Sunday, 23 January 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Do Some Random Research

I decided to take up Randy Seaver's Saturday night genealogy challenge to do some random research.

  1. I went to The Random Name Generator and obtained the random name Cornelia Dalton.
  2. I searched for the name at
  3. The results showed only one Cornelia Dalton, who appeared in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses.
  4. Using various sources (see below), I put together the following research report:

Cornelia Chisholm Neale Dalton was born on 2 December 1875 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England.  Her parents were Rev William Edward Dalton (1841-1928) and Matilda Harriet nee Chisholm.

She came from a distinguished family. Her uncle, Rev John Neale Dalton, was chaplain to Queen Victoria and personal tutor to the future King George V. Her first cousin, Hugh Dalton, would later become Chancellor of the Exchequer. Her brother, Llewellyn, became Chief Justice of Tanganyika.

Cornelia was recorded in the census on 3 April 1881 at Eye, Suffolk, where her father was the curate of the parish church. In 1890 he became vicar of Glynde, two miles east of Lewes in Sussex. The living was in the gift of the Dean and Canons of Windsor and gave him an income of £180 a year, plus 12 acres of glebe land in addition to the vicarage.  In the census of 5 April 1891 Cornelia was recorded as a pupil at school in Albion House, Albion Street, Lewes. 

She was recorded in the census on 3 March 1901 as a nurse at St George's Hospital, London. It was probably there that she met her husband, Frederick William Longhurst, a consultant anaesthetist, whom she married on 3 August 1907 at Lewes.

Their son, Geoffrey Dalton Longhurst, was born in the June quarter of 1909 in London.

Frederic, Cornelia and Geoffrey were recorded in the 1911 census at 4 Hobart Place, London SW1. 

Geoffrey married Patience Mary Gaubert in Calcutta, India, on 30 June 1947. At the time of the marriage, Frederic and Cornelia were living at Shalford, Surrey.

Dalton Geoffrey 1947 marriage snip

Frederick died on 19 April 1955 at their home in Fowey, Cornwall. His obituary appeared in the British Medical Journal on 14 May 1955.

obituary 2

Cornelia died in the June quarter of 1958 at Eastbourne, Sussex.


1881 Census, RG11/1855; Folio 84; Page 6, William E Dalton & family

1891 Census, RG12/798; Folio 36; Page 32, Cornelia C Dalton

1901 Census, RG13/90; Folio 165; Page 24, Cornelia Chisholm Neale Dalton

1911 Census, RG14PN436, Frederic William Longhurst & family

Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976, Geoffrey Dalton Longhurst, 1947 marriage,

British Medical Journal, 14 May 1955, page 1225, Frederic William Longhurst obituary,

GRO Births, 1876 Q1, Winslow 3a 601, Cornelia Chisholm Dalton

GRO Marriages, 1907 Q3, Lewes 2b 395, Cornelia Chisholm Dalton, Frederic William Longhurst

GRO Deaths, 1955 Q2, St Austell 7a 165, Frederic W Longhurst

GRO Deaths, 1958 Q2, Eastbourne 5h 260, Cornelia C Longhurst

Kelly's Directory of Sussex, 1899,

Barker, G. F. Russell, comp. The Record of Old Westminsters, 1927, Chiswick Press, London, 1928, volume 2, page 590, Frederick William Longhurst,

Wikipedia, John Neale Dalton,

Wikipedia, Hugh Dalton,

Wikipedia, Sir Llewellyn Chisholm Dalton,


  1. Hi Caroline,

    I enjoyed reading your findings - I hope you had fun digging!

    Chris Staats

  2. Thank you Donna and Chris. I was lucky that this person came from a well known family, so there was extra material available online. I really enjoyed the challenge, Chris, thank you for thinking it up. In fact, I have to stop myself continuing to research her!

  3. What interesting information to uncover!! I enjoyed the SNGF challenge, too, though I did it Monday night. :)