The Galton name is locally very common in the area from Poole and to the west into Dorset.  The majority of the Galtons related to my mother's family were mariners or otherwise associated with the sea and also carpenters.  It is suggested that the name originated as a place name from a tiny hamlet, described in 1865 in the Harrod's Directory of Dorset and Wiltshire, as being 1/2 a mile from Owermoigne on the Wareham Road to Dorchester. It is marked on Google Maps (2018) as a campsite and there is a Garden Centre named Galton too close by.

My mother, Edith Elsie Galton was born and brought up in Poole, Dorset.  Her father, Tom Galton, was a joiner and carpenter and suffered from asthma for most of his life.  He had very bad scoliosis as well. During and after WW1 he worked for the Poole Aircraft Company as a carpenter.

There is a legend in the family that an earlier ancestor was a carpenter on clipper-ships and was lost rounding Cape Horn but I have found no evidence for this as yet. Carpentry was a regular occupation, we still have tools from my grandfather, Tom Galton's time as a carpenter and joiner.

Tom's oldest son, Hattie emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 1925 to join his maternal uncle Stephen Smith the youngest son of Philip Smith.  Stephen had gone to Canada in 1906 and had served in Canadian forces in WW1.

Edith's mother was Elizabeth Ann Smith who was born in Market Deeping, on the borders of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.  She came to be in Poole as she, with her sister Martha, came in the domestic household employ of Walter Marsden, a director of the Dolphin brewing company, also from Market Deeping. More on the Smiths family page.

Tom's youngest son, Philip, was killed in Germany in February 1945. He had worked as a printers compositor.

In addition there was a tale that one member of the family was transported to Australia.  Thanks to a letter found in Ann Gatrell's Bible we now have details, it was not a Galton but see the Davis page for more details.

Tom's father, Edward Thomas, was also a carpenter.  He married Sarah Ann Davis from Christchurch, her father was a cordwainer in that town.  Sarah had an illegitimate child, George, whose father died of tuberculosis several months before the child was born, and this child came with her on her marriage to Edward in 1874, but died when 17.

In 2015 the other Galton lines, descendants of Thomas Galton, b. 1774, have been traced to a large extent and can be found on the Galton family tree.


The Galtons of Poole and East Dorset.