Monday, February 15, 2010

Frank Dalby of Albion, Illinois

Anyone considering the trip to Albion, IL, in Sept 2011 might be interested in the sort of life our forbears lived there. The image above is the obituary of Frank Dalby -- sheriff, sportsman, musician and store proprietor (he also had a music store which is not mentioned in the article). Those of us who are past our prime might object to the description "aged" of a man who was 61!
Frank was the son of Samuel Dalby, who had come to Albion in 1835 with his father Robert. Robert had been the village schoolmaster, Clerk to the Vestry (parish clerk) and clerk to the Guardians of the Poor at Tong in Yorkshire.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dalby Trip to Midwest in Planning Stages

Hello Dalby Family Members,
We are planning a trip to Illinois to visit sites of interest to Dalby Family members, in September 2011, and hope that as many of our family can plan to go on this trip as possible. English cousin James Dalby Hogg will join us and take us to the sites he has found, including Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, and north of that town is the country cemetery where Robert Dalby and his son Thomas share a monument. There are other places in the area to explore, but James will post comments with further information on the proposed trip. For now, if you think you might be interested in joining the "expedition", please write back to either James at or to me, Valerie Johnson, at

Friday, January 29, 2010

Subscribe to Dalby Family by email

Hello Family,
You can now sign up to receive email notifications whenever someone posts on our blog. Just click on the link near the top of the blog page to subscribe and you will begin receiving email notifications when the blog is updated.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Old photographs

Well, as usual I don't have as much time as I'd like to spend talking about our unusual family. I've been busy with my on-line writing "gig" and keeping up a schedule of hiking and running (to keep my weight from ballooning over the impending holidays).
I find that it takes me 1-2 days to complete a trail description for and that doesn't include doing the hike. But I am not complaining; I am fortunate to earn a modest income from my writing. And I do stress "modest".

Still, I am not complaining about "modest". How many of us are fortunate enough to get paid anything for what we love doing most?
Here's a photo of Grandfather Dalby and the war canoe on "the point". It's still there though not much of it remains.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Welcome to the Dalby Family blog

Hi everyone,
I opened this blog to create a place for Dalby family members to share their memories, photos, etc. with one another. If you'd like to post something relevant to all Dalby family members, please contact me and I'll give you instructions on how to do it. In the meantime, here's a photo taken at the Dalby Waterwheel Dedication Ceremony in 2006 in front of the waterwheel near Union, Washington. The photo includes Dalby family members from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Canada and England. It also includes a fair number of Morgan family members as well. Hope you enjoy the site as it develops!


I'm very pleased to see this blog and hope it will serve as a forum for descendants of the Dalby family who left the village of Tong in Yorkshire, England, in 1835 and settled in Albion, Illinois.

If anyone has specific questions about the English side of the family story I will be happy to try to answer them.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Just saying "Hi"

Hi everyone,

After a lot of frustration, I've finally figured out how to post on the Dalby blog! That alone is worth a celebration!

I've been busy this summer hiking and writing up trail descriptions for - an organization that welcomes tourists and regular hikers to explore the trails of Mount Rainier year-round. In fact, I'm still working on that project so it might take me a little time to get around to writing about "us". Writing and a love of the natural world seem to run in this family and that's a good thing. My Dad, Fritz, recalled memories of Little Grandma climbing trees well into old age and I also have an old photograph of Little Grandma at Mount Rainier.

You'll be hearing from me again - I have many memories to share (family photos) of years past and perhaps a little bit about what's happening now in my own life.