Dr. Charles William Worthington Appleton
Born: about 1812 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA
Died: 20 Apr 1852 at Providence, Providence Co., RI
(suicide by morphine overdose)
Burial: Mowry Lot, Smithfield, Providence Co., RI
Father: Christopher Appleton
Mother: Elizabeth _____
1st Marriage: (date and place unknown) to Rachel Hutton (1812-1865). Divorced. Two known children.
2nd Marriage: 17 Oct 1838 at Baltimore, MD to Susanna E. Stroman (1810-?) of York, PA. One child.
3rd Marriage: 20 Oct 1842 at New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., NJ to Tacy Maria Dunham (1816-1890). Divorced 9 Nov 1843. One child.
4th Marriage: Date and place unknown, to Mary Manning (abt.1815-1880). One known child.
5th Marriage: 5 May 1851 at Smithfield, Providence Co., RI, to Amey M. Baxter (1812-1874). One child.
Occupation: physician, minister/preacher, temperance lecturer
Religion: Baptist, Methodist, Mormon (Strangite)
Charles William Worthington Appleton was a doctor in Ohio, a Methodist preacher in Indiana, a temperance lecturer with the New Jersey Temperance Society, and a professor of Animal Magnetism (hypnosis). He was a bigamist, having had at least five wives in different parts of the country, several at the same time. Though he was a popular temperance lecturer around the country, Appleton was also an alcoholic and frequently went on drinking binges. While in New Jersey, he became acquainted with William Smith, the younger brother of Joseph Smith, Jr. who founded Mormonism. William Smith was a follower of James J. Strang who founded the Church of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), which broke away when Brigham Young took over the church. Appleton was made an Apostle of the Strangite church until excommunicated due to his alcoholism.
(Special thanks are extended to Mr. Connell Hill O'Donovan of
Santa Cruz, California for his assistance in putting me on the trail of Dr. Appleton.)