December 2001
Contents 1
Newsletter from Lucy Joan Slater 2
  • Lucy apologises for a mistake in the Web page address, and reports on the AGM at Cambridge. On the Thursday; she took Millicent Craig to view Kings College Chapel, and the next day John Dalton took a small party to see Denny Abbey. On Saturday morning the AGM was held in Girton College and in the afternoon one party went to see Fulbourne Church and Manor House, and another party went to visit Trinity College and St. John's. In the evening, the Annual Dinner was held in Wolfson Court.
  • On Sunday morning, we set out for Little Eversden where Ruth Leet was born and were given coffee by Mrs. Cowham, who also opened the church for us to see inside where the Leet family worshipped.  We went on to Wimpole Hall to take lunch and to see the Chicheley tombs.  Faith Keymer prepared a large family tree showing the relationship between the Daltons and the Chicheleys.
Births 4
Marriage 4
Natalie BUNTING-BLAKE to Jason SWANSON ... August 2001.
Death 5
Bill SELF ... January 2001.
Bits and Pieces 5
  • A poem for a Genealogist
  • Margaret Dalton of Lampeter was Wales woman farmer of the year in 1999.
  • General Emmet Dalton organised the blowing up of the records office in Dublin.
  • In 1538, 2 11s 6d was spent on erecting a hedge round a wood by Ralph Dalton in Northallerton.
  • In 1861, at Hambledon, Fred, son of Elizabeth Dalton was baptised. There are no other Daltons mentioned in the Hambledon parish records.
  • In Chichester Cathedral, there is a memorial book which records the names of 1335 Naval men and women who died in the Chichester diocese in the 1939-45 war and have no know grave.  One Dalton, Gordon Frank A.B. age 18, was in Portsmouth dockyard when he was killed.
Family History fairs in 2002. 6
  • This is a list of such meetings up to May 2002.
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 7
M.N.Q.35.1 Can anyone help Shona? 7
  • Shone Oswald from New Zealand, wants to know about her family, headed by Thomas Dalton born about 1811 in County Cork, Ireland., who married Ann O'Brian in Dublin in 1833.  M.V.C.  By mistake, L.J.S. and M.V.C both wrote the same material up into M.N.Q.'s.  See M.N.Q. 33.8.  Also M.N.Q. 35.3 is put in this Journal before M.N.Q. 35.2.
M.N.Q.35.3 A Thistle on the gravestone. 7
  • Tina Culburtson asks if this means anything?  Her family comes from Scotland but were baptised in Wetheral, Cumbria and buried in Upland, Pennsylvania.
M.N.Q.35.2 Daltons in Islington. 8
  • Vic Dalton gives his family line with a  photo of him and two of his daughters.
M.N.Q.35.4 Captain John Dalton of Newfoundland. 9
  • His descendants Thomas Jefferies and Ann Mercer want to know about his country of origin.  He and his wife Dorcas nee Taylor had four children, and there are many living descendants of this union.
M.N.Q.35.5 A Mystery Resolved. 9
  • A becalmed ship was running out of water and food when an American Captain Dalton from Newburyport shared his sparse rations with the crew, and so enabled them to make land.  He has now been identified as Captain Jonathan Dalton.  He was lost at sea in a violent storm, only four months after his act of kindness.
M.N.Q.35.6 An irregular marriage. 10
  • William and Margaret Dalton had a baby in 1868 at Coldstream in Scotland.  It died but they had another child Elizabeth in 1870 and a third daughter Margaret in 1871.  No marriage has been found.
M.N.Q.35.7 Captain Dalton, defender of Trichinopoly. 10
  • An earlier M.N.Q. 6.12 notes a book about this man.  Here some further information is extracted from the Imperial Gazette about his efforts to overcome his enemies.
M.N.Q.35.8 My Irish D'Alton family. 11
  • June Self tells of her Irish ancestors. John Dalton, carpenter married Anne Kearns and they had a son Michael Peter born about 1829.  He married Catherine Leahy and they emigrated to Australia on the 2nd of October 1849.
M.N.Q.35.9 Another Dalton-Cayley connection. 11
  • Both the Dalton and Cayley families married into the Wyvill family.  Francis Wyvill married Anne Cayley, one of Francis' aunts married Sir William Dalton of Hawkeswell and her sister Anne married Sir William's younger brother Thomas Dalton.
M.N.Q.35.10 The most Westerly Dalton in England. 12
  • In Tresco, one of the Isles of Scilly, on the quay at Old Grimsby, is a seat to the memory of a child, Digby Dalton 1981-1989.
Fights Forgotten, A Dalton in the East by Michael Cayley 12
  • This details the Army service of Dennis Harman Dalton of the East India Company's Bengal Army.  He joined  as a Cadet in 1783, and saw service in northern India.  He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1804, and was commended for his service.  He was promoted to Major, in 1814  and saw service in Java for which he was given a special gold medal.  Stamford Raffles was the Civilian Governor over him.  In 1815, the Light Infantry mutinied and Dalton suppressed this mutiny.  There was trouble in Celebes in the same year, and Dalton was sent to suppress that.  There was a fierce battle which Dalton won, although he lost a third of his troops.  He returned to India and then back to England.  In 1819, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, formerly retired and died in Cheltenham in 1828.
Binders for the DGS Journal 18
  • These are 5 each and each holds 12 volumes.
Dalton links in Buckinghamshire by Howard John Dalton 19
  • His great great grandfather Richard Dolton was born in Sherington, near Newport Pagnall.  He was married twice and the second wife Ruth gave him a son Richard.  She finished her life in the County Asylum, and died in 1852, aged 57.  Her son Richard had gone to London to find work.  He was married in 1853 to Mary Ann Hopson, and lived in Camden Town where he worked as a carman on the railway.  The couple produced ten children over the next twenty four years.  The third child Richard was Howard's great grandfather.  He married Eliza Jane Herbert and they had six children.  Their third son Albert became a solicitor and married Rose Price.  He was Howard's grandfather.
Family History by an unknown descendant 25
  • This article has no clue as to who sent it.  It deals with the family tree of the late Janet Weaver, some of which has already been published.  But the latter part gives new information about the family of Daltons living in Church Lawford, near Coventry.
Westmeath in 1598 extracted by Ciaran Dalton 28
  • This lists the castles of Westmeath and the families who possessed them, including several Daltons.  There are several detailed footnotes.
Two tales of Irish Convicts by K. T. Mapstone 30
  • The first is an appeal by John Dalton and Robert Adam for news of two of their Irish convicts who had run away in July 1767, and the second is an appeal for news of another Irish convict, who was called Christopher Dolton, and had run away in June 1771 from Andrew Hamilton in Augusta.
General Alexandre d'Alton by Millicent V. Craig 31
  • He was one of Napoleon's Generals, and his name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe.  He was the father of Aimee Dalton, whose story was in DGS Journal Vol. 32.  In 1819, the General's own story was researched by the Irish Herald's Office.  They found that Alexandre's line started in Ireland with William Dalton of Killmallady, in County Offaly, about 1550, and went down to his father Captain William Dalton born 1735, in Knockakelly, Tipperary, who had married Marie-Louise Coillot, in France.  Alexandre was born in April 1776.  Aged 12, he joined the French Army as a cadet, in the Brunswick regiment in which his father had served under the King of France.  Alexandre was promoted to Lieutenant, in 1791, aged 15 and by the age of 19 he was promoted to Captain.  He served under General Hoche, and in 1796 was with a fleet which left Brest to invade Ireland.  They were scattered by a storm and returned to France.
  • He married Elizabeth Reine, in 1803.  They had four children, Laetitia, Alfred, Constance, and Aimee.  D'Alton worked in the ministry of War, and became an officer of the Legion d'Honor.  He served in the Austrian, Prussian and Polish campaigns.  He was at the Battle of Austerlitz and was promoted to Colonel.  His bravery, at the battle of Friedland, earned him promotion to Brigadier General at the age of 32, and this carried with it 4,000 francs a year.  After Napoleon was named king, he took command of the Morland Division in 1809, and the campaign against Russia in 1812, in which he was injured.
  • His garrison resisted in the citadel at Erfurt, where he was under siege for eight months.  He marched 300 miles, to get his garrison back safely with their arms.  For this, he was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor.  When Napoleon re-entered Paris after Waterloo, d'Alton fled to Toulon, and in 1818, Louis XVIII made him a Count.  After the restoration, he was promoted to Lieutenant General of the Army, and a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.
  • In 1842 he retired.  He had served France for 50 years.  His wife had died in 1832 and he re-married in 1843, to Julienne Chatard, the elder sister of his son-in-law.  He went to live in Versailles, and died in 1859 aged 83.  His son Alfred followed in his father's footsteps and became Colonel of his regiment.  The funeral at Versailles was attended by a great many men who had served under him, as well as  many famous people, and most of the inhabitants of Versailles.
The origin of the name Dalton by Millicent V. Craig 38
  • A discussion of Dalton place names, which exist in various parts of England, produces the result that  there is no one original Dalton ancestor, but several groups named after the villages in which they lived.
News from America by Millicent V. Craig 39
  • She enjoyed the Cambridge meeting of the DGS and the Query team is doing good work.   A web site has been launched.  It was created by Millicent's daughter Mary Weber-Ellias.  Also the Dalton Data bank is being open to the public from September 2001.  It contains over 10,000 names and is user friendly.  The e-mail addresses of the Dalton data bank and the Webb page are given, a visit to Ireland is proposed in a year or two and the DNA study is announced.
Dalton News and Views Down under by Maureen Collins 41
  • She has produced a list of publications of interest to Daltons in Sydney.  Also she has a list of correspondence about Australian Daltons from Michael Cayley.  John Prytherch of Victoria has written about the Daltons buried at Carmarthen.
Publications list for Australian Daltons by Maureen Collins 42
  • This is the list mentioned above, which she holds in her own home.
Book Reviews 43
  • Family History on the Web, published by the F.F.H. Society.
  • Internet directory for England and Wales by Stuart Raymond, 4.95
  • Irish Family History n he Web, by he same author 4.95
  • British Family history on CD, by the same author, 5.95.
  • All register transcripts published by the Lancashire Parish Register Society, which are out of print, are now available on CD's.
Annual General Meeting of the Dalton Genealogical Society, for 2001 44
  • This reports the meeting held at Girton College, Cambridge.  The Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, American Secretary and Australian Secretary all presented their reports.  The Officers of the Committee were re-elected.
Appendix I, Report from Australia 46
Appendix II Report from America 47
Report on the proposed D.N.A. study 48
Accounts for 2000 49
New Members 50
  • A list of new members from April 1st to October 1st 2001. Hazel Bryant, Janice Crompton, Archie Dalton, Dennis Morgan Dalton, William S. Dalton, Rev. Margaret Engler, Thomas E. Jefferies, Carol Ann Mercer, Stephenie M. Koffler, Jennifer C. Norwood, Elizabeth G. N. Sleaford.
  • Change of Address, June Self.
  • An apology. Ruth Ralston's name was given incorrectly as Ruth Railston.
An appeal 52
  • This is for money to fund  research into brain cancer, following the death of Kitty Cameron, in 1999 a week before her 19th birthday.  Kitty was the daughter of our Editor, Elizabeth Cameron.
All Indexes have been checked by Lucy J. Slater.