Mary Ellen Applegate was my maternal grandmother. Born in 1867 in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY she died there in 1923. Her father William Applegate was born in 1841 either in Brooklyn or northern NJ, possibly the Englewood area. Her mother, Elizabeth Rooney was born in 1845.
This information comes from a single yellowed sheet of paper listing birth dates of about a dozen family members.Several questions are left unanswered by this document. Most of the dozen birth dates also note the day of the week each occurred.Is this peculiar to the time (the sheet dates from probably the 1930s), the area, or an ethnic group, or does it mean nothing at all? Also, the name Applegate is spelled three different ways - Applegate, Affelgate and Appelgate. Was this intentional? My mother, named Gilligan, always felt she had "Old New York Dutch" roots, presumably through her mother. Does this odd spelling support that?