Ralph Dayton reference mystery solved

This post is a progress report and follow-up to the post Was Ralph Dayton bound for Massachusetts? posted on September 17.

Terry Brown has chased down the New Hampshire Genealogical Magazine reference given in the Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 for Ralph Dayton.

With generous assistance from Rebecca at the New Hampshire State Library, a thorough search had produced no mention of Ralph Dayton in any of the volumes, but Terry pressed on and solved the mystery.

Assuming the reference was a typo, Terry says,
“New Hampshire” should have been “New Haven,” which basically means “The Families of Ancient New Haven,” by Jacobus. Sure enough, when you look at Volume 3, pg. 528, there you are on the Dayton family and “Ralph, from Ashford, Kent.”

These eight volumes were created by Donald Lines Jacobus between 1923 and 1932, published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine. See Dayton entry below from volume 3.

We are disappointed that the search did not produce a new source, but we are grateful for Terry pursuing the mystery and discovering this error in Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650.

Note: I feel obligated to point out some of the more obvious errors and omissions in the Jacobus listing. 1) marriage year should be 1617, 2) Wilton should be Tritton, 3) child Ellen should be inserted between Samuel and Robert, no doubt pushing Robert’s year of birth to 1628 or 1629, as is commonly given.


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