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 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Edith Ida Stuart Appleton (1849-1892) 12 August 1871 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

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-)



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