J. S. Appleby, Dr.
Dr. Appleby was born in Onodaga County, New York on the 4th of July 1822. He attended the Medical
College at Buffalo, New York.
He practiced medicine for a time in Buchanan County, Michigan, until he joined in the California gold
rush of 1849. In 1853, he returned to Michigan, then moved first to Hampton, Illinois and then to
LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1854.
In 1864, with his wife and children, he started for Bannock in Idaho Territory. Indian hostility caused
them to turn back to St. George, Kansas where Dr. Appleby practiced medicine until 1867. At that time,
leaving his family in St. George, he joined a group going to the part of Kansas known as Neutral Lands,
to make land claims.
While waiting for his family to join him there, he was murdered by a band of Indians belonging to Little
Bear's band of Osages as Dr. Appleby tried to recover his stolen horse.
Dr. and Mrs. Appleby had three children. The only son, Adelburt D. Appleby was born March 1847 in
Berrien County, Michigan. After the death of Dr. Appleby, his wife moved the family back to LaCrosse
and eventually Adelbert became a teacher there. He married Libbie M. Stoddard. They had two
daughters. Milda and Ada May Appleby.
*The given name of Dr. J. S. Appleby's wife was Amelia.
*It is possible, but not documented by Appleby Heritage, that J. S. Appleby was a brother of
William H. Appleby. They (and other siblings) may have been in the lineage of Thomas Appleby/bee of
New York in the 1600's. In the 1820 Federal Census for Onadaga County, New York were the names,
Levi, Phillip and Stephen Appleby, all three were in the lineage of Thomas Appleby/bee of New York.
24 March 2005