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  Optional  Activities:  

Lebanon,  OH  -­‐  Official  Website       http://www.ci.lebanon.oh.us/about/history.html     Cincinnati  Art  Museum           953  Eden  Park  Drive,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  721-­‐2787   www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org     Cincinnati  Museum  Center  at  Union  Terminal   1301  Western  Avenue,  Cincinnati  (513)  287-­‐7000   www.cincymuseum.org       Taft  Museum  of  Art   316  Pike  Street,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  241-­‐0343   www.taftmuseum.org     National  Underground  Railroad  Freedom  Center     50  East  Freedom  W ay,  Cincinnati    (513)  333-­‐7500   www.freedomcenter.org     Contemporary  Arts  Center   44  E  6th  Street,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  345-­‐8400   www.contemporaryartscenter.org     Aronoff  Center  for  the  Arts    650  Walnut  Street,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  721-­‐3344   www.cincinnatiarts.org     Coney  Island:  Admin   6201  Kellogg  Ave,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  232-­‐8230   www.coneyislandpark.com     Cincinnati  Zoo   3540  Beldare  Avenue,  Cincinnati  -­‐  (513)  961-­‐1870   www.cincinnatizoo.org     Lebanon  Blues  Festival   Downtown  Lebanon,  OH,  Saturday,   August  6th       10  am  –  11  pm,  Free  Admission  &  Parking     lebanonbluesfestival@gmail.com  or  call  513-­‐588-­‐0321   Enjoy  eight  blues  bands,  lots  of  food,  and  a  deluxe  beer  garden,  face  painting  for  kids  

 

Contributions  are  always  welcomed!    Mail  checks  to:   Singleton/Phoenix  Reunion  c/o  Raye  Kimberlin   20  North  Lane,  Lebanon,  OH  45036  

 

Welcome to the 70th Annual Singleton Phoenix Family Reunion Lebanon, Ohio August 5-7, 2011


Picnic – Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weekend at a Glance Friday,  August  5,  2011     Morning  –  5  pm               All  day/night         5  p.m.  –  until  

Noon     Morning  Optional  activities:   Area  Museums/Attractions  (see  attached  list)   Lake  View  Acres  –  Optional  camp  out     (families  responsible  for  their  setup/food   Evening  Optional  activities  &  open  house  at  the   Lake  View  Acres  cabin    

  Saturday,  August  6,  2011     8:00  -­‐  11:00  a.m.     Activity  Set  up  (committee  only)     10:00  -­‐11:00  a.m.     Family  Reunion  planning  committee  meeting     8:00  a.m.     Fishing  Derby  starts     Noon  –  until     Family  Reunion  Picnic  kick  off!     (see  detailed  program  sheet)   Lakeview  Acres   1527  S.  State  Route  123   Lebanon,  OH  45036       Optional  Family  History  Tour    -­‐  Steve  Singleton,  tour  guide     Sunday,  August  7,  2011     11:00  a.m.       Family  Worship  Service                                         Bethel  AME  Church  111  Cherry  Street,  Lebanon     1:30  –  3:00  p.m.   Family  meeting  at  Bethel  AME  Church       Departures      

      2:30  pm                   4:00  pm  

  Hospitality  Table  &  Picnic  Kick  off!     • Prayer  &  buffet  picnic   • Activities  &  Contests  (kids/adults/family)   Entertainment     Welcome  –  Jacquie   Family  Meeting   Legacy  &  Family  Tributes   Virtual  Scrapbook  ideas  (scanners  on-­‐site)   Optional  Lebanon  History  tour       Contest  Winners  Announcement    

 

7:00  pm  

Picnic  Ends/Clean  up  

 

 

 

8:00  pm    

Evening  Activities   § Lebanon  Blues  Festival   § Adult  Wine  b y  the  Lake   § Kids  Movie  Night  in  the  Cabin   § On  your  own  activities    

Directions  to  Lakeview  Acres:   From  Cincinnati:    Take  I-­‐71  North  to  Exit  #32,  (Lebanon/Morrow  -­‐  State  Route   123).    Turn  right  (east).    Drive  less  than  1/2  mile,  look  on  the  right  for  the  red   barns  with  a  large  painted  American  flag.    Turn  right  into  the  driveway  at  the   sign  for  Lake  View  Acres,  drive  past  the  farm  house  and  follow  the  drive  to  the   Pavilion  &  Cabin.      

From  Dayton:    Take  I-­‐75  South  to  Exit  #29,  (State  Route  63),  turn  left   (east).    Drive  through  downtown  Lebanon,  where  State  Route  63  becomes   State  Route  123.  Continue  straight  for  3-­‐1/2  miles  to  State  Route  123  I-­‐71   intersection.    Drive  less  than  1/2  mile,  look  on  the  right  for  the  red  barns  with  

a  large  painted  A merican  flag.    Turn  right  into  the  driveway  at  the  sign   for  Lake  View  Acres,  drive  past  the  farmhouse  and  follow  the  drive  to   the  Pavilion  &  Cabin.    


The  Phoenix  side  of  Our  Family   The  Phoenix  side  of  the  family  originated  from  Mountain  Island  in  Owen   County,  KY  (some  have  called  it  Phoenix  Island,  but  every  family  that  lived   there  called  it  by  their  surname).  Mountain  Island  was  an  early  white   settlement,  beginning  in  the  late  1700s.  At  that  time,  the  area  was  located   in  Scott  County  [Owen  County  would  not  be  formed  until  1819].  Mountain   Island  is  located  where  Eagle  Creek  forks  into  two  branches,  reconvening  on   the  other  side  of  the  island.  By  1843,  there  were  1,143  slaves  in  Owen   County,  including  those  owned  by  Susannah  Herndon  Rogers.  In  1847,   Rogers'  will  emancipated  her  slaves,  and  her  property  was  divided  into  10   lots  and  given  to  her  former  slaves,  all  of  whom  had  the  last  name  Locust.   The  community  that  was  formed  became  known  as  Free  Station.  In  1849,  it   became  law  in  Kentucky  that  a  security  bond  must  be  posted  for  every  slave   who  was  freed.  The  law  would  stall  the  emancipation  of  Rogers'  brother’s   (James  Herndon)  slaves.      James  Herndon  owned  a  m ill,  tavern,  and  slaves   on  the  island.  Flooding,  which  washed  out  the  roads  leading  to  the  island,   had  begun  to  make  it  less  ideal  as  a  community.  In  1850,  Herndon,  who  still   lived  on  the  island,  began  the  attempt  to  emancipate  his  slaves,  as  his   sister,  Susan  Herndon  Rogers,  had  done,  but  his  case  was  stalled  in  the   courts.  The  slaves  would  not  be  freed  until  after  James  Herndon's  death  in   1853.  His  will  not  only  freed  his  23  slaves  but  also  left  them  and  their  heirs   Herndon's  estate,  125  acres  on  Mountain  Island.  The  land  was  to  be  theirs   forever,  as  stated  in  Herndon's  will.  Neighbors  put  up  the  security  bonds   required  by  Kentucky  law  for  each  freed  slave.  The  former  slaves  had  the   last  names  of  Carroll,  Vinegar,  Smith,  and  Warfield.  After  their  freedom,   many  of  the  family  members  left  the  island  to  provide  for  their  families.     Some  members  of  the  family  came  to  Ohio  around  1890.    They  settled  in   Xenia,  Ohio  and  many  remember  going  there  to  visit.      There  are  different   spellings  of  the  name  Phoenix  (Pheonix,  Phenix,  etc).   Gabe  Pheonix  (sic)  was  born  in  1837  in  Owen  County,  KY.    His  wife,  Sarah   (Hickman)  was  born  in  Owen  County,  KY  in  1840.    They  were  m arried  in   1854.    These  are  the  known  children  of  Gabriel  (Gabe)  and  Sarah:   Albert     Lavinia  (Vene)    

George     John     Charlotte  (1864)   Francis  (1865)  

Joseph   Anna  (1867)  

 

The  Singleton  &  Phoenix  Connection   Frederick  and  Elvira  (Ella)  married  and  lived  in  Lebanon,  Ohio.  They  had  10   children,  three  boys  and  seven  girls.    They  have  all  passed  through  this  life.     These  are  the  children  of  Fred  and  Ella  Singleton:   Blanche  Beatrice  (1899)     Wilbur  French  (1903)     Hazel  (1905)   Vergie  Virginia  (1909)   Charles  Frederick  (1910)   Cecil  (1913)     Katherine  Ella  (1915)     George  Sherman  (1918)   Freida  (1920)         Elsie  May  (1922)         Fred  &  Ella  lived  in  Springboro,  OH  for  over  twenty  years.    There,  4  of  their   children  were  born  (Blanche,  Wilbur,  Hazel,  Vergie).    Later  they  moved  to   Lebanon,  OH  where  Fred  worked  as  a  dairyman  at  French-­‐Bauer  Dairy.    The   family  enjoyed  the  rich  creamy  m ilk  he  would  bring  home.    He  also  was  an   avid  fox  hunter  and  kept  several  good  fox  hounds.    In  later  years,  was   employed  at  Charles  Meis  Shoe  Factory  in  Lebanon.    As  one  of  the  family   stories  goes,  he  and  Wilbur  were  moving  a  large  piece  of  m achinery  (1,500   lbs.)  at  the  factory  when  it  fell  over  on  Papa’s  legs.    Wilbur  alone  lifted  it  off   of  him,  saving  him  from  being  completely  crushed.    Papa  was  taken  to  Blair   Hospital  –  he  was  the  first  and  only  “black”  person  to  be  admitted  there  at   that  time  (most  likely  due  to  his  light  complexion).   Since  Ella’s  mother,  Sarah,  passed  away  when  the  children  were  very  young,   she  took  in  laundry  and  did  housework  for  many  years.    She  would  use  flat   irons  that  had  to  be  heated  on  the  kitchen  stove,  fueled  by  wood  and  coal.     She  was  an  excellent  baker,  her  specialty  being  bread  and  cinnamon  rolls,   which  everyone  loved.    Maybe  this  is  where,  her  daughter,  Blanche  received   her  gift  of  baking  (Dayton  Country  Club  considered  her  THE  BEST  BAKER   WALKING  in  1966).    All  the  children  attended  Lebanon  Public  School,  which   was  right  up  the  street  from  their  home.    W hen  this  “colored”  school   burned  down,  it  was  not  rebuilt  and  the  children  were  educated  in  the   Lebanon  Public  Schools.    They  sat  around  the  kitchen  table  and  do  their   homework  by  the  light  of  a  coal  oil  lamp.    The  family  grew  up  attending   Bethel  A.M.E.  Church,  where  they  took  up  m ost  of  the  pews.    During  these   years,  Vergie,  Cecil,  Katherine,  Elsie  and  Freida  formed  a  singing  group   known  as  “The  Singleton  Sisters.”  Their  fame  was  not  widespread  but  they   enjoyed  singing.    


Our Family & Reunion History

 

They  sang  in  various  churches  in  towns  surrounding  Lebanon.    Both   Fred  and  Ella  loved  singing.    Many  times  the  family  gathered  around   the  old  piano  and  sang  for  hours.    Elsie  loved  playing  the  piano  and   often  gave  lessons  to  family  and  friends.    The  original  homestead,  5   North  Lane,  h ad  cherry,  walnut  and  apple  trees.    Mama  loved  flowers   and  there  were  marigolds,  dahlias,  roses  and  coxcombs,  which  she   planted  and  tended.    There  was  a  vegetable  garden  at  the  back  of  the   house.    All  of  the  kids  helped  plant  the  vegetables.    Papa  also  raised   chicken  and  hogs.    One  hog  name  “Jerry”  was  so  big  he  broke  the   ramp  as  they  were  leading  him  to  slaughter.    The  kids  also  h ad  a  pet   calf  called  “Dobbity.”    The  original  home  was  torn  down  in  1976  and   a  new  home  was  reconstructed,  which  still  stands.    Fred  and  Ella   resided  there  for  their  remaining  years.       Our  Reunion  History   In  the  summer  of  1941,  Mrs.  Elvira  (Ella)  Phoenix  Singleton  expressed   her  desire  to  have  a  family  reunion.    Plans  were  made  immediately.     On  September  1,  1941,  the  first  Singleton-­‐Phoenix  reunion  was  held   on  the  Academy  lawn,  News  Street,  Lebanon,  OH.    A  capacity  crowd   attended.    It  was  decided  that  we  make  it  an  annual  affair  on  the   third  Sunday  in  August.    Reunions  h ave  been  h eld  in  Xenia,  Ohio;   Springfield,  Ohio;  Cowan’s  Lake,  Clarksville,  Ohio,  as  well  as  Lebanon,   Ohio.    Elvira  Phoenix  Singleton  p assed  away  in  1955  and  is  buried  at   the  Lebanon  Cemetery  in  Lebanon,  Ohio.    Fred  passed  away  in  1975   and  is  also  buried  at  the  Lebanon  Cemetery.     Though  many  h ave  passed  from  among  us,  their  loving  memory   inspires  us  to  continue  these  family  gatherings.      If  you  listen  closely   you  will  hear  their  voices  in  the  voices  of  those  her  attending  –  a   peculiar  way  of  saying  a  word  –  a  certain  inflection  of  the  voice  –  a   facial  expression  –  a  way  of  gesturing  to  express  a  point  -­‐  a  turn  of   the  head  -­‐  a  smile…they  are  still  here  in  each  one  of  u s.    

   

Our Family & Reunion History

The  Singleton  Side  of  Our  F amily   Our  Singleton  family  branch  is  said  to  originate  out  of  the  Smokey   Mountain  area  of  Virginia  and  North  Carolina.    We  believe  that  they   were  part  of  the  Cherokee  Nation  who  fled  to  the  h ills  to  keep  from   being  d riven  west  in  the  Government  relocation  in  1834.    We  can   trace  our  roots  back  to  Naomi  and  Pascal  Singleton  who  are  the   grandparents  of  Frederick  Singleton.   All  but  three  of  the  14  children  of  Naomi  (b.  1824)  and  Pascal  (b.   1815)  Singleton  were  born  on  what  is  now  the  Qualla  Reservation  in   Cherokee,  North  Carolina.    Mary  (Molly)  Singleton  (Love)  was  born  in   1854.    About  3  years  later  the  family  came  by  wagon  train  to  Ohio   and  settled  in  the  Village  of  Henpeck  in  Utica,  Ohio.    These  are  the   children  of  Pascal  and  Naomi  Singleton:   Jacob  D.D.                 Joseph     Henry  Martin  (1848)   William  Wilson  (1851)   Jacob     Sarah  Ann       John  Wesley  (1855)   Laurabelle     Lydia  Alice  (1861)     Mary  Jane  (1857)   Wilbur     Martha  Ellen  (1859)   Sherman  (1867)     James  (b  1867)   Thomas  (1866)     George  Washington  (1863)  

 

Frederick,  the  son  of  Mary  Jane  Singleton  (Love),  was  born  in  1877.       His  father  was  Charles  Love,  but  we  are  not  sure  of  his  history.     Frederick  was  raised  as  a  Singleton.    


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