Fonds ID1799 - Dalton family

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Dalton family

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  • 1790-1889 (Creation)
    Dalton (family)

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1 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins in the 18th century)

Biographical history

Benjamin Dalton and John Dalton (d. before 1802) were the sons of Samuel Dalton who was living in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1802. John had left two sons: John Jr. (b. ca.1786) an apprentice to an edgetool maker and James (b. ca. 1792). Their mother was alive in 1802.

Benjamin had been discharged from the "HMS Magnificient" in 1790. He was on the list of parish officers for Portland ( later part of Saint John) for 1801 and 1802 and was liable for work on the highways in Portland in 1802. Benjamin Dalton and Samuel Dalton both appeared on the list of people assessed for the support of the poor in Portland in 1811. Samuel Dalton's name also appeared on the voters' list of 1827.

Other members of Dalton family include H. Dalton who worked in a cabinet making firm at Dorchester Lower Mills in Massachusetts; Maria Robinson, Margaret and Nancy; and John Dalton (ca. 1800-1872), a carpenter. Robert (d.1905), probably his nephew, was a boatbuilder and married to Maggie. Their son, Arthur, drowned in 1889 while swimming at Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

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This fonds consists of the family and business papers of the Dalton family. There is family correspondence and also business correspondence between Richard Dalton and William Jarvis. The legal records include John Dalton's will, 1872; a coroner's certificate pertaining to Arthur B. Dalton's death, 1889; and a lease for property in Portland, between Samuel Dalton and Samuel Williams in 1838. There are also records of family plots in Saint John Rural Cemetery and Robert Dalton's personal accounts, 1860-1885.

Also included are an undated poem addressed to Miss M. Robertson, of Maugerville, N.B.; Bradberry Robinson's certificate as freeman of the city of Saint John, 1840; and.a muster roll, 1837, of 1st Company Rifle Battalion City Militia.

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Some of the letters in this fonds were donated by Miss F. Gillen, Saint John, in 1955 and Mrs. Fred Mayes in 1958.


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