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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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Isaac Appleby, peruke maker


Silence (Isaac's wife) (Abt 1677-1742)

Appleby, Ann (1674- )

Appleby, Anna Maria (1747- )

Appleby, Anne (1706-1753)

Appleby, Anne (1731-1733)

Appleby, Anne (1734- )

Appleby, Edward (1687- )

Appleby, Edward (1703-1705)

Appleby, Elisabeth (1745- )

Appleby, Elizabeth (1696- )

Appleby, Isaac (bef 1650- )

Appleby, Isaac - Peruke Maker (Abt 1676-1732)

Appleby, Isaac - Peruke Maker, Barber (1700-1764)

Appleby, Isaac (1732-1733)

Appleby, Isaac (1735-1736)

Appleby, Isaac (1736-1737)

Appleby, Jacob (1702-1703)

Appleby, John (1710- )

Appleby, John (1739-1739)

Appleby, Mary (1737- )

Appleby, Richard (1708-1723)

Appleby, Sarah (1740-1740)

Appleby, Sarah (1741- )

Appleby, Silence (1698-1704)

Appleby, Silence (1711- )

Appleby, Silence (1729-1745)

Cartwright, Joseph (Abt 1708-1752)

Catesby, Mark

Chapman, John

Holme, Ann (bef 1659 - aft 1687)

Rowland, Henry ( -Bef 1747)

Smithurst, Ann


This is a very short tree - just four generations - of a family that lived in London's East End, just outside the walls of the City of London, between about 1676 and 1740.  The family moved around several streets (Paternoster Row, Red Lion Street) in the area of Spittalfields, and attended St Leonard Shoreditch as well as Christchurch, Spittalfields churches. Both Isaac and his only surviving son (also Isaac) were peruke, (or periwig) makers.


It is likely that Isaac (who was born about 1676 according to his age at death), was a son of Isack Appleby and Ann Holmes  who married in 1670 - but only two children of this couple appear in the London baptism registers ... an Ann chr in 1674 at St Leonard Shoreditch and an Edward chr at St Giles Cripplegate in 1687.  The evidence to support this is that Isaac (b~1676) obtained his freedom in the Company of Weavers in 172? on the basis that his father Isaac was granted Freedom of the Company of Weavers in 1671. And the reverse of the youngest Isaac's Apprenticeship indenture mentions that his father was a Weaver. (Note: it was not necessary to join the Company which represented one's actual trade).  So it may be more than a coincidence that Isaac senior's believed mother was Ann Holmes AND his son was apprenticed to a John Holmes.


The descendancy chart for this family paints a sobering picture of life in London's dirty, disease-ridden streets.  Even though his will suggests that Isaac was a well educated tradesman, Isaac and Silence Appleby had nine known children of whom five died in infancy.  His son Isaac and his wife Ann had twelve known children - all four boys died in infancy, and it seems as if only five daughters survived (though I have been unable to discover with certainty if any went on to marry and have children).

Isaac junior was apprenticed to John Holmes, Citizen and Barber Surgeon in 1715, and completed his apprenticeship under John's widow Elizabeth Holmes (see his identure left).  He later appears on the Apprenticeship duties records as a Citizen and Barber surgeon in 1731


Although I don't think there are likely to be any living Appleby descendants of this line, we do know that Isaac and Silence's eldest daughter Elizabeth married Henry Rowlands in 1722 and it is believed that following his death, in 1747 Elizabeth married Mark Catesby, the renowned English Naturalist.

thumb - isaac appleby freedom papers 1671
thumb - isaac appleby indenture 1715

gentlemen wore perukes (or periwigs) from 17thC - early 19thC

Isaac obtained Freedom of the Company of Weavers in 172? by patrimony

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