For many years I lived not knowing hardly any information about the Appleton family. In January, 2011, my New Year's resolution was to start learning as much as I could about the family, and I was hopeful that I would meet "new" relatives along the way. I subscribed to Ancestry.com and got to work. Starting with my dad's name and birthdate, I was able to make some progress, although at first it was slow. As things progressed, I met other people researching the same line and discovered that I was related to some of them! Friendships were developed with these relatives, and I ended up receiving a great deal of help from them. I also have a cousin on my mother's side of the family who is an avid genealogist, and she has helped me out a great deal also. In 2012, while searching the online databases, I discovered that my father had a sister, although the only information that I could find at the time was her husband's name, as in the era, women were often identified by their husband's name. When the 1940 census was released, I was able to locate my aunt by her given name, and with just a few minutes of searching, I was able to locate an address and telephone number for her. I decided to write my aunt a letter. To shorten the story a bit, three weeks after I had sent the letter, we spoke on the telephone for the first time! Now we speak on a regular basis and I am happy to say that I am friends with my "new" cousins also! This has been an amazing journey so far, and I am so excited about this, that I want to share it, in case there are others trying to search any of these lines. I am open to sharing the information that I have, although I still consider myself to be a novice researcher. Please e-mail me with questions or comments! I am also on Facebook. If you wish to communicate there, please send me a message along with your friend request so I will know you're interested in genealogy.
Mary Ellen Krieg is a cousin of mine on the Appleton side and has done a lot of research on our name. A lot of the items posted here are a result of her research. She shares my enthusiasm for genealogy, and for sharing what information we have with other family members. Thank you Mary Ellen for your help and support!
Kathy Pike is a cousin of mine on the Tubbs side of the family. When I put the Tubbs line up on the site, I plan to use a lot of information that Kathy has researched. Kathy has been a genealogist for a long time, and has a lot of information. Thank you Kathy, for sharing the Tubbs line with me!
Lori Gargus is a cousin of mine on the Schmidtke side of the family who has been researching family history for a while too! When I start to post that side of the family here, a lot of what I post will be her work.
Eldon Duneman is another cousin of mine on the Appleton side of the family, and he is very active in researching the family history. Eldon has a Facebook page with a genealogy theme called Anything Appleton.
Samuel Appleton was born in 1586 at Little Waldingfield, Suffolk county, England. His name first appears in this country, among the persons who took the freeman's oath, 25th of 3d month, (May) 1636. "He, with three others, Robert Keaine, Henry Flint, and Daniel Maude, out of sixty-two persons then admitted, had the honorary prefix of Mr. (Source : Memorial of Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, Massachusetts: With Genealogical Notices of some of his Descendents. As I write these words and read memoirs of some of the Appleton family, I wonder what it was like to live back then. Fortunately for us, some of the Appleton's wrote diaries and memoirs, so that we might catch a glimpse of their lives. The Appleton history that has been researched and documented by many goes back hundreds of years, and I am fascinated by the story. Mr. Nathan Appleton, a first cousin six times removed, was a wealthy and charitable man. The Massachusetts Historical Society said this about Nathan: "' Tracing back his descent to an early immigrant from the county of Suffolk in England, where his family had been settled for more then two centuries before, he was strongly attracted tpwards our Colonial history, and was eager to co-operate in whatever could worthily illustrate the Pilgrim or the Puritan character. He was a living illustration of some of the best elements of both. (Memoir of the Hon. Nathan Appleton, LL.D. Prepared Agreeably to a Resolution of the Massachusetts Historical Society.) In researching the Appletons I have learned that the Appletons were judges, politicians, pastors, lawyers, doctors, Harvard graduates, warriors, and Patriots. Some served in the War of the Revolution, and the War of 1812, when America was just finding her way, and was trying to keep her independence. More recently, some of the Appletons had fought in the Civil War, and then came back home to start up businesses and serve the public. I am impressed by the number of people who are researching the Appleton name, and I am proud to have that name. I am looking forward to uncovering as much as I can about the Appletons, as well as other family surnames that I am proudly associated with in the coming years, and I relish being able to tell their stories.
My second great grandfather, James Burney Appleton, fought in the Civil War for the Chicago Board of Trade Battery. The image of the cover of the book serves as a link to the online book, and it's free to read.