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?
Nearly all of the time, the claim shows up in a statement similar to “…when he [Sam] and his father Ralph treated with Native Americans.” However, there are exceptions where Ralph himself is called interpreter, without mention of his son—like in the book by Laura Rowley,“On Target, How the World’s Hottest Retailer Hit a Bull’s-Eye”.
Given all of the documentation, there should be no dispute that Samuel Dayton served as interpreter or intermediary between Europeans and Native Americans, usually involving land or whales. In fact, the number of occasions prompted Pelletreau to refer to Sam as “commissioner to the Indians.”
Has anything been found to support the claim that Ralph “treated with Native Americans?”