APPLEGATE Family Outline Descent Tree(s) (ODT)
Name formsApelgath, Apeliard, Apelyard, Aplegate, Appelgadt, Appelgat, Appelgate, Applegarth, Applegate, Applegath, Appleget, Appleyard
The founder of the Applegate Family in America was Thomas Applegate who left Norfolkshire, England and settled in Holland with a group of fellow Englishman during the Puritan disorders. About 1635, he came to Massachusetts Bay Colony and on March 31, 1635, he was licensed for a year by the General Court to run a ferry between Weymouth and Braintree. However, he lost the license when the canoe he was using as a ferry overturned and several persons were drowned.
Hugh E. Voress
Origin of the name
It is an honor to have had a noble ancestry, but it is still better to be an honor to our ancestors. But regardless of ancestry, "A mon's a mon for a' that." This article will treat of the Applegate family in this country, and especially that branch which settled in New Jersey and to which belongs George F. Applegate, the optician, residing in the city of Trenton, New Jersey.
Before entering into the history of his immediate family, it is well to review several of the characters found in past generations, both in the old world and those who emigrated to our shores in the past centuries. Lowers' work, published in London in 1860, entitled "Patronymica Brittanica," states that Applegarth is derived from an enclosure for apples, or apple trees, an orchard, and that Applegath and Applegate are corruptions of Applegarth. Being an author noted for his research into the origin of names, he is accepted as authority. The ancient Saxons and Britons had great respect for trees and groves, in some cases amounting to reverence, and the owner of an apple orchard was looked upon as a fortunate man.
The Applegarths were a noted family of Hampshire, England. Further back Apeliard is found and is doubtless the most ancient form. This was applied to an ancient family in Norfolkshire, England. The last syllable of the name Apeliard, pronounced "Yard," was rendered as Aplegarth and Aplewaithegarth, meaning the same as yard. Nicholas de Apelyard and Robert del Apelgath were prominent men among the first of this origin.
In tracing back the noted family of Appleyard in Norfolkshire, England, there is found a striking coincidence of family names with those of the first Applegates in New Jersey. In 1419 a branch of the Appleyard family, who adopted the orthography of Appleyard, came into possession of the manor of Dauton. Will Appleyard in 1481 bequeathed to his son Thomas and names his mother, Elizabeth, and brothers John and Bartholomew. This Bartholomew died in 1492, but their names, Bartholomew, Thomas and John, were handed down in the family and these were also the prominent given names of the original Applegates of this country. It was not uncommon in the past for names to undergo changes in orthography as they were handed down from one generation to another. Sometimes this was done for euphony, but was generally due to carelessness or ignorance of recording clerks. A number of changes have occurred since the first settlement of the family in America. In 1674 the name was written Applegadt, in the petition of Bartholomew and Thomas Applegadt for leave to purchase land of the Indians. Richard, the son of Thomas, in his will in 1732 gives his name as Aplegate. Some of the descendants of Bartholomew, who settled in Middlesex county, write their names today as Appleget.
Another theory of the origin of the name is that it is a combination of two Saxon words, "Apple," meaning fruit in general, and "Gate," meaning a street or way. For example, if a man lived on a street where fruit was sold, he would be called Applegate, or on a street fronting the south, Southgate, or on a street exposed to high wind, Windgate, or on a street exposed to the cold, Colgate. While this is a plausible theory, the name Applegate is not to be found in any genealogical or heraldic work over three centuries ago.
[Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, 1907, Francis Bazley Lee, ed.]
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|APPLEGATE, Jesse [1811-1888] – American surveyor, legislator, and Oregon pioneer APPL60 4C7|
Bookmarks (off-site links)
- Ancestry Message Boards - Message [ Applegate
- APPLEGATE (A142) at ROOTSWEB
- Applegate Family Genealogy Forum
- Applegate Genealogy Home Page
- Applegate History
- Decendants of Thomas Applegate III, born c1674
- The Applegate Genealogy Primary Table of Contents
- Thesaurus of Geographic Names Geographic names with "Applegate"
- William Applegate, 1534 - England
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