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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.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are viewing this site on an Apple device running IOS 13, you may experience problems with page layout, over-lapping text, etc.  Hopefully, Apple will resolve these issues very soon,

(Meanwhile, I suggest you switch to a PC!)

click on the image to open a larger map of Colchester and surrounding areas (T.L.Murray, 1830)  - from Genmaps










You can read about the history of Boxted village on the village website

James Apelbi of Boxted, Essex

It has been suggested that all the members of this extensive line of Applebys are descended from John Appleby (~1558 - 1629) and Margaret Sandye (both born in Boxted), who married in 1599 in Ardleigh.  John is believed to be a son of James Apelbi.


Families from this line of Applebys are thought to have remained in and around Boxted (a village about five miles north of Colchester) for around eight generations before some family groups began to disperse to the nearby villages of Dedham, Great Horkesley, Wivenhoe and Langham as well into Colchester itself in the mid to late 1800s.  We know that a few families travelled further afield to London and Sussex, and one family emigrated to Arizona in the USA in arond 1887.


It seems likely that there remain a number of descendants of this line of Applebys, possibly many of them are still living in Essex today.  If you believe that you are descended from one of the Boxted Aplebys, do please contact me to share your information.


In recent months, my attention has been drawn to errors in the tree that was displayed on this website until the end of 2016.  On checking these, I have discovered further inconsistencies and so have taken the decision to remove the charts from the website altogether until such time as I have been able to confirm the accuracy of the various family groups, by checking all facts against census entries, details in parish registers (sourced at the SEAX website) and the various wills and other documents that are available.  This could take some time!!


I suspect that it will not be possible to reconstruct one single tree, but that we will end up with a number of separate smaller trees that may or may not link together - due to the limited details available in earlier parish registers.  I will load each of these up as they are completed.


However - please be aware that yDNA testing is the most reliable way of determining whether in fact different reconstructed family trees are linked together.  Currently, we have no yDNA test resuls for any members of the Boxted line(s) ... if you are a male APPLEBY and would be willing to represent your line of Applebys, please do contact me!

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