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, I am Steve Dayton. This blog is for anyone who has interest in the Dayton family in America and earlier ancestry in England. My brother Jim and I descend from Ralph, Samuel, Abraham, Henry, David Senior, David Junior, Henry, Charles, Wilber and Paul.

1. To communicate with those sharing interests in early Long Island or the Dayton family.
2. To advertise the publication of our not-for-profit 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.

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My goal is to add a fresh post at least once per week. The most recent post begins directly below.

Posted in Daiton, Dayghton, Deighton, Drayton, Dyghton, Long Island, New Haven Colony, Quinnipiac, Ralph Dayton, Samuel Dayton | 2 Comments

Ralph Dayton’s disputed land

Shortly after the 1658 death of Ralph Dayton at North Sea (Northampton), Phillip Leeke of New Haven made certain that the particulars of his purchase of lands from Ralph almost ten years earlier were properly recorded. Why did he do this—had the purchase been incomplete or disputed?

It is curious that in 1652, at least two years after Ralph had moved from New Haven to East Hampton, the official record in New Haven still referenced property in Ralph’s name. As you might remember, while still living in New Haven, Ralph had been in a boundary dispute with Richard Platt while Ralph was attempting to purchase lands from Platt in 1649—we wonder if this had something to do with Ralph’s removal to Long Island sometime before March of 1650 (when he was ordered to represent East Hampton at Hartford, to collect receipt of sale and body of laws).

Apparently Leeke anticipated some kind of challenge from Ralph’s descendants. We conclude this because, almost 70 years later, the record implies that perhaps at least one of Ralph’s heirs still felt the transaction was unsettled. Ralph’s grandson, Abraham Dayton of Brookhaven returned to Connecticut to convey to his son-in-law 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

Notice the phrase “ought to have.” Is it possible Abraham (Samuel Dayton’s son) could be referring to this same property in 1726? Consider that this statement is the only connection between Abraham and New Haven that we have found. Please let me know if you have found any other reference, thanks.

Posted in Long Island, Ralph Dayton, Abraham Dayton, New Haven Colony, Brookhaven, Southampton, East Hampton, North Sea | Leave a comment

When is generational history lost?

Specifically, I’ve wondered lately how many generations typically passed before parents or grandparents failed to mention to their children that their ancestors came to America aboard the Mayflower? Had that particular ship and group of people been any more noteworthy to remember and discuss, especially at times of harvest, than any other vessel crossing the ocean? Continue reading

Posted in David Dayton, David Dayton Junior, Howland, John Rogers, Skiff, Skiffe, Tilley | 2 Comments

Living “Neighborly and Peaceably with No Unjust Offense”

(NOTE: refer to the December 20, 2016 post entitled Accusations of Witchery, for the story)

As this is Halloween, I thought it might be fitting to consider a witch story—the accusations against Elizabeth Garlicke, the trial and her acquittal, and her reception back at East Hampton. Continue reading

Posted in East Hampton, Samuel Dayton, Thomas Baker | 1 Comment

Descendants of David Dayton and Chloe Skiff Dayton

Jim’s latest descendants project is ready to share. The project includes two charts that begin with David Dayton Jr (1766-1807) and wife Chloe Skiff/Skiffe.

The first chart entitled Descendant chart of David and Chloe Dayton-Five Generations (PDF) is limited to five generations in order that no living person is included. Jim has chosen to make this file of about 656 persons available in the link above. Continue reading

Posted in David Dayton, David Dayton Junior, Skiff, Skiffe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Ralph Dayton, Representative to Connecticut?

On March 7, 1650, a general court held at East Hampton ordered Ralph Dayton to go to Connecticut in order to retrieve East Hampton purchase documents and to acquire an organized, written copy of laws. Continue reading

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Judging Dayton character

On occasion, I am asked questions about our Long Island ancestors that, for my reply, require character judgements that are personal and a little uncomfortable to convey. The natural tendency is to be defensive, but the attempt is made to avoid reaching conclusions that are distorted by pride and family protection. Then we find records where it seems obvious that actions cannot be defended. Continue reading

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Medlin, Dayton’s own Pocahontas

This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the original Native American princess that provided the model and inspiration for so many families with colonial ancestors to acquire their own exotic Indian princess. Not to be left out, the Daytons discovered theirs, most likely sometime in the nineteenth century, when such acquisitions were very much in style. The most logical candidate for the assignment of such a wife was Samuel, the adventurous son of Ralph Dayton who conveniently did have early contact with local Native Americans.

It is unfortunate that so many years have passed, with so many research opportunities lost, because the distracting story has survived to this day and has misdirected inquiry.

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