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William Ivers Appleby

Obituary

May 20, 1870

Salt Lake City, Utah

Evening News, Monday, 23 May 1870

 

     "We have today to record the demise of Bro. Wm. I. Appleby, long and favorably known 

to many of our readers.  He died on Friday, at 3 o'clock p.m., after an illness of three weeks.  

He suffered from a combination of diseases and had been insensible for several days.

      Wm. I. Appleby was the son of Jacob and Mary Appleby, and was born August 13th, 1811, 

near the village of New Egypt, Monmouth Co., New Jersey.  He was a self-taught man, never 

having attended school after he was nine years of age, but by energy and perseverance he 

acquired a sound English education.  He learned the carpenter and mill-wright business when a 

young man, and continued to work in that line until 1838, when he was appointed justice of the 

peace and associate Judge for the county of Burlington, N. J.   He also kept a scrivener's office 

and taught school for some years.  He held the office of clerk for the township of Chesterfield, 

New Jersey., six or seven years, when he voluntarily resigned it.  In 1840 he first heard the 

gospel preached, and was baptized by Elder Erastus Snow, in September of the same year.  

Immediately afterwards, he commenced preaching in the evening, in the house in which he 

taught his day school. and with such success, that in a few weeks, as the result of his labors, he 

baptised twenty-six persons.  In April 1841, he visited Nauvoo for the first time to see the 

Prophet; and from that time until he came to this Territory, he traveld and preached in different 

parts of the Union with great success.  He reached this valley in October, 1849, and was soon 

afterwards elected a member of the First Legislative Assembly of the State of Deseret, as also 

one of the Regents of the Deseret University.  In the spring of 1856 he started on a mission to 

the Eastern States and labored there upwards of two years, part of the time assisting Elder John 

Taylor in editing the Mormon.  He held the office of Clerk of the United States Supreme Court in 

this Territory, ever since it's firs session until quite recently; and was for some years also Clerk 

of the District Court.  His death, though not entirely unlooked for, is a sad blow to his family, with 

whom we deeply sympathize.  His funeral took place yesterday, at eleven o'clock a.m., from the 

Fourteenth Ward Assembly Rooms, and was largely attended, many  of our most prominent 

citizens being present.  The assembly was addressed by Elder Orson Pratt, who delivered a very 

excellent discourse upon the intent and resurrection."

 

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