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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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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Thank you

Thank you for your patience and for your notes of encouragement while I’ve been sidelined the last few weeks. I think I have turned the corner now, after a few complications, and I am feeling better as I start physical therapy.

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Dayton Histories

Along with our decision to publish our research came the recognition that we were not equipped or resourced to expand much beyond our own narrow line from Ralph, beginning with Samuel. It became our larger vision that other Ralph Dayton descendants might be inspired to investigate and tell the stories of Samuel’s siblings, connecting the ever-expanding branches.

For example, we know that both the Thomas Baker family coming from Alice Dayton and the Robert Dayton branch produced interesting, distinguished lines, although we are ignorant of the specifics. I know less about lines established through Ellen Dayton.

Ellen’s baptismal record was dated December 3, 1626 at Ashford, placing her birth between brothers Samuel and Robert. Ellen married John Linley and the couple had at least four children, according to Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England …, Volume 1. Sarah and John Jr. were reportedly born at New Haven while Mary and Hanna were born at Guilford, CT. It was there that Ellen died a few days after Hanna was born on April 1, 1654.

In “Barnes Families of Long Island and Branford, Conn,” Donald Lines Jacobus suggests that Mary and Hanna were taken in by East Hampton relatives, although he doesn’t specify if he was referring to Aunt Alice, Uncle Robert or Grandpa Ralph. We assume Jacobus may have come to this idea after observing Ralph’s care for the girls in his 1658 will where he left 20 pounds to be divided between them.

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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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