Richard Singletary


Family Links

1. Susannah Cooke

2. Humility Dunham

Richard Singletary 1366

  • Born: 1585, England
  • Marriage (1): Susannah Cooke about 1639 in Salisbury, Essex, MA 1382
  • Marriage (2): Humility Dunham
  • Died: 25 Oct 1687, Haverhill, Essex, MA at age 102 1369

bullet   FamilySearch ID: L51W-ZTP. Find a Grave ID: 100349511.


bullet  General Notes:

Bob McPherson's 8th great-grandfather. Also the 8th great-grandfather of his wife, Sara Spicer McPherson and her brothers. In which case they are 9th cousins.
Family search attributes to Richard and Susanna nine children. I find no evidence for the births of three of them: Samuel (1650), Richard Charles (1658 - FS has him born in England!?), and Mary (1661 whose source is to birth by Jonathan)
I have deleted all three from this database. Also, the six children left conform to the children listed in his FaG memorial.

bullet  Research Notes:

Title........... The Singletary family history, 1599-1989 : with collected research.
Author.......... Brunton, Yvonne Miller.
Call number..... CS71/S6163/1989 also LOAN
Publisher....... Danielsville, GA : Heritage Papers
Year............ 1989 Document type... mon Monograph
Phys.descr...... 216 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.

C: Genealogy of Mass, by Charles H. Pope pg 416
Pope says he was 102 when he died.
(Relatives of Richard Cooke Pettingill Ancestry website)

Dunham Genealogy Research Association:
(beginning of the line)


bullet  Events

Arrival, 1638, Massachusetts. 1383

Freeman, 7 Sep 1638, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. 1383

residence, 1646, Haverhill, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. 1384

Military: freed from training, paying 2s yearly to the military company, Apr 1649, Salisbury, British America. 1385

A common ancestor

Richard is a common ancestor of both Bob McPherson, his wife Sara Spicer and her brothers. He is an 8th great-grandfather to both. Bob descends from Richard's son Nathaniel, the Spicers from Nathaniel's brother Jonathan who took the name "Dunham" when he moved to New Jersey. Jonathan is also the 8th great-grandfather of 44th U.S. President Barack Obama.
Born in England, he 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 but his burial place is unknown. There is more about his children and his homestead at his Find-a-Grave memorial.


Richard married Susannah Cooke about 1639 in Salisbury, Essex, MA.1382 (Susannah Cooke was born in 1616 in London, England, christened 21 Jul 1616 in Whitechapel, London 1386 and died 11 Apr 1682 in Haverhill, Essex, MA 1369.)


Richard next married Humility Dunham. (Humility Dunham was born in 1617 in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands 1383 and died in 1709 in Massachusetts 1383.)

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