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Jonathan Singletary-DUNHAM

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Singletary and Susanna Singletary
Husband of Mary Dunham (alias) Singletary); Mary Dunham and Mary Ross
Father of David Dunham; Jonathan Dunham; Esther (Dunham) Smith; Mary Dunham; Ruth Dunham and 2 others
Brother of Thomas Denham; Eunice Eaton (Singletary); Nathaniel Singletary; Lydia Ladd; Amos Singletary and 2 others

Occupation: At some point changed last name to Dunham. Legend has it that there was an heir to property in England and this is the eldest son of the heir (Richard Singletary)
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About Jonathan Singletary-Dunham

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JONATHAN SINGLETARY, alias DUNHAM,

  i. e. using the former and original surname 
  in New England, and the latter, with 
  clear evidence of the alias and its source, in 
  New Jersey. Though shrouded in mystery, 
  there is not the slightest evidence that it was 
  founded in anything improper or illegal, and 
  the use of aliases was more or less frequent in 
  the Colonial Period. 

The name, "SINGLETARY," is not to be found in America, except in the immigrant, RICHARD SINGLETARY, and his descendants. Neither has it yet been found, thus, in England. However, its origin was in a combined form, of French surnames, as in the French "Angleterre," for England, i. e. SELLINGUE-TERRE, and the next to last surname is a very common old French patronymic. (HUG. SOC., PUBS., London.)

That able genealogist, Mr. David W. Hoyt, in his "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, with some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton," (reaching three volumes, Providence, R. I., 1897, to Vol. III, 1916, idem.), has performed the prodigious task of placing in genealogical form, and, thereby, preserving them, of a great number of the original families in this section. A prior publication of his re the Family of Singletary, (Vol. I, pp. 317, et seq.).

A quotation will be made, as appropriate here;

"I, RICHARD (1) SINGLETARY (or SINGLETERRE), of SALISBURY and HAV. ERHILL, "planter," b. ab. 1599; (foot-note--Haverhill record gives d. "at 102," which would make him born ab. 1585, and 71, when his son Benj. was born. Another statement makes his birth as above); oath free, 1638; m. as early as 1639, SUSANNA COOK, (foot-note--"Goodwife Singletary" d. ab. 1638 or 9, Newbury) (She may have been the wife of Richard (1) above), who was b. ab. 1616 and d. April 11, 1682, Haverhill. He was in Salem in 1637, of Newbury, the same year; received land in Salisbury in the "first division" and in 1640; commoner and taxed in 1650, sclectman that year: removed to Haverhill, ab. 1653, became a proprietor there; d. Oct. 25, 1687, Haverhill. Children:

DUNHAM GENEALOGY ERROR RELATIVE TO SINGLETARY While JONATHAN SINGLETARY assumed, in Woodbridge, New Jersey, the name DUNHAM or DONHAM, he was NOT OF THE DUNHAM BLOOD.

This alleged assumption, with parentage, is attempted to be given by that worthy Rev. Isaac Watson Dunham in the DUNHAM GENEALOGY (pp. 40 et seq.).

The writer wrote in September 16, 1914, as follows:

"Relative to Jonathan Singletary, alias Dunham, or Jonathan Dunham, alias Singletary.

There is among the early settlers of Woodbridge, New Jersey, a Reverend Jonathan Dunham, who is not identical with either of the foregoing, but among the first settlers was Jonathan Singletary, who took the name of Dunham, and he appears in the records as Jonathan Dunham."

JONATHAN SINGLETARY AND WITCHCRAFT WHAT?? WAS IT FOR THIS HE CHANGED HIS NAME TO DUNHAM?

Many authorities very clearly prove that Jonathan Singletary, son of Richard, married Mary Bloomfield, daughter of Thomas Bloomfield.

The Salem and Essex County, Mass., records show:

1662 to 1664, Jonathan Singletary, aged, 22; Richard Singletary, aged, 63, and Susanna, his wife, aged, 46, and, Richard again, aged, 70, and THOMAS BLOOMFIELD, together with the following;

Mar. 1, 1664, Ipswich.

John Godfrey v. Jonathan Singletary, Slander and defammation. For calling him witch and saying "Is this witch on this syde Boston Galloes yet?" Verdict for plaintiff. Defendant was to make public acknowledgement at Haverhill or pay fine.

Jonathan Singletary, aged 23 yrs., deposed 14:12:1662, that "I being in ye prizen att Ipwitch this night last past Bettwene nine and tenn of ye clocke att night after ye bell had runge I being sett in a corner of ye prizen upon a suden I heard a greate noyese as if many cattes had bine climbeing up ye prizen wales and skipping into ye house att ye windows & jumping about ye chamber. And a noyese as if boards ends or stooles had bine throwne about, & men walking in the chambers & a crackling and shakeing as if ye hous would have," etc. (Recs. Quart. Cts., Essex Co., Mass. Vol. III, pp. 120 et seq.)

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Jonathan Singletary-Dunham's Timeline

1640
January 17, 1640
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1655
1655
Age 14
Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
1661
December 29, 1661
Age 21
1661
Age 20
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
1666
1666
Age 25
1672
September 24, 1672
Age 32
Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ
1674
March 10, 1674
Age 34
Woodbridge Township, Middlesex, NJ, USA
1679
April 10, 1679
Age 39
Woodbridge, NJ, USA
1681
August 22, 1681
Age 41
Woodbridge, NJ, United States
1724
September 6, 1724
Age 84
Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States