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
Henry Dalton, a British Subject, was born in France in 1816 His wife Rebecca, 17 years his junior, and their children were all born in Lincoln. The children: Caroline b. 1868, John b.1876 and George Henry b. 1878. Henry Dalton was employed as a cottager and carrier and the family was enumerated in Aubourn, Lincoln.

Census of Channel Islands
Virginie C. Dalton was born in France in 1837. She was the wife of Thomas Dalton, born in Ireland in 1837. Thomas was a stone quarryman. The children were born in Jersey, Channel Islands. They are: Emilie b. 1869, James B. 1871, Alice b. 1876, Emma b. 1879. Also enumerated at Upton Farm House was a nephew, Adolphe Corniere, b. 1859. Corniere may have been the maiden name of Virginie whose middle initial was C.

Census of Somerset
Alice Grant Dalton, a British Subject, was born in 1831 in Paris. She was married to D. P. Grant Dalton, b. 1812 in Middlesex. Their children: Helen b.1869 and John 1874. Both were born in Cucklington. Dalton was a County Magistrate and all of his household servants were enumerated in this Census. This family has been the subject of several extensive articles that were published in the Dalton Genealogical Society Journals.

1880 Census of the United States
Daltons born in France and enumerated in the 1880 Census of the U. S. A.

NY. Census of New York City
Charles Dalton, bar tender, was born in 1856 in NY but both of his parents were born in Bavaria. His wife Eugenia Dalton was born in France in 1856 and both of her parents were born in France.

Louisana Census
George Dalton was born in 1846 in France. He was the son in law of E. Dacastaina born 1830 in France. Dalton's wife Leonie b. 1852 was born in New Orleans in 1851. The children: Leopold b. 1873, Fernand b.1875, Georgina b. 1877 and Blanche b. 1879 were all born in New Orleans where the family was enumerated.

Rhode Island Census
Louise Dalton was born in France in 1840 and appears as single, and a boarder in the home of Mrs. John C. Brown of Providence, R. I. She worked as a maid/servant.

Texas Census
William Dalton was born in 1847 in France and was a boarder in the household of M. Dargayner also born in France. He was a restauranteur and Dalton and the other boarders who were single and born in France may have been employed in the restaurant. They were enumerated in Harris, Texas.

Ellis Island Index
Passengers born in France who passed through the Port of New York and Ellis Island Immigrant Center between 1892 and 1908.

Angele Dalton, entered 1908, age 37, residence France.
Mary E. D'Alton, entered 1923, age 45, residence Bordeaux, France.
C. Dalton, entered 1892, age 39, residence Paris, France
Francis Dalton, entered 1903, age 24, residence Paris, France
Francis H. Dalton, entered 1906, age 30, residence Paris, 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: 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 Nov 1369, Westminster. Commitment to Ellen late the wife of John de Dalton, ‘chivaler’, of the wardship of two parts of all the lands late of the said John, who held in chief, to hold the same, with the issues thereof since the death of John, until the lawful age of the heir, together wth the marriage of the said heir, rendering at the Exchequer 20l. yearly by equal portions at Easter and Michaelmas for the wardship, and paying 100l. in half-yealy instalments of 25 marks at Easter and Michaelmas for the marriage; and so from heir to heir.

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
14 Nov 1377. Commitment to Robert de Ursewyk and Ellen, his wife …. of the keeping of two-thirds of all the lands late of John de Dalton, ‘chivaler’, who held in chief, to hold the same from 21 June last until the lawful age of John’s heir, rendering 20l. yearly at the exchequer by equal portions at Michaelmas and Easter, maintaining the houses and buildings pertaining to the said two-thirds, and doing all charges incumbent thereon.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Richard II, 1391-1399, pub HMSO 1929
13 March 1392 and 1 Oct 1393 Commission to William de Dalton and others to levy the fifteenth and tenth in the city and suburbs of York

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry IV, 1405-1413, pub HMSO 1933
8 Feb 1406, Westminster. Order to the escheator of the county of Northampton to take into the king’s hand and keep safely all the lands in his bailiwick whereof John de Dalton ‘chivalier’, who held of the king in chief, was seized in her demesne on the day of his death; and to make inquisition touching his lands and heir.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry V, 1413-1422, pub. HMSO 1934
6 Dec 1413, Westminster. Appointment during pleasure of John Dalton as receiver general of all lordships, manors and lands which pertain to the king’s principality of Wales (the duchy of Cornwall with its members only excepted), answering to the Exchequer for the moneys of the said principality thus to be received by him, and taking in that office the customary fees, rewards and wages.

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.
26 Nov 1417, Westminster. John Dalton and Richard Lyversegge stood mainprise for Nicholas Sutton in relation to a cottage in Esthattele which had been seized by the king following the outlawry of Simon Bone, chaplain.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1422-1430, pub HMSO 1935
16 Jan 1423. Reference to William Dalton, late abbot of the abbey of St Mary of York.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1430-1437, pub HMSO 1936
27 May 1437 John Dalton of Thornton le Moor a collector of the fifteenth and tenth in Licolnshire.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Henry VI, 1437-1445, pub HMSO 1937
8 Feb 1438, Westminster. Order to the escheator in the county of Northampton; - pursuant to an inquisition taken before him showin that John Dalton ‘chivaler’ was seized in his demesne as of fee of 39l. 19s. of rent of Apthorp, and held that rent of Henry IV in chief; and that the said John being sos eized of the said rent, a fine was levied in thye king’s court at Westminster, 3 Henry IV, before William Thirnyng, William Rykhill, John Markham, William Hankeford and William Brenchesle, justices, and others the said king’s lieges, between Roger Thomlynson of Byspeham and William de Grenehirst, querents, and the said John Dalton and Isabel his wife, deforciants, touching the said rent, whereof a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, to wit, that the said John acknowledged the said rent to eb the right of the said Roger and William as that which the said Roger and William had of the gift of the said John, and for that acknowledgement, fine and concord the said Roger and William granted the said rent to the said John and Isabel and rendered it to them in the same court, to hold the same to the said John and Isabel for life, of the said late king and his heirs by the services due and customary, with remainder to Roger Dalton (now deceased), by name of Roger son of the said John and Isabel, for life, and remainder over to the hairs of the bodies of the said John and Isabel for ever; and that the said John and Isabel are dead; and that Richard Dalton is the son and next heir of the said John and Isabel, and of full age; - to cause the said Richard to have full seisin of the said rent, (which has been taken into the king’s hand by the death of the said Roger), as the king has taken his fealty and for 20s. paid in the hanaper has respited his homage until Midsummer next.

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
2 Aug 1455 Thomas Dalton appointed as searcher of the ships in the port of Southampton and in all adjacent ports and places.

Calendar of the Fine Rolls, Edward IV, 1461-1471, pub HMSO 1949
24 Dec 1461 Thomas Dalton ‘gentilman’ of London stood mainprise for Thomas Fowler in a land transaction.

Calendar of the Memoranda Rolls (Exchequer), Michaelmas 1326 - Michaelmas 1327, pub HMSO 1968
17 Feb 1327. Quittance to Robert de Dalton, an adherent of Thomas late earl of Lancaster, of the balance of his fine of 100m. for life and lands. Westminster, 17 Feb. (Allowed in Notts.)
Easter Term 1327. Essex, Herts. Ralph de Dalton, attorney of the abbot of St. Albans, comes here to account for the last voidance of the abbey and brings a patent of 3 Ed. II pardoning all payments in excess of the 1,000m. due for the first year of voidance. Agreed to inquire. Venire facias on the morrow of St. John 12 belted knights (milites gladio cinctos) and others.
Postea: William de Everdon, baron, here present on 10 June of this year, records that he went to those parts and inquired by oath of Robert atte Brugge, John atte Grove, John Gregory and others whose names are noted in a panel which he has delivered here now on the morrow of Trin. and which is among the writs executed for the king this year: they say that John de Maryns, predecessor of the present abbot, died at St. Albans on the eve of St. Matthias 2 Ed. II [23 Feb 1309]. Charge of 1,000m. only to the abbot.
Easter Term 1327. Yorks. Ralph de Dalton, who had a day on the quinzaine of Easter sub affidatione to account for corn and other victuals bought by him temp. Ed. I for the king’s use, comes and says that he accounted in the Wardrobe and has acquittances. He seeks a day before which (citra quem) he may sue in the Wardrobe and have his acquittances thence.
Divers adjournments.
Hilary Term 1327. Herts. Attornment of Ralph de Dalton by the abbot of St. Albans to account for the last vacancy of the abbey.

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.

"Dalton, Don Mack, president of the South African Mission from 1929 to 1935, was born May 12, 1895, in Manassa, Colorado, the son of John C. Dalton and Hannah Daphne Smith. He was baptized May 12, 1903, and later ordained a High Priest. He was set apart as president of the South African Mission Jan. 2, 1929; returned July 14, 1935".

Excerpts from a Letter
from Elder Don Mack Dalton, Former President of the South African Mission.
" I anticipated, my brethren and sisters, that I might be called upon, timid though I feel in this position. I hope I may be able to say something relative to the Lord's work in South Africa that may be edifying to the people who are gathered close to the authorities of the Church here in Zion.
The South African Mission, as you might understand, is the most distant mission in the world from the authorities of the Church. It takes thirty days to get a letter to an elder down there, and it takes even longer for an elder to travel that distance. We have not very many elders in that land, but I am sure that the ones who are there do about as much missionary work as any missionaries in the world.
I am very proud of the young men who have been sent to that far-off land to teach the people the principles of the Gospel. With them, my wife and I have been grateful for the splendid labors of our predecessors; and to my immediate predecessor, President Samuel Martin, I desire to pay a tribute of honor, because that man lost everything he had and his health and strength, after he returned home. I have not seen him since, but he did a marvelous and great labor. When I received word that I would be released and that President LeGrande Backman would succeed me, I felt greatly comforted, because he is a noble and good man.
I am sure President Grant acted under the inspiration of the Lord when he sent him there.
The people of that mission are wonderful and our members are loyal and faithful. About forty per cent of them pay tithing. During the six years I had the honor to preside there, there was 129 per cent increase in the mission membership. Upon my arrival there were 596 members on the records. This included children blessed. We rejoiced greatly because we felt that the people accepted our message.
We had various methods of doing missionary work. We used motorcycles to some extent. We realized that we had to get to the people in order to teach them the Gospel, and the quickest way was none too quick. We stressed Book of Mormon contests in various forms, such as reading contests. Many people there, like the people here, had never read the Book of Mormon through. We stressed Book of Mormon selling contests, and in this way we got the people to cooperate with us in spreading the Gospel. We also held a meeting contest between the Districts and likewise a membership contest. We formed small organizations in remote places, in order to give to all the privileges in the Church that they deserve. We had conventions of the elders every year, so that we would know exactly what we were counting as tracting, counting as visiting saints, and so forth. We tried to labor as one unit.
We found that in order to gain publicity we had to do something that was a bit different. On one occasion my wife and I were attending a foot-ball game. Two universities of that great nation were competing. The bands were playing; people were yelling; and all at once the athletes marched into the field. They stood in perfect alignment. Suddenly everything became silent, and a grave dignified gentleman marched forth to shake hands with the athletes.
Who was he? The Earl of Athlone, the Governor General of South Africa, the brother of Queen Mary of England. The majesty of the great kingdom of Great Britain was present.
This silence seemed to strike me and I thought, if only something could be done in some kind of way to get such a great man to recognize a few Mormons.
It seemed that as I looked for an opportunity all at once the thought of baseball came into the minds of the people. We organized a team among the missionaries and began to get write-ups. Suddenly baseball began to take precedence over the national game of cricket, until soon we were playing to nice crowds. The newspapers that previously would give us no recognition whatsoever, began to write about the Mormon missionaries, to tell the people something about us. What did it mean? It meant that we were gaining the confidence of the people. And then we had a great match game against Transvaal, the land of gold. The other team came to Capetown to play. All was ready. Here were six missionaries, with other baseball players, lined out in front of a tremendous grand-stand filled with spectators, and amid the stillness that prevailed the Governor-General of that great land shook hands with six Mormon missionaries. A similar occurrence took place last March.
This impressed the people so much that upon my departure one of the big business men of that town came to my wife and me, and he said: "Mr. Dalton, you do not know what a great thing you have. It is the greatest thing in all this world. Anything that will make young men do as your young men do is the greatest thing on this earth."
My wife and I, while returning home, made a trip around the world and visited very many nations. While in Italy we had the distinction of visiting the Pope of Rome and the Vatican, and seeing the marvelous earthly power of that great dominion. We also visited Greece and Turkey, and then went into Syria and Palestine and saw the Armenian saints, who are doing a faithful work, under President Piranian. We found in Palestine need for great improvement. Jerusalem is a hill of rocks, it seems to me. May the Lord bless that country. It needs it greatly.
While going over that great land of Africa I could appreciate how hard the authorities of this Church have to work. With the little presiding capacity that I had I sometimes felt fatigued with the constant roll of the car wheels under my ears as I traveled for thousands and thousands of miles, trying to reach the people. I thought of what the authorities of the Church have to undergo in order to reach the people as they do, visiting the wards and stakes and missions and holding meetings with them. Let me tell you that these great men are the hardest-worked men in all this world, I believe, and we should sympathize with them, and do what they say, and comfort them, and I am sure we will not go amiss.
A cablegram dated Capetown, South Africa, April 6th, arrived before the conference meetings yesterday. They had held their services over there on the 6th of April and we received the word after they were over. It is from Don Mack Dalton, President of the South African Mission:
"Our services had great spirit. We join you in remembrance and reverence. Missionaries well."

Additonal members of Rodney Dalton's Colorado family.
Conejos County of Record
Bartlett W. Dalton, b. 3 Sep 1886, som of John C. Dalton and Hannah D. Smith, Manassa
Daphne Dalton, b. 5 Apr 1889, dau of John C. Dalton and Hannah D. Smith, Manassa
Francis Marion Dalton, b.26 Nov 1891, son of Edward Dalton and Lezina Warren, Manassa
John Cranmer Dalton, b. 1 Sep 1912, son of Bartlett W. Dalton and Mary E. Crowther, Manassa
Mark A. Dalton, b. 26 Apr 1897, son of John C. Dalton and Hannah D. Smith, Manassa:
La Plata County of Record
Delores Dalton, b. 4 Dec 1907, dau of Theodore Dalton and Harriett Cousins, Durango
Glen Orson Dalton, b. 17 Nov 1899, son of Orson W. Dalton and Mary Louisa White, Durango
Carl Dalton, b. Apr 1902, son of Orson W. Dalton and Mary Louisa White, Durango
Theodore Dalton, b. 14 Jun 1905, son of Orson W. Dalton and Mary Louisa White, Durango
Zelma Louise Dalton, b. 26 Mar 1903, dau of Orson W. Dalton and Mary Louisa White, Durango
Delmas Ambrose Dalton, b. 12 Feb 1907, son of Orson W. Dalton and Mary Louisa White, Durango.

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.

In the History of Solano County (CA) there is an entry for Dennis Dalton who was born in Ireland in 1848 to James Dalton and Bridget Sullivan. The family came to the United States in 1850 and settled in Cheshire, Massachusetts. Dennis remained there until the age of 14. His parents died sometime during the 1870's, having had nine children, five of whom were still living 1879.

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
1. Berkshire County; Cheshire Township; page 52
James Dalton, head, age 48 b. Ireland
Bridget, wife, age 46 b. Ireland
Jerry, son, age 16 b. Ireland
James son, age 12 b. Ireland
Dennis, son, age 10, b. Ireland
Bridget, dau, age 6, b. Ireland
William, son, age 1 b. Ireland
2. Berkshire County; Cheshire Township; page 79
Patrick Dalton, self, age 18, b. Ireland
1870 Census of Massachusetts
Berkshire County; Cheshire Township; page 192-38
Patrick Dalton, head age 26 b. Ireland
Mary wife, age 25 b. Ireland
Bridget, dau, 4 mos. b. Mass.

1880 Cenus of Massachusetts
Berkshire County; Cheshire Townsip; page 386C
1. James Dalton, head age 67, b. Ireland
Bridget, wife age 65 b. Ireland
Bridget Dau 23 b. Mass.
William son age 20 b. Mass.
2. Berkshire County; Cheshire Township; page 387B
Patrick Dalton, head age 36 b. Ireland
Mary wife age 34 b. Ireland
Sarah dau age 12 b. Mass
Bridget Dau age 10 b. Mass.
Mary A. dau age 8 b. Mass
James son age 6 b. Mass
John son age 5, b. Mass.

1880 Census of California
Sacramento County -Alabama/Lee Township, Vol 8 Enumeration District 92. Page 22, line 35
Dennis Dalton, head age 33, b. Ireland
Catharine F. wife age 48 b. Illinois
Edward son age 6 b. California
Also enumerated were:
Katie Colton, age 6 listed as gr dau, b. California
Robert Mahone 27 b. California

1890 Register of Voters for Sacramento County, California
Dennis Dalton, age 47 b. Ireland; living at NW corner of 12th & P Sts. in Sacramento; registered to vote August 4 1890; naturalized by virtue of his father; page: District 3, precinct 11.

1900 Census of California
1. Sacramento County; Lee Township Vol 24, Enumeration District 72, page 3 line 47:
Catherine F. Dalton, head age 68 b. Illinois, 1832, widow
Robert H. Mahone age 46 b. Cal. Jan 1853
Catherine Jones age 25 b. Cal. Mar 1875
Note: Robert Mahone is Catharine's son from a pevious marriage and Catherine Jones is her granddaughter).
2. Sacramento County; Sacramento City; 1326 17th St., Vol 25, Enumeration District 90, Page 11, line 93
Edward F. Dalton, head age 26 b. CAl. Jan 1874
Nellie wife age 23, b. Cal. Sept 1876
Donald son age 2 b. 1898
Marguerite dau 2 b. 1898
Dennis son,, 5 mos.
Polly Sheldon is the grnaddaughter of Catharine Dalton from her first marriage to Jared Shelton.

Additional Data:
Donald C. Dalton was born July 30 1897 and died Nov 5 1974 in Sacramento, CA, Sacramento County
Dennis H. Dalton was born Jan 4 1900 in CA and died Feb 14 1982 at Stockton, CA, San Joaquin County

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: (