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BIOGRAPHY: Samuel Dayton, son of Ralph and Alice (Goldhatch) (Tritton) Dayton, baptized at Ashford, Co. Kent, England, 7 Feb 1624, died at Brookhaven, NY, 5 Feb 1690; married first MEDLEN________, alive in 1656; married second with a license dated 14 May 1667 MARY DINGLE (Dingee or Dingey?); married third about 1669-1670 ELIZABETH (HARVEY) BEARDSLEY, widow of Thomas Beardsley of Stratford, Conn., who had died in 1667.

BIOGRAPHY: Samuel is known to have been in New Haven, Conn. in 1645, but in Apr 1646, he is described as "Lately come to town". He left New Haven before his father as when accepted as an inhabitant of Southampton, NY, 6 May 1648, he had been living in Flushing, NY. Samuel's first marriage was about this time. His unnamed wife was sued for slander 12 Sep 1653 by Thomas Vail who won the case. On 2 Jun 1654, Samuel had paid in full Robert Marvin for a house and land with Ralph Dayton as a witness. John Howell bought land from Medlin Dayton with her husband's consent 12 Dec 1656.

The land was four acres next to a lot owned by William Harker, and was probably inherited by Medlin Dayton, and may be a clue to her identity. Medlen was said to be a Montauk Indian whom Samuel met during those times he treated and translated with the Indians. (Other sources claim her name was Medlen HARCRE (HARKER)). A third explanation of her name shows that Wilhelmina was a Christian name given to her by the Dutch. And yet another version has her born in England. When Ralph Dayton wrote his will in 1658, Samuel was living in North Sea and inherited his father's house next to his. Samuel sold this inherited house and land to John Scott before 6 Mar 1659/1660. On 28 Dec 1663, he mortgaged his house in North Sea. On Christmas Day 1664, Samuel "disposed" his son Jacob to Thomas and Alice (Dayton) Baker for fourteen years and son Caleb to Joshua and Elizabeth Garlick for sixteen years. But on 26 Aug 1668, Thomas Baker and Robert Dayton, at Samuel's behest, "Disposed" Caleb to John and Mary Jessup of Southampton for twelve years and four months. Apparently, Samuel was in financial trouble and had lost his first wife by 1666. He is known to have been interested in the whale fishery but was usually called 'cordwainer'.

BIOGRAPHY: Samuel and Medlen Dayton had 10 children, one of whom drowned in Long Island Sound at about the age of 12 years.

BIOGRAPHY: On leaving Southampton, Samuel went to Matinecock, NY where in 1666 he did not fulfill the town requirements for land. He apparently contemplated going to Killingworth, Conn. where four lots had been assigned him before 19 Apr 1667. He was still of Matinecock when he obtained a license to marry Mary Dingle of Brookhaven, NY 14 May 1667.

BIOGRAPHY: On 8 May 1668, Samuel bought a home lot at Setauket in Brookhaven from Richard Smith having previously, 1 Mar 1667/1668, bought a house from John Budd of Southold, NY. (The house was probably in Brookhaven as the transaction is recorded there.) He was accepted as a full proprietor of Brookhaven, and as such was granted land. About the time he was granted land on the south side of Brookhaven near the now Bellport section in 1671 and 1678, he moved there to a neck between two small brooks, one of which is still occasionally called "Dayton Run". His move from Setauket may have been occasioned by his interest in the whale fishery. He was identified as being the first to establish an offshore whaling business. The place where the business originated was at Dayton Run ( the stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island). His son Abraham became a partner in the whaling business. Samuel served the town as a constable and overseer and was commissioned to treat with the Indians several times. He appears on the Brookhaven tax lists in 1675 and 1683. Samuel was also a shoemaker as was his father, but he didn't seem to follow this trade.


Father: Ralph DAYTON (DEIGHTON) b: 1598 in St. Martin's, London (Hothfield? Kent)
Mother: Alice GOLDHATCH, b: 24 Sep 1587 in Ashford, Kent, England

Marriage 1 Medlen (Madeleine) Wilhelmina (#1) UNKNOWN b: 1623

bulletMarried: 12 Dec 1656


  1.     Abraham DAYTON b: 1656 in Probably North Sea, Long Island, NY
  2. Has No Children Samuel DAYTON
  3. Has No Children  Isaac DAYTON b: 10 Sep 1664 in New Haven, Connecticut
  4. Has No Children Jacob DAYTON b: 1657
  5. Has No Children Caleb DAYTON
  6. Has No Children Daniel DAYTON
  7. Has No Children Robert DAYTON
  8.     Ralph DAYTON

Marriage 2 Mary DINGLE (DINGEE OR DINGEY?) #2

Marriage 3 Elizabeth (HARVEY) BEARDSLEY #3

    9.       Sarah DAYTON

  10.       Elizabeth DAYTON