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Applegate, John W.

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Applegate, John W.
March 10, 2007 11:42AM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885,
Hardin Co.

JOHN W. APPLEGATE is a son of Stacy and Rebecca (Brown) Applegate. The
father was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1810, and was the son of Joseph
Applegate. He was reared to manhood in Jefferson County. At an early age he
commenced business for himself, engaging in various pursuits. For some time
he was engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New
Orleans. He was also for some time engaged in merchandising in Louisville.
His education was limited, having only attended school six weeks in his
life. But being energetic he acquired a good practical education. About
1832 he came to West Point, Ky., and commenced business as a general
merchant, dealing largely in produce, wood, etc., and before the late war
he had accumulated a considerable fortune, but lost much of it during that
conflict. About 1860 he removed to Jefferson County, where he engaged in
farming, and there he resided until his death, which occurred in June,
1884. He was married, about 1833, to Miss Detrick, of Indiana, who died
soon after, leaving one child, James Applegate. Mr. Applegate was next
married, about 1835, to Miss Rebecca Brown, daughter of David Brown, of
Indiana. To them were born the following children: David T., Elizabeth
(deceased), George (deceased), John W., Venna P. (deceased), Henry C., Dr.
Abel B. and William C. Mrs. Applegate died in 1882. John W. Applegate was
born November 30, 1842 in West Point, Ky., and was reared to manhood in
this and Jefferson Counties. He was engaged in farming with his father
until he was about thirty years of age. He then purchased a farm near West
Point and remained on it one year, when he sold the farm and removed to
Louisville and engaged in merchandising, running a feed store on the corner
of Twelfth and Market Streets. He remained in Louisville about two years,
when he removed to River View and bought out his father, who was engaged in
a general store. He continued there for five years, when he sold out and
came to West Point, and opened his store where he is now doing a successful
business in the dry goods and grocery line. Mr. Applegate was first
married, in 1874, to Miss Mary E. Miles, daughter of Dr. George B. and
Minerva (Croomes) Miles. Mrs. Applegate died in 1879, the mother of the
following children: Lelie, Willie, Elma and Pinkey (deceased). Mr.
Applegate was next married, in 1881, to Miss Annie E. Withers, daughter of
Alfonso and Jane (Sheets) Withers, of West Point, and to them have been
born four children, as follows: Earnest, Elizabeth, and Della and Stella,
twins, born January 3, 1886. Mr. Applegate has been a successful
businessman, and through his energy and perseverance has accumulated a very
handsome estate. He is a member of Barker Lodge, No. 129, A.F. & A.M., and
also a member of the K. of H. Mrs. Applegate is a Methodist.

Applegate Brown Detrick Miles Croomes Withers Sheets
Hardin-KY Jefferson-KY

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