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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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London Family Trees



Family tree charts for London Appleby Families


The first family tree chart on the list below is my own - more charts for London and the South East are added on a regular basis.  [The charts open with Adobe reader - use your Adobe browser to enlarge to legible size then scroll across and down to view]:

Joseph Appleby, tin plate worker of Bethnal Green (whose ancestry now seems to connect with the Midlands)

Samuel Applebee, wheelwright (originally from Northamptonshire), later of St Pancras. 

Matthew Appelbee, sawyer (originally from Berkshire, later from London's East End and Yorkshire)

Richard Appleby, carpenter of St Pancras 

Henry Appleby, engraver of Islington

John James Appleby, cutler of Clerkenwell and Islington

John Appleby, trimming maker of Bethnal Green (originally from Warwickshire, but also with links to Cambridgeshire and Wisconsin in the USA)

William Appleby, pianoforte maker - born in Stepney

George Appleby, musician of St Pancras

Applebee armourers and brasiers  brothers John and Charles settled in the City of London, though their father seems to have been a taylor from Reading, Berkshire

Samuel Applebee, pipemaker, Samuel was one of a number of children of Benjamin Applebee and Lydia of Tutbury in Staffordshire, but following his apprenticeship in London, Samuel married and settled in the Old Street area of London.  There are definite links between this family and that of John James Appleby, cutler of Clerkenwell - but we have yet to discover if the two lines share a common ancestor

Appleby carpenters of Hertfordshire, London and Australia We have traced this line back to a John Appleby, carpenter (~1776-1829), whose children were all born in Hertfordshire, but so far have not managed to locate a birth or marriage in Hertfordshire for John.  We know that at least one family amongst his descendants emigrated to Australia.  Can you help us to trace others?

Walter Charles Appleby, pianoforte tuner of St Pancras.  We have traced this line back to a John Appleby who married Elizabeth Castledine in St George Hanover Square - but John's origins were a mystery until we received the yDNA results of our tester for this line.  Much to our surprise, he was an exact match to a tester from a Durham line of Applebys - and a very close match to a number of other Appleby lines from Northern Group One!

Isaac Appleby, peruke maker.  This is a short tree, and one that I am certain does not continue beyond the mid 18thC, but it is interesting.  If you DO know of any more descendants of this Appleby line, please do send me details.

Samuel Appleby, Attorney and Violinist of London, Manchester and Brighton - an even shorter tree, but fascinating nevertheless.  It is possible that I will manage to discover more about Samuel's ancestors in Manchester, but for now the tree focusses on Samuel himself.


And we have a whole section for trees I am working on for London Painters and Decorators though so far, only one is complete with a page of information and a family tree chart!

The keen-eyed will have spotted that quite a few of the above lines had their origins in other parts of the country.  We know that Appleby is NOT a London name, so it is probable that most of those who ended up in the city were descended from an ancestor who came to London centuries earlier, either during the Industrial Revolution (when we can find place of birth in the census) or during the 18thC or earlier when they were sent to London to learn a trade.  Evidence for some of these origins has been found in Apprenticeship records.  


Further London lines are in preparation - do check back regularly to see if your line is featured (or use the contact form to send me details of families you are interested in).


Most trees cover only the generations which were living during the period covered by the censuses (1841 - 1911), although if reliable parish record information is available I have included earlier generations.  However, if you are able to provide more information about the families covered, please do contact me using the Contact link on the left.


Many of the births and marriages mentioned on the charts can be found on the London BMD databases and the London census databases which are held in the Resource section.