Category Archives: Abraham Dayton

Book available online

In the next few days, we’ll be placing our book, Our Long Island Ancestors, the First Six Generations of Daytons in America 1639 to 1807, online in a free format. We plan to make it available at archive.org. Please use discretion … Continue reading

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Acceptance to Mayflower Society

With the approach of the Mayflower 400th anniversary celebration, descendants of David (son of David Sr), Henry (son of David Jr) and Charles Dayton (son of Henry) should be aware that much of your work to establish descent from Mayflower … Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton’s first marriage?

(Discussion of this subject begins on page 37 of our book. Also see the November 20, 2016 post entitled Dayton History before 1617 for related thoughts) As the search for pre-1617 records of Ralph Dayton continues, I often wonder if … Continue reading

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Descendants of Ralph Dayton, 5 generations

With Jim’s permission, I am adding his PDF which charts five generations from Ralph Dayton forward. Always a work in progress, he hopes it is helpful to many. Ralph Dayton Descendant Chart 5 Generations

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Connecticut Daytons

Since it seems like many of the inquiries I receive from readers and from distant relatives have to do with lines descending from Connecticut Daytons, it might be fitting to repeat some interesting facts and speculation having to do with … Continue reading

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Mysterious ledger entries for Abigail Norton Dayton

On October 7, 1759, at about age 55, Henry Dayton’s health was failing as he wrote his will. Henry, we believe, was the youngest of the five known sons of Abraham and he was also grandson of Samuel who was … Continue reading

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Ralph and Abraham Dayton, Brookhaven trustees

In May of 1693, Ralf and Abram Daiton were both elected trustees of the town of Brookhaven and they appear later in town record, performing duties of their office. This Ralph Dayton was probably Abraham’s brother, Samuel and Medlin’s eldest … Continue reading

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Daton of Latoket

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.

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Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Dayton of New Jersey

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 … Continue reading

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Who was Abraham Dayton’s eldest son?

I continue to be fascinated by the theory that Mary Beardsley may not have been Abraham Dayton’s first wife. The very fact that Jacobus mentions it grants the question some measure of importance. Please refer to the related December 10, … Continue reading

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A safe distance, at Crane Neck

As we’ve discussed before, in May of 1710 Abraham Dayton, son of Samuel, petitioned the New York Council for charity and was referred back to the Justices of the Peace in Suffolk County, recommending that they provide for he and … Continue reading

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Abraham Dayton, Brookhaven Pastor?

As I continue online research, I am a little surprised to find that there are still a few websites listing Abraham Dayton as “pastor.” Abraham was the son of Samuel Dayton and grandson of Ralph Dayton.

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Abraham Dayton’s “circumstances”

Even though I’ve alluded to Abraham Dayton’s 1710 “circumstances” in two past posts—on December 13, 2016 and on January 12, 2017, it remains a most absorbing and baffling mystery—certainly one not easily ignored, and part of a much larger story. … Continue reading

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Samuel Dayton’s sons share adventure

I have advanced the theory that Samuel Dayton was, for a time, in professions that took him to many harbors along both sides of the sound, the forks and ocean coast of Long Island, and perhaps to neighboring states. I … Continue reading

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Samuel Dayton, 66, of Brookhaven at Fire Place

Samuel Dayton died July 5, 1690 at his house on the Neck named for him at South. He was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Ralph and Alice Dayton. Sam was predeceased by his parents, his wives Medlin and Mary, two … Continue reading

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Dayton Family and AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies

With season 4 of Turn: Washington’s Spies beginning in just two days, here’s a little bit of information about our ancestors in Brookhaven and Setauket in relation to the story as depicted in the AMC series. For me, it gives … Continue reading

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Did Ralph Dayton dispose his son, Samuel?

As is so common in genealogy, many Dayton family storytellers have constructed images of Ralph they can comfortably embrace. Some of these stories attributing wealth and position have become legend, being repeated and retold for well over a century. In … Continue reading

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All in the family

Robert Goldhatch and Bennett Meade were married in 1585 and the couple had a daughter, Alice. Robert and Bennett were married about 14 or 15 years when Robert died. A year or two later, when Alice was about 14, her … Continue reading

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Daytons, a bunch of horse traders?

The importance and value of horses in the everyday life of a seventeenth century New Englander and Long Islander is well known and there is no shortage of records of the earliest Daytons in America that reference horses or horse … Continue reading

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Samuel Dayton sent to “treat about the whale” with NY Governor

On this day, April 1, 1668 (1 year short of 350 years ago), the governor of New York granted Brookhaven the right to whales after successful appeals by Mr. Woodhull and Samuel Dayton. The two men had been sent by … Continue reading

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Dayton family: the better half

I am continually reminded of the inadequacies of much of history, particularly when trying to gain a more complete understanding of family legacy. It is unfortunate that early American family histories provide us little knowledge of wives, mothers, daughters and … Continue reading

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Connecting Henry Dayton with David Dayton using earmarks

There are so many angles to researching family and expanding recorded legacy, the pursuit is never finished. One such angle is the study of earmarks and connecting generations by following a personal earmark through a family, usually from father to … Continue reading

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Abraham Dayton family in Brookhaven NY and New London CT

It’s difficult to escape the desire to discover what happened to Abraham Dayton in the late 1690s that seemed to change everything. Two particularly large and bothersome questions in his story are 1) the apparent separation of family and 2) … Continue reading

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