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Stanley Apling (1899-1997) Obituary
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History of the Appleyn family [by Ian Aplin, 1987, USA]
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The Aplings

The family first appears in the Parish Registers of SOUTHLEIGH, Devon, in 1761 when MOSES APLING married Mary Collier. Both were of Southleigh and they each made their mark in the register. Their first daughter Betty was born within six months of the marriage. After Mary's death, MOSES APLIN married, in 1773, SARAH STUCKEY, also of Southleigh. Both made their marks.

In old parish registers surnames seemingly vary at the whim of the parson or clerk, particularly when the parties were illiterate.

Their only child was WILLIAM APLIN, born in 1774. He married, but not in Southleigh and his wife's name MARY is known only from the baptism of the children. [William married Mary WOOD, daughter of William WOOD and Sarah CLARKE of Farway, in Farway on 5 Oct 1797]. The first of these was SARAH APLING, born 1800 and dying in 1803, "whose death was occasioned by fire and a coroner's inquest taken accordingly". WILLIAM APLING, born 1805 (died 1821) was followed by JOHN 1808, JAMES 1810, and HENRY 1815. WILLIAM APLING described as a "Thatcher Master" died of "old age and dropsy, not certified" in 1860 aged 86.

William's death certificate gives the date of death as 2nd October 1860, but according to the entry in Southleigh register he was not buried until 21st October!!

JOHN APLING married ELIZABETH GAY, also of Southleigh, in 1834 and both signed the marriage register. Of their four children MARY APLING was born in 1835 followed by ELIZABETH GAY APLIN in 1837, WILLIAM in 1840 (baptised APLIN but birth registered as APLING) and SARAH APLING in 1842. John had also been a thatcher but appears to have given up after having developed a "chronic spinal disease and dropsy" from which he died in 1867 aged 58. Here the Death Certificate gives the date of death as 21st January and the entry in the Southleigh register is "buried 21st January" - the same day. Perhaps the family thought they had kept his father a bit too long!

The family business appears to have been carried on by John's youngest brother, HENRY, and his family at "Eppits", Southleigh (see O.S. map) at least until 1879.

John's son WILLIAM APLING left home and went into service. He was butler at Boston House, Brentford, Middlesex, when he married LOUISA SHEPPARD in 1869. His ultimate fate is unknown, but he is supposed to have gone to America about 1885 after trouble of some sort.

HENRY WILLIAM APLING, ELIZABETH MARY and PERCY were born at Notting Hill. After the father's departure the family moved first to Bow and then to Manor Park.

HENRY WILLIAM APLING married FLORENCE S. WAINWRIGHT in 1897 and moved to Ilford, Essex. He was elected a Freeman of the City of London after legal services to Sir George Truscott, Lord Mayor, served as a Special Constable during the Great War, in which PERCY was killed, was Secretary of the Forest Gate Model Yacht Club from `1930-1935 and retired from his post as a Solicitor's Managing Clerk in 1951 at the age of 80, and died the following year. (Obituary Journal of S.M.C's Association).

ELIZABETH MARY moved to Hingham, Norfolk about 1910 to keep house for the Aunt MARY FELTHAM (née SHEPPARD), where she ran a dressmaking business and was for many years active in the Guide Movement. Even after she retired from being Captain of the local Guides their tradition of meeting in her barn continued. She was also active in the Women's Institute, acting as an instructor in handicrafts and toy making. She died in 1962 in her 88th year.

Notes on the branches of the family.

BROWN: CHATTERTON BROWN was farm bailiff of Goodmayes Farm, Ilford,, Essex, having come to Ilford about 1889 when one of his sisters married their cousin ROBERT GEORGE BROWN. the owner of Goodmayes Farm. Chatterton Brown was the youngest of a large family and his father was a prosperous farmer in Butterwick, Lincs.

He married in 1900 KATHLEEN WICKS whose father once farmed Piggott's Farm at Abridge in Essex but who went bankrupt in 1890 odd and came to live in Ilford. Two of Kathleen's brothers emigrated to Canada to set up in farming (separately) in Alberta.

Three of her sisters set up a private school for girls in Ilford, known as Hainault High School, which prospered until the retirement of the two surviving sisters in about 1936, when they went to live in an Elizabethan cottage in Great Bardfield, Essex.

Chatterton Brown survived his wife by some 20 years, and also survived two bomb incidents during the Second World War, dying in 1945 at the age of 84.

The surname APLIN etc., has been given several possible derivations, but in view of its origin in the West Country - Devon, Somerset and Hereford - a probable origin is from AP-LLYN. AP - is Welsh for "son of" and LLYN is probably a contraction of LLEWELLYN. A dated example is AP-LLN-AP-GWLL, 1490.

On 5th January 1962 Wynford Vaughan Thomas mentioned the name AP-LLEWELLYN on a talk on Welsh names.

The earliest versions of the name found in East Devon marriage registers are:

1581

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APLYNGE

1596

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APLYNE

1620

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APPLYN

1664

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APLEN

1668

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APLINE

1670

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APLIN

1696

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APLING

1729

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APPLING

1745

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APPLIN

The above material was collected and annotated by Harry Apling during 1961; material within square brackets [...] has been added later by ECA.

Notes to the above: (added by ECA during 1986)

Chatterton Brown survived his wife only by some 8 years. Katherine Brown (née Wicks) died on 27th September 1937.

Elizabeth Mary Apling was Captain of the Hingham Company of Girl Guides for over twenty years and on her retirement founded the Trefoil Guild. During the first world war she was active in the British Red Cross Society and later was a speaker on the panel of the Women's Institute. She was also a founder member of the Hingham Good Companions Club. [Obituary in Hingham and Mitford Deaneries Magazine, Vol LXXII, No 6, dated 8th June 1962]

Henry William Apling spent over sixty-seven years in the City of London, of which period he served nearly sixty years with the firm of Young, Jones & Co., and its predecessors, Messrs. Trinder & Capron - later Messrs. Trinder, Kekewich & Co. He was a colleague of the late Mr. Edward Cairns, one of the primary promoters of the {Solicitor's Managing Clerks'] Association in 1892, and who was at one time Chancery Managing Clerk of the then firm of Messrs. Trinder & Capron and was the first President of the Association. ..... He became the Hon. Secretary of the Association in 1901 and held the post for three years ... and on his retirement from that office the Council of those days presented him with a very fine three-decanter tantalus. [Obituary in The Solicitors' Managing Clerks' Gazette, No 158, dated June 1952]

Published on the web 21st March 1999, last amended 23rd September 2002.
Copyright E.C.("Paddy") Apling.

Paddy's Ancestors
Paddy's Ancestors
Harry Apling (1904-1989) Obituary
Harry Apling, Mill historian [Norfolk Records Office Newsletter]
Stanley Apling (1899-1997) Obituary
Vera Apling (1908-1999) Obituary
History of the Appleyn family [by Ian Aplin, 1987, USA]
The WICKS & BROWN connections
Our daughter's web-site
Paddy Apling's Home Page