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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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George Appleby of Ardleigh, Essex

Useful Links:

Ardleigh Past - website with all sorts of historical information about Ardleigh and its former residents

SEAX - this is the website for the Essex Records Office where you will find that images of the parish records for Ardleigh parish are available. I have transcribed all the Appleby/bees I could find and this information is now available in the Resources Section for Members


Applebee Elizabeth (1807- )

Applebee Frederick (1833- )

Applebee Rosetta (1827-1827)

Appleby Ada

Appleby Alice A. F. (1889- )

Appleby Clarence A. J.

Appleby Eliza (1823- )

Appleby Eliza Ann (1849- )

Appleby Elizabeth Ann (1860- )

Appleby Elizabeth Emma (1831- )

Appleby Emma

Appleby Emma R. (1887- )

Appleby Ernest

Appleby George

Appleby George (Abt 1780- )

Appleby George Henry (1885- )

Appleby James (Abt 1830-1832)

Appleby John (1804- )

Appleby Joseph (1814-After 1891)

Appleby Joseph Harold Alfred (1896-1945)

Appleby Joseph Henry (1857-1942)

Appleby Joseph W. S.

Appleby Martha

click here to view the family tree for George and Elizabeth

Appleby Mary Ann (1812- )

Appleby Mary Ann Elizabeth (1882- )

Appleby Matilda

Appleby Rachel (1894- )

Appleby Samuel (1802- )

Appleby Samuel (1825- )

Appleby Samuel (1850-1852)

Appleby Samuel (1854-1854)

Appleby Sarah (1810- )

Appleby William (1828-Bef 1871)

Appleby William (1854-1858)

Appleby William (1861-1888)

Cole William (Abt 1809- )

Cook Or Howard Eliza (Abt 1817-1861)

Everitt Samuel

Hunt Susan Maria Waldron (Abt 1826- )

Nice Or Nurse Elizabeth (Abt 1771-1864)

Sconce Mary (1836- )

Scott Maria (Abt 1804- )

Simons James

Wheeler Mary Ann Matilda (Abt 1857- )

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Although we have found details of a number of children of George Appleby and his wife Elizabeth Nice or Nurse in the Ardleigh Parish Records, it was a very long time before we located their marriage:  we now know that they married in Great Bentley on 19 Aug 1798.


In a census of Ardleigh taken in 1811 there was only one Appleby family - that of  George Appleby; he was a labourer and there were 5 males and three females in his household.  By 1821, George Appleby had two males and five females living in the household. (These early censuses only provide the name of the head of household)


An earlier census, taken in 1796 specifically to establish exactly how many men of an age capable of bearing arms against an anticipated invasion of the Essex coast by the French, showed four Applebys resident in the village - but no sign of George amongst them, so it is possible that he was born elsewhere.


As far as we are aware, all living descendants of this line now live in Australia and are descended from George and Elizabeth's grandson Joseph Henry Appleby, who emigrated to New South Wales in 1875.


But if you have details of descendants of any other branches of this family, do please contact me.


We now know that this line shares a common ancestor with that of Nathaniel of Langenhoe, but we still need to undertake further research amongst the parish records to discover where the connection lies.