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Date Posted: 08:14:52 10/12/13 Sat
Author: Matthew Wilde
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Subject: Re: Marrianne Emily Appleby born St. Petersburg, Russia, USSR.
In reply to: Colin Appleby 's message, "Marrianne Emily Appleby born St. Petersburg, Russia, USSR." on 00:58:21 02/25/01 Sun

I thought I’d post a reply to this old message, as I have some data that you might not have come across, Colin. After an enjoyable hunt through census and other records, I’m confident that Charles Appleby and Sarah Kirkby must have lived in Russia for a period. I’m Matthew Wilde (1955 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England), by the way – and have just started using the ARO website. My fifth-great-grandfather was Robert Wilde, father of Alethea who married Thomas Appleby (1757-1814), the Renishaw Iron Master.

Charles Appleby (1791-1849) was the second child born to Thomas and Alethea, after their marriage. (Charles was one of the executors of the will of his uncle Thomas Wilde, and received a large bequest including £1,000, land, shares and pews.) Charles married Sarah Kirkby on 24 April 1828 (as you rightly say), at the Parish (later Cathedral) Church of St Peter & St Paul, Sheffield (as you roughly say). Charles was 37 and Sarah, the daughter of Samuel Kirkby of Sheffield, was 29 (give or take – I haven’t seen the marriage record).

I have three children for Charles and Sarah: Clara Bertha (c1830 Sheffield); Marianne Emily (c1832 St Petersburg, Russia) and Charles Edward (c1835 Sheffield). The five members of the family can be found together in 1841 – living at The Mount, Sheffield, with Charles described as a Merchant. Charles died in 1849.

I can’t find Sarah or Charles Edward in 1851 – but “Clara” and “Emily” can be found at the “Select Establishment for the Education of Young Ladies”, in Speldhurst, Tonbridge Wells, Kent. The Head, his wife and two governesses are listed, followed by 12 pupils aged 10 – 21, and then the servants.

In 1861, Sarah (“Fundholder”), “Clara B” and “M Emily” are living in Sheffield; and Charles Edward is an Iron and Coal Master, and lodging at St Pancras, London. (Perhaps he was visiting his Appleby cousins who set up an iron works in Greenwich.) None of the three siblings are married. Clara died in 1867, apparently in Bristol.

In 1871, Charles Edward is a “Coal Owner” and living in Bildborough, near Renishaw. (His aunt, the widowed Eliza Alexander nee Appleby is with him.) I’ve also found a likely record for Sarah in 1871, "Annuitant", visiting Jane Stevenson of Nottingham. Perhaps Jane is a relative of the Revd. William Bilbrough Stephenson (sic) who married Sarah’s sister-in-law Jane Appleby.

In 1881, Charles Edward seems to have been a “Civil Engineer”, in the Royal Hotel, Bristol. He seems never to have married; and to have died in Devon, in 1890.

I haven’t found records for Sarah after 1871, nor for Emily after 1861. If Emily didn’t marry, that would have been the end of Charles and Sarah’s line – but Charles did have more than a dozen siblings, to carry on the Appleby name!

Incidentally, Emily’s second cousin Henry Wilde married Sarah Fretwell (my great-great-grandparents). Sarah’s brother James Fretwell Freshville was the St Petersburg representative of Sheffield steel-makers Thomas Firth and Sons. Most of James’s children were born in St Petersburg, in the 1850s; and, in adulthood took the surname de Freshville.

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