from Millicent Craig
Richard de Largie D'Alton of Australia asks this question. "Are there any d'Altons out there or are most of the members dropping the 'apostrophe' from their name?" In response we have assembled some French references that occured both in England and in the U.S. in the 19th Century.
Daltons who were born in France have been extracted from the 1881 Census of Great Britain and from the 1880 Census of the U. S. In just one case was the apostrophe (D'Alton) recorded. This entry can be located in the Ellis Island Index at the end of this article.
1881 Census of Great Britain
Daltons or their wives born in France and enumerated in the 1881 Census of Great Britain.
Census of Lincoln
Census of Channel Islands
Census of Somerset
1880 Census of the United States
NY. Census of New York City
Rhode Island Census
Ellis Island Index
Angele Dalton, entered 1908, age 37, residence France.
Currently there are about 25 Daltons listed in the white pages of telephone directories in France. None are using the apostrophe. Mr. Dalton's Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are using the apostrophe he would like to hear from you.
extracted by Michael Cayley, DGS Archivist
This is the final chapter of the Fine Rolls. In it there are details of the legalities and illegalities of our Daltons in mediaeval England. Our gratitude is extended to Michael Cayley for his work in providing the world wide Dalton family with this historical perspective.
Vol VIII, Edward III, 1368-1377, pub. HMSO 1924
20 Oct 1369. The escheators of Northampton and Lancaster were ordered to take into the king’s hands the lands of the late John de Dalton, pending an inquisition.
3 May 1372.By mainprise of Philip de Dalton and John de Gunwardby of Yorkshire, Alexander de Barton was granted lands in Lincolnshire in return for an annual rent of 10 marks - or higher if anyone was prepared to outbid this.
18 Dec 1375, Westminster. By mainprise of William Lumbard of Waterford and William Dalton of Cork, William Ilger was granted rights relating to a fishery in county Limerick for 6 years at an annual rent of 20 marks.
Vol IX, Richard II, 1377-1383, pub. HMSO 1926
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Richard II, 1391-1399,
pub HMSO 1929
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry IV, 1405-1413,
pub HMSO 1933
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry V, 1413-1422,
pub. HMSO 1934
10 June 1414, Westminster. Order to the escheator in
the county of Northampton to take into the king’s hand and keep
safely until further order all the lands in his bailiwick whereof Isabel
late the wife of John de Dalton ‘chivaler’, who held of the
king in chief, was seized in her demesne as of fee on the day of her death;
and to make inquisition touching her lands and heir.
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1422-1430,
pub HMSO 1935
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1430-1437,
pub HMSO 1936
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1437-1445,
pub HMSO 1937
21 Jan 1441, Westminster. Writ of diem clausit extremum, after the death of Richard Dalton, directed to the escheator in Northamptonshire.
1 March 1442, Westminster. Order to the escheator in the county of Northampton to take the fealty of Alice daughter and heir of Richard Dalton and cause her to have full seisin of all the lands which the said Richard held of the king in chief or was seised in his demesne as of fee tail, of the inheritance of the said Alice, on the day of his death, as the king for 6s. 8d. paid in the hanaper has respited the homage of Alice until Christmas next; saving to Katharine late the wife of Richard her reasonable dower of the lands.
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1452-1461,
pub HMSO 1939
Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Edward IV, 1461-1471,
pub HMSO 1949
Calendar of the Memoranda Rolls (Exchequer),
Michaelmas 1326 - Michaelmas 1327, pub HMSO 1968
from Rodney Dalton
Following the appearance of the Colorado file of Daltons in the DALTON DATA BANK, Rodney Dalton of Utah sent information on his Colorado relatives. Background and excerpts from a letter and family data are presented below.
Excerpts from a Letter
Additonal members of Rodney Dalton's Colorado
from "Mike" Dalton
In the course of researching his Irish/Dalton/California family, DGS member William "Mike" Dalton pursued the ancestry of a Dennis Dalton at the State Library in Sacramento. He reconstructed the ancestry and descendency of this man who may be one of your relatives.
Dennis was 21 years of age on May 21 1869. In May 1872, he married a Mrs. Catharine F. Mahone. Catharine had children from previous marriages. According to the History of Sacramento, Catharine Foster Rhoads was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Foster Rhoads of Edgar County, Illinois. The family came to California in 1846. Catherine married first Jared Sheldon on Mar 10 1847 and second J. R. T. Mahone on Sept 16, 1852. She died April 5, 1905. Dennis died between 1890 and 1900 predeceasing his wife Catherine who was 16 years older.
Catherine and Edward Dalton had one son, Edward F. Dalton who was born on January 5, 1874 and died on August 20, 1941 in Santa Clara County, CA at the age of 68 years.
Reconstructing the Dalton family from Census Data.
1860 Census of Massachusetts
1880 Cenus of Massachusetts
1880 Census of California
1890 Register of Voters for Sacramento County,
1900 Census of California
Note: There is additional data on this family in the card files of the State Library of Sacramento California. Mike will be visiting there in April. To contact him for further record informaton send an E-mail to: email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)