2. JONATHAN 2 DUNHAM/alias SINGLETARY (Richard 1 Singletary) was born in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts 17 January 1639/40;  died probably about 1724 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.  He married ca. 1657 MARY BLOOMFIELD.  She was born 15 January 1642, in Newbury, Massachusetts, daughter of Colonel Thomas Bloomfield; d. 1705.
- The story of Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary is a complicated one with many important facts unknown. What is known has been the subject of a range of speculation and different interpretations. There is no question that he was a prominent man who was held in high esteem by many for much of his life. He was deeply involved in the political and religious dynamics of his time. There is evidence that he was involved with the Quakers, who at the time were seen as bizarre by the Puritans and were persecuted by them. Possibly this was the root cause of much of the controversy surrounding him.
- Jonathan was born as Jonathan Singletary at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts on January 17, 1639/40. His father was Richard Singletary and apparently his mother was Susanna Cooke. However, there is speculation that he might have been the child of an earlier wife of Richard who was the “good wife Singletary” who died in 1638-9.  The speculation about his mother is that perhaps her name was Dunham, and Jonathan began to use the Dunham surname in deference to her. What is known is that after he moved with his wife's family to Woodbridge, New Jersey, he called himself Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary. All of Jonathan’s children used the surname Dunham or Donham. It is important to note that all of the other sons of Richard Singletary continued to use the Singletary surname.
- Jonathan grew up in Essex County, Massachusetts, where he met and married Mary Bloomfield, daughter of Thomas and Mary Bloomfield. The exact date of their marriage is not known, but it must have been before 1662. There is a record in that year of Jonathan's parents conveying a piece of land to Mary, and she is identified as the wife of Jonathan.
- Sometime between 1665 and 1670, Jonathan and Mary left Essex County, Massachusetts and relocated to Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Mary’s father, Thomas Bloomfield, was one of a number of prominent men invited to emigrate to Woodbridge by the newly appointed Governor of New Jersey. From the time of this move Jonathan began to call himself Jonathan Dunham alias Singletary.
- Jonathan became a prominent citizen in Woodbridge. In 1670 "Jonathan Dunham, alias Singletary, and Mary his wife, formerly of Hauesall [Haverhill] in ye Massachusetts colony" are granted a total of 213 acres in parcels of land in consideration of Jonathan building the first grist mill in Woodbridge Township. The mill that he built was used for many generations and was reportedly still standing in 1870. The millstone itself is still in existence, and can be seen on display at the Trinity Episcopal Church Rectory in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The house that Jonathan built in 1671 near the mill site, was built of brick from Holland which had been used as ballast in ships. This house, significantly refurbished, is still standing. It currently  serves as the Rectory of the Trinity Episcopal Church.
- In 1671 Jonathan was listed as acting as foreman of a jury, and also as overseer of the highways. In 1673 he was elected a member in the New Jersey Assembly. In 1675 he served as Clerk of the Township Court. He was involved in several land transactions in 1717, 1720, and 1721. In a document dated April 24, 1724, his son Jonathan noted that his father, Jonathan Dunham, had lately deceased.
- The Woodridge historian Rev. Joseph W. Dally, [Woodbridge and Vicinity, pub. 1989, p. 44], wrote of Jonathan, "This Dunham was a man of great energy. When he determined upon an enterprise he pushed it forward to success with indomitable perseverance. So many of his relatives settled in the north of the Kirk Green that the neighborhood was known as Dunhamtown for many years."
A memorial plaque in front of the Trinity Church Rectory reads:
This millstone from the mill of
May 16, 1948
builder of Trinity Church Rectory 1670
was placed here by
Trinity Young Peoples Fellowship
on the 250th Anniversary
of Trinity Church
A second Memorial Plaque places at the site reads:
In Memory of
of Woodbridge Township N. J.
who in 1670 established the
First Grist Mill in New Jersey
at Woodbridge, New Jersey
and built the Brick House
now Trinity Church Rector
dedicated October 5, 1969
the 300th Anniversary Comm.