Appleton Family of Boston is noteworthy family of the Boston Brahmin upper class society of New England. Many noteworthy descendants and connections. Appleton Family


  • See also Appleton (surname)
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  • Appleton of New England Suffolk Manorial Families (1900)
  • Memorial of Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, Massachusetts: With Genealogical Notices of Some of His Descendants (1801)
  • A Genealogy of the Ipswich Descendants of Samuel Appleton Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society|year=1906 (Google Books)

Family Patriarchs[]

  • John Appleton (1622-1699) - The eldest son John became an influential man in the colony. Was successively lieutenant, captain, and major, and deputy to the General Court for fifteen years between 1656 and 1678, and was honorably prominent in opposition to the Andros government. He married Priscilla Glover, by whom he had a large family, and died in 1699.
  • Samuel Appleton (1624-1696) - A military and government leader in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay. He was a commander of the Massachusetts militia during King Philip's War who led troops during the Attack on Hatfield, Massachusetts and the Great Swamp Fight. He also held numerous positions in government and was an opponent of Governor Sir Edmund Andros. Many family members descend from him. Son of immigrant Samuel Appleton.

Patrilineal Line[]



Descendants of Frances Elizabeth Appleton (1817-1861) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). ( NAppleton, IAppleton3, IAppleton2, IAppleton1, SAppleton2, SAppleton1)-

  1. Charles Appleton Longfellow (1844-1893) - Snuck away to join the Civil War where he was gravely wounded. He inspired Longfellow's poem I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
  2. Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (1845-1921) - renowned artist and art collector who donated a sizeable collection to the Boston Museum of Art.
  3. Frances Longfellow (1847-1848) - When the younger Fanny was born on April 7, 1847, Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep administered ether as the first obstetric anesthetic in the United States to Fanny Longfellow
  4. Alice Mary Longfellow (1850-1928) - noteworth philanthropist and historical preservationist. Never married.
  5. Edith Longfellow (1853-1915) - married Boston lawyer, Richard Henry Dana III, son of the popular writer Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast.
  6. Anne Allegra Longfellow (1855-1934) - the youngest daughter of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), she married a Boston lawyer. Her father immortalized her in his poem "The Children's Hour" as "laughing Allegra," referring to her middle name.

Other notable relatives[]

To be researched[]

Children of Nathan Appleton[]

  • Charles Sedgwick Appleton (1815-1835)