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Richard Singletary

Also Known As: "Singletary-Dunham"
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England
Death: October 25, 1687 (83-91)
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Singletary and Agnes Singletary
Husband of Susanna Singletary
Father of Eunice Eaton (Singletary); Jonathan Singletary-Dunham; Nathaniel Singletary; Lydia Ladd; Amos Singletary and 2 others
Brother of Jonathon Singletary; Elizabeth Singletary; Ralph Singletary; Joan Singletary; William Singletary and 1 other

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About Richard Singletary

Richard Singletary lived in Salem, Massachusetts, where he received a land grant in 1637. From Salem he relocated for a time in Newbury, Massachusetts, where he took the oath of a freeman on 7 September 1638. He joined the church there in 1638, having been admitted as an inhabitant of the community in October.

He was probably married at that time, for a record exists indicating that "Goodwife Singletary" died 1638/1639 at Newbury, Massachusetts. He perhaps had a son named William by her.

Soon after, Richard and others were granted permission to build a plantation at Merrimac. In the spring of 1639 the Merrimac plantation site was chosen. Richard Singletary was one of those receiving a grant of land in the Town of Colchester, but evidently did not relocate there until later. This settlement was later renamed Salisbury. Richard married again around 1638 to Susannah COOKE, born ca 1616, and they lived in Newbury for a time.

About 1645, they built a home in Salibury, where Richard was a selectman in 1650. He did not tarry long in Salibury, for by 1652, he had relocated his family to Haverhill, Massachusetts. With this move came an involvement with others in signing a petition asking the court to revoke Robert Pike's sentence. Robert had supported preaching on the Sabbath by unordained ministers, and that was forbidden by the court. He let the court know his disdain for the law and thus was punished for his statement. His supporters were fined for their support and thus, they revoked their support.

In 1653 Richard Singletarry received more land and was a selectman in Haverhill in 1655. Richard and Susanna are recorded as having transferred some of their land holdings to members of their family in 1662 and later.


Richard Singletary was an admitted inhabitant in Salem, Mass in 1637. In 1638, he took the Freeman's oath in Newbury, Mass. By 1639, he was a proprietor in Salisbury, Mass and a Selectman in 1650. In 1653 he is a proprietor in Haverhill. Mass. Said to have died at 102 years of age in 1687.

Children of Richard & Susannah Cooke Singletary:

  • Jonathan Singletary (17 Jan 1639/40 Salisbury, Mass -1703/23 in Woodbridge, NJ) m. Mary Bloomfield c. 1660.
  • Eunice Singletary ( 7 Jan 1641 Salisbury, Mass - 5 Oct 1715 Haverill, Mass.) m. Thomas Eaton on 6 Jan 1658 in Andover, Mass.
  • Nathaniel Singletary (28 Oct 1644 Salisbury, Mass - 13 Aug 1689 Haverill, Mass- killed by Indians) m. Sarah Belknap on 22 Dec 1673 in Framingham, Mass.
  • Lydia Singletary ( 30 Apr 1648 Salisbury, Mass - Haverhill, Mass) m. Daniel Ladd, Jr. on 24 Nov 1668.
  • Amos Singletary ( April 1651 Salisbury/Haverhill - 1 Nov 1724) m. Mrs. Sarah Rogers.
  • Benjamin Singletary (4 April 1656 Haverhill, Mass. - 1697 SC) m. Mary Stockbridge daughter of John Stockbridge of Scituate, Mass. on 4 April 1678.

A list of "accomodations" in the old Norfolk County Records for 1662 show Richard Singletary having had 11 pieces of property. One is land adjoining Thomas Whittier's property , the great grandfather of John Greenleaf Whittier.

The Whittier Homestead, where John G. Whittier was born has been preserved. It is located at 305 Whittier Road which is also Rt. 110/Amesbury Road in Haverhill, MA. (As an adult, J. G. Whittier lived at 86 Friend St., Amesbury, MA). The land that Richard Singletary owned in 1662 could be viewed from the Thomas Whittier house (in 1990). The north half of the lot includes the Whittier family cemetery. There is an obelisk monument noting 4 generations of Whittiers.(This is a memorial-John G. Whittier is buried in Amesbury-Union Cem). The gently rolling hill is the area where Richard Singletary's home was located. Copied from the Town Book of Gen. Richard Littlehale, Clerk "six acres to his house lot, bounded by Thomas Whittier and Edward Clark.". No proof has been found thus far, but most likely, Richard Singletary was buried on his own property when died, a very old man, in 1687.

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Richard Singletary's Timeline

1600
1600
Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England
1640
January 7, 1640
Age 40
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 17, 1640
Age 40
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (presently USA)
1644
October 28, 1644
Age 44
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1648
April 30, 1648
Age 48
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1651
April 1651
Age 51
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, U S A
1656
April 4, 1656
Age 56
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
1687
October 25, 1687
Age 87
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
October 25, 1687
Age 87