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Bushrod Singleton

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Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 5 November 2005

Sources:
The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Massie Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)

Page
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BUSHROD SINGLETON, blacksmith; Harveysburg; born in Virginia in October, 1824; his father was Robert Singleton, a native of Virginia, who was a farmer by occupation and lived, and died in his native State. His mother was Priscilla Curtis, born in Virginia and a daughter of Frederick and Rachel Curtis, also natives of Virginia, and had two sons and two daugters [sic] (all deceased.) but Priscilla, Frederick and Rachel lived and died in Virginia. Priscilla was afterward married to Archelus Fletcher and emigrated to Ohio and located at Zanesville in spring of 1856; remained there till the following fall, when they removed to Harveysburg Warren Co., where they have since resided; they had one child (deceased). Mr. Singleton, the subject of this sketch, when 3 years old was "bound out," to be raised by Aaron Grigsby, with whom he remained till 12 years of age; thence was placed with Spotswood Grigsby, a nephew of his former guardian; with him he remained till 18 years of age, when he was placed as an apprentice to learn the blacksmith trade. At 21 years of age, he went to Leesburg and worked at his trade three years; thence went to a Quaker settlement near by and worked at his trade nine years for Basil Shoemaker. On Dec. 31, 1844, Mr. Singleton was married to Malvina Fairfax, who was born in Virginia, March 1, 1827; her mother, Nancy Fairfax, was a slave and remained such till in 1857; she was made free by the voluntary act of her owner, who then and there freed all his slaves; about 1858, she came to Ohio and is now a resident of Harveysburg. In the spring of 1856, Mr. Singleton and family emigrated to Ohio, and located at Harveysburg, and opened out a shop for blacksmithing, where he has continued to carry on business to the present time, a period of twenty-five years and has the reputation of being one of the best horseshoers in this section of the country; has always had a good and prosperous business, has accumulated a good competency; owns a good property and is well fixed to enjoy the comforts of life; and more than this, he is a man of principle and integrity; a hard working, industrious man, honest and upright, and is one among the best citizens of Harveysburg. Mr. Singleton and wife have one child—Ann Virginia, born Aug., 11, 1846; she married John Stewart, a teacher in the school at Harveysburg and has seven children; Luella Bell, Horace H., Lydia Ann, Arthur, Charlie, Mary and George.


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