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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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Barnabas Appleby of South Shields

I have traced this interesting line of Applebys mainly through the censuses - helped enormously by the fact that almost every generation had sons carrying a variation of the name Barnabus (Barnard, Bernard, Barney).


Despite Barnabus Appleby's two marriages, which produced a total of 13 children, all the descendants surviving to the latest censuses were descended from the marriage of his son Barney Appleby, a seaman, and his wife Mary Gibson.


Although the earliest two generations I have found lived in South Shields in the mid to late 1770s, they appear to have moved to Sunderland in the early 1800s, where several were blacksmiths or chainmakers.


At one point, members of this line were living in Flag Lane, alongside descendants of another Durham Appleby line (William and Margarite Appleby) but I have not managed to find any connection.


Several members of this family moved away from Sunderland - to Houghton le Spring and Newcastle - one of Barnabas's great great grandsons emigrated to Australia in 1908 and another family emigrated to Wisconsin in 1910.


It is possible that one son from Barnabus's second marriage married a South Shields girl in 1923 and then moved to London's docklands where the couple had four sons, all of whom seem to have worked in the docks.  I have included this branch on the chart, but I would be grateful to learn if my assumptions are right.

click here to view the descendancy chart for this line



Adams, Thomason, (abt 1794 - aft 1861)

Appleby, Andrew, (abt 1839 - 1888)

Appleby, Barnabus,

Appleby, Barnard, (abt 1844 - )

Appleby, Barney, (abt 1773 - 1857)

Appleby, Bernard, (abt 1765 - bef 1773)

Appleby, Bernard, (abt 1822 - 1893)

Appleby, Clement, (abt 1837 - 1910)

Appleby, Dorothy, (abt 1783 - )

Appleby, Edward A, (abt 1895 - )

Appleby, Elizabeth, (abt 1799 - )

Appleby, Elizabeth, (abt 1894 - )

Appleby, Frederick, (abt 1898 - )

Appleby, Frederick Wittenburg, (abt 1866 - )

Appleby, George Walter, (abt 1890 - )

Appleby, Jane, (abt 1785 - )

Appleby, Jane, (abt 1818 - )

Appleby, Jane, (abt 1851 - )

Appleby, Jennie, (abt 1890 - )

Appleby, John, (abt 1793 - )

Appleby, John (abt 1835 - aft 1871)

Appleby, John, (abt 1857 - )

Appleby, John, (abt 1881 - )

Appleby, John H, (abt 1879 - )

Appleby, Margaret, (abt 1859 - )

Appleby, Mary, (abt 1770 - )

Appleby, Mary, (abt 1799 - )


Appleby, Mary, (abt 1841 - )

Appleby, Michael, (abt 1790 - )

Appleby, Norman, (abt 1897 - )

Appleby, Norman E, (abt 1888 - )

Appleby, Robert, (abt 1766 - )

Appleby, Robert, (abt 1861 - )

Appleby, Samuel, (abt 1876 - )

Appleby, Sarah, (abt 1816 - )

Appleby, Sarah Bell, (abt 1871 - )

Appleby, Sarah E, (abt 1882 - )

Appleby, Thomas, (abt 1829 - aft 1861)

Appleby, William, (abt 1780 - )

Appleby, William, (abt 1849 - )

Appleby, William, (abt 1873 - )

Bell, Margaret, (abt 1849 - )

Cockburn, Jane, (abt 1867 - )

Gibson, Mary, (abt 1781 - )

Grainger, Margaret, (abt 1824 - 1898)

Haswell, Thomas, (abt 1864 - )

Moss, Mary Ann, (abt 1835 - aft 1871)

Rowe, Mary Elizabeth, (abt 1858 - )

Weenle, Jane,

Wheldon, Ann,

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South Shields in 1835 (Creighton)

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