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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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Osmotherley Applebys

Life in this ancient village on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, changed dramatically with the opening of Cote Ghyll linen mill in the late 19th century and its associated bleaching mills (source


John Appleby was born in nearby Knayton in about 1801, but after  his marriage in 1824 to Elizabeth Barker (b.1798 in Osmotherly) the couple remained in Osmotherly and raised their family.  John was a tailor, as was his eldest son George, but in later censuses they seem to have become farmers.  Later generations of George’s family were coal miners at Hedley Hope in Co Durham.


I have not managed to trace John and Elizabeth’s son William and his wife Catherine Cahill and large family after 1881, and it is possible that they emigrated?  

....YES, THEY DID!  I have received new information about their new life in Pennsylvania ...

osmotherley district in 1914

1914 map of Osmotherley, North Yorkshire


Appleby, Ann (Abt 1828- )

Appleby, Annie (Abt 1886- )

Appleby, Daisy May (Abt 1904- )

Appleby, Elizabeth (Abt 1830-1831)

Appleby, Elizabeth (Abt 1833- )

Appleby, Elizabeth (Abt 1890- )

Appleby, Elizabeth Ann (1859- )

Appleby, Ellen Elizabeth (1846- )

Appleby, Evelyn (Abt 1901- )

Appleby, Felix (1907-1984)

Appleby, George (Abt 1824-1895)

Appleby, George (Abt 1872- )

Appleby, George (Abt 1909- )

Appleby, George (or Mark?) (1865- )

Appleby, George Richard (Abt 1900- )

Appleby, Hannah (1898- )

Appleby, Isabella (Abt 1902- )

Appleby, James (Abt 1876- )

Appleby, Jane (1927- )

Appleby, Jane (Abt 1838- )

Appleby, John - Ironstone Miner (Abt 1867- )

Appleby, John (Abt 1801-1872)

Appleby, John (Abt 1877- )

Appleby, John Joseph (Abt 1892- )

Appleby, Joseph (1863- )

Appleby, Joseph Douglas (1930- )

Appleby, Joseph William (Abt 1879- )

Appleby, Joseph William (Abt 1897- )

Appleby, Leonard M (1913- )

Appleby, Lily Edna (Abt 1896- )

Appleby, Margaret Jane (1862- )

Appleby, Mary (Abt 1825- )

Appleby, Mary Hepple (Abt 1884- )

Appleby, Mary Hepple (Abt 1910- )


Appleby, Norman (Abt 1905- )

Appleby, Ralph (Abt 1870- )

Appleby, Ralph (Abt 1907- )

Appleby, Richard (1847-1906)

Appleby, Robert (1897-1977)

Appleby, Robert (Abt 1881- )

Appleby, Robert Harold (Abt 1899- )

Appleby, Sylvia Mae (1903-1989)

Appleby, Teresa (1869- )

Appleby, Thomas (Abt 1888- )

Appleby, William (Abt 1835-1904)

Appleby, William (Abt 1874-1925)

Appleby, William (Billy) (1901-1979)

Appleby, William A (1923- )

Bailey, Elizabeth Ann (1878- )

Bailey, Richard John Ironstone Miner

Banks, Eleanor (Abt 1877- )

Barker, Elizabeth (Abt 1798-1873)

Baughman, Mary Elizabeth A

Bell, Mary (Abt 1804-After 1861)

Beougher, Ollie (1902-1989)

Burleigh, Susannah (Abt 1873- )

Cahill, Catherine (Abt 1836-1905)

Dennis, William

Fereday, Anna Naomi (1906-1998)

Hepple, Isabella (Abt 1850-Bef 1901)

Kaylor, Earl (1905-1973)

Mance, John

Rowland, John W (Abt 1890- )

Rowland, Thomas

Rowland, Thomas M (Abt 1888- )

Stockdale, Alice (Abt 1877-1915)

Tomlinson, Alice (Abt 1887- )

Westgarth, Phoebe Jane (Abt 1870- )

Wilkinson, Jane (Abt 1882- )



It seems that William and Catherine sailed on the 'Pennsylvania' in 1882 with two of their children: Teresa and William (Billy).  An older daughter Elizabeth had already arrived in the USA and two more brothers Johnny and Joseph followed in about 1884 - it sounds as though they had a pretty hard life out there - with William himself dying in a mining accident in 1904 and several of his sons either dying or being severely injuried in the mines.

Ruth sent me the following Pennsylvania miners' song -

William Appleby reduced
Catherine Cahill A reduced
Wm Appleby jr reduced

Pick! Pick! Pick!

in the tunnel's endless gloom

And every blow of our strong right arm

But helps to carve  our tomb

But what is that to thee

Who live by our blood and toil?

For mining royalties must be made

To glut the coal barons' spoils"

William Appleby and his wife Catherine Cahill, with their son William (Billy) Appleby who married Alice Stockdale in 1807 in Youngstown, Fayette Co, PA

I have been sent some extracts from a family history that has been written about this family's experiences in Pennsylvania - it is called 'Appleby Family Roots and Branches' and covers the ancestors and descendants of William and Alice Stockdale Appleby.


I have added some details from these extracts to the family tree below, however, please let me know if you have any corrections to this information.

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