Notes from the past…


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The first time for this source

I have been studying my Appling ancestors and have found William Appling (the father of Dr F B Appling) in the 1860 Mortality Schedule for Tuscaloosa Co, AL. He is the first ancestor that I have ever found in a Mortality Schedule, so it’s kinda exciting! He is listed in the Index from Ancestry, so I don’t have the actual image, yet. I’m hoping it will soon turn up at the FamilySearch Record Search site.

I have also tracked William Appling back to the 1800 Federal Census. That makes him my earliest documented ancestor. I have him (I think) in the 1790 census, but he is listed with the household of his dad Joel Appling and I don’t have any sources right now to prove Joel is his father.

The 2008 Genea-Blogger Group Games will soon begin! Sounds like a lot of fun… and a lot of work, too! I want to compete (is there a trip to the Great Wall for the winners?), hopefully I’ll have time. Now where are those old sneakers of mine…




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After drooling all over my laptop…

…while admiring the Chart Chick’s wonderful genealogy charts presented at Shades of the Departed

I decided it was really time for me to do some actual research. So, after blow-drying my laptop, I got to examining my Appling ancestors from Tuscaloosa Co, Alabama. The Applings married into my Stanley family (my Mom was a Stanley). I have so many surnames in Tuscaloosa County that the county just needs to be renamed, I think.  Would the Post Office approve of Stanley-Appling-Chappell-Davis County, Alabama? Probably not, too many letters.

Anyway, I may have discovered another surgeon in the family. Francis B Appling has been listed in some records as Dr Franics B Appling. The father-in-law of my second great grandaunt Brazora Stanley, Frank Appling is listed in the Southern Claims Commission Records, so I am trying to find documentation of Civil War service as a Union surgeon. He would have been about 30 when the War started. Interestingly, in 2 later census enumerations, he is listed as disabled…