Thank you for your reply. I have checked my database, there are no entries that correspond to your father or grandfather. The database has traced back my family tree to Patrick Halton b1795 dc1818 and his single child John b1818, in detail, across Ireland, England and USA to the present. Recently Patrick's parents were identified as Michael and Elizabeth HALTON, resident in Dublin and even more recently that they (possibly) had another 6 children (Maria 1803; William 1805; Philip 1809; Robert 1811; Richard 1820 and Thomas c1825). Thomas is known to have lived in the family home in Townsend St, Dublin and to have had two daughters who lived in the house until it was demolished to make way for the railway. There is in Patrick's bapism record a reference to a sponsor Philip HALTON possibly a brother or cousin of Michael - at present I have no further information on these families.
The only Michael's we do have are Michael HALTON bc1766 (Dublin) d5 Jul 1849 (Dublin) m Elizabeth ? bef. 1795. Michael Joseph HALTON b27 Apr 1858 (Mullingar) d 12 Mar 1943 (Dublin) mc1865 Ada NOLAN bJul 1860 died without children Mar 1932. Michael Joseph HALTON b Mar 1914 (Manchester) d Nov 1975 (Dublin)m Aug 1947 Mary Josephine KING. There two living Michael's one born in Bolton 1959 the other born Kingscourt in 1961.
There are entries in the Bapismal Records for St Andrews, Westland Row, Dublin for a number of as yet unrelated Halton marriages and births between 1799 and 1815.
I have seen messages, on this and other boards concerning Halton Families from the region especially Castle Pollard, Mullingar and the general area bounded by Dublin, Meath and Westmeath. These families appear to divide into two groups Catholics and Protestants. Many of the family groups may have common ancestors but as yet no one has been able to trace a the links. Our family tradition is that the family came to Ireland from the UK with Cromwell or soon after the restoration of Charles II.
I am sorry that I cannot be more helpful. Good luck with your search.