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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

Bellingham, Washington

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


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 are pleased 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