In the autumn of 2000, a new housing development suddenly infringed upon the 150 year old resting place of Henry and Christie Dayton in the back yard of a one family home. The once peaceful graves of the couple, situated in the forest on their homestead, was now a play area for the family’s children. Ray Orton and myself oversaw the relocation of the remains and the gravestones to the Dean Cemetery in Stony Creek NY where they are now resting on the burial plot with their son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Nancy Dayton.
Henry was the grandfather of Wilber Thomas Dayton Sr. Henry died in 1847 on his farm on the plateau at the top of Hadley Hill. Henry’s father, David Dayton Jr. was one of the first inhabitants of Hadley. David relocated to Hadley from Cambridge NY.