Generation No. 2
John2 Appleby (William1)
was baptised 5 November 1780 at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Chatham and died 12 May
1848 at King Street, Chatham. He
married Eleanor Staples 24 August 1804 at St. Mary Magdalene
Church, Gillingham, daughter of John Staples and Sarah Hobday.
She was baptised 15 October 1780 at St. Mary the Virgin Church,
John's occupation was given as a
waterman at the time of his daughter Emily's wedding in December 1840 and when his son John married in February 1843.
A waterman was a highly skilled boatman carrying fare-paying
passengers on the River Thames and, before trading, required serving an
apprenticeship with the "Company of Watermen and Lightermen".
A possible clue to other family
links may lie in the middle names given to his son John.
The name Young is of particular
interest since it was handed down a further generation to John's
grandson, Alfred Young Appleby, who is my great-grandfather.
According to his Death Certificate,
John died from “ossification of the aortic valves of the heart;
pulmonary apoplexy”, 67 years old.
He was buried 16 May 1848 at
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Chatham.
Eleanor, also known as Ellen, was 53
years old when she was buried at St. Mary's Church, Chatham 27 July
Children of John Appleby and Eleanor
John Young Staples Appleby, baptised 12 December 1805 at St. Mary
the Virgin Church, Chatham; died 31 October 1864 at St. Bartholomew’s
Hospital in Rochester.
Eleanor Appleby baptised 20 March 1808 at St. Mary the Virgin
She married William Waddell on 8 February 1829 at Hoo St.
iii. William Appleby baptised 15 April 1810 at St. Mary the Virgin
Emily Appleby baptised 12 June 1814 at St. Mary the Virgin
She married Daniel Adams 25 December 1840 at St. Mary the Virgin
Daniel was a bachelor working as a mariner when he married Emily,
Both Emily and Daniel were living at Clover Lane, Chatham at the
time of their wedding.
Emily’s father’s profession was noted to be a boatman.
His father was Joseph Adams, a labourer.
The couple was unable to provide signatures on the marriage
document and “placed their marks”.
At the time of the 1841 Census, Emily and Daniel were living at 8
King Street, Chatham.
Emily's younger brother James Appleby was also living with them.
Eliza Appleby baptised 26 September 1819 at St. Mary the Virgin
James Appleby baptised 10 May 1824 at St. Mary the Virgin Church,
At the time of the 1841 Census, James was a 17-year-old
cordwainer living with his elder sister Emily and her husband Daniel
Adams at 8 King Street, Chatham.