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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Ralph Dayton was probably not born in Ashford

Nikki also says that Denise Bailey’s “detail of the Ashford families in the late 1500s/early 1600s is extensive.” Bailey mentions Hugh Tritton as borsholder (a petty constable) in 1604/5, when he attempted to arrest a yeoman named William Core. I wonder if “borsholder” is the same word I had interpreted as “householder,” another common term of the day?

Nikki says that “despite all the numerous families she (Bailey) mentions, there is NO mention of any Daytons other that your Ralfe Dayton.” Bailey “lists all the male residents that were called up for probable service in war against France (Spain). This is the Muster Roll of 1595 and includes all male Ashford residents who were eligible to be called upon. If the Daytons were living in Ashford at this time then Ralfe’s father should be on the list. There is NO Dayton (under any spelling variant) that is on the list she provides.”

Nikki concludes that all possible sources of information to prove that Ralfe Dayton was born and raised in or around Ashford have been exhausted—“Although the results are all negative I feel the positive outcome is that all those who say that Ralfe was born in Ashford are incorrect.” She continues, “Therefore he MUST have moved into the area. With that being the case he must have been born outside of Ashford…”

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Was Ralph Dayton bound for Massachusetts?

We are especially interested and excited to learn of Nikki Paine’s discovery of a book by Denise Bailey, (2003) Ashford People in the 1400s, 1500s and 1600s. A P Willox, Lyminge that is not much bigger than a pamphlet, but contains “a wealth of information on families in Ashford.”

Nikki reported to Terry Brown, “Your ancestor’s name (Ralfe Dayton) actually appears in this book as being one of the 17 emigrants who left Ashford and sailed for New Haven, Connecticut; possibly from Sandwich on the Hercules.” Bailey said her source for this information came from the “Topographical Dictionary of Emigrants” at the British Museum. Bailey also states that the reason for emigration was for religious freedom of thought.

Does anyone have access to the Denise Bailey work?

We located a copy of Bailey’s source, the Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, Banks, Charles Edward, 1854-1931 at https://www.hathitrust.org/ digital library and found Ralph Dayton on page 75. See image below.

As you can see from this image in the Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants, the reference provided for Ralph is the New Hampshire Genealogical Magazine 3/528. Terry is searching for a copy of this magazine.

We are anxious to determine if Bailey assumed that New Haven was the possible destination of Ralph’s vessel because New Haven is the “New England Town” associated with Ralph, or if Bailey found further evidence in the magazine.

My own amateur observation of the table is that if Ralph traveled with others on the same Hercules voyage, he probably landed in Massachusetts, but of course, we don’t know that Ralph was aboard the Hercules (even though many from his congregation including Comfort Star, Rose Tritton and perhaps Tomas Osborne came on the Hercules about 1635). Personally, I still believe Ralph and family probably landed at New Haven a few years later with the Whitfield fleet as we explain in our book.

More coming from Nikki in the next post…



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A report from professional genealogist Nikki Paine

Our friend Terry Brown received a report from Nikki Paine of www.ancestryandheirs.co.uk in Ashford Kent, who has been researching Ralph Dayton. Nikki operates a registered professional service specializing in Kent family research. Both Terry and Nikki have graciously given their permissions to share with the whole Dayton family what has been found. Speaking for the family—“thank you” for your work and for sharing exciting discoveries!

PLEASE NOTE: There is so much content to report, I have picked highlights and will divide summaries of the report into at least two or three blog posts.

In addition to researching Ralph, Nikki reports that she has also been looking at the Tritton and Goldhatch families. After thorough investigation, no evidence was found to support a theory found in a few family trees on Ancestry® that Ralfe Tritton and Ralfe Dayton were the same person.

She also found no evidence that shows that Ralfe was a cousin of Robert Goldhatch junior, as stated in the Will of Alice’s brother Robert, who leaves his estate to his “cousin” Ralfe Dayton. We agree with her best explanation involving the definition of “cousin” as used in Elizabethan times (see http://www.shakespeareswords.com/cousin ).

Stay tuned for a most interesting and exciting discovery…enough so that I was inspired to interrupt my temporary hiatus. We may be getting closer to learning about Ralph’s departure!

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Identifying descendants of David Dayton Jr. and Chloe Skiff

We have some exciting news for descendants of David Dayton Jr. (1766-1807) and wife Chloe Skiff.

David was the son of David Dayton Sr. (s1739-1782) and wife Anne Francis and Chloe was the daughter of John Skiff and the elusive Eunice whose last name remains a mystery.

Jim is about seven weeks into a project that identifies as many of David Jr’s descendants as possible. He foresees this to be at least a three month process, and he has already identified over 1,500 descendants.

The plan is to limit the public table to include 5 generations from David Jr., in order to ensure that no living person is included. Limited information beyond these 5 generations from David Jr. may be available, upon request.

Jim encourages you to write him, if you know or surmise that you connect through David Jr. He asks for further information for descendants of David and Chloe, and he can also assist you with information which you may lack. He can be reached at james.paul.dayton@gmail.com.

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Descendants of David Dayton Jr.

Stay tuned for details about an exciting project Jim is working on.

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I’ll be back

I regret that I am forced to take a hiatus from posting, as my continued recovery from knee replacement surgery has caused my work to pile up and will require my full attention to fulfill responsibilities at the university. I will continue to check messages and hope to return to posting on the blog before October. Thank you for your prayers.

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Abraham Dayton’s “circumstances”

Even though I’ve alluded to Abraham Dayton’s 1710 “circumstances” in two past posts—on December 13, 2016 and on January 12, 2017, it remains a most absorbing and baffling mystery—certainly one not easily ignored, and part of a much larger story.

Abraham must have considered himself destitute as he appealed to the New York State Senate for a license to collect charity, as recorded in the Executive Minutes of the New York Colonial Council, which reads simply: “Orders on petitions: by Abr’m Daiton of Brookhaven for a brief for charity.”

The original document is dated May 15, 1710, and states,

The Petition of Abraham Daiton of Brookhaven in the County of Suffolk for a brief for Charity being [read.] The same is referred to the Justices of the Peace of that County who are recommended to provide for him and his family as the nature of his circumstances require.

It appears as if Abraham might have already appealed for assistance for himself and for his family from authorities in Suffolk County, but for some reason he felt it necessary to appeal to the state, probably because help had not been forthcoming. Upon review, state authorities sent the appeal back to his home county with the recommendation that the county justices make provision for him and his family as the “nature of his circumstances require.”

Two years later, the Town of Brookhaven recognized the family’s need and granted “Katharine Dayton & her Eldest Son Jonathun” the use of town land. There was no mention of Abraham and interestingly, we do not hear anything more of Abraham for sixteen years.

The question remains—what was the “nature of his circumstances?”


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