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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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George Walton Appleby of Barnard Castle

There have been a whole succession of George Walton Applebys, but the first was the son of George Appleby, a Durham solicitor (1803 - 1839) and his wife Sarah Tilly.  George Walton Appleby's middle name was inherited from his grandmother, Mary Walton, who married George Appleby, a merchant, in Staindrop in 1799.  We believe that this George may belong to the line of Robert Appleby of Barnard Castle.


George the solicitor died shortly after George Walton's birth, and Sarah remarried in 1842 to Robert Ingram Shafto - another Durham solicitor.  George Walton Appleby's stepfather must have been a big influence in his life, as two of his own sons as well as a number of descendants of this line carry the middle name of Shafto.

Barnard Castle

Robert Ingram Shafto was a seventh cousin thrice removed of Bobby Shafto, notable in the popular Victorian song - which is believed to originally be an Irish folk song adapted by supporters of the 18thC MP for Durham Robert Shafto - see Wikipedia 


George Walton Appleby was a Captain in the 31st Durham Regiment, and after his retirement from the Army he farmed in Leicestershire for a while before returning to the family home at 10 Church Street in Durham.  In total, George Walton is known to have had seven children with his first wife Agnes Sterry Tucker from Bermuda, following her death in 1870 he married one of the maidservants Drusilla Matthews, who bore him a further eight children.  A number of George Walton's children were born in Southsea, in Hampshire.


One of George Walton and his first wife Agnes's sons was Reginald Woodfield Appleby  (see entry on Wikipedia) migrated to Bermuda, where he founded the Appleby tax company, which features in the tax evasion scandal referred to as 'Paradise Papers' in November 2017.


A short biography of another of his sons, Ernest Walton Appleby, appears on the website of the Durham Light Infantry Museum.


Descendants of this line can be found around the world - as we know that three sons emigrated to British Columbia in Canada, one to Bermuda and another to Iowa.


If you belong to this line, I would be very pleased to hear from you - especially if you would like to participate in our yDNA program or are able to provide any old photos of your ancestors or stories about their lives to include on this page!

Ruins of the Castle viewed from the opposite bank of the River Tees

click here to view the family tree for George Walton Appleby's line





ApplebyAgnes Catherine (1870-1870)

ApplebyAgnes May (1900-1919)

ApplebyAlan Springett (1910-2002)

ApplebyAnn Elizabeth (1801-1851)

ApplebyArchibald Morgan (1902-1999)

ApplebyArthur Shafto (1879- )

ApplebyArthur Shafto (1905-1989)

ApplebyBernard Shafto (1890-1968)

ApplebyCharles George (1898- )

ApplebyCharles Herbert Tucker (1867-1953)

ApplebyConstance Helena (1898- )


ApplebyEdith S (1881- )

ApplebyEdith Walton (1908- )

ApplebyEdward Morgan Russell (1943- )

ApplebyElizabeth (1902-1968)

ApplebyElizabeth Sarah (Abt 1832- )

ApplebyErnest Walton (1878-1923)

ApplebyEvelyn Mary (1887- )

ApplebyFlorence Marian (1876- )

ApplebyFrancis Theodore (1900-1959)

ApplebyFrancis Walton (1902-1992)

ApplebyGeorge (1803-1839)

ApplebyGeorge (Abt 1769- )

ApplebyGeorge Walton (1862-1948)

ApplebyGeorge Walton (1890- )

ApplebyGeorge Walton (1918-1961)

ApplebyGeorge Walton (Abt 1835-1918)

ApplebyGordon Lewis (1908-1970)

ApplebyHarold Castillion (1908-1909)

ApplebyHarrold (Abt 1866-After 1881)


ApplebyHelen (1888-1953)

ApplebyHenry Walton (1874- )

ApplebyKatherine Agnes Randolph (1898-1934)

ApplebyLancelot Gordon (1911-1950)

ApplebyLeonard George Randolph (1899-1966)

ApplebyLeonard Shafto (1863-1952)

ApplebyLouisa Constance (1861-1930)

ApplebyMargaret Louisa (1886-1979)

ApplebyMary (Abt 1833- )

ApplebyPrudence Tucker (1905-1976)

ApplebyReginald Woodfield (1865-1948)

ApplebySylvia Gosling (1912- )

ApplebyViolet Catherine (1883- )

ApplebyWilliam Percy (1886-1887)


GodwinHerbert James (Abt 1873- )

GoslingEdith Mary

Hingeston-RandolphKatherine Holworth


MatthewsDrusilla (Abt 1859-1912)

MorganMabel Rosalie Frances (1874-1961)

NealeLillian (1865-1963)

PearmanJames Eugene




TilleySarah (1809-1866)


TuckerAgnes Sterry (Abt 1840-1870)

TurnerMadeleine Hester ( -1964)



ernest walton appleby

Ernest Walton Appleby (1878-1923)


Reginald Woodfield Appleby (1865-1948)

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