Hello Sue....thanks for your post. It helped set me straight. Was straying a little off course after finding some new information from the national archives a couple weeks ago. Anyhow, I think I'm closer to being right now. This is what I know with relative confidence: Myrtle Inez Appleton, b. Jan 15, 1882 in alabama. Died July 29, 1948 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama. She is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. She married Osceola Hill on Dec 29, 1897 in Limestone Co., Alabama. On their marriage certificate, it states that they were married at the residence of Henry Griffin in Limeston Co., Alabama. Myrtle's youngest daughter, Ruth Hill Fergusson told me, that she was told, "That Myrtle was an only child and that her father died when he was young". She continued to say that "Myrtle and her mother(name unknown to everyone at the time)then lived with a sister of Myrtle's mother who was married to a man with the last name of Griffin". With this information, I went to the National Archives with the hunch that maybe there would be a woman with the last name of Appleton near the age of 40 living with a family of Henry Griffin in Limestone Co., Alabama recorded in the 1900 census. This would be 2 or 3 years after Myrtle was married. I found it right off....a Henry D. Griffin married to a Mary A. _____. Included in his household was a woman named America H. Appleton who was born in Nov of 1860 in Tenn. age 39. I interpreted this as a find for the mother of Myrtle Inez Appleton. It is known that Mary A. ____ and America H. Appleton are sisters. Out of some luck, I decided to look up Henry D. Griffin in the 1880 census and found the same family in Lauderdale Co., Alabama...this time America H. Appleton was listed as a "daughter", age 20 at the end of the record. This was about 2 years prior to Myrtle's birth and got a little suspicious about America H. Appleton's marital status. So I looked up on the internet for marriage records of Henry D. Griffin and Mary Amanda Appleton and found them to be married on Sept 1, 1869 in Lawrence Co., Tenn. So, it is now a rather certainty that Appleton was America's maiden name. This leads me to think that either America married someone with the last name of Appleton...like a cousin or Myrtle was born out of wedlock and her father would be a secret. Up to this point I feel rather confident about. Then....
I looked thru some marriage records for Tennessee and found a Robert W. Appleton married to a America Vol. C. Hammond in Feb of 1860. America H. Appleton was born in November of that same year...plenty of time to be conceived, born etc. With similar names, I made a leap of faith and assumed that America Vol. and Robert Appleton were her parents. I really appreciated the latest posts that helped guide me. A few hours ago I visited the local Mormon family center and looked up Hiram F. Appleton in the 1860 census for Lawrence Co., Tenn. I found America H. Appleton's sister, Mary Amanda Appleton b. in 1850. Then I looked in the 1870 census for Hiram Appleton in Lawrence Co., Tenn. and although the printing was bad on the reel I had, I believe I found Hiram and family? I definitely found America who was born in 1860 listed along with Frank F. would have been born in 1845 as well as Sarah born in 1842. These match up with what I found for Hiram's family in the 1860 census.
My tie in to Myrtle Inez Appleton is by marriage only. My wife's family are the one's related to the appleton's. In abbreviated form, this is how the line is connected:
My wife is Deana Ann Hill(b. 1958). Her father is Arlie Dean Hill Jr(b. 1928). And his father is Arlie Dean Hill Sr(b. 1902). His mother is Myrtle Inez Appleton(b. 1882).She was married to Osceola Hill. Thanks! George Zay GeoZay@aol.com