Hampton Union, Tuesday, May 9, 2006
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
A new stone will be placed in Founders Park in honor of the Dalton Family, whose members were among the first group to settle in Hampton.
The Dalton Genealogical Society recently requested permission to place the stone in the park from the town's Heritage Commission.
Founders Park, which was dedicated in 1925, contains stones representing the early families of Hampton around the perimeter of the park.
Generally, stones have been approved by the Hampton Historical Society and the Heritage Commission for families who settled in the area from 1638 to about 1695.
"As a member of the Dalton Genealogical Society and descendant of English Daltons, I request approval of a stone in Founders Park to commemorate this illustrious family of Daltons," Millicent Craig stated in a letter to selectmen.
The commission had no objection to the stone being added, and selectmen signed off on the request last week.
Craig stated the Daltons arrived in Hampton from England in 1638.
Samual Dalton was a clerk of courts for Rockingham County in the Massachusetts Bay Colony while his son, Philemon Dalton, was a deacon at a Hampton church.
In honor of that, the society will be holding its first gathering in America right here in Hampton on Oct. 6, 7, and 8.