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Terminates his existence without apparent reason.

Mr Hodgkinson held an inquest at the Vestry Hall, Church Row, Bethnal Green on Wednesday afternoon on the body of Joseph Apleby, an old tradesman of Bethnal Green, whose body was found last Sunday morning shot through the head.

After some evidence, police constable Walton 568 J, deposed that he was called at 10.45 am on Sunday to 28 Cambridge Circus, and he found deceased sitting in a chair with a bullet wound in his right temple.  The revolver (produced) he found at his feet between his legs, and on searching he found a box of cartridges.  When found deceased had nothing but a white shirt and undershirt on.

The jury returned a verdict of “Death from a revolver shot”.   (source NELeader, British Library Newspaper Archives, Colindale)

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In his will, Joseph Appleby, tin toy manufacturer, directed his wife Harriet to continue his business until her death, after which time it should be passed to his sons William, Henry and John with the residue of his property to be divided between his nine children.  At his death, the gross value of his personal estate was valued at £928.5.0. After searching for years for burials for Joseph and Harriet, I was thrilled when DC discovered the Appleby family grave plot at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium at Newham (see photos right) - Joseph is buried there, along with Harriet and several of their children.


Harriet NAY

Born 10 jan 1821 and christened 26 feb 1821 at St Leonard’s, Shoreditch.  Father William Nay, weaver of Hoxton Town, mother Ann.   (source Parish Records LMA)  In the 1841 census, Harriet was living in Haggerston with her parents (see next generation)


Harriet Appleby died on 7 dec 1897 at 28 Cambridge Circus, aged 77 years.  The cause of death was Bronchitis and exhaustion.  She was described as being the widow of Joseph Appleby, tin plate worker.  The death was reported by Emily Horne, her daughter, of 3 Kenilworth Road Bethnal Green, who was present at the death.  (source death certificate).  Harriet is buried with Joseph in the Appleby family grave at city of London Cemetery and Crematorium in Newham, along with most of their children. 


Known children of Joseph and Harriet Appleby :      


Joseph Charles/Edward Appleby (b 20 jun 1844, chr 14 jul 1844 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch) Married to Emma Hand Sudbury [1866 sep Bethnal Green 1c, 738].  In 1881 census was a tin plate maker employing 1 man and 10 boys, living in Hackney with five children.  Joseph died on 7 dec 1892 and he and his wife Emma Hand Appleby, who died 14 Apr 1919 and son Albert Hand Appleby (1884-1939) are all buried in the Appleby Family Grave.


Charles Edward Appleby (b 13 oct 1846 at 60 Seabright Street, Bethnal Green – father Joseph Appleby tin plate worker, mother Harriet Appleby formerly Nay (source Birth Certficate),  chr 9 nov 1846 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch)  was a tin toy maker.  Charles married Emily Ward in 1866 and they had 10 children – their son Albert, born in 1890, was grandfather of Clive Appleby.  When their daughter Emily was born in 1878 they were living at 44 Felix Street and father Charles was a tin plate worker (source DC) - Charles' wife Emily died on 5 Sep 1897 and Charles on 6 Nov 1917 and both are buried in the Appleby family grave.


William John Appleby (b 4 dec 1848 at 61 Squirres Street Bethnal Green, father Joseph Appleby, tin plate worker, mother Harriet Appleby formerly Nay (source Birth Certificate), chr 26 dec 1848 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch.  Although have not found him in either 1871 or 1881 census, in 1891 census William is still unmarried and working as a tin plate worker, living with his parents in Bethnal Green. In 1901 he was living with his married sister Emily Horne, along with his nephew Percy.  William Appleby died on 22 April 1909 at the London County Asylum Claybury in Essex.  In his will he left everything in trust to his nephew Percy Appleby until he reached the age of 21 (source William Appleby’s Will) William is buried at the Appleby Family grave in Newham.


Eliza Appleby (b 4 apr 1851, chr 27 apr 1851 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch)   Married to Samuel Chapman, a fancy toy warehouseman, [1879 dec Bethnal Green 1c, 478] and in 1881 they were living in Leyton in Essex with their son Samuel.  Eliza died 16 feb 1895 and is commemorated on the Appleby family grave


Harriet Appleby, born 14 aug 1853 and chr 4 sep 1853 at St Philip Bethnal Green, dau of Joseph and Harriet, tin plate worker of 61 Squirries St.  Married to William Friend, cabinet maker in 1874 and in 1881 census they had two children.  Harriett died on 15 jan 1892 and is commemorated on the Appleby family grave.


Henry John Appleby, born  21 july 1855 at 6 Squirries St, Bethnal Green  – father Joseph Appleby, tin plate worker, mother Harriet Appleby (formerly Nay) (source birth certificate DC) and chr 12 aug 1855 at St Philip Bethnal Green.  In 1881 he was also a tin plate worker. Henry Appleby died died 6 May 1891 aged 36 and is commemorated on the Appleby family grave 


Emilie Appleby, born 25 aug 1857 and chr 13 sep 1857at St Philip Bethnal Green, dau of Joseph and Harriet, tin plate worker of 61 Squirries St , married George Horne in 1878. [1878 dec Bethnal Green 1c, 563]  Emily Horne was the daughter who reported her mother’s death in 1897 (see above) George Horne and his partner Alfred Doubleday continued to run the tin toy factory W APPLEBY and Co after his brother in law William Appleby's death  (source DD).


John Appleby (b 15 mar 1861, chr 4 feb 1866 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch)    Married to Charlotte Lowry (see previous generation)          


Annie Appleby (b 6 jun 1866, chr 4 feb 1866 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch) In 1891 Annie was still living with her parents,  she died on 8 jul 1899 at 28 Cambridge Circus, Bethnal Green.  She was aged 33 years and a spinster, occupation housekeeper.  The cause of death was cardiac disease, 3years and the death was reported by her sister Emily Horn of 3 Kenilworth Road, Bethnal Green (source death Certificate).  In Annie’s will, she left her effects (valued at £207.14s.4d) to her son Percy, with her brother William Appleby, tin-toy maker as sole Executor (source Last Will and Testament of Annie Appleby) Annie is buried  in the Appleby Family grave.


Francis William LOWRY

Born ~ 1837, son of Michael Lowry and Alice Bible.


Francis Lowry married Charlotte WAGGETT on 10 feb 1858 at the Union Church in Bethnal Green. At the time of his marriage, Francis William Lowry was age 21 years, occupation Blacksmith, living at 8 Clare Street Bethnal Green.  His father was Michael Lowry, a gas stoker.  Charlotte Waggett was age 18, also living at 8 Clare Street, and her father was Colwell Waggett, a shoe maker (journeyman).  They married at Union chapel in Old Bethnal Green Road by the Minister Thomas George Williams. Witnesses were C Waggett (?her father Colwell) and R Amelia Palliseir (her sister).  (source marriage certificate)


Francis William Lowry died in 1890 [1890 dec, Hackney, 1b, 439 ] at the age of 53.


Charlotte  WAGGETT

Born  22 aug 1839 at 7 Sale St, Bethnal Green, father Colwell Waggett, shoemaker, mother Mary Ann Waggett (formerly Ratlidge).  (source birth certificate)    In the 1841 and 1851 censuses, Charlotte was living in Bethnal Green (see next generation)             


Charlotte Lowry died on 21st December 1904 at 76B Goldsmiths Row, Hackney Road.   She was aged 65 years, the widow of Francis William Lowry, Blacksmith and the cause of death was Cerebral Haemmorrhage, Apoplexy.  The death was notified by Wapin Westcott, Coroner for North East London, following an inquest held on 23rd December 1904 (source Death Certificate)



Children of Francis and Charlotte Lowry:


Francis W Lowry, b. ~1858 in Shoreditch. (was a nailer/farrier in the1881 census and married to Elizabeth in 1883)


Charlotte Lowry, b. 3 apr 1860 at Margaret St Hackney.  She married John Appleby in 1883 (see previous generation), and died in 1926 at Homerton


Amelia Alice Lowry, born 22nd Aug 1862 at 20 Baden Place, South Hackney, daughter of Francis William Lowry, Engine smith, and Charlotte Lowry formerly Waggett (source Birth Certificate)


Harriet Lowry, b. ~1865 in Bethnal Green


Mary Ann Lowry, b 15 apr 1867 and chr 5 may 1867 at St Jude Bethnal Green, dau of Francis William and Charlotte Lowry, hammerman at gas works, of  4 Cambridge Circus.


Elizabeth Emma Lowry, b.5 jul and chr 25 jul 1869 at St Jude Bethnal Green, dau of Francis William and Charlotte Lowry, labourer of 4 Cambridge Circus.


Alice Ophelia Lowry,  born 28 Oct 1871 at 45 Hedger’s Grove, South Hackney, dau of Francis William Lowry, labourer at Gas Works and Charlotte Lowry, formerly Waggett (source Birth Certificate)


Florence Lowry, b. ~1875 in Hackney [1874 mar Hackney 1b 535]


Francis and Charlotte Lowry's family in the census:


1861 census: at 33 Margaret St, Shoreditch -

Francis Lowry, 24, smith's labourer

Charlotte, wife, 21, boot binder

Francis W, son 3, scholar

Charlotte, dau, 1

living in the same house was Charlotte's aunt:

Elizabeth Waggett, widow, 51, tailoress

Clara, dau, 21, vest maker

Lucy, dau, 18, milliner

Jesse, dau, 15, milliner

Anna, dau, 13, milliner

Fanny, dau 11, scholar

John E, son, 9


1871 census: at 45 Hedges Grove, South Hackney -

Francis Lowry, 33, blacksmith

Charlotte, 31, wife

Francis, 13, blacksmiths son

Charlotte, dau, 10

Amelia, dau, 8

Harriet, dau, 6

Mary Ann, dau, 4

Elizabeth, dau, 2


1881 census: at 5 Percy St -

Francis Lowry, 45, lab in ironworks

Charlotte, wife, 46

Francs, son, 23, nailers farrier

Charlotte, dau, 20, dressmaker app

Harriet, dau, 16, dressmaker app

Mary Ann, 13, scholar

Elizabeth, dau, 10, scholar

Alice, dau, 8, scholar

Florence, dau, 6, scholar


1891 census  Following Francis Lowry's death, in the 1891 census the family was living at 14 Church Cres, Hackney -

Charlotte Lowry, widow, 51

Mary Ann Lowry, dau,23, tie maker

Alice Lowry, dau, 19, fur sewer

Florence Lowry, dau, 17, fur sewer


1901 census: Charlotte was living with her married son Francis at 27 Cleveland Rd, Islington -

Francis Lowry, 43, farrier

Elizabeth, wife, 39

Francis, son, 17 printers warehouseman

Alice, dau, 13

Henry, son, 10

Florence, dau, 7

Charlotte, widowed mother, 61, tailoress

Mary A, sister, 33, sewer


The photograph to the right shows Ann Waggett (Charlotte Waggett’s elder sister) seated at the table with four of her children on a visit to London in the late 1890s.  We believe that they were visiting Francis and Charlotte's eldest son, Francis W Lowry and his family. It is probable that the other three children are Francis, Alice and Henry Lowry, children of Francis and Elizabeth Lowry.

How I would love to take a peek at the photos on the table that Ann is looking at; and is that a family bible? 


(photo kindly provided by DW, descendant of Ann Waggett)

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From census information, we know that Joseph was born about 1821, in Bethnal Green, and according to his marriage certificate his father was Charles Appleby wheelwright - however, to date we have not managed to find a birth record for Joseph, despite checking the parish records for all churches in and around Bethnal Green. (Although there WAS a Charles Applebee, wheelwright living in Essex at the right time, I have researched his family thoroughly and he does not appear to have had a son Joseph, or indeed any children born in London)


The only birth records for a Joseph Appleby I have found to date are:  


Joseph Appleby, born 1 oct 1819, bap 5 may 1838 at St Pancras Old Church, father Richard Appleby, Carpenter of Church Way and Ann. (source parish registers LMA) - however this Joseph was living next door to Richard Appleby, carpenter, in 1841 with what looks like a wife and two children, and a Joseph Appleby, age 30, carpenter, b. St Pancras also appears in the 1851 census.


Joseph Appleby, b 11 feb 1819, chr 7 mar 1819 at Paternoster Row, Wesleyan Methodist (London), father John Appleby (Potter of Rotherham, Yorks), mother Hannah Law (Hannah’s parents were William and Hannah Law)  (source Br.Vital Records, FRC)


Neither of the above seem likely births for our Joseph.


Joseph married Harriet NAY on 25th dec 1843 at the Parish Church of Hackney (St John’s).  Both were ‘of full age’ and Joseph’s occupation is given as Tin Plate Worker, both lived at London Fields. However on the marriage certificate his name is given as John Appleby. His father was Charles (occupation wheelwright).  Harriet’s father was William Nay, carpenter.  The Minister was John Graham and the witnesses John and Sarah Hagerty. (source marriage certificate) .  NOTE: I have checked the entry in marriage register for St John’s at Hackney – Joseph’s name is certainly recorded as John, however, the vicar had performed 16 marriages on that day, so possibly was getting confused!   Another query is that Harriet’s father William Nay’s occupation is given  as carpenter, whereas in the census he is a silk weaver.


Joseph Appleby, occupation tin plate worker, died on Whit Sunday, 13 May 1894 aged 73 years.  The cause of death was ‘revolver shot in head – suicide’. A certificate was received from A Hodgkinson, Acting Coroner for North East London.  The Inquest was held on 16 May 1894.  (source death certificate)

Unfortunately, the inquest report no longer exists (checked LMA), however the inquest was reported in the N E Leader on Saturday 19 May 1894:

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Joseph and Harriet Appleby in the census:


1851 census: at 16 King St, St Matthews Bethnal Green -

Joseph Appleby, 29, tinplate worker

Harriet, wife, 28

Joseph, son, 7

Charles, son, 5

William, son, 2


1861 census: at 11 Albion Bldgs, Hackney Rd, Bethnal Green -

Joseph Appleby, 39, tinplate worker

Harriet, wife, 39

Joseph, son,16, tinplate worker

Charles, son,14, tinplate worker

William, son, 12

Eliza, dau, 10, scholar

Harriet, dau, 7, scholar

Henry, son, 5, scholar

Emily, dau, 3, cholar

John, son, 1m


1871 census: have not managed to find any members of the family


1881 census: at 11 Albion Bldgs -

Joseph, 59, tnplate worker

Harriet, 59, wife

Annie, dau, 15

Next door at 10 Albion Bldgs -

H. Appleby, 26, tinplate worker

J Appleby, brother, 24, tinplate worker


Sons Joseph and Charles were both married and working as tinplate workers; daughters Emily and Harriet were also married.


1891 census: at 28 Cambridge Circus, -

Joseph, 68, tinplate worker

Harriet, wife, 68

William, son, 42, tinplate worker

Anne, dau, 25

Percy, grandson, 1m

Appleby graves at the plot in Newham thumb
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Joseph and Harriet grave Newham thumb
william dna charles grave thumb
henry harriett eliza and emily grave Newham thumb
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