November 1999
Newsletter from the Secretary 1
  • Reminds people to pay their subscriptions and explains the codes used on the address labels.
Letter from the Chairman 3
  • Reports on the republishing of the Dalton book, part I by Edith Leaning, the arrangements for the AGM on the 19th of August 2000 at Reigate and the restoration of the effigy of Sir Richard Dalton in St. Leonard's Church, Apethorpe, with photographs.
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 7
M.N.Q.31.1 Colour blind Daltons. 7
  • John Dalton, the Atomic scientist, and several other colour blind Daltons are discussed.
M.N.Q.31.2 An Industrious Dalton in Winchester. 7
  • This discusses weaving and fulling done by a Robert Dalton in Winchester in 1467.
M.N.Q.31.3 An explosive Owl. 7
  • Kevin Dalton-Johnson made a ceramic owl to be presented to Betty Boothroyd. But it exploded in the kiln and a crystal bowl had to be presented instead.
M.N.Q.31.4 A pure Dalton strain. 8
  • Sir Charles Dalton of Prince Edward Island bread a special strain of silver foxes which made his fortune.
M.N.Q.31.5 Who was John Russell Dalton? 9
  • Maurice L. Dalton is descended from John and John's father was Thomas in Dunkirk, Kent.
M.N.Q.31.6 The P.R.O. on the internet. 9
  • This gives the addresses of the four web pages which access the catalogue of the 8 million documents at the P.R.O. and helps you to use the catalogue efficiently.
Births 9
Hannah Grace LAUDIE ... 23rd July 1999.
Rosemund Dorothea ZYWICKI ... 24th May 1999.
Marriages 10
Scott Kamerath to Dawn Haigh (Photo omitted from previous Journal)
Gillian Anna LANGE to Joshua Pash KEMPER ... 8th Aug. 1999.
Deaths 11
Mrs. Joan DALTON ... 1st June 1998.
Nell Veronica DALTON nee MORDAUNT ... 7th Aug. 1999.
Donald James KIRKLEY ... 28th May 1999.
Joyce Marjorie KIRKLEY nee DALTON ... 1st Sept. 1999.
War and its Spoils by Millicent V. Craig 12
  • The Robinson family found over a thousand bundles of letters and other documents in the Old Courthouse in Kingston, dating from the American War of Independence. Later E. Arnot Robinson wrote a book "The Spanish Town Papers" based on these documents. Among them was a letter from Tristram Dalton to one of his captains, Edward Fettiplace of "The Antelope", discussing what Edward should do to make money on the voyages he was undertaking for Mr. Dalton.
A letter about the Daltons of Bury Saint Edmunds by Faith Keymer 16
  • This discusses a mistake made in an earlier paper by Lionel Dalton, which mixed up a John Dalton from the Hull line, headed by Daniel Dalton, with a John Dalton in the local Cambridgeshire line of Daltons, headed by Thomas Dalton D.D.
The Daltons of Hampton, Philemon's descendants, Part II by Millicent V. Craig 18
  • The seven generations coming after Philemon Dalton are listed, as the same family Christian names are repeated. This long article details the fourth to sixth generations. In the fourth generation, Samuel's son Isaac and his descendants are discussed. The epidemic of a throat infection killed over 2000 people in Massachusetts in 1736 and 7, including four of Isaac Dalton's children.
  • Isaac decided to go to fight the French at Cape Breton, and he wrote home from Louisburg on 16th October 1745. He died soon afterwards, and his widow Mary got 40 for his wages at Cape Breton. His inventory showed that he had little else to leave. Including the proceeds from some land and the 40, the total was 465. Legal fees were 247, leaving only 218 for a lifetime's work. In 1754, Mary's dower rights to live in the farmhouse were recognised, but she had to bring up 5 children. So she had to petition several times for a few pounds a year for their survival. She died in 1758. Sixteen years after Isaac's death, his estate was finally settled between his surviving children.
  • In the fifth generation, Isaac's son Samuel earned a living as a shipwright, and raised six children. At his death, he left 56.7s. But his debts were 71.7s1d, so his estate was declared insolvent.
  • Two of Sam's children were Deacon Isaac Dalton and Captain John Dalton. Isaac died in 1838 and a covered bridge at Warner, New Hampshire, is a memorial to him. He left one son John who became a doctor, and a second son Isaac who was a Colonel in the state militia. Deacon Isaac's brother Jonathan was a sailor and little is know about him except that he sailed to the Orient and brought back cargos of silks and spices. His ship sank in a storm in 1802 and he died then aged 35. His inventory shows that he was well off with a mansion and furnishing valued at $3615, an interest in a ship value $2250 with insurance money and cash $1500. The total of the estate when a few debts had been settled, was $6500. He left one son John who also became a doctor.
My Dalton Lineage by Tina Culbertson 28
  • Tina comes from the marriage of Thomas Dalton to Ann Ainsley in Cumberland in 1800. They had six children. About 1830, their second son Joseph married Jane Weightman, and they had eight children, the first five of which were born in England. Joseph was a weaver and, in 1841, they emigrated to America and went to Upland, Pennsylvania, where Joseph found work in a new cotton mill. Joseph died in December 1878, soon after Jane.
  • Joseph's son Isaac became a coachman and married Mary Dickinson Hill. They had seven children. Isaac's brother William worked in the cotton mill and had a wife called Sarah. They had five children. The next brother Joseph also worked in the Upland Cotton mill. In 1861, when the Civil War started, he enlisted and served until 1864. Then he married Emma Cloud and they had seven children. His second son Edward married Margaretta van Riper, and they had five children. Their daughter Margaretta married William Jackson who was an electrician in 1920, and they had three children. The eldest son William Jackson married Estelle Pierce in 1942, and they also had three children. The youngest child was Tina who married Carl Culbertson. The article ends with the obituary of Joseph Dalton senior.
The Dalton Trophy by Dorothy V. Malcolm 35
  • In Boston, a journalist called Ernie Dalton wrote for nearly 50 years about school sports in the Boston Globe. Shortly after he retired in 1971, he died suddenly and the Globe initiated The Ernest Dalton Memorial Trophy, for school boy sports, better known as The Dalton Cup.
Book Reviews 36
  • These two books are about the Social History of Australia, by Karen Watkins. The first is "Timber and Two-up", an informal history of Mumballup and Noggenup about the Donnybrook area of Western Australia and the second is "Pin hi'n' Jack hi"; a history of golf and bowls in the same area.
  • The Dalton Journal edited by Niel Gunson, is about a private journal kept by William Dalton during two whaling voyages in 1823 and 1829.  Niel thanks the late Joyce Parker for her help in sorting out the family history of William.  He was christened in Swansea in 1803.  After qualifying to practice medicine,  he went on the "Phoenix" and later he sailed on the "Harriet".  When he returned home, he married Ann Dolphin and they had four sons.  He retired and went to live in Bournemouth in 1870, and died in 1873.
Advert for Elizabeth Cameron's holiday cottage 37
Letter from America by Millicent V. Craig 38
  • This gives all the items of news from America, including the Web page. She reports on several American Daltons who made trips to England to seek their ancestors.
New Members up to 1st October 1999 41
  • Mrs. Sheila Allison, Kathleen Browning. A. M. Dalton, Brian F. Dalton, Maurice L. Dalton, Robert J. Dalton, William M. Dalton, Janet Sue Demaree, Bernard G. Dodd, M. M. Deyes, Louis Dolton, Betty Bussa Elman, Carolyn Gibbons, Nancy P. Harvey, Ruth Higgins, Dorothy V. Malcolm, R. James Spindle, Donna Thomas, Kevin S. Vaught, Marie Dalton Gibby Wilkes, Donna Marie Brown Wilkes.
Daltons in Merton, August 1999 43
  • This article and a photo is about a visit to Merton in Norfolk, by members of the DGS where Pamela Lynam has her roots.
The Swaffham Meeting by Lucy Joan Slater 45
  • This report is on the main meeting at Swaffham in Norfolk. In the parish church, there is a pew with carved lions rampant on the ends and several large Dalton burial slabs set in the floor. We held the AGM at the George Hotel and, later that evening, we enjoyed a good dinner together.
Visit to America by John Dalton 47
  • John reports on a trip to New York, Chicago and then on a long train journey to Salt Lake City. There they met Arthur Whittaker, explored the hills round about and visited the L.D.S. Genealogical library. Then they went to see the Grand Canyon and on to visit Millicent Craig at Palo Alto. There are two pictures with the article.
Fiftieth committee meeting held at Cambridge in October 1999 49
Annual General Meeting of the Society, at Swaffham in Norfolk 50
Appendix I, report from the American Secretary 53
Appendix II, report from the Australian Secretary 54
Forthcoming events in Family History in 2000 55
Society's accounts for 1998 56