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John W. Applegate, Biography

From Kentucky, A History of the State

Hardin County, Kentucky

John W. Applegate, is a son of Stacy and Rebecca (Brown) Applegate.  The father was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1810, and was the son of Joseph Applegate.  He was reared to manhood in Jefferson County.  At an early age he commenced business for himself, engaging in various pursuits.  For some time he was engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans.  He was also for some time engaged in merchandising in Louisville.  His education was limited, having only attended school six weeks in his life.  But being energetic he acquired a good practical education.  About 1832 he came to West Point, Kentucky, and commenced business as a general merchant, dealing largely in produce, wood, etc., and before the late war he had accumulated a considerable fortune, but lost much of it during that conflict.  About 1860 he removed to Jefferson County, where he engaged in farming, and there he resided until his death, which occurred in June, 1884.  He was married, about 1833, to Miss Detrick, of Indiana, who died soon after, leaving one child, James Applegate.  Mr. Applegate was next married, about 1835, to Miss Rebecca Brown, daughter of David Brown of Indiana.  To them were born the following children:  David T., Elizabeth (deceased), George (deceased), John W., Venna P. (deceased), Henry C., Dr. Abel B. and William C.  Mrs.  Applegate died in 1882.  John W. Applegate was born November 30, 1842, in West Point, Kentucky, and was reared to manhood in this and Jefferson Counties.  He was engaged in farming with his father until he was about thirty years of age.  He then purchased a farm near West Point and remained on it one year, when he sold the farm and removed to Louisville and engaged in merchandising, running a feed store on the corner of Twelfth and Market Streets.  He remained in Louisville about two years, when he removed to River View and bought out his father, who was engaged in a general store.  He continued there for five years, when he sold out and came to West Point, and opened his store where he is now doing a successful business in the dry goods and grocery line.  Mr. Applegate was first married, in 1874, to Miss Mary E. Miles, daughter of Dr. George B. and Minerva (Croomes) Miles.  Mrs. Applegate died in 1879, the mother of the following children:  Lelie, Willie, Elma and Pinkey (deceased).  Mr. Applegate was next married, in 1881, to Miss Annie E. Withers, daughter of Alfonso and Jane (Sheets) Withers, of West Point, and to them have been born four children, as follows:  Ernest, Elizabeth and Della and Stella, twins, born January 3, 1886.  Mr. Applegate has been a successful business man, and through his energy and perseverance has accumulated a very handsome estate.  He is a member of Barker Lodge, No. 129, A. F. and A. M., and also a member of the K. of H.  Mrs. Applegate is a Methodist.

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