New Videos Now On Youtube

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At the start of the new millennium , a video (VHS) of our Dayton Heritage was created and given to all my cousins.  Many of you younger generations have never had the opportunity to view it.  It’s a three-hour video, but it’s broken down into 8 parts.  It will give you a nice summary of your Dayton roots.  Next winter when it’s snowing outside, curl up near the fireplace and watch a few episodes on your smart tv.  Go to youtube, search on Jim Dayton, (click on the ugly, old man with a black shirt).  Then just bring up my playlists and go to the Dayton Heritage playlist. 

I also offer you a video of the reinterment of Henry and Christie Dayton’s graves from Hadley Hill to Dean Cemetery in Stony Creek, NY.  It too, is now available on youtube. The video covers all phases of Henry’s life including a review of his life and farm, footage from the 1998 Family Reunion, a visitation to the cemetery and actual video and photos of the exhumation and reburial of the remains.  As many of you will recall, we visited the 2 graves in the woods n Hadley Hill during the 1998 reunion.  It became necessary to move the remains and stones to a nearby cemetery.  The video will explain that and much more.  It is in four 7 minute parts.


DNA says we’re British Through and Through

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I took one of those DNA tests which Ancestry advertises.   It revealed I am 64% English [Daytons, Whites, Goodnows, Harris’ and many others], 21% Irish [Camerons, and several on my mom’s side] and 15% Germanic European [Flansburg, Clute and some on my mom’s side].  You are probably different since your non-Dayton parent is different from mine.  It does show, however, what a connection we have with England. Ralph Dayton emigrated from England in 1639, and Nicholas White [Jessie Belle’s ancestor] emigrated from England sometime before 1648, since he was a freeman in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1648.  More will be said about our Flansburg ancestry in a future issue.

The Nevers Family

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A couple of issues ago, Charlemagne was featured along with a lineage from him to Wilber Thomas Dayton.  It contained several generations of the Nevers family.  Cammie [Dayton] Luckey, daughter of Charles A. Dayton, wrote me to ask about the Nevers family in our family tree, so this issue will give a brief answer to her question. 

The male De Nevers were Counts.  A count was the ruler of a county.  The land was under his stewardship. The County of Nevers is a historic county in what was known at the time as the province of Burgundy in central France. Its principal town was Nevers. It roughly corresponds to the later province of Nivernais and the modern of department of Nièvre. (from Wikipedia)

Here are the vital statistics for our Nevers grampas and grammas:

  • Ermengarde DE NEVERS, (born: 1073–Died 1100), daughter of Renaud II, Count of Nevers and Auxerre, and of Ida de Forez.  She married Miles (Milo) de Courtenay (died 1127), son of Jocelin de Courtenay and Isabel, daughter of Guy I of Montlhéry.1
  • Renaud II of NEVERS, died 1089, Count of Nevers and Auxerre was the son of William I of Nevers, Count of Nevers and Ermengarde of Tonnerre.  He married Agnes of Beaugency.2

The Origine et Historia Brevi Nivernensium Comitum mentions that Renaud II served as co-ruler to his father but predeceased him on 5 August 1089. His death left William I as the only Count of Nevers and William II as his heir apparent. On 20 June 1098, his grandfather died and William II succeeded to the County of Nevers. (William II should not be confused with his paternal uncle William of Nevers, Count of Tonnere).

He took part in the Crusade of 1101. He set out in February 1101 with 15,000 men, but his army failed to take the heavily garrisoned Konya and was virtually wiped out during the disastrous Battle of Heraclea Cybistra. He arrived in Antioch with only a handful of knights.

He persuaded Louis VI to break peace with Henry I and throw his support behind William Clito in 1115. He was imprisoned shortly afterwards by Theobald, count of Blois.

He participated in the Council of Troyes which opened on 14 January 1129 and is known for his support of the Second Crusade.

He is believed to have been buried in Chartreuse, where Bernard of Clairvaux attempted and failed to resurrect him.[from Wikipedia]

  • William I of NEVERS, born prior to 1089, reigned 1098 – 21 August 1148, was a crusader in the Crusade of 1101.3

1 SOURCE: Royalty for Commoners, Roderick W. Stuart, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1995

2 ibid.

3 ibid.

History of county of Nevers

The county itself dates from approximately the beginning of the 10th century. The county has frequently been associated with the neighboring Duchy of Burgundy; it was included among the lands and titles held by Henry I, Duke of Burgundy. Beginning with Renauld I, Count of Nevers, the county was held jointly with that of the County of Auxerre. Nevers came under the rule of the Count of Flanders in the 14th century, and from there, into the possessions of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, briefly reuniting the two lands. Philip’s younger son Philip was granted the County of Nevers, passing later into the possession of a cadet branch of the Dukes of Cleves. From 1539, the rulers of Nevers styled themselves as Duke of Nivernais. In 1565 Louis Gonzaga became duke of Nivernais by marriage with Henriette of Cleves. His successor Charles II sold the duchy to Cardinal Mazarin. The duchy survived until the French Revolution, the last Duke being Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini, who lost his title in the Revolution, but survived the Reign of Terror to die of natural causes in 1798.(from Wikipedia)

When it comes to European nobility, there is much repetition of names (Louis I, II, III, etc., Philip I, II, III etc. ……).  So what might at first thought to be a king might actually be a duke.  The Daytons have all variations of aristocrats from emperor and King to Baron and knight. We Daytons had ancestral royalty and/or nobles in England, France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Russia, and many other countries around Europe.  Keep in mind that the Royalty of conquering countries sometimes appointed their relations to rule the conquered land.  In the next issue I will list a number of famous grampas and grammas of which we can proud to call our blood relatives. 

Sarah [Dayton] Jerome (1980-2019)

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Sarah Dayton Jerome

CORINTH – Sarah K. (Dayton) Jerome, 38, a longtime resident of Corinth, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Born on Oct. 1, 1980, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of Doreen (Burton) Dayton of Corinth and the late John Dayton Sr.
Sarah graduated from Corinth High School in 1999. She was employed in the finishing department at Quad Graphics in Saratoga Springs for 12 years.
She attended the Corinth Wesleyan Church for many years. She loved the church so much that, along with her husband, she bought it when it came up for sale and converted it to a home.

Sarah lived for her family and adored her three children. She loved music and listened to it all day. She also enjoyed hiking, the outdoors, and was devoted to her job.

Besides her father, John Dayton, she was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Paul and Ruth (Carter) Dayton. Survivors include her daughter, Bella Chessare, her father, Dan, her sons, Preston and Keaton Jerome and their father, Chad Jerome, all of Corinth; her mother, Doreen Dayton (Andy Bonavita) of Corinth; her step-mother, Lori (Towers) Dayton of Corinth; siblings, Dianna Petrie (Doug) of Texas, John “Johnny” Dayton Jr. (Shannon) of Corinth, Rachel Rogers (Ryan) of Corinth, Matthew Benjamin of Corinth, Karla Hogan (Greg) of Texas, Sarah L. Allen (Korey) of Corinth, Peter Winslow of Corinth, and Amy Kinns (Justin) of Corinth; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Sarah’s life was held on June 20, 2019, at the Densmore Funeral Home in Corinth with the Rev. Richard Osborne, officiating.
Burial was in Corinth Rural Cemetery.

The family thanked Dr. Edward Liebers, Dr. Ayesha Sooriabalan, Deanna Veet, Glad Rag Saloon and staff, and their many friends and family for their countless prayers and acts of kindness given to the family and to Sarah during her illness. The family suggested that memorials take the form of donations to Sarah’s children for their future needs, c/o Chad Jerome for beneficiaries, Isabella Chessare, Preston Jerome and Keaton Jerome, please mail to: Hudson River Community Credit Union, 312 Palmer Avenue, Corinth, NY 12822.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sarah [Dayton] Jerome was the daughter of John Dayton Sr who was the son of Paul Dayton who was the son of Wilber Thomas Dayton, Sr.

New Book Available by Dayton Family Author, John Luckey

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Review by Judy Dayton 

John (Jack) Luckey, husband of Camilla [Dayton] Luckey, has published a new book.

Relationships: The Real Estate of Heaven is available on for all to enjoy (click here). Please take time to read those reviews too. Jack has done an excellent job in allowing us to consider the daily involvement we have with God through relationships whether they be casual or prolonged. I was touched by his quote from Brendan Brusse, a Jesuit priest, “Of two things I am certain; God is less concerned with being understood than with being known and we will come to know God more by experience than by explanation.”  Jack allows us to explore this thought through his own personal experiences and encounters. It is a quick and enjoyable read that you won’t be able to put down.  Give it a try. 

Jim Dayton comments:  I’m in the process of reading it and am inspired by Jack’s ethereal and very game changing encounter with God through his bicycle experience. Jack teaches us what it means to have relationship with God.  A teaching and touching read.  He knows what relationships are about and inspires us to want them too.  Each of my newsletter readers needs a copy of this book. (only $9.97 plus shipping).  Buy extra books for your friends and relatives.  Offer it in your Church’s bookstore.  Put a copy in your church library.  And don’t forget to go back to Amazon to leave a review after reading it.  Every review left on Amazon is an encouragement to increase sales and readership.  This book should be mandatory reading for all Christians seeking a more intimate relationship with our Lord.  Thank you, Jack, for teaching us such a very valuable lesson.