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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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Layer de la Haye is a small village to the south west of Colchester in Essex.  You can read about its history here. 


We have identified a number of Appleby lines that are strongly linked with Layer de la Haye and I am currently working on producing charts for each of them.  Charts for the first four of these lines are already included on the website and I hope to add more when I discover more details.


There is a strong possibility that several of the lines actually link together, so if you have any more information about any of the families listed below (or indeed any other Essex Applebys) do please use the contact form to get in touch with me.


The Layer de la Haye families I am working on are (links will become active as the relevant page is loaded):

layer de la haye band 1910

Appleby families from Layer de la Haye

This rather splendid photo of the Layer de la Haye band in 1910 is reproduced with kind permission from ibew . Who knows, perhaps there is even an Appleby amongst the players?

descendants of James Appleby and Sarah Norman, who married in 1805 in Fingringhoe

descendants of Joseph Appleby, farmer (born 1799), and Sarah Gentry

descendants of William Appleby (born 1806)  and Hannah

descendants of Edward Appleby (born ~1774) and Amelia Hales

descendants of John Appleby (born 1805) and Mary Ann

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