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William Dalton was born in 1866. His parents, Lewis and Adeline Dalton, had fifteen children including Bob Dalton, Emmett Dalton and Grattan Dalton. Adeline Dalton's brother was the father of Bob Younger, Cole Younger, and James Younger.

Bill's brother, Frank Dalton, became a deputy marshal. He worked with Heck Thomas but was killed while attempting to arrest a horse thief in November, 1887. Emmett, Bob and Grattan also served briefly as lawman. It was later claimed that the men were forced to leave the service after becoming involved in rustling.

In 1891 Emmett Dalton, Bob Dalton, Bill Dalton and Grattan Dalton robbed a train just outside of Los Angeles. George Radcliffe was killed during the raid and Grattan was captured. He received a 20 year sentence but later escaped. Over the next 18 months the Dalton gang robbed banks and trains throughout Oklahoma. Bob Dalton was considered the leader and other members included Bill Doolin, George Newcomb, Charlie Bryant, Bill Powers, Charlie Pierce, Dick Broadwell, William McElhanie.

After the gang stole $17,000 robbed a train at Pryor Creek on 14th July, 1892, a prize of $5,000 a head on the Daltons. Emmett later wrote: "Posting a 'Dead or Alive' reward for a man performs some dark alchemy in his spirit... He becomes fair game for every pot-shooting hunter... In quite a real sense he belongs thereafter to the living dead."

On 5th October, 1892, the gang decided to rob two banks in their home town of Coffeyville. Emmett and Bob went into the First National Bank while Grattan Dalton, Bill Powers and Dick Bradwell dealt with the Condon Bank. The men were spotted by a passerby, Aleck McKenna, who quickly alerted other members of the town.

The men of Coffeyville armed themselves with rifles and waited for the Dalton gang to leave the banks. In the shoot-out that followed, four members of the gang, Bob Dalton, Grattan Dalton, Bill Powers and Dick Broadwell were killed. Four local men, Lucius Baldwin, George Cubine, Charles Connelly and Charles Brown, also died.

Bill Dalton escaped and later joined the Bill Doolin gang. He also killed deputy marshal Lafe Shadley in a gunfight in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dalton went on the run after robbing the First National Bank in Longview. Bill Dalton was killed by lawman Loss Hart at Elk on 8th June, 1894.


Bill Dalton - History

According to a Washington, D. C. Evening Star newspaper account on May 24, 1894, a bank robbery had occurred in Longview, Texas the day before, involving suspected members of the Dalton Gang. When read today, the account could easily be the story line from a Hollywood western.

On May 23, 1894, two “rough looking” men walked into the First National Bank of Longview, Texas. One was wearing a long slicker coat that concealed a Winchester rifle. The one with the rifle handed a note to bank President Joe Clemmons that said, “This will introduce you to Charles Speckelmeyer who wants some money and is going to have it. Signed B and F.” B and F is thought to stand for Bill (Dalton) and Friends.

Two more of the robbers had set up in the alley, ready to shoot anyone who confronted them. The gunmen, local lawmen and other armed citizens began firing at each other. It is estimated that roughly two hundred rounds were were exchanged in the short gunfight. Killed outright was a local man, George Buckingham. A Longview City Marshal named Matthew Muckelroy was shot in the abdomen, but his life was spared when the bullet was deflected by silver dollars he was carrying in his pocket. J. W. McQueen, a local saloon keeper was believed to be fatally wounded. Charles S. Learned was walking across the court house square and took a round to the leg, requiring his leg to be amputated. Theodore Summers was shot in the hand. Bank President Clemmons was not shot, but his hand was injured when he grabbed for a bandit’s weapon and the hammer came down on his hand, causing a flesh wound. One of the robbers named “George Bennett” (thought to have been an alias for Jim Wallace) was killed outright. Wallace/Bennett was known in the area, having recently married a local girl named Jenny Renfro. The bandit called “Speckelmeyer” (believed to be one of the Nite brothers) had also recently married a girl from nearby Panola County, Texas. The bandits got away with $2,000 in cash and a handful of unsigned bank notes.

A posse quickly mounted up and set out in pursuit of the gang. Three of bandits escaped, but the posse thought they had wounded one of the gang with a shot to his face or head. The escaped bandits were later identified as Bill Dalton and brothers Jim and Judd Nite.

Probably the least is known about the bandit who died at the scene. Most accounts state that there were four robbers in all, two inside the bank and two outside. One was initially thought to be named George Bennett, likely because one of the bandits was reported to have remarked “Poor Bennett is dead.” as the other three made their escape. Early accounts had said that the deceased Bennett had recently married a local girl named Jenny Renfro before leaving her for several weeks as he was supposed to have been on a cattle drive. Later accounts identify the dead bandit as Jim Wallace (full name James Wilson Wallace).

The trio had split up, with Dalton heading up to Oklahoma Territory near Ardmore in the Arbuckle Mountains, where he had a hideout. He called attention to himself two weeks later, when he bought a wagon and supplies with some of the stolen bank notes. Authorities tracked him down and Dalton was killed by a posse as he tried to make his escape.

The Nite (or Knight) brothers eluded capture until 1897 when they shot it out with a posse in Menard County. Judd, whose full name was Christopher Columbus Nite, was killed. Jim was shot three times but survived. He was captured, tried and convicted for the bank robbery for which he was sentenced to a seven year term. Two years into his term, he was in a Tyler jail awaiting transfer under a change of venue for another trial when he escaped on February 24, 1899, only to be captured again. On August 5, 1899, Jim Nite received a life sentence for his role in the Longview killings. Nite served fourteen years of a twenty year sentence before being either pardoned or paroled by Texas Governor Oscar B. Colquitt. He was later killed in an argument with a Tulsa, Oklahoma man in 1920.

Bill Dalton was one of fifteen children, four of whom were known or suspected to be outlaws. Their father was Lewis Dalton who had served in the United States Army in the Mexican-American War. Their mother, Adeline, was related to the Younger family that included Cole Younger and his brothers. Bill Dalton’s sibling Frank was a United States marshal who died in the line of duty. Another brother (Bob) had served as police chief of the Osage Nation for a while. Three Dalton siblings, Bob, Grat and Emmett Dalton were suspected of train robberies dating back to 1891. Emmett, Bob and Grat were part of a gang that attempted to rob two banks in one day on October 5, 1892 in Coffeyville, Kansas. After an exchange of gunfire, Bob, Grat and four citizens were killed. Emmett was wounded and captured. Emmett served about twenty years of a life sentence, was pardoned and lived a peaceful and lawful life afterward.

Bill Dalton was not with his brothers in Coffeyville and put together a gang of his own after the event. At the time of his death near Ardmore, he was believed to have been in possession of cash from the Longview bank robbery.


Legends of America

The Doolin-Dalton Gang, also known as the Oklahombres and the Wild Bunch, was formed by William “Bill” Doolin in 1893 after his cohorts in the Dalton Gang were killed in the Coffeyville, Kansas raid on October 5, 1892.

For three years, the gang specialized in robbing banks, stagecoaches, and trains in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas becoming the terror of the Wild West. For whatever reasons, Doolin held something of a “Robin Hood” image and was well-liked by many people, who helped him and his gang evade the law. Some of these people also helped the gang in its famous battle in Ingalls, Oklahoma, with U.S. Marshals.

Ingalls, Oklahoma by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Here on the afternoon of September 1, 1893, occurred what is known as the Ingalls Gunfight. While several gang members were holed up in George Ransom’s saloon, they were involved in a gun battle that left nine people killed or wounded, including one deputy who died immediately and another two people who died of their wounds the next day. Three of the outlaws were wounded, and Arkansas Tom Jones was captured.

The robberies and killings continued until Doolin was captured in a Eureka Springs, Arkansas bathhouse by Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman in January 1896. Tilghman returned him to the Guthrie, Oklahoma jail. Later, however, Doolin and “Dynamite Dick” Clifton and several others escaped, and Doolin eluded apprehension for several months.

However, a posse led by Heck Thomas tracked him down near Lawson, Oklahoma Territory, on August 25, 1896. When Thomas demanded he surrender, he pulled his six-gun and fired twice before a blast from a shotgun fired by Deputy Bill Dunn and rifle bullets fired by Thomas cut him to pieces, thus signaling the passing of the Wild Bunch.


Bill Doolin (1858–1896)

William Doolin was an Arkansas-born outlaw who rode with the infamous Dalton outlaws in the Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. He formed his own outlaw bunch, which operated from October 1892 until Doolin died on August 25, 1896.

Though his exact date of birth is unknown, Bill Doolin’s tombstone states that he was born in 1858. He was born on a homestead near Big Piney River approximately thirty-five miles northeast of Clarksville (Johnson County). He was the son of sharecroppers Artemina and Michael Doolin and worked on his family’s farm until his twenty-third birthday.

In 1881, Doolin left Arkansas for the area that is now the state of Oklahoma and found employment as a cowboy on the ranch of Oscar D. Halsell in what was then called Logan, Oklahoma. After some restless drifting and trouble with the law, Doolin joined the infamous Dalton gang in 1891. Led by Robert (Bob) Dalton, with his brothers Gratton (Grat) and Emmett, the Daltons were labeled the “most cold-blooded robbers in the West.” The Daltons came from a family of fifteen, though only Bob, Grat, and Emmett Dalton—and, later, Bill—turned to a life of crime.

While riding with the Daltons, Doolin was reported to be with the gang when they robbed several trains and depots from May 1891 through July 14, 1892. Doolin decided to forego the gang’s ill-fated and final double bank robbery at Coffeyville, Kansas, on October 5, 1892, where only Emmett Dalton survived the legendary shootout in the streets.

After the Coffeyville fiasco, Doolin organized his own gang and, with an assortment of misfits, commenced to terrorize southern Kansas and the Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory, robbing banks, trains, and stagecoaches over a four-year period. Nearly all these men met violent deaths, but not before the gang amassed a purported $165,000.

On July 1, 1893, Evett Dumas Nix, a Guthrie, Oklahoma, businessman, was appointed United States marshal under the jurisdiction of Judge Isaac Parker, the “Hanging Judge.” Nix quickly assembled an impressive group of over 100 field deputies, including Heck Thomas, Chris Madsen, and Bill Tilghman, known collectively as the “Three Guardsmen.”

Late in August, Nix was informed that the Doolin gang was in Ingalls, Oklahoma, and he dispatched Deputy Marshal John Hixson and a posse of thirteen to the town. It was in Ingalls that Doolin met and married Edith Ellsworth, the daughter of a part-time minister and purported town official. The Ingalls raid has been considered by many Western historians as the most deadly gun battle between outlaws and U.S. marshals in the history of the Southwest. Six men in the posse were wounded or killed on the streets during the raid, but Doolin and several others had escaped.

Elevated due to his intelligence and successes, William Tilghman was assigned as a United States marshal. He learned that Doolin had fled to Eureka Springs (Carroll County) to nurse his wounds and take the healing the powers of the baths. On January 15, 1896, Tilghman arrested Doolin in the Eureka Springs Bathhouse. Doolin was indicted in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for murder in connection with the Ingalls shootout. The U.S. District Attorney offered the outlaw fifty years in prison in exchange for a plea of guilty, but Doolin entered a plea of “not guilty,” telling a surprised Bill Tilghman later that fifty years was too long to stay in prison.

On the night of July 5, 1896, before his trial, Doolin and a number of inmates escaped from the Guthrie Federal Prison. Within an hour of the massive jail escape, Marshal Heck Thomas formed a posse and rode after the escapees but found none. Doolin made his way over the Cimarron Brakes towards Lawson, Oklahoma (now called Quay in Payne County), where his wife, Edith, and son were staying with her father on his farm nearby.

Thomas received information from a local blacksmith that Doolin was at his father-in-law’s homestead. On the night of August 25, 1896, Thomas and nine deputies went to the farm and hid near the house. When Doolin emerged from the barn, Thomas shouted for the outlaw to halt, but Doolin shot at the marshal instead. The posse, in turn, shot and killed Doolin. He is buried in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

For additional information:
Bearden, Russell E. “Last of the Arkansas Outlaws.” Jefferson County Historical Quarterly 15, no. 4 (1987).

Hanes, Bailey C. Bill Doolin, Outlaw. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968.

Nix, Evett Dumas. Oklahombres, Particularly the Wilder Ones. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.

Shirley, Glen, West of Hell’s Fringe: Crime, Criminals, and the Federal Peace Officer in Oklahoma Territory, 1889–1907. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1978.

Western History Collection. University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman, Oklahoma.

Russell E. Bearden
White Hall, Arkansas

This entry, originally published in Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives, appears in the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas in an altered form. Arkansas Biography is available from the University of Arkansas Press.


Bali’s Surfing History by Bill Dalton

Australian journalist, author and publisher Phil Jarratt has been writing about Bali’s surf culture ever since he first walked onto the hot sands of Kuta Beach more than 40 years ago. Few people are better qualified to chronicle this arcane subject. A former editor of Tracks and Australian Surfers Journal, and an associate editor of Surfer, Jarratt is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the evolution of surfing in Asia.

Recently, with a tinge of thoughtful melancholy in his voice, the tanned white-haired veteran sat on the terrace of my home in Tabanan and recounted for an hour the very beginnings of surfing on Bali – the first pre-war surfer Bob Koke, the discovery of the island by Australian and American surfers in the early 1970s, the past and present lives of dashing and heroic surfing legends who died tragically or mysteriously and of the storied overland hippie trail that ended in Bali.

Today Bali is considered a mecca for warm water surfing and is a well-established surf destination on the world’s professional circuit. Surfers who have experienced perfect waves all over the world claim that Bali surf’s power, speed and consistency is comparable to almost anywhere. The island gets the full force of Southern Ocean swells travelling thousands of miles to break over shallow coral reefs. Trade winds blow away from the land, giving shape and consistency to year round swells, drawing thousands of Australians, Californians, Japanese and Brazilians each year to test themselves on the island’s famous tubular waves.

One of the fortunate few who experienced Bali’s early surfing scene, Phil Jarratt is an award-winning author of 30 books, including more than a dozen on surfing. Reliving this lost time in the new 2nd edition of his book Bali Heaven and Hell, Jarratt goes behind the smiling face of Bali presented to generations of tourists. The book is an idiosyncratic mixture of historical scholarship, Australian surfing stories, the surf exploration, colonization and culture of Kuta, the Bukit and Grajagan of East Java, the evolution of the tourism industry and a social/cultural retelling of the age of the island’s discovery by the West as told through many voices and perspectives.

Surfers were among the very first Western visitors to Bali in the early years of Suharto’s New Order government. What a strange and driven mission this writer has chosen for himself. In an enthusiastic Kerouac-esque steam of consciousness, like playing jazz trumpet or riding a wave, Jarratt recreates the atmosphere and authentic feel of Bali in those early Barbarian days of surfing, “the craziness of the tiny airport terminal, waiting forever for our surfboards, the pandemonium outside as porters and bemo drivers hustled for our buck. I loved it immediately.”

This was a halcyon time when Kuta was one of the three K’s – Katmandu, Kabul and Kuta – and the summer of love was only getting started. Surrounded by fields and streams, in the fishing village everything cost less than a dollar, bemo were the main mode of transport, bicycles were still in widespread use, huge American cars lurched down bumpy dirt roads, Zamrud Airline’s DC 3s ruled the budget skies, traveling to Java was an horrendous bus and train journey and drug overdoses spelled the end of drug deals gone wrong.

In the early 1970s, the empty road between Kuta and Legian took you through palm plantations. The dirt track Jl. Pantai Kuta that led straight to the sea was lined with the ramshackle shacks. Made’s Warung was just a shack, and the network of sandy lanes sprouted just a dozen losmen where at night the only lights were from kerosene lamps flickering in the windows. Not a single piece of plastic trash could be found on the beach and the ocean was perfectly clear. Venturing into the surf – beginning first around 1972 – a new breed of hip young Balinese surfers evolved. Their fluid movements, control, robust natures and easy-going lifestyle made them skillful and ardent surfers. As the surf industry took hold, it gave rise to enterprising Balinese lifeguards, guides and surfing entrepreneurs. Surf shops opened, Balinese-style surf wear brands were introduced to compete with the global brands like Quicksilver and Billabong.

It’s fascinating how pristine and innocent this time was, known only among the surfer cognoscenti. Bali’s first surf club, the Bali Surfing Club, was established in 1979. The first professional surf competition, the Om Bali Pro, was held in 1980. But what really accelerated the popularity of Bali as a surfing destination was the release of the greatest Australian surf film ever made, Morning of the Earth in 1972, revealing surf’s new frontier – the discovery by a few loners of Uluwatu’s demanding breaks at the end of a long arid dirt road, a time when monkeys not people watched from surrounding cliffs.

After that landmark film, the floodgates opened with the influx of 20,000 tourists by 1973, about 1000 of them surfers. The release of BBC’s film Balinese Surfer in 1976 only fed into the mythology and quickened the pace of arrivals. Kuta and environs became the lair of shady con artists, layabout heirs to fortunes, pseudo-surfer-fetishists, spiritual seekers, rock stars, itinerant yachtsmen, rag, silver and bead traders, dope dealers, career criminals, fugitives reinventing themselves and other infamous characters including naked skinny long-haired hippies who ingested mushrooms and smoked Sumatran weed on the beach and bought fake student IDs to buy discounted airline tickets.

In the course of Phil Jarratt’s research, he has interviewed hundreds of fellow Australians, many of them pioneering surfers. Reliving his Bali past, and learning so much that he didn’t know as a young surfer, has given him more pleasure than any of his other surfing books: Salts and Suits, Kelly Slater: For the Love, Hottest 100 Surf legends, Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia, and That Summer at Boomerang. A 3-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, Jarratt, now 64 years old, will always be a surfer at heart. He lives between Noosa, Bali and Hawaii or wherever the surf’s up.

Louise and Bob Koke, as recounted in their book Our Hotel in Bali, written in 1942, pioneered the concept of the Bali resort. In 1936, fed up with a cheating husband, Louise Garrett met and quickly had an affair with Bob Koke, a handsome young tennis pro. Together they ran away to the Far East via Yokohama and Shanghai before arriving in Bali where they established a hotel in a coconut grove on Kuta Beach. The compound of thatched-roof bungalows fanned out from a central lounge and dining area, with all rooms facing the sea. The Kokes opened their Kuta Beach Hotel in March 1937. It was an immediate success.

As a surfer himself, Bob Koke recognized immediately the wave-riding potential of Kuta Beach and sent for his heavy solid redwood surfing plank from Hawaii. He worked with his staff to carve out a few wooden boards in the Hawaiian alaia-style, sensibly figuring that guests could ride the shorter, lighter and more maneuverable boards in either standing or prone positions with very little tuition. When his own board arrived, Koke tried to show his young Balinese employees how it could be ridden on Kuta’s breaks. Though he couldn’t get his boys up and riding on the big board, they soon became proficient enough on the shorter boards to guide guests through the thrill of a flying down a line of surf.

The Kokes had all kinds of takers for their surfing lessons, including one elderly British aristocratic dowager who almost drowned, and several young men who, after a few cocktails, confused ambition with ability and had to be hauled staggering out of the shore break. In December 1941, Japanese bombers attacked Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, war broke out all over the Pacific and Bali’s incipient tourism industry shut down virtually overnight. That New Year’s Eve, the Kokes drove their Chevrolet to the Java ferry and fled Bali to the relative safety of Java, leaving the island’s swells to fall along an empty shoreline for a generation.

Overcrowding in the world’s better-known breaks inevitably led to a period of surf exploration through the far-flung islands of Indonesia, which had become known for the world’s richest source of intense, perfect waves. Grajagan’s incredible surf is an integral part of Bali’s surf lore, offering rare insights into the paranoia and obsessive secrecy of the surfer-scammers of the 1970s. At the time, surfing on Bali was pure adventure when fewer than a dozen rode the giant waves of Uluwatu on a regular basis. None of them had ventured any further along the Bukit Peninsula cliffs, where in later years another half-dozen world-class surf breaks would be discovered.

One of the early riders was Bob Laverty for whom the ultimate challenge was getting off the beaten path, finding those isolated barrels. The black sheep heir to the Thriftimart fortune, Laverty and others among the Kuta crew feared that Uluwatu would soon be overrun? and decided to explore the possibilities of another break only seen from the air.

Most sources agree that it was Laverty, the unassuming Californian remittance man, who first noticed the long crescent of reef that tapered along the edge of the Plengkung Forest Reserve at the southeastern tip of East Java while on a flight from Jakarta in late 1971. He knew that those tell tale trails of white water along the reef indicated jaw-dropping surfing potential. Laverty later rode his motorcycle back to the peninsula and walked 20 km up the beach to confirm his discovery of a new surfing paradise.

The Kuta crew launched a land and sea mission a few weeks later, becoming the first to surf the now-famous break, sleeping on the sand and never venturing into the tiger-infested jungle. The first surf camps opened in Grajagan (G-Land, as it became known) in 1977 and the rest is history, but Bob Laverty was not around to see it. Soon after the first G-Land mission in 1972, the epileptic took off on a giant wave at Uluwatu. His friends later found his limp body floating in the surf, still attached to his surfboard by a bungee cord.

Phil Jarratt will appear with American writer William Finnegan in a session called “Writing Waves” at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on October 30th. The two will also appear at a festival fringe event at Deus Ex Machina, Canggu, on November 5th.


Articles Featuring Dalton Gang From History Net Magazines

They rode in from the west through a crisp, brilliant October morning in 1892, a little group of dusty young men. They laughed and joked and ‘baa’ed at the sheep and goats along the way. In a few minutes they would kill some citizens who had never harmed them. And in just a few minutes more, four of these carefree riders were going to die.

For they planned to rob two banks at once, something nobody else had ever done, not even the James boys. They had chosen the First National and the Condon in pleasant, busy Coffeyville, Kan. Three of the young men were brothers named Dalton, and they knew the town, or thought they did, for they had lived nearby for several years. Coffeyville was a prosperous town, with enough loot to take them far away from pursuing lawmen.

Now, 110 years after the raid, much of what happened is lost in the swirling mists of time. Today it’s hard to sort out fact from invention, and one of the remaining questions is this: How many bandits actually rode up out of the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) to steal the savings of hard — working Kansas citizens? Most historians say there were five raiders … but some say there was a sixth rider, one who fled, leaving the others to die under the citizens’ flaming Winchesters.

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Coffeyville was unprepared, a peaceful little town, where nobody, not even the marshal, carried a gun. The gang might have gotten away with stealing the citizens’ savings that October 5 morning except for Coffeyville’s penchant for civic improvement. For the town was paving some of its downtown streets, and in the course of the job the city fathers had moved the very hitching racks to which the gang had planned to tether their allimportant horses. So the outlaws tied their mounts to a fence in a narrow passage, called Death Alley today. They walked together down the alley, crossed an open plaza, and walked into the two unsuspecting banks. Tall, handsome Bob Dalton was the leader, an intelligent man with a fearsome reputation as a marksman. Grat, the eldest, was a slow — witted thug whose avocations were thumping other people, gambling, and sopping up prodigious amounts of liquor. He was described as having the heft of a bull calf and the disposition of a baby rattlesnake. Emmett, or Em, was the baby of the lot, only 21 on the day of the raid, but already an experienced robber. The boys came from a family of 15 children, the offspring of Adeline Youngeraunt to the outlaw Younger boys — and shiftless Lewis Dalton, sometime farmer, saloonkeeper and horse fancier.

Backing the Dalton boys were two experienced charter members of the gang, Dick Broadwell and Bill Power (often spelled Powers). Power was a Texas boy who had punched cows down on the Cimarron before he decided robbing people was easier than working. Broadwell, scion of a good Kansas family, went wrong after a young lady stole his heart and his bankroll and left him flat in Fort Worth.

Grat Dalton led Power and Broadwell into the Condon. Em and Bob went on to the First National. Once inside, they threw down on customers and employees and began to collect the banks’ money. However, somebody recognized one of the Daltons, and citizens were already preparing to take them on.

Next door to the First National was Isham’s Hardware, which looked out on the Condon and the plaza and down Death Alley to where the gang had left their horses, at least 300 feet away. Isham’s and another hardware store handed out weapons to anybody who wanted them, and more than a dozen citizens were set to ventilate the gang members as they left the banks. The first shots were fired at Emmett and Bob, who dove back into the First National and then out the back door, killing a young store clerk in the process.

Grat was bamboozled by a courageous Condon employee who blandly announced that the time lock (which had opened long before) would not unlock for several minutes. Grat, instead of trying the door, stood and waited, while outside the townsmen loaded Winchesters and found cover. When bullets began to punch through the bank windows, Grat, Broadwell and Power charged out into the leadswept plaza, running hard for the alley and snapping shots at the nest of rifles in Isham’s Hardware. All three were hit before they reached their horses — dust puffed from their clothing as rifle bullets tore into them.

Bob and Emmett ran around a block, out of the townspeople’s sight, paused to kill two citizens and ran on, turned down a little passage and emerged in the alley about the time that Grat and the others got there. Somebody nailed Bob Dalton, who sat down, fired several aimless shots, slumped over and died. Liveryman John Kloehr put the wounded Grat down for good with a bullet in the neck. Power died in the dust about 10 feet away. Broadwell, mortally wounded, got to his horse and rode a half — mile toward safety before he pitched out of the saddle and died in the road.

Emmett, already hit, jerked his horse back into the teeth of the citizens’ fire, reaching down from the saddle for his dead or dying brother Bob. As he did so, the town barber blew Emmett out of the saddle with a load of buckshot, and the fight was over. Four citizens were dead. So were four bandits, and Emmett was punched full of holes — more than 20 of them. Which accounted for all the bandits… or did it?

Emmett always said there were only five bandits. However, four sober, respectable townsfolk, the Hollingsworths and the Seldomridges, said they had passed six riders heading into town, although nobody else who saw the raiders come in thought there were more than five. And, two days after the fight, David Stewart Elliott, editor of the Coffeyville Journal, had this to say: It is supposed the sixth man was too well — known to risk coming into the heart of the city, and that he kept off some distance and watched the horses.

Later, in his excellent Last Raid of the Daltons, Elliott did not mention a sixth rider, although he used much of the text of his newspaper story about the raid. Maybe he had talked to the Seldomridges and Hollingsworths, and maybe they had told him they could not be certain there were six riders. Maybe — but still another citizen also said more than five bandits attacked Coffeyville. Tom Babb, an employee of the Condon Bank, many years later told a reporter that he had seen a sixth man gallop out of Death Alley away from the plaza, turn south and disappear.

If Tom Babb saw anything, it might have been Bitter Creek Newcomb, also a nominee for the sixth man. He was a veteran gang member, said to have been left out of the raid because he was given to loose talk. One story has Bitter Creek riding in from the south to support the gang from a different angle. If he did, Babb might have seen him out of the Condon’s windows, which faced south.

The trouble with Babb’s story is not the part about seeing a sixth bandit — , it’s the rest of it. After Grat and his men left the Condon, Babb said he ran madly through the cross — fire between Isham’s Hardware and the fleeing bandits, dashed around a block and arrived in the alley as the sixth man galloped past: He was lying down flat on his saddle, and that horse of his was going as fast as he could go. Finally, he stood right next to Kloehr, the valiant liveryman, as he cut down two of the gang. Maybe so. Babb was young and eager, and as he said, I could run pretty fast in those days.

Still, it’s a little hard to imagine anybody sprinting through a storm of gunfire unarmed, dashing clear around a city block, and fetching up in an alley ravaged by rifle slugs. To stand next to Kloehr he would probably have had to run directly past the outlaws, who were still shooting at anything that moved. And nobody else mentioned Babb’s extraordinary dash, even though at least a dozen townsmen were in position to see if it had happened.

Still, there is no hard evidence to contradict Babb. Nor is there any reason to think that his memory had faded when he told his story. Maybe he exaggerated, wanting just a little more part in the defense of the town than he actually took… and maybe he told the literal truth. So, if Babb and the others were right, who was the fabled sixth man?

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Well, the most popular candidate was always Bill Doolin, who in 1896 told several lawmen he rode along on the raid. No further questioning was ever possible, because in 1896 Doolin shot it out with the implacable lawman Heck Thomas and came in second. A whole host of writers supported Doolin’s tale. His horse went lame, the story goes, and Doolin turned aside to catch another mount, arriving in town too late to help his comrades. The obvious trouble with this theory is that no bandit leader would have attacked his objective short — handed instead of waiting a few minutes for one of his best guns to steal a new horse.

Nevertheless, the Doolin enthusiasts theorized that Doolin had gotten his new horse and was on his way to catch up with the gang when he met a citizen riding furiously to warn the countryside. The man stopped to ask Doolin if he had met any bandits. Doolin naturally said he hadn’t, and, ever resourceful, added: Holy smoke! I’ll just wheel around right here and go on ahead of you down this road and carry the news. Mine is a faster horse than yours. Doolin, according to oneaccount, started on a ride that has ever since been the admiration of horsemen in the Southwest… Doolin… crossed the Territory like a flying wraith,… a ghostly rider saddled upon the wind.

The flying wraith fable is much repeated. One writer says Doolin never stopped until he reached sanctuary west of Tulsa, a distance of at least 101 miles.

But before anybody dismisses Doolin as the sixth bandit, there’s another piece of evidence, and it comes from a solid source. Fred Dodge, an experienced Wells, Fargo Co. agent, stuck to the Daltons like a burr on a dogie. He and tough Deputy Marshal Heck Thomas were only a day behind the gang on the day of the raid.

Dodge wrote later that during the chase an informant told him Doolin rode with the other five bandits on the way north to Coffeyville, but that he was ill with dengue fever. Although Heck Thomas remembered they received information that there were five men in the gang, Dodge had no reason to invent the informant. And, if Dodge’s information was accurate, Doolin’s dengue fever would explain his dropping out just before the raid a great deal better than the fable about the lame horse.

Not everybody agreed on Doolin or Bitter Creek as the mystery rider. After the raid some newspapers reported the culprit was one Allee Ogee, variously reported as hunted, wounded and killed. Ogee, it turned out, was very much alive and industriously pursuing his job in a Wichita packing house. Understandably irritated, Ogee wrote the Coffeyville Journal, announcing both his innocence and his continued existence.

A better candidate is yet another Dalton, brother Bill, lately moved from California with wrath in his heart for banks and railroads. Bill had few scruples about robbing or shooting people after Coffeyville he rode with Doolin’s dangerous gang. Before Bill was shot down trying to escape a batch of tough deputy marshals in 1894 , he said nothing about being at Coffeyville, and he couldn’t comment after the marshals ventilated him. So nothing connects Bill Dalton with the sixth rider except his surly disposition and his association with his outlaw brothers.

In later years, Chris Madsen commented on the Coffeyville raid for Frank Latta’s excellent Dalton Gang Days. If whatMadsen said was true, neither Doolin nor Bill Dalton could have been the sixth bandit. Madsen was in Guthrie when the Coffeyville raid came unraveled, was advised of its outcome by telegram, and forthwith told the press. Almost immediately, he said,Bill Dalton appeared to ask whether the report was true. Madsen believed that Bill and Doolin both had been near Guthrie,waiting for the rest of the gang with fresh horses. You have to respect anything Madsen said, although some writers have suggested that the tough Dane was not above making a fine story even better. We’ll never know.

Other men have also been nominated as the One Who Got Away, among them a mysterious outlaw called Buckskin Ike, rumored to have ridden with the Dalton Gang in happier times. And there was one Padgett, a yarn spinner of the I bin everwhar persuasion. Padgett later bragged that he left whiskey — running in the Cherokee Nation to ride with the Daltons. At Coffeyville he was the appointed horse holder, he said, and rode for his life when things went sour in that deadly alley.

Some have suggested that the sixth rider might even have been a woman, an unlikely but intriguing theory. Stories abound about the Dalton women, in particular Eugenia Moore, Julia Johnson and the Rose of Cimarron. The Rose was said to be an Ingalls, Okla., girl, who loved Bitter Creek Newcomb and defied death to take a rifle to her beleaguered bandit boyfriend. And there was Julia Johnson, whom Em married in 1907. Emmett wrote that he was smitten by Julia long before the raid, when he stopped to investigate celestial organ music coming from a country church. Entering, he discovered Julia in the bloom of young womanhood, and it was love at first sight. Well, maybe so, although Julia’s granddaughter later said Julia couldn’t play a lick, let alone generate angelic chords from the church organ.

Julia, Em said, was the soul of constancy, and waited patiently for her outlaw lover through all his years in prison. Never mind that Julia married two other people, who both departed this life due to terminal lead poisoning. Never mindthat she married her second husband while Emmett was in the pen. The myth of maidenly devotion is too well — entrenched to die, and she has been proposed as the sixth rider more than once, on the flimsiest theorizing. However, aside from the fact that Julia probably never laid eyes on Emmett until he left prison–that’s what her granddaughter said, anyway — there’s no evidence Julia rode on any Dalton raid, let alone Coffeyville.

Bob’s inamorata and spy was Eugenia Moore. Eugenia, we are told, rode boldly up and down the railroad between Texas and Kansas, seducing freight agents and eavesdropping on the telegraph for news of money shipments. Eugenia might have been Flo Quick, a real-life horse thief and sexual athlete, who dressed as a man to ride out to steal and called herself Tom King. The Wichita Daily Eagle rhapsodized: She is an elegant rider, very daring. She has a fine suit of hair as black as a raven’s wing and eyes like sloes that would tempt a Knight of St. John her figure is faultless Even if the reporter overdid the description, Flo was no doubt someone who would have caught Bob Dalton’s eye. There is no evidence, though, to suggest she rode with him on the raid.

And so, if there was a sixth bandit, who was he? He could have been some relative unknown, of course, Padgett or somebody like him, but that is unlikely. This was to be a big raid, the pot of gold at the end of Bob Dalton’s rainbow. He would not take along anybody but a proven hardcase, even to hold horses. Doolin is the popular candidate, with substantial support in the evidence. Still, I’m inclined to bet on Bill Dalton, in spite of Chris Madsen’s story. Although there is no direct evidence to link him with the raid, he gathered intelligence for the gang before they rode north to Kansas, and he certainly turned to the owlhoot or outlaw trail in a hurry after Coffeyville. He repeatedly proved himself to be violent and without scruple, and he loathed what he considered the Establishment: banks and railroads.

For those who scoff at the idea of a sixth bandit, there’s one more bit of information, a haunting reference that was apparently never followed up. In 1973, an elderly Coffeyville woman reminisced about the bloody end of the raid: Finally they got on their horses… those that were left. Several of ’em, of course, were killed there, as well as several of the town’s people. And they got on their horses and left…

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Bill the Goat

Long before midshipmen began tossing the pigskin around the site of old Fort Severn, goats were an integral part of Navy life. Over 200 years ago, livestock was kept aboard some sea-going naval vessels to provide sailors with food, milk, eggs and, in some cases, pets.

One legend about the first association of the goat with Navy football tells of a pet goat who died at sea while aboard a Navy ship. The affection for the goat was such that the officers decided to save the skin of the animal and have it mounted upon arrival in port.

Two young officers were entrusted with the skin when the ship docked in Baltimore. On the way to the taxidermist, the ensigns dropped in on their alma mater where a football game was in progress. With them -- for lack of a suitable storage place -- was the goat skin.

While watching the first half of the game, one of the officers came up with an idea for some half-time entertainment. When half-time arrived, he romped up and down the sidelines cloaked with the goat skin barely covering his blue uniform. Such ungoatlike antics brought howls of laughter from the midshipmen, and the Navy victory that day was attributed to the spirit of the late, lamented goat.

It was not until 1893, however, that a live goat made his debut as a mascot at the fourth Army-Navy game. Again, it was young naval officers who supplied the mids with their sea-faring pet. The USS New York dropped anchor off Annapolis and the ship’s mascot, a goat bearing the name El Cid (The Chief), was brought ashore for the service clash. The West Pointers were defeated for the third time, and the midshipmen feted El Cid along with the team.

The first service match of the 20th century brought out both teams’ traditional mascots for the first time. The mids again borrowed the goat from the USS New York and decked him out in a fine blanket with a gold "NAVY" emblazoned on both sides. On the opposite side of the gridiron, the Army mule was attired in West Point colors and bore on one side the words "No Ships for Me," while on the other flank was "I’m Something of a Kicker Myself."

That game in Philadelphia ended with an 11-7 victory for Annapolis and added prestige for the goat. On the return trip to the Naval Academy, the goat was led on a victory lap through the train and did not leave the mids until they reached Baltimore. It was then that the goat was dubbed the now celebrated name "Bill." The name was borrowed from a pet goat kept by Commander Colby M. Chester, Commandant of Midshipmen from 1891-1894 and the first president of the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

The next year a new goat, named Bill II, was called upon to assume the role of Navy mascot. Along with him, however, were two easily spooked cats who ran for the nearest exit when released from their bag. Navy lost again and goat advocates protested against the joint attention the cats received.

In 1905, the fifth goat, a large angora animal from Princeton, N. J., was given the name of Bill III and bestowed with the duty of bringing victory to the Navy, who had lost the last four years to Army. That year the teams deadlocked 6-6.

The following year, another goat wore the blanket, and it was this mascot which was destined for fame. Originally called Bill, this goat was dubbed "Three-to-Nothing Jack Dalton" after the star midshipman who kicked the field goals that helped Navy defeat Army 3-0 for two successive years.

In 1912, plans were made to honor the goat which had acted as mascot for the previous seven years. Late in November, "Jack" was measured for a new blue and gold blanket, but one week later (November 20) he was stricken with colic and died.

Elaborate plans were made for a funeral, but it was decided instead to have his skin mounted. "Three-to-Nothing Jack Dalton" can be seen today in the foyer of the Academy’s Halsey Field House, mounted in a glass case, reared on his hind legs in a fighting pose.

A brown goat was enlisted into mascot service in 1914, and his wicked temper earned him the name of Satan. Luck seemed to be on Satan’s side, as he was the only goat allowed out of the state during a livestock quarantine to attend the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. But Satan’s luck was short-lived, and disgrace was heaped upon him when his esteemed blanket was taken away after Navy’s defeat that year.

Finding a goat that could bring victory over Army was beginning to look like an impossible task. To solve this problem, the  following ad was run in an Annapolis newspaper in 1916: "WANTED: the meanest and fiercest goat possible . . . Would like to see same before purchasing."

Navy got what it wanted: a mean goat and a victory over Army. He was called Bill VI.

After World War II, the Navy turned to an angora named "Chester" for goatly guidance. Named after Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the midshipmen changed the mascot’s name to Bill XIII. Rather ominously, he died on the eve of the 1947 game with Army.

His successor, Bill XIV, was presented during the emergency by an Annapolis barber. A loyal mascot, Bill XIV was a frequent  target of kidnapping by rival schools. Another of the Navy’s most famed goats, he had a 5-5-2 record over Army and a twelve-year reign, the longest of all previous goat mascots.

Since that time there have been a number of goats who served as the honored mascot of the Academy, and several of them have unusual stories.

In 1968 Bill XVI, a gift from the Air Force Academy, died of accidental poisoning from weed killer sprayed too closely to his pen.

His successor, Bill XVII, met the same fate three years later.

Bill XIX and Bill XX died of natural causes after each served three years of faithful service, in 1975 and 1978 respectively.

Bill XXI led the midshipmen to their best record in years, which included a 23-16 victory over Brigham Young University in the 1978 Holiday Bowl. He is also credited with two Navy wins over Army, which then brought the competition to 37 wins apiece for the two arch rivals.

Bill XXXIII and Bill XXXIV retired after the 2015 football season.

Bill XXXV and his brother, Bill XXXVI, were donated to the Naval Academy in August 2015.

Bill XXXV died in August 2016 due to illness.

Bill XXXVII joined the Naval Academy family in the late fall of 2016. 


Bill Dalton - History

The following essay is meant to provide a ray of hope to the dozens of requestors who have asked to participate in the Dalton International DNA Project and who have failed to qualify. They either do not have a living male Dalton relative nor have been able to locate one who could participate in the study.

Hidden in your box of keepsakes or in the attic trunk are DNA remnants of your ancestors. Forensic science techniques can now be applied to these treasures by a fledgling private industry sector known as regenerative DNA. Although still in its infancy, it offers some hope to those who have exhausted all means of obtaining DNA from a living Dalton male relative and who have spent thousands of dollars in pursuit of their ancestors.

Extracting DNA from ancestral keepsakes can vary widely in results and depends on the quality of the sample. Another caution is the accurate "person" identity of the sample. DNA regeneration is a costly procedure and can range upwards from $600 but is worth it to some. Once quality DNA has been extracted it can then be analyzed by existing laboratories and a life-long search can be ended.

Sources of DNA

Hair is one of the most likely sources of DNA in your treasure box. Parents tended to save the first cuttings of both boys and girls and they are usually found in a yellowed envelope tied with a ribbon. Sometimes cuttings are found in a framed collage with other items belonging to the young child. In the 1920's young women bobbed their hair and saved the long locks that were often braided. In the 1980's men began to shed the long locks of the 1960's and 1970's.

During Queen Victoria's time, the mourning broach was popularized in England. It was made of hair and worn as an ornament. Mourning broaches became stylish in America as well as hair bracelets and necklaces. Betrothed couples exchanged jewelry made from their hair so there are examples of male as well as female ornaments to be found. Again, unless the history of the piece is known and the identity of the donor is certain, this could be a waste of time and money.

Bell displays and shadow box frames often contain the mementos of deceased members of the family. Usually there is a picture of the person along with other items and can include strands of hair. Bell displays rested on your grandmother's parlor table. Person identity is easier in such cases. These are a few instances but one should not overlook old hats, brushes, razors, etc.

A locket is another piece of jewelry that sometimes contained a tiny photograph with a strand of hair. This could be the remembrance of a deceased child and the hair sample is usually belonged to the child.

How often we hear of families in America and Australia who have saved old letters that were received from relatives in other countries. If the sender could read and write, there is good possibility that the DNA on the back of the stamp and on the seal of the envelope is that of the person who wrote the letter. The reverse is also true. There are many English and Irish who have treasured letters from relatives in Australia, North America and other parts of the world.

Every war has produced millions of letters from servicemen. From these letters the male Y chromosome needed for DNA analysis can be extracted. Mothers, wives and sweethearts cherished these missives and some letters go back as far as the Revolutionary War in America and perhaps the Crimean War in Europe. Unfortunately with self- stick stamps, seals and postage meters, e-mails and faxes, this source will not be available to future generations.

A recent story in the Rootsweb Newsletter revealed a most unusual source of DNA although the writer failed to recognize the scientific impact of the discovery. A scrapbook compiled in 1853 found its way to a second hand store and eventually to the hands of a family historian whose husband is related to the compiler. There are 53 individuals arranged in ancestral order on 53 pages. Each page contains a picture of the individual, hair samples, bits of ribbon, a verse and often the handwriting of the subject. What an extraordinary find! The samples are 150 years old and the donors are identified! One wonders whether this was a common family project of the pre- Civil War period in America and how many such scrapbooks still exist. Was it a practice that was brought from the Old World?

Editor's Note. Your grandmother may be able to provide more DNA sources or knowledge of sources. They were frequently handed down in a family. If you have an unusual DNA find in your box of mementos, perhaps you would like to share it with other readers.

It has been over well over a year since two English Daltons volunteered in the winter of 2003 to have their DNA analyzed. They knew little about DNA and less of its use as related to genealogy. By Spring they learned that their DNA was a perfect match and what their ethnic background is. Since that time, 47 members of the Dalton Genealogical Society have joined the study. Thirty-five members have received their results and the DNA of another twelve members is in various stages of analysis. In addition, members who were participants in the Dalton America DNA project have contributed their DNA markers for comparison with markers in the DGS project. This makes a total of 54 members who are participating in the International Dalton Gene Pool.

The object of this study is not to just identify genetic cousins (which in itself is important) but to try and link Americans and Australians to their roots in Ireland or England. This study is quite useful to some English and Americans of believed English descent and who now find that their roots are in Ireland. Others of Irish descent are finding that their roots are in England.

The results thus far are showing sets of perfect American matches, English/American matches, Irish/American/Australian matches and other matches within England. DGS membership in North America is high and growing rapidly and explains the large sector of Americans in the study. Naturally there are those who have not found genetic matches and the DGS intends to keep pursuing this project to enhance opportunities for its members.

Taking a DNA sample with a mouth swab is simple and painless. Family Tree DNA who offers the kit has a group discount price of $169.00 for a 25 marker test. Your Project Administrator will walk you through the steps to order your kit. We look forward to you joining the Project and working with you. When the Project is completed a report will be published in the DGS Journal. Contact your Dalton International DNA Project Administrator, Millicent Craig at: [email protected] Become a part of this history making event and the Dalton International Gene Pool.

During the summer months, family historians and genealogists find many exciting pursuits when children and grandchildren are out of school. The Dalton Journal will arrive at the beginning of the vacation period and we hope that your family will enjoy the contents that are contributed, compiled and edited by our DGS volunteers. John Dalton, Editor ([email protected]) eagerly awaits your special family story for publishing in the Fall Journal so please give some thoughts to it during the summer months.

To those who are not yet members of the DGS, browse the Contents below and join the rapidly growing world-wide membership. Download the Membership and Entitlements page and mail it to your local secretary.

Extracted by DGS Member, Mike Dalton

5 Mar. 1836: Anne age 23 and James Aulton. porter RC of St. Audeons a girl.
18 Oct. 1836: Anne, age 29 and James Dalton, laborer RC of St. Thomas a girl.
5 Aug. 1837: Jane, age 25 and John Dalton, servant Prot. of St. Marys a boy.
12 Dec. 1837: Mary Ann, age 22 and Patrick Dalton, tailor RC of St. Marys a boy.
19 July 1838: Eliza Dalton, age 34 and husband age 33 a girl, stillborn now has 2 boys and 2 girls living.
4 Sept. 1838: Ellen Dalton, age 25 and husband age 38 a boy, stillborn now has 2 boys living a previous son died after one week.
4 Oct. 1838: Eleanor, age 25 and John Dalton, laborer RC of St. Marys a boy stillborn.
15 Oct. 1839: Mary Ann, age 24 and Patrick Dalton, laborer RC of country parish a boy.
9 Jan. 1840: Ellen, age 27 and John Dalton, laborer RC of St. Thomas a boy.
30 Mar. 1840: Susanna, age 30 and James Dalton, servant RC of St. Georges girl.
1 Feb. 1842: Eliza, age 38 and John Dalton, laborer RC of St. Catherine's a girl.
9 Dec. 1842: Mary Ann, age 30 and Thomas Dalton, porter RC of St. Andrews a girl.
24 Jan. 1843: Mary Ann, age 24 and John Dalton, tailor RC of St. Georges a boy.
5 Feb. 1843: Margaret, age 20 and Cornelius Dalton, laborer RC of St. Nicholas a boy.
8 Mar. 1843: Rebecca, age 21 and James Dalton, porter Prot. of St. Peters a girl baptized Charlotte on 12 Mar. 1843.
22 Mar. 1843: Margaret, age 40 and Patrick Dalton, servant Prot. of St. Peters a girl.
10 June 1843: Margaret, age 19 and James Dalton, music teacher RC of St. Thomas a girl.
2 Apr 1844: Mary, age 25 and Edward Dalton, shoemaker Prot. of St. Marks admitted - no other details.
6 Nov. 1845: Mary A. Dalton, age 26 and John Dalton, tailor RC of St. Marys boy.
9 Jan. 1846: Anne, age 25 and James Alton, dealer RC of St. Marks a girl.
27 Apr. 1846: Jane, age 22 and John Dalton, miller Prot. of St. Michans a girl baptized Anne on 3 May 1846.
4 May 1846: Mary, age 21 and Michael Dalton, laborer RC of St. Peters a girl.
29 June 1846: Mary, age 28 and Edward Dalton. shoemaker Prot. of St. Wexburghs a boy.
23 Feb. 1847: Margaret, age 23 and Columbus Dalton, sawmaker RC of St. Lukes a boy.
10 May 1847: Mary, age 32 and William Dalton, servant Prot. of St. Peters a girl.
29 Oct. 1847: Anne, age 26 and William Dalton, clerk RC of St. Michans ____.
21 Mar. 1848: Ellen, age 28 and Edward Dalton, smith RC of St. Peters a girl.
18 Aug. 1849 Margaret, age 23 and Patrick Dalton, silk weaver, RC of St. Lukes a girl.
24 Oct. 1849: Mary A., age 25 and Columbus Dalton, weaver RC of St. Michans a girl.
19 Feb. 1850: Anne, age 22 and William Dalton , laborer RC of Belcamp ____.
11 June 1850: Mary, age 31 and John Dalton, carpenter RC of St. Marys a girl.
22 Aug. 1850: Mary, age 25 and Michael Dalton, laborer RC of St. Peters a girl.
31 July 1851: Anne, age 25 and Michael Dalton, sawyer RC of St. Michans a girl.
2 Sept. 1851: Mary A., age 28 and Patrick Dalton, weaver RC of St. Peters two girls, twins. Both died: 6 Sept. 1851 and 8 Sept. 1851.
2 Oct. 1851: Ellen, age 30 and Edward Dalton, smith RC of St. Peters boy, stillborn.
4 Jan. 1852: Mary A., age 27 and James Dalton, shoemaker RC of St. Marys boy.
6 June 1852: Ellen, age 31 and Edward Dalton, smith RC of St. Peters admitted, no other details.
11 May 1853: Mary A., age 28 and James Dalton, shoemaker RC of St. Marys admitted, no other details.
19 Aug. 1853: Margret, age 22 and Michael Dalton, farmer RC of St. Pauls a boy.
15 Aug. 1855: Mary A., age 24 and Thomas Dalton, painter RC of St. Georges girl.
25 Apr. 1856: Mary A., age 28 and James Dalton, shoemaker RC of St. Marys boy.
25 July 1858: Ellen, age 23 and John Dalton, servant RC of St. Marys a girl.
9 Dec. 1858: Margaret, age 34 and Patrick Dalton, shoemaker RC of St. Marys admitted, no other details.
19 Sept. 1859: Ellen Dalton, age 35 a girl, stillborn now has 5 boys and 5 girls living.
24 April 1860: Margaret Dalton, age 36 a girl now has 2 girls living.
13 Dec. 1860: Fanny Dalton, age 23 a boy who died after 12 hours.
1 Oct. 1861: Eliza Dalton: age 19 male child 1st. born.
9 July 1863: Mary A. Dalton: age 37 male child now has 4 boys and 1 girl.
4 Aug. 1863: Mary Anne Dalton: age 24 male child 1st. born still born.
18 Aug. 1863: Mary Dalton: age 18 male child 1st. born.

Editor's Note: The entire list of Rotunda Hospital Births will become available in the Republic of Ireland file.

The following Wills have been listed by the Public Record Office. Their listings are constantly updated and should be searched periodically.
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/

9 January 1783, Will of Dalton Corder, late of His Majesty's Ship Preston of Royal Hospital Haslar Gosport, Hampshire, Prob 11/1099
16 June 1795, Will of Edward Dalton, Gentleman, Lieutenant in His Majesty's Navy of Petersfield, Hampshire, Prob. 11/1262
12 July 1798, Will of Alicia Dalton, Widow of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire, Prob 11/1309
13 March 1815, Will of Richard Dalton, Invalid late belonging to his Majesty's Ship the Nisbe, now a patient of Royal Hospital Haslar, Hamsphire, Prob. 11/1566
19 December 1823, Will of Reverend Thomas Dalton, Bachelor in Divinity of Northwood Rectory in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Prob. 11/1678
10 May 1834, Will of Dorothy Dalton, Widow of Gosport, Hampshire, Prob. 11/1831

1 December 1727, Will of John Dalton, Staymaker of Bury Saint Edmund, Suffolk, Prob 11/614
1 December 1727, Will of John Dalton, Staymaker of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, Prob 11/618
30 December 1763, Will of John Dalton, Taylor of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, Prob. 11/894
28 July 1794, Will of William Dalton, Merchant of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, 11/1247
12 Jan 1796, Will of Hannah Dalton, Widow of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, Prob. 11/1270
15 Jun 1830, Will of Dorothy Sulyard, formerly Dorothy Dalton, Widow of Bury, Suffolk, Prob 11/1773
23 February 1847, Will of Ezra Dalton, Gentleman of Shimpling, Suffolk, Prob 11/2050

Warwickshire

7 July 1740, Will of James Dalton, Linnen Draper of Birmingham, Warwickshire, Prob. 11/703
27 May 1784, Will of Mary Dalton, Widow of Birmingham, Warwickshire, Prob Prob 11/1116
7 Jul 1788, Will of Jacob Dalton, Gentleman of Coventry, Warwickshire, Prob 11/1168
7 January 1806, Will of Edward Dalton, Baker of Brinklow, Warwickshire, Prob 11/1436
29 March 1820, Will of Samuel Dalton, Watchmaker of Rugby, Warwickshire, 11/1626
16 June 1829, Will of George Dalton, Farmer and Grazier of Newnham Regis, Warwickshire, 11/1756
21 February 1835, Will of Thomas Dalton, Silk Dyer of Coventry, Warwickshire, 11.1626

1. From Bob Dalton

DGS member, Robert "Bob" Dalton of KS and his brother, Allen, represented the Dalton Gang at the annual Dalton Days celebration at Meade, Kansas in June. Bob is a contributor of Gang related articles to journals and to the web. His note follows.

I just want to let you know that Susan Foster and everybody else at Meade really hosted us well at the Dalton Days Celebration. My brother Allen, his two daughters, and I really enjoyed the event. Although my brother asked the townsfolk how many "banks" they had and when did they open, we were still treated quite well. I will have to go back next year, if for nothing else but the campfire coffee that you had to strain between your teeth. I would encourage any Dalton to attend. We had a great time.

On this trip, I also found my great, great grandparents graves (Lewis and Talitha Dalton) in a small prairie cemetery near Langdon, KS in Reno county. I last looked for them 30 some years ago without having all the info I needed. This time I found them. I also discovered that my great grandfather, William Henry Dalton, as executor of Talitha's will, failed to heed her request in her last will and testament to give her a marker like her husband's. Her grave is unmarked. I will remedy that.

I wish to thank you for all the work you are doing with Dalton genealogy.

2. From Bill Dalton Phillips

DGS member Bill Phillips of OK reports the theft of another Dalton grave marker, that of Julia Johnson Dalton, the widow of Emmett Dalton who was buried near her family in the Dewey, OK cemetery. This is not the first time that Dalton markers have become souvenirs. A few years ago the markers of the Dalton Gang family were removed from the cemetery in Kingfisher, OK and they have since been replaced by Bill. Prior to that a college student made off with the marker of the Bob, Grat and Bill Powers in Coffeyville, Kansas and it was replaced by the town with a replica of Emmett's original. Bill hopes that those who would like to have Dalton souvenirs will contact him. He has a very large collection of Dalton Gang memorabilia that he willingly shares.

3. From Robert W. Dalton

Robert W. Dalton resides in Morgan County, IL. He is descended from a Dalton line that migrated from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina. Robert has helped to solve a mystery that was over 150 years old.

Jacksonville was the home of a Dalton family who emigrated from England and was never heard from again. It is the family of Dr. Lucy J. Slater, committee member of the DGS who lives in Cambridge, England. Robert searched burial records of the Jacksonville cemeteries, took photographs of the gravestones and combed through newspaper files for information about this family. At the AGM in July, Lucy will be the recipient of a large packet of material that will provide closure to this branch of her family. We are deeply grateful to Robert W. Dalton for his efforts on Lucy's behalf.

Note: Lucy has written several long articles on her Oldham Daltons for the DGS Journal and they can be ordered through the DGS Journal Index. Undoubtedly the material from Robert will provide Lucy with enough subject matter for another Journal item.

4. To Ancestors of Henry Milton Dalton

Henry M. Dalton was the son of James Lewis Dalton. James Lewis reportedly was the brother of Benjamin Dalton, the grandfather of the Dalton Gang. A last living descendent of the Gang was located by DGS member, Bill Dalton Phillips. They are third cousins and Bill sponsored his cousin in the International Dalton DNA Project. Bill was anxious to locate his family, to learn the ethnicity of the family and to respectfully preserve their DNA in the event of future likely exhuming events.

He now wants to locate relatives who are descended from James Lewis Dalton. If James Lewis was Benjamin's brother, then James Lewis would be a great uncle to the Gang and to Bill. The father of the Gang, James Dalton and Henry Milton Dalton would be first cousins. The DNA of Henry's male descendents would match the DNA of the Gang. If so, then Bill would be a fourth or fifth cousin to living descendents.

To correctly identify potential descendents, Henry Milton Dalton was born on November 29 1821 in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co., KY and he died on February 16, 1896 in Independence, Jackson, County, MO. If you are a descendent of Henry Milton, please be in touch. Bill Dalton Phillips is descended from one of the sisters of the Gang.

Late item: Bill Phillips has now found one cousin and is anxious to expand his family connections. However he would also like to hear from other cousins.

5. From Melanie Crain

Melanie Crain wishes to remind you to visit the Dalton Newsletter web site at: http://www.dalton-newsletter.com/home.htm Melanie and James Klumpp have been researching the Virginia Daltons and their series of Dalton Journals is posted on this site. Melanie is also the editor of the monthly Dalton Newsletter.

6. From Russell Dalton

DGS member Russell Dalton of Alamagordo, NM is a direct descendent of George Dalton who was a soldier in the British Army during the Revolutionary War. He was captured, released, married in Virginia and his descendents moved into Kentucky. Russell is participating in the International Dalton DNA Project of the DGS and hopes to learn the ethnicity of his forbears and whether a link can be made to his roots in England or Ireland. Other direct descendents of this line are invited to participate.

7. Russell's Ancestral Line

Russell Eugene Dalton was born September 22, 1927 in Bloomington, Illinois, son of Clarence Dalton and Alta Edna Crutchley.

Clarence Dalton was born June 14, 1889 in Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky, son of Hensley Dalton and Elizabeth J. Mattingly. Clarence died May 11, 1957 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. He married Alta Edna Crutchley December 24, 1919 in McLean County, Illinois

Hensley Dalton was born May 02, 1867 in Grayson County, Kentucky, son of Thomas Foster Dalton and Sarah A. Ramsey. Hensley died July 08, 1890 in Grayson County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth J. Mattingly February 14, 1886 in Grayson County, Kentucky.

Thomas Foster Dalton was born abt. 1843 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, son of David Daniel Dalton and Rose Anna Basham. He married Sarah A. Ramsey

David Daniel Dalton was born abt. 1810 in Warren County, Kentucky, son of William Michael Dalton and Winifred Foster, and died after 1880 in Grayson County, Kentucky. He married Rose Anna Basham December 25, 1829 in Perry County, Indiana.

William Michael Dalton was born abt. 1786 in Virginia, son of George W. Dalton and Winneyford (Winnie) Wiggington, and died July 14, 1860 in Allen County, Kentucky. He married Winifred Foster November 17, 1804 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

George W. Dalton was born 1753 in Ireland or England, and died September 05, 1826 in Allen County, Kentucky. He married Winneyford (Winnie) Wiggington abt. 1783 in Pittsylvania County, Kentucky.

Your editor will be in England when you read this and will return in mid July. In my absence, urgent messages can be sent to: [email protected] and will be forwarded to me.

As promised in the June 2004 issue of "Daltons in History", the web site for the Republic of Ireland was set up and construction of the 26 County files is underway. The new format will allow researchers to keyword search all 26 files at one time.

Files for the new site have been updated by Mike Dalton of Oregon. Until construction has been completed, please search the Ireland file for additional counties. Northern Ireland Counties now have a separate site on the Data Bank Home page.

Counties Carlow and Cavan

The new site, Republic of Ireland, opened with the posting of the County Carlow and County Cavan files. Each file contains Births, Marriages, Tithe Applotments, Griffiths Valuations, Defaulters, etc. County Carlow has 400 surname entries and County Cavan contains 250 surname entries.

Birth and Marriage data is being extracted from multiple sources and when completed, the Republic of Ireland web site will contain the largest compilation of Irish Daltons to be found anywhere. Mike could use some assistance with counties having a high population of Daltons and if you have the time he would appreciate your help.


Bill Dalton - History

extracted by K. T. Mapstone, DGS Researcher

Eclipses, comets, meteor showers! All were recorded in the Irish Annals, as well as other significant events. Warfare amongst the Irish and against invaders is the common theme. Mediaeval Daltons (Dalatun, Dalatunaig, Dhalatunachaibh) have been extracted from the Annals of Connaught, Annals of the Four Masters, Annals of Ireland and Annals of Ulster. They were scribed by many authors. A good number of the unknowns were monastics and most of the known chroniclers were family historians. These Annals have been reorganized into a date order that begins in 1328 and continues through 1554. The result is before you - a timeline of your "Daltons in History".

Annals of Ireland Volume 3 M1328.26
The English sustained a great defeat from Mageoghegan three thousand five hundred of them being slain in the contest, together with some of the Daltons, and the son of the Proud Knight.

Annals of Ulster U1369.5
Cu-coicrichi Mag Eocaga(i)n junior son of Cenal-Fiachaidh, was killed in treachery after going with the Bishop of Meath Ath-luain. And it was the person of the people of William Dalton that killed him with one thrust of a spear. And nothing was done there but that.

Annals of Ulster U1373.2
William Dalton and the Sheriff of Meath were killed by the Cenal-Fiachaidh and by Ua Mael(-Sh)echlainn

Annals of Connacht AC1373.3
William Dalton, and the Sheriff of Meath, were killed by the Cineal Fiachach and O Maelsechlainn

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1373.3
William Dalton and the Sheriff of Meath were slain by the Kinel-Fiachach, and by O'Melaghlin.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1374.3
Cucogry Oge Mageoghegan, Chief of Kinel-Fiachach, was treacherously slain after he had gone to Athlone with the Bishop of Meath: it was the Sinnach Mac Mearain (one of William Dalton's people) that killed him, with one thrust of a lance and he Mac Mearain himself was afterwards torn asunder, and his body was cut into small pieces, for this crime.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1379.3
Philip, son of Nichol, ie. the Dalton, Lord of Westmeath died.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1381.15
Owen Sinnach Fox, Tanist of Muintir-Tadhgain, was slain by the Daltons.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1386.3
Niall, the son of Cucogry Oge Mageoghegan, materies of a lord of his tribe, was slain by William Dalton and his son.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1386.4
Manus, the son of Hugh MacDermot, was also slain by the Daltons.

Annals of Connacht AC1386.4
Niall, son of Cu Choicriche Og Mac Eochacain was killed by the D'Altons on the
5th of April. This man was well qualified to be chieftain of his native land.

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1386.6
Heremon O'Melaghlin was slain by Magawley and the Daltons.

Annals of Connacht AC1398.8
Maurice, son of Piers Dalton, was killed by Muirchertach og (young) Mach Eochacain and Brian, son of O'Connor Failgi

Annals of Ireland Volume 4 M1408.5
Myles Dalton was slain by his own near kinsmen and his son was afterwards slain, and his castle demolished, by the descendants of Cathal O'Farrell

Annals of Connacht AC1408.11
Miles Dalton was killed by his brother and afterwards his castle was destroyed by the descendents of Cathal O'Fergail

Annals of the Four Masters Volume 4 M1414.9
John Stanley, the Deputy of the King of England, arrived in Ireland, a man who gave neither mercy nor protection to clergy, laity or men of science but subjected as many of them as he came upon to cold, hardship, and famine. It was he who plundered Niall, the son of Hugh O'Higgin, at Uisneach, in Meath. Henry Dalton, however, plundered James Tuite and the King's people, and gave the O'Higgins out of the preys then acquired a cow for each and every cow taken from them, and afterwards escorted them to Connaught. The O'Higgins, with Niall, then satirized John Stanley, who lived after this satire but five weeks, for he died of the virulence of the lampoons.

This was the second poetical miracle performed by this Niall O'Higgin, the first being the discomfiture of the Clann-Conway the night they plundered Niall at Cladann and the second, the death of John Stanley

Annals of Connacht AC1422.26
The descendents of Thomas O Fergail were banished into Western Meath by Donnall O Fergail and Henry Dalton, Lord of Western Meath, sided with them.

Annals of Connacht AC1422.28
The Pass of Kilcoursey was cut and leveled by Dalton and the descendents of Tomas.

Annals of Ireland Volume 4 M1429.13
O'Coffey, ie. Melaghlan, the son on Clasach O'Coffey, was slain by Edmond, the son of Hubert Dalton

Annals of Connacht AC1439.5
William Dalton of Brawnie, son of Hubert, died

Annals of Connacht AC1452.3
Fergal Oc Mag Eochacain was killed on St. Nicholas Day at the crossroads in Croughool by the son of the Baron of Delvin and the Sons of Piers, son of Pers Dalton, who were the children of his mother's brother.

Editor's note. Our appreciation is extended to DGS members, K. T. Mapstone of Mississippi, and Ciaran Dalton of County Kerry, Ireland who assisted with some of the Gaelic translations.

If you have read the preceding article, Irish Annals, and the exploits of Daltons in midaeval times, the American Dalton Gang now appear to have been gentlemen. Movies, television, books and magazine articles have transformed the image of members of the Gang into that of cult heroes.

Recently, Bill Dalton Phillips of Oklahoma, a descendent of Bea Elizabeth (Leila) Dalton Phillips and one of the few living descendents of the Gang, contacted your editor and sent data and pictures related to his ancestors. Bill asked that they be put on the web to share with everyone who has an interest in his family and to correct erroneous information that has been posted on the web.

Bill states that he has a "room full" of Dalton memorabilia and if you would like to be in contact with him, write to: [email protected] Bill has contributed to several publications, including the book, "The Outlaw Gang" by Nancy Samuelson.

From the Dalton Family Chart
Courtesy of Bill Dalton Phillips

James Lewis Dalton, the father of the Gang was born in Kentucky on 16 Feb 1826 and died on 16 July 1890 in Dearing, KS near Coffeyville and is buried there. He was the son of Benjamin Dalton and Nancy Rabourn. On 12 Mar 1851 James married Adeline Lee Younger in Independence, MO. Adeline was born on 15 Sep 1835 in Jackson County, MO and died 24 Jan 1925 in Kingfisher, OK. She is buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher. She was the daughter of Charles Lee Younger and Parmella Wilson.

James and Adeline Dalton had 15 children ten boys and 5 girls. All were born in Missouri.
1. Charles Benjamin (Ben) Dalton, b. 24 Feb 1852, d. 16 Mar 1936 at Fort Supply, OK
2. Henry Coleman (Cole) Dalton, b. 26 Nov 1853, d. 27 Feb 1820, Des Moines, NM. He is buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher, OK. Unmarried.
3. Lewis Kossuth Dalton, b. 1 Jan 1855 died at the age of 7 in MO in Jan 1862.
4. Bea Elizabeth (Lelia) Dalton, b. 14 Mar 1856 and d. 28 Dec 1894 in Tussey, OK. She married Lewis Phillips in 1880 in Brownwood, TX
5. Littleton Lee Dalton b. 2 Oct 1857, d. 8 Jan 1942 in Woodland, CA Unmarried and buried in Woodland, CA Cemetery.
6. Franklin (Frank) Dalton, b. 8 May 1859, died 27 Nov 1887 at Fort Smith, AR. He is buried at Coffeyville, KS.
7. Gratton, (Grat) Dalton, b. 30 Mar 1861 in Lawrence, KS, d. 5 Oct 1892 in Coffeyville, KS. Unmarried and buried in Coffeyville Cemetery
8. William (Bill) Dalton, b. 1 Jun 1865, died 8 Jun 1894 in Poolsville, OK. On 15 Jun 1885 he married Jane Bliven. He is interred in a mausoleum in Lodi, CA.
9. Eva May Dalton, b. Belton, MO on 25 Jan 1867, died 27 Jan 1939 in Kingfisher, OK. On 25 Oct 1887 she married John N. Whipple.
10. Robert Rennick (Bob) Dalton, b. 13 May 1869, died. 5 Oct 1892 in Coffeyville, KS. Unmarried and buried in Coffeyville Cemetery.
11. Emmet (Em) Dalton, b. in Bates County, MO on 3 May 1871, and d. 13 Jul 1937 in Los Angeles, CA. On 1 Sep 1908 he married Julia Johnson Lewis. He is buried in the Kingfisher, OK cemetery.
12. Leona Randolph Dalton, b. 17 Jul 1874, d. 18 Apr 1964 in Kingfisher, OK. Unmarried she is buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher, OK.
13. Nancy (Nonnie) Dalton, b. 11 Mar 1876, d. 27 Dec. 1901 in Kingfisher, OK. She married Charles M. Clute on 22 Jan 1896.
14. Simon Noel Dalton (a twin) b. 6 Jul 1879, d. 13 Sep 1928 in Oklahoma City. He married Minnie McDaniel on July 30, 1910. He is buried in the family plot in Kingfisher, OK
15. Hannah Adeline Dalton (a twin) b. 6 July 1879, d. 6 Jul 1879 in MO.

Notes from Obituaries.
From the Turlock, CA Pioneer

William "Bill" Dalton, 29 years of age was shot and killed while playing with his children near the Chickasaw Reservation Line in Indian Territory on Friday morning, the 8th of June 1894 at the log cabin of Houston Wallace near the little town of Elk, Indian Territory NW of Ardmore Indian Territory. (Bill had robbed a bank in Poolsvile).
He had lived in Merced County, CA and was a farmer and rancher in the valley before moving to Indian Territory in 1891 with his wife, Jane Bliven Dalton and children, Charles and Gracie, who survived him. Services were held at the home of Cyrus Bliven in Livingston, CA on whose ranch he was initially buried. Later the remains were interred at the Lodi, CA mausoleum.

Memorial Obituary
Eva May Dalton Whipple

Eva May passed away on 27 Jan 1939 at the home of her sister, Leona Dalton, in Kingfisher, OK where she had made her home after the death of her husband in 1932. Eva was 72 years of age. She had taught school and was engaged in millinery and dressmaking before she married. She and her husband, John N.Whipple, moved to Kingfisher, OK and later operated a cafe in Siloam Springs, AR. Eva, a Methodist from age 16, was buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher, OK. Eva was survived by her sister, Leona, a brother, Littleton, and a granddaughter, Mrs. W. D. Meadows of Houston, TX.

In 1887 a small house was built by John Whipple for his bride, Eva May Dalton. This house stands on the corner of Pearlotte and Green St. in Meade, KS, is known as the Dalton Museum and is the center of the annual Dalton Days festivities. When the Gang visited their sister they allegedly used the escape tunnel that was dug from the house to the barn. This small museum was visited by a record attendance of 28,000 in the year 2000 and folks came from 23 nations.

Memorial Obituary
Emmett Dalton

Emmett died on 13 Jul 1937 at his home in Los Angeles, CA at 66 years of age. When he was 11 years old, he moved with his family from MO to Indian Territory near Venita, OK. After his outlaw days, he married Julia Johnson Gilstrap Lewis on 1 Sep 1908 in Bartlesville, OK. A few years later they moved to CA where he wrote two books "When the Daltons Rode" and "Beyond the Law". He was also in the movie business, real estate and construction. A few years before his death he had joined a Pentecostal Church. His ashes are buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher, OK. He was survived by his wife, Julia and a stepdaughter, Jennie Gilstrap Perrier.

Littleton Dalton
Littleton Dalton received none of the notoriety of his brothers in his lifetime. He resided in Broderick,Yolo County, CA.and worked as a sheepherder until his retirement. Dalton was 64 years of age at his death in1942 and had never married. His affairs were handled by the only son of his late brother Bill, Charles Coleman Dalton, then of Lodi, CA.

Memorial Obituary
Leona Randolph Dalton

Leona outlived all of her brothers and sisters. She died in the Huskille Rest Home in Kingfisher, OK on 18 Apr 1964 at the age of 88 years. Leona came to Kingfisher Indian Territory with her folks in a covered wagon as a teenager in 1890. She had been a member of the First Christian Church since 1902 and it was from there that the burial services were held. She was buried in the Dalton family plot in Kingfisher, OK. Her suriviors were her nephews Roy Clute, Charles Coleman Dalton and Jack Phillips.

Adaline and Leona's Log Cabin
Adaline's Hired Man's Mirror

Above is a picture of the cabin in which Leona lived with her mother, Adaline, in Adaline's later years. This cabin is located at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, OK. Bill Dalton Phillips is pictured outside the cabin. One of the artifacts is a Victorian hired man's mirror given to Adaline by her father, Charles Younger, and brought by covered wagon to Kingfisher, OK in 1890.
Despite the fact that there were ten sons of Adeline and James Lewis Dalton, only one son, Bill Dalton, left a namesake, Charles Coleman Dalton. Charles was buried in Lodi and left a family.

Editor's note. It was not the intent to cover all 15 children and their deeds in this short review but to highlight a few facets and images of this family that are not so widely known.

extracted by William "Mike" Dalton, E-mail, [email protected]

This is the third and final section of Missing Daltons that were extracted from the advertisements in the Boston Pilot by Mike Dalton. We hope that you have been able to make a connection to your ancestors. Let us hear from you.

39. 17 March 1860. Of sister Winifred Keenan and her siblings Mary and Lawrence who landed in Montreal 13 years ago circa 1846- 1847. Winifred, Lizzy, Sarah and William and Parents M. Keenan and Marie Keenan landed in Montreal 19 years ago circa 1840. Mother and siblings last in in Warwick, Lower Canada. Respond to Patrick Dalton, resident of Northfield, Massachusetts.

40. 26 May 1860. Of George Dalton of Manchester, England who came to America last sumer circa 1859. Last in Ogdensburg, New York and maybe now in Oswego, New York. Respond to his brother Michael Dalton c/o Mr. Humphrey Sullivan at 159 Broad Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

41. 6 October 1860. Of a man named Dalton, carpenter by trade whose wife is Kate Quilan, last in New York. Respond to Mrs. Reilly c/o James Fellows at New Haven, Connecticut.

42. 26 December 1863. Of Thomas Dalton who left Parish Stradbally, County Queens 16 years ago circa 1847. Respond to James Dalton c/o James Scally at Wickliffe, Lake County, Ohio.

43. 6 August 1864. Of Michael Stanton who left Beechwood, County Roscommon. Respond to his wife Catherine Dalton who arrived in the United States March 17,1864 and can be reached c/o Mr. Thomas F. Lavender, Cincinnati, Ohio.

44. 14 October 1865. Of James and Mary Welsh of Ballinacluna, Ballyned Parish, County Tipperary. They landed in New York a few months ago (1865) and Mary died shortly after landing. James last in Brooklyn. Respond to her sister Honora Welsh c/o of John Dalton at Hadley, Massachusetts. Brooklyn and New York papers please copy.

45. 25 November 1865. Of John Dalton who came to the US in 1848 from Dunmore, County Kilkenny. He worked with Flint and Train in Roxbury (a suburb town of Boston, Massachusetts) and in 1859 went to Pottsville, Pennsylvania coal mines to cousins of his by the same name (Dalton). Respond to his cousin John Pendergast of Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.

46. 9 May 1868. Of Patrick J. Dalton of Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny last in English Navy and may be living in one of the Southern States. Respond to Thomas F. Dalton at 548 Powell Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Southern, Western and New York papers please copy.

47. 5 December 1868. Of Catherine nee Dalton Hacket who left Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary about 19 years ago circa 1847 from Waterford in Ship Pacific. Last in Bridgewater, Oneida County, New York 16-17 years ago circa 1850-1851. Respond to her two sisters Mary and Johanna Dalton c/o John Delmage, Scranton Post Office, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. New York papers please copy.

48. 26 February 1870. Of Martin Dalton of Kilglas Parish, County Roscommon who came to this country 26 years ago, circa 1843- 1844. Last in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1867. Respond to his father Martin Dalton c/o John Farley - Columbus, New York.

49. 25 March 1871. Of James Dalton who left the City of Dublin in 1863 and last in New Jersey 3 years ago circa 1867- 1868 and also his brother Patrick Dalton who left Dublin May, 1865 and last in New York. Respond to their brother Peter Dalton of Scranton Post Office, Pennsylvania.

50. 7 October 1871. Of Mary MacKey, daughter of Thomas MacKey and Mary Dalton of Kilmacow, County Kilkenny. She married a Thomas Keefe, a blacksmith of Thomastown, County Kilkenny and came to Boston about 10 years ago, circa 1861. Her brother is named Michael MacKey. Respond to her sister Ann MacKey of 21 Oneida Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

51. 18 November 1871. Of James, John, Patrick and Ann Tynan who are the children of John Tynan and Mary Dalton of Monamaidra, County Queens. Last heard of six years ago circa 1865. James Tynan's address was No.7 North Grove Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Respond to Mrs. David Lawson, Stella PO, Lennox County, Ontario Canada.

52. 8 June 1872. Of Thomas Dalton, son of John Dalton from Upper Church, County Tipperary. Respond to John Dalton c/o Hughes Brothers, Toronto, C.W.

53. 15 February 1873. Susanna Large whose maiden name is Moorhead and whose parents are William Moorhead and Phoebe Dalton inquires about the following:
a. Uncle Laurence Dalton- his son Daniel went from County Limerick to St. John's New Brunswick Canada 40 or 48 years ago circa 1825 or 1833.
b. Brother George Moorhead who lived in Liverpool, England, painter by trade.
c. Brother William Moorhead, a soldier who enlisted in a Foot Regiment in Clonmel, County Tipperary, six miles outside of town about 1835. He transferred to a Grenadier Company and fought in the East Indies and married a Miss Soull. Her father owned two ships, they belonged to England.
d. Sister Elizabeth Moorhead married a William Griffith in Francis Street Chapel - Dublin, Ireland.
e. My father's sister Betsy Moorhead married a John Murphy. Their children wereWilliam, Hester, Ellen,-- all in Liverpool.
f. Hester Murphy married a ----- Sawyer, policeman and jailer in Liverpool, England 32 years ago circa 1841. They had four sons: John, James, Joseph and Peter. John left Liverpool when small and went to this country (USA) or Australia.
g. John Murphy's father was a butcher in London, England.
h. Thomas Falkner, a merchant who lived in the City of Dublin and then went to Australia.
i . My mother Phoebe Dalton Moorhead came to the USA in 1857 and died there.
Respond to Susanna Large at Cigar Factory, Pierson Street, Cincinatti, Ohio.

54. 5 September 1874. Of Edward Dalton (or Burns) from County Wicklow, a coal miner. last in Braidwood Illinois and before that in Gardner, Illinois and also was at Armstrong's Works near Osacole, Pennsylvania. Respond to Thomas Dalton at Syracuse, Post Office, New York.

55. 28 August 1875. Of James Dalton who left Ireland about 25 years ago circa 1850 a native of Killenure, County Westmeath. Last in New Orleans keeping a bakery. Respond to his son Andrew Dalton at West Meriden, Connecticut.

56. 15 March 1879. Of Patrick B. Fitzpatrick of Muscatine, Iowa. Last in White Pine, Nevada, the summer of 1870. Respond to his sister Mary nee Fitzpatrick Dalton at Lettsville, Louisa County, Iowa.

57. 15 March 1879. Of John Tynan of Coolrange, County Kilkenny and/or his sister Mary Tynan, who came to America 1848 to 1850. Their parents were: Martin Tynan and Mary Dalton. They were last in Winooski Falls, Vermont. Respond to their nephew Martin Tynan of Southbridge, Globe Village, Massachusetts.

58. 26 July 1879. Of Patrick Dalton and Elizabeth Dalton, children of Philip Dalton and Catherine Shea of Keatingstown, St. Canice's Parish, County Kilkenny. They were last in St. Louis, Missouri. Respond to Patrick Dalton of Globe Village, Southbridge, Massachusetts.

59. 8 October 1881. Of Ellen Dalton, daughter of John Dalton and Ellen Hogan of Lisroonagh Parish, County Tipperary between Fethand and Clonmel. She lived in Springfield, Massachusetts some 20 years ago circa 1860 married to John Smith. Respond to her sister Alice Dalton c/o J. O'Gara, Janesville, Wisconsin.

60. 6 May 1882. Of John Dalton who left Norristown, Pennsylvania about a year ago circa 1880-1881 and last in St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana. Respond to his mother

61. 15 November 1884. Of Patrick Sweeney and his wife Bridget Dalton who left Causeway, Killury Parish, County Kerry and landed in New York circa 1848 -1850. They were last in Newark City, New Jersey, a few months ago. Respond to John Deady at Winooski, Vermont.

62. 20 April 1901. Of Joanna and Margaret Dalton formerly of Boston who lived there 25 to to 35 years ago circa 1865- 1875. Respond to N.H. Tunnicliff, First National Bank Bldg., Omaha, Nebraska.

63. 15 February 1902. Of heirs of Margaret Dalton born 1827 in Ireland parents Michael and Ann Dalton. They lived in Boston for many years. Respond to N.H. Tunnicliff at 507 First National Bank, Omaha, Nebraska.

64. 29 March 1902. Of descendants or heirs formerly living in Boston: Margaret Dalton living in Boston or vicinity about 1816. Joanna Dalton living in Boston or vicinity about 1816. Respond to Nelson H. Tunnicliff, Attorney, First National Bank Building, Omaha, Nebraska.

65. 29 September 1906. Of Anastasia Dalton who married a -------- Murphy at Binghamton or Albany, New York circa 1852- 1853. Any children or is she deceased? Respond to B.C. Arnold, Hays, Kansas.

66. 2 May 1914, Of James, Michael and Mary Dalton- brothers and sister and also John, James, Paul and Bridget Hacket - also brothers and sister. They all lived in County Tipperary circa 1840. James Dalton married Bridget Hacket. Their son James came to the United States about 1870. The right parties entitled to upwards of $30,000. Respond to John J. Dwyer at 7 Wall Street, New York, New York.

These additional entries were provided by Mike Dalton and have been extracted from advertisements that appeared in the Irish American Newspaper.

67. 25 Jun 1864. Of James Dalton from Granard, Columkill Parish, County Longford, Ire. Last on the US Gunboat O. Wasko off the Port of Galveston, TX on blockade duty, 10 months ago. Respond to his brother, Edward Dalton, at No. 260, East 14th St., New York City.

68. 5 Mar 1859. Of William Bergin from Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ire., who went to Savannah, GA about 12 months ago. Respond to his cousin, James Dalton, at 90, North 6th St., Williamsburgh, Long Island, NY regarding property in Nenagh.

69. 30 Sep 1854. Of Michael Dalton from the parish of Ballyhaigue or Killuries, County Kerry, Ire. He came to states about 1851 and was last in Dayton, OH, 12 months ago. Respond to his brother John Dalton, mason, care of Eugene Parker, at 115 Orange St., New York.

compiled by Milicent V. Craig

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The Dalton Raid Story

Three Daltons, Bob, Grat and Emmet, Dick Broadwell and Bill Powers wanted to do what no one had ever done before - rob two banks at the same time. After camping on Onion Creek, west of Coffeyville, they rode into town on horseback heading east on Eighth Street early on the morning of October 5, 1892. The Dalton brothers, being former residents of Coffeyville, wore disguises. They had planned to tie their horses between the two banks, but because Eighth Street was torn up, they tied them in the alley close to the jail. That was their first mistake.

12-Minute Gun Battle

Three of the bandits - Grat Dalton, Bill Powers and Dick Broadwell - went into the Condon Bank Bob and Emmet entered the First National. When the gang demanded money from the safe at the Condon, the quick thinking bank employee told him that the safe would not open until 9:30 a.m. It was twenty past nine at the time. Grat said, "I&rsquoll wait," which was their second mistake. That ten minutes (the vault did not have a time lock on it) gave the townspeople the time they needed to get to Isham Hardware, grab some guns and ammunition and begin defending the town. When the raid was over, which lasted 12 minutes, four of the Dalton gang were dead and four of Coffeyville&rsquos citizens were killed. Three of the citizens - George Cubine, Charles Brown and Lucius Baldwin - were killed near Isham Hardware, Marshall Connelly died in what is today known as Death Alley. Bob and Grat Dalton and Bill Powers were killed in Death Alley and are buried in Coffeyville&rsquos Elmwood Cemetery. Dick Broadwell escaped the on horseback and died about a half mile from the downtown. He was buried at Hutchinson.

The Daltons were "laid out" in the city jail following their death prior to burial. There were souvenir hunters even in the Dalton&rsquos days. Portions of the manes and tails of the Dalton&rsquos horses were cut off and all the strings from the saddles. In addition, pieces of clothing from the gang members were cut off.

Emmet Dalton Survives

Emmet Dalton, the youngest of the Daltons, survived the Raid but received 23 gunshot wounds. These were removed, he was given a life sentence in the Kansas penitentiary at Lansing and pardoned after 14 years. He moved to California and became a real estate agent, author and actor, dying at the age of 66.

The banks were robbed of approximately $25,000. After the day&rsquos banking business was completed and the books were balanced, the Condon came up $20 short and First National was $1.98 over, so fortunately for the banks most of the money was recovered.

Dalton Defenders Museum Honors the Citizens

Artifacts from the Dalton Raid are on display at the Dalton Defenders Museum.


Coffeyville Kansas, Small Town, Big History

In the late 1800&rsquos the town of Coffeyville Kansas had a population of around 5,000 and was one of the most important towns in Southeastern Kansas with four railroads converging and supporting manufacturing establishments, saw mills and professional offices. By the time I arrived in May of 2016 the town population was a little over 10,000. The modern highway system has by passed the town and what is left is a small country town where most everyone knows each other and life is a little slower than the big city. Coffeyville Ks offers small town charm and a big history.

Turn back the clock to the 1890&rsquos and the area around Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri was an outlaws haven. Outlaws such as Jesse and Frank James and the Youngers robbed banks and there was no other feared gang in the region than the Dalton Gang .

First a little history lesson. There were five Dalton brothers that were famous or infamous. In fact, there were a total of 15 children in all, two died in infancy, they had a bunch of kids back then with no television and all.

The oldest brother Frank Dalton was a Deputy US Marshall working out of Ft Smith Arkansas for the infamous Judge Parker. Franks three brothers, Grat, Bob and Emmett occasionally rode posse with him while another brother, Bill, ran with the Doolin gang and the Wild Bunch.

Brother Frank was killed in a shootout while attempting to arrest an outlaw and brothers Grat, Bob and Emmett turned to a life of crime after not being paid wages for being lawmen.

In 1891 Bob recruited a couple of other adventure seekers to join him and brother Emmett and later Grat joined in. Over the next couple of years, the gang robbed banks in the Oklahoma territory, hit train stations to steal the baggage, stole a few horses and generally made their mark as the bad boys in the area.

Bob Dalton decided he would become more famous than Jesse James and rob two banks at the same time and set his sights on Coffeyville Kansas where the Condon Bank and the First National Bank were only a few hundred yards apart. While Coffeyville was a growing town at the time, it was still very peaceful and hardly anyone carried a gun, not even the Sheriff.

On the morning of Oct 5, 1892, the three Dalton brothers along with two other outlaws, Bill Powers and Dick Broadwell calmly rode into town, little did they know what await them.

When they attempted to rob the banks, one of the tellers in the Condon Bank lied to the gang by telling them the vault had a time lock and couldn&rsquot be opened for 45 minutes. This gave the townspeople enough time to mobilize and the gunfight began.

When the smoke cleared Grat and Bob Dalton, Dick Broadwell and Bill Power were all killed and Emmett had been shot 23 times to include getting hit by buckshot in his back. Emmet survived and was sentenced to life in prison getting paroled after almost 15 years. Emmett went on to become a successful real estate developer in California, authored a couple of books about the gang and even acted in a few movies.

Today the Condon Bank sits prominently in the town square and is open to visitors with photos and some items of the period. Part of the building is occupied by the Coffeyville Visitors Center and they are more than happy to give you a free tour of the facilities, tell you all about the day that changed their town and point out other interesting sites you can visit .

The remnants of the old jail where the gang was laid out for photos is still standing and you can reach it by walking down a narrow alley known as &ldquoDeath Alley&rdquo.

A few hundred yards from the Condon Bank is the Dalton Gang Museum. The Museum has some of the bank doors, complete with bullet holes, and displays of other important things and people that made Coffeyville Kansas home. You can take a short drive to the Coffeyville cemetery and see the gang&rsquos final resting place.

Coffeyville has had some other notable citizens to include Walter &ldquoThe Big Train&rdquo Johnson, baseball Hall of Famer and was the only player to have 3,000 strikeouts for over 50 years, Phil Ehart, drummer for the rock band Kansas, Johnny Rutherford, professional race car driver and several others.

It is the Coffeyville Raid by the Dalton Gang though that cements this town in history and makes it a great place to visit, spend the day and learn about life in the 1800&rsquos.

Coffeyville Kansas is located on Hwy 169 in Southeast Kansas just across the Oklahoma border.


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