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 Simon Cooker Dalton

Simon Cooker Dalton

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Nov 1885 (aged 79)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 22 Lot 3 Pos. 2
Memorial ID 85305 · View Source
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WORK IN PROGRESS. Changes are made when his wives' and childrens' Memorials are found and linked.
Simon Cooker was the son of John Dalton Sr. (1/1763-10/7/1835) and his wife Elizabeth Cooker B-12/25/1767. Simon sometimes spelled his surname as Dolton.

Simon's father, John Dalton Sr., died in Freedom Twp., Washtenaw, MI, OR Wysox, Bradford, PA. His wife, Elizabeth Cooker B-12/25/1767 may be in wrong cemetery. See #58581887. Elizabeth was perhaps German. On Almeron Ambrose Dalton's UT Death Certificate, it incorrectly states that Simon was born in England. Simon's father, John Dalton Sr. was born in a small settlement, Conococheaque, Frederick Co., Maryland to Thomas Dalton who came to these shores sometime between 1754 and 1760 from South Wales; his wife Mary (_) was from Ireland.

9 DALTON siblings: Margaret, Sarah, Henry, Charles, John Jr., Elizabeth, [Self], Jemima and Harriet.

Simon grew up on a farm in Wysox Twp., Bradford, PA and attended a Presbyterian church. Around 1835, all the (?adult) children of John and Elizabeth moved to Sharon Hollow, Washtenaw, MI, then to an area now known as Grass Lake in Jackson Co., MI. [Charles Dalton, Simon's brother, met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Warner (daughter of Luther and Permelia Warner) in early 1842. They were married on Aug. 11, 1842.] The Warner family was living in Homer, Calhoun, MI in 1840.

The 1840 U.S. census in Grass Lake, Jackson Co., MI, lists the family of Simon Cooker Dalton and his mother Elizabeth Cooker Dalton. While in MI, most of the Dalton's joined the Latter Day Saints Church. Simon C. Dalton was baptized on April 13th, 1842 by William Burton in Grass Lake, Jackson, MI. He was confirmed by his brother Charles Dalton, and ordained a High Priest by Charles in Centerville, UT on March 12th, 1854. Simon received an elder's license in Nauvoo on Oct. 30th, 1843.

Simon's family lived and farmed on this MI land for about 8 years before they moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, to join the other Mormons.

In Nauvoo all the Dalton brothers worked on the new Temple and Nauvoo House. In Nauvoo, Simon's trade was that of a knife-maker, guard, blacksmith, and all-around handyman.

When any "undesirable" people came to Nauvoo, he and others got together with knifes and while whittling on sticks and whistling, they would gather about the "undesirables" and invite them to leave Nauvoo. This purpose was often accomplished, but at a final great cost in lives and property.

He was also a postmaster as other documents show. While in Nauvoo, Simon, his sons Charles W. and Henry S. petitioned the Free Mason Society for membership and were all accepted.

Simon and family crossed the plains to the Great Salt Lake Valley with the Silas Richards Company. This wagon train left Kanesville, Iowa (known as Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa since 1852, the starting point of the Mormon Trail), on July 10th, 1849 with about 100 wagons and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on Oct. 27th 1849. Simon had one wagon, six oxen, two cows, and two loose cattle. Simon's family included:

Simon C. Dalton, age 42
Elnora L. Dalton, age 27 [Elnora L. (Warner) Berry-Dalton]
Mary R. Dalton, age 6 [Rosetta Mary Berry]
Charles A. Dalton, age 5 [Charles Alma Berry]
Francis E. Dalton, age 1 [?Laura Ann and Simon's]

1851 Salt Lake Co., UT:
Simon C. Dalton 45 M PA
Anose 38 F N.Y. [Elnora]
Rosetta 7 F NY [Rosetta Mary Berry]
Charles 6 M NY [Charles Alma Berry]
Francis 3 M Iowa [?Laura Ann and Simon's]
Mary Ann 1 F Desert [?Laura Ann and Simon's]

Some time before 1852 Simon moved his family a few miles north to Centerville, UT, to make a permanent home. After living in Centerville, Simon moved his family south of Provo, Utah, UT, to Springville Utah, Utah. He died there on Oct. 14th, 1885, and is buried in the Springville City Cemetery.

1870 Utah Territory, Utah:
Simon Dalton M 64y Canada
Louisa Dalton F 63y Vermont [3rd wife]
Eugene S. Dalton M 17y Utah
John L. Dalton M 16y Utah
Frank F. Dalton M 12y Utah
Joseph Dalton M 10y Utah
Alonzo Dalton M 8y Utah

Simon was a Presbyterian when he married 1) Anna Wakeman on August 21 1825 in Wysox, Bradford, PA. Church records show that Anna (Wakeman) Dalton was in Nauvoo, ILL, with Simon and received her endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on Jan. 10th, 1846. Simon and Anna were not sealed to each other at this time because Simon had broached Plural marriage to her and she refused him. She took the three younger children and went back to MI where she would live out the rest of her life not knowing much about her older children's lives.

Simon married 1) Anna Wakeman on 8/5/1825 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

5 DALTON children of Simon and Anna:

1. Charles Wakeman Dalton (7/10/1826-6/18/1883) born in Wysox, Bradford, PA [5 wives and 37 children].

2. George Simon Dalton, born Sept. 7 1828 in Wysox, Brandford, PA, died Sept. 25 1906.

3. Sarah Elizabeth Dalton, born July 15 1831 in Wysox, Bradford, PA.

4. Henry Harvey Dalton, born July 22 1834 in Wysox, Bradford, PA.

5. Harriet Maria/Marie Harriet Dalton, born May 28 1836 in Sharon Twp., Jackson, MI.
Simon married 2) Elnora Lucretia Warner, daughter of Luther and Permelia (Stanton) Warner on February 4, 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL by Heber C. Kimball in the Nauvoo Temple. No record has been found of a divorce from Elnora's 1st husband, Robert Berry Jr. in Hillsdale, MI. In a book, "John Dalton" by Mark Ardath Dalton, Elnora was recorded as a "widow" which was incorrect (see the "John Dalton book of genealogy" online).

10 DALTON children with Elnora:

1. Carlos Warner Dalton (10/24/1846-12/16/1846), born and died in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL.

2. Frances Elnora Dalton (6/3/1848-12/7/1918), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

3. Miriam Tersey Dalton (3/25/1850-11/20/1858), born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, died in Centerville, Davis, UT.

4. Simon Eugene Dalton (8/1/1852-12/1/1933), born in Centerville, Davis, UT, died in Springville, UT; m. Jane Elizabeth Huntington (1858-1924) [7 Children].

5. John Melvin Dalton (6/30/1854-10/31/1915), born in Centerville, Davis, UT; m. Adelaide C. Chase [14 Children].

6. Frank Heber Dalton (11/4/1856-2/1/1933), born in Centerville, Davis, UT; m. Annette Nelson (1855-1932). [3 or more children].

7. Ianthis Dalton (12/6/1858-1/22/1859), born and died in Centerville, Davis, UT.

8. Joseph Alvin Dalton (12/12/1860-7/1933), born in Centerville, Davis, UT; m. 1) Electa Holmes, m. 2) Mary H. (1862-1917).

9. Alonzo Maylon Dalton (5/17/1862-11/30/1928) #134642, born in Centerville, Davis, UT, died in Springville, UT; m. Sarah Ann Clements (1869-1956) [5 Children].

10. Unnamed baby (12/5/1865-12/5/1865). Elnora Lucretia and infant died and were buried on 12/5/1865, probably together in one grave.
Simon married 3) Laura Ann Warner, younger sister of Elnora, above, on the same date of February 4, 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL. (LDS records)

2 DALTON children with Laura Ann:

1. Francis Dalton, born in the Iowa desert.

2. Mary Ann Dalton, B-March 29, 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT.
Simon married 4) Elizabeth Veach, on July 30, 1854.

3 DALTON children with Elizabeth Veach:

1. Luchrita Daton, B-April 12, 1856 in Centerville, Davis, UT.

2. Zelmora Dalton, B-August 04, 1857 in Centerville, Davis, UT.

3. Almeron Ambrose Dalton (1/12/1858-10/5/1934), born in Centerville, Davis, UT, died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT; m. Josephine Albertina Peterson.
Almeron: #75832.
Josephine: #75431.
Simon married 5) Louisa Bowen Durham on December 30, 1865.
No children.
Source of children's names and place of birth: Ancestry, LDS Family History Suite 2 CD-Orem Utah. Various spellings for names added by researcher.

Note that for each wife married, extra land was given to the men of early settlements.
Sealed for all eternity to spouse: August 27, 1983. Temple: Provo, UT. [Which spouse? All?]
Research: Mary E. Warner, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.






  • Maintained by: Jennifer (Barnes) Devine
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85305
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Simon Cooker Dalton (1 Jan 1806–14 Nov 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85305, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Jennifer (Barnes) Devine (contributor 47517850) .