One of the Dayton-Family-History readers wrote to me, “Here’s a question for you… what was your recollection of growing up in a family of 5 kids? What memories stick out to you? Was the age gap a big deal? We’re you close as kids?” I don’t remember any complicated or […]
DFH Volume 1 Issue 25 By Jim Dayton The Joy of Christ in Christmas was never so real as the evening our neighborhood in Connecticut got together for caroling and refreshments. We lived in a new 88-acre development, and we were all corporate gypsies. Its residents came from every […]
DFH Volume 1 Issue 25 By Jim Dayton I never believed in Santa Claus. From my beginning, dad taught me that Santa was mythological and that the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ was the entire purpose for Christmas. When I was in 2nd grade, I let my friend, […]
DFH Volume 1 Issue 24 Shirley Tharp sent in a photo which has previously been unknown. The portrait is of Jessie Belle Dayton, wife of Wilber Thomas Dayton Sr, and my generation’s grandmother. My guess is that gramma would have been about 50 years old in this photo. The photo, […]
DFH Volume 1 Issue 24 My brother, Steve, wrote a magnificent history of our Dayton’s early forefathers on American soil. The book is titled Our Long Island Ancestors: The first six Generations of the Daytons in America, 1639-1807. Here’s a summary of what Amazon says about the book.: The compilers’ […]
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DFH Volume 1 Issue 24 By Jim Dayton From 3rd grade until I was a junior in high school, my dad, Paul Dayton, took me deer hunting on Thanksgiving morning. We’d drive one or two hours far into the heart of the Adirondack mountains, park the car by the side […]