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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.

William & Ellen Apleby of Bishopwearmouth

William Apleby married Ellen Goldsbrough in 1670 in Bishopwearmouth.  Originally, we believed that this was the same William Apleby who had earlier married Margarite Hilton - however recent discovery of burial records (on the wonderful Durham Records On-line site) has indicated that this cannot be the case, as Margarite died after the William/Ellen marriage and both couples were having children christened during the overlapping period.  


Sadly, we have not been able to find many descendants of this couple - so if anyone can provide further information I should be delighted to hear from you.

click here to view a descendancy chart for William and Ellen

NAME INDEX for this line


Apleby, Anne (abt 1671 - )

Apleby , Barbara (abt 1680 - )

Apleby, Ellen (abt 1681 - 1682)

Apleby, Ellen (abt 1686 - )

Apleby , John (abt 1682 - )

Apleby, William (abt 1677 - bef 1683)

Apleby , James (abt 1706 - )

Apleby ,  John (abt 1709 - )

Apleby, William (abt 1683 - )

Apleby, William (abt 1704 - )

Apleby, William

Goldsbrough, Ellen

Hesceltine, Isabel

Hunter, Ann


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