William Terry Singleton and Rachel Fielder Singleton

William Terry Singleton was born on February 1855 near Avon, Illinois.  He died February 22, 1883 in Hanover, Kansas at about age 28 of tuberculosis..  He married Rachel Fielder on December 12, 1875 in St. Augustine, Knox County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Charles Fielder and Louisa McKay Fielder. Rachel was born on September 22, 1855 probably in Illinois.

William is buried in Spenceville Cemetery near Hanover, Kansas. I am not sure if Spenceville was ever a town but maybe a community around a railroad stop. I went to Spenceville  in June, 1978 and stopped at several farm houses to try to find the cemetery. It is located at the top of a small hill in the middle of an alfalfa field northeast of Hanover, Kansas in Section 26, of Franklin Township.  The cemetery is small, just a few tombstones but has a fence around it. There was not a stone for William but he is listed in the Washington Co. Cemeteries Book as being buried there.

Our family that is buried in this cemetery is:

  • William T. Singleton – died Feb. 22, 1883; aged 28 years 21 days
  • Minnie B. Singleton – aged 1 year, 20 days
  • Cora E. Singleton – aged 9 months, 24 days
  • William H. Dodson – died Oct. 27, 1891; aged 46 years, 6 months 10 days (Dodson was the second husband of Rachel Fielder Singleton)
  • Charles Fielder – died May 20, 1892; aged 83 years, 1 month 23 days (Charles is the father of Rachel Fielder Singleton)

Rachel worked as a midwife to raise her children after William died.

Rachel Fielder Singleton

State of Illinois, Knox County: James D. Singleton being first duly sworn, says that William T. Singleton of Fulton Co. is 20 years of age and that Rachel Fielder of Indian Point is 20 years of age and that the written consent of Hannah Singleton hereto Mother is given. Signed, James D. Singleton.   Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of Dec. A.D. 1875.  John S. Winter? Clerk by Wm Hester, Deputy.

Marriage Certificate:  The People of the State of Illinois, To any regular Minister of the Gospel, authorized to Marry by the church or society to which he belongs; any Justice of the Supreme Court; any Judge of any Inferior Court; any Justice of the Peace: Marriage may be celebrated between Mr. William T. Singleton of Union in the County of Fulton and State of Illinois, of the age of 20 years and Miss Rachel Fielder of Indian Point in the County of Knox and State of Illinois,  of the age of 20 years. Witness John S. Winter, Clerk of the County Court of Knox County this 10th day of December A.D. 1875.       I, A.R. Lowder a Justice of the Peace hereby certify that Mr. William T. Singleton and Miss Rachel Fielder were united in Marriage by me, at St Augustine in the County of Knox and State of Illinois, on the 12 day of December A.D. 1875.

After William died , Rachel married William Dodson. William Dodson died in 1891 and is buried near W.T. Singleton.       Marriage Certificate: Washington Co, Kansas– March 11th A.D. 1886 You are hereby authorized to join in  Marriage William H. Dodson of Franklin Twp, age 40 years, and Rachel Singleton of Franklin Twp aged 30 years, and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.  I, Judge of Probate do hereby certify, that in accordance with the authorization of the within License, I did on the 11th day of March A.D. 1886 at Washington in said County,  join and unite in Marriage the within named William N. Dodson and Rachael Singleton.

Rachel’s third husband was  Joshua Brazzle (father of her daughter-in-law Rhodabell Brazzle Singleton.)

Land Deed:  Washington Co. Ks, Vol. 13, Page 105; Charles and Nancy J Fielder to William T. Singleton. September 3, 1877.   This deed, made this third day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven between Charles Fielder and Nancy J. Fielder of County of Washington and State of Kansas, of the first part and William T. Singleton of Washington County and State of Kansas of the second part.  ……..The North West quarter of the South East quarter of Section Twenty Seven (27) in Township One (1) South of Range Four (4) East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Junction City, Kansas on the 20th day of April 1866 containing forty acres more or less.

Land Deed:    Washington Co. Ks,  Vol 28, page 356;    William T. and Rachel Singleton to Charles Fielder- November 5, 1881: This Indenture made this 5th day of November A.D. 1881 between William T Singleton and Rachel Singleton his wife of Washington County, in the State of Kansas of the first part, and Charles Fielder of Washington County, in the State of Kansas of the second part.  That the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars………The northwest quarter of the south east quarter of section twenty seven (27) in township one (1) south of range four (4) East containing forty acres more or less.

Census 1880    Washington Co, Franklin Twp, Kansas –   Wm J. Singleton age 24, farmer, married, born Illinois, father born Ohio, mother born R.I.; Rachel, age 24, wife, housewife, born Ill., father born Kentucky, mother born Ind.;  Rosa, age 6, daughter, born Ks; Albert, age 3 son, born Ill; Sindy L. age 2 daughter, born Ks; Minnie B., age 11 months, daughter, born Ks.

William and Rachel had the following children:

James Albert Singleton –  born on August 17, 1876  There is a lot of information about James Singleton  and his family at my website.

Rosa Singleton –  born in Illinois about 1874. She married Jess Walton.

Lucinda Singleton –  born on October 17, 1878 in Kansas. She died on July 15, 1957 in Belleville Ks.   She married Barney Sand, son of Henry Sand and Mary Towaldt, on August 12, 1897 in Hanover, Ks.       Marriage Record of Washington Co. Kansas:  Barney Sand, groom; age 28, white, residence, Hanover; laborer; born Iowa; father Henry Sand; mother Mary Towaldt; number of marriages 1; date of license, 8-17-1897; bride name, Sinda L. Singleton; age 19, white; housekeeper; born American; father Wm Singleton; mother Rachel Singleton; one marriage; date of marriage August 12, 1897; place of marriage, Hanover. The funeral card states:  Mrs. Sinda Sand; born October 17, 1878 in Illinois and died in Belleville, Kansas, July 15, 1957;  aged 78 years, 8 months, 28 days; Rosary Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm at Sedlacek Funeral Home, Hanover, Kansas.  Funeral Services at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hanover, Kansas, Wednesday, July 17th at 9am.  Interment in St. John’s Cemetery

Alvin S. Singleton –  born on January 31, 1883.  He died on  May 15, 1933; buried St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Hanover, KS. He married Anna L. Sand. She was born on  March 11, 1888 and died August 24, 1972 in Fairbury, Nebraska.

Minnie B. Singleton – born June 1879 in Kansas.  Died June 1880 in Hollenberg, Kansas.
Spenceville Cemetery, Hanover Kansas; stone reads: Minnie B. Singleton aged 1 Y. 20 D

Cora E. Singleton –  The Spenceville Cemetery stone reads:  9 mo. 24 days.  Does not give a birthdate or death date.


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