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Margaret Elizabeth Brown Appleman
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1859
Vernon County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1924
Vernon County
Wisconsin, USA

Margaret was born June 5, 1959, near Viroqua, Wis., daughter of George W. Brown and Abigail Adams. She died Feb. 21, 1924, at Salam Ridge, Webster Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin, aged 64 years, 8 months and 16 days. Both she and Jacob are buried in the Salem Ridge Cemetery.

On March 29, 1874 she married Jacob Appleman. Their children all born in Webster Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin, were:

George Mordicai, b. 29 Mar 1875;
Simeon J., b. Nov 1877;
Harriet Lutitia, b. 19 Jan 1880;
Abbie, b. Jan 1882;
Bertha L., b. 18 May 1884;
Nettie M., b. 9 May 1889;
Lucy F., b. Oct 1891;
Amy I., b. 11 Mar 1894;
Everett Goodsell Appleman, b. 1 May 1899.


Margaret Elizabeth Brown, daughter of G. W. and Abigail Brown, was born June 5, 1859, in the town of Viroqua, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Her mother died when she was eight years old, after which for about a year she lived with an uncle, and then at the tender age of none years she took up the task of housekeeper for her father and brothers.

She was married to Jacob Appleman March 29, 1874, and had she lived one month longer, they could have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. To this union were born nine children: Mordicai, Simeon, Lutitia, Abigail, Bertha, Nettie, Lucy, Amy and Goodsell. All these were present at her funeral except Simeon, who passed away in Spokane, Washington, December 24, 1912; and Lucy, who departed this life in the old home, December 25, 1918.

None but a mother can know what a responsibility it is to br9ng up a large family of children. Many times has the deceased worked until two or three o'clock in the morning to do the sewing necessary in so large a family, and then be up early the next morning for another day's work. When asked why she worked so late, she answered that she could get more done when the children were all in bed and asleep, for then she could work without interruption.

During the greater part of her married life the finances of the family were very limited, which required the strictest economy on her part, and many times did she deny herself even the necessities of life that her childrfen should not suffer.

The first eight years of her married life were spent in the old fashioned log house. During the summer of 1882 the house was built in which she has lived ever since. She with her husband moved to the farm where the family is still living in 1878, being 46 years next April.

Mrs. Appleman was taken ill in April 1916, and was never in her usual good health afterward. She had a slight stroke of paralysis December 29, 1918, from which she recovered in a few days, but had another stroke October 15, 1919. She was never able to walk again, and for nearly three months was deprived of speech. Gradually her powers of utterance improved until she could carry on a conversation fairly well.

The last severe illness began November 9, 1923. She failed gradually for several weeks and then seemed to improve again but a change for the worse came on the fourth of February when she was attacked with gangrene which caused her intense suffering for several days. During the last few weeks she often expressed the wish that she might be taken to her home above, where there would be no more pain and suffering. Her suffering grew less intense the last few days and she passed away most peacefully Thursday evening, at 7:15 o'clock.

The deceased became a member of the Methodist church when a child and remained a faithful worker until her death. She was untiring in her good deeds, not only within the church, but in any cause that seemed for the upbuilding of mankind. If there was a case of sickness in the neighborhood, she found time among her many other duties to do her share of the service necessary. Even in her long sickness she constantly thought of others.

Thus closes a life of much sacrifice and suffering, but also one of sweetness and gentleness to others.

Funeral services were conducted at the Salem Church, Sunday, February 24, at 2:30, by her Pastor, Rev. E. P. Stone, who was assisted by Rev. A. V. Ingham, Supt. Of the LaCrosse Dist. Of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The body was laid to rest in the family lot at the Salem Ridge Cemetery, in the presence of a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. [Unknown date and newspaper.]
Family links: 
  George Washington Brown (1832 - 1915)
  Abigail Adams Brown (1826 - 1867)
  Jacob Appleman (1853 - 1950)*
  George Mordecai Appleman (1875 - 1932)*
  Simeon Jasper Appleman (1877 - 1912)*
  Harriet Lutitia Appleman Brown (1880 - 1943)*
  Sarah Abigail (Abbie) Appleman Totten (1882 - 1934)*
  Bertha Luella Appleman Parker (1884 - 1967)*
  Nettie May Appleman Hall (1888 - 1956)*
  Lucy Florence Appleman Showen (1891 - 1918)*
  Amy Irene Appleman Wilson (1894 - 1968)*
  Everett Goodsell Appleman (1899 - 1981)*
  Benjamin H. Brown (____ - 1918)**
  John McHenry Brown (1857 - 1862)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Brown Appleman (1859 - 1924)
  Simeon Brown (1861 - 1921)*
  Baby Boy Brown (1866 - 1866)*
  Baby Girl Brown (1867 - 1867)*
  Jacob Robert Brown (1874 - 1941)**
  William Sherman Brown (1875 - 1897)**
  Mary Jane Brown Forry (1877 - 1966)**
  Nancy M. Brown (1879 - 1888)**
  James Thomas Brown (1891 - 1974)**
  Benjamin Harrison Brown (1894 - 1918)**
*Calculated relationship
Salem Ridge Cemetery
Vernon County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Mar 07, 2003
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