Question Box – Oyster Stew

DFH Volume 1 Issue 13

If you have questions about anything Dayton, or you have Dayton trivia, please write. Can you stump me?

Last week’s quiz… What was the food which was a staple at the yearly Wilber and Jessie family Christmas get together?

AnswerOYSTER STEW. Gramma made it year after year, except once! Here is what Paul [my dad] had to say about it, “We always had oyster soup back then. In fact one year, Chop was coming from Vermont, he was preaching over there then, he could smell the oyster soup, and it turned out when he got here we had chicken.”  I’d like to think, that it was a centuries – old Dayton tradition to have oyster stew on Christmas Day.  Steve and I discovered that Samuel, Abraham and Henry Dayton* were merchants of sea food products.  They all lived by the sea on Long Island and were whalers.  It would have been natural for them to eat seafood …perhaps a hearty oyster stew.  This tradition would have passed through five generations to get to gramma Jessie Belle.  Improbable, but why else would a back woods couple, far from the sea, be eating oysters?

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*The descendancy from Samuel to Wilber’s children is as follows [Samuel, Abraham, Henry, David Sr., David Jr., Henry, Charles, Wilber Sr, [Wilber and Jessie’s children Flossie, Charles, Chester, Wilber, Jr., Paul].

This week’s quiz: Do you all know who your great-grampa Dayton is/was?  If not, write me and I’ll tell you (tell me who your dad and grampa were and I’ll tell you your Dayton grampas back 8-10 generations (all the way back to the first grampa on American soil in 1639).  You can write privately or for inclusion in the newsletter, whichever you prefer.

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