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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Ralph and Abraham Dayton, Brookhaven trustees

In May of 1693, Ralf and Abram Daiton were both elected trustees of the town of Brookhaven and they appear later in town record, performing duties of their office. This Ralph Dayton was probably Abraham’s brother, Samuel and Medlin’s eldest son, born about 1649 in Southampton.

In a November 27, 1693 meeting, Col. William Smith had his patent read before the trustees and a related document was signed by the trustees, including the marks of Ralf and Abram Daiton. The purpose for posting this document, here on the blog, is to present an example of Ralph and Abraham providing their “marks” in lieu of signatures. It appears that Clerk Timothy Brewster wrote the names of Ralf Daiton and Abram Daiton, and left sufficient space for the marks—“R” and “A.”

From this and at least five additional cases, can we assume one or both Daytons were illiterate? It is interesting to note that when space was provided for Abraham’s son Henry to leave his mark in various documents, he signed his full name instead.

If anyone has interest, proceedings and detail of this case can be found in The New York Supplement Volume 173, January13-February17, 1919  St. Paul, West Publishing Co., beginning on page 537.  “The question is whether the land under water opposite it to the center of the Connecticut river is owned by the plantiffs or by the defendant.”

The original November 1693 document was salvaged from the great fire of 1911 at Albany and was then bound and archived at the NYS Archives at Albany, where by brother and I viewed it in May of 2015. A transcription is found below the photo of the document.

At a meeting of the Trustees of the freeholders & comonality of the Town of Brookhaven upon the 27th Day of November 1693 Present Justice Woodhull William Jeane Ralph Dayton Daniel Brewster Abraham Dayton:Coll William Smith Did then cause his Pattent to bee read before abovesaide Trustees and Each & Every one of them Did declare that they had nothing to object against the limits bounds power privileges within the saide patent contained  Also Coll William Smith did covenantand agree for himselfe & his heirs for Ever with the Trustees of the Towne of Brookhaven and theire heires & Successors for Ever that for and in consideration of fourty & two shillings in monys by him the saide Smith in hand Payd for the use of the Towne they Doe for Ever acquit the saide Smith and his heires for Ever from any or all quitt rent due from the Little Neck & his home lotts.
Richard Woodhull Daniel Brewster Ralf Daiton Abram Daiton William Jeane Timothy Brewster

John Deitz also speaks of the case on his website http://brookhavensouthhaven.org/History/YaphankNeck/YaphankNeck.htm

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Earliest Dayton Marker in America

Of the original six members of the immigrant Ralph Dayton family, the location of only one original gravesite can be confirmed, that of Alice Baker.

Of these six, daughter Ellen Dayton Linsley was probably the first to die, most likely in childbirth (Hannah), in 1654. She had remained at Guilford Connecticut with her husband while the rest of the family settled on Long Island.

Within a year or two after Ellen’s passing, her mother Alice Goldhatch Tritton Dayton died in East Hampton. There is no proof for this, but the opinion is commonly held.

Just a couple of years later, patriarch Ralph died in 1658, while living near his son Samuel at North Sea (then called Northampton), in the area of Towd, in the town of Southampton.

More than 30 years after his father died, middle-son Samuel Dayton (older brother Ralph remained in Ashford, Kent) died on his farm at Dayton’s Neck, in Brookhaven, in 1690.

Ralph and Alice’s eldest daughter Alice Dayton Baker died in 1708 while living at Amagansett, a little over 2 miles east from East Hampton. According to Ross and others, Alice had moved there to live with her son Nathaniel after her husband Thomas Baker died.

Finally, youngest son Robert Dayton died in 1712 at East Hampton.

To my knowledge, the only original memorial stone to be discovered belongs to Alice Dayton Baker. At least, it is assumed that the current stone is the original, as it appears by style and condition that it might have been contemporary to her death.

If another stone had been placed for a member of the family, the probability of that stone being original is not high since most of those earliest generations of Puritans did not use “permanent” markers. In fact, many used wood or rough stone to mark burial sites.

Alice Baker’s burial site is in the cemetery at Amagansett on Montauk Highway.  See Chronicles of the Family Baker by Lee C. Baker (no date) for more details. The inscription on her stone says:

Here Lie_h y Body of Alice Baker Formrli y Wife of Thomas Baker Who Died February y 4: 1708:9 In y 88 year of Her Age

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Daton of Latoket

Long ago, it was established that the New Haven Land Record of June 21, 1726 is probably the final record of Abraham Dayton, while he was still living. Abraham was the third son of Samuel and Medlin Dayton.

The New Haven Land Records state:

June 21, 1726 Abraham Daten of Brookhaven on Long Island in the province of New York…in consideration of the love and good will which I have for my son in Law John Rogers of New London…[conveys to Rogers] all such Right Estate Title Interest Claim and demand which I now have or ought to have of in and unto any Housing fences Lands Commons or common Rights or any other Estate by any ways or means what so ever belonging to me in the Township of New Haven

Donald Lines Jacobus (1959) claimed,

…the two witnesses [on the deed] were New London men, and Abraham personally acknowledged the deed there eight days later.

If Abraham had crossed the sound to acknowledge the deed, it is interesting to note that there is a record of a Dayton leaving New London, going back to Long Island just four days later, as found in Joshua Hempstead’s famous diary.

On June 25, 1726, Hempstead wrote,

Saturd 25 fair. In the Morn I went down to ye Lower End of Mr. Tinker farm with Brothr & Sister Salmon who are now gone home with Daton of Latoket.

I propose that Hempstead’s “Daton of Latoket” is actually a mistranslation of “Dayton of Setauket.” It is easy to understand how that could happen because an early eighteenth century S could be mistaken as an L, since both letters often had “tails.”

The “Daton” part of the phrase can be proven by another Hempstead entry from 1718/19, when he noted the marriage of John Rogers and Abraham’s daughter Deborah Dayton simply as “Jno & Deb Daton published.” I believe this John Rogers (there are many John Rogers) was the son of Joseph Rogers and Sarah Haughton, grandson of James Rogers, the patriarch of the Rogers family, and Elizabeth Rowland. Deborah was about 21 at the time of her marriage to John, who was nearly 25 years her elder.

If you accept “Dayton of Setauket”—who was this Dayton? Perhaps Hempstead refers to Abraham himself as a fellow passenger of the Salmons. If true, this may be the last reference to Abraham while he was still alive, but that may never be proven. For the record, Abraham would have been about 72 years of age at the time and his brother Isaac Dayton, who is known to have operated a vessel, was only a year or two younger. If by saying “gone home with Daton,” Hempstead was referring to the owner or operator of the boat, it is more likely that he was speaking of one of Abraham’s sons—Jonathan, who would have been about 32 years of age, David who was somewhere between 25 to 29, or Abraham’s youngest known son Henry who would have been about 24.

If interested, there is a little more to the story in the Dec 13, 2016 post, and also in Chapter 16 of our book.

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Ralph Dayton’s long lot at East Hampton

Last week I came across the Home Sweet Home Historic Structure Report by Robert Hefner, prepared for the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton, with research by Hugh King, 2004. The report includes a very detailed structural history and description of the building known as Home Sweet Home museum. I thought we had posted this previously, but I am unable to find it here. I hope you find it as interesting as it is to me.


The map below was prepared for the report, and included in the report, from the “Records of the Allotment of Robert Dayton,” that describes the lot this way,

the home lot and addition containing fourteen acres more or less bounded by the street West and John Osborne’s home lott North and Hook Pond East and Thomas Chatfield’s home lot south.

Ralph Dayton’s youngest son, Robert took possession of the entire 14 acre lot sometime after the death of his father in 1658. Note the location of Home Sweet Home in the north corner of the lot which extended all the way back to Hook Pond.

When transferred to a modern Google map, the approximate north and south boundaries of the Dayton lot are displayed, defined by white lines.

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Famous Ancestors

As I’m sure some of you have realized, we have not mentioned three of our infamous distant relatives—Elias Dayton, Jonathan Dayton and William Lewis Dayton, all descendants of New Jersey Daytons, and most likely in the lineage of Robert Dayton, who was Samuel’s younger brother. I have very little knowledge of the line, but expect that documentation should be available.

The reason for deliberately avoiding mention of these accomplished men is because it was our early observation that often we amateur genealogists are quick to introduce “important” historical characters and claim them as our own. This is a common way we attempt to inflate our personal value.

But since there are some descendants of Robert who follow this blog, it is important that you know these men are your forefathers.

William Lewis Dayton, the 1856 Republican candidate for vice president with presidential candidate John Fremont, was born in 1807 at Baskenridge in Somerset County, NJ. According to Benjamin Hall in The Republican Party and the Presidential Candidates with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Fremont and Dayton (1856),

His ancestry on both his father’s and mother’s side, took an honorable part of the revolutionary struggle, and some of the family distinguished themselves; Elias Dayton, the brother of his grandfather, became a celebrated brigadier general, and his son Jonathan Dayton, became eminent as the speaker of the house of representatives in the fourth congress.

This Jonathan Dayton is also remembered as the youngest signer of the US Constitution (seen in the middle of the second column).

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Current Ralph Dayton family projects

There are currently several Ralph Dayton family projects in process.

Jim is investing numerous hours/weeks searching old documents, looking for such items as David Dayton’s land deed in Hadley NY (about 1790). As you can imagine, it is a tiresome task to translate handwritten documents containing early spellings.

My projects are much smaller but I am beginning to think I should focus my attention to just one at a time. They include the search for more information on the identity of Mary Dingle (Sam’s second wife), “Dayton’s Beach” at Long Chestnuts in Wading River, and the administration of Samuel’s will by his eldest son Ralph.

This post was a little slow in coming because the plan was to include our findings and, as these things go, there has yet been any significant information uncovered. Mary Dingle remains a mystery beyond what we recorded, beginning on page 207.

I did discover that some discussion of the “Dayton’s Beach” near modern-day Miller Place NY fell victim to our chopping the length of the book and was lost in the process. We should note that there is another “Dayton’s Beach” mentioned in the book, but that one was at South. There had also been mention of one or two others located in modern-day Springs on the south fork of Long Island, and another (as I remember) somewhere near Old Field, but I do not recall the source or circumstance. What we did publish is found on page 258.

If anyone has interest, perhaps I could post sections of a wonderful map from History of Shoreham by Mary Loud Abata. She credits E. Meier The Wading River: Paucauconsuk (sp).

If anyone has any leads on Mary Dingle or her possible connection to Mathias, I would very much appreciate hearing from you. Thanks.

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Ralph Dayton of Danish descent?

My brother Jim recently discovered a newspaper memoriam published in 1895 for a Robert G. Dayton of Granville NY, published in the Salem Review-Press.

What is so interesting about this memoriam is that almost two-thirds of it summarizes “the family of Dayton [that] is of Danish descent.” The article goes on to say that Dayton is derived in the language of Denmark from Deighton and that this Robert’s ancestor was Ralph Dayghton “as Englishman” who settled in Boston before 1639.

From Robert Dayton of East Hampton, the line provided in the memoriam is as follows: Robert to Samuel to Nathan to Abraham who went to Granville NY “after the close of the revolutionary war.” His son Jehiel Dayton commanded a company of artillery in the war of 1812 that participated in the battle of Plattsburgh. Jehiel was the father of Robert G. Dayton.

Jim reminds me that this was printed at a time genealogy was especially popular, when many people purchased favorable pedigrees from unscrupulous salesmen, so caution is advised.

Has anyone researched an early Danish connection? For what it’s worth, our DNA includes Scandinavian markers.

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