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Judge William Ivers Appleby

Judge William Ivers Appleby

Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 20 May 1870 (aged 58)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Son of Jacobus "Jacob" Appleby and Mary Lukers.
1849 Overland Pioneer.

Married Sarah Brown Price and had 7 children.

Augustin APPLEBY 1831 – 1911
Curles Shimm Appleby 1834 – 1898
Martha Ann APPLEBY 1834 – 1855
William Price Appleby Esq 1838 – 1918
Sarah Ann "Sally" Appleby 1841 – 1923
Joseph Smith APPLEBY 1846 – 1910
Marinda Hyde Appleby 1849 – 1926

Subsequently married Mary Young and had 5 children.

Martha Theresa Appleby 1859 – 1929
Mary Young Appleby 1862 – 1901
William Russell Appleby 1864 – 1869
George Ivins Young Appleby 1867 – 1869
Grace Elizabeth Appleby 1871 – 1932
The Mormon Pioneer Trail

William Ivers Appleby

1811 -1870

The dotted red lines on some of today's road maps
still indicate the historic routes of the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Pioneer Trail. No such detailed map assisted the travelers in the mid-1800's, but, they knew the route to their destinations and the miles traveled each day by using a trail-map, referred to by the Pioneers as "Clayton's Guide". Their way was guided by spectacular mountain landmarks and the life-giving rivers.
In Southwestern Wyoming the Trails parted company. The Oregon Trail turning toward the Northwest territory, while the Mormon Trail veered to the South to the developing City beside the Great Salt Lake.
From a Journal, well-kept by William Ivers Appleby, a Councilor, General Clerk and Journalist, for a Mormon wagon-train, it is learned he, his wife and their children were at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1849, as they prepared to join the wagon train destined for their "City of the Saints" in Utah Territory.
William, the fourth son of Jacob and Mary (Lukers) Appleby, was born the 13th of August 1811, near the village of New Egypt, Monmouth County, New Jersey. His Methodist parents and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Hannah Appleby, were of English descent.
His father, Jacob, served several years in the elected office of Supervisor of the Public Highway. Along
with a thriving Oyster vending business, Jacob raised his nine children on a small farm. Mrs. Appleby's first
husband was John Hopkins, by whom she had several children. Jacob Appleby died in 1829.
Self-taught with only three years of formal schooling, William Ivers Appleby taught school for several
years, served as a Justice of the Peace and Judge and Town Clerk in Burlington County, New Jersey.
On October 24, 1830, William Ivers married Sarah B. Price*, and a son, Augustine, was born to them before they moved to Recklesstown**, New Jersey in 1832. Their second son was born the 29th of September 1833***, he was named Charles Shem Appleby***. Other of Charles (Curles) Shem Appleby's siblings, were. Martha Ann, born 1835; William Price, born April 8th, 1838; Mary Elizabeth, born the summer of 1839, living only one month; Sarah A., born 1841; Joseph Smith Appleby, born 1846. The youngest daughter, Marinda, was born "on the Missouri River" in May 1849.
William and his wife, Sarah, became members of the Church of Christ of latter Day Saints in 1840. William
became active within the Church, taking frequent trips to New York, Philadelphia and Boston. His activities in the following years indicate a complete dedication to the work of the church and this total involvement had brought William and Sarah and their children to the Winter Quarters at Council Bluff to begin their journey on the Mormon Trail.
The wagon train crossed the Missouri River in the Spring of 1849 and reached the Great Salt Lake on
October 27th of that year. A few passages from the Journal, ... follows:
"July 23: Camp moved early, travelled about twelve miles through a wet muddy miry and slimey road, and we arrived on the banks of the Platte. The Plains here are hundreds of miles in length, and from three to twelve wide, from the Platte River South to the Bluffs North, covered with rich luxuriant pasture, and beautiful
flowers of different odors, colors, and variegated hues. The lands thus far travelled from the Missouri River,
belong to the Omaha and Pawnee Tribes of Indians, but we have not seen any since we left Winter Quarters. We found an Indian skull along the road a few days ago."
"It is quite interesting in the evening when the Camp stops to witness the activity of all that are able: from watering cattle, some driving others to herd, others carrying wood and water, others making fires, and carrying
wood for evening and morning, while others are preparing their meals. After supper the driving up of the herd,
chaining and tieing up cattle. The Captain of the guard blows his horn, and summons the guards to duty. The camp after prayers retires to rest, with their camp fires burning and their lamps lighted up in their waggons, with the lowing of the oxen, the bleating of the sheep, and neighing of the horses in the koral, the howling of the wolves on the distant hills and prairies with the half hourly cry of the guards as they cry the hour of the night, with "all is right"."
September 10: "Twelve miles completed our Journey for this day, some part sandy roads, a heavy shower
coming on, we encamped early near low sandy bluffs. From about five o'clock p.m. until midnight there was one
constant and incessant torrent almost. The lightning flashed in vivid glare, the thunder rolled in rumbling and
terrific peals. The winds howled through our camp of canvass, stretched to the enraged elements.
Many were the Mother and infant that received the cold drops through their frail covering, and reposed in
their saturated beds, without murmuring, as it was Heavens will.The cattle bent to the storm. The guards wet and dripping paced the camp in their several rounds, crying the hour exposed to the furious and pitiless storm. However after about seven hours the elements having spent
their fury, a calm subsided, and in the morning the camps arose to behold a beautiful clear sky, a shining sun,
cattle all safe, and cheerful and smiling countenances in the camps and plenty of water around the same."
October 27: Continued our journey over the mountains and deep ravines, through a Kanyon, dangerous
and bad roads, upsetting one waggon, breaking one axle we arrived at the Mouth of Emigration Kanyon.
From here we had a sight of the Salt Lake, and Great Salt Lake City. Thus at last the Lord has granted me
the desires of my heart."


Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
Volume 4 Biographies - Presidents of Missions
Brannan, Samuel

Appleby, William I., president pro tem. of the Eastern States Mission in 1847, and president from 1857 to 1858, was born Aug. 13, 1811, near New Egypt, Mammoth Co., New Jersey, the son of Jacob Appleby and Mary Sutress. Having heard Elder Orson Pratt preach the Gospel, he became a convert and was baptized Sept. 21, 1840, by Erastus Snow. In 1841 he was ordained an Elder and sent out as a missionary to labor in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, raising up a branch at Ricklestown, N.J. On Sept. 1, 1844, he was ordained a High Priest and in 1845 was appointed to preside over the branches in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He came to Utah in 1849, filled another mission to the Eastern States in 1856-1858, acting as president from 1857 to 1858, part of the time assisting Elder John Taylor in editing the "Mormon". Elder Appleby died May 20, 1870.
Our Pioneer Heritage
Volume 5 Utah's Three Governments
The Ghost Government - A Tribute

It's aim, according to President Young, was "to organize a state government and to petition for admission into the Union, this we do to please ourselves and our God." President Young was nominated for Governor; Heber C. Kimball, Lieut-Governor, and John M. Bernhisel, member of Congress. The election held March 3rd, reported 9,880 votes cast, for governor and other officers. Legislators from various counties were selected. On April 4th this legislature met and President Young delivered a Governor's message. There were representatives according to the Deseret News from most counties. During the session, which lasted four days, ten acts were passed; one was making the laws of the territory of Utah in force in the State of Deseret. Others were concerning elections, courts, judges, etc. Committees were named and a memorial to Congress requesting admission was adopted. The Deseret News of April 16, 1862 names the following officers; senators to Congress, William H. Hooper and George Q. Cannon; secretary of state, Daniel H. Wells; treasurer, David O. Calder; auditor of public accounts William Clayton; attorney general, Aurelius Miner: chief justice of the supreme court, Elias Smith, for the term of six years, associate justices Zerubabbel Snow and Seth M. Blair, for the four year and two year terms respectively. Circuit judges were also named, these being Erastus Snow, John A. Ray, William I. Appleby, Jesse Haven and William Hyde.
William Ivers Appleby Obituary
May 20, 1870
Salt Lake City, Utah
Evening News, Monday, 23 May 1870

"We have today to record the demise of Bro. Wm. I. Appleby, long and favorably known to many of our readers. He died on Friday, at 3 o'clock p.m., after an illness of three weeks. He suffered from a combination of diseases and had been insensible for several days.
Wm. I. Appleby was the son of Jacob and Mary Appleby, and was born August 13th, 1811, near the village of New Egypt, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. He was a self-taught man, never having attended school after he was nine years of age, but by energy and perseverance he acquired a sound English education. He learned the carpenter and mill-wright business when a young man, and continued to work in that line until 1838, when he was appointed justice of the peace and associate Judge for the county of Burlington, N. J. He also kept a scrivener's office and taught school for some years. He held the office of clerk for the township of Chesterfield, New Jersey., six or seven years, when he voluntarily resigned it.

In 1840 he first heard the gospel preached, and was baptized by Elder Erastus Snow, in September of the same year. Immediately afterwards, he commenced preaching in the evening, in the house in which he taught his day school. and with such success, that in a few weeks, as the result of his labors, he baptised twenty-six persons. In April 1841, he visited Nauvoo for the first time to see the Prophet; and from that time until he came to this Territory, he traveled and preached in different parts of the Union with great success. He reached this valley in October, 1849, and was soon afterwards elected a member of the First Legislative Assembly of the State of Deseret, as also one of the Regents of the Deseret University. In the spring of 1856 he started on a mission to the Eastern States and labored there upwards of two years, part of the time assisting Elder John Taylor in editing the Mormon. He held the office of Clerk of the United States Supreme Court in this Territory, ever since it's first session until quite recently; and was for some years also Clerk of the District Court. His death, though not entirely unlooked for, is a sad blow to his family, with whom we deeply sympathize.

His funeral took place yesterday, at eleven o'clock a.m., from the Fourteenth Ward Assembly Rooms, and was largely attended, many of our most prominent citizens being present. The assembly was addressed by Elder Orson Pratt, who delivered a very excellent discourse upon the intent and resurrection."

Appleby, William I. 1849 Journal. In Journal History, 28 July–29 October 1849, LDS Archives. Digital copy at





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