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Adam Appelman


Adam APPELMAN was possibly born in Germany (see The Will of Adam Appelman below).

Adam was a pianoforte maker, and appears to have worked for the Kirkman family.

From 1795 to his death in 1803, he was recorded as living in Carnaby Street [No. 531)], Westminster, following the previous resident Mary Say. Also noted a few doors away is a John Reid/Read, who could possibly be the same John who acted as a witness at Adam's marriage to Charlotte. Adam Appelman, Carnaby Street Carnaby Street
In 1800, he was also listed in the Land Tax register for Edward Yard. Land Tax 1800 - Adam Appelman, Edward Yard Today it is known as All Souls' Place (the road between All Souls' Church and the BBC building). Edward Yard, Langham Place

He was buried 30 Jun 1803, St. Mary Marylebone.  Burial record of Adam Appelman, 1803

Marriage & Children

Adam married Charlotte GORDON 27 October 1793 at St. James' Piccadilly, London; both of the parish, by banns, witnessed by John Reid2) and J(ohn). Gordon3). Marriage of Adam Appelman and Charlotte Gordon, 1793

Children of Adam Appelman and Charlotte:

  1. Joseph APPELMAN, born 16 Feb 1795 - Marylebone, London.
  2. Jane APPELMAN, born 24 Jan 1802 - Marylebone, London.

Record for a Frances APPELMAN (born 21 Nov 1789 and baptised 13 Dec 1789, the daughter of Adam and Mary) seems to suggest a previous marriage.

The Will of Adam Appelman

Proved 9 July 1804


- Transcription by TLM

This is the last Will and Testament
of me Adam Appelman of Great Portland Street
in the parish of Saint Mary le bone in the county of
Middlesex pianoforte maker whereas the sum of one
thousand one hundred and fifty six Goulders and twenty
two Kreutzers was at Michaelmas which was in the year
of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six due
and owing to me from John Muller of Oberingelheim
in palantine in the territories of the French Republic
being the product of the sale of certain Land Given and bequeathed
unto me in and by the last will and testament of my late
Father Henry Appelman late of Oberingelheim And
whereas the said sum of one thousand one hundred
and fifty six Gouldars and twenty two Kreutzers is together with
interest thereon still due and owing to me Now. I do
hereby give and bequeath the said sum of one thousand
one hundred and fifty six Goulders and twenty two Kreutzers
together with all interest which shall be due to me thereon
at the time of my decease and also every other
sum or sums of money whatsoever which shall become
due or payable to me under or by virtue of the aforesaid
will of my late father deceased unto my wife Charlotte
Appelman, her Exois Admors and assigns to and for her and
their own use and benefit and as to all the rest residue and
remainder of all my monies and goods chattels and effects
whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind
so ever I hereby bequeath the same and every
part thereof unto my said wife Charlotte Appelman, to and
for her own use and benefit. And I hereby nominate
constitute and appoint Joseph Kirkman[*] of Broad Street
in the parish of Saint James Westminster in the county of
Middlesex pianoforte maker the sole executor of this my
Will and I hereby revoke all former or other will or wills
by me at any time made and declare this will to be my
last will and testament. In witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th of April 1803.
Adam Appelman [initialed] Signed sealed published and
declared by the testator Adam Appelman as and for his
last will and testament in the presence of us who in his
presence and at his request and in the presence of each
one of us have set our names as witness there to
Abrm Kirkman, Fen Court London             John Prentice
108 Great Portland Street

This will was proved at London the ninth day
of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and four before the worshipful Samuel Pearce Parson Doctor
of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William
Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary
of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted
by the Oath of Joseph Kirkman the sole Executor named
in the said Will to whom Aduion was granted of all
and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the
deceased he having been first sworn duly to administer

Historical Notes:

St. James' (Piccadilly), Westminster “William Blake was baptised at the church in 1757.”
Quote taken from History of St. James's Piccadilly

21 June 1825
A great fire broke out at Mr. Cruzett’s, a carver and gilder, in Great Titchfield-street, which spread with irresistible violence, and communicated to several houses in Mortimer street, Wells-street, and Great Portland-street, and before it could be subdued between 20 and 30 houses were reduced to ashes, including Stodart’s pianoforte manufactory, a timber yard, St. Margaret’s chapel, and Varley’s picture gallery, in which were consumed many fine works of art; no lives were lost, but the destruction of property was estimated at upwards of 200,000l.
The Chronological Historian: Vol.2

Charlotte Appelman of No. 53 Carnaby Street: witness 6th, July 1799, for Coroners' inquest into the suspicious death of Robert Dainien.
Possibly the same John Reid/Read resident in Carnaby Street
Although John Gordon is a common name, there is one listed as living in Portugal Street (a.k.a. Piccadilly) very close to the church of Saint James'. He is recorded there, with 'backshop', from 1787-1792, and again in 1808.
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