June 2003
Contents 1
Letter from the Chairman 2
  • Michael Dalton comments on the very successful weekend in Wales, and outlines the future plans for the Society.
DNA Project 4
  • This reports on the DNA testing of male members of the Society with long ancestral lines such as the Bispham Daltons and the Irish Daltons. Notes are given on how to get their DNA tested.
Births 6
Parry Stark Lovell RYAN ... 26th November 2002.
  • This is a new grandchild for Melanie Dalton Crain and a son for Andrew and Heather (Crain) Ryan.
Gwynn Marie ROTHHAMMER ... 18th December 2002.
  • Sam and Millicent Craig have a new great grand child.
Jack Ellis DALTON ... 11th April 2003.
  • A first grandchild for Audrey and David Dalton of Hade Edge.
Phoebe Levon SMITH ... 17th February 2003.
  • Daveda and Richard Bundy have a new grandchild.
Marriages 6
Lorna Grace DALTON to Craig William WICKENS ... 11th May 2002.
  • Lorna is the daughter of James Neale and Tina Dalton.
Carol Ann MERCER to Eric Thomas JEFFERIES ... 29th June 2002.
  • Eric is the son of the late Wesley Jeffries.
Deaths 7
Scott Rodney DALTON ... 7th Sep 1961 to 10th Jan 2003.
  • Scott was the son of Rodney Dalton.
I'm free 7
  • This is a poem about the death of Scott.
Family History Events in 2003 8
  • This lists in advance five Family History events in 2003.
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries 8
M.N.Q.38.1 Hearsay isn’t History. 8
  • This reports a conversation between Dick Hamilton and Joyce Parker about the battle of Worcester and the flight into Wales.
M.N.Q.38.2 Another coincidence. 10
  • This coincidence is that Victor Dalton bought a watercolour by Alfred Bamford. He also got a copy of the 1901 census for London. His ancestor was living in Islington and next door but one was living the painter Alfred Bamford.
M.N.Q.38.3 Photographs by Stephen Dalton. 10
  • In January 2003, some of his photographs of wild birds were on a series of British Postage stamps.
M.N.Q.38.4 Manchester Southern Cemetery. 10
  • In this cemetery, the grave C104 is that of Jane Elizabeth wife of John Dalton, also John, Amy Jane, Annie and Harry Dalton. It was reported by our Editor, John Dalton.
M.N.Q.38.5 Durham miners. 11
  • Several Daltons have lost their lives in Coal mines. A list of some of them is on the website, www.dmm.org.uk.
The West Berkshire Doltons by Eric Dolton 12
  • This article tries to trace the family before 1730. Some are found as far back as 1589, in Lambourn. Thomas had a family there when he died in 1637, and Stephen married there in 1600. Another family name is Henry, who lived at Woodlands, which is the lower end of the parish, and he had a family there starting in 1654. Then there is a gap until 1747 and these Doltons have been recorded in the book "Going with the Grain".
Revisiting the Early Daltons by Michael Cayley 15
  • Michael says that no Daltons came over with William's army in 1066. Mrs. Leaning starts her account of the family with Sir Richard of Bispham, but Daltons were in Northern England as early as 1208 when several families held land in Northumberland and Yorkshire. Wakefield Manor Court rolls, contain several references to Daltons, and in 1242, Richard de Dalton held land in Seaton. There is no proof that these were ancestors of the Newcastle Daltons in the 1400s.
  • The first East Anglian Dalton was John who lived in Great Yarmouth in 1298. The Byspham Daltons may be related to the Dutton family, given the fluidity of medeaeval spelling. They were a well known family in Lancashire about 1300. The 1558 Visitation by the Herald, Lawrence Dalton, has a pedigree of the Kirby Misperton Daltons back to Sir Richard of Bispham. His second son John was the founder of this line and was the Bailiff of the castle at Pickering, as well as warden of the forests round there. His duties extended as far as the coast of Yorkshire.
  • Sir John's brother Sir Robert of Bispham, rebelled against the King, Edward II, and was put into Pickering Castle, but was released in 1323. He regained royal favour and was appointed the King's Keeper of the forest between the Mersey and the Loune. He was a rich man, and held the manor of Apthorpe.
  • In 1340 he was appointed Keeper of the Tower of London until 1346. In 1347, Sir Robert's son Sir John abducted the Prince of Wales' hostess, (mistress?) Margery de la Beche. This is told in detail in Mrs. Leaning's book. Margery died in 1349. Sir Robert and Sir John were both pardoned and got their lands back. Note printing error in this article. Sir John attended Parliament in 1360, not 1369. He died in a fight in 1369.
  • Despite the trouble with Margary, the Dalton family still had close links with the King. Another of Sir Robert's sons, William, had a key position in the royal household, as keeper of the Wardrobe which was the financial heart of the Monarchy. Ralph De Dalton was another senior official in the Wardrobe in 1297. He was empowered to raise and provision troops for the Scottish wars. William, son of Ralph, was also an official in the Wardrobe in 1322. Ralph's work was almost always concerned with the north of England. He retired about 1327.
  • His son, William de Dalton was Edward III's chief servant. He was a very rich man in deed, having more that 15 Church livings for income, as well as his salary. He lent the King money on several occasions, and was allowed to oversee the trade in wool on his own account. In 1338, he was promoted to Cofferer of the Great Wardrobe, which involved foreign travel. He was captured by the King's enemies, but soon released.. In 1340, he was granted the privilege of exporting wool tax free, and in 1344, he was promoted again to Controller of the Wardrobe, the position of being second in command of the King's money. The head of the Wardrobe, was called the Keeper. William had a period of leave to study in Oxford, in 1350. In 1353 he was appointed Keeper of the Wardrobe, the most powerful official in the King's Royal Household. He was also the chief tax collector. He retired about 1361 and died in 1371.
  • Other Daltons held high office in the Wardrobe. In 1343, Ralph de Dalton was a clerk in the Wardrobe; in May 1349, John de Dalton was given a living at Wing, and in 1361, he had a Canonry at York. In August 1349, Peter de Dalton was granted a living at Great Houghton, and he may have been the same man who later was Treasurer of Lincoln cathedral, and died in 1405. In 1357, Thomas de Dalton was tax collector for East Anglia, and in 1413, John Dalton was the receiver for Wales. He was the last of the medieval Daltons who were state officials.
The Founding of Dalton, Georgia by Millicent V. Craig 31
  • The land where Dalton now stands was inhabited by the Indians, who were removed by force to Oklahoma, so that a township called Cross Plains could be built. It was developed by Edward White, whose father was Leonard White and whose mother Mary was a direct descendant of Philemon Dalton. Edward was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and went to New York to set up in a shoe making business with two of his brothers. In 1836, a railroad was commissioned to be built from Atlanta to the Mississippi river with a depot at Cross Plains. A second railway was to be built in 1845, to join the first one from Knoxville at this depot. By now, White was an agent for a group of northern financiers. He saw the opportunity and bought a square mile of land where the new junction was to be built. He drew up a plan of the new city to be called Dalton which was presented to the City Mayor in 1846.
  • A considerable investment was made, but this early history was lost in a fire at the court house, about 1850. Some years later, J. T. Whitman wrote his memories of the town in 1847. This is reproduced here. The first train to come to the depot arrived at 11am and for weeks afterwards, Mr. White was selling plots of land nearby at $25 each. A boom developed in Cross Plains which was now called Dalton, after Edward's mother. For the next 16 years Edward developed the community. He founded the Militia and so got the title Captain. Then he built the first non denominational church The Dalton First Church.
  • He married in 1848 and had 8 children. He was a Baptist but he gave a plot of land for a new church to the Baptists. Then he donated land for a Courthouse and a public Square. When the War broke out in 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. He removed is family to Atlanta. Some major battles in the war took place near the railroad depot. One between General Bragg and General Rosecrans' forces , at Chicamauga led to 35,000 casualties. General Sherman assembled 98,000 troops near Dalton. A Union garrison of 50,000 opposed them. Sherman then marched on Atlanta. Edward had a boxcar with an engine fired up outside his house, and he escaped with his family to Macon, Georgia. For 120 days, battles were fought along the railway line for 100 miles.
  • Reconstruction followed the war. Dalton returned to his home, helped to repair the railway system and built a new line between Rome and Atlanta. In the 1880 census, Edward was living with his wife and six of their children, in the family home. He died there is 1898. One hundred years after his death, his great grand son presented a collection of his books to Historical Society in Dalton. More than half of them were of a religious nature.
  • In Dalton, recovery proceeded slowly, as the railroad and the town were rebuilt. In 1895, a girl made a chenille bedspread by hand, and the demand was so great for more these chenille bedspreads that a new industry was started in Dalton. By the 1920s there were about 10,000 home tufters in Georgia. By the 1930s machines were producing similar rugs and carpets.
  • After the second world war, the return of the military brought new growth to Georgia. By the 1950s, man made fibres were used and Dalton boomed. There was a mass market for wall to wall carpeting. But by the 1980s there was a shortage of workers in this booming industry, so workers had to be brought from Mexico.
  • Dalton Georgia is now the Carpet Capital of the world. Of an annual demand for new carpets worth $11 billion, about two thirds is satisfied by Dalton workers. As an annual replacement demand of about $7 billion is still growing, the future of Dalton is bright. Edward could never have imagined such a growth even in his wildest dreams.
The Dalton and Prytherch Family by John Daniel Prytherch 41
  • These families were linked in 1795 by the marriage at Carmarthen of Daniel Prytherch and Margaret Dalton. Daniel was descended from Rhys of Llandovery, who died in 1699. Margaret descended from James Dalton who died in the 1720s.
  • In the Church at Brechfa, there is a plaque commemorating their lives. Its text is reproduced in this article. Margaret's brother James was the husband of Catherina Augusta. She died in 1813, and James returned to Carmarthan, with their children, where he died in 1823. One of his daughters, Caroline Catherine Dalton married her cousin Daniel Prytherch of Abergolau. He became Mayor of Carmarthan and Deputy Lieutenant of Carmarthanshire. They had 13 children, who all carried the name Dalton as a Christian name. A photo of their son James Dalton Prythurch, and a shortened family tree are given here.
Binders for the DGS Journal 45
  • This is an advert for the binders for the Journals, or any other A5 publications.
News from America by Millicent V. Craig 46
  • She lists the people who will be flying over to the Welsh meeting, including Kate Mapstone, who will have spent two weeks in Ireland before she gets to Wales. Eric Dalton of Michigan visited Ireland last year, and has photos of the Mount Dalton property. Millicent was invited to Rick Dalton's home to see the painting of Lands End, by Thomas Ormond Dalton, which he bought in England. Norman Pierce went over to the funeral of his cousin Mrs. Peggy Dalton of Croston.
  • In 2003, the DGS newsletter entered its 6th year of publication. The index to DGS Journals is now in its web site, and has become very popular.
  • The Dalton Data bank has increased by over 80,000 entries in the year. All UK and US counties have been processed, with a few exceptions, as well as data for Ireland, Wales, Australia and elsewhere. The site has 1000 visits a month.
  • The DNA project proceeds and many DGS members are participating. A number of Bispham Daltons have already been identified. An Irish base line, is being constructed, and several male Daltons agreed to take the test at the Welsh meeting.
Accounts for 2001 50
  • There was a healthy surplus of £634 for 2001.
Book Reviews 50
  • Surnames and Genealogy by George Raymonds, Published by the F. F. H. S. in 2002, at £14.80.  George is an expert in the field and this is a good book on to the subject.
  • Review of Dalton's unfortunate choice By R. W. Jones, in Notes Rec. Royal Society, Vol. 57(1) pp 15-33, 2003. This paper discusses Dr. John Dalton's lack of  provision for his biography to be published after his death.  The man he asked to do this, had family problems so did nothing until ten years after Dalton's death, when he published a memoir.  The Manchester Lit. & Phil. Soc, commissioned a History of Dalton's Atomic Theory, Lonsdale wrote of his early life, and all three works relied on an unpublished memoir, by John Woolley as most of Dalton's original papers were destroyed in the bombing of Manchester in December 1940.
Changes of Address 51
  • Elizabeth Cameron has moved from Dunkeld to “Hope Cottage”, Strathtay, PH9 0PG. Perthshire, Scotland.
New Members 51
  • These have joined since October 1st, 2002.  Mrs. Catherine Gibson-Brabazon, Jack Richards, Dr. W. T. G, Dalton, Steven Andrew Dalton.
Dawn Songs in Babylon by L. J. Slater 52
  • This is a poem about the gulf wars.