As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!

December has seen work continue on the 2012 Gathering in Yorkshire and the planned 2013 Gathering in Dublin, on the final two DNA Project reports and on the implementation of the online membership database. In addition the final copy of Volume 55 of the DGS Journal will be with the printer very soon and all of this alongside the usual hectic run up to the Christmas and New Year period. I am writing this just before Christmas, but by the time you read it the new year of 2012 will have started!

So, first and foremost, I send you all very best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May 2012 bring you many new Dalton family history discoveries. And I sincerely hope that the Dalton Genealogical Society will be able to assist you with your research and help you achieve those all important breakthroughs.

As usual you will find below all the latest news about DGS events and activities, together with other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.

"The DGS - The First 40 Years" and "The Lucy Slater Archives"

A number of you have said that you enjoy these serialised contributions to "Daltons in History", and your editor is always asking when the next instalments will be ready for publication. As I am sure you will appreciate, they do take some time to prepare and the time has to be found in competition with my other DGS priorities, of which there are many! There is also a question of space – in some months we have much more material for publication than in others.

You will find Part 12 of "The DGS - The First 40 Years" in this issue. It has now taken 12 instalments to cover the first 29 years up to 1999. With another 11 years to go, there could be another 6 or 7 instalments, so it is going to be a while before the project is completed.

I am planning to prepare further instalments of "The Lucy Slater Archives" shortly. The winter months afford more time for working on these, so some will appear over the next few months. So far we have published five instalments, and with 16 arch files in the archive, we have material for another 11 instalments of this one.

Proposed correspondence section in "Daltons in History"

I hope that both these serialised features in "Daltons in History" are jogging the memories of many readers, provoking questions which you may have, or reminding you of further information, substantive or anecdotal, which you might like to share with other readers. With this in mind, last month I suggested that we instigate a correspondence section in "Daltons in History". I know that our Editor, Dairne Irwin, will welcome correspondence from as many of you as care to write in! So why not make a New Year’s resolution to comment, provide additional information, or ask a question? Such contributions will be welcomed most warmly and we want a lively discussion ensuing, which will be of interest to all our readers. "Daltons in History" is your online newsletter, so let’s see some of you taking some ownership of this and setting an example to others by becoming regular correspondents! I look forward to seeing some correspondence in the coming months!

Future DGS events

As already announced, for the 2012 Gathering and AGM we are returning to Yorkshire over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 27th/28th/29th July 2012. The venue for this event will be the Mercure Hull West Hotel, just click here. The hotel is very accessible and is ideally situated between Hull, which has a number of interesting Dalton connections, and Beverley with its Minster and an excellent Record Office. The arrangements that we have in place for the 2012 gathering have now been published and they can be found in the "Forthcoming Gatherings" section of this website or just click here. These include a draft of the planned programme for the weekend, and full details about costs, registration and how to book your place. We expect this to be a popular event for both UK and overseas members, and I would recommend that you register as early as possible. This will secure a firm place for you, and the earlier we have an indication of likely numbers, the easier it will be for us to ensure that we can accommodate as many of you as wish to come.

I am most grateful to Howard Dalton of Pickering for taking on the task of Gathering Organiser. Howard is a past DGS Treasurer and well known to many DGS members. He organised previous DGS Gatherings in Scarborough in 1992 and in Pickering in 2002.

In this month’s "Daltons in History" you will find the first in a series of articles about Yorkshire Daltons and the County of Yorkshire, which we plan to publish month by month leading up to the event itself in July. The first article is entitled "The link between the Dalton of Thurnham Line and the Yorkshire Daltons", and originally appeared in the very first issue of the DGS Journal published back in 1970. You will find it reproduced below.

For 2013 we are now making plans to return to Ireland. It is proposed that we should be based in Dublin, as we were in 2005, and provisional dates are Fri/Sat/Sun 26th/27th/28th July 2013. I am working on the details of this with Ciaran Dalton, our Irish Secretary and Chieftain of Clan Dalton, and we will make a further more detailed announcement next month.

For 2014 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. But, 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)

We are indebted to our DNA consultant, Chris Pomery for all his assistance with the project over the past five years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most informative presentations at our annual gatherings on three occasions. We now have approaching 180 participants in the project, and well over 80% of these are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families. The latest DIDP news and a full DIDP update were published in December 2010 with a further update in May 2011, and these can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website, or simply click here for the link.

The emphasis is now on providing updated reports for each individual genetic family. The first of these, for genetic family A, was published in December 2010, establishing the template for these reports. During September we completed initial versions of the reports for genetic families B, C and D in time for the Salt Lake City Gathering, so we now have four reports available as follows:

- Genetic Family A - the Virginia Daltons

- Genetic Family B - the Eireann Daltons

- Genetic Family C - the Carmarthenshire Daltons

- Genetic Family D - the Golden Vale Daltons

These proved very useful at the gathering with each of these groups well represented by delegates, and much useful discussion took place, both formally and informally. On the formal side, Chris Pomery gave a video presentation updating us all on the project, and then participated in a discussion and question time via a live link up from his home in Yorkshire, UK. Also Melanie Crain, Rodney Dalton and Cathy Negrycz gave presentations about groups A, C and D respectively. This all helped us to take forward both the details of the project by identifying specific further research for these groups, and also the project as a whole by demonstrating its breadth and depth, and the ways in which it will help other delegates in due course. Links to all the presentations and the supporting slides will be found by clicking here.

There are two further reports still to be published as follows:

- The first will cover genetic families E, F, G, H, J and K together with R1b singletons

- The second will cover genetic families Q, W, X, Y and Z together with non-R1b singletons

It is planned to complete these and distribute them by the end of January.

All these reports are made available to the members of the group or groups covered in each one, and it is generally a requirement that recipients of reports are paid up DGS members. This enables us to reimburse Chris Pomery as our DNA consultant for the immense amount of work that he undertakes on an ongoing basis for the project.

Karen Preston and I are now in discussion with Chris about how we propose to take the project forward in 2012, and we will be making further announcements about this next month, so watch this space!

The DGS Journal

Volume 55 of the DGS Journal for December 2011 will be with the printer very soon and will be posted out to members as soon as available. Any member who has not received their copy by the end of February should contact their local secretary in the first instance.

A list of the contents of Volume 55 will be found below as part of this issue of "Daltons in History". As always this latest volume of the Journal contains much of interest and, if you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "Join the DGS" section of this website, or just click here.

John always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal. Any material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible, so that he can plan the content of future issues. John is 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 or by clicking here. 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 given for Volumes 42 to 55 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:


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 in February 2012.

Thank you for your attention, and again very best wishes for the New Year to you all. We hope that 2012 is a year when you discover more about your Dalton family history, and please remember that New Year’s resolution to write a letter to the Editor of "Daltons in History" for publication in the new correspondence section. Your editor, Dairne Irwin, will look forward to hearing from you!

Yours very sincerely

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

This article was originally written in 1970 by the then editor of the DGS Journal and now Chairman of the Society Michael Dalton, and published in Volume 1 of the DGS Journal. It is being republished here as the first of a series of articles in "Daltons in History" which will appear over the coming months as we approach the 2012 DGS Gathering being held in Yorkshire at the end of July 2012. The Gathering is taking Yorkshire Daltons as its theme, and particularly Daltons of Hull and the Daltons who were Mayors of Hull in the 15th and 16th centuries. This article contains details of these early Yorkshire Daltons and their descendants. The original article was prepared in consultation with the late Major-General Sir Charles Dalton who is one of these descendants.

In order to provide sufficient background to the contents of this article, which is really a progress report, it is necessary to give a brief summary of the structure of the Pedigree of the Dalton family beginning with Sir Rychard Dalton of Byspham in Lancashyre, Knight, who was born circa 1230 AD. Sir Rychard is the earliest Dalton recorded in the official records of the College of Arms. The information shown in Chart I is extracted from the Visitation of Yorkshire in 1563-4 by William Flower, Norroy King at Arms, as printed in the Harleian Society Publications Volume XVI pp 84-89. It shows the connection between the Daltons of Thurnham and what is commonly known as the Junior Dalton Line, from which John Dalton (1780-1851), who married Hannah Neale, is descended.

Amongst the descendants in the Junior Dalton Line is a large family resident in the United States of America. The forebear of these American Daltons emigrated across the Atlantic before the American War of Independence in 1775-6 and a certain Mark Ardath Dalton of Long Beach, California, who is a seventh cousin of the Editor’s father, has compiled an extensive genealogy of this branch of the family. In his book “The John Dalton Book of Genealogy”, published by the Dalton Family Organisation in 1964, he gives an account of the family history right back to the Sir Rychard mentioned above. The information for this section of his book was, in the main, collected by one of his family, who visited England in the 1860s and again in the 1880s. Included in his details of the earlier part of the pedigree is the statement that the Daltons of Yorkshire described below are descended from John Dalton, the third son of Robert of Bispayne who married Margaret and was born circa 1400 (ref p3, John Dalton Book of Genealogy).

Chart II shows the pedigree of the Daltons of Hawkeswell and the Daltons of Sleningford in outline. The records of this family are held by the College of Arms right back to John Dalton of Kingston upon Hull who died 10th September 1458. It is known that John Dalton had an elder brother William who was "co-executor of his brother John’s will with his widow, Joan". The proposition (or hypothesis) is that this John Dalton of Kingston upon Hull is one and the same person as John Dalton, third son of Robert of Bispayne.

In January 1969, the Editor put this proposition to Major-General Sir Charles Dalton of the Yorkshire family with whom he had been in contact for some months. Sir Charles and the Editor had been investigating the possibility of a link between their families being lost somewhere in the haze of the 15th century and this suggestion, originating from Mark Ardath Dalton’s book, was the first really plausible hypothesis. Sir Charles’s reaction was one of cautious enthusiasm. On the one hand, there was the distinct possibility of his pedigree being extended back through five generations to Sir Rychard of Byspham; on the other hand, nothing had been proved, all was supposition with a considerable amount of plausible supporting evidence. Sir Charles and his brother, Major-General John Dalton of Hauxwell Hall, after obtaining the opinion of Mr J P Brooke-Little, Richmond Herald at the College of Arms, decided to ask the College to undertake the necessary research either to prove or to disprove the theory put forward. This work is now being done by the Richmond Herald’s genealogist, Miss Colwell.

Amongst the plausible supporting evidence are the following interesting facts. It cannot be emphasised too clearly that what follows does not constitute any sort of proof of the theory.

(i) It seems that Robert Dalton of Bispayne married Margaret about 1420 and that his three sons, Rychard, William and John were born between 1420 and 1425. This means that John would have been in his thirties when he died in 1458 which fits in well with the fact that his wife Joan married a second and a third time.

(ii) There are heraldic similarities between the two families. The arms and crest of the Dalton of Thurnham Line are as follows:

Arms: Azure, semee of cross-crosslets or, a lion rampant, guardant, argent

Crest: A dragon’s head couped vert, between two wings or,

Those of Dalton of Hawkeswell are described thus:

Arms: Azure, semee of cross-crosslets or, a lion rampant, guardant, argent, a chief barry nebulee of three of the last and sable

Crest: A dragon’s head with wings displayed vert, the outside of the wings or, gorged with a collar nebulee of the last.

The Dalton of Thurnham Arms and Crest are those used at the beginning of this Journal. Those of Dalton of Hawkeswell are similar with what are known as "differences". In heraldry, in order to distinguish between the senior line of a family and the line of a second or subsequent son, the arms granted to the junior line are, to use a technical expression, "differenced". Here we have the addition of a chief barry nebulee to the arms and a collar nebulee to the crest. This fits in with John Dalton being third son of Robert.

Regrettably the work of Miss Colwell has yet to establish the validity or otherwise of the link put forward. There have been two progress reports on the research so far and her findings have served to confuse rather than clarify the situation. Searching of Wills, Chancery Proceedings and other documentation available in London and in Hull has produced a mass of information, including the complication of there apparently being not one but two Dalton families extant in Hull in the 15th century. However, conclusive proof or evidence to disprove has yet to be found. Major-General Sir Charles is continuing to support the work of Miss Colwell so that she can follow up various leads as yet unexplored but the present situation leads one to believe that it is unlikely that evidence of the kind required is in existence today.

It was stated at the beginning of this article that it would be a progress report. It is hoped that, by the time the Volume of this Journal for 1971 is published, there will be a final report available from the College of Arms.

Sadly, the further work undertaken by Miss Stella Colwell did not result in any changes to her conclusions and therefore the link remains unproved to this day. It should also be pointed out that the link between the Junior Dalton Line and the Daltons of Thurnham is not proved – this has been the subject of a series of articles in the DGS Journal by the late Dick Hamilton (see DGSJ Vols 14, 15 & 16).

CHART I – Sir Rychard Dalton of Byspham in Lancashyre, and his descendants

CHART II – Pedigree of the Yorkshire Daltons in outline
(Daltons of Hawkeswell and Daltons of Sleningford)

In the December 2011 issue of “Daltons in History”, the last instalment in this series covered the year 1997. This personal account of the history of the Dalton Genealogical Society by Michael Dalton continues with the twelfth instalment, commencing at the beginning of 1998.

The beginning of 1998 was a very important milestone for the DGS, for it marked the launch of the DGS website and the very first edition of our online newsletter "Daltons in History". The whole project was the brainchild of Millicent Craig, the DGS American Secretary, and she was very ably assisted by her then 16 year old grand daughter, Elizabeth Weber, who set up the initial version of the website and uploaded new material to it each month. In the DGS Journal Millicent wrote that Elizabeth was a high school senior and a volunteer at the Huntsville, Alabama YMCA, where she coached children ranging from kindergarten to eighth graders, in computer skills, which they then applied to their homework assignments. The DGS was very fortunate to have the services of such an accomplished young lady and her pioneering work served the Society very well for many years.

The very first article to appear in "Daltons in History" was about James Dalton, a lawyer in Tudor times, who was involved with drawing up the order to execute Mary Queen of Scots in 1589. This was based on research undertaken by Dick Hamilton ten years earlier and published in DGSJ Vol 17 No 2. The short piece is reproduced below:

James Dalton, Esquire History Maker.

During the reign of the Roman Catholic Queen Mary Tudor, James Dalton, Esquire, was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in London on 7 August 1555. There was a short period of Catholic ascendancy which continued until the Queen's death in 1558. She was succeeded by Queen Elizabeth I. Dalton, a Puritan in his younger years, rose to positions of authority at the Inn, was elected to the House of Commons, appointed Undersherriff and Counsellor of London, and became more religiously conservative and a supporter of Protestantism in his later years. In Parliament he was extremely active and vociferous. His main concerns were those of religion, succesion, and the issue of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots, (who was imprisoned for alleged treason). He considered Mary to be a threat to the life of Elizabeth and railed for her execution. Queen Elizabeth leaned toward moderation and clemency and forbade Parliament to discuss succession. Dalton, who did not heed the command, was subsequently called to account. Shortly thereafter, the Queen released the House from this order and in the Parliament of 1572, two Bills were introduced: one for the execution of Mary for alleged treason; and the other making it impossible for her to succeed to the throne. Dalton campaigned for the first option.

While Mary was imprisoned a group of her supporters plotted to murder the Queen and free Mary. This occurred on 15 July 1586 and was known as the Babington plot. The fourteen conspirators were executed two months later. After this event, Dalton and seven other members of the House delivered speeches, arguments and reasons for the death of Mary. They drew up the execution order, and although Elizabeth still demurred, she finally signed the death warrant on 1 Feb 1589 and seven days later Mary Queen of Scots was executed at the Castle in Fotheringay, Northamptonshire.

A detailed account of the life, career and associates of James Dalton, Esquire, was featured in Vol. 17, No. 2 of the DGS Journal published in 1988. It was researched and written by Richard Neville Dalton Hamilton, Esquire, a DGS Committee Member. Although the Journal's contents are under copyright, the DGS has given permission to print this abstract.

Another important part of the website was the Guest Book, which invited enquiries and comments from readers, which Millicent answered. She soon built up a formidable reputation for her very informative and full responses, and this forum became an important channel for recruiting new members to the DGS, particularly in North America.

I see that Millicent invited me to write a Message from the Chairman in the August issue and, reading it again now, I find something that I believe is still as important today as it was then, in those early days of the world wide web. I said:

There is one final point I would like to make and that concerns standards and accuracy. Over the years the DGS has prided itself in the standard of its research work and the quality of the material it has published. It is very important that these standards are maintained in order that the information that we pass on to succeeding generations is accurate and well presented. We must ensure that we record facts and do not pass on myths. It is very tempting, particularly with such powerful facilities now available for information distribution, to promulgate ill researched or inaccurate information. I therefore sound a note of caution - we must remember that the technology is our servant and not our master. Genealogy and family history can and indeed already are benefiting greatly from information technology, the information superhighway, and the world wide web. I know that the Dalton Genealogical Society will ensure that we all obtain the very best from these opportunities both now and in the future.

How true this is and I like to think that the DGS has maintained its standards over all the years of its existence.

The next event in 1998 was the sudden and unexpected death from a blood clot on the brain of Morag Simpson, the DGS Treasurer, at the age of 74. I first met Morag when Joyce Parker introduced me to her at a family wedding back in 1971. She always took a great interest in the Society, becoming a committee member in 1981 and treasurer in 1993. She had also shared the joint editorship of the DGS Journal with Lucy for several years. She wrote many articles for the Journal and was responsible for organising three very successful DGS gatherings, in Lancaster in 1983, in Leeds in 1988 and in Lincoln in 1997, less than a year before her death. Her husband, Ian invited me to speak on her early life and her involvement with the DGS at her memorial service held in Leeds in May. The service was very well attended by people connected with all the many different aspects of Morag’s full and interesting life, which started in Shanghai, China where her father worked for Nestle. Before returning to England Morag and her mother were caught up in a gunboat battle between rival Chinese warlords. After school and university in London, Morag embarked on an academic career as an agricultural economist at the University of Leeds where she met Ian. They both became senior lecturers and were involved in many visits to the Sudan, including a three year secondment to the University of Khartoum, and to many other third world countries, where they both undertook consultancy work. The DGS is not alone in owing a great debt to Morag for all that she achieved during her life.

The gathering for 1998 was held in the village of Rufford in Lancashire and was ably organised by committee member, Derek Dalton, who lived nearby in Parbold. This gave those attending another opportunity to attend the Coffee Day Parade in nearby Croston. The DGS was last in Croston 4 years previously in 1994. At the AGM, Howard Dalton from Yorkshire was appointed as Treasurer in succession to Morag, and Elizabeth Cameron, a niece of Joyce Parker living in Scotland, was appointed as Editor of the DGS Journal. We also elected Antony Cox as a committee member.

This concludes my record of 1998. Unfortunately I am unable to find any colour photographs from either the 1997 gathering in Lincoln, or the 1998 one in Rufford. It would be good to complete the accounts of these events with some pictures, and I am hoping that a kind reader might be able to dig some out from their files – I hope so! Next time, I will move onto 1999 and the DGS at the turn of the millennium.

From Millicent Craig, DGS Vice President

To all Daltons, especially those who have sent cards and letters, thank you for your thoughtfulness. To those who have yet to make a breakthrough in your family search, the online resources including the DGS and social networking, are sources that did not exist in the 1960's when I began my genealogical journey.

In 1969, a note to the postmaster of the little village of Croston in Lancashire was posted on the post office wall. Three towns people recognized the Dalton family mentioned in the note and thereafter a trek to England became a must each year. Elder Daltons were a treasure trove of information about our Dalton history in Lancashire.

Best wishes in your family search and I hope that 2012 will be a very fruitful year for all.

I look forward to reading your accomplishments in this newsletter.

From Maureen Collins, Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

Happy New DGS Year! It’s hard to believe the last year was so short!

I have access to Ancestry via my membership of the Society of Australian Genealogists but I seem to be on Ancestry’s mailing list and this is the latest news from them:

1. New Australian Convict Records

2. A fully-indexed 1911 UK Census

3. New UK Parish Records

4. Millions of new occupation-related records

5. 1940 U.S. Census and Vitals

6. Clearer images plus new census technology showing more details

7. Direct access to more Ancestry Hints that can lead you to new records

8. Free family tree apps for Apple and Android

9. New ways to connect and grow your tree with help from social networking sites

10. Tips and help from

From Maureen Collins, Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!

Thank you to those of you who have contributed to "Daltons in History" or to the DGS Journal. Keep up the good work please and I look forward to hearing news of newer members in the coming year.


After a few years of dedicated membership I have to report that Gerry Dalton has resigned as a member and of course as Australian Librarian. We wish her and Tom well and a big thank you to Gerry for all her hard work and cheerful company. We will all miss them I know.

If anyone is willing to take up the post of Librarian in Australia and New Zealand please let me know of your interest.


The meeting in Sydney on 19 February at my home in Mosman was reported in the April newsletter to you. This was followed by the 2011 Annual General Meeting hosted by Geoffrey and Jane Dalton at their lovely home in Catherington, Hampshire on 18 June and was another enjoyable and informative occasion.

The Annual Gathering for 2011 took take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in September and was a wonderful experience organised by Karen Preston and her husband David. Who could forget flying into this peaceful place surrounded by mountains and canyons or the experience of using the enormous Mormon library for research and the singing of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Australian branch was represented by Helen and Gavan Smith and myself.


This will be held in Hull, Yorkshire next year and is being organised by Howard Dalton (former DGS Treasurer) who is experienced in this having arranged several successful DGS events. I recommend it to anyone interested and am personally looking forward to it as some of our Norfolk Daltons lived in Hull and Beverley. DGS member Barbara Watkinson is part of that family and still lives in Hull. Barbara has solved several family mysteries so perhaps we can add to our tree next July.

1. From Maureen Collins, Secretary for Australia and New Zealand

A small snippet from IHGS you might be able to use:

Book of the Month

My Ancestor Settled in the British West Indies by John Titford, FSG (2011)

A guide to tracing European ancestry in the West Indies, part of the popular ‘My Ancestor’ series. This month the book is £8.00, post free within the UK (usual price £9.99).

Bookshop News

New publications available include:

Tracing Your Canal Ancestors by S. Wilkes,

Tracing Your Naval Ancestors by S. Fowler,

Women's Lives by J. Newby,

Tracing Your Second World War Ancestors by P. Tomaselli.

2. From Rose Earley -


My name is Rose Earley. I'm searching for my ancestors:

Benjamin Allison m. Mary Anne Dyer. His father and mother Posey Allison and Levina Alford(Halford). Levina's mother and father John Alford(Halford) 1765-1804 and Sally (DALTON)b.1772 in Rutherford, North Carolina.

Any information you can share before her would be great.

Thank you.

3. From Mel Irwin, DGS Treasurer

Happy New Year to all our members and readers of "Daltons in History".

Can anyone help me expand this part of my Dalton family tree:

a. This the first of 3 sons who went to the USA - John Thomas DALTON. As you can see I have some information.

b. This is the second son to go to the USA - Joseph DALTON. I do not have much on this person and some of the information is very confusing. Did he die in New York? Did he come back to the UK?

c. This the third son to go to the USA - Percy Boles DALTON. He married and had at least one son Joseph who was born in the USA. He married in 1949 to a Marilyn Gertrude REINERS. He was in the US Army during WW2. What happened to them? Percy was sometimes known as Bernard!!

They were all born in Ireland.

Any help would be appreciated. I can be contacted by email:

Thank you.

December 2011
Letter from the Chairman
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Family History Events in 2012
Miscellaneous Notes and Queries
    M. N. & Q. 55.1 Ashley Judd's Dalton Forebears
    M. N. & Q. 55.2 Daltons in Liverpool
    M. N. & Q. 55.3 A Double Dalton Line  
    M. N. & Q. 55.4 A Dalton from WW1  
    M. N. & Q. 55.5 A Manchester Dalton Line  
The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)
Charles Dalton - The Research Continues ..... by Jeff Dalton
Certificate Purchases
A Watch by Samuel Dalton by Martin Griffiths
The Chairman's Diary of the Salt Lake City Gathering
Dalton Pirates of the Caribbean? by Michael F. Dalton 30
News from America by Karen Preston, our North American Secretary
The Ballard of Young Ed Dalton by Clive Romney 32
Notes from Australia by Maureen Collins
Book Review
New Members
Changes of Address


It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!

David and have just returned from spending Christmas with my parents in Florida. It was short visit, but it was good to spend the holidays with family.

I am happy to say that I had a lovely Christmas card and couple of emails from Millicent over the holidays. She is doing well, despite some health issues. She sends her regards to you all.

The New Year seems to be a good time to take a look back at 2011.

For me, the highlight was this year's Gathering in Salt Lake City. After 2 years of planning, and countless trips to Salt Lake City to handle all the preparations, it was so good to see so many members in attendance. If you haven't already seen the photos and comments about the Gathering, you can view them at the Past Gatherings pages on the DGS web site.

I am pleased to report that we have added 11 new members to the rolls of the North American membership in 2011.

Web Sites Review for 2011:

For the period from 1 January to 31 December 2011

Updates to the Data Bank:

17 additions / updates were added during 2011:

December 2011:

28 December, 2011: Historical Maps - Maps revised for non-Flash devices Contributed by David Preston, Nevada

15 December, 2011: England & Wales - Added 1873 Landowners Contributed by Mike Dalton, Oregon

10 December, 2011: 2011 Gathering - Added More Photos Contributed by Maureen Collins, Sydney, Australia

9 December, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Cwrt Pembre, Wales Contributed by Rodney G. Dalton, Utah

November 2011:

5 November, 2011: Canada - Home Children Extracts Contributed by Karen D. Preston, Nevada

2 November, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Dalton Lands in Lancashire Contributed by Rodney G. Dalton, Utah

September 2011:

27 September, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Matthew W. Dalton Contributed by Rodney G. Dalton, Utah

August 2011:

30 August, 2011: Dublin Ireland - Added personal family information Contributed by Linda Magee

June 2011:

19 June, 2011: Lancashire England - Moved Oakham Christening Record to Rutland Contributed by Gerard M-F Hill, Cumberland, UK

May 2011:

9 May, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Sarah Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

April 2011:

16 April, 2011: County Limerick - Added Abbeyfele Baptisms & Marriages Contributed by Mike Dalton, Norfolk, UK

March 2011:

8 March, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Edward Dalton Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

February 2011:

14 February, 2011: County Limerick - Added Newcastle West RC Marriages Contributed by Mike Dalton, Norfolk, UK

14 February, 2011: County Limerick - Added Athea & Ardagh RC Marriages Contributed by Mike Dalton, Norfolk, UK

11 February, 2011: Dalton Chronicles - Henry (Harry) Dalton - Utah Pioneer Contributed by Rodney Dalton, Utah

January 2011:

22 January, 2011: Republic of Ireland - Added Birth, Death & Marriage DB Contributed by Karen Dalton Preston, Nevada

15 January, 2011: County Limerick - Added Athea & Ardagh RC Baptisms Contributed by Mike Dalton, Norfolk, UK

DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:

542,881 visits came from 178 Countries / Territories


Dalton Forum:

DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:

2,014 Visits from 153 Countries / Territories


Membership Page Tracking:

There were a total of 252,579 visits to the Membership page. 217,415 Visitors viewed the Become a Member page as a result of clicking on the "Become a Member" pop-up on the DDB home page. 117 Visitors viewed the Become a Member page by clicking on one of the Ads displayed during 2011.

The graph below depicts the flow of Visitors to the Membership Page, by Country:

Google Ad Campaigns:

Dalton Data Bank Site:

282,185 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 30,242,866 Google Ads served during 2011.

Google Ads for new memberships:

This Ad Campaign generated 117 visits to the Membership information from 56,781 Google Ads served during the reporting period.

In total, the 2011 Ad Campaign "cost" was $220,661 (because DGS North America is a US not-for-profit organization, Google provides the service at no charge).

Report & Ad Campaign Updates:

As previously mentioned, the Google Ad Campaigns have been revised for 2012 to focus on Countries that are more likely to have a genuine interest in the DGS organization.

As we start 2012, I would like to wish you all Health, Happiness and Peace in coming year.

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Thank you to all who have contributed to the January 2012 issue of "Daltons in History".

Mel and I hope you all had a good time over Christmas and the New year!

Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are needed!!

You will see that we have started the new "Correspondence section". Please make use of it!

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 your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would 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 February 2012 issue need to be with me no later than 25th January, 2012. (e-mail:

Please continue to stick to the set deadlines!! There is no excuse for missing the deadline - PLAN AHEAD!!

Finally, Mel and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!