John and his wife had six children: Ann Applegate abt.1590 ,Clare Applegate abt. 1592, Ursula Applegate abt. 1594, Elizabeth Applegate abt. 1596, Nicolas Applegate abt. 1598 and Thomas Applegate 1604-1662( the immigrant to America).
Thomas Applegate who with his family left England in 1632, went to Holland for two years and then to America.Re: Reaney,P.H. 1961 A Dictionary of British Surnames Routledge & Kegan Paul, London. Savage, James 1860 Generalogacal Dictionary of New England. Litter.
quoting from Historical and Genealogical Miscellany by John F. Stillwell, 1914, Vol. 3, Pg.1: "Families of the various Applegate names were seated in England; Applegarth in Hampshire; Apeliard in Norfolkshire.... Among the lords of Rainthrop Hall and Mills Manor was Bartholomew Apelyard; and in 1419 a branch of the Applegates came into possession of Duaton Manor. Will Applegate bequeathed it in 1481 to his son, Thomas, and named his mother, Elizabeth, and his brothers John and Bartholomew. The repeated use of the comparatively rare Christian name of Bartholomew is significant and implies a relationship between this family and the imigrant to America, Thomas Applegate."
THOMAS APPLEGATE, the founder of the Applegate family in America, was an Englishman, probably of Norfolkshire orgin. His surname can be traced, with corruptions and variations in its spelling, due to time, cuphony and the carelessness or ignorance of scribblers or recording clerks, from Applegarth and Applegath, (an enclosure for apple trees), to Applegate. The names Appleyard and Applewaite were also applied to persons residing at or owning orchards. And the most ancient form was probably Apeliard, suggesting an early Norman orgin.
Families of these various names were seated in England; one , Applegarth, at Rapley, in Hampshire; another the Apeliard, in Norfolkshire, who had among its earliest and most distinguished members Nicholas de Apelyard, Robert del Apelgath, Jeffrey de Applegarth, whose estate was mentioned in 1199, and John Appleyard, who lived in the time of Richard II, 1377-99, and had a son, Sir Nicholas Apelyard or Apeliard. These families held many estates in Norfolkshire; among them Rainthrop Hall, Mills Manor, Hals Manor, and Testerdon Manor, etc.
In Norfolkshire there is found a striking coincidence of family names in the Appleyard family with those of the first Applegates in New Jersey.
Among the lords of Rainthrop Hall and Mills Manor was Bartholomew Apelyard, and in 1419, a branch of the Appleyards came into the possession of Duaton Manor. Will Applegate, in 1481, bequeathed it to his son, Thomas, and named his mother , Elizabeth, and his brothers, John and Bartholomew Applegate. Bartholomew Applegate died in 1492.
The repeated use of the comparatively rare Christian name, Bartholomew, is suggestive, if not substantiative, of a relationship between Thomas Applegate, the Immigrant, and the Norfolkshire family.
In America, the name has also undergone changes. The last half has, occasionally, been lopped off and it has remained simply Appel; and it has been spelled Applegadt and Appleget, as now the case in Middlesex County, NJ; but the Monmouth County family spell it –Applegate.
TFA Jan 04, 2011
William Applegate (1560 - 1589)
Thomas Applegate (1604 - 1662)*
Created by: Thomas F. Applegate
Record added: Jan 01, 2011
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