His death in1871 was deeply lamented by the community in which he lived,and where he was known as an industrious and honorable man of business. A kind and helpful neighbor. He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1836. He was a son of Joseph Appleton of the same county, of English origin. On September 12, 1856, he was married to Miss Mary Stevenson who was born February 11,1831; a daughter of John and Elizabeth ( Daulin) Stevenson of Lancaster County, Pa. She was one of 8 children.The Stevenson family is one of the oldest residing in Lancaster County, Pa.
John and Mary Appleton had six children.
Wilmot C. Appleton of Oxford, Chester County,Pa, William M. Appleton of Rawlinsville,Pa,Elizabeth Appleton-Bair, Lancaster County, Pa, Luella Appleton,a stenographer in Philadelphia, Mabel V. Appleton-Shank,of Long Island, NY , Jane Appleton-Walton of Lancaster, Pa.
Mr.John B. Appleton was a cabinetmaker.and followed the business of undertaking. In 1864 he volunteered in the defense of his country, and faithfully served as a soldier in Company D 69th P.V.I.It was during this time that his health was so undermined that his recovery was never found to be complete. He died as a result of this in 1871. His widow was left in straitened circumstances,with the care of six young children, and it redounds to her credit that she not only cared for them physically, but also managed to educate them,and fit them for the honorable positions they held in society.