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APPS Family

My great- grandfather was Ernest Overy Apps, born April 1880 in Apps's Mills, Ontario and died December 18, 1932 in Paris, Ontario. He was the son, and youngest child, of Charles Overy Apps and Charlotte Susan Gurney. In the photo to the left he is seated on the floor.

Ernest Overy Apps was a pharmacist in Paris, Ont, having graduated from U of Toronto (what was then the Ontario College of Pharmacy). He is buried at Mount View cemetery, Galt/Cambridge with his wife.

family of Charles Overy APPS & Charlotte Susan GURNEY, 1889  


Ernest Overy Apps married Mary Swan Wrigley June 10, 1908 in Apps Mills, near Paris, North Dumfries twp., Brant Co., Ontario.

Mary Swan Wrigley was born December 29, 1877 in Wrigley's Corners, Ontario and she died December 10, 1972 in Kingston, Ontario. She was the daughter of Joseph Wrigley and (Jeannie) Jane Grieve Dryden.

Mary Swan Wrigley was the first secretary of the Ayr Women's Institute. On her birth registration, her name is given as "Mary Dryden Wrigley" (informant on the registration was the doctor, not a family member). In the 1881 census she is 3 years old and here her name was given as "Mary S."


Charles Overy Apps, was born 1836 in East Sussex, England and he died May 10, 1889 in Brantford twp, Ontario. He was the son of William Apps (see part 2) and Harriet Overy. He married Charlotte Susan Gurney 1859 in Ontario. Charlotte was born in 1840 in Ontario, Canada and she died in 1924 in Ontario. She was the daughter of Charles James Gurney Sr. and Mary Ann Hill . Charles O. Apps appears in the censuses of both 1841 and 1851 in England with his parents.

Charles Overy Apps was baptised on May 9, 1836 at the Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Chapel, Rye, E.Sussex. In 1858 he settled in Brant County, Brantford twp, Ont. on lot 8, conc 3 + 4. This is the year that he and his brother William bought a grist mill on Whitemans Creek. In the 1861 census he is 24 and is living with his wife, eldest daughter (age 1), brother William and sister-in-law Selena Gurney. In the 1871 census Charles appears as a miller, age 34; in 1881 he is also a miller, now aged 44. Charles died in 1889 (will probated June 4) and left an estate valued at $9513 in personal property and $10,700 in real estate. This will mentions his wife Charlotte, his son Charles William, brother William and brother-in-law, Charles James Gurney. Charles Overy Apps is buried in Greenwood cemetery, Brantford, along with his granddaughter Ada L.

In 1931, severe flooding on Whitemans creek washed away the mill dam and in 1956 the mill property was sold and is now nature center for the Brant Co schools.

Children of Charles Apps and Charlotte Gurney are:

i. Harriet Jane Apps, born Feb 1860; married Alexander Kay on 2 Sept 1896 in Paris.

  • Alec was a widower (first wife = Margaret Martin) when he married Harriet and he already had a number of children (Alexander Clifford, William, Lillian Helen, Laura Margaret, Edna Grace & Annie B.)
  • Alec was born about 1850 in Edinburgh Scotland, s/o Alexander KAY & Elizabeth LAING
  • Alex's daugher Lillian Helen (who was b. about 1882) married Ernest P. WATSON n Paris on 8 June 1904
  • Alex's daughter Annie B. was born 1890 & died in 1891

Child of Alexander & Harriet: Alice Margaret KAY born 30 Sept 1897.  Alice married  Clinton Oscar STANIFORTH (1890-1963) on 23 June 1925. 

  • Clinton was born on 21 March 1890 in Belper, Derbyshire England.  birth reg June 1890 Belper 7b pg 572
  • He died in 1963 and is buried in Paris
  • Alice died in 1968 and she too is buried in Paris
  • Feb 1915 - Clinton was of 1015 Laurier West, Montreal, shoe salesman (CEF papers 110529) 5ft 6 inches tall
  •  1925 - marriage announcement mentions her sister, Mrs. William Yeates (but no sister in censuses - unless stepsister?)
  • son of Alice & Clinton:  Robert Clinton Staniforth 1926 to 1932, buried in Paris


ii. Hannah Overy Apps, born 21 June 1883 in Brantford twp. She was a nurse, Memorial Hospital, NY, where she died of diptheria on 7 Nov., 1907

iii. Mary Overy Apps, born in 1877; died July 08, 1906 in Paris, Ontario. Mary taught school; she never married.

iv. Alice Gurney Apps, born 10 June 1862; died 1928 (heart attack, buried at Paris, Ontario. Her tombstone says that she was the second daughter). Alice played the organ at the Methodist church; she never married.

v. Charles William Apps, born October 23, 1863 in Brantford twp., Ontario; died December 23, 1931; married Ada Ethel Wilson (d/o John Henry Wilson & Jennie Steele) on Sept. 11, 1889 in Brantford. C.W. was a witness at his sister C.Elizabeth's wedding in 1904; at that time he was a resident of Ottawa... whereas is 1889 he was resident of Brantford Co where he was a miller. Charles & Ada had 5 children: Olivene, Dudley W., Ada Lulu, Cyril Eric Alfred Overy & Carl Overy Charles Wilson Apps

vi. Thomas Overy Apps, born November 04, 1868 in Ontario; died April 02, 1935 in Paris, Ontario; married Minnie Poole. Thomas Overy Apps was called Overy. He was an optician, sharing space with his brother Ernest in Paris, Ontario. After Overy died, Minnie re-married - to A.J. Brown.

Thomas died of myocarditis.  Death reg 8760-35.  Informant was his wife, Mrs. T.O. Apps of  Paris.

Overy and Minnie had two children. The first was Charlotte E. M. O. Apps, born in August of 1905 - she only lived for a couple of weeks. The second child was Dayton O. Apps, 1907-1937. Dayton was Minnie Poole’s mother’s maiden name.

vii. Alfred Overy Apps, born 1872; died 1874.

viii. Charlotte Elizabeth Apps, born Abt. 1876 (and called Elizabeth); married William Warren Dennis, on Dec. 22, 1904 in Paris. In 1904, William was a factory hand, living in Brantford, and was the son of Louis DENNIS & Mariah FONSON. Elizabeth & William had at least 4 children, Gurney, Cara, Dorothy & another son.

ix. Ernest Overy Apps, born April 1880 in Apps's Mills, Ont; died December 18, 1932 in Paris, Ontario; married Mary Swan Wrigley June 10, 1908 in Apps Mills, near Paris, N. Dumfries, Ontario.


Charles Overy Apps (above) was the son of William APPS and Harriet OVERY. William was born in Brede, East Sussex England in 1811, Harriet was born in 1808 in St. Leonards, East Sussex, daughter of Charles OVERY and Mary BOURNER. William and Harriet were married in Ewhurst, East Sussex on May 17, 1833. Their children:

1. Charles Overy Apps - see above

2. William, born 1834 in Battle or Hastings, East Sussex and baptised 25 Jan 1835 at Hastings Wesleyan Methodist church, East Sussex. According to the 1901 cenus, William came to Canada in 1855. William died in Apps's Mills, Brant Co., Ontario on Oct. 18, 1911 and is buried at Paris. He married Jessie T. CARLYLE on Aug. 18, 1864 in Brant Co., Ontario. Jessie was born in Ecclefechan Scotland in Sept. 1837, d/o Alexander CARLYLE & Janet CLOWE. The Carlyle family came to Canada in 1843. Jessie died in January of 1916.

William was a miller along with his brother Charles. In 1870, William apparently went into the grain business, leaving the mill operation to his brother. William & Jessie lived at Cedar Glen (now Langley Park) for awhile, but sold that property in 1889 when Charles died, and moved back to the mill.


Jessie, b. February 28, 1867.

Alfred, b. January 09, 1870, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; d. February 13, 1933 (suicide), Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont. Alfred married Caroline Mary Louisa WILL on 11 July 1899 in Toronto, the d/o Phineas & Caroline (marriage reg # 2122-99) - Caroline was a residence of Toronto at the time, but was born in Newmarket. Witness at the wedding were Charles R. KENT of Brantford & F. Bertha WILL of Toronto. In the 1901 census, Alfred was a miller in Brantford West twp., Brant Co. Caroline died in 1945 and her obituary was in the Toronto Star of 30 May 1945 - she died at the home of her brother, Prof. J.S. Will, 56 Ranleigh Ave Toronto on 29th May.

Children of Alfred & Caroline:

Alfred Stanley, b. August 27, 1901, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; d. October 1986, Prince Rupert BC. Called Stanley. On 18 April 1925 he married Charlotte Gertrude Lloyd-Jones LUARD but in 1932 the marriage broke up and Stanley went to Northern Ontario where he had 2 sons (1934 & 36), before he left that relationship in 1944 and moved to Prince Rupert BC. Remarried, unknown wife, once in Prince Rupert (family story). Buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Paris, Ontario. Mother's obituary of 1945 gives his residence as Detroit [Luard - see bottom of page]

Children (4) of ALFRED APPS and CHARLOTTE Lloyd-Jones LUARD are: 1. David Stanley Luard, b. 10 Dec 1926 - never married, 2. Frances Caroline, b. 22 Aug 1928 - never married, 3. William Percival 29 May 1930 - 1 Jan 1957. Married to Joy GOODBRAND in May of 1956, and 4. Arthur Carlisle, b. 11 Jan 1933 in Burford

Francis Collins, b. July 07, 1904, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; m. Leah Mary BARNETT on 25 Sept 1925 in Windsor. No children (family story). Francis was a banker and in 1925, appears in the city directory for Brantford as a teller with the Bank of Toronto ( residence, Apps's Mills). Mother's obituary lists a Frances Collins living in Port Mellon BC - same person??.  Leah was d/o Thomas BARNETT & Leah HYDE and she was born in England about 1901.

William Percival, b. June 07, 1908, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; d. June 02, 1931. Called Percival. Was a classics scholar, went to the Sorbonne in Paris, but died of 'flu' after returning from Paris

Arthur Will, b. April 18, 1915, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; d. May 03, 1916.

Albert William, b. May 22, 1872, Valley Mills, Brant Co., Ont; d. May 30, 1956. Albert married Isabel Grigor ROBERTSON on 27 June 1900 in Brantford twp. She was d/o David ROBERTSON & Sarah CEWILL.

Children of Albert & Isabel:

1. Alberta Robertson APPS  (b. 3 April 1902) who married a Harris Rayfield HOWARD in August of 1925 and they had two daughters, Jean & Isabel.  Harris was born 29 Jan 1902 in Lyn Ontario (Leeds Co), s/o Wallace HOWARD & Ethel EMERSON.

2. Mary (m. Gordon RACEY - no children);

3. Muriel Isabel who was b. January 14, 1912 and baptised at home, 20 May 1914 (Burford Meth. Church bap records)

Alexandra Carlyle, b. May 09, 1875; d. 1949, unmarried

Edward C. (or Edmund) b. 1877; d. February 03, 1913, Brantford, Ontario.


3. Thomas, born 1837 & died at age 15. He is buried at Brightling cemetery, E. Sussex with his parents.

4. Alfred, born 1839 in Battle, East Sussex. He died in 1913 in Calne, Wiltshire, England. He was married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Rand OVERY, a cousin - they were married about 1865 but Elizabeth died in 1868 (in Whatlington, E. Sussex). Alfred's second wife was named Eliza TODD and they were married about 1873. Eliza died in Cornwall England on July 18, 1932.

from The Gentleman’s Magazine of 1865, page 107, Marriages: "At St. Andrews, Paddock Wood, Alfred Apps, esq of London, to Elizabeth Rand, only child of Charles Overy, esq, of Mascalls Court, Brenchley Kent"

Child of Alfred & Elizabeth - Harriet Elizabeth APPS born 24 Dec 1866 and died 10 June 1871 at Whatlington East Sussex.  birth reg March 1865, St. Martin 1a pg 385

Children of Alfred & Eliza

1.  Alfred Rand Overy APPS, b. 1874 St. Martins in the Fields London,

2. Charles Thomas Todd APPS, b. 1875 St. Martins in the Field, London - birth reg Sept 1875 Strand 1b pg 610.  Charles married Dorothy WELCH in 1912 -  marriage reg Sep 1912 Devizes vol 5a pg 2?3

3. William John Edmund APPS, b. 1876 Tunbridge Wells, Kent and baptised 24 Dec 1876.   His occupation was given as "educational worker" in his mother's will.  There was a William J E APPS who married a Margery H.  POUND marr reg Jun 1919 Calne vol 51 pg 234 but this has not been checked to see if it is the right Wm Apps.

4. Eliza Frances C. APPS, 1878 Tunbridge Wells, Kent, invalid

5.  John Lade Bourner APPS, 1879 Whatlington

6.  Harriet Amelia Rachel APPS, 1881 Whatlington (baptised, 20 Feb 1881).  She had an M.B.B.S (medical degree) from the University of London.  She died 26 Dec 1910 in Palestine where she worked at the CMS Hospital in Nablus.   There was an obituary for her in the 13 Jan 1911 edition of the London Times.  "The death of Miss Harriet Amelia Rachel Apps has taken place at Nablus, Palestine, where she was a medical officer to the Church Missionary Society's Hospital.  Miss Apps, who was only 30 years of age, was the daughter of Mr. Alfred Apps, of London.  After studying at the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women she obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and of Surgery at the University of Durham in 1909. "

5. Albert, born 1842 in Brenchley, Kent. He died in July of 1912 in Whatlington E. Sussex. He married Eliza Ann WELFEAR about 1868.

Edmund Apps & Henrietta Philcox

Henrietta was born in Brede in 1778, the daughter of Daniel & Elizabeth Philcox. She married Edmund Apps in Brede on 5 Dec 1804 - and they had five children: Harriet, Frances, William, Edmund Jr. and Mary.

Edmund Sr. was born in Brede in 1781, the son of Edward and Hannah. Edward was born about 1755 and he died on 21 July 1800. Hannah was born in Westfield, East Sussex, about 1746 (chek this?) and she died March 19, 1821 in Brede. Edward & Hannah had six children: Edmund, Mary, William, Philadelphia, Frances & Henrietta. Edward's parents' names were William & Mary.

From the Paris Star, 1 Nov. 1911 Obituary of William Apps (son of William Apps and Harriet Overy)

After a short illness, following a paralytic stroke, the death of Mr. William Apps occurred on October 18th, at the age of 77 years, at the Valley Flour Mills, Brantford township, despite all that devoted care and the best medical attention could do, to prolong a highly-valued life. He was entirely unconscious during the last three days and slept peacefully away to his well-earned rest, surrounded by the members of his family, to whom the loss is irreparable. The funeral took place from the family residence on Saturday, Oct. 21st, to Paris Cemetery, and was largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends. At the house the service was conducted by Professor J. S. Will, of Toronto University, a friend who knew and appreciated the admirable character of the deceased, and in his address touched the hearts of all present by his earnest, forceful appeal to let no lesson illustrated by the departed life, pass unheeded. A life of unselfish devotion to his family and friends, of faithful performance of duties great and small, and an unbroken business career of fifty-five years in this locality, crowned by more than average success and best of all by a reputation for spotless integrity was in itself an inspiration. By nature rather reserved, and avoiding publicity, he was best known and appreciated by those nearest to him and in his own household. Professor Will was assisted by the Rev. J. M. Horton, Rector of the Anglican Church, Burford, who conducted the service at the grave. The pallbearers were the two sons, Alfred and Albert William, and four nephews - Charles W. and Thomas Overy Apps, T. Carlyle and J.A. Carlyle, M.A. The floral tributes were beautiful, including a wreath from the Manager and Staff of the Bank of British North America, Brantford, an anchor and a sickle tied with purple from the family, besides a large number of beautiful floral tributes from relatives and friends.

The late Mr. Apps was born at Battle, Hastings, England, on Dec. 5th, 1834, coming in Canada in 1856 with his brother the late Charles Overy Apps. The brothers bought the Valley Mills property and carried on an extensive flour milling business. In 1864 Mr. Apps married Jessie T. Carlyle, daughter of the late Alexander Carlyle, of Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, later of "Bield", Brantford, and niece of Thomas Carlyle, the well-known Philosopher and Historian. The widow and their five children survive - two daughters, Jessie and Alexandra Carlyle, and three sons - Alfred, Albert William, and Edmund, all living at their homes at Valley Mills. In 1870 Mr. Apps entered the grain business in Brantford, first residing in the city, and later at Langley Park, then called Cedar Glen. In 1889, on the death of his brother Charles O., he sold the Cedar Glen property to Major J.S. Hamilton, and once more took up his residence at Valley mills, where he has since devoted his entire time to the milling and export produce and grain business, in company with his two sons - Alfred and Albert William. Visitors at the old historic Valley Mills will long miss his familiar face and figure, as he came and went, ever-busy. In his home where he gave the best of himself, he won from all the love and devotion due one who was amiable, considerate and self-sacrificing. Faithful in the performance of all his duties until the very end of his long and useful life, he died deeply regretted by all who knew and loved him - a good man gone to his reward.


Charles Overy Apps,

He died 10 May, 1889 in Brant County. No will

At the time of his death, his estate was valued at:

Real estate: $10,700.

Personlty: $9513.00, as follows -

Household goods & furniture 900

Farm Implements 250

Horses. lOO

Horned cattle 40

Sheep & swine 40

Book debts & promissary notes 468

Moneys secured by life insurance...7,000

Bank shares & other stocks 500

Cash on hand 215

The 'administration' was witnessed by, Charlotte Apps, Charles William Apps, William Apps, and Charles James Gurney.


from, The Canadian News, London England, Wed., Sept. 15, 1858

Colonel MOODY, Royal Engineers Capt. J. M. GRANT, Captain H. R. LUARD, Lieutenant A. R. LEMPRIERE & Lieutenant H. S. PALMER, Mr. SIDDELL, staff assistant – surgeon… and about 100 Bappers of the Royal Engineers, with their families, embark this day on board the clipper ship Thames City, 1000 tons burden, for British Columbia, sailing around Cape Horn……..



From the  Sarnia Observer:

At C.E.E. Hospital, Petrolia on Monday, January 16, 1995, Ethel APPS (nee PERRY) , 85 years of RR 3, Oil Springs. Beloved wife of the late William. Apps (1950). Dear mother of Frank Apps of RR 3 Oil Springs, Mrs. Marjorie Alderman of Glencoe, Mrs. Madeline Tunks of Oakville, Ross and Charlene Apps of Brantford, Donald Apps of RR 3 Oil Springs, Hazel and Jim Gibbons of RR 3 Petrolia and the late Anne (1963) and Russell (1943). Special grandmother of Cathy and David Shaver of Lyn, Ontario, and 14 other grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also predeceased by a sister Beatrice Perry (1926). No visitation. The funeral service will be held at the NEEDHAM- JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia, on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Robert Whalls officiating. Interment in Alvinston Cemetery. As expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

ETHEL APPS Funeral for Ethel Apps 85, of RR 3, Oil Springs was held Jan. 18 at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Whalls officiating. Burial was at Alvinston Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank, Ross and Donald Apps, David Shaver, Jim Johnson and Bill Dobbin. Mrs. Apps, who died Jan. 16, 1995 at CEE Hospital in Petrolia, is survived by her children, Frank Apps, Marjorie Alderman, Madeline Tunks, Ross and Charlene Apps, Donald Apps, and Hazel and Jim Gibbons; special granddaughter, Cathy Shaver and her husband David; 14 other grandchildren; and .17 great- grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, William, in 1950; daughter, Anne; son, Russell; and sister, Beatrice Perry.

Notes on Ethel Apps - born Ethel PERRY on 20 Nov 1909 (birth reg 24412-09), d/o Joseph William PERRY b. Caradoc twp & Mary STEELE b. Camden - Kent Co..  Joseph & Mary were married Bothwell on 20 May 1903 (marr reg is 10209-03).  William Joseph PERRY (b. about 1866) was s/o s/o Joseph PERRY & Elizabeth COTTON; and Mary STEELE (b. about 1875) was d/o John STEELE & Margaret LONG.

Ethel's sister Beatrice PERRY was b. 16 Feb 1906 in Enniskillen twp and she died in 1926 at lot 24, con 4 of Enniskillen twp  (death reg 19118-26).  She is buried in Alvinston. 

Ethel was married to William APPS, s/o Albert Francis APPS & Louisa Sophia HOLLERN.  William was born 25 Aug 1900 in Lambton Co. Ontario.


Early history.. and each layer of wire was separated from the next by means of varnished silk or shellac paper; the secondary circuit was also carefully insulated from the primary circuit by a glass tube. Riihmkorff, by providing with his coil an automatic break of the hammer type, and equipping it with a condenser as suggested by Fizeau, arrived at the modern form of induction coil. J. N. Hearder in England and E. S. Ritchie in the United States began the construction of large coils, the last named constructing a specially large one to the order of J. P. Gassiot in 1858. In the following decade A. Apps devoted great attention to the production of large induction coils, constructing some of the most powerful coils in existence, and introduced the important improvement of making the secondary circuit of numerous flat coils of wire insulated by varnished or paraffined paper. In 1869 he built for the old Polytechnic Institution in London a coil having a secondary circuit 150 m. in length. The diameter of the wire was 0 014 in., and the secondary bobbin when complete had an external diameter of 2 ft. and a length of 4 ft. 10 ins. The primary bobbin weighed 145 lb, and consisted of 6000 turns of copper wire 3770 yds. in length, the wire being 095 of an inch in diameter. Excited by the current from 40 large Bunsen cells, this coil could give secondary sparks 30 in. in length. Subsequently, in 1876, Apps constructed a still larger coil for William Spottiswoode, which is now in the possession of the Royal Institution. The secondary circuit consisted of 280 m. of copper wire about o oi of an inch in diameter, forming a cylinder 3, 7 in. long and 20 in. in external diameter; it was wound in fiat disks in a large number of separate sections, the total number of turns being 341,850. Various primary circuits were employed with this coil, which when at its best could give a spark of 42 in. in length.


London (UK) Times of 15 June 1955 - On June 11, 1955, at Brede Church, Anthony Howard, son of the late Canon Apps and Mrs. Apps, to Mary Monica Burn, only daughter of the Rev. P.W. & Mrs. Hill of Brede Rectory, Rye, Sussex

London (UK) Times of 19 Feb 1955 - The engagement is announced between Anthony Howard Apps, senior curate, All Saints' Poplar, youngest son of the late Canon A.R.O. Apps, and of Mrs. Apps, formerly of Lanteglos Cornwall, and Mary Monica Burn, only daughter of  the Rev. P.W. and Mrs. Hill of Brede Rectory, Rye, Sussex.   [my note - this is s/o Alfred Rand Overy Apps]

London (UK) Times of 5 May 1915 - A marriage has been arranged, and will take place in June, between the Rev. Alfred Rand Overy Apps M.A., vicar in Brentor Devon, eldest s/o the late Alfred Apps and Mrs. Apps of Tunbridge Wells, and Edith Mildred, youngest d/o James Baker F.R.G.S, and Agnes A. Baker, Sewelle Villa, Clifton

London (UK) Times of  25 Dec 1900 - EXETER.... priests.... Alfred Rand Overy Apps, B.A., Jesus College, Oxford..... [list of ordinations]

The Christian Reformer, or, Unitarian magazine & review, pub 1859 - obituary for Rev. John Edwards on pages 254 & 255:  "Jan 15, at Northiam, the Rev. John Edwards, age 78 years, for many years minister of the Unitarian General Baptist church in that place. ... He died of an attack of asthma, with which he had been long afflicted. He was interred on the 19th of January, at Northiam, in the burial-ground connected with the chapel, by his old friend and neighbour, the Rev. Edward Talbot, of Tenterden, and who on the following Sunday, at Tenterden, preached his funeral sermon from the words, John xi 25". The sermon is then reprinted, but there is no mention of the family of John Edwards.  John was married to Philadelphia APPS, d/o  Edward APPS & Hannah

A quarterly Journal of the Sussex Archeological Society, vol 6., pg 36 - 1819 - Aug 22 William Apps of Brede Sussex, bach., & Mary Hunter (marks) of this parish, spin, by lic. (from Sussex Notes & Queries section)

Minutes of The Methodist Conferences 1744 Vol XIX:  pg 157 "To Mr. Thomas Overy, for the gift of a Chapel, which has cost L700, at Whatlington, in the Staplecross Circuit"

Elecrical Engineer, pub 1890 by Biggs & Co.,  page 458 (index page) "May 31, 6427 Improvements in electric arc lighting. Alfred Apps, 433 Strand, London

The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell - The final volume of James Clerk Maxwell's correspondence and manuscript papers covers the years 1874-1879, during Maxwell's Cambridge Professorship, his directing of the Cavendish Laboratory, and in it is found on page 378 "There was a box from Apps sent to my house which I told Pullin to get. I suppose it not the great coil as Chrystal has not got the coil yet" [with footnote" Alfred Apps, insturment maker of the Strand London. For an invoice see ULC, University Archives Cav. I"]

From Wireless Telegraphy: Its History, Theory and Practice, by Archie Frederick Collins, pub 1905, found on page 95: "the transfer of the coil to the oil. Taking advantage of all these improvements in the building of coils, Alfred Apps, a London Maker, constructed the famous Spottiswoode coil giving a spark 42 inches in length

My Crowded Sanctuary, by Clare Sheridan, 1945 has 3 references to Apps: 1. page 38 "...not say she had never heard of any other king, for Cookie is really an eminent Victoria; she is also an Apps. The Apps are a pedigree family. They have lived for so many centuries in in Brede that...." and on page 39 "...can be described as a people of distinction. Brede without its Apps would be like a squirrel without a tail. Old ‘Cookie’ is so obviously an Apps; at the age of eighty-four she can see to sew a black seam without glasses.", and lastly on page 123 "...There were reasons why I could not wait for the end of the war. There was in the village on old potter, living, appropriately, in Pottery Lane. His son, Boyce Weller, was one of the builders of my house. The Wellers, like the Apps were another traditional Brede family."



Sussex election, 1820, The poll for knights of the shire.....


Reports of the Cases Argues and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During the Time of Lord Chancellor Thurlow, from 1778 to 1794, by William Brown Esq., of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law

found on page 649: Tourle against Rand and others

The case, as made upon the pleadings and Master’s report, was as follows:

Cater Rand being, as supposed, entitled under the will of his father, to a remainder in fee (but, in fact, only to a remainder in tail) expectant on the death of his mother, Lucy Rand, in certain freehold premises, situate in Cranley Con. Sussex, by indenture, dated 31st December 1776, conveyed his reversion and remainder, expectant on the death of his said mother, in the premises, to defendant Ingram, in fee, with a provisio, for redemption upon payment of 450l. with interest at 4l. per cent and with the usual covenant for further assurances. At the time of making this mortgage, the deeds and writings were in the hands of Thomas Overy, executor of Ann Rand, the grandmother of Cater Rand, but the defendant Attree, defendant Ingram’s attorney, was informed by defendant Rand, that they were in possession of Lucy Rand, mother of said defendant, who would not consent to part with them; Lucy Rand being then in possession of the premise, as tenant for life, which she continued till the time of her death, "about the 5th December, 1781. - Within a few days after her decease, Mr. Attree, as attorney to defendant Ingram, applied to the defendant Rand for the possession of title deeds, to which Rand’s general answer was, that he would send them in a day or two, or to that effect. On the 12th March, 1782, Rand, being then tenant in tail in possession (but supposing himself tenant in fee) of the same premises, also being possessed of a leasehold estate, which he held for a term of 2000 years conveyed the same to the plaintiff, to hold for a term of 1000 years, subject to a provision for redemption on payment of 250l. with interest at 5l. per cent with a covenant to do such further acts with respect to all the said premises, both freehold and leasehold, as should be necessary for securing the plaintiff’s estate therein. - At the time of this mortgage being made, all the title deeds, relating to the estate, were delivered to Mr. Cowper, plaintiff’s attorney, and such title deeds continued in the possession or power of the plaintiff. Rand never levied or suffered any fine or recovery, pursuant to the covenant for further assurance. And on the 7th July 1784, a commission of bankruptcy was issued against Rand, and the defendants Scruce Attree and Verral were chosen assignees. 1st October 1784, plaintiff filed his bill to foreclose the mortgage premises, and among other things, charged that Ingram ought not to have permitted the title deeds and writings to remain in the hands of Rand, that he left the same to continue in his hands for the purpose of enabling him to raise more money on the security of the premises, and the same was a fraud on the plaintiff, and therefore defendant Ingram ought to be compelled to redeem plaintiff’s mortgage, or ought to be debarred of any interest he might have in the premises, till plaintiff’s mortgage should be satisfied.


Abstracts of some Sussex Wills of the 17th century, from Sussex Arch’l Collections, pub 1848

LUCK Thomas the elder, of Wadhurst, yeoman d. 8 May 1627 - To the poor of W. and Lamberhurst - Martha Apps my sister’s d. 60L - Christopher Lucke my br. - Stephen Apps my sister’s son a tenement in Goudhurst, to him after Christopher’s death - Dorothy, Mary & Joane, daurs of Richard L. my br. 10L each - John Kingswood by br. in law - Tho. Homas of Ticehurst, my sister’s son - his 5 sisters - Thos. Kingswood s. of the said John K. - Thomas Lucke s. of Richard L. my br. house & lands in Lamberhurst. Pr. 1 July 1639. [with footnote "A pedigree of Luck, of Mayfield, is in Berry"]

LUCKE Elizabeth, of Mayfield, single woman, nuncupative 1631 - John Maynard Clerk her br. in law - Susannah L. widow her mother - her brothers & sisters [a nuncupative will was by word of mouth]


East Sussex 1837 List of Registered Voters,

Brede: William Apps, freehold land, Maplestone farm

Whatlington: Robert Overy - Freehold land, Lee-ford farm

Whatlington; Stephen Overy - Copyhold hs. and land, Home-place

Whatlington: Thomas Overy - H. and land as ocp., Wood-place farm

Etchingham: Cater Overy - land as occupier, Ketchingham-farm

Ewhurst: Edmund Apps - Land as occupier, Beacon-farm


East Sussex 1832, List of registered voters

Etchingham - Cater Overy

Ewhurst - Edmund Apps