John Appleton Sentz was born January 28, 1882 at Charleston, West Virginia, the son of John W. Sentz and Sarah Ann (Rhodes) Sentz. In 1902, son John married Nora E. O'Leary, daughter of Michael and Katherine (Doody) O'Leary. Nora was born at Castle Island, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, on September 15, 1881.
John and Nora had four children born at Millvale, Pennsylvania. By 1910 the family had moved out West, where John pursued his locomotive engineer career. They lived at Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Warren, Washington; and Snoqualmie Falls, Washington. John died at Seattle, Washington, in 1944. According to his obituary, he had become a well-known apiarist after his retirement from Union Pacific.
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