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If you trace your family back to Virginia, you may be scratching your head trying to untangle the many different versions of who-relates-to-whom. Well worth the read, the website below clears up some of the knottier myths.
First Daltons to America
Massachusetts-New Hampshire Daltons
The very first Daltons who became colonists in the New World came from Suffolk County, England. Rev. Timothy Dalton was married to Ruth Leete of Little Eversden, Cambridge; and his brother Philemon had married Anne or Hannah Cole in Suffolk. Both men came to America during the Great Migration, a wave of nearly 20,000 people who left England and traveled to the shores of New England. Philemon came in 1635 with his wife and a five-year-old son, Samuel. Timothy came over two years later with his wife. Other Daltons followed later, but it was young Samuel who continued on after the older settlers had passed away.
Public records show that several main Dalton families of Virginia may have produced Dalton descendants. Asterick (*) indicates lines which carry the name of Dalton up to the present.
John and Mary (born Newman-widow of William Brockenbrough) Dalton of Richmond County: 1702-1734
Records prove that this couple had two daughters, but no records have been found which mention any sons as offspring of this family. John received 250 acres as a headright grant, but any later ownership of the property is unknown. Descendants of both female lines exist today.
William and Margaret Dalton of Gloucester Co: 1707-1733
Many Dalton descendants have tried to prove their line back to this couple who lived in Gloucester Town between ca. 1707 and 1730. They bore several children whose births or christenings were registered at Abingdon Parish: daughters Sarah, Margaret and Elizabeth and sons Tyrell and Michael. The name Tyrell may be a definite link to an English Cambridgeshire County family which descended from the famous lawyer and legal author, Michael Dalton. William of Gloucester Town also had a son born before he joined the Abingdon church: William (Jr) who married Sarah Mynne about 1729 and who then died about 1732. Documentation for William Jr, son of William of Gloucester, appears in a land document in Spotsylvania County in 1734. If there were other sons who survived from this union of William and Margaret or perhaps an earlier marriage for William (Sr), none have been found. There is strong support that William Jr. had no male heirs and probably no female descendants. There is no support that Margaret's maiden name was Brockenbrough.
* Samuel Dalton
Samuel first appeared in Albemarle County in the 1730's or 1740's. He hobnobbed with some familiar names: Jefferson, Thomas Walker, and perhaps the Madison family. His wife's name was Anne. Samuel had an eldest son William who stayed in Albemarle County until near the end of the 18th century, but Samuel took most of his family first to Pittsylvania County, Va, then to northern Georgia for a short period, then late in the 18th c. to Rockingham (later Stokes) Co, NC. Samuel died in the first decade of the 19th c.
Timothy Dalton, Sr., of Albemarle County
Timothy lived in Albemarle County in the 1730's; he lived on land that was near the above Samuel but never quite bordering Samuel. Strangely, Timothy Sr did not interact with any of the other Daltons found in Hanover-Louisa-Albemarle Co. records: Samuel, Timothy Jr, Robert, and John. Tax collectors gave him the suffix of "Sr" to distinguish him as the older of two men by the same name. In the 18th c., that Jr-Sr definition never indicated father-son unless the relationship was supported by documents. Often the Jr-Sr men turned out to be nephew and uncle, but any relationship between the two Timothys was never recorded. Timothy Sr. died in 1767. His wife's name was Elizabeth. A documented son William was the only child mentioned by name in Tim's Will.
* Timothy Dalton, Jr.
Timothy was born in 1715, place unknown, and died in Bedford Co., Va. in 1775. He first appeared in Orange Co. or Louisa Co. VA records about 1738. He sold his 800 acres of patent Albemarle land by 1745 and moved to the southern part of Virginia, to land which was then called Brunswick Co. His area of residents in the southern part of Virginia then became Lunenburg Co., later Halifax Co., and finally Bedford and Pittsylvania Co. Some of his descendants stayed in Virginia, and some moved into KY and TN and other states which attracted migration.
John and Jemima (Shaw) Dalton of Alexandria, Va.
John was an important and active merchant, partner of John Carlyle. The two men were politically involved with colonial affairs: they provided supplies for the French and Indian War and also for the Revolutionary War; they knew and supported George Washington--both men, in fact, housed George on more than one occasion when he came to Alexandria. John and Jemima had two daughters, but no sons were ever known or documented. John had a bachelor brother, Robert, who died in a shipwreck while on his way to England. John died in Alexandria in 1777.
* Robert, John, and David
Other Daltons who were born about the first two decades of the 18th c. (i.e., between 1700 and 1720 or so) and who lived in Albemarle Co. VA in the early 1740s have not been linked by relationship to other Daltons in the same area. But the three men mentioned here moved themselves and their families to Pittsylvania Co. like those before them (Timothy Jr. and Samuel). Robert was married to Mary Key. John's wife's name was Patience, and David's wife's name was Hannah. By the late 18th c. these three men and their older children were living in close proximity in the northwest quadrant of Pittsylvania Co. VA, around the Pigg River and Frying Pan Creek. By the mid-19th c. most of the children-grandchildren of these three men had moved west and south to other states.
* David Dalton of Louisa-Albemarle Co. VA
Another David was born in the mid-1730s and had sons who fought in the Revolutionary War. David has not been located yet in any records in VA, which may be due to the gaps in the Albemarle Co. records. David's residence in Albemarle Co. is confirmed by the pension applications of three sons. The entire family moved during the Revolutionary War to western North Carolina and eventually settled mainly in Rutherford Co., McDowell Co., Burke Co., and Polk Co.
* John and Rachel Daulton of Prince William Co. VA
John and Rachel left few records behind, but the probate records generated by John's death around 1768 delineate his offspring: daughter Rachel, sons John, James, and Moses. Moses fought in the Revolutionary War, married Mary Fristoe, and later settled in Mason County Kentucky. James and Rachel left faint trails. John (the younger) was a tailor in Fredricksburg, VA, who moved to Petersburg where he apparently died. This family had ties with a Charles and Jane Dalton who were land owners in Charles County Maryland. The extent of those family ties has not been established.
* Thomas Valentine Dalton
A muskateer beneath the surface, Thomas V. Dalton, was a soldier and a Catholic. Although his ties were first in Virginia, his military prowess in the French and Indian War and then again in the Revolutionary War sent him far and wide. Eventually he settled in New Orleans where he died. His descendants tended to stay on the west side of the Mississippi River thereafter.
* Thomas Dalton
A main line of Daltons who joined the new Mormon faith began with Thomas Dalton who was christened in Wales in 1732. He married a woman from Ireland then emigrated to Maryland before 1763. By the end of the Revolutionary War (or earlier), Thomas and his family were living in Pennsylvania. Son John married in Bucks County Pennsylvania then moved to Michigan in the early 1800s. From Michigan the family eventually made its way to Utah.
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