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Thursday, May 31, 2018

SINGMASTER, Paul Keyser & Edith


Identification on photo: PAUL SINGMASTER
Photo taken: unknown location, circa 1906-1910
Purchased: July 2015 Brandywine River Antiques Mall, Chadds Ford PA

With such an unusual surname to work with, I was able to quickly locate this individual on

This is Paul Keyser Singmaster, born 14-July-1905 in Sellersville (Bucks County) PA to parents Leo Abraham Singmaster (1873-1947, son of Jeremiah and Mary Amanda Heft Singmaster) and Lena Keyser (1874-1953, daughter of Herman and Mary Ann Roth Keyser).

He had four sisters; Luella Singmaster-Texter, Emma Viola Singmaster-Weidner, Edith Singmaster and Esther R. Singmaster-Cummings.

1910 Census Pennsylvania > Bucks > Sellersville
SINGMASTER, Leo A, head, 36, born in PA of PA parents, packer at a cigar factory
SINGMASTER, Lena, wife, 36, mother of 4 children, born in PA of German & PA parents
SINGMASTER, M. Luella, 14, born in PA
SINGMASTER, E. Viola, 12, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Edith L, 7, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Paul, 4, born in PA
SINGMASTER, Jeremiah, 78, born in PA of PA parents

Paul married Edna Blanche Fresh (1915-1981). They had at least one daughter; Vivian Leona Singmaster (Aug 1940-1998).

He registered for the WWII draft but did not serve, having been born at a time that made him too young for WWI and too old for WWII. He worked as a tool maker for U.S. Gauge.

Paul died 21-Sep-1953, at the age of 48, due to heart disease, having lived his entire life in Sellersville. He is buried at St Michael's Cemetery in Sellersville.

UPDATE - 4 years later, and I returned to the same Antique mall to peruse their old photographs, and immediately saw an unusual surname that I recognized: SINGMASTER.

This is Paul's sister EDITH SINGMASTER, born in 1903.

In the 1930 Census, she is found as a cashier at a restaurant in Asbury Park, NJ, single, and boarding with a married friend Rilla Shuck.

In 1937, she married John V. CONOVER in NJ. He is identified in the 1940 Census as a truck driver for the AP Press.