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the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

Surnames covered in our DNA project:



plus any other variants


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The current banner shows Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland - a county in the far north east of England, bordering Scotland.  This region is home to a number of Appleby lines - and our DNA project has confirmed genetic connections between several of these, which also match lines in Canada, USA and Ireland.

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Birmingham screw makers

We were first asked to research this line by a descendant whose grandfather was a silversmith in Birmingham - but we soon found that most of the family were involved in the Screw Making industry.  The earliest Appleby we have identified in this line was William Appleby, born about 1805 in Bilston in Staffordshire, who apeared in the Whites 1849 Directory of Birmingham as a Screw Manufacturer of Bradford Street, but by 1851 he was a Master Screwmaker employing 7 men at the Chunk Works, Coventry Road in Birmingham.  


William's three sons who survived to adulthood were all screw makers, though later generations included brass founders and iron workers as well as our silversmith.


It seems likely that there are a number of branches of this line that continue to live in the Midlands ... I would be very interested to hear from a male Appleby descendant who would be willing to participate in our DNA project, as there is a good chance that this line is linked to the Willenhall Applebys.

Applebey Charlotte 1857-

Applebey Edwin Lister 1859-

Applebey Sarah Ann 1853-

Appleby Albert 1856-1903

Appleby Albert 1884-

Appleby Alfred 1850-1851

Appleby Alfred 1843-1844

Appleby Alfred Dennis 1910-

Appleby Ann 1862-

Appleby Annie 1890-1900

Appleby Charlotte 1886-

Appleby Donavan 1929-

Appleby Dorothy Ellen 1901-

Appleby Elizabeth (Betsy) 1832-

Appleby Emily 1854-

Appleby Emma 1860-

Appleby Gerald 1896-

Appleby Gladys 1903-

Appleby Gladys Wadds 1893-

Appleby Harry 1869-

Appleby Harry 1899-

Appleby Harry Edward 1894-1949

Appleby Howard H 1890-

Appleby John 1861-

Appleby John 1835-1879

Appleby John 1828-1832

Appleby Joseph 1852-

Appleby Joseph Alfred 1878-1911

Appleby Joseph J 1913-

Appleby Leslie 1895-

Appleby Leslie Frederick 1921-1997

Appleby Louisa 1853-

Appleby Mabel 1897-

Appleby Mary M 1918-

Appleby May 1903-

Appleby Reuben 1865-1904

Appleby Reuben 1863-1945

Appleby Reuben 1833-1886

Appleby Reuben 1910-

Appleby Reuben Elijah 1888-1889

Appleby Sarah or Maria 1839-

Appleby Thirza 1841-

Appleby William 1805-1861

Appleby William 1849-1861

Appleby William David 1830-1881

Edmonds Robert

Ellen Dorothy 1898-

France Sarah 1811-1852

Garrad Frederick

Gibbs Lucy M 1898-

Girling Charlotte 1833-

Green Rachel Ruth 1870-

Hall Ann 1830-

Hickin Susannah 1828-

Reeves Eliza 1866-1911

Rudland Annie 1862-1911

Sidwell Matilda Gertrude 1886-

Wadds Fanny 1862-1926


1878  9 FEB Man. Ev. news

Tragedy at Birmingham - this extract from the Manchester Evening News of 9 Feb 1878 reports on the tragic death of Charlotte Appleby.  The inquest found her husband John  Appleby, tool maker, guilty of her manslaughter.