Ruth's Genealogy

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

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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I don’t have a standing subscription to GenealogyBank.com, but I do stop by every few months, since I have found so many newpaper clippings there, mostly involving my Stanley and Kennedy ancestors. This evening I wondered about the ‘Net, looking for anything new on Francis B Appling of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from my Stanley line. Nothing …

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…so it’s back to research! I’ve returned to my Appling’s of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. This morning I found the Civil War Service Records (Confederate) for 4 of William Appling‘s sons at footnote.com. I normally wouldn’t be researching this far laterally from my direct line, but I simply can’t resist anything Civil War! Most of these …

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…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). …

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The previous post presents a dilemma: How does one handle an adoption when researching one’s ancestry? As I have said previously, my great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley and his brother Henry Thomas Fair were abandoned as small children and found by my great-great grandfather Miles Francis Stanley. Miles and his wife Maryland adopted John and Maryland’s …

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