• Minister of the 1st Congregational Church in Cambridge


Rev. Nathaniel Appleton was born 9 December 1693 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to John Appleton (1652-1724) and Elizabeth Rogers (1661-1754) and died 9 February 1784 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Margaret Gibbs (1699-1771) 25 June 1719 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Appleton was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was educated at Harvard, taking his degree in 1712, studied theology, and was ordained on 9 October 1717, succeeding William Brattle as Congregational minister. From 1717 to 1779 he was one of the corporation of Harvard University. He published sermons and occasional discourses. He died, aged 90, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • A Thanksgiving sermon on the total repeal of the Stamp-Act, preached in Cambridge, New-England, May 20th, in the afternoon preceding the public rejoicings of the evening upon that great occasion (Boston: Printed and sold by Edes and Gill, 1766)[1]
  • Considerations on Slavery: In a Letter to a Friend (1767)

Marriage and Family


Offspring of Rev. Nathaniel Appleton and Margaret Gibbs (1699-1771)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Margaret Appleton (1720-1768)
Jose Appleton (1723-1723)
Nathaniel Appleton (1725-1726)
Elizabeth Appleton (1726-1756)
Mehitabel Appleton (1728-1777)
John Appleton (1730-1730)
Nathaniel Appleton (1731-1798)
Mercy Appleton (1732-1734)
Marcy Appleton (1733-1733)
Baby Appleton (1735-1735)
Henry Appleton (1737-1768)
John Appleton (1739-1817)
Samuel Appleton (1741-1741)


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