As always, greetings to all readers of "Daltons in History"!!
As I write, the Yorkshire Gathering is now over and London 2012 is in full swing with Olympic gold medals accumulating for Team GB at an astonishing rate – all very exciting, and I am having to drag myself away from the action in order to meet Editor Dairne’s deadline!!
The major focus of this issue is to provide comprehensive coverage of our very successful gathering, and this starts in these notes immediately below, with a summary of the weekend and pointers to the more detailed reports that follow.
As usual, you will also find below all the latest news about DGS events and activities, together with other updates to keep you fully informed about what we are doing.
The 2012 DGS Gathering in Yorkshire
The 2012 Gathering and AGM in Yorkshire took place over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 27th/28th/29th July 2012. The event was held at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel at Willerby near Hull, which proved to be an excellent venue.
The weekend turned out to be a great success and I hope that everyone who attended found it to be an enjoyable, stimulating and unique experience. It was a great pleasure to have the company of such an interesting cross-section of DGS members from near and far, many of whom had not been to a DGS gathering before. We hope that you will now want to come to one of our Gatherings again!
In this edition of "Daltons in History" you will find my Chairman’s Diary which gives an account of the weekend together with a small selection of photographs. Many photographs were taken by delegates over the weekend and the best of these are being assembled into a gallery, together with videos of the presentations and copies of the accompanying slides. David Preston has kindly taken on this task and his gallery will appear on the Dalton Data Bank website at www.daltondatabank.org. I am most grateful to David for his work on this, and also to Dave Lynam, husband of our secretary, Pam and to committee member Howard J Dalton, who made video recordings during the event.
Next month in "Daltons in History" we will carry a selection of reminiscences about the weekend from delegates, and we look forward to these. We also hope that all those of you who were unable to join us in Yorkshire will enjoy the coverage of the Gathering that you will find on our websites, and also in the next issue of the DGS Journal, to be published at the end of the year.
The DGS "Above and Beyond" Award
The DGS Committee has agreed to institute an annual award to recognise major contributions to the running of the Society by DGS members who are not officers or on the committee. To be known as the DGS "Above and Beyond" Award, it was announced at the AGM, and at the DGS Annual Dinner on the Saturday evening of our Gathering, it was my pleasure to announce that the first recipient of this award for 2012 is Howard Dalton, our Gathering Organiser. I am most grateful to Howard for having taken on the task of organising the Yorkshire Gathering. His attention to detail, together with his sustained work over many months, have ensured that all those who attended as delegates were able to enjoy a superb weekend. Howard is also a past DGS Treasurer, and he organised previous DGS Gatherings in Scarborough in 1992 and in Pickering in 2002. An award very well deserved – our congratulations and our thanks go to Howard.
Future DGS events
For the 2013 Gathering and AGM we are returning to Ireland. We will be based in Dublin, as we were in 2005, and the event will take place over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 26th/27th/28th July 2013. It is planned that we will stay at the Ashling Hotel, where we were accommodated in 2005. Since then the hotel has been considerably refurbished and I am confident that we will be very well looked after. You can see more about the Ashling Hotel on their website at www.ashlinghotel.ie. Ciaran Dalton, our Irish Secretary and Chieftain of Clan Dalton, and I are now working to put a detailed programme together, and we will be concentrating on Dalton families with Irish ancestry. Further details will be provided on this website in the autumn, and in Volume 57 of the DGS Journal when it is published at the end of the year. In the meantime please reserve the dates in your diary. We will hope to see many DGS members there and particularly those with Irish Dalton ancestry.
Plans are now being made for 2014 and 2015 with the Burgundy area of France and Virginia, USA as the suggested locations. It has also been suggested that we should return to South Wales, UK, maybe in 2016. The DGS committee is actively taking these plans forward and we will be making further more detailed announcements in the coming months about locations and dates. So watch this space!
And, as we like to plan ahead and explore other options for our annual gathering events, if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.
The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)
Our DNA project continues to attract considerable interest with a regular stream of enquiries about joining being received by myself and Karen Dalton Preston as administrators of the project. We were delighted that Chris Pomery, our DNA consultant, was able to join us at our Annual DGS Dinner at the Yorkshire Gathering. Chris was able to give us a brief update on what is planned in terms of project progress reporting between now and the end of 2012 and there will be more about this in "Daltons in History" next month.
We are indebted to Chris for all his assistance with the project over the past six years, which includes the preparation of three issues of the very comprehensive project progress report, and most recently a series of six reports covering individual genetic families. He has also given informative presentations at our annual gatherings on several occasions. We now have some 180 participants in the project, including three new recruits at the Yorkshire Gathering, and well over 80% are members of one of the 15 identified genetic families. The latest DIDP update was published in February and can be found in the "Dalton DNA Project" section of this website or just click here.This reviewed the current status of the project and looked ahead with our plans for further work in 2012.
The DGS Journal
Volume 56 of the DGS Journal for June 2012 has been published, and appeared in early July. All DGS members should have received their copy of Volume 56 by early August, and if you have not yet received yours please contact your local secretary in the first instance, and we will investigate. As always this latest volume of our award winning Journal contains much of interest and, if you are not a DGS member, please think about joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the "Join the DGS" section of this website, or just click here.
John always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal. Any material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible, so that he can plan the content of future issues. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the "DGS Journal Index" from the homepage or by clicking here. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 56 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained through your local secretary using the order form that you will find on the link above. Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found there as well.
We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: email@example.com.)
Enjoy this month’s issue of "Daltons in History", your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in September 2012.
Thank you for your attention
Yours very sincerely
Here Michael Dalton gives his personal account of the Dalton Genealogical Society’s Annual Gathering for 2012 held in Yorkshire, UK from Friday 27th to Monday 30th July 2012. The weekend was based at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, Hull.
Thursday 26th July, 2012
I had arrived in Yorkshire late on Wednesday evening in order to have a full day available on the Thursday to complete the preparations for the weekend. My day started with a meeting with the hotel staff to run through our programme. Lisa, our main contact during the past 18 months, introduced me to Jason, who was to be our event manager over the weekend. Any problems, just ask Jason and he will fix it! Jason and I struck up a good rapport and we were soon discussing the finer details on timings, the position of tables and chairs in the Garden Suite, refreshments for our entertainers on Saturday evening, place names for the dinner and a myriad of other points. Experience in the past has taught me how important the relationship is between us and the hotel and Jason turned out to be a star. Nothing was too much trouble.
So, happy that everything taking place at the hotel would be taken care of, I drove over to Beverley and visited the tourist office to check out the things taking place in the town, which delegates might wish to do on Saturday afternoon. A very helpful lady gave me all sorts of information and a supply of maps and leaflets to hand out to everybody. I then called in at Beverley Minster to confirm the numbers for the roof tour, and take a closer look myself at the interior of this magnificent building. I was also particularly keen to see a stained glass window designed and made recently by a fellow liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, Helen Whittaker. After some shopping for items for Saturday evening, I returned to the hotel for a belated sandwich and then assembled the delegate packs and prepared the badges. By the time this was finished others had started to arrive and there was a party of eight of us to have dinner and spend the evening together catching up on each other’s news, committee matters and so on. I retired to bed feeling that everything was more or less ready for the next three days – mission accomplished and I was pleased to have had the whole of the day to deal with everything.
Friday 27th July, 2012
The day started with an early breakfast and then the task of setting up the Dalton family history displays of books and charts in the Garden Suite. This had to be completed well before 11.00 am when we started our committee meeting, the first time we had sat round the table together for a meeting since Worcester in 2007. Over the years we have developed very good procedures for conducting all our business by email and telephone, but we all felt it would be useful to discuss a number of key issues face to face. The meeting proved to be a very useful opportunity to share our thoughts on topics ranging from membership and subscriptions to the development of the DGS websites, and from the content of the Journal and "Daltons in History" to the next steps in the Dalton DNA Project. Altogether very worthwhile and we made a number of decisions which I was able to communicate to our members at the AGM on the Saturday. The meeting finished at 1.15 pm, only 15 minutes later than planned (!), and that gave us time to meet the many delegates that had arrived, and also have something to eat before departing for Hull History Centre. I am most grateful to John’s wife, Sheila for welcoming people who arrived while our meeting was in progress, making sure that the DGS registration desk was manned and handing out delegates packs and badges.
Thanks to Mike Dalton’s transport management, all those without cars found seats in the cars of those with, and everyone found their way to Hull History Centre for the scheduled 3.00 pm start. We were met by the City Archivist, Martin Taylor, who gave us a brief introduction to the Hull History Centre. We then assembled inside the lecture room for the official welcome to the City of Hull by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Danny Brown, who was wearing his chain of office and was accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, his wife Lynda. The Mayor explained the history of the chain, which includes the original gold chain presented to the City in 1554, and first worn that year by Thomas Dalton in the first of his three mayoralties. Martin then introduced Helen Good, a well known local historian and lecturer at the University of Hull, who had prepared an excellent presentation for us entitled "Dalton Mayors of Hull". Helen gave us a wonderful, and at times very witty, insight into life in Hull in the 16th century, and how the Dalton family would have lived their lives as prominent citizens holding the office of Mayor. This was illustrated with original documents from the City archives held in the Centre. She had also prepared transcriptions of a number of documents, referred to in her talk, including Star Chamber papers, Bench Books and Interrogatories, and collected together in a 16 page handout for everybody. We were all spellbound and I recommend that those who were unable to attend take the opportunity to look at the video of Helen’s talk. Helen has also agreed to write an article for the DGS Journal, which we will look forward to reading. Many thanks to Helen, and to Martin and the Mayor, for getting our weekend off to such a good start.
In the evening there was an informal reception in the Garden Suite followed by a buffet supper, which gave everyone the opportunity to meet members of the committee and other delegates, and also view the displays of Dalton family history charts, books, journals and other items of interest. An enjoyable time was had by all, including a group of us, who later on in the evening, took the opportunity to watch the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the hotel bar!
Saturday 28th July, 2012
The programme for the morning conference was scheduled to start at 10.00 am and, with a very full morning planned I opened the proceedings at 10.00 am precisely with our own "Opening Ceremony". Although not on quite the same scale as what we had witnessed from the Olympic Stadium the previous evening, it was nevertheless a great pleasure to welcome all our delegates from far and wide, and the local ones too. It was particularly pleasing to see representatives from the United States (Jack Rudisail from Texas, a new DGS member), and from Australia, Maureen of course, together with Wendy Fleming and John Prytherch. We were also joined by a number of local Yorkshire Daltons, including Jim Dalton, with his wife Julia, and their first cousins John Dalton and Ann Clarke, all descended from the Dalton Mayors of Hull; David Dalton, with his wife Barbara, from nearby Hessle and with Hull Dalton descent; Adrian Dalton, with his wife Eve, from Poole, Dorset, but descended from Daltons from the nearby village of Kilnwick; also sisters Doreen Skiven and Beryl Skiven-Baker with Kilnwick Dalton connections. All of these were attending their first DGS Gathering. Add to them, Howard our Gathering Organiser, and his wife Jen and that completes the formidable group of delegates with Yorkshire Dalton connections!
We then moved into the AGM and this will be reported on fully next month with the minutes of the meeting. I will just mention one thing here, the announcement of the DGS "Above and Beyond" Annual Award. The committee have instituted this award, open to DGS members who are not officers or committee members, to recognise exceptional contributions to the work of the Society. The committee will nominate the recipient each year and the award will normally be announced at the DGS Gathering or AGM. I informed the meeting that the first recipient for 2012 would be announced at the Annual Dinner.
With the AGM concluded soon after 11.00 am and following a short break, we resumed for the two talks – the first being by Howard on the Daltons of Garton-on-the-Wolds. Howard introduced his subject with some geography and then took us through the history of Garton from Roman times and speculated about the DNA that would have been introduced into Garton families over successive centuries with the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and then the French Normans being extant in the Yorkshire Wolds at different times over the period. Woven into this was the more recent documented history of his own Dalton descent from 18th century Dalton blacksmiths who lived and worked in the village. The talk was much enjoyed by us all and proved to be an excellent introduction to the visit to Garton planned for Sunday afternoon.
Our final talk was given by Charlie Cradock, Education Officer of the East Yorkshire Family History Society. I had invited Charlie to introduce us to the sources for family history research in the East Riding and in Hull. His talk, illustrated with online visits to many websites and searching specifically for Dalton records, was something of a "tour de force", and gave us all an insight into the many different sources and archives available, much of it at our finger tips sitting at our computer screens at home. The keen researchers amongst us all found something new to explore in more detail later, and the video of Charlie’s talk will be well worth a view by those who did not attend the Gathering.
1.00 pm came around all too quickly and I had to draw the conference to a close. There was no doubt that much ground had been covered during the morning. But we had to move on with a buffet lunch to fortify us and then off to Beverley for the afternoon.
Beverley Minster was the central attraction for the Saturday afternoon and about 25 of us opted for the roof tour with its climb up a very narrow and long spiral staircase to reach the roof space above the minster. We were guided by the experienced and knowledgeable verger, who ensured that we all reached the top safely. Exploring the roof space was fascinating and the photographs you will find in the gallery give a good impression of what we saw. The most amazing part of our tour was when the circular boss above the nave altar was lifted so that we could gaze down to the nave below. As we looked down, the distant Howard J looked up!
Following the roof tour delegates went their own ways to explore the narrow streets of the town and visit some of the delightful shops. Others visited the Old Treasure House. Howard and Jen and Kate and I elected to find one of the many old tea rooms and enjoy a quiet cup of tea in delightful surroundings before returning to the hotel.
On Saturday evening, we held the main social event of the weekend, our Annual DGS Dinner. This was preceded by a reception and we were joined by Chris Pomery, our DNA consultant, who gave us a very brief update on the Dalton International DNA Project. It was good that Chris, just returned from a rather soggy camping holiday in Scotland, was able to join us as a guest and many took the opportunity to discuss DNA matters with him during the course of the evening. Dinner was served and thanks go to Maureen and Pam for sorting out the menu choices and seating plan. Everyone had a seat to sit at, and was served the correct food; with the exception of the two David Daltons present, whose menu choices had been reversed, but this was quickly sorted out!
Following the starter and the main course, I introduced our entertainers "The Spare Hands", led by Steve Gardham, who regaled us with a wonderful selection of sea shanties and songs about the local sea-faring community, many going back to the days when Hull was such an important sea port and trading centre. Steve explained the work that his organisation, the Yorkshire Garland Group, is doing making recordings for incorporation into new exhibits at the Hull Maritime Museum. The DGS showed its appreciation to Steve and his two colleagues with a collection of over £100 as a contribution to their work.
After a break, the evening proceedings resumed with our awards and presentations, followed by the raffle. The two main awards were firstly to John, our Editor – I presented him with the framed certificate from the Federation of Family History Societies for taking second place in the One Name section of the Elizabeth Simpson Award for best journals in 2011, together with a celebratory bottle. As has already been reported this was a richly deserved award, originally presented to the Society back in March, when John and I attended the Federation AGM in London – many congratulations again, John! The second award was for our newly instituted DGS "Above & Beyond" Award and this went to Howard for all his work as Gathering Organiser, and as a former Treasurer of the Society and gathering organiser in 1992 and 2002. Again, a very well deserved award and it was a pleasure to present Howard with a celebratory bottle and promise him a certificate to mark the award, just as soon as it has been designed and printed. We then had some fun with fridge magnets – I had found some excellent ones with phrases relevant to family history and family historians for distribution to committee members and their long-suffering spouses, and these caused considerable amusement.
The final part of the evening was the raffle, as usual efficiently organised by Kate, which raised £116 for Breast Cancer Care, the charity chosen by the committee to be the recipient of the proceeds. I am grateful to committee members for supplying the considerable number of prizes on offer, which added to the fun of the draw. With the conclusion of the raffle the formal part of the evening came to a close, and many enjoyed the opportunity for further informal conversations and another drink or two.
Sunday 29th July, 2012
Sunday began at a more leisurely pace with plenty of time for breakfast and a final look at the displays, before the scheduled 10.30 am departure to the centre of Hull. A number of us attended the morning service at Holy Trinity Church, while others looked around the city. At noon we all gathered in the church for coffee and biscuits, followed by a fascinating tour, led by Jean Fenwick with her encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of the church and its artefacts. Central to our visit was of course the tombstone of Thomas Dalton, Mayor of Hull, who died in 1590, but everyone was very struck with the beauty of the church with its painted ceilings, wonderful stained glass and many other features. We are indebted to Jean for such an interesting and full tour.
Following the tour of Holy Trinity we had time to find some lunch and then departed for Garton. I gave Jack Rudisail a lift and enjoyed his company for a little longer than planned – we were so engrossed in conversation that I missed a turning and we ended up taking a delightful tour of the byways rather than the highways in the Yorkshire Wolds. Fortunately Jack enjoyed the experience – rather different from his home territory in Texas! On arrival at Garton, others had already visited the Forge and were gathered at the church, where the church warden had persuaded his contractors to restore temporary lighting in the church so that we could admire the wall paintings without having to resort to the torches we had all been asked to bring. New flood lighting is currently being installed inside to improve the illumination of the paintings. It was a most interesting visit and all enjoyed seeing the inside of this wonderful church.
Our final port of call in Garton was to see the relocated hinges made by Robert Dalton in 1833 and now in West End Farm. The owners had kindly invited delegates to visit their home and view these hinges supporting two doors on opposite sides of the converted barn, now a splendid dining room.
After Garton it was back to the hotel for a short break and time to change before setting off again to go to South Dalton and the Pipe & Glass Inn. Here we were welcomed by the owner of the inn, James McKenzie. He and his wife took the Pipe & Glass over about six years ago and have turned it into an award winning Michelin starred pub. The conservatory had been reserved for our buffet supper, the final event of the weekend and what an enjoyable and relaxed occasion it was. James gave us a short account of the history of the inn and, after yet another group photograph, we settled down for a most sumptuous supper and a further opportunity to socialise and exchange information about our respective Dalton family histories.
All too soon the evening came to an end, and it was time to bid farewell to those not staying at the hotel. On returning to Willerby, there was the opportunity for a final drink before retiring and reflecting on a busy and action-packed weekend.
Monday 30th July, 2012
The day of departure and saying goodbye. Inevitably all good things have to come to an end and I think all who attended agreed that it had been a most successful weekend. I eventually departed from Hull around lunchtime and, somewhat wearily, drove the 250 miles home to Reigate. I went through torrential rain at several points as I travelled south and reflected on how kind the English weather had been to us – hardly a drop of rain for the Gathering and mainly quite warm with sunshine. Weren’t we lucky?!
This has been something of a whirlwind "tour" through the weekend – well the Gathering was something of a whirlwind too, with so much to do and so many people to meet. Whilst I have been writing, I have been interrupted by grandchildren staying with us, and of course the Olympics and all the excitement that they have generated. I therefore trust I am forgiven if I have left out anything of importance. Inevitably this is a snapshot from my personal reminiscences. For further photos please follow this link. I look forward to all of you who attended filling the gaps with the reminiscences that you have been asked to send in to Dairne in good time for next month’s "Daltons in History". Please don’t forget to do this. Do it now!!
Japanese Prisoner of War Records
ForcesReunited has a new military records collection which can be accessed at the website www.forces-war-records. There is a free search and view access to 14,000 new Japanese Prisoner of War records. If you find an ancestor among these records you will be directed to other useful sources. You will be able to discover their unit(s) and the battles they took part in.
Royal Air Force
The service records of the first 320,000 airmen (other Ranks) to serve with the Royal Air Force (other Ranks) and its predecessors the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service is now searchable by name.
The full names have been added to the service numbers and are listed in the AIR 79 series. This contains records of airmen who served in WWII.
These records which can be ordered from the National Archives (TNA) contain many details as diverse as hair colour, marital status and details of service.
Along with AIR 76 series – the records of RAF officers can be searched online at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.
A Military Library
The first online library of rare military books can be read at www.militaryarchive.co.uk. It is a 550 volume library which includes regimental histories and other interesting miscellaneous publications. The books are searchable, clear to view, and are presented in a page turning format. The library subscription is £125 per annum.
A further 9.1 million birth indexed transcripts have
been added online at www.thegenealogist.co.uk.
Searching the 95 million transcripts is now quicker and easier.
London Land Tax
The London Land Tax Records 1692 -1932 has been released by Ancestry. This tax was introduced by the Government in the late 17th century to raise revenue. It lists both owners and tenants.
Ancestry has updated its Warwickshire collection. There are now 1,043,939 records for baptisms, marriages and burials.
WW1 Plastic Surgery Records
Dr. Harold Gillies performed more than 11,000 facial plastic surgery operations at The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent. The records of the 2,328 men, who were treated between 1917 – 25, can now be searched on www.findmypast.co.uk/
Dr. Gillies was well known for developing the first skin grafts and plastic surgery techniques whilst treating WW1 soldiers left wounded with severe facial disfigurements.
Welsh Parish Registers
www.findmypast.co.uk/ has published 2 million new Welsh Parish Registers adding to the 4 million already published. They are the first complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records available online.
Baptisms cover the period 1538 – 1912
Banns cover the period 1603 – 1927
Marriages cover the period 1539 – 1927
Burials cover the period 1539 – 2007.
Latest series of "Who Do You Think You Are" BBC 1
The celebrity line up includes musician Annie Lennox, comic actors Hugh Dennis and Celia Imrir, Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart, Masterchef Greg Wallace, Samantha Womack (Janus), John Barnes, John Bishop, William Roache and Alex Kingston.
The programme begins on Wednesday 15th August,
2012 at 9pm on the BBC1 channel.
1. This announcement was received from Ancestry.com in relation to the completion of the 1940 US Census.
To use the Ancestry website follow this link.
2. From Mike Dalton of Portland, Oregon, USA.
FINDING YOUR PARENTS OR YOU IN US 1940 CENSUS
With the advent of the world wide internet and access to countless genealogical websites, the access to the US 1940 census is now virtual with a few keystrokes on your laptop computer at your favourite coffee shop or at home on your kitchen table.
Census images of where parents or self lived during the 1940 US Census can be located in two ways.
As the State of California is now fully indexed, I was able to locate my widowed grandmother Mary Dalton, her son Daniel and her granddaughter Maureen living in the same household.
In early April 2012 I used the Unified Census ED Finder tool to locate my newly married Dad to be William Dalton and my Mother to be Marian Dalton in the 1940 Census of Portland, Oregon. I had found their 1940 Census address in a 1941 City of Portland directory, which was published in December 1940. They had lived at another address when they first moved to Portland.
This was no doubt a big move for my parents from San Francisco, California to a new job and a new married life in a new city some 700 miles from all their relatives in California.
From Richard Dalton, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
For those of you in the Dalton Genealogical Society, I thought you would find this interesting.
Immigration and the history of Ireland and America is fascinating. My
father, Mark Dalton, who was born in 1914, in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
was first generation American, his father came from Abbey Feale (outside
of Limerick) in the early 1900's. I assume the ancestors had all been
farmers for generations. I am hoping to learn
Here is my father's obituary.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy Letter ~ Tribute to Mark Dalton ~ and Boston Globe Obituary, May 2004
"Dear Family and Friends of Mark Dalton,
All of us in the Kennedy family are saddened by Mark's death. In so many ways, Mark was there when it all began for Jack in 1946 – two young men, two lieutenants in the Navy who came within inches of losing their lives in World War II, one on a beach in Normandy and the other at sea in the South Pacific – two young men who became brothers in war and came home as members of the Greatest Generation to serve their country in peace as well.
I was 14 years old and just starting the ninth grade at Milton Academy that fall in 1946, when Jack first ran for Congress and won a seat in the House of Representatives. I was as excited as all the other Kennedys when Jack won the race.
As my brother said later, victory has a thousand fathers, and my
father was probably number one of that thousand in 1946, but Mark Dalton
with his bowtie was certainly number two. He turned out to be an excellent
campaign manager, and an excellent manager of all the Kennedys too, and
a big part of Jack's 72% of the vote belonged to
When Jack first announced his campaign that spring, no one said he had a chance. But he and Mark organized a small but wonderful group of idealistic young people to oin the campaign, and they pulled it off, the ten of them. After that, Jack always called them, "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." Jack knew his Shakespeare and so did Mark. I loved it and wanted to be part of it too.
Mark was at Jack's side throughout his 6 years in the House, and
launched him to the Senate in 1952. Mark himself ran for the Senate two
years later, furious at what Joe McCarthy was doing to the rule of law
he loved. Sadly for the Senate, that didn't work out, but justice and
the rule of law were the real winners, because Mark went on to a
I admired and respect Mark for that, but it was the part about the band of brothers I liked most. Mark often came out to Hyannis Port during those early days, and I'm told that one of his favorite stories over the years was the day my sister Eunice met him at the airport. On the ride back to our house, Eunice said, "Mark, I hear you're brilliant. Tell me something brilliant." I'm sure Mark is in heaven now, saying something brilliant to Jack.
Edward M. Kennedy"
Boston Globe Obituary
Mark Dalton, 89; Kennedy aide, noted lawyer had key role in D-Day invasion.
By Gloria Negri, Globe Staff
Mark J. Dalton, whose intelligence report from Utah Beach in Normandy paved the way for the D-Day Allied invasion 60 years ago and whose political savvy helped John F. Kennedy win a seat in Congress, died Sunday of colon cancer at his home in South Woodstock, Vt. He was 89.
Lieutenant Dalton's message on the morning of June 6, 1944, written under enemy fire and transported back by small craft to the Navy vessel Bayfield, waiting offshore, was brief: "Landings can be made anywhere on Red Beach . . . obstacles no longer obstacles," according to Samuel Eliot Morison's "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II."
In a telephone interview last month, Mr. Dalton, a retired Boston attorney of 50 years, recalled that the obstacles had been removed from the section of Utah Beach known as Red Beach the night before by the Navy's underwater demolition unit and that he had gone ashore with the sixth wave of troops in the early morning of June 6.
"The seas were heavy and we couldn't use the gangplank so we had to go over the side on rope ladders to get to the landing craft," he said. "In the craft, we all stood facing toward the bow looking toward the beach. No one said a word. Our soldiers marched across the beach and I did my writing under heavy shellfire. A German soldier came along, his hands raised. I went over, then took him by the arm and walked him across the beach. All he could say as he looked out to our ships was, "Colossal, colossal, colossal." Lieutenant Dalton was highly decorated for his efforts at Utah Beach and in other campaigns.
Mr. Dalton's association with Kennedy was memorable in other ways. He is mentioned at length in many books about the president. In "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye," Dave Powers, Kennedy's confidant, describes Mr. Dalton as JFK's "closest political aide. During Kennedy's six years in the House, he listened more to Mark than to anyone else," Powers said.
In 1954 Mr. Dalton ran unsuccessfully in Massachusetts for the US Senate with the main purpose of going to Washington to fight Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, whose anticommunist crusade resulted in inquiries that were likened to witch hunts. "Beyond all doubt, this man is a bully, with no regard for the truth and no respect for the dignity of the individual," Mr. Dalton said in his campaign message. During his five decades as an attorney, Mr. Dalton, always a champion of the underdog, focused on representing public sector employee groups, but he had a diversified practice that included estate and corporate law.
A tall, lanky, and handsome man, Mr. Dalton was known for his white starched shirts, suspenders and bow ties, his kind smile, and big laugh.
"Mr. Dalton had an appreciation of the law as the great equalizer," said Boston attorney Joseph DeLorey. He 'got it.' He had picked a side, that of the worker, and each worker who turned to him for help got the best he could give, and that was pretty good."
Mr. Dalton didn't give up during his recent illness. Until a week ago, he continued writing his memoirs of World War II. On the phone 10 days ago, he spoke enthusiastically of an oral history he was compiling for the hospice group at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mark John Dalton was born and raised in Cambridge, one of four children of London-born Cornelius and Ellen Dalton. His grandfather, Martin Hoban, a leading Irish patriot, was president of the Amalgamated Society of Operative Boot and Shoe Makers of Great Britain and Ireland. At the age of 13, Mr. Dalton was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for his heroic efforts in saving the lives of three boys who would otherwise have drowned in Cambridge's Fresh Pond.
He won other medals for his academic achievements and his debating ability at Boston College High School, from which he graduated in 1932. At Boston College, he excelled as a scholar, a debater, a writer for the college's periodicals, and a member of the fencing team.
Mr. Dalton graduated from Boston College cum laude in 1936 and for the next two years he reviewed books, plays, and films for the Boston Herald. His brother, the late Cornelius, was a well-known political reporter for the same paper.
Mr. Dalton entered Harvard Law School in 1938. He specialized in business law and was appointed to the Board of Student Advisers, one of the highest scholastic honors awarded by the university. He graduated from law school with honors in 1941.
For the following year, Mr. Dalton was law clerk to John C. Mahoney of Providence, judge of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
In 1942, he was an attorney with the Office of Price Administration in Washington, assigned to the Fats and Oils Industry, where he drafted several major price regulations.
From 1942 to 1946, he served as an amphibious Naval intelligence officer, was promoted to lieutenant, and earned four battle stars and the Navy's Commendation Medal for service in southern France and in the Pacific, in the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. At the end of the war, he also saw service in China and Korea.
After the war, Mr. Dalton returned to Boston and began practicing law. He became involved in politics as campaign manager for Kennedy's first run for the US House of Representatives in 1946. The seat had been vacated by James Michael Curley when he was convicted of mail fraud.
Mr. Dalton remained an adviser to and speechwriter for Kennedy while
he was in Congress, often putting his own law practice on hold until his
growing family required him to return to it full time. A genteel man,
Mr. Dalton never called him Jack, but John. In 1949, Mr. Dalton married
Barbara Higgins, who also served in Naval intelligence in
Many Massachusetts judges and lawyers advanced their careers by taking the Dalton-Elcock Bar Review, Mr. Dalton's bar examination classes. He was also a mentor to many young lawyers. One of them was DeLorey, who described Mr. Dalton as having an "Atticus Finch" quality about him, recalling the highly principled and heroic attorney in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
"I have never walked down the street with anyone who had so many hats tipped to him as Mr. Dalton," DeLorey said. "Each person who greeted him did so with a genuine warmth and respect."
"The word 'gentleman' is always used when he is referred to."
Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Dover.
This month, we are extending two "Welcomes".
First, we welcome a new son and grandson to a member of Genetic Family D in the Dalton International DNA Project, and also to a new DGS member, Wayne Dalton of Texas.
Otherwise, July has been a quiet month. David and I have been trying to keep cool despite the summer heat.
Birth Announcement from Ireland:
We welcome the newest member of Genetic Family D.
Robert Dalton of Mitchelstown, Cork, Ireland recently became a grandfather again. His son Bobby Dalton welcomed into the world son Dylan born 12th July, 2012. All are doing well. Robert Dalton is descended from William Patrick Dalton of Tankerstown, Tipperary, Ireland and is the cousin of DGS members Cathy Negrycz in Florida and Cathy's daughter, Regina.
Noteworthy Internet Resources for Dalton Researchers:
If you are new to using DNA testing for genealogy, you might be interested in the following article.
The following was posted to Dick Eastman's Genealogical Newsletter:
Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy
CeCe Moore has written a great overview about DNA testing for genealogy for anyone who is new to DNA. Hosted on Geni.com, the series of articles is designed to answer the most commonly-asked questions:
You can read the first of this multi-part series at http://www.geni.com/blog/dna-testing-for-genealogy-getting-started-part-one-375984.html
And, a web site worth checking out:
The following website can be checked for military members receiving
an honor for bravery.
submitted by Cathy Negrycz, Florida.
Winton Wayne Dalton, Perryton, TX
Now to the monthly statistics provided by David.
Web Sites Update:
For the period from 1 July to 31 July 2012
Updates to the Data Bank:
23 July, 2012: Australia - Australian Newspapers from 1803-1962 Contributed by David Preston, Nevada
19 July, 2012: All Sites - Added image search to all DGS sites Contributed by David Preston, Nevada
DDB Web Site Usage Statistics:
13,835 visitors came from 96 Countries / Territories
DDB Web Site Usage Statistics
Top 10 pages visited
Visits by date
There are a total of 291 Posts in 184 Topics by 409 Members.
During the reporting period, there were 4 new topics added, 4 new posts and 7 new members added.
DGS Web Site Usage Statistics:
1,427 Visits from 55 Countries / Territories
DGS Web Site Usage Statistics
Top 10 pages visited
Visits by date
Google Ad Campaigns:
Dalton Data Bank Site:
11,410 Visitors reached the Data Bank by clicking on one of the 1,642,081 Google Ads served during the reporting period.
"Join Us" Ad Campaign for the DGS Site:
92 Visitors reached the DGS UK Site by clicking on one of the 10,691 Google Ads served during the reporting period.
Well, that's all for now folks!!
Wishing you all a pleasant August!
Karen Dalton Preston
Thank you to all who have contributed to the August 2012 issue of "Daltons in History".
Thank you very much for the flowers and chocolates, they were very enjoyable!! My legs are healing well and I am back on my feet.
The Hull Gathering has just finished. MEL AND I HOPE THAT ALL MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED ENJOYED THEMSELVES IMMENSELY.
Due to time constraints the usual "suspects" do not appear this month but will be back in September 2012.
Please send me any ideas you may have for future articles or areas of research we could look at. New ideas are definitely needed!!
Please consider contributing a short description of any Dalton-related travels you may have undertaken anywhere in the world. Also members who are travelling to do research, visit a Dalton-connected site, or have made a connection to a distant cousin through the DGS. might be interested in letting other members know what they are doing through "Daltons in History". Photos from your travels would be appreciated. Also, it would be a way of helping members get to know each other a little better, and might help members who are widely dispersed geographically to feel a bit more connected.
Reminiscences of the Hull Gathering is the next important item to consider. All contributions should be sent to the Editor by the deadline below.
Contributions for the September 2012 issue need to be with me no later than 3rd September, 2012. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Mel and I will be away most of September and would like the "Daltons in History" completed before we go away.
Please continue to stick to the set deadlines!! There is no excuse for missing the deadline - PLAN AHEAD!!