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Osema Singleton
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Birth: May 30, 1822
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1863
Arkansas, USA

Osema was the son of Christopher Singleton and Kesiah Harper. he was very young when his father abandoned the family in the about 1825. His mother, Kesiah, had to win the legal status of "Femme Sole" in North Carolina courts of law, which she succeeded in 1834. This case has been published in the article, "Divorces and Separations from Petitions to the North Carolina General Assembly", North Carolina Geneaological Society Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No. 3, Aug. 2002.

Osema was married to Cynthia Melvina Douglas. In the 1850 census he and his family can be found in Burke County, North Carolina. He moved his family from North Carolina to Missouri in the 1850s.

The Obit of his son, William C. Singleton, states:

"...(William) moved to Laclede County with his parents when 7 years of age. His father(Osema)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..."

On Oct. 1, 1860, Osema Singleton filed a Land patent at the office in Warsaw, Missouri. This was for 80 acres in Pulaski County, MO. This document can be see on

In the Civil War he enlisted in Co. H, 10th MO Inf., CSA, along with his sons Robert and William. His muster roll cards records his deathdate as March 31, 1863 while on sick leave.

Legend has it that he was bushwhacked, but there is no evidence of this. There is another legend that he died of Typhoid Fever in Tennesse while trying to go back to North Carolina to fight with his cousins. Again there is no evidence for this.

His resting place remains unknown. Both of his sons survived their service.
Family links: 
  Christopher Singleton
  Kesiah Harper Singleton (1804 - ____)
  Cynthia Melvina Douglas Singleton (1825 - ____)*
  Robert Henderson Singleton (1844 - 1917)*
  William C. Singleton (1845 - 1931)*
  Phillip Hoyle Singleton (1850 - 1930)*
  Theodore Singleton (1850 - 1850)*
  Vincent Alexander Singleton (1852 - 1940)*
  Preston Burrell Singleton (1854 - ____)*
  Pinkney Fifer Singleton (1860 - 1930)*
  Burl Albert Singleton (1862 - 1939)*
  Osema Singleton (1822 - 1863)
  James V. Singleton (1833 - 1911)**
  Marcus DeLafayette Singleton (1841 - 1864)**
  Catherine Singleton Duckworth (1842 - 1916)**
  Rufus Winslow Singleton (1845 - 1902)**
  Lucius W. Singleton (1845 - 1935)**
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Mark Vernon
Record added: Jun 06, 2009
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Osema Singleton
Added by: Mark Vernon
Osema Singleton
Added by: Mark Vernon
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The subject of Osema continues. We are trying to find the origin of his name. This is linked to a so called "Chief Ossenia', but so far no document of this can be found. If anyone can help please contact me. Some researchers have told me this is a fiction...(Read more)
- Mark Vernon
 Added: May. 18, 2016

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- bjw36
 Added: Nov. 19, 2012
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