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Joseph E Singletary Jr. 1
09 Jun 1761 1
Bladen County, North Carolina 1
14 Apr 1844 1
Grady County, Georgia 1

Revolutionary War 1

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Joseph Singletary, Pension # S. 47849, American Revolution Patriot of Cairo, Grady County, Georgia

Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida


North Carolina,

Superior Court, for said County,

April Term 1833

Territory of Florida, Leon County.

On this ninth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty three,

personally appeared in open Court, Joseph Singletary a resident

of the County of Leon and Territory of Florida aged about seventy one

years and ten months, who being first duly sworn according to

Law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain

a pension and the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7,

1832, to wit:


That he, the said Singletary, entered the service of the U. S. as a

substitute in a Militia Company commanded by Capt. Joseph Andrews,

in the month of Oct. one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight,

in which capacity he served in said Company (which was a part of a

Regiment commanded by Col. Thomas Brown) for a period of about

one month. That sometime in the spring of the year 1779 he the

said Singletary, entered the service of the U. S., as a volunteer in a

horse company commanded by Capt. Jared Ervin, which said company

was attached to a part of a Regiment, commanded by Col. Thomas

Robinson. That he belonged to and served in said company until about

the month of November in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-one.

That during this service he marched through the counties of Bladen

and Cumberland in N. C. and from thence to Little Pedee River in So.

Carolina. That at the time he entered said service he resided in and

was a citizen of Bladen County, N. C. That during said service and

in the year seventeen hundred and eighty or eighty—one, in the month

of June, this deponent was in a battle in which he was severely wounded in

several parts, fought between the Whiggs and Tories on Rockfish

Creek, at or near Stewarts Mills, in N. C. That during said service

He knew (but was not commanded by either) Capt. Griffith J. McRee,

Who afterwards and before the close of the war became Colonel: Col.

Joshua Hadley and Maj. Robert Rayford of the N. C. Continental Line.

He further states that he has no discharge or other documentary evidence by

Which he can prove his service. . . . The said applicant further

states that the only record of the year of his birth was a family Bible,

Entered there by his father and that he is therein stated to have been

born on the 9th June 1761. The said Bible is at applicants home. That

up to the year 1827 this applicant resided in the State of N. C. That

from said state he moved to Georgia where he resided some years in

the County of Baker, since which and at this period he has resided in

Leon County, Florida. He further states that on first entering the

service as above stated, he entered as substitute for William Harrison,


Joseph Singletary.


Sworn to and subscribed

the day and year aforesaid,

Jas. S. Linn, Clk.


Joseph Singletary, decd., before Oct. 5th 1844 at which time

application for payment of pension was made. Letter also dated Nov.

16, 1844.


The last payment Mr. Singletary on he late agents books was up to 4th September 1842.


J. L. Edwards Esqr

Commissioner of Pensions

Washington City


J. H. Flagg

Pension Agent

Tallahassee, Fla.


Julius High appointed guardian for Minor Mary Ann Singletary

Oct. 2, 1851 (Newport, Fla.)

Susannah Singletary testified that she nursed Joseph Singletary awhile ill from wounds. Paper does not state relationship Feb. 22, 1833.

Official Record

Joseph Singletary (or Singleton)

Certificate No. 29037, issued March 4, 1831 at the rate of $100.00

per annum, to commence March 4, 1831. Agency Territory of Florida,

Act of June 7, 1832.

Service: private in company commanded by Capt. Andrews, regiment commanded by Col. Brown, So. Carolina Militia, Yr. Cav.

Joseph E. Singletary, DAR Ancestor # A102488, Revolution Patriot of Cairo, Grady County, Georgia


Ancestor #: A102488 Service: North Carolina  Rank(s): Private

Birth:  09 Jun 1761, Bladen Co., North Carolina Death: 14 Apr 1844, Thomas Co., Georgia

Pension Number:  S. 47849 Source:  S47849 Service Description:  1) CAPTS ANDREWS & IRWIN,
Residence 1) County: BLADEN CO - State: NORTH CAROLINA


Spouse Number Name  
1) X X  


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Joseph Singletary (1761-1844) Biography

Birth:  Jun. 9, 1761, Bladen County, North Carolina, USA

Death:  Apr. 14, 1844, Grady County, Georgia, USA

Joseph was born in Bladen County North Carolina to Joseph Singletary Sr and Mary Fitzrandolph. His known siblings were Sarah, Josiah, and Jonathan.

He along with his brother Josiah served in the North Carolina Militia under the command of Col. Thomas Robeson
during the Revolutionary War. In his pension application of 1834, filed in Leon County Florida, Joseph stated that during the 2nd Battle of Stewarts’ Mill, he had been “wounded by a broadsword in several places in his left arm, and that he had been disabled in one of his legs, after being trod upon by a horse”. His pension was granted for his service to the United States.

Around 1827, Joseph, along with other members of his family, moved to Leon County Florida. According to 1834 Land records, in 1834 he purchased 80 acres. (Land Certificate 2424).

In 1836, he moved his family to Thomas County Georgia. They resided in what was known as District 18 in old Thomas County, which is now Grady County Georgia. He lived out his life here with his son Josiah.

He was a Charter member of the Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church that was near his home.

At this time it is not know when or where his wife Nancy died. In the 1840 Census record, there is no female of Nancy's estimated age in the household.

Per an article that was published in the Bladen Journal in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, on 30 April 1979, much of the information regarding Joseph had been lost to researchers for more than a 100 years. Thanks to Vicksburg, Mississippi researcher Mrs. Yvonne Brunton, much of his history is now recorded.

He was honored on an historical marker in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida denoting Revolutionary War soldiers who applied for pensions while living there. His headstone was placed by the Grady County, Chapter of the DAR

Joseph married Nancy (maiden name unknown) sometime around 1791 in Bladen County, North Carolina.
They had 9 known children:
Josiah Singletary
1792 – 1879
William Ithamar Singletary
1794 – 1845
Margaret Singletary
1797 –
Nancy Singletary
1800 –
Mary Singletary
1801 – 1860
Nathaniel Singletary
1802 – 1870
Henry Singletary
1804 – 1855
Margaret Singletary
1808 –
Sarah Singletary
1809 – 
Family links: 
  Joseph Singletary (1718 - 1772)
  Mary FitzRandolph Singletary (1732 - ____)
  Sarah Singletary Bryan (1757 - 1839)*
  Joseph E Singletary (1761 - 1844)
  Josiah Singletary (1763 - 1843)*
  Jonathan Singletary (1769 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Pvt, NC Militia
Rev War

Tombstone of First Singletary to come to Grady County, Georgia

Cairo, Grady County, Georgia


Above photo shows the still-neat tombstone of Joseph E. Singletary, the first Singletary to imigrate to what is now Grady County in 1836. The grave lies in an old cemetary not far from Brumbley Creek off the new Stewart’s Store – Pine Park highway several miles southeast of Cairo. Mrs. Yvonne Branton of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a native of this area and who is compiling a history of the Grady County area, developed the historical information given in more detail in the accompanying item.


Bladen Native Given Final Rest In Georgia

Cairo, Grady County, Georgia


Joseph E. Singletary Jr.

The Bladen Journal, Eliabethtown, North Carolina 28337 – Mon. April 30, 1979

Bladen Native Given Final Rest In Georgia

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of Pvt. Joseph E. Singletary was recently published in The Cairo Messenger, Cairo, Grady County, Georgia. Pvt. Singletary served in the American Revolution. He was born in Bladen County, June 9, 1761 and died in Grady County, Georgia, April 14, 1841. Pvt. Singletary is believed to be one of the first, if not the first Singletary to migrate to Grady County. The story was submitted to The Bladen Journal by Mrs. Yvonne Branton of 120 Leatrice Lane, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 39180.)

On April 6th the grave of Pvt. Joseph E. Singletary of Bladen County, North Carolina was marked by a headstone granted by the United States Veterans adminsistration for his services in the American Revolution. The grave lies in an old family cemetery on Lot 132, District 18 of Old Thomas, now Grady County, on land owned by Nathaniel Bryan and his wife, Alice Singletary at the times of interment in 1844.

Joseph Singletary was born in Bladen County in 1761 and served during the war in 

the Bladen County Militia along with his brother Jusiah; both were wounded at the battle at Stewart’s Mill on Ruckfish Creek in Cumberland County, North Carolina in June of 1781. Joseph and Josiah were sons of sons of Joseph and Mary Singletary who had at least one other son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Sarah, who marrried William Bryan.

In 1827-28, Joseph E. Singletary arrived in Leon County, Territory of Florida, with his family and other relatives, including members of the Bryant, Woods, Smith and Locke families. In 1836, he moved up into Thomas County, Georgia and lived on Lot 107, District 18 with his son, Josiah, until his death. In 1840, he was a charter member of the Poplar Springs, Primitive Baptist Church, near his home.

Soon after Joseph Singletary arrived in Thomas County in 1836, tose of the family left in Florida also moved to Thomas County because of the Indian depredations. They were joined by Joseph Singletary’s nephew, David, from Bladen County and several grandchildren of Joseph’s brother Josiah. These families intermarried and comprise most of the ancestors of the Singletary families in South Georgia and Florida today. Many branches of these families moved wetward with the developing nation.

Because of mistakes in his early records and the duplications of given names in the Singletary family, Pvt. Joseph E. Singletary has been lost to researchers for more than 100 years. It is hoped that the documentation required to obtain the headstone, will serve to correct some of these compounded errors. The resarch was done and the application made to the Veteran’s Administration by Mrs. Yvonne Brunton of Vicksburg, Mississippi and was an out growth of work done for a history of the county and its early settlers soon to be published.

It is hoped that a formal dedication of the stone will be held shortly.



American Revolutionary Patriot Joseph Singletary Jr. Burial Site

Cairo, Grady County, Georgia

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Lat: 30° 50' 12.8184"
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Joseph E. Singletary, Revolution War Patriot, NSSAR Ancestor # P- 290489.

Cairo, Grady County, Georgia

Patriot #: P-290489, Surname: SINGLETARY, Given_Name: Joseph,

Military Rank: Private, State of Service: NC.,

Birth: 09 Jun 1761, Birthplace Bladen Co., NC,

Death: 14 Apr 1844, Deathplace: Thomas Co., GA

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