A well-known farmer and blacksmith at Smithshire, Ellison Township, was born in Ashland County, Ohio, September 30, 1844, and is a son of William and Jane (McQuillin) Dalton. His father was born in 1821 in Westmoreland County, Penn., and his mother was also a native of that county. Edward, his paternal grandfather, was born in England; and John McQuillin, his maternal grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania. William Dalton came to Ohio in 1836, and followed the occupation of a stone and brick mason, devoting some attention to farming, and going to California in 1848.
He made the outward trip by way of New York and the Isthmus, remained on the Pacific shore a year and then came back to his Ohio home by the same route. In 1866 he came into Illinois, and bought a farm in Henderson County, where he died. Mrs. Jane Dalton died July 3, 1900.
Marion Dalton entered the Union army in 1862, becoming a member of Company C, One Hundred and Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His regiment was under the command of General Sherman, and the young soldier shared in some of the most stirring experiences of the War in the West, until his health broke down and he was compelled to retire from ac tive service.
After being mustered out, Mr. Dalton returned home, married and began work for himself as a blacksmith. This was his occupation for some fifteen years. In 1866 he came with his parents into Illinois. At the present time he owns a 100 acre farm in Sections 31 and 32 in Ellison Township, and devotes his attention principally to his land, though he does some blacksmithing.
He belongs to the Roseville Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, and has been School Director. Mr. Dalton was married September 10, 1863, to Eliza J. Finely, in Ashland County, Ohio. and to this union were born the following children: James G., Willie H., Minnie B., Arthur J., Sarah, Jennie and Jasper—the last three deceased.
Willie is living at Burlington, la., where he is engaged in the extract business. Mrs. Eliza Dalton was born in Wooster, Ohio, in 1847, and is a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Nailes) Finely. Her father was born in Ohio, and died in Indiana; her mother was a native of Baltimore, and passed away in Ohio. The Daltons are among the solid and substantial people of Ellison Township, and possess a host of friends, who esteem them for their many good qualities, kind disposition and industrious ways.
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