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James Appleby


Susan Thornburg

first wife


James Newton Appleby


Birth: 6 Dec 1819 Place: Bedford Co. Tennessee

Death: 12 May 1889 Place: Springfield, Greene Co. Missouri

Burial: Bellview; Sec. A; Row 8; Springfield, Missouri

Occupation: Farmer

Father: David APPLEBY (1788-1867)

Mother: Catherine BELL (1782-1866)

Second wife:  Mary Elizabeth McCURDY

 Click: James Newton Appleby and Mary E. McCurdy

 First Wife: Susan THORNBURG

Marriage: 4 Mar 1841 Place: Platte Co. Missouri

Birth: 1822 Place: Jefferson Co. Tennessee

Death: 1852 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Burial: Bellview Cemetery (?) see notes below

Father: John THORNBURG  (1795-1869)

Original: Thornborough

Mother: Mary (Polly) LAY/LEIGH (1797-1865)



underlined names are links


1. M Child: David Addison APPLEBY

Birth: 30 Jul 1841 Place: Platte Co.  Missouri

Died: 20 Feb 1923 Place: Veteran's Hospital; Leavenworth, Kansas

Served in Civil War

Burial: National Cemetery; Springfield, Missouri

Occupation: Farmer

First Spouse: Mattie DYSART

Marriage Place: Jasper Co. Missouri  (notes)

Died:  before 1885; (pos.) Golden City, Barton Co. Missouri

Children: one son, Franklin Appleby


Second Spouse: Louisa J. PORTER

Marriage: 27 Jan 1886 Place: Ash Grove, Missouri 

Three sons: Edward Hamilton; David Percy; Melvin Porter.


2. M Child: John Carson APPLEBY

Birth: 1843 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Died: Dec 1899  Shawnee, Oklahoma

Spouse: Margaret M. (Maggie) HEADLEE

Marriage: 19 Mar 1863 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

No children


3. F Child: Margaret Lucinda Jane APPLEBY

Birth: 17 Feb 1845 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Died: 22 Mar 1919 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Burial: Bellview; Springfield, Greene Co. Missouri

Spouse: Rueben R. GARRETT

Marriage: 1 Dec 1864 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Garrett Children:  James Alonzo; John Calvin; Mary L.;

George;  and David Harrison


4. M Child: William Eagleton APPLEBY

Birth: 8 Aug 1850 Place: Hickory Barrens, Greene Co. Missouri

Death: 11 Apr 1933 Place: Springfield, Greene Co. Missouri

Burial: Mt. Comfort; Sec A Row 20; Greene Co. Missouri

Spouse: Mary Jane DYSART

Marriage: 10 Nov 1873 Place: Greene Co. Missouri

Children:  Emmett; Infant; Carson Fulton; Robert Addison; Pearl; Earl;

May; Clay; Jarve; Claude; Susan.




Notes for James Newton Appleby

History of Greene County, Missouri, page 900

"This gentleman is the son of David and Catherine (Bell) Appleby, and was born December 6th, 1819, in Bedford Co, Tennessee. In October, 1832 his parents left Tennessee, and came to Wayne County,Missouri, where they lived for about ten months. Then in 1833, they moved to Greene Co, and settled in the southern part of Franklin township. James moved to Platte Co Missouri in 1841, and returned to his old home in Greene Co in 1843, and has always  followed farming. He was elected, upon the Republican ticket in 1880, justice of the peace, and re-elected in 1882.

'Squire Appleby was married in March, 1841, to Susan Thornburg of Platte County, Missouri. That marriage was blest with three sons and one daughter. His first wife died in 1852, and in 1853 he was married again to Mary McCurdy of this county. By this union they have four sons and three daughters. During the war Mr. Appleby was in the enrolled militia, and was at Springfield when it was attacked by Gen Marmaduke January 8th, 1863. 

He was a strong Union man in 1860, voting for Bell and Everett, Bell being a cousin of his mother. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, who removed to Georgia, then to Tennessee and then to Missouri, where he died in 1867. His mother was a native of North Carolina, and died in 1866. They were married in Tennessee. They had a family of three sons and four daughters."


Genealogy notes:

James married Susan Thornburg in Platte Co. Missouri in March 1841. Thornburgs lived in Greene County,  Missouri in 1840 (census) as neighbors to David Appleby, but moved to Platte Co. by 1841. 

Source of Thornborough/Thornbrough/Thornburg information from book compiled by Charles Thornburg,  providing information back to the early ages in England. 

Not yet located burial site for Susan Thornburg Appleby.  She, like her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, may have  first been buried 

on the David Appleby farm. They are now  buried at Bellview Cemetery, which may have been a part of  the Appleby farm at the time of their deaths.  There is a headstone for James Appleby, but open spaces on one side. 


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