JONATHAN SINGLETARY-DUNHAM FAMILY LINE

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to unite descendants of Jonathan DUNHAM (aka Jonathan SINGLETARY) & his wife, Mary BLOOMFIELD

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  • Name: Jonathan (alias SINGLETARY) DUNHAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Jonathan /SINGLETARY/
  • Birth: 17 JAN 1639/40 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts 14 13 7
  • Death: 6 SEP 1724 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey 13
  • Burial: 1724 Trinity Episcopal Church rectory, side of house, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ
  • Note:
    JONATHAN SINGLETARY
    by
    Audrey (Shields) Hancock
    April, 2000

    Jonathan DUNHAM of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ started out life as Jonathan SINGLETARY, eldest son of Richard SINGLETARY and possibly a son of a first wife known as "Goodwife Singletary" or his mother could have been Susanna COOKE of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was no relation to the "Mayflower" DUNHAM Family of Plymouth, Massachusetts, even though attempts to connect him have been made at times. Previous books and genealogies often allude to this connection, and plant him among the descendants of Deacon John DUNHAM. Our Jonathan ended life as Jonathan DUNHAM (alias SINGLETARY). He appears to have had a dual personality having led a stormy life in Haverhill, Massachusetts...perhaps a scoundrel, a notorious vagabond, an antagonizer of the Puritan leaders, etc..., or perhaps the victim of religious and political unrest among the Quakers, Puritans, and other religious groups of that time period.

    Jonathan SINGLETARY, s/o Richard SINGLETARY and either "Goodwife SINGLETARY" who died or Susanna COOKE, was born 1639/40 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts (or Salibury, Essex County, Massachusetts, where he appears to have been living at the time of his marriage). Jonathan married about 1660-1661 to Mary BLOOMFIELD, daughter of Thomas and Mary BLOOMFIELD.

    At about age 23 in 1662, Jonathan got into court trouble with John GODFREY, accusing John of witchcraft. In return, John GODFREY sued Jonathan for defamation and slander. This was followed by Jonathan being found guilty and having to pay a fine or having to make a public apology.

    Jonathan SINGLETARY, appears to have been placed in prison for his erring ways. He evidently had disputes with the Plymouth government for some sort of rebellion. In government records he was described as being a "ranter" and "disseminating corrupt religious principles among his neighbors."

    Also, in 1662, Richard and Susanna SINGLETARY conveyed to 150 acres of land in Haverhill to Mary, wife of Jonathan SINGLETARY...not to Jonathan. Perhaps this reflected the fact that Jonathan was not yet settled due to his erring ways, and his parents felt it best to place the land in the hands of his wife, Mary.



    Then around 1665/1666, Jonathan and Mary removed to Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey with the BLOOMFIELD family. With the move came a surname change to DUNHAM, perhaps for anonymity and a different way of life. Perhaps it was to re-establish or reclaim the DUNHAM surname of his ancestors. However, even after marriage he appears to have continued to lead a separate life at times when he returned to Massachusetts temporarily. Yet, it appears that he continued to be recognized among the population of the day as Jonathan Dunham, alias Singletary.

    In New Jersey, Jonathan erected a grain mill in 1670, and here he appears to have led a respectable life. His brick home is said to have been built in 1671 which after some renovation now [2000] continues to serve as a church rectory. His home and a millstone can be see at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~grannyapple/NJCh-Cem/MiddlesexCoNJWoodbridgeHOME/TrinityEpiscopalChHOME.html .

    Stephen Kent, Jr. of Woodbridge deeded on 20 Jul 1673 to Jonathan DUNHAM "alias SINGLETARY of the same place, for part of his house-lot meadows of Papyack Creek, adjoining grantee, S. of the road to grantee's mill etc." Again, we note that Jonathan is referred to as being "alias SINGLETARY," and records of him in New Jersey appear to always indicate an alias.

    According to Kenneth Royal DUNHAM in his "DUNHAM-SINGLETARY GENEALOGY," Jonathan was not just an "ordinary miller," but one of the founders of Woodbridge, a New Jersey legislature representative, and a community and church leader. However, with his infamous background his respectably lies in question by some researchers. Perhaps as time elapsed Jonathon mellowed in his attitudes and behaviors, and became a man of respectability.

    On 16 April 1702, Jonathan was given Power of Attorney by his wife and children to dispose of lands held in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It appears that this was land given to them by Jonathan's parents, Richard & Susannah SINGLETARY, as they are mentioned in the Power of Attorney letter. All sons and one daughter signed "DONHAM alias SINGLETARY" and one daughter signed "Mary ELLISON."



    There seems to be overwhelming evidence that for whatever reason, Jonathan SINGLETARY of Massachusetts, was, in fact, the one and same Jonathan DUNHAM of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ.

    [NOTE: I am trying to gather together information on Jonathan and his descendants. If anyone has any information or documents that they would like to share, please contact me. If you have any additions or deletions, please feel free to contact me. Hopefully by working together we can separate our DUNHAM families from the Mayflower DUNHAM families. Audrey]




    Father: Richard SINGLETARY b: BET. 1595 - 1599 in Lincolnshire, England or Scotland
    Mother: Goodwife SINGLETARY or Susannah COOKE b: BET. 1615 - 1616 in Possibly Newbury, Essex Co., MA

    Marriage 1 Mary BLOOMFIELD b: 15 JAN 1641/42 in Essex Co., MA
    • Married: ABT. 1657 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA 15 16
    Children
    1. Has No Children Richard Singletary DUNHAM b: 1657
    2. Has Children Esther DUNHAM b: 1659
    3. Has No Children Mary (#1) DUNHAM b: 29 DEC 1661
    4. Has No Children Mary (#2) DUNHAM b: 3 FEB 1662/63 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA
    5. Has No Children Sarah DUNHAM b: 23 FEB 1662/63 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA
    6. Has No Children Ruth DUNHAM b: 1666 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA
    7. Has No Children Eunice DUNHAM b: 1668
    8. Has Children Jonathan DUNHAM b: 24 SEP 1672 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey
    9. Has Children David DUNHAM b: 10 MAR 1673/74 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey or New York
    10. Has No Children Joanna Singletary DUNHAM b: 1675
    11. Has No Children Nathaniel (#1) DUNHAM b: 8 FEB 1676/77
    12. Has Children Nathaniel (#2) DUNHAM b: 10 APR 1679 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey
    13. Has Children Benjamin DUNHAM b: 22 AUG 1681 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey

    Sources:
    1. Title: Descendants of Jonathan Dunham
      Author: Jacqueline DOUGHERTY at Tazdough@aol.com
      Publication: 13 March 2001
      Note: Internet Correspondence and Mail: Descendancy Chart

      Repository:
      Note: Audrey (Shields) Hancock
      Media: Letter
      Text: Jonathan was born 17 Nov 1639 in Salisbury or Plymoth, MA, and died 6 Sep 1724 Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ. He married Mary BLOOMFIELD 1660 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA, dau/o Thomas BLOOMFIELD and Mary WITHERS. Mary was born 15 Jan 1641-42 Newbury, Plymouth, MA, & died 1708 Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ.

      He received 213 acres of land for erecting the first grist mill in Woodbridge, NJ area in 1670. He erected a brick residence that was still in use as the rectory of of the Trinity Episcopal Church (aka the White Church) of Woodbridge on Rahway Avenue. He was buried on the side of the house which is now known as the Trinity Episcopal Church rectory.
    2. Title: Historic Trinity Episcopal Church, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ
      Author: HANCOCK, Audrey Shields
      Repository:
      Note: Internet Web Page
      Media: Electronic
      Page: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~grannyapple/NJCh-Cem/MiddlesexCoNJWoodbridgeHOME/TrinityEpiscopalChHOME.html
    3. Title: Re: #414 David E. Dunham b Jan 1775 NJ
      Author: MAHONY, Gratia Dunham
      Publication: FTM GenForum: DUNHAM Family Genealogy Forum at http://genforum.genealogy.com/dunham/all.html
      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 16 Apr 1999, Message #414
      Media: Electronic
    4. Title: Re: Dunham Family (New Brunswick, Canada and Mass)
      Author: STOTT, Greg at gstott@xcelco.on.ca
      Publication: FTM GenForum: DUNHAM Family Genealogy Forum
      Repository:
      Note: Internet 16 Oct 1998, Message # 216
      Media: Electronic
      Text: "Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary (c.1640-c.1722) and his wife, Mary Bloomfield (c.1642-alive 1708) were the parents of David Donham Sr., and came from Haverhill and Newbury, MA to New Jersey around 1650."
    5. Title: DUNHAM Lineage of David M. SHIELDS at DMS59Dart@aol.com
      Author: SHIELDS, David M. (Jr.)
      Note: " I have two DUNHAM lines and two CRANE lines.
      Dave (LI)"

      Richard SINGLETARY and Susanna COOKE
      Jonathan SINGLETARY/DUNHAM and Mary BLOOMFIELD
      Nathaniel DUNHAM and Joanna THORNELL
      David DUNHAM and Esther CRANE
      David DUNHAM and Anna CRANE (2nd wife)
      Catherine (Caty) DUNHAM and James ROLL
      Betsey "Elizabeth" ROLL and David M. DUNHAM (Cranford NJ, parents unknown)
      Sarah Ann DUNHAM and John LEBER
      Charles Henry LEBER and Rose Ann McMANUS
      Rosemary Elizabeth LEBER and David Malcolm SHIELDS
      David Malcolm SHIELDS, Jr. and Pamela Townsend DAVIS

      Dave says, "Any information shared, should be double checked for correctness."
      Repository:
      Note: E-mail 31 Mar 2001 to: Audrey Shields Hancock
      Media: Electronic
    6. Title: DUNHAM-SINGLETARY GENEALOGY, Descendants of Richard Singletary Of Salem, Newbury, and Haverhill, Massachusetts And Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Mas
      Author: DUNHAM, Kenneth Royal
      Publication: Royal Press, Rochester, NY, 1987
      Repository:
      Note: Private Collection of Audrey (Shields) Hancock
      Media: Book
      Page: p. 51
      Text: "Jonathan Dunham's mill provided flour for the citizens of Woodbridge, New Jersey, but Jonathan was no ordinary miller. He was one of the original founders of Woodbridge, a representative in the New Jersey legislature and a community and church leader. This respected and energetic man provided leadership in founding a new community and shaping its growth into a prosperous town."
    7. Title: History of the Dunham-Donham Family in America--Founded 20 Mar 1997
      Author: STREETER, James A. at james@rootsquest.com
      Publication: Internet Web Page
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.rootsquest.com/~sirjames/dunham/dunham1b.htm
      Media: Electronic
      Page: http://www.usroots.com/~sirjames/dunham/dunham1b.htm
    8. Title: Lineage of Bea (DUNHAM) WEBB
      Author: WEBB, Bea (DUNHAM)
      Publication: E-mail to ASH
      Note: Bea's gg-grandfarther was Almon DUNHAM of Petoskey, MI and then Wolverine, where his son, Ernest Deward DUNHAM, cared for him until his death. Bea grew up on the farm, which still stands. Her lineage includes: Almon DUNHAM (9); William Lee Bration DUNHAM (8); William Lee Bration DUNHAM (7); David DUNHAM (6); Nathaniel DUNHAM (5); Nathaniel DUNHAM (4); Jonathan SINGLETARY-DUNHAM (3); Richard SINGLETARY (2); Francis SINGLETARY (1). [NOTE: Francis has not been proven as an ancestor of this family.
      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 11 Apr 2001, E-mail
      Media: Electronic
    9. Title: Lineage of Beatrice (Dunham) Webb
      Author: WEBB, Bea (DUNHAM) at beaw@gtlakes.com
      Publication: E-mail to ASH
      Note: Joseph m #1 Mary ??? and #2 Anna WOOD
      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 14 Apr 2001, E-mail Manuscript
      Media: Manuscript
      Text: Jonathan
      b 17 Jan 1639/40 Newbury, Essex Co., NJ
      d abt. 1724 Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ
    10. Title: Researcher, 2001: W. Charlene CONKLIN of Galesburg, IL
      Author: CONKLIN, W. Charlene at conklin@gallatinriver.net
      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 24 Apr 2001, E-mail to ASH
      Media: Electronic
      Text: Jonathan SINGLETARY-DUNHAM>Nathaniel DUNHAM>David DUNHAM>John DUNHAM, Sr.>Esther (DUNHAM) HIGH>Mary (HIGH) CONKLIN>James Dunham CONKLIN>James Fountain CONKLIN>Ralph Fountain CONKLIN>Dwight Emerson CONKLIN
    11. Title: Lloyd Dunham's SINGLETARY-DUNHAM Lineages
      Note: First Line:
      Richard Singletary (1) and possible first wife.
      Jonathan Dunham (2) Singletary/alias dunham
      David Dunham (3) married Mary Ilsley
      David Dunham (4) married Mary Freeman
      Isaac Dunham (5) b. abt. 1759 married Ann Gage/Gach

      Second Line:
      Richard Singletary (1) and possible first wife
      Jonathan Dunham (2) Singletary/alias Dunham
      David Dunham (3) married Mary Ilsley
      Daniel Dunham (4) married Mary Dennis
      Daniel Dunham (5) married Catherine Campbell

      Daniel (5) is my 5 gr. grandfather and was born in 1730.
      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 7 Jan 2003, E-mail to ASH
      Media: Electronic
    12. Title: Researcher: Peg Rufner at Rufpeg@aol.com
      Note: This is my family who came to Lebanon, Warren, OH before 1800. David [LOLLAR/LOHLER/LOHLAR/LAWLER] died and the Warren Co. Probate court made Phebe and her brother Joseph [DUNHAM], who, also, lived in Warren Co., the guardians of all her children.


      Repository:
      Note: Internet, 31 Mar 2001; 21 Jan 2003, 22 Jan 2003 (GEDCOM) E-mail to ASH
      Media: Electronic
      Page: GEDCOM
    13. Title: Descendants of Richard Singletary
      Author: David Lee Dunham at DelcyD@aol.com
      Publication: Nov. 2002: 20 pages
      Repository:
      Note: Sent to ASH
      Media: Manuscript
    14. Title: DUNHAM-SINGLETARY GENEALOGY, Descendants of Richard Singletary Of Salem, Newbury, and Haverhill, Massachusetts And Deacon John Dunham of Plymouth, Mas
      Author: DUNHAM, Kenneth Royal
      Publication: Royal Press, Rochester, NY, 1987
      Repository:
      Note: Private Collection of Audrey (Shields) Hancock
      Media: Book
    15. Title: Researcher: 2002, 2003, David Lee Dunham of Tulsa, OK at DelcyD@aol.com
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    16. Title: Descendants of Jonathan Dunham
      Author: Jacqueline DOUGHERTY at Tazdough@aol.com
      Publication: 13 March 2001
      Note: Internet Correspondence and Mail: Descendancy Chart

      Repository:
      Note: Audrey (Shields) Hancock
      Media: Letter
      Text: Married 1660 Haverhill, Essex Co., MA

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