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Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, 1891; Page 365 – 366

CHRISTOPHER APPLETON, of Pittsfield, is one of the most extensive farmers and dealers in live stock in Pike County. He owns many acres of choice land, has two finely improved farms, and is a man of wealth and consideration in this community. He is of English birth and antecedents. He was born in the great metropolis of London, December 12, 1818, and is a son of Christopher and Elizabeth (Hewitson) Appleton. His father was a moderate farmer in the old country, and emigrated to America with his family and located in Bedford County, Pa. The parents of our subject continued to live in that part of Pennsylvania the remainder of their days, the father dying November 10, 1857, and the mother October 26, 1873. They were the parents of fourteen children.

Christopher Appleton was but eight months old when his parents brought him to this country, therefore he has known no other home but this, and having been bred under American institutions and educated in the schools of this country he is as loyal and patriotic a citizen as if he were a native of the soil. He was principally educated in Bedford, Pa., and remained an inmate of the parental household till he reached his twentieth year. He then started out into the world as a traveling salesman for a marble firm, and continued thus engaged for eight years. From 1865 to 1872 he was employed in the huckstering business, and besides selling butter and eggs bandied wool and fur quite extensively.

In 1872 our subject began dealing in cattle, horses and hogs, feeding and raising them for a number of years and carrying on farming quite successfully. He now owns two good and well-improved farms which comprise five hundred acres of land of superior quality, on which are placed excellent buildings, and they have every appliance for carrying on agriculture after the best methods. Politically, Mr. Appleton is rather conservative, but in State matters he votes with the Democrats. He is a member of Pittsfield Lodge, No. 95, I. O. O. F. In him the Baptist Church finds one of its most valued and active members, he being one of its Deacons. He is a man of far-seeing forethought, of keen business qualifications, and while he understands well how to manage his affairs advantageously he is always square and upright in his dealings, and his honesty and integrity have never been questioned.

Mr. Appleton has not been without the assistance of a good wife, who has shared his labors and has been an important factor in bringing about their prosperity. Their marriage was solemnized December 11, 1845. Mrs. Appleton was formerly Charlotte Stinnett and is a native of Virginia. She is a daughter of Joel M. Stinnett, who is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Appleton have one daughter -Anna-the wife of John S. Sedberry, of Pittsfield Township, Ill.

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