Founding Fathers, Virginia was printed in the September 2002 issue of "Daltons in History". An interesting response was received from Kenneth Haas and is printed below. His e-mail address is: email@example.com
Population Growth from Ken Haas
"Four Daltons came to Grayson County, Virginia (then Montgomery) in the 1780s. Three did not remain past 1803 and only two left descendants there, one only a few. The other, William Dalton from Pittsylvania County, had 10-12 children (I descend from four of them). All remained in Grayson/Carroll and raised large families. I estimate William had four hundred descendants in Carroll by 1880 and quite a number had left the area by then.
I descend from another Carroll family , the Goads. My
Goad mother was born there. I wrote a book on the Goads. 95% of the Goads
in the United States descend from one couple, Abraham and Katherine (Williams)
Goad of ca 1665-1735 Richmond County, Virginia
I live in an a small metro area of about a half million. On the average, there should be about five hundred of we Goad descendants living here. I know of NONE except my immediate family.
Naturally the percentage is higher in southern states,
very low in some of the more northern climes. The Daltons were a much
more numerous clan than were the Goads. This "populaton bomb"
is creating some of the greatest social and economic problems in the world
today and will escalate in the next few decades.
The Real Captain Kidd
The author, Sir Cornelius Neale Dalton, was a distinguished London barrister and related to the Chairman of the DGS, Michael Neale Dalton. In the book he tried the Captain a second time using documents obtained through historical research.
Dalton believed that few, if any such men have less deserved their fate than Captain Kidd, one of the unluckiest men that ever lived. "Captain Kidd left this world on Friday the 23rd of May, 1701, after woeful experiences at sea of the doings of an unruly crew, and on shore of the schemings of unscrupulous politicians and lawers at Boston, Newgate, the Old Bailey, and the Execution Dock at Wapping. The author feels that this worthy, honest hearted, steadfast, much enduring sailor, a typical sea captain of his day, seems really to have done his best to serve his country and his employers according to his lights, in very difficult circumstances. It seems the author of this well researched and fine account feels that Captain Kidd made his fatal mistake which brought all his sufferings on him was that he yielded to the solicitations, if not to the intimidations of personages of higher rank than his own".
Editor's note: "The Real Captain Kidd" was a topic in DGS Journal # 6, p. 9, 1976.
Dorothy Dalton, Actress
Dorothy's father, a Dalton, died at Chicago, IL on June
11, 1946 at the age of 82 years. Dorothy left a daughter and a grandaughter
from her marriage to Hammerstein."
Swedish American Daltons
I can find no mention in any of my histories of England of significant political involvement in Europe during this period. Charles I fought Spain (1624-30) and France (1626-29) but gained nothing. The return of peace in the 1630s and national prosperity flowed from England's neutrality in continental affairs.
I have been told by a Swedish colleague that his ancestor was French and went to Sweden as part of the royal court in some administrative capacity during this period. It is likely that similar opportunities could have arisen for any of the allies. No doubt there would be movement of army personnel back and forth to Sweden and this may have included some of the Scottish, Irish or German (Saxon) allies/mercenaries. Whether there were any Englishmen (mercenaries or otherwise) involved is not known".
Editor's note. In a timeline sent by David, there are
two entries pertaining to North America.
If anyone would like the complete timeline and a copy of Sweden's participation in the Thirty Years War, please send a request to: Millicenty@aol.com
from Millicent Craig
Recently Rodney Dalton of Utah sent an item from a book by William Magan, The Story of Ireland. It was originally published as Umma-More in 1983. Magan made family connections to Daltons in several undated sections.
In the trade this is termed boilerplate. It and variations of it appear in every book that mentions Daltons, in many Irish Dalton family trees and all over the internet. No one seems to know where the legend originated but is repeated as gospel.. There has been one mention that it appeared in a family tree that was registered in Dublin in the 1500's, three hundred years after Walter D'Alton appeared in Ireland. It is defined as "legend". If one of our Irish researchers could locate this document we would all know by whom and when the legend started.
from Michael Cayley, DGS Archivist
Bridgewater Crew Lists
Derbyshire Court Records (http://www.wirksworth.org.uk)
West Sussex Poor Law index (http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/RO/DB/poorlaw.asp)