Category Archives: New Haven Colony

The Next Generation

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.

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Puritans and Pilgrims

I’ve had time lately to do some enjoyment reading as I sit for chemotherapy treatments these last few weeks. Finally, I’ve begun to read some from a stack of books that has been piling up since 2010. This week, I … 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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The excommunication of Thomas Baker

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

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Leaving Ashford was an Expensive Decision

It is supposed that Ralph Dayton required passage for at least six family members including himself, his wife Alice, and children Alice, Samuel, Ellen and Robert.

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Enormity of the process

I’ve been thinking about the enormity of discomfort and expense the Ralph Dayton family endured to leave Ashford for the unknown. When an order in council was passed on April 6 of 1638 (some say 1639) that persons wishing to … Continue reading

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The Daytons, a pilgrim family of Puritans

Most of us already know the difference between Puritan and Pilgrim, but not so many years ago, I wasn’t able to explain the difference and probably used the words interchangeably. In the spirit of this Thanksgiving holiday, I’m posting directly … Continue reading

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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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Ralph Dayton reference mystery solved

This post is a progress report and follow-up to the post Was Ralph Dayton bound for Massachusetts? posted on September 17. Terry Brown has chased down the New Hampshire Genealogical Magazine reference given in the Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English … Continue reading

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Was Ralph Dayton bound for Massachusetts?

We are especially interested and excited to learn of Nikki Paine’s discovery of a book by Denise Bailey, (2003) Ashford People in the 1400s, 1500s and 1600s. A P Willox, Lyminge that is not much bigger than a pamphlet, but … Continue reading

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A report from professional genealogist Nikki Paine

Our friend Terry Brown received a report from Nikki Paine of http://www.ancestryandheirs.co.uk in Ashford Kent, who has been researching Ralph Dayton. Nikki operates a registered professional service specializing in Kent family research. Both Terry and Nikki have graciously given their … Continue reading

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Dayton Histories

Along with our decision to publish our research came the recognition that we were not equipped or resourced to expand much beyond our own narrow line from Ralph, beginning with Samuel. It became our larger vision that other Ralph Dayton … Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton’s son and the dead cow

Thomas Barnes asked the court for “satisfaction of Ralph Dayton” for the loss of his cow which had perished while in the care of Ralph’s son. The account can be found in Hoadly’s Records of the Colony and Plantation of … Continue reading

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The Dayton family’s arrival at New Haven Colony

First, thank you to all the readers of this blog. It has truly been a pleasure for Jim and I to meet you and to communicate with you. It is also a pleasure to hear from so many Daytons and … Continue reading

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Alice Dayton not in the Seating at the Meeting House

Looking again at the list of church members in the Seating at the Meeting House in New Haven Colony, it is a little disconcerting that Alice Dayton does not seem to be present. In all, there were about ninety-nine men … Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton: reconciling descriptions of prominence

In the last post, I attempted to show that Ralph Dayton’s seating placement at the meeting house in New Haven does not indicate the “prominent” status often attributed to him. While this says nothing about his character and abilities, it … Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton’s “spot” at the meeting house

According to Alice Morse Earle, the Puritan custom of selling “spots for pues” was immensely important in early New England, providing public displays of dignity. Seating location in the house of worship was ordered by a person’s wealth and position, beginning … Continue reading

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To what extent were Daytons involved with the Rogerenes at New London?

There is the possibility that the Rogerene movement, an offshoot of the Anabaptists, had somehow been a factor in the marriage of Catherine Sweezey (many spellings) and Abraham Dayton, but to what extent it influenced or determined the course of unexplained … Continue reading

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Dayton researchers may be looking in the wrong place

It is rare that you find conversation about Puritans landing at the New Haven Colony, rather than at Massachusetts Bay. We hear so little about it, it’s not surprising that it is so widely ignored by family researchers, perhaps because … Continue reading

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