Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

This interesting article from today’s Alabama Pioneers Newsletter: A Much Different July 4 celebration in 1861 Have you ever heard the story about the Free State of Winston?  It is a very interesting event in Alabama history. In 1861, Winston County, Alabama seceded from Alabama and declared itself  ‘the free state of Winston.’  The incident …

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English: patronymic from Abel, which was a popular Middle English personal name. Compare Aplin. “Appling.” Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2006. 02 Aug. 2009. While the Applings are one of my more minor surnames (married into my major Stanley line), one Appling has been pretty interesting to me: Dr Francis …

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The father-in-law of my first-cousin-three-times-removed was loyal to the United States during the Civil War. Dr Francis B Appling lived in or near New Lexington,Tuscaloosa County, Alabama most of his life. Though of eligible age (age 8-80, so it must have seemed as the war took its toll) for service with the Confederate Army, he …

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