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the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

the Appleby one-name study and DNA project

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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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London Carpenters, Painters and Decorators

*'South of the River' - any Londoners reading this will be familiar with the rivalry between long-established 'North Londoners' and 'South Londoners' (or, 'Nawf Lundun' and Saaf Lundan') - but with all the research I have been doing on London Appleby lines, I seem to be finding that the reluctance of today's Londoners to move across the River Thames (in either direction) could have been inherited from our ancestors! .... in case you are wondering, I'm definitely a Nawf Lunduner!

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1920s image of a Builders Yard in St Pancras

The area around Marylebone and St Pancras in London seems to have been a focus for numerous Appleby tradesmen.  This group of lines features carpenters, painters and decorators ... and, like many of the other tradesmen, these lines mostly seem to originate in the Counties to the north and west of London. The London parish registers are available on Ancestry, and commence in the mid 16thC - however, the earliest APPLEBY entries that I have been able to place in family trees all belong to lines where there is information from either Wills or Apprenticeship records to confirm the connections.  All the other London and South East lines have needed census entries to confirm family groups, so as a result very few start much earlier than the start of the 19thC.


This section brings together several Appleby lines where the main trades followed included carpentry, painting and decorating - I have completed four of the lines so far - the last should be ready soon! But I hope to add more background information about some of the lines at a later date.


Line 129: Applebys of London and South Africa

The most distant known Applebys in this line were John Appleby (born about 1787) and his wife Mary Ann (nee Ware) born about 1788.  The couple married at St Marylebone in 1816 and in the 1841 census John was a labourer; both seem to have died before the 1851 census.  I have located six children of this couple and numerous descendants who most lived in St Pancras or Marylebone, many working as carpenters, painters, etc. We know of two families from recent generations who emigrated to South Africa and one to Australia.


We have one set of yDNA results for a descendant of this line, but they do not match any other Appleby test results to date.  Click here to view the tree for this line 


Line 142: London Painters and Decorators

The couple heading this line were Francis George Applebee and Elizabeth (Butts) who married in St Pancras in 1807 - Francis was previously married to an Ann, who died in 1802 (though I have not located the first marriage). The earliest generations were shoemakers, but later family members were carpenters, plasterers ....  We also have a set of yDNA results from a descendant of this line; and though the results do match testers from two other Appleby lines, they are from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire not London - suggesting that Francis Applebee (or one of his ancestors) arrived in London from one of these regions.  To date, I have not located his birth, though Francis did helpfully leave a will that mentioned several siblings, so that might aid the discovery of the parents.  Click here to read more about this line


Line 142b: More London Painters and Decorators - descendants of William Appleby and Eliza Trigg.  When I received details of this line, at first I thought it would connect to the previous line (similar trades, locations and also the use of the middle name Nevill) - however I have not discovered any shared ancestors so far! You can read more about this line here


Line 142c: Surely not ... more painters!

Yes, when I began to come across additional census entries featuring painters that did NOT fit into any of the other lines in this section, I just had to start yet another family tree.  The James Joseph APPLEBY at the top of this tree was not a house painter like the rest of the painters in this section, but a Heraldic Painter and Engraver! - So far I have not managed to find out any more about him, though next time I visit the Society of Genealogists library I will try to locate a Directory of Heraldic artists.  However, several of his sons/grandsons were painters (I suspect of the more usual variety of house painters!). They seem to be based 'south of the river'* so are perhaps less likely to share any ancestry with any of the other lines?  A descendancy chart for this line will soon appear here


Line 160: Even MORE London Painters and Decorators

And though this line includes even more painters and decorators, and the members of this family also frequent the same districts of London as the first three lines on this page - St Pancras, Marylebone, etc! However, the earliest entries for this line suggest that George Appleby at the head of this line came from Colchester in Essex (and his wife probably came from Suffolk as that is where the couple married). Follow this link to view the family tree for this line


So if YOU have an Appleby ancestor who appears in a census as a painter, decorator, carpenter, etc, please make sure you check out ALL the lines in this group to see if you recognise any members of your family amongst the name lists!

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