Janice, you are a welcome voice in the dark. I would love to find James's parentage. Here is the Googlebook reference. I'd love to prove James is descended from Thomas Appleby of Rye, as indicated in this book. Wish it were less vague about it. Have you heard this before anywhere?
Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs ... by William Richard Cutter - 1908 - Middlesex County (Mass.) "The Bumps of Northern New York seem to have been his relatives. ... The grandfather of Rhoda (Appleby) Bump was sheriff of his county, etc. books.google.com/books?id=UfIffx05f0QC... Published 1908 Lewis historical publishing company Middlesex County (Mass.) Original from Harvard University v.2 Digitized Sep 20, 2006