James Key Appleby
Sarah Lawrence Eugenia Winston
Husband: James Key APPLEBY
Birth: 29 Sep 1844 Lafayette, Chambers Co. Alabama
Death: 9 Nov 1908 Samish Island, Bellingham, Washington
Burial: Bay View Cemetery
Father: John APPLEBY (1808-1878)
Mother: Virginia Julia KEY (1810-1892
Spouse: Sarah Lawrence Eugenia WINSTON
1. Winston APPLEBY
Birth: 31 Aug 1868 Lafayette, Chambers Co. Alabama
Death: 16 Feb 1914 Anacortes, Skagit Co. Washington
Burial: Bay View Cem., Bellingham, Washington
Marriage: 26 Sep 1894
Bellingham, Whatcom Co. Washington
Spouse: Gertrude Helen ROGERS
Birth: 25 Aug 1875 LaFayette, Yamahill, Oregon
Death: Dec 1944 Bellingham, Whatcom Co. Washington
Father: Ellery Walker Rogers
Children of Winston & Gertrude Appleby
1a: Mary Winston Appleby 27 Nov 1895, New Whatcom, Whatcom Co. Washington
Died: 5 April 1972, Yaxley, Yakima Co. Washington
Married: Harold Shaver Pingrey, born 29 June 1898; Wacouta, Washington
2a. Evelyn Appleby, 5 Feb 1897, New Whatcom, Watcom Co. Washington
Died 1 Mar 1940 New Whatcome, Washington
Buried: Bay View Cemetery, Bellingham, Washington
Married: E. O. Newman
3a. Helen Appleby, 19 August 1900, New Whatcom, Washington
Married Ralph Alexander
end of children
2. John Key APPLEBY
Birth: 24 Jun 1873 Alabama
Note: World War 1 Draft Registration In Seattle had Birth date
3. Hugh Welbon APPLEBY
Birth: 10 Sep 1882
4. Nellie APPLEBY
Spouse: W. T. WEATHERALL
Marriage: 1 Sep 1867 Lafayette, Chambers Co. Georgia
daughter: June Patricia Weatherall, born 1910
As the sixth child of John and Virginia (Key) Appleby, James Key Appleby was born in LaFayette, Alabama on September 29th, 1844. At the age of sixteen, James enlisted in the Confederate Army and served with the
Fifty-fourth Georgia Regiment during the Civil War. Following the war, he entered Poughkeepsie College and
upon graduation entered a business career.
On the first day of September 1867, James Key Appleby married Sarah Lawrence Eugenia Winston. She was called Dukie by her family and friends. The ceremony was conducted by James' brother-in-law, Reverend
Balop Benjamin McCraw. Rev. McCraw was first married to James Key Appleby's sister, Melissa. Upon her early death, McCraw later married her sister, Laura Augusta.
One of the first recorded positions held by James was tax assessor in Chambers County, Alabama. Two sons, Winston and John Key, were born in Alabama.
In 1870, James Key Appleby, with his wife and sons, moved to Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas. With five hundred black workers brought with him from Alabama, James owned and operated a cotton gin.
Another son, Hugh, and a daughter, Nellie, were born in Texas. In 1889, a fire destroyed the cotton gin and
James suffered heavy financial loss. That same year, Washington became a State and the Appleby family moved there and settled in Whatcom County. James Appleby served as City Clerk in Bellingham for several terms of office. Other endeavors followed, including the grocery and real estate business.
When his health began to fail because of throat cancer, he moved to his farm on Samish Island. He continued an active life until his death on November 9, 1986. He and his wife, are buried in Bay View Cemetery,
Bellingham, Washington. Their graves are unmarked (1990), but their locations are in the cemetery records.
A special note of thanks to Richard H. Pingrey, of California, for the major portion of this material. In the early
1990's, he writes, " You are very welcome to use any of the material we have sent you. If it is of value then we arepleased that we could be of assistance. Actually, most of the credit for the material is due my great aunt Rose (Rogers) Bowman. She spent many long years gathering material on our family and she died in her late nineties, before most of us begun to understand the importance of what she was doing. It was her sister, Gertrude Rogers, who married Dr. Winston Appleby. They were my maternal grandparents."
13 April 2006