If you were born in America with the name Dayton, there is a high probability that you descend from our common progenitor Ralph Dayton, my 8th great-grandfather.

Hello. My name is Steve Dayton. I’ve created this blog for anyone who has interest in the Dayton family in America and earlier ancestry in England. I descend from Ralph, Samuel, Abraham, Henry, David Senior, David Junior, Henry, Charles, Wilber and Paul.

There were two main purposes for creating this site:

1. To provide a means to communicate with those who share our interests in early Long Island or the Dayton family.

2. To make everyone aware that my brother Jim and I published our work, a compilation of records and interpretation with extensive documentation, entitled Our Long Island Ancestors, the First Six Generations of Daytons in America, 1639-1807.
Both the hardcover and softcover are available from major booksellers, but Jim offers the hardcover at significant savings on his eBay store. The softcover price is set at $19.95 at many booksellers.

You are encouraged to leave a comment or ask a question at the end of any post.  We would like to make your acquaintance and we seek to be receptive of challenges or other interpretations. -Steve

However, if you prefer to contact us privately and securely, please use the contact form on the Contact page. Your message will arrive in a private email account and will not be copied to a public section of the website. Email is checked on a daily basis and I will usually respond, if requested, on the same day, unless I’m traveling.

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My goal is to add a fresh post at least once per week. The most recent post begins directly below.

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Away for a few days

NOTE: I will not be able to respond to emails for a few days (or until the drugs wear off). About 35 years ago, my motorcycle and I collided with a car and after all these years, I will be in the body shop, restoring a knee.

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At Northampton

In the May 30 post entitled Ralph and Mary at Towd, we talked about what is probably the false assumption that Ralph and Mary lived at Southold. I had often wondered why this idea was popular and now I think I have stumbled upon the answer.

Near the beginning of Ralph’s will, there is mention of the house at Southold that had belonged to Mary’s first husband. It might be that some readers stopped there without consideration of the next sentence. In the next sentence, we find that the couple was living at their house at Northampton (North Sea) and Mary would not take possession of her former house at Southold until the lease with Reverend Youngs was up.

My will is that my wife shall have three score pounds sterling according to our agreement to be paid as followeth:

1st that she shall have the house and land that is at Southold which was her owne in part of payment of the three scor poundes and the rest paide her out of the goodes she brought with her.

Also my will is that my wife shall have her living in this house at Northampton till the time be ought for her owne which is now lett

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Samuel Dayton: Merchant, Freighter or Other?

In the last post, the idea of Samuel as a “freighter” was presented. Although the definition of freighter has evolved in the past three hundred years, its meaning used to include a person who loads, receives, or forwards goods for transport. This would also be consistent with what appears to be Sam’s (and Abraham’s) occupation much later, at Dayton’s Neck.

Continuing along this line…I would very much like to hear your understanding of a 1665 East Hampton entry as given in Hedges (1887) as I am not confident that it refers to Sam’s occupation. What is your interpretation of Sam’s role in the event described in the deposition below? For those of you with our book, it is found on page 175.

Is Sam a bystander or is he employed on land or sea? Is Sam working at the dock as a lumper, is he the hauler or the merchant? Or, less likely–is Sam the attorney, taking the deposition?

The Deposition of mr John Blackleech Mr John Osburne & Samuell Dayton Taken before me Testifieth as ffollowest That on the twenty third Day of this Instant Moneth there was a debate betwixt the Master of the Catch “Triall” Of Boston and the Merchant & ffraiters of the sd Catch she then Ridinge in the Roade of Easthampton at Ancor and she then not beinge very well fitted with masts sailes provisions and water whether she should goe to sea in the condition that then she was in or that she should land her goods at the port without Confiscation of goods or vessell [Book 2, page 132.] and in order there unto Answer was made by the Cunstable of the sd place by name Thomas Chatfield, that they might if they would willingly come a shore without being forced ashore she might as well come a shore at the sd place and Land her goods wth as much freedome as the whalemen might strike a whale, and bringe her ashore at the sd place and this to our best Remembrance he spoke at the prsent Instant., And afterwards we doe attest that on the twenty ffowerth of this prsent Moneth he did affirme the same in our hearinge whereupon this beinge an encoragement to the Merchant & ffraiters they under their hands gave the Master of the sd Catch an order to acte as they have Donne: Taken before me John Mulford.

As always, your input is appreciated.

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Samuel Dayton’s sons share adventure

I have advanced the theory that Samuel Dayton was, for a time, in professions that took him to many harbors along both sides of the sound, the forks and ocean coast of Long Island, and perhaps to neighboring states. I believe that a young Sam may have received on-the-job training on the west end, freighting and later whaling for John Ogden at North Sea and may have participated with John Underhill in both lawful and questionable confiscations of Dutch vessels. I also believe that Sam continued ferrying and freighting as evidenced by his extended absences and his frequenting multiple ports before he finally settled down at Setauket and then at Dayton’s Neck.

It might be that Samuel’s sons also acquired Sam’s fondness for adventure in distant waters as we learn that his fourth son Isaac Dayton was employed by Abram Smith before becoming his partner in freighting with Smith’s boat. The language of their agreement clearly indicates Smith’s confidence in Isaac’s ability to operate and be responsible for the transportation of people and cargo.

It is known that third son Abraham Dayton had a whaling company, at least for a short time.

It is even possible that second-born son Samuel was following his father’s profession when he was drowned while hauling ground grain from Milford CT to Port Jefferson Harbor.

To be continued…

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All in the Family, Part Two

It is such a pleasure to make the acquaintance of “new” family members, but imagine finding out your spouse can also be traced back to Ralph Dayton! That very thing happened to Jim this week. Even after researching family for about 35 years, he just now discovered that his 8th great grandfather, Ralph Dayton is also his wife’s 11th great grandfather, making Jim and Judy ninth cousins three times removed.

While Jim’s line is through Samuel Dayton, Judy’s line is through Sam’s younger brother Robert Dayton.

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Samuel Dayton, 66, of Brookhaven at Fire Place

Samuel Dayton died July 5, 1690 at his house on the Neck named for him at South. He was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Ralph and Alice Dayton.

Sam was predeceased by his parents, his wives Medlin and Mary, two sons, Samuel and Caleb and his sister, Ellen. He was survived by four sons of Medlin: Ralph about 41, Abraham about 37, Isaac about 33 and Jacob about 32. He was also survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth and the couple’s daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.

Sam traveled a great deal, but his known residences were located in settlements at Southampton and North Sea, Oyster Bay and Matinecock and in various locations in the town of Brookhaven, beginning at Setauket and ending on Dayton’s Neck at Fireplace. He had earlier resided for a brief time at New Haven CT and Flushing.

Sam’s will was written the day before he died, leaving house and lands at South to his wife and daughters. He had remembered each of his sons generously before his death, distributing respective portions to each son at the appropriate time, avoiding some degree of disagreement among them. Sam named no executor.

The exact location of Sam’s interment is unknown, but it is believed to be somewhere on or near Dayton’s Neck, probably not far from today’s George Washington Lodge property on South Country Road, near the boundary between Bellport and the hamlet of Brookhaven.

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Independence Day

As we approach the fourth of July and celebrate all that is good about our country, we should also remember the sacrifices of our ancestors who defended their families and homes with honor, forced to endure great hardship, and sometimes death.

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