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Matthew Singleton (1730 - 1787)

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Colonel Matthew Singleton
Born in Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Caroline, Virginiamap
Husband of — married (to ) in South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in St Marks Parish, Craven County, South Carolinamap
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"The Singletons are an old and honorable family in the low-country and were first found in the Scotch-Irish settlement in the Williamsburg District. They intermarried with the old families, including the Richardsons, Canteys, and Gourdins, and have been written up many times. [1]

"The Singletons acquired their vast wealth by shipping indigo and later cotton by boat from Manchester" on the Beech Creek-Shank's Creek-Wateree River-Cooper River to Charleston. [2]

The Singleton plantations included Melrose, Midway, and Home Place also known as Singleton House. [3]

January 13, 1730 -- Matthew Singleton was born at Isle of Wight, England. [4]

17?? -- Matthew Singleton emigrated from England to Virginia.

1752 -- Matthew Singleton emigrated from Virginia to South Carolina. [5]

1752 -- Matthew established at Melrose plantation the family burial ground which is now called the Singleton's Graveyard and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now consists of 43 graves dating from 1794 to 1944. Melrose is also known as Singleton's High Hills of the Santee. [6]

1756 -- Matthew Singleton received a land grant from the King of Great Britain George II which remained in his family through to the present. < ref> Immigrant Ancestors A List: Col. Matthew Singleton, page 61. </ref>

May 5, 1770 -- The King of Great Britain George III commissioned Matthew Singleton. [7]

1770 -- Mstthew was a vestryman at St. Mark's Parish, Craven county, South Carolina. [8]

1772 & 1776 -- Matthew Singleton was a member of the South Carolina General Assembly. [9]

1773 -- Matthew paid £4 3 shillings 9 pence, "Proclamation money; being for one year[']s Quitrent due to the [British] Crown for [2,094] acres of land" he held in Craven County. [10]

1775 -- Matthew Singleton was one of nine delegates to the Provicional Congress "for district eastward of the Wateree River," South Carolina. [11]

August 26, 1775 -- Matthew volunteered. [12]

October 1775 -- The South Carolina Council of Safety commissioned Matthew Singleton. [13]

1776 - 1781 -- Matthew Singleton was a captain later a colonel of a troop of horse under American General Francis Marion. [14]

June 7, 1778 -- Matthew took the Oath of Alkegiance to the Revolutionary government of South Carolina. [15]

September 20, 1787 -- Colonel Matthew Singleton died at St. Mark's Parish, Craven county, South Carolina. [16] He is buried "near Staresburg, Sumter county, South Carolina." [17]

NOTE -- Craven County was one of the three original counties of South Carolina.

"Camden, Statesburg, and Columbia were in the original Parish of St. Mark's. The Parish was agai divided into Upper and Lower St. Mark's. Lower St. Mark'so comprises much of the land in Clarenden County." [18]


  • Immigrant Ancestors -- A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Extracted from Volume VII Compendium of American Genealogy. Chicago, 1942. Edited by Frederick Adams Virkus. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland. 1970. Col. Matthew Singleton, page 61.
  • Harriett Kershaw Leiding. Historic Houses of South Carolina. Chapter VIII St. Mark's Parish. J.P. Lipincot. 1921. Page 155. On The Camden Road in St. Mark's Parish, The Singletons and Their Homes in St. Mark's Parish. Pages 158 - 164.
  • Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Volume 4, S - Z. Patricia Law Hatcher. Heritage Books, Westminster, Maryland. 2007. Page 37.
  • WikiTree profile Singleton-243 created through the import of Sharlow Family Tree.ged on Jul 3, 2011 by Pamela Cronan. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Pamela and others.
  • Source: S-2121483186 Repository: #R-2121484168 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:

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  • Source: S-2121484167 Repository: #R-2121484168 Title: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 Author: National Cemetery Administration Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator.Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator Note: APID: 1,8750::0
  •, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;), "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 February 2016), Matthew Singleton, ; Burial, , Sumter, South Carolina, United States of America, Singleton Cemetery; citing record ID 40958926, Find a Grave,

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