Appletons in England, Australia and USA:
I am interested in further information about one of my great-great grandfathers, CHARLES APPLETON, who was born in Leicestershire, England about 1800, and married a Hannah (surname not yet known) about 1820. They had several children:
(1)Charles Appleton, born about 1821 (already dead at father's death in 1873);
(2)Mary Ann Appleton, born about 1823, who married a Robert STOTT;
(3)Matthew William Appleton, born about 1825, who is said to have gone to USA and become "a millionaire on 5th Avenue, New York", was dead by 1873;
(4) Hannah Appleton, born 1827 in Sydney Australia, may have married a Thomas TAYLOR in 1847 (to be checked);
(5) Rebecca Appleton, born 1829 Sydney but may have died 1830 (to be checked).
Charles and Hannah were in Hobart, Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), Australia 1825-26 for Charles' business purposes, but moved to Sydney in 1826, where he set up a Sydney branch of his London soft goods firm.
At some time, according to family tradition, his wife deserted him. He returned to London, where he married in about 1831 Mary JONES (born in Shrewsbury England ca 1813, died 10 Jan. 1889 in Melbourne). She is my Appleton/Jones great-great grandmother.
Charles made another visit to Sydney in March 1838, much publicised in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' because of his fight with his Sydney partner David Jones, whom he had sent out in 1835. Their partnership was dissolved and David Jones went on to start a very long enduring mega-business (the business continues in Australia, but no longer run by David Jones' descendants). The quarrel was probably aggravated by the presence of the first Mrs Appleton in her former husband's shop, apparently working there. Someone of the name Hannah Appleton died in Sydney in 1861 aged 68 (her connection, if any, to Charles to be checked).
Charles went back to London and lived at Goldings Hill, near Loughton and Epping Forest in Essex, for some time.
He and his family (at least his second family) came to Melbourne from England on the 'Adelaide' in 1852; spent some time in Blackwood in gold rush area north west of Melbourne, then settled in Melbourne.
Charles Appleton died on 5 May 1873 (in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). He and Mary (died 1889) had been living with their son Frederick Charles Appleton and his wife Jennie in Carlton, an inner suburb of Melbourne (near Melbourne University).
His and Mary's children:
(1) Lucilla (may have been first child), went to Western Australia, was dead by 1873;
(2) Frederick Charles Appleton, born about 1834 "at sea", became a well-known professional actor (and married popular soubrette actress Jennie [Jane] Bryce) and was later a teacher in Nicholson Street, Fitzroy (Melbourne);
(3) George Alfred Appleton, born ?, an artist, shot himself dead some time before 1873;
(4) Henry Edward Appleton (my Appleton great grandfather), born about 1838 in Essex, became a gold assayer in gold rush areas in Victoria and New South Wales, married Bridget Agnes Malone at Blackwood, Victoria, on 18 April 1869; he died in 1914 at Portland, NSW, Australia;
(5) Emeline Appleton, born about 1841, married Charles Thomas Gilbert Pearce;
(6) Ernest Augustus Appleton, born about 1843;
(7) Arthur William Appleton, born about 1846, married Sarah (surname not known);
(8) Ellen Elizabeth Appleton, born about 1849.
I am not clear whether Charles Appleton's children by his first wife Harriet went back to England with him or stayed in Sydney.
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Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia