Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Applegate Origins Part IV: Christina Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV When Christina Applegate's father was 8 years old, his paternal grandmother informed him over breakfast one morning that his mother had been beaten to death outside of a bar the night before. An unimaginable thing to share with a child for many reasons, the [...]

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Applegate Origins Part II: John Gates

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Every researcher is familiar with genealogical brick walls: those ancestors who just refuse to be found. Some relatives claimed that my great-grandfather, John Gates, was adopted and grew up in Kentucky; others, that he changed the family surname and grew up in New York. [...]

Applegate Origins Part I: Thomas Applegate

Applegate Origins Part I: Thomas Applegate

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV “Every town has its bad apple, and Gravesend was without exception: for it had the notorious Thomas Applegate.” Thomas Applegate, the founder of the Applegate family in the United States, was an Englishman, probably of Norfolkshire origin. The earliest record of Thomas in this [...]

You Say You Want a Revolution…

You Say You Want a Revolution…

I love that song. Since today is the Fourth of July (and this week's 52 Ancestors theme is "Independence"), I've decided to write about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Nathaniel Merrill. Nathaniel was born in 1759 in Killingly, Connecticut to Nathaniel and Hannah (Belden) Merrill. He was a descendant of the Nathaniel Merrill of A Merrill Memorial, [...]