Mary Haines (part two)

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 that James had left nearly his entire estate to his wife and ownership of the estate would transfer to Ralph upon marriage. According to Charles Hoadly, Continue reading

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Mary Haines

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 posts, but would be happy to extend the conversation in more detail, if anyone desires. Continue reading

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Ralph and Abraham Dayton, Brookhaven trustees

In May of 1693, Ralf and Abram Daiton were both elected trustees of the town of Brookhaven and they appear later in town record, performing duties of their office. This Ralph Dayton was probably Abraham’s brother, Samuel and Medlin’s eldest son, born about 1649 in Southampton.

In a November 27, 1693 meeting, Col. William Smith had his patent read before the trustees and a related document was signed by the trustees, including the marks of Ralf and Abram Daiton. The purpose for posting this document, here on the blog, is to present Continue reading

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Earliest Dayton Marker in America

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. Continue reading

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Daton of Latoket

Long ago, it was established that the New Haven Land Record of June 21, 1726 is probably the final record of Abraham Dayton, while he was still living. Abraham was the third son of Samuel and Medlin Dayton. Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton’s long lot at East Hampton

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 history and description of the building known as Home Sweet Home museum. I thought we had posted this previously, but I am unable to find it here. I hope you find it as interesting as it is to me.

The map below was prepared for the report, and included in the report, from the “Records Continue reading

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Famous Ancestors

As I’m sure some of you have realized, we have not mentioned three of our infamous distant relatives—Elias Dayton, Jonathan Dayton and William Lewis Dayton, all Continue reading

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Current Ralph Dayton family projects

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 task to translate handwritten documents containing early spellings. Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton of Danish descent?

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 of Dayton [that] is of Danish descent.” The article goes on to say that Dayton is Continue reading

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Is Ralph Dayton entry the earliest East Hampton town record?

(Written yesterday)
This is the third post I’ve written for this week, but the first two were discarded as the content turned out to be false. So here we are on March 7, and it wasn’t until I was almost finished with the second draft that I noticed the record I had been working on was from Continue reading

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Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Dayton of New Jersey

RE: another discussion of potential children from Abraham Dayton and an unknown first wife (before Mary).

Today, I am pulling an entire paragraph from a webpage entitled Schanus, Frank, Kass and Sholly Families, owned by Edward Schanus. As far as information on our line of early Continue reading

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Former Samuel Dayton property becomes Nature Center

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 “To be a professional organization which promotes interdisciplinary lifelong learning in, for, and about the outdoors and inspires an appreciation of the environment for all people.”

There is a reasoned belief that the Lodge sits in very close proximity to the spot Samuel Dayton chose to locate his farm in the 1670’s.

Read about the Center for Environmental Education & Discovery plan to renovate the Lodge into a nature center for outdoor education

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Lord’s Day at Thomas Baker’s house

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 that the reverend had a town lot on April 22, 1651, so he was probably serving as pastor within one year after Thomas moved there. Continue reading

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Ralph Dayton, “interpreter to the Indians”?

I am curious to discover the origin of the idea that Ralph Dayton was “an interpreter to the Indians”—has anyone found a primary source or even a secondary source that implicates him? Continue reading

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Samuel Dayton contemplated going to Killingworth, Connecticut?

Google® the phrase “apparently contemplated going to Killingworth” and you will find many references to Samuel Dayton, repeating variations of the sentence “He apparently contemplated going to Killingworth, Conn. where four lots had been assigned him before 19 Apr 1667.” It’s unfortunate that the real story that is so interesting and significant is completely lost with this statement. 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 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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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. Continue reading

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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 go to New England would have to obtain a license, “many persons embarked ostensibly for Virginia, but really for Massachusetts.” Continue reading

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A safe distance, at Crane Neck

As we’ve discussed before, in May of 1710 Abraham Dayton, son of Samuel, petitioned the New York Council for charity and was referred back to the Justices of the Peace in Suffolk County, recommending that they provide for he and his family “as the nature of his circumstances require.” Continue reading

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