APPLEGARTH FAMILY HISTORY
by MICHAEL L. CANTER 1943-
The Applegarth family has been in Maryland since before 1790. They were very influential in the ship building and shipping businessâ€¦..being masters of both. Their place of residence was in Dorchester County, on the Eastern shore.
It is impossible to know whether or not our direct line of Applegarths were related to the ship-building clan, but it is highly likely because of the use of the first names that were handed down and the fact they they all emigrated through the same port.
Our ancestor, was George William Applegarth who was born in England about 1812. His wife, Jane Heatherington, was also born there about 1820. They were from the Bishop Middleham, Durham area. George was a coal miner in England as a young boy and continued to be a miner in America for at least 68 years of age.
All the Applegarths were coal miners.
As nearly as I can tell George and Jane arrived in America about 1830, in Dorchester, County., Maryland. He was in Ohio County, Va. (now W.Va.) by 1840. While in Ohio County they had a son, John F (our direct ancestor) in 1838, and a daughter, Mary E in 1841.
It is evident by census reports they moved to Martins Ferry, Ohio after 1840, and had one child there, David , in 1844.
I was very surprised that I could not find them in the 1850 census, BUT in the 1860 census they are back in Martins Ferry. NOW we know , by reading the 1860 census, that they returned to England for about 5-8 years where they had three more childrenâ€¦. Robert 1847, William E 1849, and Frederick 1852.
After returning to Martins Ferry, where they stayed, they had 6 more childrenâ€¦Alexander 1855, Eliza R 1859, Lillie 1860, Elna 1862, Jane 1864, and Jenny M 1865.
Personally I believe that they got homesick and wanted to see their families once more, and returned to jolly old England for a time â€¦. but realized after some years that their place was now in America and so returned to Ohio to live out their destiny.
From this point forward I will show only my direct line from George til present. I will do the other lines if the good Lord gives me the time.
Georgeâ€™s oldest son, John F Applegarth, also a miner, was born in Virginia in 1838. He is shown in two censuses in 1860, so we know that he was married and moved out of the house in 1860. His wife was Mary Jane Rufer born 1841. They lived in Mead Township, near or in Bellaire, Ohio or Dilles Bottom. Both Post offices are shown on the census.
By 1870 John F and Mary Jane had the following children. Rosa 1861, John F Jr 1864 ( our direct ancestor), Jacob W 1866, George T 1868. Georgeâ€™s brother David 1844 was also living with him on the 1870 census.
By 1880 John F Sr and Mary Jane had added 3 more children David 1872, Albert 1877, and Edward 1879. They were still in Mead Township.
By 1900, John F Applegarth, Jr. had married Mary Alice Holland and were living in Colerain Township. He was also a miner. I believe this is the first Applegarth family to live in the Holler that is Barton-Falls Bridge Roads. This one , according to Uncle Fred was up Falls Bridge Road where the first nearly level spot is. Across from Callarikâ€™s old farm. The Applegarths and McAllisters lived next door to each other.
John F, Jr and Mary Alice by 1900 had 4 children â€¦Mary E 1884, John E (my Pap) 1891 , Cecil F 1893, and Clarence 1896. In 1896 they had Nellie, the last child.
By 1910 John E had moved out and married Lura McAllister (my Gram and Angel) 1891. Lura was the daughter of William and Mary A Doyle McAllister, neighbors of the Applegarths. John E and Lura would live a few doors down from their parents. Clarence Applegarth, John Eâ€™s brother would later marry Susie McAllister, Luraâ€™s sister. John E was also a miner.
John E would soon buy the old Applegarth house (now gone) from Bucky Devault and lived there til his death. That house was on Barton Rd at the base of the hill coming down from St Rt 250 , on the big curve across from where Marcy Locke now lives. There is still a huge sandstone rock there where Pap and I used to sit and watch the world go by. There is also still there a piece of concrete that Pap mixed and poured around 1945 or so that has his name, my name, and my footprints in it. I am now crying uncontrollably as I remember Pap and Gram. I spent every day of my life with Pap until he died about 1950 and Gram until she passed in 1960. They were my rocks and I miss them so much.
By 1920 John E and Lura had 4 children, Norma E 1911, George E 1913, Clarence
1915, and Robert F 1918. By 1930 they had added Maggie A S 1920, Harry 1923, Russell 1926, and Fred 1929. In 1934 they added Jerry.
Those of you who knew my mom, Maggie Applegarth, will know why this is written in purple.