DAYTON Family Information


1794, Salisbury, Rowan Cty, NC
MARRIED: 29 August 1821, probably Douglas, York Cty, NB
DIED: 29 Aug 1871, St. Mary's Ferry, York Cty
BURIED: Dayton Cemetery, Douglas

SPOUSE: Susanna McGibbon b 1791, Douglas; d 8 Oct 1877, Douglas; buried Dayton Cemetery, Douglas.

FATHER: Samuel Dayton b 1759 Newport, Newport Cty, RI; m 22 Jul 1781 Newport; d 16 Feb 1796, Salisbury, Rowan Cty, NC.

MOTHER: Catherine Margaret Gaynor b abt 1760, Newport?; d 30 Sep 1835, Fredericton, York Cty, NB.

PERSONAL DATA: The first Dayton to come to America was Ralph Dayton who came from Ashford, Kent during the Great Migration and settled in New Haven. His descendants lived in several Connecticut towns and the 4th generation descendant, Isaac, settled in New Haven.

His grandson William Dayton came to New Brunswick with his mother and older sister shortly after his father died in NC, probably about 1800. For a while they lived with her father Peter Gaynor in St. John. He was a Loyalist in Newport, fled to New York during the war to avoid persecution and came to St John after the war with the Loyalists. William's grandfather Isaac had been a patriot and Colonel of a militia cavalry group in Newport during the war. Son Samuel married the daughter of Loyalist, and followed his sister to Salisbury, NC after the war where he became postmaster of the newly opened post office.

When he died the mother left NC for NB, where her parents and older siblings lived. She soon moved to Springhill to live with her sister, Bridget, now married to former quartermaster Daniel James. The James had no children and William and sister Margaret were raised on his farm.

William learned farming, was essentially adopted by the James' who gave him a farm on the north side of the St. John River at Douglas when he married at age 27. His wife Susanna was the second daughter of former British soldier David MacGibbon. She grew up on the second farm west of William Dayton's new farm, also fronting the river. They had five children, two boys and three girls. The oldest boy, Samuel, was the author's grandfather and remained in the Douglas area all his life. He started the Dayton general store in St Mary's Ferry across the river from Fredericton.

1. The best general reference for the Daytons of New Brunswick, and their ancestors going back to England, is the author's book entitled Fathers and Mothers, 2002, 328pp available from the author at 6695 Terry Court, Arvada, CO 80007 and email: [email protected] For the Dayton generation in North Carolina see his published paper, 1995, "Early Salisbury Postmasters: Was Elizabeth Dayton Balfour the First?", Journal of the Genealogical Soc of Rowan Cty, NC 9(1): 17-23.
2. For NB information see publications by Susan Squires, especially ca 1940 "Reminiscences of a General Store . . ." and 1946, "The First Potatoes Shipped from Eastern Canada to the U. S." both available at the Provincial Archives of NB. Her articles are being published one at a time by granddaughter Susal Acheson of Fredericton.
3. Two indispensable references for the Daytons in New England are Edson Dayton, 1931, The Record of a Family Descent from Ralph Dayton. and the book by D L Jacobus and A B Dayton, 1959, The Early Daytons and Descendants of Henry, Jr, published by the New Haven Historical Society.
4. Calder, Isabel, 1934, The New Haven Colony, provides the best account of the early founding of New Haven, CT.
5. In the New Haven Historical Society Library in New Haven are six boxes of material for the more than 500 Daytons of New England compiled by D L Jacobus.
6. Copies of the articles by the author, his pedigree sheets, family group records and notes are all available at a modest cost.
7. See Fessenden, Laura Dayton, 1902, The Fessenden and Dayton Genealogies for an unsubstantiated Dayton genealogy going back to 1280 in Yorkshire, England.

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