Ralph and Mary at Towd

Upon Ralph Dayton’s marriage to Mary Haines, he assumed ownership of the Haines property in Southold. The couple did not live there however, but instead rented the property to Reverend Young while Ralph and Mary probably lived just north of Sam at North Sea, in the vicinity of Towd (Pelletreau, 1915). William Wallace suggests that Towd might have been an Indian name for the Fish Grove area.

Towd Point, Davis Creek and Fish Cove can be seen on this Google map.

After Ralph died, Mary married a neighbor, Ffulk Davis. Is Davis Creek named after a descendant of Ffulk?

Does anyone know anything more about Towd, or have theories about where Sam and Ralph might have lived??

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Did Ralph Dayton dispose his son, Samuel?

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 contrast, Long Island town records tell us that Ralph’s son Samuel was compelled to dispose his two youngest sons in 1664 (see December 23, 2016 post) and Samuel’s son Abraham saw fit to dispose his son in 1696, after his marriage to Catherine Sweezey. With that knowledge, is it out of the question that Ralph and Alice had, upon arrival, disposed Samuel? Don’t forget—Alice had already lost the comfort of her daughters when they were “removed” upon her marriage to Ralph.

Very little evidence exists that would reveal the wealth of the Ralph Dayton family upon arrival. However, I believe we can safely surmise that Ralph was not wealthy, judging from the placements of the New Haven lot drawn for him and his seating in the meeting house.

Passage to America very often consumed a family’s assets and it was common to arrange short-term servitude or apprenticeship in order to pay off debt, gain sufficient resources in barter, or simply to cut down on the number of mouths to feed. Now consider the claims of a few authors that Samuel was on Long Island just a year or so after arrival and consider the unexplained absences at New Haven Colony. Might Samuel have been placed with someone like John Ogden before 1642?

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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 Dayton descendants, spread far and wide! Your interest is appreciated. In response to your questions, the promised paperback should go on sale in the next two weeks, if there are no more delays.

Now, let’s talk about family.

Unless I’ve just missed the conversations, it seems that Isabel Calder and we are the only persons who have publically expressed our belief that it is more likely that the Ralph Dayton family landed at New Haven, and not at Massachusetts Bay, about 1639. If any of you have come to this conclusion or have seen this theory espoused or discussed, please let me know as I am very curious to hear what others have to say about it.

At the time I came to this belief, I thought that to present the idea might be bold and almost provocative, unaware that Calder had expressed the same assumption almost 80 years ago. Reading her book, The New Haven Colony helped validate our thinking.

I also agree with Calder that the Ralph Dayton family probably stayed with members of the Whitfield group at Menunkatuck or Guilford for at least a few years before their move to New Haven. Records at New Haven (or lack of records) suggesting this are not explicit, but hint that the possibility is very real. Interpretations of our family in the New Haven record have long been built on presuppositions of Ralph’s continuing residence there, having come directly from the bay at Boston.

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Shoemaking scenario

This post is the last in a series of three, talking about opportunities for research at Ashford.

We’ve already introduced the idea that Ralph Dayton could have acquired Hugh Tritton’s house and shoemaking shop. I admit that this is not likely, but it is possible because it could explain Ralph Dayton Junior’s large house and would provide a shop for Ralph Junior’s known occupation as he lived his entire life at Ashford. What a research opportunity!

If it could be determined that Ralph and Alice did acquire the Tritton “inn” and shop, it would open the door to a variety of ancillary questions and imaginative conjecture. But let’s have fun with it.

Was Ralph a cordwainer before marrying Alice or was he eventually called a cordwainer because he owned a cordwainer’s shop?

How’s this for a twist—had Ralph been apprenticed, in his youth, to Hugh Tritton? Just imagine, that knowledge might lead us to discover who Ralph’s parents were. Our dreaming could go on and on…

A capable researcher would do a great service for the Dayton family if he/she would search and analyze Ashford or Kent records to discover evidence supporting or discrediting this acquisition of the Tritton property.

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Marrying up

It seems that Ralph Dayton did well for himself in Ashford. Let me explain.

Ralph’s future mother-in-law, Bennett was named sole executrix for the estates of Robert Goldhatch and Hugh Tritton, her first two husbands. Both were quite generous to their widow.

While Bennett was married to Hugh, Bennett’s daughter Alice married her stepbrother Daniel Tritton, a marriage cut short by Daniel’s death about 7 years later. Daniel left Alice with 2 daughters.

Daniel had died before his father. Alice was beneficiary in the wills of her father and her father-in-law, in addition to receiving a share of her husband Daniel’s estate. Hugh also remembered Alice’s daughters, his granddaughters. A few years after Daniel’s death, on June 16, 1617, Alice Goldhatch Tritton married Ralph Dayton and just 2 years later, Hugh died.

Since both Hugh and his son had been listed as householders, the Trittons must have had a sizable house. It is possible, although it might be a stretch, that Bennett and her daughter Alice (and therefore Ralph) were somewhat in control of the large Tritton house and shop? Might this be the same estate that was eventually acquired by Ralph Dayton Junior who, according to the 1664 Lady Day Hearth Tax Assessment, occupied a house with seven hearths?

This is an extraordinary opportunity for research, since there are so many interesting questions to be answered. See our book for more specifics.

Next time, we’ll push the idea of Ralph and the shoemaking shop a bit further.

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All in the family

Robert Goldhatch and Bennett Meade were married in 1585 and the couple had a daughter, Alice. Robert and Bennett were married about 14 or 15 years when Robert died. A year or two later, when Alice was about 14, her mother married Hugh Tritton, of the same Ashford, Kent parish. After another six years, on April 14, 1607, Alice married her stepbrother, Daniel Tritton.

Daniel and Alice had been married about 7 years when Daniel died without a will, leaving Alice, then 27, with two daughters. On June 16, 1617, Ralph Dayton married widow Alice Goldhatch Tritton, “both of the parish.”

In America, more than 50 years after the marriage of his parents, Ralph and Alice’s son Samuel Dayton married his third wife, widow Elizabeth Beardsley. At the time of their marriage in 1668/69, Elizabeth had two daughters—Hannah and her younger sister Mary, who was about 7. Samuel had 4 sons still at home, all younger than 21 (his 2 youngest had been disposed). His third son, Abraham, was about 15.

Like Bennett and daughter Alice who married father and son, Samuel and son Abraham married mother and daughter. Abraham married his stepsister, Mary Beardsley about 1684.

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Ralph Dayton opportunities for research

Judging from what has already been learned, it is safe to assume there are many interesting components to the Dayton family story in Ashford, Kent that are yet undiscovered. When individual entries from the parish registry at Saint Mary the Virgin are joined, combinations reveal a narrative that stimulates the imagination. Interpretation of the Dayton story at Kent also involves other families that came to America, families that are important to us. But I’d like to start with Ralph Dayton’s story, featuring the Goldhatch and Tritton families.

I created what was meant to be yesterday’s post, based on information from the registry, but decided not to publish it as it was too complicated and difficult to follow. Instead, it will be broken into three or four smaller, more focused installments. I plan to post the first tomorrow and follow with other related segments every few days, when possible.

If you are interested in research involving Ralph Dayton at Ashford—there is much to discuss.

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