About

In cJohn Appletonase  you’re wondering, the guy in the picture is me, John Appleton. Born 1942, secondary school education, apprenticed as a fitter to J & E Hall Limited, Dartford, Kent, England. Married Pauline de Dulin in 1965 and then along came three children and at the time of writing, five grandsons and one granddaughter. I retired in 2001 and as a hobby I thought I would try and put together a website using the family history information my sister-in-law Alison de Dulin and late cousin John Charles West Appleton had amassed.

The first site was on-line in 2004 and in 2011 it was decide that the site was dated  and a new site was needed. So here we are, a shiny new website, jwappleton.net, which could not have been completed without the patient help of my youngest son Jonathan to whom I offer my grateful thanks. Lets hope it proves helpful, useful and entertaining to all who visit. And the site is almost completely ad-free.


Just before my mother Lucy Evelyn Foot died she gave me a scrap of paper with her mothers family drawn in the form of a tree. A scan of this document is shown below: It’s not the most impressive document displayed on the page of a website, but to me it was the acorn from which my family tree has grown.

The family of Robert and Jane Hate

The family of Robert and Jane Hate

I grew up in the belief that my paternal grandfather was an only child. I knew of no Appleton uncles or aunts, I then wrote to every Appleton in the local directory inquiring after Appleton connections. I received several replies but none connected to my family. And then I received a telephone call from a John Appleton who seemed to know all about my parents and grandparents. John turned out to be my cousin and he promised to supply me with a great deal of information.

I met him once and once only, because he sadly died before I could get to know him. But, thanks to his sister Grace, I did inherit his genealogy archive, without which I may never have known that my Appleton Grandfather was one of a family of ten children. The motto – never be afraid to ask.


This project originated from the research done by my sister-in-law Alison de Dulin and my late cousin John Charles West Appleton. Alison and John spent many years carrying out their research in the days before research was possible on the Internet. Alison researched the de Dulin side and whilst doing so made many new family friends around the world. The first de Dulin family hard copy chart was produced by Claude Arthur de Dulin using Alison’s research data.

John researched the Appleton’s but he had the advantage of a computer, but still no Internet. If you have read the paragraph above you will be aware what a massive help John was to me, in helping me to find who my Appleton ancestors were.

What to do with all the information, names, places, births marriages and deaths, photographs and documents all stored in ring binders of varying colours and sizes. Build a website was the obvious option and here it is. We hope we have done their diligent work the justice it deserves and that all who visit will gain from the experience.

We must also mention Jonathan Appleton, our youngest son, without whose patient help this site would not exist at all.

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