Greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History” !

Where has February gone? The month seems to have flown by and it’s again time to prepare another issue of “Daltons in History”. I want to take the opportunity to thank our editor, Dairne Irwin, and her husband, Mel for all that they do each month to bring our web newsletter to you. I also want to thank all the contributors to the newsletter for supplying such interesting and varied material. There is plenty of space for more – so to those of you who perhaps are wondering whether or not to send something off to Dairne for inclusion – please do not be shy!! We will all be very pleased to hear what you have to say. The newsletter is for you, our readers, and any thoughts you may have about the format and content will always be welcome.

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

Future DGS events

As everyone knows, 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 are included below and they can also be found in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website. They were also 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 but there is still plenty of space to accommodate more. I am therefore extending the deadline for registration to the end of March, 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 is enabling 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 busy 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 was mailed to all DGS members in early January. 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 assembling material for Volume 52, due to be published in June 2010. As always, he will welcome articles and other items 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 April.

Thank you for your attention.

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 31st March 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 April 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……………………….

A few more items copied from Australian Newspapers pertaining to Daltons - Part 3

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"

Northern Territory Times and Gazette - Darwin, NT: Saturday, 6 May 1922

The Northern Territory - Licensing District

A CERTIFICATE has been granted to the under mentioned person to carry on business during the temporary absence from the Territory of the licensee:

21st March, 1922, Charles Victor Dalton, Stuart Arms Hotel, Alice Springs, for three months


Clerk to Bench

Darwin, 20 April, 1922

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Friday, 24 September 1915

SERGEANT-TRUMPETER CLIVE DALTON (who died of wounds at Gallipoli on 12 August) was the eldest son of Lieutenant C. A. Dalton, A. and I. Staff, and grandson of the late Charles Dalton (one of the famous Light Brigade at Balaclava, and for many years in charge of the Governor's escort, New South Wales). He served as trumpeter for two years in the 13th (Gippand) Light Horse, joined the First Expeditionary Force, 4th Light Horse Regiment, and gained his promotion as sergeant trumpeter at Broadmeadows. He was an employee of the Victorian Government railways, and stationed at Werribee.

The Canberra Times - Australian Capital Territory: Thursday, 12 June 1930


Green's Statement From Box.

SYDNEY, Wednesday.

When the trial of Frank Donald Green for the murder of Bernard Hugh Dalton was resumed at the Central Criminal Court today, Constable Mills said that while Green was being taken to Long Bay he said to one of the other prisoners: "The _____ picked me. I never hesitated, It is a pity, I did not get him as well as Dalton while I was about it." Witness said he remarked to Green': "What's wrong Frank? Have you got the wind up?" Green replied: "You would have the wind up if you were in my shoes."

Detective-Sergeant Lynch (recalled) said that a sailor was shown a line up of men, but he did not pick Green.

This concluded the Crown case.

Green, in a statement from the dock, said that on the afternoon of the shooting he was in the vicinity and left the hotel at about 4.30. He had an appointment with a man named McDonald later in the afternoon as they had arranged to go to Cronulla. The accused declared that while he was in a cell at the Central Police Station, policemen came persecuting him about the shooting , and he told them he knew nothing about it.

Green denied that he had made the statements attributed to him in the prison van. All he said was: "They have shot Dalton and it is a pity they did not shoot the other ____"

Green said he had never carried a revolver. Every time he had had a fight, he had used his bare knuckles. He always believed in a fair fight. He could not understand why Tomlinson should have told such wicked lies about him. The only explanation was that he had done so, because Kate Leigh with whom Tomlinson had lived, hated him like poison.

Green stated that the money for his defense had been raised by public subscription in the Woolloomooloo district where he was born and had lived all his life.

Charles Connors, who witnessed the shooting, said that Green was not the man who fired the shot. He denied that he told Dalton's widow that Green had been responsible for the shooting.

Edward Brady, who was in the company of Dalton when the shot was fired, said he was satisfied that it was not Green who had fired the shot.

Several other witnesses of the shooting stated that Green had not fired the shot that killed Dalton.

Mrs. Dalton, however, stated that when Connors told her of Dalton's shooting he told her that Green had shot him.

The case was adjourned until tomorrow.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Thursday, 12 June 1930

SYDNEY, Wednesday.

Further evidence was giving today at the second trial of Frank Donald Green, aged 2S years, who is charged with having murdered Bernard Hugh Dalton, in William street, Sydney, on November 9.

Charles Connors gave evidence that he saw a man come out of the hotel and say, "Cop this." Walter Tomlinson was shot, and Dalton, who walked towards Tomlinson, was also shot. The man who did the shooting was not Green.

Constable Mills gave evidence that while he was in charge of a tramcar carrying prisoners, including Green, he overheard them say to another prisoner, "They picked me today. it's a pity I did not get him as well as Dalton while I was about it."

Green, from the dock, denied that he had made this statement.

Addresses by counsel were begun, and the Court adjourned.

The Argus - Melbourne, Victoria: Wednesday, 3 May 1944



In the Supreme Court today, Oswald J. Dalton, 17, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary, two charges of larceny from dwellings, one charge of horse stealing, and a charge of larceny, at Winchelsea. Mr. D. P. F. O'Keeffe, for prisoner, said that practically all the goods taken had been recovered within 24 hours. Dalton was remanded for Sentence.

These small articles are from Gerry Dalton in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday, 18 June 1901, page 3

National Library of Australia

At the Parramatta Police Court yesterday, before Mr. T. E, MacNevin, P.M., and Mr. J. Armitage, J.P., Arthur Nulloway, for stone-throwing, was fined 10s and costs of court. In default 14 days in gaol. Margaret Dalton proceeded against C. Langdon for detention of property, valued at £2, The defendant was ordered to give up the property and to pay costs of court.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday, 24 October 1927, page 4

National Library of Australia

A démonstration of the Dalton Pian was given at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Croydon, on Saturdny afternoon, when the whole school was seen at its usual routine of work under this system. Dr. N. McQueen, who gave a short address to the 200 visitors, said that after five years practical application of the Dalton system at the college, he was quite convinced of its success. It was not a fad of his own, he remarked, but had been adopted by more thun 2000 schools in Great Britain. The idea of throwing the school open to the public, and of bringing the scholars back to work on Saturday afternoon, was to make better known this system, which had so influenced English schools, and which is regarded as the most modern method of education.

Among the visitors present were teachers from other schools, parents, and friends of the scholars, and visitors from the Teachers College and the University.

Under the Dalton plan the pupils are given assignments, and work is allotted for a month ahead. Some of this is done at home; with the aid of books, and some at school, and at the end of each week, the week's work is examined. The pupils must have finished their week's work at the end of the week. They are allowed to converse with each other about their lessons during preparation. In addition to the ordinary school curriculum, which includes literature, geography, French, mathematics, Latin, botany, geology, chemistry. The Dalton system includes physiology and first aid, swimming and life-saving, domestic science (with dressmaking, cooking, etc.), arts-and crafts, and musical appreciation.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 14 July 1928, page 15

National Library of Australia


£1,000,000 Capital.


ORANGE, Friday.

The firm of Dalton Brothers, Limited, of Orango, has merged with Western Stores and Edgleys, Limited. The company is capitalised at £1,000,000.

The transaction Includes the purchase of the Summer-street store, and the stock and produce store in Lords-place. The mill and the grain shed, adjacent to the railway in Pelsley-street, will remain the property of Daltons' Ltd. Mr. F. Dalton, governing director of the old firm, will be a director of the new company, and the manager will probably be Mr. Stiff. The new company will enter ¡nto possession on September 1.

The business of Dalton Bros, was established in 1849 by the late Mr. James Dalton as a roadside store on Bathurst-road, when payable gold was first discovered at Lucknow and Ophir. A few years later it was removed to its present site. Mr. James Dalton was joined in 1855 by his brother, the late Mr. Thomas Dalton, M.L.C., who subsequently removed to Sydney to carry on a city business partnership.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday, 23 October 1916, page 5

National Library of Australia



All Who are anxious to seek news of sick, wounded, or missing men, are invited to call or write to the above address, and the Red Cross will try to help them.

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary

DGS member Ros Chapman sent the following news to me recently:

Death of Dalton

Thought I should tell you that the 19 year old male run over near Molong on Tuesday morning was Will Dalton-Brown, one of the Orange Daltons. It is all very tragic.

Ros Chapman

I have since read the bulletin in a national newspaper reporting that: The second of two teenage campers run over by a vehicle while sleeping in Central Western NSW has died in Orange Base Hospital, police say. The pair were sleeping in swags next to a ute on a campsite and the driver of the vehicle accidentally ran over them. Police are investigating the matter and statements were taken from all people in the area at the time of the incident. The driver was questioned and released pending further inquiries.

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary

While searching for anything on my family I came across this bit:

There are many more if you go to the Irish Genealogy website and make your way through the directions and I expect others have already done this but it’s just a reminder.



10 May 1801 St Andrew’s Church Dublin


Further details in the record

Witness 1
Witness 2

About the record

Book Number Page Entry Number

From Anne Fogarty, Bathhurst, NSW, Australia:

I found, some time ago, my father's birth date and the names of his brothers and sister . They were in a County Offaly file extracted by DGS member Mike Dalton from the microfilm records of Mathew William Dalton.

Sources: IGI and Matthew William Dalton Civil Registry Extract - 1864 to 1891 (c)1896,fhl#361843. All the ones from Faddenbeg. That farm is still in the family and is named "Banaher" but the owners are my cousins - Kieran Kenny who is the son of my father's sister who married a Kenny.

It would be interesting to go back and see who Martin Dalton's father was etc.

Anne Fogarty is the aunt of Michael G Dalton, whose DNA test shows as Genetic Family B with Wendy Fleming ( as co-ordinator.

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary:

At a recent meeting I attended at the Sty of Aust Genealogists I met Marie Dickson and the subject of the DGS came up in conversation (not unusual!) and she mentioned her husband’s connection to some Daltons in Londonderry. The following is the information Marie has sent me and I wonder if you would be kind enough to put it into "Daltons in History". I will also send to the Dalton Forum.

The following is some information about the couple and their descendants:

“Searching for information about the couple Eugene DALTON and Mary Ann DUDDY who married Waterside Derry DRY IRE June 1896. Eugene was the son of Soldier, John DALTON (born about 1837 in Kilkenny – died after 1901, possibly in Derry) and his 1st wife Mary J. CULLEN (c1844-1879 Londonderry). Eugene DALTON was born 5 August 1876 in Cross Street Londonderry Town (Waterside). Mary Ann DUDDY was born 12 January 1877 at Ballyowen Glendermott Londonderry IRE. Together Eugene and Mary Ann DALTON had at least 11 children: Catherine b.1898, John b.1899, Eugene b.1900, Hugh b.1902, Ann b.1902, Eugene b.1904, Elizabeth b.1905, Matthew b.1908, Bridget b. 1910, Mary Ann b.1913 and Margaret b. 1920. At census time in 1901 the family was living at Number 1 Cross Street Waterside, Derry and in 1911 at number 15 Cross Street. Mary Ann DUDDY was the oldest of 7 children of George DUDDY (b.c 1855 Ireland –d. 1912 Greenock RFW SCT) and Catherine SWEENEY (b.c. 1860 – d. 1889 Coolkeeragh Glendermott DRY IRE). . Mary Ann was a great Aunt to my husband Stuart. We are attempting to link up with living descendants of this couple.”

Anyone who has information about or is a descendant of any of the above DALTONs I would love to hear from you with the view to sharing information. Please Contact Marie DICKSON:, or Apt 309/ 19 Hickson Road, DAWES POINT, NSW, Australia.”

Marie added: when in Derry last year we found Eugene’s and Mary Ann’s grave but were unable to find any more information. We spoke with the priest and at that stage he couldn’t help us – he was called away and we missed having that promised cuppa with him. He was lovely and made a few phone calls for us. When we visit again this year we will make certain we have more time with him.

Marie also said, “I had seen the internet site and even emailed a couple of the contacts I discovered there. However, I did not get any replies and some emails bounced. I didn’t follow them up further – that was in my to do list!

Sorry I didn’t mention before, my specific connection to the Daltons. I am trying to find living descendants of couple Eugene Dalton and Mary Ann Duddy who married in Derry Northern Ireland in 1896.”

The above information could be of great interest to Irish researchers.

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary:

A major new series on ITV Channel 4 in the United kingdom

It’s just a thought but Australians and Americans don’t know a huge amount about village life in England apart from what they happen to have visited or seen on TV or films. I’ll try to do a bit about my first experience with Merton, Norfolk and the villages around it connected to Pam’s and my Dalton history. What do you think and do you also think it might bring forth some articles from members on D in H? I get various things from the uk villages website.

Perhaps you’ve lived all your life in a rural setting and you can relate it to your ancestors. Do you think that village / country life is best? Would like to tell us why? What do you think the differences would be?

The ideal village will, according to research:

• Have around 1000 residents or less;

• Have a good sense of being close knit community;

• Have some local amenities such as a shop, village hall & public house, maybe even a school;

• Not be based too close to a city.

Sites to help you explore village life:

From Maureen Collins, Australian and New Zealand Secretary:

I received this note from Gerry Dalton and thought we could put it into "Daltons in History" please. I guess it should also go into the Dalton Forum.

"From a very round about source I have received a question as to how the town of Dalton NSW was named - like was it named after a particular Dalton family. I am sure I know the answer to this question but it is not coming to me right now.

Can you please let me know who/what or how the town of Dalton NSW got it's name?"

This is what I have found on the NSW Government website - :

"The small town of Dalton in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales was settled by sheep and cattle farmers in the 1820s and became a known haunt for bushrangers. Built on a fault line which runs between the town and Lake George just east of the town, Dalton regularly experiences earth tremors".

I also note that it is in Lachlan Shire in the Lachlan River Valley. This seems fairly pertinent as it is the 200th anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie becoming Governor of Australia in January this year.


Hello from cold and rainy Las Vegas! We have already had more rain in January and February 2010, than in all of the previous year! All this dreary weather gives ample opportunities for Dalton research, though!

Grover Stanley Dalton

With great sadness, we announce the passing of long-time DGS member Grover Stanley Dalton.

Grover Stanley Dalton, age 96 passed away on February 6, 2010 at the Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was a lifelong resident of Harriman, Tennessee.

Mr. Dalton was a member of the Trenton Street Baptist Church since 1923, where he was a Life Deacon, Chairman of Deacons, Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Building Committee.

After graduation from Harriman High School in 1931 as Class Valedictorian, he worked in the grocery business, and was co-owner of the Easyway Grocery. He then worked at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he served as Electrical General Supervisor, retiring in 1977 after 32 years of service.

Mr. Dalton was also a member of the Harriman Library Board, and an officer of the Pellissippi Genealogy Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland and Georgia Floyd Dalton; brothers John, Carl, Joe, Clyde and Tom Dalton, and daughter-in-law Wanda H. Dalton. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mattie Lee Dalton, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Gladys Dalton, daughter Martha Lee Dalton, grandson Steve Dalton and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Daltons in the News:

The following news item was submitted by William R. Dalton III. Lewis Lucke is his fourth cousin, and is a direct descendant of Rev. Pleasant Hunter Dalton of North Carolina. His mother was first cousin to the now elderly Pleasant Hunter Dalton, Jr., of High Point, NC, great-grandson to the organizing pastor of the First Presbyterian Church there.

Lewis Lucke tapped to run U.S. effort in Haiti:

Lewis Lucke, a 1969 graduate of Williams High School in Burlington, [North Carolina] is the U.S. Department of State’s coordinator for relief and reconstruction in Haiti. He was placed in that position in January.

Lucke’s career has included serving as U.S. ambassador to Swaziland; as the United States Agency for International Development’s mission director in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during 2000-01; and as the agency’s mission director in Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003.

His more-recent career has involved running a consulting firm to encourage American investment in the Middle East and Africa.

In an e-mail forwarded to the Times-News, Lucke said he first visited Haiti in 1977. While serving there in 2000-01, Lucke said, he “saw the poverty and need but also the resilience and heart of the Haitian people".

“Many Americans like me who spend time in Haiti come to love the place,” he wrote. Lucke said his time there late last year “was the most hopeful period I had experienced in Haiti with new investment, shops and stores opening, streets repaired and people upbeat.” He described damage caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake in the Port-au-Prince area as "of Biblical proportions.”

Lucke said the supply of food has been sufficient, with “efficient distribution” probably the biggest challenge. In most areas, he said, water supply has been adequate, “but we are concerned about the availability of medical supplies and sanitation.” Another key challenge is providing shelter for people displaced by the earthquake.

(excerpted from the Times-News, Burlington, NC, February 12, 2010. The full article can be viewed at

New Members:

I am pleased to announce the following new members have joined the DGS:

Cora Anne Ferrara, Smithsburg, MD - Cora Anne traces her Dalton line back to Samuel Dalton of North Carolina

Col. Richard O. Dalton, Ret., Sierra Vista, AZ and Monna Aldrich, Windsor, WI

Richard and Monna are siblings, and trace their Daltons back to their Great grandfather, John Dalton, born in Northern Ireland (Belfast) in 1817. John came to the United States in 1844 and stayed in New York State until 1849. He married Jeanette Blackwood from Scotland in 1848. The couple left New York in 1849 for Wisconsin, where John had purchased land. He built a cabin and cleared the land for farming. Thirteen children were born in that cabin. In 1911, the Chicago Northwestern Railroad bought right-away from John's widow, Jeanette and built a railroad. They renamed the small village Dalton in her honor and gave her a ride to Milwaukee on the first train that went through the village.

Colleen E. Dalton, West St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada

Dalton Data Bank Update:

For the period from 1 February to 26 February 2010

Additions to the Data Bank:

25 February, 2010

New Section - Historical Maps Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

8 February, 2010

New Section - Newspaper Extracts Contributed by Rodney Dalton

DDB Usage statistics 1 February to 26 February 2010:

8,420 Visits from 65 Countries

Top 10 Countries by Visits:

1. UK - 3,622
2. United States - 3,028
3. Ireland - 309
4. Australia - 291
5. South Africa - 268
6. Canada - 176
7. Spain - 86
8. France - 85
9. Colombia - 70
10. Germany - 66

Google Ad Campaign:

7,856 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 800,707 Google Ads served during the reporting period.


As compared to the same period last year (1 February 2009 to 26 February 2009), there has been a 60% rise in visitors, a 25% rise in the average time spent on the site, and a 70% 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 March 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. New ideas are needed!!

Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from 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.

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