Category Archives: Dayton’s Neck
We’ve spoken about this before, but I continue to be fascinated by the contrast between many in the first generation of European settlers in America and their sons of the second generation.
Of the original six members of the immigrant Ralph Dayton family, the location of only one original gravesite can be confirmed, that of Alice Baker.
The Washington Lodge estate in the Hamlet of Brookhaven, located on Dayton’s Neck, has been acquired by an Art & Nature Group to create Long Island’s first Nature Retreat Center with overnight lodging. The Mission Statement of the group is … Continue reading
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
With this bitter cold we’ve been experiencing across the Midwest and East Coast, I couldn’t help but think about what it must have been like for our pioneer ancestors, particularly for those who established residence where no Europeans had lived … Continue reading
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
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
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
About ten years ago was the first I remember observing that our forefathers repeatedly acquired marsh or swamp land and, in some cases, placed themselves close to it. Among other examples found are “daitons swamp at nue towne,” “Samuel Dayton’s … Continue reading
Should you ever have the opportunity to visit the community of Brookhaven hamlet on Long Island, be sure to secure a copy of “Ambling Around Brookhaven Hamlet: Self-Guided Tours of Our Historic Hamlet and Its Hospitable Habitat.” As you might … Continue reading
On November 4, 1677, Unkechaug and Massapequa sachems, along with other Long Island Native Americans protested to Governor Andros concerning ongoing land disputes. One of their complaints was that Samuel Dayton had built a house on lands Tobacus had given … Continue reading
Thanks again to the work of John Deitz, we are able to outline the approximate location of Dayton’s Neck and Samuel Dayton’s farm from the 1670s until his death in 1690. The Google© photo and graphic below provide an angle … Continue reading