The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 155

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, 1847-1850; Reading, Massachusetts, 1850-1872.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991) -

    Born 26 December, 1785, in Boston, Massachusetts; brother-in-law of William Goodrich; with William Goodrich of Boston, Massachusetts; partner in Hayts, Babcock, & Appleton of Boston, 1812-1815, pianos; in successor MacKay & Co. of Boston, 1815-1820; partner with Thomas D. Warren in Appleton & Warren of Boston, 1847-1850; in Reading, Massachusetts, 1850; briefly partner with Horatio Davis in Appleton & Davis of Reading, 1856; retired 1869; died 11 July 1872 in Reading, Massachusetts.

    Staff: Bogman; Isaac Chadbourn; J. Chadbourn; James Cogswell; Henry John Corrie; Crafts; Horatio Davis; J. Mack; Thomas McIntire, Jr.; Maurice Monihand; Benjamin Porter; William B. D. Simmons; Small; Samuel R. Warren; Wilson.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press) 1975. 119.
    • Orpha Ochse, ibid. 249.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press) 1979. 396.

  • For further information see Appleton & Warren, and Appleton & Davis

Database Entries

There are 33 entries in the database that describe organs by Thomas Appleton.

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Nameplate and keyboards. Photograph by Tim Drewes

Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook