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John Dalton (1702 - 1777)

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Capt John Dalton
Born in Westmoreland, Albemarle, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia, United Statesmap
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John Dalton, born 1702, died in Alexandria, Va., 1777. He removed to Alexandria, then Belhaven, in 1755, and was one of the founders of the town, and one of the first trustees. He was a vestryman of "Old Christ Church, serving with George Washington, John Shaw and Thomas Carlyle. The latter was his partner, and after his death, the guardian of his two daughters, who lived with Thomas Carlyle, whose residence was the "Braddock House." John Dalton's residence is now the "Home for Aged Men." He was a member of the Committee of Correspondence for Alexandria, 1775. Washington wrote of him a "Captain." He married in December, 1749, Jemima, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Shaw, of Alexandria, born April 4, 1730, and died December 3, 1765.[1]

Their daughter, Jenny Dalton, married William Herbert. They have no descendants living. Two of their grandchildren were taken suddenly ill while on a visit to Mt. Vernon, and died there. Both were quite young, and the last of their family. Their father was Noblett Herbert, who married, 1819, at Mt. Vernon, Mary Lee. Records of the Dalton family Bible, formerly belonging to Catherine Dalton, daughter of Capt. John Dalton and his wife. Jemima Shaw, of Alexandria, Virginia: and wife of Wm. Bird. This Bible was destroyed during the Civil war. It carried the pedigree back to a younger bunch of the family of which Sir John Dalton was the head, and was long established in England.

Investigations by Hon. William L. Yancev (grandson of Catherine Dalton and her husband. William Bird), who was familiar with the Dalton Bible; and later research by others of family, substantially these Bible records, and show that John Dalton and Wm. Dalton, first of the name in Virginia, were of the younger branch of the Dalton family of York county, England; and that the elder line had become extinct during the life of John Dalton, the colonist[2]


Note: Dalton Hebert House
Note: Capt John Dalton 1722[3]


  1. "History of Patrick and Henry Counties":
  2. Dalton Data Bank: [: Chronicles Yorkshire to American]
  3. Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.


  • WikiTree profile Dalton-1516 created through the import of Vicki Norman family tree v2 (3).ged on Aug 1, 2012 by Vicki Norman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Vicki and others.

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