- Birth Date
- 1 November 1798
- Death Date
- 10 December 1881
Hiram and members of his family lived in the Blockhouse, Iowa Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1846 to 1849. (The Blockhouse Branch was later named Miller's Hollow, then Kanesville, then Council Bluffs.)
In his "Auto Biography" dictated to W. N. Bassett in May 1878, Hiram said: "I . . . started from Winter Quarters with the 5th Company with Ezra Taft Benson. I had two yoke of cattle each, some oxen and some cows. We arrived in Salt Lake City, October 27. 1849." In another, handwritten statement, dated May 26, 1879, Hiram wrote that he "landed in Salt Lake City in the year 1848." (Historian's Office, History of persecutions, CR 100 96, box 1, fd. 1) Given the detail of his earlier statement, 1849 appears to be the correct year (Ezra Taft Benson did not cross the plains in 1848.)
Hiram apparently returned east for his family because he appears with them in the 1850 federal census of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The obituary of his daughter, Isabelle (who was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa on 3 September 1850,) indicates that the family traveled to Utah in 1852, however, Hiram and members of his family who were old enough, were re-baptized at Salt Lake City on 16 November 1851 (In the Salt Lake Stake Record of Members the family surname is spelled "Daton.") Hiram's name appears in the Salt Lake City Public Works account book on 2 January 1852. His name is also listed in a bishop's report of December of 1852 in the Salt Lake City First Ward. Hiram's name first appears in the records og the Utah Territorial Militia in May 1853 at Salt Lake City. In 1856 he was living in St. One City, Cedar County, Utah (part of what is now Utah County.) He was again re-baptized on 21 October 1856 at American Fork. Additional research is needed to identify the name of the pioneer company with which Hiram and his family crossed the plains in 1851.
The spelling of his given name is confirmed by the inscription on his gravestone.
One of his children, Moses Bundy Dayton born 12 February 1831, died 21 March 1847, and did not come to Utah.
Ester Jane Booth, a seventeen-year-old English woman crossed the plains with the Dayton family.
- Age at Departure: 50
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 52
- Head of Household
- 1850 Iowa Census, Pottawattamie County.
- 1856 Utah Census.
- "Cummings, Mrs. Isabell F. Dayton," Deseret News 27 Nov. 1909, 8.
- Find a Grave (Website)
Journal History, December 1849 Supplement, Card Index, Church Emigration of 1849, Fifth Company, Capt. Ezra T. Benson, p. 10.
- Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p. 467.
- "Registry of Names of Persons Residing in the Various Wards as to Bishops' Reports, Great Salt Lake City, Dec. 28th, A.D. 1852." In Wright, Norman Edgar, ed., Key to Migration Sources Great Britain and North America.
- Salt Lake Stake Record of Members, 1848-1917.
- Watt, Ron, Iowa Branch Index, 1839-1859.
- Watt, Ronald G., Public Works Accounts Books Index , .