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William C. Singleton
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Birth: Sep. 4, 1845
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1931
Fulton County
Arkansas, USA

William was the son of Osema Singleton. Osema's wife was Cynthia Melvina Douglas, but it is unclear if she was the mother of William. There is a family tradition that William's mother had a different mother, possibly she died after he was born. All of the sons of Osema afterwards have Cynthia for their mother.

There is a persistent North Carolina Cherokee marriage legend in this family, but until strong evidence appears, this must remain a myth.

William's family left Burke Co., North Carolina in the 1850s. They ended up in Pulaski Co., Missouri near Crocker.

He served in the Civil war on the side of the Confederacy. He enlisted on Sept. 18th, 1862 at West Plains, Mo., along with his father, Osema, and his brother, Robert H. Singleton. They all were privates in company H of the 10th Missouri Infantry, Maj. Gen. Steen's Regiment.

Obit from a clipping of a Lebanon, Missouri newspaper:

W. C. Singleton passed away at his home in Union, Arkansas October 21, 1931, being almost 87 years old. He was born in North Carolina and moved to Laclede county with his parents when 7 years of age. His father built a log cabin near where Lebanon stands today on what was known as Seven Oaks Prairies. After a few years they moved to Pulaski county on Bells Creek, near where Crocker is. The old barn is still owned by his grandsons. The Colonel, as he was known by his old friends, served nearly four years in the civil war under the command of General price. He being at the battle of Wilson's Creek, then went south with General Price.

At the close of the war he settled in Franklin county, Missouri, in 1880. Moved to Plato in 1895. He moved to Union, Arkansas, where he lived until his death several years ago.

He was an attorny (sic) at law for over forty years. He has many friends in the Ozarks. One son and his family, E. O. Singleton, have lived near Lebanon several years."

A secondary obit has come to light, written on notebook paper. it is unclear whether or not this was ever printed:

"W. C. Singleton

W. C. Singleton was born Sept. 4, 1846, and departed this life Oct. 21, 1931 at age 86. Interment was made in the Union cemetery under direction of the Masonic Lodge. He was made an Entered Apprentice passed to the degree of Fellowcraft and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Mr. Singleton served as Justice-of-the-Peace in his township and has been engaged in the practice of law.

In the death of W. C. Singleton Fulton county loses one of it's most distinguished citizens. Mr. Singleton was one of the oldest lawyers in the county and was a veteran of the Civil War, having served through the entire war in the Confederate army. He had the confidence of everyone who knew him and his memory will linger in the hearts of the many who knew him as long as life endures."

James L. Jennett, Letter of 11/04/1931, to Lettie Gilstrap:

"My dear niece - Your letter informing us of this sad news of the death of your dear father came to us just a few days ago. Also enclosed in your letter was the newspaper clipping giving a more extended account of his good deeds and splendid long life as he journied down the winding trail of life in the good old Southern state of Arkansas among the people he loved and liked to serve. The bright star in his crown of life is that he was a Confederate soldier and wore the faded gray jacket with honor and bravery. May his soul rest in peace would be my farewell message to him..."

Family links: 
  Osema Singleton (1822 - 1863)
  Martha Jane Frances Jennett Singleton (1844 - 1909)*
  Ellen Rosa York Singleton (1879 - 1930)*
  Edward Osema Singleton (1875 - 1960)*
  John Jennett Singleton (1877 - 1884)*
  Lettie Mary Singleton Gilstrap (1878 - 1971)*
  Archibald Bradford Singleton (1882 - 1966)*
  Frances Susan Singleton (1886 - 1889)*
  Winnie I. Singleton Knisley (1912 - 1999)*
  Robert Henderson Singleton (1844 - 1917)*
  William C. Singleton (1845 - 1931)
  Theodore Singleton (1850 - 1850)*
  Phillip Hoyle Singleton (1850 - 1930)*
  Vincent Alexander Singleton (1852 - 1940)*
  Preston Burrell Singleton (1854 - ____)*
  Pinkney Fifer Singleton (1860 - 1930)*
  Burl Albert Singleton (1862 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Cemetery
Fulton County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Mark Vernon
Record added: Apr 16, 2009
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William C. Singleton
Added by: Mark Vernon
William C. Singleton
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William C. Singleton
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 Added: Jan. 10, 2015
My Great Great Grandfather
- Johnna Singleton
 Added: Jul. 27, 2011
Member of the Masonic Order
- Mark Vernon
 Added: Feb. 12, 2011
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