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Singletary-Dunham Name Study

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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

The following families and their descendents are included in this study:

Richard Singletary [[1]]Source
Jonathan Dunham alias SIngletary [[2]]Source
Deacon John Dunham [[3]]Source
Nathaniel Dunham [[4]]Source

Richard is the father of Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary.

Jonathan Dunham, Deacon John Dunham, and Nathaniel Dunham (of Wrentham MA, 1693), are unrelated as proven by DNA studies.

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I fear this is one of those genealogy mysteries that will always remain a mystery. But I am glad that the Francis theory can finally be put to rest.
posted by Susan Fitzmaurice
You can contact Doug directly at [email address removed] The latest update (April 2018) is that two living 3rd cousins with a documented lineage from Francis Singletary d1617 have completed an FTDNA test and match each other but not American Singletary/Dunham descendants of Richard Singletary d1687 (Jonathan's father).

Doug thinks this strengthens his argument that Richard was a Dunham who was brought as an infant to the Roanoke colony to escape fratricide in England, and also why Jonathan changed his surname. I don't agree, but there isn't any proof that the story isn't true, either. It does make us think, though, about whether it was -Richard- who changed his surname, and Jonathan who simply reverted to the original.

posted by Perry Donham
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...against known Dunham/Singletary descendants. It's an intriguing theory, but there are quie a few leaps of imagination. Still worth the read.
posted by Perry Donham
Doug Wilson just sent me a note that he has updated his page discussing the heritage of Richard Singletary with new DNA research. For those who don't know Doug, he is the main proponent of the theory that Richard was of the Dunham/Massey baronage, kidnapped as a baby and brought to the Lost Colony of Roanoke (and later Croatan). The baby somehow survived the decimation of the colony and ended up in the Massachusetts Bay colony near Haverhill. You can read his page at http://dougwilson.com/family/feature/singletary.asp

While I don't necessarily agree with Doug's hypothesis, it isn't outside the realm of the possible, and he's done quite a bit of work trying to prove it. He is currently actively seeking present-day descendants of the Booth/Massey line to test their Y-DNA

posted by Perry Donham