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Jesse Applegate
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1811
Henry County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 1888
Douglas County
Oregon, USA

At sixteen years of age, Jesse Applegate went to work for the Missouri Surveyor General's Office. In 1831, he married Cynthia Parker and moved to Oregon in 1843. He first settled in Polk County and did work for the Territorial Government and was appointed as the first Surveyor General in 1844. Jesse was appointed Captain of the third successful road exploration party in 1846, which led to the opening of the Scott-Applegate trail for wagon trains to enter Southern Oregon from the Oregon Trail. In 1866, Jesse had been living in Yoncalla, Oregon on his donation land claim, when he lost all of his holdings because of indebtedness. He left Oregon in 1872 and went to work in California. He made enough money to return to Yoncalla, where he spent the rest of his days raising grapes in the first established vineyard in Douglas County. Jesse died in 188
This was from RB

The following is From Dee Williams:

Jesse Applegate the youngest child of Daniel and Rachel Lindsay Daughter to LT. Anthony Lindsay Jr and Rachel Dorsey
Daniel and Rachel Lindsay Applegate where married
Buffalo Stomping Grounds KY home to Lindsay Station where some of Rachel's family is buried they moved to St. Louis MO and Daniel died there Feb 11 1826 and is buried in the Old St Louis Cemetery which was supposedly taken over for a high school and burials moved to New Pickers no proof just rumor
Rachel moved to her daughter Lucy Applegate Wingfield in Missouri she died St. Louis Co Missouri after 1830 as she is in the 1830 census living with Lucy Applegate Wingfield and John Milton her son who died 1835 so between 1830 and 1835

Jesse Applegate was born Buffalo Stomping Grounds KY his siblings where

Mary b 1792 d 1796 age 4

Lydia b 1794 d 1810 married George Vandercur

Elisha b 1796 d 1815 war of 1812

Lucy b 1798 d 1860 married James Wingfield my great great grandmother and grandfather

John Milton b 1880 d 1835 married Jane Pruitt

Lisbon b 1803 d 1875 married Elizabeth Martin

Charles b 1805 d 1879 married Melinda Miller
sister to Elizabeth Miller

Anthony Lindsay b 1808 d 1892 married Elizabeth Miller

Jesse b 1811 d 1880 married Cynthia Ann Parker

Jesse Applegate Pioneer to OR 1843 came with his wife Cynthia and 5 of the oldest children Milburn Applegate had died in Missouri and Edward Bates would drown on the Columbia River near present day Dalles Jesse and his brothers Charles and Athony Lindsay and their families along with their sister Lucy Applegate Wingfield's daughter Harriet Wingfield Williams her husband Benjamin Williams my great grandparents Ben's brother David Williams and family members the Kelsey Family

The group leaving Indepence MO was one of the biggest to date to walk to OR but not the first

Jesse Applegate niece Harriet husband's family my great great grandparents Richard and Keziah Huckabee Williams and his siblings came in 1841

The 1843 pioneers where a large group broken up into smaller groups to keep the wagons moving Jesse was appointed in charge of the cow colum

They arrived after many hardships and Jesse Charles and Anthony settled present day Dallas OR Harriet close to Melinda wife of Charles went with her husband to his family's land present day Hillsboro

Having such a hard time walking to OR Jesse went out to find a better way which turned out to be worse in the end.

He then set out to forge a road south into present day Yoncalla the road that he forged is present day Hwy 99

He and Charles settled into Yoncalla and my great grandfather Benjamin helped them settle bringing material down for a grist mill and was going to bring his family down after getting Jesse and Charles settled
But on one of his trip back and forth he was ambushed and died 1852

Anthony Lindsay went further down to present day Jackson and put up a toll gate to collect money for those going further south into CA

Anthony Lindsay Applegate's son Oliver's son Oliver Jr lived in Oakland CA he visited with my Aunt Alice often attending her 100th birthday he was not only our cousins he was an artist I have one of his paintings he was a wonderful kind man I enjoyed visiting him

Jesse along with many of the men went south when Gold was found in CA

My Great Uncle Samuel Williams went to Idaho
None of the men became rich over gold

As I mentioned earlier my great grandmother Harriet and Charles wife Melinda where close on the trail Melinda was pregnant and told Harriet if her child was a girl she would name her Harriet she had a son and Harriet would come later full of talent and die young.

Jesse always ready to help put his land up for cash and loaned money to a man who did not repay thus Jesse lost his land but was allowed to keep the land where he his beloved wife and family members rest

Today you may visit the cemetery by driving through a portion of the land there is a gate that says Applegate Family Cemetery

Charles and many others who walked to Oregon are buried in the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery

In my collection of family history I have a copy of a letter sent to Lisbon from Jesse in which he talks of my great grandmother his niece Harriet and her husband Benjamin Williams

A treasure given to me from my cousin

Jesse did not ever want his picture taken and this drawing was done by a man who did it from memory not while Jesse was alive so the family story goes

Where Jesse and Cynthia are buried

Their son Milburn is buried in Missouri he died in 1839

Their son Edward Bates died in the Columbia River near present day Dalles 1843 on the walk to OR

Their daughter Alena Married Martin Lawrence Alexander Red Mc Call she died White Horse ID 1911

I have the life story of Cynthia Ann Parker Applegate which I will attempt to put on here it is long
Cynthia Ann Parker was born on Aug 15 1813 on the Cumberland River Northwestern TN she was the fourth child of five and the only daughter of Jeremiah and Sallie Ann Yauhnt Parker
Her mother died when she was 7 and her younger brother 5 her father took the 3 oldest boys and sent Cynthia and her younger brother to live with her Mothers brother John Yauhnt in Missouri where she would grow up and meet Jesse Applegate they married March 13 1831 she 17 Jesse 20
The had a happy live living on the Osage River there they had the first of their five children
Calls to go west started growing stronger and so it was she left the comforts of her home the burial place of her son Milburn and with her children and husband his brothers my great grandmother Harriet Wingfield Williams daughter of Lucy Applegate Wingfield sister of Jesee Charles and Anthony Lindsay her husband my great grandfather Benjamin Williams his brother David and family all walked to Oregon 1843
Benjamin Williams father Richard Williams mother and younger children walked in 1841
On the walk to OR she watched her eldest son drown in the Columbia River and endured more than we today can imagine arriving to the OR Territory with nothing she made the clothes from buckskin she picked the berry's for food she made everything as all that was comfort had been left behind
she continue to have more children after finally settling in Yoncalla where she could at last stay put
Her life of strength hard work and loving kindness ended the 1st day of June 1881 she was the mother to 13 children she had 44 grand children 45 great grandchildren 2 great great grandchildren to carry on her spirit
bio by DW

Family links: 
  Daniel Applegate (1768 - 1826)
  Rachel Lindsay Applegate (1769 - 1836)
  Cynthia Ann Parker Applegate (1813 - 1882)
  Rozelle Applegate Putnam (1832 - 1861)*
  Edward Bates Applegate (1833 - 1843)*
  Alexander McClellan Applegate (1838 - 1902)*
  Robert Shortess Applegate (1839 - 1893)*
  Gertrude Applegate Fay (1841 - 1867)*
  William Henry Applegate (1844 - 1913)*
  Daniel Webster Applegate (1846 - 1896)*
  Sarah Applegate Long (1848 - 1912)*
  Peter Skene Ogden Applegate (1851 - 1916)*
  Peter Skene Ogden Applegate (1851 - 1916)*
  Florence Applegate Long (1857 - 1916)*
  Lucy Applegate Wingfield (1798 - 1860)*
  John Milton Applegate (1799 - 1835)*
  Lisbon Applegate (1803 - 1878)*
  Charles Applegate (1806 - 1879)*
  Anthony Lindsay Applegate (1808 - 1892)*
  Jesse Applegate (1811 - 1888)
*Calculated relationship
Applegate Family Cemetery
Douglas County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Dee Williams
Originally Created by: RB
Record added: Apr 15, 2002
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Jesse Applegate
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Thank you for your kindness Dee
- Dee Williams
 Added: May. 4, 2016
Thank you for selling your farm in the valley to the Fredrick family in 1847. It got them started in the Oregon Territory that year. I am sorry for the loss of your nephew and son and am grateful for your establishing the Southern Route to the Oregon Terr...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Feb. 7, 2016

- Historybuff
 Added: Oct. 4, 2015
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