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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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John James Appleby, cutler

John James Appleby was born about 1798 in Charterhouse Street - he and his first wife Elizabeth Freeman had three children, and he had a further two children with his second wife Elizabeth Day.  However, only one of his sons (John Appleby, a musical instrument maker) went on to marry and have children.  I have recently found that John James Appleby became a Freeman of the City of London in 1823 by redemption (he was admitted to the Company of Clockmakers), and his son John was apprenticed to a horn and trumpet maker in 1839.


Although the census shows that the family moved many times, they seem to have remained in the Clerkenwell/Islington area for many years.


There is clearly an interesting relationship between this Appleby family and the family of Drury Freeman, watchmaker/jeweller, which I would be most interested to learn more of, if anyone has more detailed information.


UPDATE:  In November 2012 I was contacted by Kate, who also had Drury Freeman appearing in her family tree!  Kate's family tree 'Samuel Applebee pipemaker' will be added to the website shortly.  The link between these two lines seems to be just out of reach, and as yet we have not proved a connection, though they lived alongside each other and both families were very involved with the Freeman family.  

Name Index for family of John James Appleby, cutler

Appleby, John N (Abt 1899 - )

Appleby, Lewis George (Abt 1907 - )

Appleby, Maud E (Abt 1900 - )

Appleby, William (Abt1856 - 1862)

Bayley, Mary Ann (abt 1829 - )

Day, Elizabeth (Abt 1810 - aft 1871)

Dernacour, James (Abt1827 - )

Freeman, Elizabeth ( - 1831)

Freeman, Esther (1829-1900),

Grasemann, Maud Emily (abt 1880 - )

Harbud, Caroline Love (abt 1853 - bef 1901)

Hatfield, William (Abt1828 - )

Leggett, James,

Miles, Henry,

Payne, Charles (Abt 1857 - )

Platt, William,

Thurston, Alfred (Abt 1843 - )

Appleby, Arthur Frederick (1904-

Appleby, Arthur Noel (1888-

Appleby, Arthur William (1886-1887),

Appleby, Caroline (1877-

Appleby, Caroline (Abt 1909-

Appleby, Dorothy Mary Ann (1901-

Appleby, Elizabeth (1826-

Appleby, Elizabeth (Abt 1865-

Appleby, Esther (Abt 1859-

Appleby, Esther (Abt 1884-

Appleby, Esther Day (1844-1875),

Appleby, Henry George (1894-

Appleby, James (1828-

Appleby, James (Abt 1879 - bef 1881)

Appleby, Jane (1832-

Appleby, Jane (Abt 1860 - )

Appleby, Jane (Abt 1881 - )

Appleby, John (1825-Bef 1901)

Appleby, John (1875-

Appleby, John (Abt 1851 - )

Appleby, John James (Abt 1798 - aft 1871)

St John's Gate Clerkenwel 1815

"St.John's Gate, Clerkenwell" copper engraved print published in The Beauties of England and Wales, 1815. Recent hand colouring


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