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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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Quaker Applebys of Durham

Early generations of this interesting line of Applebys from Darlington in County Durham were drapers and clothiers, later diverging into a wider range of occupations. Quakers maintained excellent records of births, marriages and deaths, and the Durham Meeting records proved even more helpful than usual as they had grouped all members of particular families into a single page. Most of the tree was developed from the excellent nonconformist record collection available on The Genealogist website.


We discovered that one member of this line,  George Alexander Appleby  was a midshipman at the Battle of Trafalgar - however he seems to have displeased his father George Appleby, who died in 1805, as George Alexander was very obviously cut out from his father's will. More research is required to establish the exact circumstances for this family rift!


However, we have not been able to trace any Appleby descendants of this line appearing in the 19th century census records.  If you have made a connection to the present day, we'd love to hear from you!

marriage of Lawrence and Margaret Appleby

Record of the marriage of Lawrence Appleby and Margaret Hindes in 1673 (source RG6 collection from the National Archives)

Appleby Ann 1727-

Appleby Ann 1752-

Appleby Caleb 1715-1777

Appleby Caleb 1682-1731

Appleby Caleb 1719-1720

Appleby Deborah 1711-1712

Appleby Deborah 1719-1719

Appleby Deborah 1722-1722

Appleby Edward 1703-1736

Appleby Edward 1730- 1733

Appleby Edward 1736- 1736

Appleby Edward 1753-

Appleby Elizabeth 1669-

Appleby George 1729-1805

Appleby George Alexander 1769-1835

Appleby Hannah

Appleby Hannah 1733- 1734

Appleby Hannah 1735-1818

Appleby Isaac 1721-

Appleby Isabella 1766-

Appleby Jane

Appleby Jane 1685-

Appleby Jane 1715-

Appleby Joseph 1707-1756

Appleby Joseph 1717-1722

Appleby Joshua 1728-1754

Appleby Joshua 1677-1737

Appleby Joshua 1709-1756

Appleby Lawrence 1637-1699

Appleby Lawrence 1713-1713

Appleby Margaret 1704-1755

Appleby Margarett 1675-1692

Appleby Margret 1712-

Appleby Mary 1710-

Appleby Paxton 1768-1794

Appleby Samuel 1718-1756

Appleby Susannah 1754-

Appleby William 1716-1717

Appleby William 1732-1796

Clemett Jane -1673

Fisher Grace -1778

Fisher Jane -1751

Ford Ann

Green William

Hadwin John

Hinkes Margaret 1649-1690

Lindley Simon 1676-

Paxton Susannah - 1784