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Descendants of Thomas English

Generation No. 7


7. JOSHUA7 ENGLISH, JR. (JOSHUA6, THOMAS5, JOHN4, THOMAS3, WILLIAM2, THOMAS1)2 was born Abt. 1746 in Moate-Turphelim, Westmeath, Ireland3, and died 19 July 1795 in Camden area, South Carolina3. He married SARAH ELIZABETH ADAMSON. She was born Aft. 1746, and died October 1805 in Camden area, South Carolina.

Notes for J
OSHUA ENGLISH, JR.:
In the fall of 1774, Joshua English, Jr. served on a grand jury in Camden which drafted and issued a "declaration of independence" a full year and a half before the signing of the famous document in Philadelphia. Joshua provided 25 days of labor (earning 12 pounds, 10 shillings) to the building of defenses for the City of Camden. Eventually he accepted a commission in the British army.
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Children of J
OSHUA ENGLISH and SARAH ADAMSON are:
  i.   JAMES8 ENGLISH, b. 04 December 1768; d. 05 July 18253; m. UNKNOWN, 06 March 1799, Camden area, South Carolina.
  ii.   MARGARET ENGLISH, b. 01 October 1771; d. Abt. 17733.
  iii.   SARAH ENGLISH, b. 26 December 1774; d. 1806, Camden area, South Carolina; m. UNKNOWN, 20 April 1798.
  Notes for SARAH ENGLISH:
No children.

  iv.   JOSEPH ENGLISH, b. 06 July 1776; d. 28 October 1827, Camden area, South Carolina.
  v.   WILLIAM ENGLISH, b. 06 February 1778, Camden area, South Carolina; d. Abt. 1782, Camden area, South Carolina.
  vi.   ELIZABETH ENGLISH, b. 06 March 1780, Camden area, South Carolina; m. UNKNOWN, 02 February 1800, Richland, SC.
  vii.   MARY ENGLISH, b. 05 October 1782, Camden area, South Carolina; m. UNKNOWN, 04 January 1801, Camden area, South Carolina.
  viii.   JOHN ENGLISH, b. 04 March 1787, Camden area, South Carolina; d. 24 November 1807, Camden area, South Carolina.
  ix.   JOSHUA ENGLISH III, b. 02 September 1787, Camden area, South Carolina; d. Abt. July 1838, Clarke County, Alabama4.
  Notes for JOSHUA ENGLISH III:
Moved to Alabama with sister, Harriett English Singleton.

This found at http://www.rootsweb.com/~tncampbe/military/owarvet.html

Veteran: Joshua English
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: 33rd Reg TN
Date: April 19, 1815
Additional: Believed to be the son of Joshua Inglish and Sarah (?) Inglish

Is he this Joshua English?

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  x.   MARGARET ENGLISH5, b. 25 August 1790, Camden area, South Carolina; d. 1792, Camden area, South Carolina.
  Notes for MARGARET ENGLISH:
Other sources do not show this daughter. She died at age two.


  xi.   HARRIET ENGLISH6, b. 30 August 1792, Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina7,8,9; d. Aft. 1849, Clarke County, Alabama10; m. ROBERT JOHN SINGLETON11, 23 February 1809, Unknown Location12,13; b. Abt. 179014; d. 1836, Mobile Bay, Mobile County, Alabama15.
  Notes for HARRIET ENGLISH:
From Clark County, Alabama Records 1814-1885 probate court record book E, page 41 - Last will & testament of JOSHUA ENGLISH. Names nephews and nieces JAMES, ROBERT, SARAH, MARTHA, BETSEY & GABRIELLA SINGLETON, sister HARRIET SINGLETON. Executors PHILLIP McLOSKEY & WILLIAM MATHESON. Signed 1/16/1835. Recorded 7/2/1838.
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From rootsweb Descendants of Farquhard Campbell-It states that Farquhard Campbell married Gabriella H. Singleton. She was the fourth daughter of Robert and Harriet M. Singleton, of Sumter District, S.C.

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1840 Baldwin County Alabama census, pg 91 image 11:

Singleton, Harriet
1 male 5-10 James age 10-11
2 males 20-30 Robert age 23
Joseph?? should have been dead by then. not named in his uncles will.

1 female 5-10 ??? Not sure who this could be. A daughter born after Robert died and after Joshua's will?
1 female 10-15 Gabriella age 13
1 female 15-20 Martha age 18     
1 female 40-50 Harriet age 48
Sarah is married to F.L. Sewall by this time.
Betsy is married to Krouse by this time.

Not sure if this is our Harriet or not, but I believe it is. Son, James, says in 1860 census that he was born in Baldwin Co AL. Baldwin and Clarke are close together. The only Singleton I found in Clarke county in 1840 was Richard who may have been a brother or cousin of Robert.
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Clarke County Alabama, Probate Records, Book E, pg 140-Mrs. Harriett Singleton adminstrator of the estate of Joshua English, deceased. Listing of debits and credits of the estate of Joshua English from Dec 28 1838-1840. Filed 1 August 1842
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Clarke County, Alabama Probate Records, Book E, pg 532-533: Sept 5 1843-Robert Singleton and Benjamin Campbell named as administrators of the estate of Joshua English. Bondees: Benjamin Campbell, Robert Singleton, Francis L. Sewall, T.J. Krouse, and Harriet Singleton.
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Clarke County, Alabama Probate Records, Book E, pg 535: Sept 5 1843-Robert Singleton and Benjamin Campbell named as administrators of the estate of Robert Singleton. Bondees: Benjamin Campbell, Robert Singleton, Francis L. Sewall, T.J. Krouse, and Harriet Singleton.
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So, we know Harriet was still alive in 1843.
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Book F - Probate Records - Clarke co, AL 07 Nov 1849 - Robert J SINGLETON
named guardian of James J SINGLETON, minor heir of Robert SINGLETON.
Bondees: Robert J SINGLETON, F L SEWELL, Harriett SINGLETON.
So, Harriet was alive in 1849.
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  Notes for ROBERT JOHN SINGLETON:
According to Brenda Nichols (see footnotes), Robert Singleton may be a brother or cousin of Richard Singleton, born 1794 in SC, who lived in the same area in Clarke Co., AL as Robert Singleton. Richard Singleton was the son of Ebenezer Singleton born 1765, died 1830 and Mary McIlroy born 1775, died 1860 in Marengo Co., AL.
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Baldwin Co AL census 1830:

Robert Singleton
      males
      1 under 5- James b. 1829 age 1
      1 10-15 - Joshua?b. 1820 age 10 died young
      2 15-20 - Robert J. b. 1817 age 13
      Joseph ?? birthdate unknown but possible abt 1810 age. 20
      1 40-50 - Robert b. 1790 age 40

      females
      1 under 5 - Gabriella b. 1827 age 3
      1 5-10 - Betsy b 1823 age 7
      Martha b. 1822 age 8
      1 10-15 Sarah b 1814 age 16
      1 30-40-Harriet b. 1792 age 38
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In 1836 Robert Singleton died. According to the "Diary of James Kershaw, of Camden District, South Carolina", it states the following regarding Roberts sudden death:
"Robert Singleton was seriously injured, and died in the Steamboat Franklin explosion. The explosion was in Mobile Bay - not on the Mississippi. The Franklin was preparing for it's usual run up the Alabama River. He leaves four living children and his wife Harriet." (South Carolina Department of Archives)
(Source:The History of the Camfield Family" by Ernest Ross Camfield pg 195)
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I still have some doubt as to whether this was our Robert Singleton who died in the Steamboat Franklin explosion. Because Joshua English names Harriet and her children in his will and does not name Robert, that indicates to me that Robert was deceased by the time the will was written (January 1835). Also, Robert and Harriet had 6 children living in 1836 not 4 as stated above. I will search Baldwin County probate records for the time between 1835 and 1843 for proof of Roberts death.
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"Lloyd's Steamboat Directory, and Disasters on the Western Waters," by James T. Lloyd published in 1856. Lloyd's Directory reports that "Colonel R. Singleton of Baldwin County, Alabama" was among the "badly wounded" in the explosion of the steamboat Franklin on 13 Mar 1836 (pp. 74-5).
(Source: Murphy Sewall May 27, 2004)
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References were found to Robert Singleton in the index to Clarke County Alabama Probate Records as follows:

Book C (1825-1832) pg 340, 344, 356 (I could not locate anything on these pages with Robert Singleton's name in it).

The following references were also noted as containing either Singleton or English names, but I could not locate any items which seemed to match the index.

Book B-Probate Records 1818-1825: pgs 257, 258, 261, 317, 490
Book C-Probate Records 1825-1832: pgs, 141, 152, 158, 183, 204, 231, 340, 344,356
Book D-Guardians Estates and Wills 1832-1839: pgs 18 & 19
Book E-All references were located and appeared correct as listed in the index.
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Clarke County, Alabama Probate Records, Book E, pg 535: Sept 5 1843-Robert Singleton and Benjamin Campbell named as administrators of the estate of Robert Singleton. Bondees: Benjamin Campbell, Robert Singleton, Francis L. Sewall, T.J. Krouse, and Harriet Singleton.
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From Muphy Sewall May 18, 2004:
According to notes left by Singleton Campbell that Frances McMahon transcribed, Singleton's mother Martha told him that her father, Robert, borrowed a sum of money from David English's father and loaned the English family several slaves to work off the debt. Apparently, there was some dispute about the return of the slaves and two of them ran away from the English's and went back to the Singleton plantation. Two of David English's brothers pursued them, and there was a confrontation between the English brothers and Robert Singleton and his oldest son Joseph. An exchange of gunfire left Joseph Singleton and both English brothers dead. This incident led to Sarah Ann Singleton leaving her husband David and returning to her father's plantation with her daughter Harriet. According to Singleton Campbell's notes, David English died before Sarah Singleton's marriage to Francis Lewis Sewall.
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