Name of father Sanford Watson
Maiden name of mother Maria Jane Elder
1850 OR CENSUS - Virginia Watson, age 10, b. Illinois, is enumerated with Sandford [Sanford], age 49, occupation farmer, b. Kentucky, and Maria J., age 40, b. Kentucky, along with Henry H., age 8, b. Illinois, Sandford [Sanford], age 5, b. Illinois, and Elizabeth C., age 1, b. Oregon Territory.
MARRIAGE - "Mr. Jesse A. Applegate & Miss Virginia Walton [Watson], m 25 May 1858; G. O. Burnett, M.G., pg 81".
1870 OR CENSUS - Virginia Applegate, age 29, b. Oregon, is enumerated with J.A., age 34, occupation lawyer, b. Illinois, along with Lillan, age 9, b. Oregon, Warren, age 7, b. Oregon, Kate, age 5, b. Oregon, Watson, age 3, b. Oregon, and Glen[?], age 1, b. Oregon
1880 OR CENSUS - Virginia Applegate, age 39, b. Illinois, is enumerated with husband J.A., age 43, occupation lawyer, b. Missouri, along with L.G., female, age 19, b. Oregon, W.O., male, age 16, b. Oregon, K.L., female, age 14, b. Oregon, G.I, male, age 9, b. Oregon, A.M., male, age 7, b. Oregon, and P.L., female, age 4, b. Oregon.
1900 OR CENSUS - Virginia Applegate, age 68, widow, mother of 7 children 6 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Sep 1841 in Illinois, is enumerated with Lillian, age 29, single, b. Jan 1871 in Oregon, Pearl L., age 23, single, occupation school teacher, b. Jun 1876 in Oregon. Also enumerated with Virginia is her sister, Sceillia [Cecelia] Watson, age 51, b. Illinois, and 2 boarders, C.C. McDougall and Henry C., Rinster.
1910 OR CENSUS - Virginia Applegate, age 60, widowed, mother of 6, b. Illinois, is enumerated with daughters Lillian F., age 39, single, occupation teacher, b. Oregon, and Pearl L., age 28, single, b. Oregon, and sister Cecelia Watson, age 56, single, b. Illinois.
DISCREPANCY - 1900 census gives year of birth as 1841, marker as 1840
DISCREPANCY - 1870 census gives state of birth as Oregon.
APPLEGATE - At the residence 2274 State street, Monday, March 19, Mrs. Virginia Watson Applegate, mother of Warren, Glenn and Arthur Applegate, Miss Lillian Applegate, Mrs. Cyrus B. Woodworth and Miss Pearl Applegate, Announcement of funeral will be made later from the Rigdon mortuary.
Oregon Statesman 20 March 1923 5:2
VIRGINIA WATSON APPLEGATE DIES; Played as a Girl on Hillside Consecrated by Grave of Abraham Lincoln.
Virginia Watson Applegete, widow of Jesse A. Applegate passed away at her home, 2274 State street, at 3:20 p.m. Monday, March 19.
She was born at Springfield, Ill, September 4, 1840 and until she was married in 1859 to Jesse A. Applegate she lived with her parents at the beautiful old homestead in Spring Valley, Polk county. After her marriage she lived for a time at Dallas, and since 1875 her home has been in Salem.
Mrs. Applegate never forgot her old Springfield home and loved to think of the hillside where she played, being consecrated by the grave of Abraham Lincoln, for he is buried on the old Watson estate.
Mrs.Applegate leaves six children; three sons, Warren, Glen and Arthur M., and three daughters, Lillian G. Mrs. Cyrus B. Woodworth and Pearl Lucile; a brother, Sanford Watson, and one sister, Miss Cecilia Watson, survive her.
She was a great leader and kept up a keen interest in national as well as international affairs until her illness ten days ago. Funeral services from Rigdon's today at 1:30 p.m.
Oregon Statesman 21 March 1923 5:8