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.

My brother Jim and I descend from Ralph>Samuel>Abraham>Henry>David Senior>David Junior>Henry>Charles>Wilber (our grandfather). Continue reading

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Do you see “Dayton?”

I was reminded this week of the excitement of searching registry pages from the St. Mary the Virgin parish in Ashford, Kent. In addition to now well-known entries of Tritton and Dayton marriages, baptisms and burials, many more entries exist that may not have been fully explored.

Among the entries known to us are also examples that appear very similar to “Dayton or Deighton,” but we’ve not seen a reference to them or explanation.  Does this entry say “…baptized Deighton”?

According to the Kent Archaeological Society, this December 1583 entry says “William Austen and Johne Lightfoot.” The name “Austen” appears many times in the parish registry and is easy to interpret as “Dayton.”

An index of Ashford, Kent known births, marriages and burials from c. 1570 – late 1800’s can be found by clicking on this link to the Kent Archaeological Society.  https://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/01/ASH/01/0.htm

Many thanks to Terry Brown as he continues to sort these things out.

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Samuel Dayton’s primitive shelter

With this bitter cold we’ve been experiencing across the Midwest and East Coast, I couldn’t help but think about what it must have been like for our pioneer ancestors, particularly for those who established residence where no Europeans had lived previously. Consider Samuel Dayton, particularly at Matinecock, or later when constructing his farm house on Dayton’s Neck “at South,” where it is believed Sam was the first European settler in the area.

It was common practice for Puritans to dig out temporary, one-room mud shelters covered with “thatch” for roofs and to live under these conditions until more permanent structures could be built. It seems like this practice of first living in one’s basement was more common when I was a child in the 1960’s, but maybe I just don’t notice them here in the Midwest, where they would be more prone to flooding.

The crude Puritan cellars could not have provided the most favorable conditions against winters in the “little ice age” in America that supposedly lasted into the late 1700’s. Apparently, “Doyton’s sellar” (as called in the Oyster Bay Town Record) had been abandoned, the reference indicating that Sam had probably not had sufficient time to prepare a place for his family before the death of his wife Medlin.

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Was Medlin Dayton buried at Matinecock?

I should have explained what I meant by the question: “Is it possible that the Frost Family Cemetery was established on the mound where Simson found Medlin’s grave?”

I was actually wondering if it is possible that when Simson took possession of the land containing Samuel’s cellar, he discovered the gravesite of Samuel’s wife Medlin closeby, on the same piece of high ground that the Frost family later established as their cemetery. Remember that Medlin probably died about the same time Samuel was trying to occupy these lots. Of course, her marker would probably be lost within ten or twenty years after her death.

I realize the whole idea is a long shot, but it’s interesting to consider just the same.

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Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock

The approximate location of Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock might be determined by reading the descriptions of what became William Simson’s property and then William Frost’s property, both following Sam’s ownership. In 1667 (after Sam forfeited at least three lots), William Simson purchased from the native Matinecock people a tract of forty acres with rights in the, Continue reading

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Leaving Ashford was an Expensive Decision

It is supposed that Ralph Dayton required passage for at least six family members including himself, his wife Alice, and children Alice, Samuel, Ellen and Robert. Continue reading

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Enormity of the process

I’ve been thinking about the enormity of discomfort and expense the Ralph Dayton family endured to leave Ashford for the unknown.

When an order in council was passed on April 6 of 1638 (some say 1639) that persons wishing to go to New England would have to obtain a license, “many persons embarked ostensibly for Virginia, but really for Massachusetts.” Continue reading

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A safe distance, at Crane Neck

As we’ve discussed before, in May of 1710 Abraham Dayton, son of Samuel, petitioned the New York Council for charity and was referred back to the Justices of the Peace in Suffolk County, recommending that they provide for he and his family “as the nature of his circumstances require.” Continue reading

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