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
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.
This is the third post I’ve written for this week, but the first two were discarded as the content turned out to be false. So here we are on March 7, and it wasn’t until I was almost finished with the second draft that I noticed the record I had been working on was from March 7—three hundred sixty-eight years ago today.
The E.H. town record of March 7, 1650 refers to the order for Ralph to go to Connecticut to retrieve the settler’s deed and a set of written laws. The record is the first mention of Ralph Dayton in East Hampton and it establishes his residence there.
Peter Ross stated,
Excepting the Indian Deed for the Township, there is nothing of an earlier date on Record [than the Ralph Dayton record].
This statement has reinforced the popular claim that Ralph was an original settler of East Hampton.
RE: another discussion of potential children from Abraham Dayton and an unknown first wife (before Mary).
Today, I am pulling an entire paragraph from a webpage entitled Schanus, Frank, Kass and Sholly Families, owned by Edward Schanus. As far as information on our line of early Dayton family, most of Mr. Schanus’s page is very good. Schanus says,
Only one son is known to have been the child of Abraham’s first wife, whose parents were married in 1650. She must have been of marriageable age by 1680. That Abraham was taxed in 1675 and owned a house in 1680 seems to indicate marriage. They are known to have been married by 1684. Caleb was born in Dec 1687 and Abraham married second in the first half of the 1690s decade. So there could have been several children born between, say, 1675 and 1690. There are several Daytons of unknown parentage who could be children of Abraham and Mary (Beardsley) Dayton. Perhaps one, some, or all of the following: Mary, who married at Stratford, Conn, 14 Dec 1698 Richard Dawson; Abraham of Salem County, New Jersey before 1745; Isaac of Hanover County, New Jersey before 1751, and Jacob of Southold, New York in 1725 and Salem County, New Jersey before 1742.
My brother Jim is working on this, but it would be great if others with access to local records could invest the time necessary to this worthwhile project—to examine the possibility of these potential children of Abraham and an unknown first wife.
The Washington Lodge estate in the Hamlet of Brookhaven, located on Dayton’s Neck, has been acquired by an Art & Nature Group to create Long Island’s first Nature Retreat Center with overnight lodging. The Mission Statement of the group is “To be a professional organization which promotes interdisciplinary lifelong learning in, for, and about the outdoors and inspires an appreciation of the environment for all people.”
There is a reasoned belief that the Lodge sits in very close proximity to the spot Samuel Dayton chose to locate his farm in the 1670’s.
Read about the Center for Environmental Education & Discovery plan to renovate the Lodge into a nature center for outdoor education http://www.ceedli.org/about-the-washington-lodge.html.
In the January 31 post, an interesting ingredient was left out of the story of the ongoing tension between Thomas Baker and Reverend Thomas James. I said “eventually” both men resettled at East Hampton, when actually the East Hampton record shows that the reverend had a town lot on April 22, 1651, so he was probably serving as pastor within one year after Thomas moved there. Continue reading
I am curious to discover the origin of the idea that Ralph Dayton was “an interpreter to the Indians”—has anyone found a primary source or even a secondary source that implicates him? Continue reading
Google® the phrase “apparently contemplated going to Killingworth” and you will find many references to Samuel Dayton, repeating variations of the sentence “He apparently contemplated going to Killingworth, Conn. where four lots had been assigned him before 19 Apr 1667.” It’s unfortunate that the real story that is so interesting and significant is completely lost with this statement. Continue reading