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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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Applebys of Lincolnshire and Rotherham

Several members of this line ran Grocers and Drapers shops.  We believe that the three younger children in the photo are (from left) Arthur Reginald Appleby, George Albert Appleby and Charles Clifford Appleby, with their father standing on the left and their mother in the doorway

geo wm and alice and children outside shop

This line begins with John Appleby (1779-1833) and Harriet Scales Guy (1790-1829) who married at St Botulph in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1812.  I am almost certain that John belongs to the same line as William Barker Appleby.  Hopefully we can locate living male Applebys from both lines to confirm this through DNA testing!


Although this line of Applebys originated in Boston, Lincolnshire, the largest branch had moved to Rotherham (via Matlock in Derbyshire!) by 1891.  Another branch ended up in Sheffield in Yorkshire and a third in Retford in Nottinghamshire.

geo wm and alice

George William Appleby and Alice (Fieldsand)

Appleby ?William 1733-

Appleby Albert Keeling 1876-1917

Appleby Anne 1817-

Appleby Arthur Ernest 1878-1956

Appleby Arthur Reginald 1904-1993

Appleby Beatrice Mary 1909-

Appleby Charles Clifford 1901-1934

Appleby Charles Frederick 1824-1902

Appleby Charles George 1862-1920

Appleby Charles William 1852-1899

Appleby Clara Mabel 1885-1971

Appleby Fanny Millicent 1870-

Appleby Frederick Henry 1901-

Appleby George Albert 1899-1996

Appleby George William 1874-1954

Appleby Gladys 1904-

Appleby Harold Charles 1880-1917

Appleby Harriet 1815-1818

Appleby John 1846-1926

Appleby John 1779-1833

Appleby John 1820-1898

Appleby John Henry 1873-

Appleby John Thomas 1856-1862

Appleby Marjorie 1910-

Appleby Mary Jane 1859-

Appleby Minnie A B 1888-

Appleby Walter Edwin 1883-1973

Appleby William 1899-

Arnall ?Elizabeth 1751-1788

Balderston Sarah Ann 1836-1872

Baldock Minnie Alice 1862-1938

Colledge Arthur Tom

Cordon Samuel

Drury Matilda 1850-1933

Fieldsend Alice 1876-1946

Garnham Fanny 1849-1927

Guy Harriet Scales 1790-1829

Jackson Mildred (Millicent) 1816-1907

Keeling Clara Lucy 1855-1889

Shipman George

Watts Beatrice A 1876-

Woodcock Edith 1883-1950