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

Since I last wrote, Christmas and the New Year have come and gone, and here in the South East of England, snow and ice more or less brought us to a stand still during the first two weeks of January – an ideal opportunity for catching up on all those Dalton family history tasks that have never quite reached the top of the action list! The highlight of the month for Kate and myself has been the safe arrival of our third grandchild – Imogen Rose Collin born on 20th January to our daughter, Julia and her husband, Neil. She joins Thomas, now six and Isobel, three and a half.

Below you will find the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS events, projects and activities.

Future DGS events

As everyone should by now 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 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 can be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website. Just click on the link here - click here. They have also been included as a separate flyer with Volume 51 of the DGS Journal for December 2009 which was mailed to all DGS members in early January. If you have not already done so, please make sure that you reserve the dates in your diary now.

A slow but steady stream of bookings have already been made and the registration notes request bookings by 15th February. I am happy to extend this deadline to the end of February, but do please register by then at the latest.

Notwithstanding that and as has been said before, 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 registration 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 23rd/24th/25th September 2011.

**** Please note this a change from the dates originally announced ****

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 please keep a watch for further announcements 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.

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery, for all his assistance with the preparation of the progress report and the advice and guidance that we are able to give to individual project participants. We are now working with him to determine the priorities for further reporting during 2010. The emphasis will be on providing updated reports on individual genetic families.

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

The DGS Journal

Volume 51 of the Journal (for December 2009) has been published and mailed to all DGS members. It was sent out in early January and all members should have their copy by now. If you have not received your copy please contact your local DGS secretary who will investigate the position for you.

The Editor of the DGS Journal, John Dalton, is now turning his mind to Volume 52, due to be published in June 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other material for this issue. Please help him by submitting copy as early as you can and certainly by the end of April. John is always 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 available for Volumes 42 to 51 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 March.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours very sincerely

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

From our Australian correspondents Tom and Gerry


From the Director - DNA: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

My birthday is coming up so my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I replied that all I wanted for my birthday was a DNA test. His response to that was, "You're nuts! Why would you want a gift which just consists of paper with numbers on them?"

What my dear husband does not realize is that DNA is a gift which keeps on giving. The first DNA test that I have results for is from 2003 on my father. Now I doubt that I have any article of clothing in my bedroom closet from 2003. So why would I want something that goes out-of-style when I could have something that never becomes obsolete?

And DNA just keeps on giving. Year after year, I receive new DNA match contacts and refined haplogroup predictions. What may just be "paper with numbers" to my husband could be what solves a genealogical mystery on a branch of our family. Some mysteries have been solved quickly through DNA testing and others, I'm still waiting for someone to come along and test who will be the match I need. DNA results are not a gift I will ever lose in a fire, or give to a thrift store, or ever tire of. These simple "paper with numbers" give me a peak into the past of those who came before me and that constitutes an invaluable gift.

Reproduced with kind permission of Katherine Borges, ISOGG Director (

A few more items copied from Australian Newspapers pertaining to Daltons - Part 2

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 a previous issue of "Daltons in Hstory"

Colonial Times - Hobart, Tasmania: Friday, 7 March 1851

Thomas Dalton was placed at the bar to answer an indictment charging him with having committed a highway robbery on Mr. William Robert Corrigan on the 7th February, assaulting him with a pistol, and robbing him of 4s. in money and various articles of clothing; and William Hunter for feloniously receiving a pair of shoes, stolen at the time from the person of the said William Robert Corrigan. After an able learned charge from the Judge, the jury retired, and shortly afterwards returned a verdict of Guilty against Thomas Dalton, who was sentenced to death.

The Canberra Times - Australian Capital Territory: Thursday, 11 July 1946

The Attorney-General (Mr. Mc- Donald) said the Solicitor-General had perused the transcript of the proceedings, including evidence relating to charges in which Mr. J. Dalton, Minister for Forests, and others were concerned and had decided there was evidence to warrant indictments being filed against certain persons and this would be done as early as possible.

Thomas George de Largie' D'Alton was committed for trial by the Hobart Court on four counts of corruption, and was granted £500 bail.

The Sydney Morning Herald - NSW: Thursday, 19 August 1880


At the Bath Arms Hotel, Burwood, yesterday morning, the City Coroner held an inquest touch the death of the lad Walter Nolan. From the evidence adduced it appears that six young boys, named Thomas and George Dalton, Michael Murphy, Alfred Keen, William Morgan, and the deceased, were out together opossum shooting in Walker's Bush, Concord, on Monday evening last. During their sport they had occasion to turn out on opossum concealed in an old hollow log, and to effect this end wood, which had to be afterwards fired, was piled about it. George Dalton had collected a heap of bark, and was absent a few minutes when the deceased went to the stack and removed some of the material; Dalton noticed him doing this, and immediately went up to him with his gun in his hand; while going towards the deceased the hammer of the gun fell and it went off, lodging the contents in deceased's body, somewhat below the breast. Dr. Scales had examined the deceased; and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that he was accidentally shot. Dalton, who was present in custody, was accordingly discharged.

The Moreton Bay Courier - Brisbane, Queensland: Saturday, 1 August 1857

Thomas Dalton, Michael Walsh, and Samuel Quinn, were charged with receiving gold, the property of the Wentworth Company, knowing the same to be stolen.

Thomas Finnerty stated that he had heard from different persons that the Wentworth Gold Company was being continually robbed of gold in large amounts, and that Thomas Dalton was a large purchaser. Before reaching the store of Dalton, he apprehended Henry Rembart on a charge of stealing, who was subsequently committed for the offence. Dalton kept a store
at Summerhill, about two miles from the mine.

After telling the prisoner what ho arrested him for, he replied "that he had bought no gold from him." Mr. Finnerty then asked if he had any gold; he said he had, and brought out a bag from an inner room containing about 16 ounces. On opening the bag Finnerty immediately identified the contents as some of the Wentworth gold. Two other parcels were afterwards found in a box which was pointed out by Dalton, making in all 150 ounces or upwards. £57 8s. 10d. in cheques,
and gold, were also found in possession of the prisoner. Witness had been in the district of Orange nine months, and never heard of any one selling Wentworth gold openly. Did not believe any storekeeper would buy it openly.

Mr. P. D. Mansfield sworn; I am manager of the Wentworth Gold Field; and reside at the mine; no person is authorized to sell any of the gold produced ; none has been sold during the past two years to my knowledge; if any has been it was stolen. The gold before the Court was procured from the lode at the Wentworth Mine, and could not have been obtained without going down Uie shaft lending to it ; have bad great experience in gold and can easily recognize this from any other kinds I have ever seen. For the last month the produce of the mine had greatly lessened, but the quality of gold was about the same. The surface gold was quite different from what was got from the lode; this is from the lode; knew Thomas Dalton only as a man of business; I often saw him; was never told by him that he had purchased any gold from Wentworth diggings.

The shafts have only been worked about 5 months: they were opened by myself. About 16th May there was a rich discovery of gold made, but it soon fell off. The lode I have been speaking of was never worked except by the Company. The surface has not been worked since I came to the Mine. I am quite sure all the gold before the Court came from' the Wentworth diggings ; it is worth £300 or £400.

All was fully committed, and Quinn and Walsh discharged.

The Chief Constable applied to the Bench to have Thomas Dalton retained in custody on a charge similar to the one for which he was committed, but altogether distant from it. Application was granted.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victory: Monday, 23 December 1935


Engaged as Seaman - Ship May Leave Today

Preparations are almost complete on the Royal research ship Discovery II., which is expected to leave her berth at the Nelson Pier, Williamstown, at 5 p.m. today on the first stage of her voyage to the Antarctic in search of the American explorers, Messrs. Lincoln Ellsworth II and Hollick-Kenyon.

Because the rough weather of the last few days has hindered operations, the Royal Australian Air Force, Wapiti was not shipped until yesterday morning. Tests were carried out of the launching gear which will be used to lift the Wapiti from the Discovery II. The Discovery II. will go to Dunedin (N.Z.) when she leaves Melbourne, and she will then sail due south to the Bay of Whales.

A Melbourne youth, Thomas Houston Dalton, aged 16 years, has signed on as an able seaman. Dalton, who is at present living with his uncle at the King's Arms Hotel in the city, obtained the position won with the help of the principal nautical surveyor (Captain L. R. Sundercombe), who informed the boy Immediately he heard of the vacancy. Dalton, who has signed on for two years, was educated at Brighton Grammar School and five cups testify to his athletic abilities.

"I have always wanted to be at sea," said Dalton. "I joined the Mcilwraith, McEacharn collier Ashridge shortly after I left school, and on her I worked between South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, and Queensland. I hope some day to be a captain in the merchant service."

When he left school Dalton gained experience at sea on the ketch Evaleeta, on which he worked for six months before joining the Ashridge. His grandfather was the late Captain Thomas Houston Dalton of Williamstown, who was a member of the expedition which endeavored to find Sir John Franklin, who was lost in the Northwest Passage.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Monday, 18 April 1887



Dr. Yonl, the city coroner, held an inquest at the Melbourne Hospital on Saturday last on the body of John Dalton, who shot himself with a revolver, at Collingwood, on Monday morning. The evidence of Robert Kewson, a boot finisher, was that he was in the company of the deceased at the Cambridge Arms Hotel on Friday night and had several drinks together. The deceased seemed to be in high spirits, as he had that day got work after having been unemployed for some time. About halfpast 12 witness and several other young men were leaving the hotel by the back way, and the deceased went into the yard. One of the men knocked over a barrel, and Mrs. Flannagan, the licensee, went into the yard and told the deceased that if he went away she would not let him back in. Deceased said "All right," and took a revolver out of his pocket, mid levelling it at his head and discharged it. The bullet lodged in his head and he was taken to the Melbourne Hospital, where he died.

On the evidence of Henry Dalton, a brother of the deceased, Elizabeth Flannagan, licensee of the hotel at which the deceased boarded, and Dr, Boyd, of the hospital, was taken. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide whilst of unsound mind.

The Advertiser - Adelaide, SA: Saturday, 8 May 1915

News has been received of the death of Mr. Charles Henry Dalton, who was well known in drug circles, having been connected with the firm of F. H. Faulding and Co. during the last 55 years, and for many years was manager of the business at No. 5, Rundle Street. Mr. Dalton arrived in South Australia with his father on the ship "Alice Maud", Captain Tindall being in charge. The late Mr. Dalton, who resided for many years in Kensington, was the doctor. Mr. Dalton frequently talked of his early experiences in this State. On his arrival he found several retail chemists in Adelaide, but Messrs. Faulding's was the only wholesale drug warehouse. Mr. Dalton was much interested last year in a discovery made by the workmen engaged in excavating a cellar at the time the firm was building a portion of its new premises, a foundation-stone being unearthed which contained a bottle with newspapers and a list of names, and the signatures of the persons, most of whom were old friends employed by the firm from its foundation in 1845. Mr. Dalton enjoyed good health until a few months ago.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Wednesday, 14 July 1926



Drivers' Increasing Responsibility

The circumstances surrounding the death of Louis Rosenthal, aged 67 years, boot maker, of 690 Lygon Street, Carlton, who died from injuries received through being knocked down by a motor-car in College Crescent, Carlton, on July 3, were investigated by the city coroner (Mr. D. Berriman. P.M.) yesterday. Mr. P. J. Ridgeway appeared for John Leo Dalton, French polisher, of 225 Rathdown Street, Carlton, driver of the car, which, it was alleged caused the accident. Senior detective R. Brennan appeared to assist the coroner.

Robert Murphy, taxi-cab driver, of Kew, said, "I had two passengers in my car when I passed a red double-seated car in Carlton Crescent, on July 3. About 200 yards past the plantation this red car passed me at 30 miles an hour, on the wrong side. The lights of this red car showed up a man crossing the road, and I saw it run him down. I chased the red car along Drummond Street, travelling at top speed. I overtook it, and said, You had better pull up - I have your number."

"The driver said nothing, but one of the other passengers, whom I now identify as John Condon, said: "What do you know?" I replied: "I saw everything. Why did you not stop when you knocked the old man down to see if you had hurt him?" I will not swear that Dalton was the driver, but I believe that he was." Condon said to me - "It will pay you to know nothing." I told him that they had better go back and see if the old man was hurt, and that if they went back I would not. I noticed that the headlight on the driving side of the red car was looking upward in the air, and the glass was broken. His mudguard on the driving side was dented."

Walter Constable, carpenter, 31 Home Street, East Brunswick, said, "I was a passenger in the taxicab driven by Murphy on July 3. I saw deceased dragged about 20 yards by the red car. I heard no horn sounded. I identified Dalton as the driver of the car."

Alexander Pirie, engineer, of the same address, and a passenger with Constable in the taxicab, gave corroborative evidence.

John Joseph Condon, dairyman, 23, Amess Street, North Carlton, said: "The red car belongs to my father, and on July 3 was driven by John Dalton. In College crescent I felt no bump After we turned into Drummond Street we pulled up before we saw the taxicab. The driver accused us of knocking a man down, and said that we had better go back. There was nothing wrong with our headlights or mudguards. We went back to College Crescent, and found a man lying in the road, and Dalton, who was upset, said that he had been wrongly accused of knocking him down."

James Henry O'Neill, clerk, 78 Curtin Street, North Carlton, who was in the red car with Condon, gave corroborative evidence.

John Condon, sen., dairyman, Amess Street, Carlton, said that while the mudguard of his car had always been dented, it was more damaged since July 3. His son, O'Neill, and Dalton were perfectly sober. To Mr. Ridgeway, witness said that Dalton was a trustworthy, sober lad, or he would never have given him permission to drive the car.

Detective Arthur Lee said, "I examined the red car after the accident and found the glass of the headlight broken, with spots of blood on the reflector and the radiator shell." To Mr. Ridgeway, "It was a dark and badly lighted spot where the accident happened, and anyone coming out from the trees might easily step in front of a car." To the Coroner, "The nearest lights are 75yds. to l00yds away. On July 3 it was a foggy night."

At the end of the evidence Mr. Ridgeway said that the allegations of not stopping after the accident were not the crux of the matter, and there was evidence showing the darkness of the Crescent.

The Coroner, "Personally and judicially I do not think any man is entitled to drive along and not expect anyone to step out in his track. He must exercise care. If the evidence of the driver and passengers of the taxi is to be accepted, Dalton drove away at the rate of 50 miles an hour, showing that he knew that something had happened that ought not to have happened."

The coroner found Dalton guilty of manslaughter, and committed him for trial at the General Sessions on August 2. Bail was allowed in one surety of £200.

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary

Here’s a small snippet for "Daltons in History" if you don’t have the information already. I am a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney (we send them a copy of the DGS Journal each time) and I get a regular newsletter from them. They often have research tips so I will try to remember to pass them on at times. By the way, Rookwood Cemetery is in Sydney and is very old and full of Australian history.

Queensland BDMs

The Queensland births, deaths and marriages online historical indexes have been recently updated. Births are now available to search up to and including 1914, deaths up to and including 1964, and marriages up to and including 1934.

Rookwood - Anglican & General Cemeteries

The Rookwood Anglican & General Cemeteries now has a deceased search facility available online. You will need to register as a member in order to use the search facility however this is a free service.

To conduct a search you must enter a first name and surname however you can enter a partial name or initial to broaden your search results. For example, J Smith will return anyone whose first name starts with J and whose surname includes Smith. The search facility is a work in progress and enhancements to the data and functionality may appear over time. There is also a search help desk on the site to assist.

National Library of Wales wills

The National Library of Wales now has online access to 193,000 pre-1858 wills. You can view the will for free but there is a charge to receive a print copy of it see: for more details.

From Bill Dalton, USA

I wonder if you might be interested in publishing the obituary of my relative, Henry George Dalton of Cleveland, Ohio. He was quite a rich man and was important enough that he rated almost a full column in the New York Times when he died.

His obituary found in the New York Times for December 28, 1939, took up about 3/4 of a full column.



Head of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Firm - Fought to Merge With Bethlehem Company




Began at 16 on the Docks, but Later He was Officer in Many Important Concerns


CLEVELAND Dec. 27 (AP) - Henry G. Dalton, chairman of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company and head of the nation's second largest iron ore shipping company, died here tonight at the age of 77.

The 'Silent Iron King' suffered a stroke a year ago and underwent an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 20. On Christmas Day bronchopneumonia developed. It was the cause of death.

Mr. Dalton, Cleveland born son of an English pharmacist, died in Lakeside Hospital, of which he was a trustee. At the bedside were two nephews, Harry and George Kendrick, both of Cleveland.

Mrs. Dalton, the former Julia Kaufholz, of Cleveland, died in 1935 and their two sons died in childhood. A sister, Mrs. Emily Dalton Kendrick of Cleveland, is the only immediate survivor.

Began Career on Ore Docks

Mr. Dalton, who began work at 16 checking freight on Lake Erie's ore docks, rose step by step to a commanding position in the steel, ore and shipping industries.

He received wide publicity in 1930 when as a director of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company he played a prominent part in the unsuccessful attempt to merge the two companies. Subsequently he resigned his directorship in the Bethlehem corporation, but on Feb. 6, 1932, became chairman of the board of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.

A reticent man who did his won thinking and made his own decisions, he was called 'the silent iron king.' When he received a Chamber of Commerce public service medal in 1938, his speech of thanks totaled twenty-four words.

Born in Cleveland Oct. 3, 1862, he was the son of Frederick and Ellen Gordon Dalton. After a brief session at public school and an arduous period earning a livelihood on the docks of Cleveland, he became an office boy at the age of 20 for Pickands, Mather & Co., an ore-producing and shipping concern. Ten years later he was admitted to partnership and, after Samuel Mather's death in 1931, commanded the Cleveland firm.

On Steel Committee in War

During the World War he served on the steel committee of the War Industries Board. In 1925 President Collidge appointed him to study the United States Shipping Board. He recommended early disposal of the lines and its return to original status as a judicial and regulatory body. In 1930 President Hoover named him as the first member of a commission to study the policies of the board, with special reference to rival bids for the government owned transatlantic services.

It was the same year that the effort to combine the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company caused huge stock-buying operations and a frenzied fight to obtain stockholders' proxies. Stockholders approved the merger plan, formulated by Eugene G. Grace, Bethlehem chairman, and Mr. Dalton, as vice president of the Youngstown concern, but opponents, led by Cyrus S. Eaton, filed suit in Federal Court for an injunction.

On Dec. 29, 1930, after six months of litigation costing $300,000, Judge David G. Jenkins in Commons Pleas Court, Youngstown, Ohio, enjoined the merger. After plans for the merger had been dropped, on May 18, 1932, Hohn T. Scott, special referee, representing the District Court of Appeals, reversed the lower court's decision.

Held Many Other Posts

Mr. Dalton was chairman of the board of the Mather Iron Company and president of the Interlake Steamship Company, which operates a large fleet on the Great Lakes.

He was a director of the National City Bank of Cleveland, Ohio; Youngstown Steel Door Company, Youngstown Steel Company, Ohio Bell Telephone Company, Steel Company of Canada, Ltd.; American Puddled Iron Company, Missouri Pacific Railway Company and the New Orleans, Texas and Mexican Railway.

In 1925 he gave $400,000 for a science hall at Kenyon College, Gambler, Ohio which two years later made him an honorary doctor of laws. Western Reserve University at Cleveland named him an honorary doctor of humanities in 1936. He was a trustee of both institutions, as well as of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Trinity Cathedral and Lakeside Hospital.

In 1938 he gave $5,000 to the National Republican Committee chest.

His clubs included the Union, Mid-Day, Chargrin Valley Hunt, Tavern, Kirkland and Pepper Pike Country of Cleveland, and the Metropolitan and Links of New York."

Julia and Henry Dalton

From Alicia Riley, England

1. From the newly renovated and renovating de-consecrated GORTON MONASTERY, Gorton, Manchester. (Civil Weddings do take place here). It is worth a visit and they have a little cafe and a small garden one can take a picnic in also:

Brother PATRICK, namely John Dalton, O.F.M. Born 7th October, 1837 Glin, Limerick. Died 11th June, 1909. John`s father was Daniel Dalton, mother named either Mary or Maria, nee Daly.

2. From the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, ROCHESTER:

Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns 1808 -1815, Royal Engineers. Served without casualty Lieutenant G. Dalton.

From Gerry Dalton

One of my rellies sent me the death notice clipping from the Sydney Morning Herald 6th January 2010. It's not one of my mob, as far as I know, but I don’t want to just delete the info, so I thought it may be useful for D in H.

SMH 6 JAN 2010

Arthur William Dalton

DALTON, Arthur William - January 3, 2010. Late of Five Dock. Dearly loved husband of Rosemary, loving father and father-in-law of James and Penny and devoted grandfather of Edward and Harry.

Relatives and friends of ARTHUR are invited to attend his funeral service to be held in the Magnolia Chapel at the Macquarie Park Crematorium, corner of Plassey and Delhi Roads, North Ryde, on Friday (January 8, 2010), commencing at 2 p.m.


From Maureen Collins Australian and New Zealand Secretary

1. A friend of mine has sent me the following snippet you might for "Daltons in History." She is not a Dalton but a Buckmaster by birth and we have both been researching our families:

There were Daltons in Ivinghoe, Bucks (my family's village) in the 1700s and also in Wing. My Auntie Annie Buckmaster had Wing Park Farm. I remember seeing the name Dalton, which is why it rang a bell.

2. Below the dastardly deeds of bushranger Dalton:

Having checked further into the website I note that there was also an Alexander Dalton. I note also from the website article on James Dalton and Andrew Kelly that they were both tried and hanged for the murder of Constable Buckmaster in Tasmania.

From Howard Dalton, Yorkshire, England

In a Saturday magazine a couple of weeks ago in the Telegraph, there was an article about football referees and a big section on an 18yr old called Oliver Dalton.

He is a referee in the Hellenic League Premier Division and was interviewed at the Reading Town v Wantage Town match.

Has anyone any idea who he is?

Replies to the Editor please.

From Avril Marks, England

I don't know whether you can help me, if not, perhaps you can put me onto someone who can.

My 7x Great Grandfather Richard Morris, names four Dalton grandchildren in his Will dated 30th March 1693. So presumably one of his daughters married a Dalton. The children named are William, Jane, Anne and Joane Dalton. However, I have been unable to trace the names of their parents.

Richard lived at Mansant Farm, Llangyndeyrn Parish, Carmarthenshire. I know that his son Anthony Morris my 6x Great Grandfather has James Dalton's signature on the Inventory at the time of his death in 1730 and Anthony was married to a Margaret (surname not known) could she have been a Dalton? Apparently a Margaret Dalton (daughter of James and Joyce Dalton, Caldicot House, Pembrey) married an Anthony Morris, but your official record says he was from the Gower! Also Anthony's great grandson James Morris of Gelligatrog, Llangyndeyrn married Joyce Dalton daughter of Edward Dalton, Pwll House, Llanelly.

Pembrey and Llangyndeyrn Parish Records are not of any help as they do not go back to this period. Is there anyone who would be able to solve this mystery?

Thank you.

If anyone can help please contact Avril direct at:, or the Editor.

From Roland Nelson, Chorley, Lancashire

I am researching the Nelsons of Mawdesley, Croston and Fairhurst in Wrightington and have come across a Joane Dalton, a widow, who married a Thomas Nelson of Croston.

William Nelson of Mawdesley was the son of Thomas who died in 1529 and these are some of the land purchases and transactions he made with the Daltons his mother/stepmothers' family 27 years after his father's death, some may possibly be part of his father's dowry.

Conveyance by Bargain and Sale: for £204.13.4 - 4 August, 1556:

"Robert Dalton of Byspham, esq. to Wylliam Nelson of Mawdysley, yeoman, 1 acre meadow in Olde Mawdysley adjoining a close the inheritance of Sir Thomas Hesketh called the Dooles, on the south part thereof; also 1 acre meadow called the Greate Acre; also 1 acre named Short Acre; also closes called the Three Acres; also Ryssheyorthe, Hanne Acre, the Carre, all in the tenure of Hugh Nelson; also a close of Meadow in Olde Mawdysley called Symondesyorthe, yearly value 4/-, also the lands of Robert Dalton in a close in Mawdysley called Tonstyddes, yearly value 5/-, all in the tenure of William Nelson and Joahnne Assheton, widow; also 2 cottages in Mawdysley and the lands lately improved and enclosed thereto, in the tenure of John Rydyng and Isabell Mosse, widow; also a close of meadow in Mawdysley late in the tenure of Hugh Assheton, called Prestes Medowe; also an acre of arable in Croston in the Hylfeilde, also 1/2 acre of meadow there in the Towne Medowes, both in the tenure of Thomas Hough; also chief rents of 2/- from land late the inheritance of Richard Croston, now in the tenure of Thomas Hough; also 1/2 acre of arable in Croston in Hyll Carre in the tenure of John Blackstone; also a close in Croston in the tenure of Wylliam Rydyng, late of Thomas Henreson" - DDHE 26/50 LRO.

"Final Concord, between William Nelson, plaintiff, and Robert Dalton, esq., and Anne his wife, and Joan Dalton, widow, deforciants of 2 cottages, 2 gardens, 16 acres of land, 8 acres of meadow, 14 acres of pasture, 2 acres of wood, 10 acres of moor, 20 acres of turbary, and 2s. of rent in Mawdysley and Croston. The deforciants remitted all right to William and his heirs, for which William gave them £100" - From: 'Lancashire Fines: 17 August, 1556.

"Final Concord, between William Nelson and Richard Banester, plaintiffs, and Joan Dalton, widow, Robert Dalton, esq., and Anne his wife deforciants of a messuage, 3 gardens, an orchard, 20 acres of land, 6 acres of meadow, 10 acres of pasture, 10 acres of moss, 8 acres of turbary, 20 acres of moor, 40 acres of furze and heath in Mawdysley and Croston. The deforciants acknowledged the said tenements to be right of William, for which William and Richard granted them to Robert, to have and to hold for the term of one week; and after that term to remain to Thomas Nelson and Cicilia and his wife and to the heirs begotten of their bodies; in default to remain to the right heirs of the said Cicilia for ever" - 17 August, 1556.

Thomas Nelson and Cicilia were from Fairhurst in Wrightinton, Richard Banester was his half brother.

Will of Thomas Nelson of Croston (Translated)

Original 1529 Will of Thomas Nelson

Family Tree constructed from the Will

Stop the Presses!

There has been a change in the dates for the Gathering in Salt Lake City in 2011 -- the NEW dates are Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2011. We will still be hosting the event at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel.

The new dates have already been posted to the DGS web site (Thank you, Martin!). More details will be available soon, so please check future issues of "Daltons in History" and the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of the DGS web site! Be sure to make note of the new dates on you calendar!

Gathering In Surrey - Registration for North American Members

I am pleased to report that there will be at least three North American members who have submitted their deposits for the Gathering in Surrey this summer. As a reminder, 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.

Dalton Data Bank Update:

For the period from 1 January 2010 to 26 January 2010

Additions to the Data Bank:

23 January, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Capt. Kit Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton

20 January, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Rt. Hon. Hugh Dalton PC Contributed by Rodney Dalton

17 January, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Captain Davis Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton

15 January, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - Dalton Brothers of Orange Contributed by Rodney Dalton

7 January, 2010

United States - Dalton Civil War Records Contributed by the Dalton Gang Letters

2 January, 2010

Dalton Chronicles - The Story of Jack Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

DDB Usage statistics 1 January thru 26 January, 2010:

7,015 visits from 59 Countries

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK - 2,723
2. USA - 2,497
3. Ireland - 317
4. Australia - 286
5. Canada - 218
6. South Africa - 189
7. Romania - 97
8. France - 91
9. Poland - 88
10. Spain - 78

Google Ad Campaign:

6,035 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the Google Ads

As compared to the same period last year (1 January 2009 to 26 January 2009), there has been a 33% rise in visitors, a 44% rise in the average time spent on the site, and a 34% rise in the number of pages perused by visitors.

The chart below summarises the change in the number of Visitors by the top 10 Countries:

Number of Visitors

Karen Dalton Preston
Secretary for North America

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

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.

A reminder to those who do not pay their subscription by Standing Order that they are due (applies to UK) now.

Contributions for the March 2010 issue need to be with me no later than 20th February 2010. (e-mail: