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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Appleby, Applebee and other variants are believed to be locational surnames - that is, they probably originated in around the 13th century by people who became known as, for example 'John of Appleby'. As well as Appleby in Westmorland, there is a small village near Scunthorpe called Appleby and also Appleby Magna and Appleby Parva in Leicestershire. You can read about the history of Appleby Magna on the Appleby Magna Village website.
With your help, I hope to add more family trees and resource data for this part of England to the website - please use the Contact Form to let me know if you would be prepared to contribute details of your own family trees and/or Birth, Marriage and Death data for inclusion on the site.
NB To prevent any possibility of publishing details of living individuals, family trees will not show recent generations and there will be appropriate cut off points for all other data.
Applebys from Layer de la Haye in Essex - this page has links to the first four Essex lines from this village:
James and Sarah Norman
Joseph and Sarah Gentry
William Appleby and Hannah
Edward Appleby and Amelia
Nathaniel Appleby of Langenhoe - generations of this family lived around Langenhoe, Abberton and Fingringhoe - but eventually members moved to West Ham and Canning town in East London. Some descendants are known to have emigrated to New Zealand
James Apelbi of Boxted, Essex - this very large group of families remained in Boxted for at least eight generations before dispersing to nearby villages, to Colchester and London. One family is known to have emigrated to Arizona. The charts for this line are currently not available, due to the discovery of a number of inconsistencies.
William Appleby of Gt Braxted, Essex - several generations of this line lived in Great Braxted, Rivenhall, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, and Kelvedon where they were farmers and later innkeepers. We believe that one descendant - Forrest Appleby was a banker in Canada in the 1920s.
Miles Applebee of Dedham, Essex - although Miles was born in Dedham, most of his children were born to the SW of Chelmsford in Fryerning or Ingatestone. Almost the entire family migrated to Kent in the 1850s/60s.
George Appleby and Elizabeth Nice or Nurse - from Ardleigh, Essex. A major branch of this family emigrated to Australia
Charles Applebee, wheelwright of Moulsham, Essex. Charles was born in about 1786 in Dedham - and was probably a brother of Miles. Like Miles' family - most of Charles descendants also moved away from Essex and were found in London and the home counties as well as Yorkshire and Lancashire by 1911.
East Anglia is known to be a major Appleby stronghold - I am currently working on a number of Appleby/Applebee/Appelby family trees from this part of England, which will be presented in groups of families from similar geographical areas. If YOU belong to a line of Applebys with links to Essex, please use the contact form to get in touch with me as soon as possible, and make sure that I have the most up to date information about your tree to include on the site.
click on the map to enlarge - This image appears by kind permission of the Appleby Magna Village Website
Essex in 1753 Emmanuel Bowen in Britannia Depicta (source Genmaps)
Joseph Applebee of Warwickshire - who was born in Warwickshire in about 1823 and emigrated to South Australia in 1838
John Appleby, trimming maker - whose family originated in Coventry but moved to Bethnal Green and Ely in Cambridgeshire - one branch emigrated to Wisconsin in USA in about 1850
William Barker Appleby, coach maker of Boston,Lincolnshire - members of this line migrated to London in the middle of the 19th century and then in the 1870s, two generations of one family emigrated to New Zealand
John and Tamar Appleby, from Staffordshire - members of this family were nailors in Staffs, Shropshire and Worcestershire - one branch emigrated to Nebraskain the 1850s
Appleby/Calvert family from East Retford
Appelbees of Hinckley, Leicestershire. Early generations of this line were bakers and some descendants are known to have lived in Reading and later Australia.
Buckinghamshire Applebys - this line originated in Great Missenden in the mid 1600s but moved further south to Penn and surrounding villages in the early 1800s.
Appleby Screwmakers of Birmingham - could this line be linked to the Willenhall Applebys?
Applebys of Lincs and Rotherham - probably connected to the William Barker Appleby
Appleby Blacksmiths of Bedfordshire - including details of Robert the Soldier (who fought at Waterloo)
Undertaking your own research on your Essex Ancestors
There are two online services which provide excellent information for Essex parish registers:
freeREG https://www.freereg.org.uk/freereg_contents/ provides very accurate and detailed transcriptions of numerous Essex parishes and, as suggested by the name of the site, is completely free
Essex Register Office provides an online Archive search – go to https://www.essexarchivesonline.co.uk/ and select the ‘Parish Register’ tab. This is a payable service and you can select to pay for using the service for various periods from one day (at £20) up to a year (at £95) The huge advantage of this service is that you can access online images of the parish registers for EVERY parish in the county (though you do need to be something of a palaeographer to read the earliest entries!)