Long ago, it was established that the New Haven Land Record of June 21, 1726 is probably the final record of Abraham Dayton, while he was still living. Abraham was the third son of Samuel and Medlin Dayton.
The New Haven Land Records state:
June 21, 1726 Abraham Daten of Brookhaven on Long Island in the province of New York…in consideration of the love and good will which I have for my son in Law John Rogers of New London…[conveys to 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
Donald Lines Jacobus (1959) claimed,
…the two witnesses [on the deed] were New London men, and Abraham personally acknowledged the deed there eight days later.
If Abraham had crossed the sound to acknowledge the deed, it is interesting to note that there is a record of a Dayton leaving New London, going back to Long Island just four days later, as found in Joshua Hempstead’s famous diary.
On June 25, 1726, Hempstead wrote,
Saturd 25 fair. In the Morn I went down to ye Lower End of Mr. Tinker farm with Brothr & Sister Salmon who are now gone home with Daton of Latoket.
I propose that Hempstead’s “Daton of Latoket” is actually a mistranslation of “Dayton of Setauket.” It is easy to understand how that could happen because an early eighteenth century S could be mistaken as an L, since both letters often had “tails.”
The “Daton” part of the phrase can be proven by another Hempstead entry from 1718/19, when he noted the marriage of John Rogers and Abraham’s daughter Deborah Dayton simply as “Jno & Deb Daton published.” I believe this John Rogers (there are many John Rogers) was the son of Joseph Rogers and Sarah Haughton, grandson of James Rogers, the patriarch of the Rogers family, and Elizabeth Rowland. Deborah was about 21 at the time of her marriage to John, who was nearly 25 years her elder.
If you accept “Dayton of Setauket”—who was this Dayton? Perhaps Hempstead refers to Abraham himself as a fellow passenger of the Salmons. If true, this may be the last reference to Abraham while he was still alive, but that may never be proven. For the record, Abraham would have been about 72 years of age at the time and his brother Isaac Dayton, who is known to have operated a vessel, was only a year or two younger. If by saying “gone home with Daton,” Hempstead was referring to the owner or operator of the boat, it is more likely that he was speaking of one of Abraham’s sons—Jonathan, who would have been about 32 years of age, David who was somewhere between 25 to 29, or Abraham’s youngest known son Henry who would have been about 24.
If interested, there is a little more to the story in the Dec 13, 2016 post, and also in Chapter 16 of our book.