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Posted by: julie otto Date: November 11, 1998 at 19:39:39
In Reply to: DAYTON/DATON/BALDWIN surnames by Lisa Mitchell of 16018

I am wondering if you have seen this woman, a distant cousin of mine? She is Martha (Blackman) "Daton", deeding at Stratford, Conn. 23 Feb. 1759 (1759/60?) (Stratford Deeds 11:494). She is the daughter (appar. the eldest) of Benjamin4 Blackman (Joseph3, John2, Rev. Adam1) and Rebecca Smith (dau. of Walter Smith of Milford, Conn. & 2nd w. Rebecca Prime). Martha's parents were married at Stratford 26 March 1706; the births of all their children were unrecorded; and Benjamin d. 1757. In his estate distribution Martha received his dwelling house and some land. In the deed mentioned above (rec. 1 March) Martha Da[y]ton alias Blackman of Stratford conveyed to Samuel Fulsom "all my Right Title [etc.] to [about 68 rods of] land in Stratford & is part of ye Homelot which Belonged to my Honor'd Father Benjamin Blackman Dec'd - & Since Distributed & set to my Brother Benjamin Blackman now abroad in some foreign parts..."

Distribution of Benjamin's estate (Fairfield Probate #829, 1757-8) was to Martha Blakeman alias Daton; Mary Blakeman alias Arnold; Sarah Blakeman alias Foot[e]; Benjamin Blakeman Jr.; Rebecca Blakeman alias Hawley; and Hannah Blakeman; it was administered by "eldest son" Timothy Blakeman.

Have you any knowledge of who Martha's husband or any children could be? or of the parentage of one Benjamin Da[y]ton, b. ca. 1750, d. Monroe, Conn. (another Stratford offshoot) 22 May 1843 ae. 93? Donald Lines Jacobus did a nice treatment of some Dayton families of this area but there are far more of them than in his book.

Many thanks!

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