Captain of the Lakes
Calvin W. Appleby
From the obituary of Captain C. W.Appleby: "On Friday morning, August 6th, Captain C. W.
Appleby breathed his last, after an illness of three months at the advanced age of 72 years and 11
Mr. Appleby was born in New York State, August 1808 and came to this place when a mere lad,
having been a resident of Conneaut for about sixty years. In the prime of his life he was one of the
noted steamboat captains of the Lakes, and his name and fame were familiar to the traveling public
as the boats which he commanded.
Later in life he abandoned the Lakes and devoted his time and energy to farming at which he was
equally successful. As a neighbor and a citizen he was honored and respected by all. Only, one son,
William W., survives him.
The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon and was very largely attended. The Rev. A. M. Keyes
of Chardon officiated, making this the third funeral in that family since his ordination. Mrs. Calvin
(Mary) Appleby, and a son, Henry Clinton Appleby and last, the lamented Captain. Peace to his
note: While the obituary noted the Captain's place of birth as New York State, his death certificate
records it as New Hampshire, with his occupation listed as: sailor. The Cemetery records give his
birthplace as Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Revised 29 August 2003 from the records of the City Cemetery, Conneaut, Ohio:Grave of C. W.
Appleby, Area #A0140: Born 17 August 1808, born in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Large Family
Monument inside a circle.
Mary, his wife, is buried within the circle, area# D-A-140, on west side. Mary was born in Windsor,
Lower Canada. She died 16 April 1879 in Conneaut, Ohio.
A son of C. W. and Mary Appleby, Henry Clinton Appleby, born 26 June 1843, died 23 September
1876. Buried Cemetery area # D-A-140
Another four children were buried in area #D-A-140, and identified as the children of C. W. & Mary
Appleby: Asenath (15 Dec 1834-4 Aug 1835); Ordell R. (17 July 1836-24 Sept 1840; Mary H.
(July 1848-24 Feb 1840) and Mary Julia (22 April 1848-15 May 1851). South Side of Family
William W. Appleby
Son of Captain Calvin W. Appleby
Born in Conneaut, Ohio, William W. Appleby, was an influential citizen of that city. At one time
owning almost all of Conneaut. Mrs. Appleby (Ida Wyles) died in 1921. She and Mr. Appleby
were the parents of C. W., Harry, Fred, Frances, Walter. Another daughter, Mamie, died in
Revised 29 August 2003: Additional information from the records of the City Cemetery,
Conneaut, Ohio: William W. buried within circle of Family Monument. William W. was born
14 Dec 1839 in Conneaut, Ohio. No death date given. His wife was Ida J. Appleby.
On East side.
Ida J. Appleby, born 23 Sept 1853, Detroit, Michigan, buried on east side of Family Monument.
Fred Appleby, son of William W. and Ida J. Appleby, born 1878, died 1927. Buried in Family
Calvin W. Appleby
Grandson of Captain Calvin W. Appleby
The grandson of Calvin and the son of William W. Appleby, C. W. was, also, born in Conneaut,
Ohio, March 1877. He was married on December 30, 1902 to Elizabeth Thompson, a daughter
of Z. H. and Harriet (Rea) Thompson. The Appleby children were Harrison and Frances (Rea)
Appleby. Mrs. C. W. Appleby died 24 October 1920.
The following from the records of the City Cemetery, Conneaut, Ohio:
Calvin W. Appleby was Conneaut's first Municipal Court Judge, from 1930 to 1957.
Grave of C. W. Appleby, Area #D-A-142: Born 17 August 1808, born in Bethlehem, New
Hampshire. Large Family Monument inside a circle. Mary, his wife, is buried within
the circle, area# D-A-140, on west side. Mary was born in Windsor, Lower Canada.
She died 16 April 1879 in Conneaut, Ohio.
note: There is a burial for Ida L. (Belding) Appleby, born 1896; died 1989. On stone of
Calvin W. Appleby, cemetery area # D-A-140.
Two other burials, of note, in the Conneaut, Ohio City Cemetery.
Gilman Appleby, born 29 August 1806, died 18 Feb 1867. On stone, "Aged 60 years,
5 months, 12 days." Cemetery area # D04-132.
Julia Ann Appleby, wife of Gilman Appleby, born 4 April 1807; died 11 December 1871;
Cemetery area # D04-131.
Gilman Appleby, probably a brother of Capt. C. W. Appleby is buried in Cemetery area
Revised: May 17. 2001
revised: 29 August 2003
revised: 05 March 2005