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. Answers.com 02 Aug. 2009. http://www.answers.com/topic/appling-1 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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