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c1790 Son of Thomas Appleby
1825 November 1st. Married Anne Pott at Islington. He signs as Francis Rookby Appleby.
1851 Listed as Francis Appleby (age 61 born Sheffield), Coal and Iron Merchant employing 433 men, and a Widower). With his daughter and three servants.
1882 June 3rd. Died as Francis Rokeby(sic) Appleby.
1882 Regarding the creditors '...the estate of Francis Rokeby Appleby, late of Broomhill House, Sheffield, in the county of York, Gentleman, and before the year 1871 trading as an Ironmaster and Coalmaster, at Renishaw Iron Works, in the county of Derby, as Appleby and Co. (who died on the 3rd day of June, 1882, and whose will was proved in the Wakefield District Registry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice on the 13th day of July, 1882, by George Wilson, of George-street, Sheffield aforesaid, Stock and Share Broker (since deceased), John Walter Staniforth, of Fairholme, in the parish of Sheffield aforesaid, Merchant, and Emily Ann Appleby, of Broomhill House, in the parish of Sheffield aforesaid, Spinster...'