William Sumner Appleton, Sr was born 11 January 1840 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to Nathan Appleton (1779-1861) and Harriet Coffin Sumner (1802-1867) and died 28 April 1903 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Edith Ida Stuart Appleton (1849-1892) 12 August 1871 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, the United States.

Marriage and Family

William Sumner Appleton (1840-1903) married his cousin Edith Ida Stuart Appleton (1849-1892). Both were part of the Appleton Family of Boston Brahmin notoriety.

  1. Eleanor Armistead Appleton (1872-1956)
  2. William Sumner Appleton (1874-1947) - Founder of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) in 1910. He was the chief force behind much of the preservation of historic homes in the New England area.
  3. Marjorie Crane Appleton (1875-1913)
  4. Dorothy Everard Appleton (1878-1965)
  5. Gladys Hughes Appleton (1881-)


Offspring of William Sumner Appleton, Sr and Edith Ida Stuart Appleton (1849-1892)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eleanor Armistead Appleton (1872-1956)
William Sumner Appleton (1874-1947) 29 May 1874 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 24 November 1947
Marjorie Crane Appleton (1875-1913)
Dorothy Everard Appleton (1878-1965)
Gladys Hughes Appleton (1881-)


Offspring of Nathan Appleton and Maria Theresa Gold (1786-1833)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Gold Appleton (1812-1884) 31 March 1812 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 17 April 1884 New York City, New York
Mary Appleton (1813-1889) 18 October 1813 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 1889 United States Robert James Mackintosh (1811-1864)

Charles Sedgwick Appleton (1815-1835)
Frances Elizabeth Appleton (1817-1861) 6 October 1817 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 10 July 1861 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

George William Appleton (1826-1827)

Offspring of Nathan Appleton and Harriet Coffin Sumner (1802-1867)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Sumner Appleton (1840-1903) 11 January 1840 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 28 April 1903 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Edith Ida Stuart Appleton (1849-1892)

Harriet Sumner Appleton (1841-1923) 16 November 1841 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 8 April 1923 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Greeley Stevenson Curtis (1830-1897)

Nathan Appleton (1843-1906)


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