William Applebee II
Mayor of Oxford 1767/8
William Applebee junior (c.1712–1772) was the son of Edward Applebee of London, a joiner. It seems likely that his father was the Edward born in St Peter-in-the-East parish in 1678 who was the younger half-brother of William Applebee senior.
Applebee is described as being of St Peter-in-the-East parish when he married Sarah Moore at ChrIst Church on 14 January 1741/2. Listed as a grocer as well as a tallow-chandler, he took on John Brookland as an apprentice in 1748, John Barney in 1755, and Rob Davis in 1762. His shop was in Oxford’s High Street.
Applebee first came on to the common council in September 1748, paying 3s. 4d. for not being constable. He was elected Senior (or Mayor’s) Chamberlain on 30 September 1851, one of the five key-keepers the next year, and Senior Bailiff on 1 October 1754.
Applebee’s first wife, Sarah, was buried at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 23 August 1764. On 2 February 1769 he married his second wife, Elizabeth Wilkins, at that church Jackson’s Oxford Journal reports that she was the daughter of a Devonshire clergyman.
On 7 August 1767 Applebee was chosen as one of the Mayor’s eight Assistants, and on 30 September 1767 he was elected Mayor (for 1767/8), choosing Richard Wootten senior as his Chamberlain and Thomas Castle as his Child.
When Applebee took on his last apprentice in 1771, he is still described as being of St Peter-in-the-East parish. The 1772 Survey of Oxford shows that he had two adjoining houses at the north-east end of the High Street, one measuring 4 yards 0 ft 3 in. (the eastern half of No. 54) and the other 3 yards 2 ft 3 in. (No. 55), both of which have been rebuilt.
Applebee died on Monday 10 February 1772, and was buried at St Peter-in-the-East Church two days later.
It was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal that his second wife and executrix Elizabeth would keep the shop on until the end of the year. Elizabeth herself outlived him by nearly twenty years, and was buried with him on 6 December 1791. Applebee does not appear to have had any children.