Category Archives: East Hampton
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.
If a source was ever safe to cite, you’d think it would be Jacobus, but even he could make mistakes. Fortunately for us, when he found them, he issued additions and corrections. But how many well-meaning researchers have repeated his … Continue reading
Perhaps someone can help me with your interpretation of what is happening in the record below? In Book 2, page 133 of the Records: Town of East-Hampton (1887), there is a deposition from September 25, 1665 that confounds me. There … Continue reading
As the agreement states, Mary was to receive half the estate and her children were to receive the other half, according to its appraised value. Ralph then pointed out that much time had passed since the last inventory of the … Continue reading
When John Herbert heard that Mary Haines was about to marry Ralph Dayton, he inquired what she would do for her children. Remember, common practice was to dispose the widow’s children when the widow married. As overseer, John Herbert knew … Continue reading
The marriage of Ralph Dayton and Mary Knight Haines (Haynes) is interesting in so many ways, one post is not sufficient to touch on most of the notable elements. I’ll try to limit the subject to no more than three … Continue reading
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.
Last week I came across the Home Sweet Home Historic Structure Report by Robert Hefner, prepared for the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton, with research by Hugh King, 2004. The report includes a very detailed structural … Continue reading
There are currently several Ralph Dayton family projects in process. Jim is investing numerous hours/weeks searching old documents, looking for such items as David Dayton’s land deed in Hadley NY (about 1790). As you can imagine, it is a tiresome … Continue reading
My brother Jim recently discovered a newspaper memoriam published in 1895 for a Robert G. Dayton of Granville NY, published in the Salem Review-Press. What is so interesting about this memoriam is that almost two-thirds of it summarizes “the family … Continue reading
In the January 31 post, an interesting ingredient was left out of the story of the ongoing tension between Thomas Baker and Reverend Thomas James. I said “eventually” both men resettled at East Hampton, when actually the East Hampton record shows … Continue reading
oes the unexplained excommunication of Thomas Baker, beginning in January 1645/46, tell us more about Reverend James than about Thomas? Thomas Baker, the husband of Alice Dayton, was censured for two years from the Milford First Congregational Church, according to … Continue reading
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
(NOTE: refer to the December 20, 2016 post entitled Accusations of Witchery, for the story) As this is Halloween, I thought it might be fitting to consider a witch story—the accusations against Elizabeth Garlicke, the trial and her acquittal, and … Continue reading
On March 7, 1650, a general court held at East Hampton ordered Ralph Dayton to go to Connecticut in order to retrieve East Hampton purchase documents and to acquire an organized, written copy of laws.
In the last post, the idea of Samuel as a “freighter” was presented. Although the definition of freighter has evolved in the past three hundred years, its meaning used to include a person who loads, receives, or forwards goods for transport. … Continue reading
In History of Southold, L.I. Its First Century, Whitaker included Thomas Baker prominently in his list of inhabitants of Southold. Whitaker provided no source and, despite our rather lengthy search, no other author was found who spoke of Baker at Southold. Whitaker said,
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
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
We just wanted everyone to know that a paperback edition of Our Long Island Ancestors, the First Six Generations of Daytons in America, 1639-1807 is in the works. We expect it to become available in a few weeks. UPDATE (June 16): … Continue reading
Last week, Ed Denné, descendant of Ralph Dayton, published his latest book entitled “Letters Home, Time and Again,” a collection of over 60 letters, most of them written by Dorothy Hedges of East Hampton from 1912 to 1918. Congratulations Ed, I loved … Continue reading
Thank you to our friend, Paul Lee, for correction to my last post. Paul pointed out that the “Charge of the Meetinge House” listed acres of commonage possessed, not necessarily a man’s entire holding. While I won’t pretend to fully … Continue reading
In January of 1654/55, East Hampton landowners Ralph Dayton and Thomas Baker were listed in the Charge of the Meetinge House, among all those with taxable acreage. The names were arranged in tabular form with columns for prepaid tax, acreage, … Continue reading