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Old Chester, PA: Biographical Sketches
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
Thomas Appleby (1872-91), son of William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Appleby, was born in Delaware, August 16, 1831. He served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade, but, as his father died about the time he became free, he had charge of the Union Hotel, at the Marcus Hook crossroads, the court having continued the license to the widow of William Appleby. In 1857, Mrs. Appleby purchased the Columbia Hotel, in Chester, and for twenty-eight years, until 1885, Thomas Appleby was landlord of that noted hostelry. That year he supervised the erection of the family dwelling, now the Penn Club building.
In 1861, he was the treasurer of the Borough of Chester, and a member of the Chester School Board from 1868 to 1874. He was a director of the Chester Creek Railroad Company, and took an active part in the building of that road. Thomas Appleby died suddenly on the night of September 8, 1891, aged 60 years.
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