The excommunication of Thomas Baker

Does 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 their records. 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, 2016 post entitled “Did Abraham Dayton have sons from a wife before Mary Beardsley?” Continue reading

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Dayton book will be reviewed in the NEHG Register

We just received exciting news through Terry Brown, that The New England Historical and Genealogical Register will review Our Long Island Ancestors, the First Six Generations of Daytons in America 1639-1807, in their Spring 2018 publication.

This is quite an honor for us and Jim and I are truly humbled, as submission for scholarly review was certainly not in our plans. Thank you to our friends who have supported and encouraged us.


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Do you see “Dayton?”

I was reminded this week of the excitement of searching registry pages from the St. Mary the Virgin parish in Ashford, Kent. In addition to now well-known entries of Tritton and Dayton marriages, baptisms and burials, many more entries exist that may not have been fully explored.

Among the entries known to us are also examples that appear very similar to “Dayton or Deighton,” but we’ve not seen a reference to them or explanation.  Does this entry say “…baptized Deighton”?

According to the Kent Archaeological Society, this December 1583 entry says “William Austen and Johne Lightfoot.” The name “Austen” appears many times in the parish registry and is easy to interpret as “Dayton.”

An index of Ashford, Kent known births, marriages and burials from c. 1570 – late 1800’s can be found by clicking on this link to the Kent Archaeological Society.

Many thanks to Terry Brown as he continues to sort these things out.

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Samuel Dayton’s primitive shelter

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 previously. Consider Samuel Dayton, particularly at Matinecock, or later when constructing his farm house on Dayton’s Neck “at South,” where it is believed Sam was the first European settler in the area. Continue reading

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Was Medlin Dayton buried at Matinecock?

I should have explained what I meant by the question: “Is it possible that the Frost Family Cemetery was established on the mound where Simson found Medlin’s grave?”

I was actually wondering if it is possible that when Simson took possession of the land containing Samuel’s cellar, he discovered the gravesite of Samuel’s wife Medlin closeby, on the same piece of high ground that the Frost family later established as their cemetery. Remember that Medlin probably died about the same time Samuel was trying to occupy these lots. Of course, her marker would probably be lost within ten or twenty years after her death.

I realize the whole idea is a long shot, but it’s interesting to consider just the same.

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Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock

The approximate location of Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock might be determined by reading the descriptions of what became William Simson’s property and then William Frost’s property, both following Sam’s ownership. In 1667 (after Sam forfeited at least three lots), William Simson purchased from the native Matinecock people a tract of forty acres with rights in the, Continue reading

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