heathrow it is about an hour’s drive.

Reigate is an old market town sitting at the foot of the North Downs. It is about 20 miles south of the centre of London, which can be reached by rail from nearby Redhill station in about half an hour.

It is anticipated that delegates from overseas will want to combine their stay in Surrey with visits to other parts of the UK. There are many options – you can hire a car and explore at your leisure; you can travel by rail between the major cities; or you can take one of the many organised coach tours around the country. It all depends on what you want to see and perhaps whether or not you are a first time visitor to England.

If you need any advice, guidance or assistance with your travel plans, please contact Michael and he will do his best to help you.

A note about the venues

The venue for the Gathering events on Saturday 31st July is the Surrey National Golf Club at Chaldon, Surrey. The club is beautifully situated on the North Downs and the modern clubhouse has excellent conference and dining facilities. Further details can be found at

The recommended hotel for your accommodation is the Reigate Manor Hotel, situated between Reigate town centre and Junction 8 of the M25 motorway and very close to the Chairman’s home. Further details will be found at

The Surrey National Golf Club is about 15 minutes drive away from Reigate.


Annual Gathering for 2010
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary
of the founding of the Society
Friday 30th July to Monday 2nd August 2010
Reigate, Surrey, England


Friday 30th July 2010

from 12 noon
Check in at either the Reigate Manor Hotel or alternative local B&B accommodation, Light lunches can be taken at the Reigate Manor Hotel.

Visit a place of local interest. Suggestions will be made.

Informal reception and supper at the home of Michael Dalton (Chairman) and his wife Kate.

Saturday 31st July 2010


The programme will commence with the DGS Annual General Meeting. This will be followed by talks about Dalton family history and the work of the Society. It will take place at the Surrey National Golf Club.

Buffet lunch.


Visits to local places of interest are being arranged.

The special celebratory DGS 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Surrey National Golf Club followed by entertainment.

Sunday 1st August 2010


A tour of places associated with Dalton family history is being arranged. This will include a lunch stop and transport will be provided.


A buffet supper is being arranged at a local venue.

Monday 2nd August 2010


The conclusion of the DGS Gathering. Check out from your accommodation. Arrangements can be made for those who wish to stay over.



The form is given below and may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat (registrationform.pdf) or Word (registrationform.doc) document for printing, completion and return as per the accompanying notes.


The Registration Form follows. Please note the points below:

  • It is important to make your requirements absolutely clear, particularly those for your accommodation – number of nights and type of room.
  • The Society has already made certain commitments in order to be able to offer the programme for the weekend. We need to know numbers attending as early as we can in order to finalise the arrangements for the visits on the Saturday afternoon and the tour on the Sunday. If you wish to attend, it would therefore be extremely helpful if you are able to return your registration form and deposit before 15th February 2010.
  • We will endeavour to maintain availability of hotel and B&B accommodation for as long as we can, but it is unlikely that we will be able to take any more bookings after March 2010.
  • We will keep you informed about take up and booking options on the DGS website at Just follow the link to Forthcoming Gatherings and click on the 40th Anniversary event. Month by month the website will also carry further information about Surrey, about the speakers who will address us on the Saturday morning and about the places we will be visiting on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday. We will also feature articles about English Dalton family history.
  • Your deposit payment of £75 sterling per room booked will be passed to Reigate Manor Hotel or the B&B and it will be deducted from your final account, for which you will be responsible personally. In addition you are asked to pay in advance a further deposit of £37.50 sterling per person towards the cost of the Friday supper, the Saturday morning conference and buffet lunch, the Saturday evening dinner, the Sunday evening buffet supper and the visits and tour.
  • As soon as final costings are available for the various elements of the programme, you will be advised of these and asked to confirm the elements in which you wish to participate. The balance due will be payable in sterling when you are in Reigate.
  • The Society will return deposits to delegates who subsequently are unable to attend, subject to the deduction of any unrecoverable costs incurred.
  • If you wish to extend your stay either before or after the three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun), please indicate your requirements clearly on the form and we will make the reservation for you, subject to availability of rooms.

Prices for accommodation are as follows:

Reigate Manor Hotel - £85 per night for bed & breakfast for 2 people in a double/twin room, £73 per night for bed & breakfast for 1 person in a single room. (

If you prefer to take B&B accommodation there are a number of options locally. Please indicate this on the registration form and we will contact you with details.

Indicative prices for events and visits are as follows:

Chairman's Supper on Friday

£10 per person

Conference & Buffet Lunch on Saturday

£25 per person

DGS 40th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday (3 courses excl. drinks)

£35 per person

Sunday Tour and lunch

£25 per person

Sunday evening buffet supper

£25 per person

As soon as final details and costings are known, they will be advised to all those who have made reservations, and they will be published on the DGS website.

Notes for overseas members

Members in the United States and Canada may remit to the Society’s North American Secretary in US dollars. Please convert at the rate of $1.70 to the pound sterling and send your remittance made payable to “Dalton Genealogical Society” together with a copy of the registration form to:

Karen Dalton Preston, DGS North American Secretary
2777 Turtle Head Peak Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135, USA

Members in Australia and New Zealand should contact the Australian Secretary, Maureen Collins by email ( for guidance.

Please remember that even if your remittance is being sent to either Karen Preston or Maureen Collins, you must also send your registration form with all the details to Michael N Dalton at the UK address on the form.



Name ……………………………………………………………………………..

Address ……………………………………………………………………………..


Tel No ………………………… Email ………………………………………..

I/we wish to attend the 40th Anniversary Gathering from Friday 30th July to Monday 2nd August 2010.

Please give the names of additional members of your party and indicate clearly the hotel rooms that you wish to book (double, twin or single), together with the nights that you wish to stay (Reigate Manor Hotel is £85.00 per room per night for a double or twin and £73.00 per night for a single room, inclusive of breakfast)




I/we wish to extend my/our visit and to book ….. no. of extra nights before
and ….. no. of extra nights after for ….. person(s)

Please indicate any special room requirements and any special needs:-



A deposit of £75.00 per room (regardless of type of room and length of stay) is payable to the Dalton Genealogical Society and should be forwarded as soon as possible to:

Michael N Dalton, DGS 2010 Gathering Co-ordinator
2 Harewood Close, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0HE United Kingdom

******* please now turn over and fill in form overleaf and sign declaration *******

Additional elements of the weekend programme

Please fill in to indicate your expected participation in the following events and the numbers in your party:-



Est. cost
per head
in £

Tick to




30th July

Chairman’s Supper party





31st July

Conference including
coffee & biscuits
and buffet lunch





31st July

DGS 40th Anniversary





1st August

Tour and lunch





1st August

Evening buffet supper






TOTAL DEPOSIT FOR EVENTS @ £37.50 per person


PLUS deposit of £75.00 per room (at Hotel or B&B)






I have read the enclosed details and ticked the boxes as requested, and enclose my cheque for the total indicated above and made payable to ‘Dalton Genealogical Society’. Alternatively I have made arrangements for the payment to be sent to one of the DGS Overseas Secretaries.

I understand the terms outlined above relating to the return of deposit monies paid to the Society.

In the event of any changes to my booking or cancellation, I undertake to notify the DGS 2010 Gathering Co-ordinator, Michael N Dalton, at the earliest opportunity.

Signed : ……………………………………………………………………. Date……………………….

December 2009
Letter from the Chairman 2
Births, Marriages and Deaths 5
    Births 5
    Marriage 5
    Deaths 6
Obituary of Edward Victor Dalton 7
Obituary of Edith Dalton by Rodney Dalton 8
Leo James Dalton 1938-2009 9
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 10
    M. N. & Q. 51.1 A Scottish Connection 10
    M. N. & Q. 51.2 Canadian Daltons 10
    M. N. & Q. 51.3 Ritso and Dalton 11
Letter from a Founder Member of this Society 12
Great Grandmother Maria (Webster) Dalton by Maureen Collins 14
Searching for William Dalton by Pam Lynam and Maureen Collins 15
From Norfolk, England to Canada by Jim Lawrence 17
John Montgomery Dalton, Missouri State Governor 1961-1965 by Carolyn Dalton Bach 20
Evictions in Ireland in the 19th Century by Pat Robinson 26
News from the Archives 28
1911 Census for Wales goes online 29
Irish 1911 Census Online 32
Diary of the Lancashire AGM weekend by Michael N. Dalton 33
Family History Events in 2010 35
News from America by Karen Preston, our American Secretary 36
Notes from Australia by Maureen Collins 37
Minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting 38
Accounts for 2008 42
New Members 43
Changes of Address 44

From: Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary

What do Daltons do across the world for Christmas? And the New Year?

People overseas tend to think of all Australians sitting on beaches basking in the constant sunshine, out in the water surfing or swimming or sailing their yachts etc. This is not necessarily the case at all although this is definitely holiday time for most of us and the big cities tend to empty out and factories and offices work with a reduced staff. Many families head to beaches south and north of Sydney and it is very much a time of family get-togethers. However, we have a total fire ban in New South Wales because of recent very bad bush fires and threats of more unfortunately. This places a restriction on barbecues of course unless they are gas fired and in a safe place.

The family this Dalton descendant spends Christmas Day with usually has a splendid Christmas tree with piles of gifts underneath and the younger ones anxious to get lunch over with so the goodies can be distributed. We all have our allotted tasks, particularly to do with providing chicken or pork or ham but it is invariably served cold with salads. The only hot part of the meal is the Christmas pudding with custard or brandy sauce and perhaps the bang and slight sizzle of the crackers or bon bons being pulled; the silly jokes being shouted out and the hats being donned.

It’s the lead up to Christmas that is the busiest and since many Daltons I know are very musical – a number of us sing in choirs and certainly I come from a musical and music loving family. My own week has been filled with rehearsals of Handel’s Messiah and two performances at Sydney’s newest recital hall in Angel Place – a rather appropriate name of course. Then I will sing with my church choir at Midnight Mass on Thursday with many traditional carols and some new ones, including one of our Australian carols, “Christmas Day”.

Boxing Day is a little different here, too, as it marks the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, one of the longest, most spectacular and dangerous in the world. A few friends will be here in my home and we hope to watch the start of the race from my balcony in good weather.

New Year’s Eve: well, most people have seen the fireworks over Sydney Harbour on television but there is nothing quite like the real thing if you can get close enough to see the spectacle amongst the millions of Sydneysiders and tourists.

Traditions vary across the world but perhaps as far as the celebration of the birth of Christ they must of necessity be similar and let’s hope this continues into the future. Christmas celebrations are over for another year but the new year stretches ahead with boundless possibilities and we have so much to look forward to, especially as family historians so,

Happy New Year everyone from Down Under!

From: Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood - Our correspondents return!

Tom and I have been on the move again and since out last travel journal we’ve travelled many kilometers without me doing any new Dalton family history research. I have been trying to get my files better organized as well as sorting for research notes for the book I’m writing on the first Australian born generation of my Dalton family.

In the past twelve months Tom and I have travelled over 20,000 kilometers around NSW and Queensland and met many Dalton family members and been able to find new and interesting information about my Dalton family which we have reported in previous journals.

Tom and I celebrated early Christmas twice with our 2 Queensland grandchildren, Patrick and Jacinta and are now back at “Dalton Cottage” at Moss Vale in NSW and will be spending a very Dalton Christmas with my brothers Chris and Paul, Paul’s wife Vikki and Chris’ daughter Irene and her husband Stephen. Irene and Stephen will be our Christmas day hosts and we will also be joined by Stephen’s parents some other family members.

In the latter part of 2009, our spare time has been devoted to the publicity work Tom and I are doing for my Gray Family Reunion and Gathering with will be held in October next year at Crookwell NSW. My gr gr grandfather, John James Dalton married Mary Gray daughter of convicts George Gray and Mary Connor. It is wonderful to have such a strong bond with my Gray family ancestry and to see the relationship between the families continue. The initial publicity for the reunion is complete, a draft program of events has been drawn up and we are now having a break from all things to do with family history over the Christmas period.

For my Dalton family in Australia to all the other Dalton families around the world, we wish you peace and joy at Christmas and may 2010 bring abundant good health and happiness.

Our travel journal could not be compete without one photo. This photo was taken 13 December 2009 at our early Christmas get together with Tom’s son Nathan, wife Michele, their gorgeous 6 year old daughter Jacinta, Jacinta’s first cousin Kristeena Hill and her mother Cami (Nathan’s ½ sister). It is such a joy to be able to spend such precious moments with our extended family. The day this photo was taken was another of those hot Queensland summer days with temperatures up around 40c.

Kristeena, Grandad Tom, Jacinta and Grandma Gerry

A few items copied from Australian Newspapers pertaining to Daltons

Researched, complied & edited by Rodney G. Dalton

Source: Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954 - The National Library of Australia (

This is a follow-on from the small article submitted by Gerry Dalton in last month's issue of "Daltons in Hstory"

The Sydney Morning Herald - NSW: Saturday, 13 February 1892



A man named John Dalton, a grass-soder, was found murdered at Ekotuhuia today, his throat being cut. He was drinking yesterday with two mates and a quarrel took place at midnight. The murderers have not yet been arrested.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Monday 24 February 1908


Brisbane - Sunday Friday

The body of John Dalton was found floating in the Brisbane River today. Dalton had been in the office of the Commissioner of Police, and was subsequently employed as a traveler by the National Mutual Life Assurance Company.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Wednesday, 10 December 1941


Armed wardens are searching in Castlemaine district for John Dalton, 17, who escaped from a Reformatory here on Monday afternoon He has abandoned a horse and dray which he was driving from the main prison to the prison from when he disappeared. Dalton who is also known as Boyd Barlow is 5ft. 10in, medium build, fair hair and complexion, hazel eyes.

The Sydney Morning Herald - NSW: Monday, 3 February 1890



This afternoon at half-past 6, the body of James Dalton, brother of John Dalton, the well known tug owner of Newcastle, was picked up in the harbor opposite the Customs House. He was last seen alive on board the tug Energy, belonging to J. and A. Brown at half-past 2 this afternoon. How he fell overboard is not yet ascertained. The body was removed to the morgue, and an inquest will be held tomorrow.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Tuesday, 27 April 1909


John Dalton, 35 years of age, a cartel for Messrs. Wcrtlieim and Co., was "knocked down" by a Melbourne tramcar in the street yesterday. Upon removal in a unconscious state to the Melbourne Hospital, it was found by Dr. Spiers that he was suffering from a depressed fracture of the frontal bone. He was admitted for treatment, and his condition is serious.

The Canberra Times - Australian Capital Territory: Tuesday, 28 December 1954


NOWRA, Monday

No trace has been found of two men who disappeared from an 18 ft. launch in shark-infested waters near Nowra on Christmas Day.

The men, George Greenwood, 42, of Yagoona; and Clement and John Dalton, 50, of Bankstown, left Greenwell Point at the estuary of the Shoalhaven River to go fishing. Later their launch was discovered empty, with the motor still running, near the river mouth.

Police think it possible one of the men fell overboard and that other went to his assistance and also drowned.

The Canberra Times - Australian Capital Territory: Wednesday, 23 May 1945


SYDNEY, Tuesday

In dismissing an appeal by Mrs. Glory Yvonne Dalton, of Randwick, against a conviction and a fine of £10 for having an unlicensed pistol, Judge Berne, in the Appeals Court today said, that in the past two months two policemen had, been murdered by people illegally carrying firearms.

Police evidence was that Mrs. Dalton had pointed a loaded revolver at her husband, Corporal John James Dalton, when he went to serve divorce papers on her.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Saturday, 18 March 1916



At the Horsham Police Court today, William John Dalton was called upon to show cause why warrants of commitment should not be issued against him in respect of his having absconded from gaol while awaiting the hearing of two charges of larceny in March of last year. He was sentenced to two months imprisonment in the Ballarat Gaol. On three charges of petty larceny, to which he pleaded guilty. Dalton was sentenced to 31 days further incarceration.

The West Australian - Perth, Western Australia: Monday, 15 February 1892


Auckland, Feb. 13.

A man named John Dalton was found murdered yesterday at Eketahuna. His throat was cut, and there was a wound in his back. He bad been quarrelling with his mates on the previous night.

Advertiser - NSW: Wednesday, 18 September 1850

Household Quarrels

Yesterday the time of the bench was occupied for some length, listening to counter charges of assault, arising from different families occupying portions of the same house It appears that on Mr. Christian's farm, Bowthorne, several families of his farm servants live in one of his houses ; Mrs. Ellen McMahon now charged James Dalton and Edward Dalton with having assaulted her on the 9th instant; Edward Dalton charged Mrs. McMahon with having assaulted him on the same day, and Mrs. Bridget Looney charged Michael Dalton with having threatened her life on the 5th instant. Mr. Nicholl Appeared, for the defense.

The two young Daltons, James and Edward, had a dispute with Mrs. McMahon on the 9th about a cask of rain water, which she maintained to be hers, and to be appropriated solely to her washing, while the young men maintained their right to fill their kettle from it. The young men it appears at last upset Mrs. McMahon’s cask of water, and she revenged herself by first smashing their kettle, and then seizing her own kettle from the fire and pouring boiling water on Edward Dalton. Mrs. McMahon swore that both Daltons pushed her about and struck her, and both Daltons deposed positively that McMahon scalded Edward. The bench, who had in vain tried to get the parties to arrange their quarrels out of court, convicted all three of assaults, and fined James and Edward Dalton 1s. each, and Mrs. McMahon 5s. Mrs. Looney's charge was that she having refused to get up from bed, and let the two young men into the house through her room, through which lay their only door entrance into their own, they got in through the window, and the next evening Michael Dalton, their father, threatened he'd have her life if she did not let his sons in at any hour. This was denied by Dalton, and it appeared the two young men had been since removed by him from the house. The bench dismissed the case, telling the complainant to come again if the threats were repeated.

The Sydney Morning Herald - NSW: Saturday, 7 September 1878



Patrick Power and Charles Bell were indicted at the Quarter Sessions yesterday for stealing four cattle, the property of James Samuel, jun.; one cow, the property of James Dalton and a cow, the property of Thomas Dalton, of Orange, The trial lasted all day. The jury gave their verdict at a late hour at night, finding the prisoners guilty of receiving. They were sentenced to three years' imprisonment in Darlinghurst gaol with hard labor.

The Advertiser - Adelaide, South Australia: Wednesday, 14 October 1903

Sydney, October 13

Judgment was delivered yesterday in the Dalton Wharf Resumption Case, in which the claimants, Mary and Josephine Dalton, Thomas Joseph Dalton, and Mark Sheldon (executors of the will of the late Thomas Dalton) proceeded against the Minister for Works to recover £105,138, as compensation for the resumption by the defendant Government of wharfage property, situate at Miller's Point. The Government offered the claimants £75,500 as adequate Compensation.

The court arrived at the conclusion that the amount of compensation offered by the Government was not only liberal, but even generous, and a verdict was returned for that amount.

The West Australian - Perth, Western Australia: Tuesday, 13 June 1899



During the month of May last a death took place at the Lunatic Asylum; Fremantle, of a man named Thomas Dalton. Owing to the peculiar appearance of the stomach of the deceased, it was thought advisable to hold a post-mortem examination, when it was found that his stomach contained 12oz. of quartz and slate, which caused failure of the heart.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Saturday, 27 May 1944


HOBART, Friday

Judgment for £400, with costs, was awarded against Thomas D'Alton, former Tasmanian Minister for Agriculture and now Commonwealth High Commissioner in New Zealand, in an action for damages by Harold Claude Little, former fruit agent, in the Supreme Court today. Little alleged that D'Alton wrongfully procured his dismissal as manager of Southern Tasmanian Co-operative Society Ltd.

The Mercury - Hobart, Tasmania: Thursday, 14 July 1892

An official document has been received from Rome by Cardinal Moran, which confers on Mr. Thomas Dalton, M.LC, formerly representative of Orange, the Papal distinction of Knight, Commander of the Order of St, Gregory the Great. It is understood that the title is given in recognition of his munificence in support of religious and charitable works.

The Sydney Morning Herald - NSW: Saturday, 6 October 1900

Cardinal Moran will visit the Convent of the Sitters of Mercy at North Sydney to-day, where there will be a profession Tomorrow Cardinal Moran will assist at the procession of the Blessed Baciunient, which will take place immediately after Vespers in St Mary’s Cathedral tomorrow. On Monday he will conduct a confirmation in the parish of Burwood, and on Tuesday he will assist in the celebrations of the marriage of Mr. Thomas Dalton with Miss Annie Nugent. The ceremony will take place in St Mary's Church, Sydney.

From: Howard J Dalton, DGS Committee Member

After a chance discovery several years ago that my London based Dalton line came from Sherington in North Buckinghamshire as shown on the 1881 census, I paid the first of many visits to this lovely village. I was greatly helped in my research by Philip Smith, Norman Arnold, and the then newly formed Sherington Historical Society.

I was able to document the story of my great x 3 grandfather Richard Dolton and his wife Ruth, and the subsequent move of their son Richard to London around 1852. By a million to one chance I was shown an early postcard of Sherington where the writer had inserted a cross above a row of thatched cottages long since demolished. To my amazement the card was addressed to my grandfather Albert Edward Dalton, then 18 years old and living in Harrow Wealdstone! It indicated that this picture had great significance to our family and could well show the position of the Dolton home in the 1840’s.

The earliest date I could find was a Richard Dalton listed in the village in 1798 but there were gaps in the lineage.

On a recent visit to Buckinghamshire I visited the record office at Aylesbury and enquired about the missing parish records. They informed me that there were Bishop’s Transcripts of some of the baptisms and burials around 1800. To my great delight I found a baptism of a Richard Dolton at Sherington in 1800 and further reference to a marriage of a Richard Dolton to Elizabeth Kent in the next village of Clifton Reynes the year before.

The major task now was to find the birthplace of the original Richard as there were no further references beyond 1798.
Some years before I had visited Mrs. Betty Wilks who contributed in-depth articles on the Bedfordshire Daltons for the DGS Journal. During an informative afternoon she produced several family trees of local Dalton families including her own. The final one was of Woburn and for some reason I found myself now looking afresh at this tree. There at the base was a Richard Dolton, baptised 14th September 1777, with nowhere to go!

He was the son of Richard Dolton and Rebecca nee Winwight. At Aylesbury record office I chanced upon a will dated July 1794 and proved in June 1798 of a Stephen Wainwright, grazier, of Chicheley, close to Sherington, in which he left 5/- to his grandson Richard Doulton Junior! Subsequent enquiries have confirmed that a Stephen Winwright married a Rebecca Ingle at Chicheley on 2nd February 1737 with the birth of a daughter “Rebecker” in September 1739. If these are the same couple who later lived in Woburn then they had both died by the time of Stephen Wainwright’s will and this could explain the small legacy to his grandson.

More importantly, Betty’s excellent Woburn family tree leads back to a marriage there in 1656 of John Doulton to Lydia Shermantine, through wonderful christian names such as Fountaine and Partridge Dolton! I cannot be certain that all these findings can at this time prove my family link but I hope you agree that my meeting with Betty Wilks, now sadly deceased, was the spur for great discoveries!

From: Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon USA


This follows on from Mike's article on Jack's father Joseph Dalton in last month's "Daltons in History".

Genealogical research is currently in progress to confirm connections to his living descendants and to his ancestors and their living descendants of Miami County, Kansas; or of Ashfield, Huron County, Ontario, Canada; or of Bromore/ Rahavanghig, or of the Ballybunion and Ballynoneen areas of North County Kerry, Ireland.

It is the onus of the researcher to verify details, especially when trying to connect to distant relatives and lost cousins.
Contacts from anyone, definitely connected to the above, would be most welcome.

A brief history:

Jack Dalton was born in Ontario Province, Canada circa 1860 to Joseph Dalton of Ireland and Hannah Cunningham of County Kerry, Ireland. Joseph arrived in the United States during 1848 and Hannah arrived in 1851. They were married in Henry County, Indiana on Dec. 1, 1855. They then went to Canada shortly afterwards. The Joseph Dalton family removed to Northern Michigan in 1866 and settled in Osage Township, Miami County, Kansas about 1872. Jack then left home after the June 1, 1880 Census of the family. Jack is then found in Burns, Oregon circa 1883. He then went to Alaska in 1885, where he made his presence known in gold mining, exploration and development of Alaskan and Yukon Territories.

Jack had children by two marriages and one child by an earlier liaison with a Native Alaskan Tinglit woman. His business ventures involved travelling in Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada, and round trips by steamer between Southern Alaska and Seattle, Washington. He left Alaska for good in 1916 and settled in Yakima, Washington. He is then found in the 1920 and 1930 Census of Yakima, Washington with family members.

Jack Dalton


Filed in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, in and for Yakima County, was closed on October 22, 1945.

John (Jack) Dalton of Yakima, Washington died on December 16, 1944, at San Francisco, California. He was last at the home of his daughter Josephine Dalton Grant.

A funeral for Jack was conducted in San Francisco. His remains were then transported to Calvary Cemetery in Seattle, Washington to be buried with his second wife Anna K. Krippuehne: “to be buried as my daughter Josephine Dalton Grant, shall direct.”

Jack’s Last Will and Testament was made and notarized in Seaside, Oregon; the signature date was January 19, 1943.

The Will of John Dalton was admitted to probate in Yakima, Washington by his appointed executor Robert J. Willis, on January 23, 1945, per Letters Testamentary.

Public notices were published in the Yakima Daily Republic Newspaper. Estate expenses included services by appointed executor Robert J. Willis and that of an attorney hired to perform legal services.

Property and estate of decedent appraised at $11, 670.00 on February 6, 1945. Expressed in 2009 US Dollars this amount would be: 11.81 inflation factor x 11,670 or $137,822.70.

The appointed executor (Robert J. Willis) charged himself $1,567.80 and credited himself with $834.37 for expenses incurred. He filed his report on April 19, 1945.

The remainder of property, real and personal included:

106 shares of Surety Finance Company Shares dated: May 21, 1929 and Feb. 14, 1945.

One 1930 REO Sedan (REO = Ransom Eli Olds, later renamed Oldsmobile).

Seven old coins, being personal keepsakes of the deceased, with appraised numismatic value of 3 cents to 3 dollars each.

A title search was made for any Alaskan mining and other properties, with none discovered.

Named heirs at law:

Josephine Dalton Grant, a daughter from his second marriage to Anna K. Krippuehne, now residing in San Francisco, California: the principal beneficiary of the estate.

John E. Dalton, a son from his first marriage to Estella Richey, now residing at 681 West 21st. St., San Pedro, California: “the sum of One Dollar and no more.”

Margaret Dalton Barker, a daughter from his first marriage to Estella Richey, now residing at 2035 Kearny St., San Diego, California: “the sum of One Dollar and no more.”

James William Dalton, a son from his second marriage to Anna K. Krippuehne, “the sum of One Dollar and no more.” The address of James was given as:

United States Naval Reserve (U.S.N.R.), P. O. Box # 3578, Public Works, N.O.B. 151, Post Office, San Francisco, California.

Lt. Ulysses Simpson Grant V, the named son in law of his daughter Josephine Dalton Grant,“the sum of One Dollar and no more.”


Jack Dalton, the Alaskan Pathfinder by Mark J. Kirchoff © 2007 Juneau, Alaska (Note: Reference source for Jack’s will found in this book as well as other well documented clues, about Jack’s family life and genealogy).

I hope that all of you have enjoyed a safe and wonderful Christmas!

Another year has come and gone, and I keep wondering where the time went! As we get ready to begin another year, I have been reflecting on some milestones of 2009, with an eye towards what lies ahead in 2010.

I have very fond memories of the Gathering in Orange. It was wonderful to meet so many of our members from the Southern Hemisphere. This was also the first Gathering to be made available over the Internet to members who could not attend in person.

December 2009 marks the the first year anniversary of the Dalton Forum. The Forum replaced the old facility on the DGS web site for submitting queries. I am happy to say that the Forum has been very successful. Over the first year, we have had 105 posts to the Forum, and we now have 130 members!

As Michael has mentioned, the DIDP is growing steadily. We have added one new member to Genetic Family D and we have added several new members to Genetic Family A, through the cooperation with Melanie Crain and the Dalton America DNA Project.

The Dalton DNA web pages have helped members of the Genetic Families A, B & D to connect with their genetic cousins, and share family tree information. If you are a member of one of these Genetic Families, I invite you to visit the Dalton DNA site at

2010 DGS Gathering in Surrey

A special note to North American members who are planning to attend the Gathering in Surrey - as Michael explained in his "Notes from the Chairman", North American members may send their deposit to me in US Dollars, and I will forward the funds to the UK.

We have set-up a Pre-payment Form in conjunction with the DGS PayPal account, so that members may remit their deposit for the Gathering electronically.

Please go to You will see that you can select a deposit for the hotel (per room) and also a deposit for the conference (per person). A "shopping cart" will display the deposit amounts. You can then click on the PayPal button and use your credit card or PayPal account to pay the deposit. There is also a link directly to the Registration Form, for your convenience.

I will be sending out a special email to the North American Mailing List, with more detailed information.

I sincerely hope that many of you will plan to join us in Surrey for this very special event!

New Members:

Please join me in welcoming new member Jack C. Dalton, of Indiana. Jack traces his Dalton roots to Timothy Dalton of North Carolina. We are awaiting the results of Jack's DNA testing, but it looks like he will be our newest member of Group A.

Dalton Data Bank Update:

Of particular note to DGS members with Irish ancestry is the recent addition of links to the new Irish Genealogy web site in Ireland. At the moment, the site has posted records for birth, marriage and deaths for the Counties of Dublin and Kerry.

Here is an excerpt from the Welcome Message found on the Irish Genealogy web site:

"This site is hosted by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. At present there are 1,334,000 Church records of Baptism, Marriage and Death available to view free of charge on this website. Of these, 734,000 Church records are from Dublin City and 600,000 records are from Kerry. These Church records were computerised with funding from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and through the work of the Dublin Heritage Group and Kerry Genealogical Research Centre. This Department continues to work with Dublin City Public Library to bring about the completion of the computerisation of the Church records for Dublin City up to 1900. This Department is also collaborating with Carlow County Library and Cork County Library in the completion of their Church records and these records will be available to view free of charge through this site in the near future."

Martin Cullen, T.D.
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism

This following link will open the Irish Genealogy site, at the page containing all Daltons search results for both County Dublin and County Kerry:

Additions to the Databank:

16 December, 2009

County Kerry, Ireland - Added link to Irish Genealogy Website Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

Dublin, Ireland - Added link to Irish Genealogy Website Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

14 December, 2009

Argentina - Updated Argentina Page Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

1 December, 2009

Ireland - Added Irish WWI Casualties Contributed by Cathy Negrycz, Florida

DDB Usage statistics 1 December thru 21 December, 2009:

3,966 Visitors from 38 Countries (up 12.6% from November).

USA - 43.7% (up 1.2% from November)
UK - 36.6% (up 5.4% from November)
Australia - 5.7% (up 1.3% from November)
Ireland - 4.3% (down 1.7% from November)
South Africa - 2.7% (down 1.5% from November)
Canada - 2.1% (unchanged from November)
Brazil & Argentina - 1.0% (down 1.9% from November)
Rest of the World – 1.5%

Google AdWords Campaign:

3,626 Visitors clicked on one of the Ads, which were displayed 468,663 times (.77% Click Thru Ratio). This represents a 36% rise in Visitors to the site as compared to November, 2009.

Summary of Data Bank activity for 2009:

In addition to the monthly statistics, here are the stats for 2009:

Dalton Databank Year in Review - January 1, 2009 thru December 21st, 2009:

45,697 Visitors from 82 Countries, an average of 129 Visitors a day.

Visitors spent an average of 2 and 1/2 minutes on the site, and viewed 2+ pages on average.

83% of the Visitors were new to the site (had not visited 30 days prior), 17% returning.

Our Google Ads began running on August 29, 2009. Since that time, the Ads were viewed by 1,293,195 people worldwide, and 8,224 Visitors went to the web site by clicking on an Ad.

There have been 52 updates to the information on the Databank, representing over 15,000 new or revised data entries. Mike Dalton of Oregon has submitted 18 major additions and corrections during 2009 to the body of the Databank.

Separately, Rodney Dalton, of Utah has contributed 21 articles and stories to the new "Dalton Chronicles" section of the Databank.

As you know, it has been a busy year for the DGS in Canada and the United States! I am sure that 2010 will be quite busy, as well.

In closing, I send all my best wishes to you, and your family, all for a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful New Year ahead!

Karen Dalton Preston
Secretary for North America

Thank you to all who have contributed to the January 2010 issue of “Daltons in History”.

2010 begins, as 2009 ends, with a plea for more contributions to make "Daltons in History" more appealing for members. Please continue to send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at.

Some of you may like to 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 the 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.

2010 will be an exciting year with our 40th Anniversary to celebrate in Surrey. Don't forget the dates - Fri/Sat/Sun 30th/31st July/1st August 2010.

Mel and I would like to wish all members of the D.G.S. at home and overseas a very Happy and Joyous New Year.

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