Charles W. SINGLETON, subject of this sketch, and a gentleman well and favorably known in the social and business circles of Chariton county was born in Grand River township, Livingston county, Mo., March 15, 1842, being the eldest of a family of eleven children, the offspring of Daniel and Elizabeth (MCDANIEL) SINGLETON. According to history our subject has the honor of being the first male child born in Grand River township. The birth of the father occurred in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, in 1815, but in 1830, with his parents, he moved to this state. The mother was a daughter of Absalom and Mary MCDANIEL and was born upon the old Wolfscale farm near Switzler's mill, this (Chariton) county. Charles W., our subject was brought up to a farmer's life and at an early age adopted this occupation as his life's employment. At the age of 26 years, he united in marriage to Miss Ann E. ANDERSON, a daughter of John and Elsby (REYBURN) ANDERSON, early settlers of Roanoke, Howard County, Mo. For twelve years following the marriage, our subject resided in the township of his birth, but on the 3d of March, 1880 he moved to this county, locating two and one half miles west of Salisbury, Mo., where he has since resided. To Mr. and Mrs. SINGLETON were born five children, four of whom are now living, as follows: John M., 27; Daniel R. 25; Katie J. now Mrs. J. A. CRAVENS, 23; and Jessie, 15 years of age. The death of Mrs. SINGLETON occurred October 15, 1894. The second marriage of our subject occurred Dec. 18, 1895, when he was united to Miss Louella COOLEY, of near Keytesville, this county. Tow and one half miles west of Salisbury, Mr. SINGLETON owns a neat, comfortable homestead in a good state of improvement and in excellent condition. His farm embraces 275 acres of land, viz: 140 acres in cultivation, northwest quarter 5-53-17 and 135 acres of pasture of northeast quarter 1-53-18.
Socially, our subject is an honored and consistent member of Salisbury Lodge, I.O.O.F., 236, while religiously, he affiliates with the Baptist church. Politically he was reared a democrat and has faithfully supported the principles of his party.