Category Archives: Beardsley

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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Elizabeth Harvey Beardsley Dayton arrangement

(Sorry for the delay in posting while on vacation in the Adirondacks) Yesterday, while doing a few Google searches, I came across a claim that Samuel Dayton “had a prenuptial agreement” with his third wife Elizabeth Beardsley. No source or … 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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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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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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“Parsons” does not belong with our Samuel Dayton

We finally may have located the origin of the insertion of “Parsons” into our Samuel Dayton’s name. Since this idea has been introduced to the internet, it is proliferating, causing much confusion. For reference, Samuel Dayton is the son of … Continue reading

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Did Abraham Dayton have sons from a wife before Mary Beardsley?

There exists a theory that Abraham (son of Samuel, born about 1654) had been married previous to taking his stepsister Mary Beardsley as bride. The theory goes that he already had two sons named Abraham and Jacob, but conclusive evidence … Continue reading

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