- Note:1 There are many sources documenting Reuben's birthdate, but still trying to find documentation of his parents.
- Note2: How can his birth occur after the death of his mother?
Reuben was born in 1762 in Grainger County, Tennessee.
He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Shockley in 1789. He died in Grainger County, Tennessee in August 19, 1822. He is buried in Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery.
Reuben Dalton is buried in the woods near the Bluff Davidson graveyard near Thornhill, TN. Reuben Dalton it is said was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He did serve as an Ensign in Captain Jonathan Isham's Company in the Virginia State Militia in the 1780's.
Reuben acquired 170 acres in the area know as Cranberry Creek that would eventually be included in Carroll County, Virginia. His property adjoined Ogle and John Witcher who would be the father or grandfather of Matilda Witcher who married Carter Dalton. One of his neighbors was Richard Shockley, who would become his father in law, and John Dodson, who was the grandfather of Samuel Dodson Jr who married Mary Polly Dalton, Reuben's daughter. Also nearby were John Williams Jr., and William Williams. William Williams was the father of Rebecca Williams, the wife of Enos Dalton. Reuben was active in County affairs serving as constable and surveyor of the road in the new County of Grayson. Reuben sold 100 acres of his land in 1797 to Samuel Brown, and the balance in 1801 to Thomas Ogle Jr. He moved his family out of Virginia into Tennessee about 1801. He is listed on the tax list in Tennessee as owning 200 acres of land for the year 1797, but may have stayed on in Virginia until 1801, when he sold the remainder of his land. 
The 1810 census for Reuben Dalton Sr was: 12101-11101. This indicates that living in his household were 1 male born between 1800-1810, 2 males born between 1794-1800, 1 male born between 1784-1794, 1 male over 45, who was probably Reuben Dalton Sr. The female included 1 female born between 1800-1810, 1 female born between 1794-1800, 1 female born between 1784-1794, and 1 female over 45 who was probably Elizabeth Shockley.
Reuben Sr. also treated his daughters differently. He gave fifty cents each to his daughters, Polly Dotson and Elizabeth Rucker, but to his daughter, Anne Harrell (Harville) he gave a saddle worth -$18 to be paid by Meredith, and he directed Carter to pay Anne Harville a horse worth $40. Hannah Dalton, his other daughter, was not mentioned by name, but her son, William Shockley, was. Hannah was married to Booker Shockley. Reuben Sr. instructed his wife, Elizabeth, to give William Shockley a horse worth $30 or $30 worth of some other property if Elizabeth died before William reached the age of 21.
- 1810: Grainger County, TN
- 1830" Grainger, Tennessee, United States
- Cemetery: Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery
- Place: Thorn Hill, Grainger County, Tennessee, USA
- Source: S-1871065740 Repository: #R-1871065741 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=29961448&pid=666
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- ↑ Reflections on Timothy Dalton, Grainger County, TN.DALTON GENEOLOGICAL SOCIETY JOURNAL APRIL 1999, Don Hadrick (DHadrick@aol.com)
- ↑ FindAGrave: Reuben Dalton:Memorial ID:10744667
- WikiTree profile Dalton-1243 created through the import of nash.ged on Nov 7, 2011 by Kim Baltz.
- WikiTree profile Dalton-1571 created through the import of Vicki Norman family tree v2 (3).ged on Aug 1, 2012 by Vicki Norman.
- WikiTree profile Dalton-1811 created through the import of Riddle Family Tree.ged on Dec 3, 2012 by Jim Riddle. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Jim and others.
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