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John F(rancis) Appleby

History of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis

1181 North Star Publishing, page 504.


"John F. Appleby, born at Whitesborough, Oneida County, New York.  When five years of age came with his parents to Wisconsin, and was reared on a farm.  Enlisted in 1862 in the Twenty-third Wisconsin regiment, and served until honorably discharged July 4th, 1865, at Mobile, Alabama.  During his term of service he invented the repeating magazine fire-arm, while at the siege of Vicksburg, which he sold to Thomas W. Lane of Boston, Massachusetts.  After his return home he engaged in farming until 1868, during which time he completed the "Appleby Twinebinder", patent issued in 1869, and has since then received patents on several different binders; also patents on self-rakes and reapers, the latter known as the "Appleby Reaper".  He came to Minneapolis in March, 1880, and arranged with the Minneapolis Harvest Works to manufacture his twine-binders, engaging with the company as mechanical superintendent of their works.  He completed his binder at Beloit, Wisconsin, where they are still manufactured.  They are, also, manufactured at Plano, Illinois, Excelsior Works, Miamisburg, Ohio, and at Whitewater, Wisconsin.  


Mr. Appleby was married at Mazomanie, Wisconsin, in 1847, to Miss A. D. Spink.  They have three children, Ruby G., J. Percy and John Roy."



Bertram G. Appleby

Obituary, 5 December 1954

Norwood, New Jersey

December 4 New York Times Newspaper: Page 89; Column 1


      Bertram G. Appleby, assistant manager of Ernst & Ernst, certified public accountants at 120  Broadway  New York,  died of  a  heart attack near his office yesterday. He was 59 years old.   Mr. Appleby, who had been with Ernst & Ernst for thirty-three years, was a member of the New York  State Society of Public Accountants, the National Association of Cost Accountants and the American Institute of Accountants.  He leaves his wife, Erna; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Bommell and Mrs. Luther Fritsch, and a brother Elmer D. Appleby.

     ( Note:  Bertram and Erna in 1930 census for Norwood, Bergan County, New Jersey.  Bertram's birth date was 1854 in New Jersey.  Erna was born in Germany in 1862.   They were married in 1883.




George Washington and Joseph Appleby

Research: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1986

Article published: Appleby Heritage Newsletter, October 1987


      There were many Applebys in America before the Revolutionary War.  From this great distance  in time,  it is possible to look upon these ancestors with much gratitude and admirations, as they lived and fought and died to create a free country for themselves and, ultimately, for us.


     On July 3, 1781, from Valentine's Hill (New York), George Washington sent a message to Count de Rochambeau, in part,  "The American army and the Legion of the Duke de Lauzun will march tomorrow to White Plains.  If it will be convenient to you,  I shall be happy to receive your excellency with your troops at that place the day after tomorrow.


     On July 5, 1781, General Washington visited the French Army at New Castle, New York.  M.  de Rochambeau, notified of Washington's approach, mounted horses and went out to meet him.   He received us with the affability which is natural to him and depicted his countenance.  He is a very fine looking man, but did not surprise me as I expected from the descriptions I had heard of  him.  His physiognomy is noble in the highest degree, and his manners are those of one perfectly accustomed to society, quite a rare thing certainly in America.  He paid a visit to our camp, dined with us, and later we escorted him several miles on his return and took leave of him."  (from the Diary of Baron Cromot du Bourg)


     On the 6th of July, the French troops broke camp at North Castle and marched to make a junction with the main body of the American Army at Phillipsburg, New York, twelve miles from Kings Bridge.  The junction was made in the evening, on the grounds which had been marked out on the left of the American lines, the right of which rested on the Hudson, near Dobbs Ferry.  The line of the French Army extended to the Bronx River, with a valley of considerable extent between the two armies.  


Washington made his headquarters at the house of Joseph Appleby, the "Appleby Place", on the cross-road from Dobbs Ferry to White Plains, and about three and a half miles from the ferry.  The house, which was destroyed some years ago, stood on a little elevation, still called Washington's Hill.  Rochambeau's quarters were at the Udell house, still standing, about a mile and a half east of the "Appleby Place".




Warren Appleby,

Iowa, Linn County, Bowlder township

1880 Directory:


"Warren Appleby, proprietor of the Bowlder House, Prairieburg, best of accommodations for travelers, and good stabling with attentive hostlers." Mr. Appleby was born in Orleans Co. New York, August 17, 1826; when four years old, moved with parents to Chautauqua County, New York, and when about sixteen moved to Cattaraugus County,  N.Y., where he followed lumbering on the Allegheny River till 1855, then moved to Winnebago County, Illinois, where he lived till 1864,  then moved to this county and settled on Section 8, in this township where he carried on farming until 1876, when he purchased the hotel  property which 

he now occupies.  He married Sophronia Bloss Jan. 10, 1849; she was born in Genesee Co. New York, May 11, 1827.   They have one daughter,  Helen M. Tilton,  who  resides in  this town."

 (yr. 2002 note:)  Sophronia died 10 Oct 1889, age 62.  Buried in  Prairieburg, Iowa Cemetery.  Grand-daughter,  Della Tilton, age 13, living with Appleby grandparents in 1880 census.)




Thomas Moreland Appleby


The book, "List of Prisoners who died in 1864-1865 in Andersonville, Georgia", was first published in 1865 and again in 1981. The work was compiled from records kept  by a clerk in the prison office whose intentions were to personally notify relatives of the fate of the prisoners at the end of the War. A son of William Appleby and Elizabeth (Betty) Speer, of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. 


Thomas Moreland Appleby was married to Ann Harper, they had no children.  Thomas had five brothers and four sisters.  His grandparents were John Appleby, born 1780, in Pennsylvania and Mary (Moreland) Appleby.  Thomas Moreland Appleby's brother, David, was a member of the same Company and was wounded in the Wilderness Battles.


Thomas was a Civil War soldier, serving with Company "I", 149th Reg. Pennsylvania Volunteer Bucktails and was wounded in the Wilderness Battles.  He was captured at North Ann River, Virginia and was held prisoner at the infamous Civil War Prison at andersonville, Georgia.  He died in prison of 'scorbtns' and was buried in grave #11419.


Alexander Bradford Appleby of Canada

Nevada State Journal Newspaper

Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, May 8, 1912

Page 8

Alexander Bradford Appleby against Mary Marion Appleby.


"Alexander Bradford Appleby told a peculiar story of desertion.   He came from a place near Montreal and said that his business required absences from home and that his wife left home during his absence after they were married but five weeks, and never gave her address.  The property rights were settled through attorneys, he giving a  check for some $3750 in dividing the property, but he never learned her address.  He knew that she had signed a deed in Philadelphia, but he said his last letter to her at her  former address had been returned to him." Judge Moran, in the district court, granted the divorce decree on May 7, 1912.




Mark Appleby of Springfield, Missouri

Appleton City Tribune

Appleton City, Missouri

7 December 1909

Mr. Mark Appleby of Springfield, Missouri, is in our city at present.   Mr. Appleby in  former years was pastor of ME Church South.



    1 March 2002

revised: 02 March 2005

revised:  17 December 2005