Have just begun to research a possible Appleton connection in my own family history.
When I found your posting on the Appleton Family Genforum site, felt compelled to write and say thank you.Whether or not I find an Appleton connection, I am pleased to see someone who has taken a great deal of time to put together a comprehensive picture of their family ancestors.I commend your effort.
Finding dates and places is to my mind not enough; it is simply a skeleton.Putting people, places, and events in perspective is what I call "putting meat on the bones."I am then able to "see" my ancestors during their life--to visualize so to speak.It breathes life into them and I am no longer separated by generations of time.Details are important and I would guess this makes my approach a bit more anthropological in nature.
My best question is this:No matter who they were in their own time--peasant or nobility--what was it that made them so unique that they survived to create generation upon generation down even to this day itself?I cannot help but think that all of my ancestors--good, bad and perhaps indifferent--did whatever it was that had to do for the same reasons that we do whatever it is we do in this day and age.I do not judge those who have gone before me but am grateful that the result is that I am here today thanks be to those who struggled to make it so.
So thank you Scott for putting this wonderful information forward for all of us to read and enjoy.It's a wonderful thing you've done.Sincerely,