By Dr. Lucy J. Slater


I will mention next Thomas' youngest son, Thomas, who entered Sidney College in 1601 and probably took the U.B. in 161 1. He then vanished from Cambridgeshire and I do not know whether he married and settled somewhere else or died quite young.


His elder brother, Phillip, never seems to have married and died at Lincoln's Inn in 1598 at the age of 33. In his will, he left his thanks to his loving mother and father and ordered rumletts of sack and muscatell and a loaf of sugar to be sent to them every Christmas as long as they lived. He left his brother, Michael, the parsonage rights of Little Abington and made him his executor. He left money to his various godchildren, to his brother, Thomas, money to buy books and 5 pounds to each of his sisters to be given to them without the knowleddge of their husbands. He mentioned a couzin, Edward of Wesbecb and some property at Wesbech, which may have come from his eider brother, George. I am indebted to DGS member, Faith Kaymer, a descendent of George, for the information about this will.


George married twice. The first time was in 1592, to Agnes Dawson of Wisbech, who seems to have died soon after the birth of their child, Elizabeth, in 1593. The Dalton family seem to have acquired some property in Wisbech from this union. It is also interesting to note that Henry of Newmarket in his will of 1543 mentioned his father-in-law, Dawson. So the Daltons and Dawsons were inter-married from the earliest days. George married again in 1604, this time into the aristocracy. His second wife was Martha, the daughter of Thomas Jermyn of Depden in Suffolk from whom he acquired land at Depden, She bore him two sons, Thomas- 1609 and John- 1611, and two daughters Sarah - 1607 and Anne - 1614. Thomas entered Trinity as a sizer in 1625, M. A. in 1632, B. D. in 1639, and Doctor of Divinity in 1661. He became a prebend of Durham Cathedral and married twice. He is buried in Westly Waterless Church.


His brother, John, never married but lived at Harplay in Norfolk. Sarah married Peachy Hinson at West Wickham in 1633 and I know no more of them. Anne married Thomas Puckering and bore him seven children at Hildersham. He was from a very famous family. Sir John Puckering had been the Attorney General under Queen Elizabeth in the 1590's,


George's second wife, Martha, died in 163 6 and George died suddenly in 1638. He had no proper will but his son, Thomas, acted as administrator.


Now we turn to the eldest brother, Michael. He was a remarkable man. He lived in the manor house at Parys, at West Wratting which is now called Brook Farm. Then he married in 1588 and settled down to acquire all the rest of the land in that part of Cambridgeshire as it came on the market. He had chambers in Lincoln's Inn and served on the manorial courts in West Wratting, Hildersham and Fulbourn, His firm signature appears at the bottom of most of those rolls over a period of forty years. He lived to be 84 and wrote several books on law including "The Country Justice" which laid down the rights of common men in country courts presided over by Justices of the Peace as we would call them today. I have recently been rereading this book, which was first published in 1618 and became a standard textbook of English law. It was recently republished, the latest time being as recently as 1975. It is remarkable for the clarity of thought and the modern form of its layout.


Michael continued the family habit of marrying well. His first wife was Frances Thornton of Soham and she bore him 9 children of whom only 4 grew to maturity. Michael's eldest son, Oliver, went to Peterhouse in 1607 and entered Lincoln's Inn in 1610.. He married Lettice Mosely and acquired an estate at Henly in Arde, near Warwick. They had one son, Michael, who grew to maturity. Oliver died suddenly in 1618 at the early age of 28. There is a magnificent memorial to him in Little Abington church with this touching inscription.


Know gentle reader that my full intent is to erect a lasting monument,

To manifest my love doth still survive,

the which I bear him while he was alive.

He of his love hath left one pledge with me,

That in the son I might the father see,

And so retain his memory in mind,

who was friend to all, to me most kind.


Editor's note. The contribution that Michael Dalton made to civilization is perhaps the greatest made by a Dalton, or at least on a par with that made by John Dalton, Atomic Sicentist. Daltons of Cambridgeshire will be continued in the July 1998 issue of "Daltons in History".

A few issues ago we printed a query about Sir Charles which evoked responses from as far away as Australia, When Thomas O'Connor of Braintree, MA read the item he responded with the family tree of his grand uncle, Sir Charles., and of his grandmother, Catherine, Sir Charles' sister. Tom, a new DGS member, retired as Assistant Director of the MA Board of Education, and is methodical about keeping records and family history.


As reported earlier, Sir Charles Dalton was the recipient of a papal knighthood under the Knights of St. Gregory. He was honored for his distinguished and untiring work in education and in social causes. He founded the Dalton School in Tignish and was also the first succesful breeder of silver foxes in captivity. These are just a few of the accomplishments of a rather retiring person who preferred to fish, or walk along the sands as a beachcomber rather than officiate at a social function.


The descendency chart, submitted by Tom, is reprinted in full. It begins with the birth of Patrick Dalton in 1806 in Ballyheige, County Kerry, Ireland and who married Mary McCarthy, born about I 801 in Kerry. Their children were born in Tignish, PHI where both parents died. Because this chart traces the family members who left Tignisb and settled in MA and RI, we have chosen to print it in its entirety. It may help others in tracing their Dalton roots to this family. Tom has gracioulsy offered to field inquiries and may be reached at: TPOC@,

This will be the last in a series of articles devoted to Sites of Dalton Interest located near the AGM of Daltons at the Rufford Arms Hotel in Lancashire on July 4, 1998. Travelers abroad are invited to attend.


From the days of St. Aidan, a missionary in the I Oth Century, Christians gathered at a wooden cross in the center of the village to hear his message,and it is believed that it was from this relic that the village became known as Croston. By the I I th Century, the first permanent church was under construction at the foot of a lane, now Church St. Through the ages, St. Michael's and All Angels Church served the surrounding villages including Byspham where our first Daltons settled and held a manor. By the l5th Century, the church was undergoing major repair and additions.


A major contributor was Sir Rycharde Dalton of Croston, son and heyr to Robert Dalton. He married the daughter of Sir William Fleming of Wath in Yorkshire and he held ownership in the manor of Croston and other properties. The Dalton/Fleming contribution to the repairs of the church was immortalized by a memorial over the church door. Toward the right side of the arch, the upper corner stone was carved with the quartered Fleming/Dalton crest. The crest has been exposed to weathering for over 500 years and a drive is now underway to restore the crest to its original condition.


Croston Church At The Foot Of Church Street

In the same Century, a Richard Dalton, priest, was rector of the church and he is listed on a roster within the church. Restoration took place several more times and is still underway. The current rector, Rev, Robert Brunswick, serves as architect, engineer, fund raiser, etc. Shortly after his arrival in the late 1980's it was discovered that the beams holding the slate roof in place had been eaten by "death beetles". The earlier solution to the problem was to scrape the wood and paint it black, and how the roof did not cave in is still a mystery. The one source in the world for special oak replacement beams was the US so our hardwood is supporting this church.


A tour of the church will probably be given by the rector or his assistant, Joanna Dalton Early. One can marvel at the patina of the linen fold pews and at a 4 foot high door to the belfi-ey. Our ancestors were short of stature, but were they that short? One can 'ust see John Willie Dalton, the bell ringer, who was 5 ft. !O in. tall virtually bending in two to get through the doorway.


Behind the church is the famed river Yarrow which frequently overflowed its banks. Worshippers from miles around came by rowboat to the door of the church. Besides transportation, the river provided an abundance of eels both for food and medicinal purposes. The narrow, stone Town Bridge was built with the assistance of our Dalton forbears who carted stone for 2 pounds a day.


The school now serves both the Anglican and Methodist communities and the cemetery beyond may have the largest number of Dalton gravestones of any cemetery in Britain. On my first visit in 1990, the long fallen stones in the church yard were being righted. One stone that had fallen face down had an Inscription so clear that it appeared to have been recently etched. I immediately recognized it as that of my great, great, granduncle's wife, Nancy Whittle Dalton. The poem is entitled HOPE.


There is a smile for every sigh.

For every wound a balm:

A 'oy for every moistened eye,

For every storm a calm.

Each sigh is sent a smile to light

Each wound in mercy given:

Each tear filled eye will yet be bright

Each storm subside in heaven.


A visit to Croston Church and village and its unchanging scene will take you back hundreds of years in Dalton time, to the days of blacksmiths, squires, foot paths, a bridge wide enough to accomodate a single wagon, and village folks who are among the friendliest in the world. The gas pump is now gone from the front of the Dalton blacksmith shop and the cross dominates the entrance to Church street. The brick houses are alive and inviting with baskets of bright flowers hanging at every doorway.

American readers have requested sources for both Baptist records in Ireland, and Masonic records in England. There apparently are no centralized records for Baptist clergymen in Ireland, and search has to be made on an individual church basis. According to the GOONS (GUILD OF ONE NAME STUDIES) in England, this is a rather difficult process and they suggest writing to the following address with your query about John Elizah Dalton who was a Primitive Baptist Minister in VA. You should be able to learn whether the Primitive Baptist branch existed in Ireland, and if so, where it existed. The offices will have links to anything relating to the Baptist movement.


Mrs. Susan J. Mills, Archivist, Angus Library

Union of Great Britain or Baptist Historical Society

PO Box 44, 129 Broadway Regent's Park College,

Pusey St.

Didcot, Oxfordshire OXI I 8RT Oxford, OXI 2LB

England Oxfordshire, England



For information about Dalton ancestors who were members of the Masonic Lodge in England, write to:

The Grand Secretary,

United Grand Lodge of England

Freemasons Hall

Great Queen Street

London,WC2B England.

Scotland and Ireland have their own Grand Secretaries.

Courtesy of the GOONS.

From Ann Woodharn there is a query about her ancestor George Dalton who came from England during the Revolutionary War and had enlisted in the English Army, fought with Cornwallis, was captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp. After the War, he remained in the Colonies, resided for a time in PA, and then in Pittsylvania, County, VA He is on the tax record 1795-1797. He lived in Warren County, KY in I 8 I 0 which later became Allen County. He and his family settled on Big Trammel Fork of Drakes' Creek. The farm is across the creek from the Concord Methodist He died about 1826 in Allen County and is buried in the Concord Methodist Church Cemetery., KY He married Winnie Wigginton about 1783 in Pttsylvania, VA and their children were: William, James, Thomas, Mary Elizabeth, Daniel and Josiah.


George enlisted in the Army in England, it is difficult to trace him. There are no records of British Army conscription until 1916. What records there are in the Public Record Office in England are arranged alphabetically by Regiment, and there are relatively few records for those serving before 1792. This is also true of the Quarterly Muster Books. Can anyone suggest a course for Arm to pursue? Is any one familiar with possible addendums to DAR records or of similar organizations? Records of prisoners of the Revolutionary War? Ann is at a blank wall trying to extend her line back to England and appreciates any suggestions for further study.

On April 4, 1998, the DGS Committee met at the home of the Executive Secretary, Dr Lucy J. Slater in Cambridge, England. The American secretary forwarded several requests to the Connnittee including that for authentic Dalton memorabilia, specifically requested by DGS member, Dee Dalton from AZ. We are pleased to announce that Assistant Treasurer, Howard Dalton has already met with the. metalsmith who fashioned the harmnered copper salver, and he is willing to produce a silver-plated double picture frame, a letter opener, and a sprits flask, each with the Lancashire Dalton crest. The first shipment will be available at the July 4, 1998 meeting in Lancashire and I will bring a supply back from England. We have requested that the metalsmith apply the Irish Dalton crest to some of the picture frames and letter openers. More news on the memorabilia in a future issue.