Category Archives: Medlin

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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Medlin, Dayton’s own Pocahontas

This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the original Native American princess that provided the model and inspiration for so many families with colonial ancestors to acquire their own exotic Indian princess. Not to be left … 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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Samuel Dayton’s credentials

On May 6, 1648, the town of Southampton, Long Island accepted Samuel Dayton as an inhabitant and he was granted land. But in the words of Richard Barons, “it wasn’t an open arms thing,” as newcomers were cautiously vetted. Even … 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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As Christmas approaches

Even though we are blessed beyond description, it is difficult to escape reflection in the Christmas season—nostalgia or melancholy. I think about what it must have been like for the Samuel Dayton family in December of 1664. Sam’s wife Medlin … Continue reading

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Children of Ralph, Samuel, Abraham and Henry Dayton

We have been made aware of the need for a quick reference that might assist Dayton researchers looking for connections. Click on wives-and-children to view a PDF for Ralph, Samuel, Abraham and Henry Dayton. Sources and reasoning for each item, as well as … Continue reading

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