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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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Quaker Applebys of Durham

Early generations of this interesting line of Applebys from Darlington in County Durham were drapers and clothiers, later diverging into a wider range of occupations. Quakers maintained excellent records of births, marriages and deaths, and the Durham Meeting records proved even more helpful than usual as they had grouped all members of particular families into a single page. Most of the tree was developed from the excellent nonconformist record collection available on The Genealogist website.


We discovered that one member of this line,  George Alexander Appleby  was a midshipman at the Battle of Trafalgar - however he seems to have displeased his father George Appleby, who died in 1805, as George Alexander was very obviously cut out from his father's will. More research is required to establish the exact circumstances for this family rift!


However, we have not been able to trace any Appleby descendants of this line appearing in the 19th century census records.  If you have made a connection to the present day, we'd love to hear from you!

marriage of Lawrence and Margaret Appleby

Record of the marriage of Lawrence Appleby and Margaret Hindes in 1673 (source RG6 collection from the National Archives)

ApplebyAnn 1727-

ApplebyAnn 1752-

ApplebyCaleb 1715-1777

ApplebyCaleb 1682-1731

ApplebyCaleb 1719-1720

ApplebyDeborah 1711-1712

ApplebyDeborah 1719-1719

ApplebyDeborah 1722-1722

ApplebyEdward 1703-1736

ApplebyEdward 1730- 1733

ApplebyEdward 1736- 1736

ApplebyEdward 1753-

ApplebyElizabeth 1669-

ApplebyGeorge 1729-1805

ApplebyGeorge Alexander 1769-1835


ApplebyHannah 1733- 1734

ApplebyHannah 1735-1818

ApplebyIsaac 1721-

ApplebyIsabella 1766-


ApplebyJane 1685-

ApplebyJane 1715-

ApplebyJoseph 1707-1756

ApplebyJoseph 1717-1722

ApplebyJoshua 1728-1754

ApplebyJoshua 1677-1737

ApplebyJoshua 1709-1756

ApplebyLawrence 1637-1699

ApplebyLawrence 1713-1713

ApplebyMargaret 1704-1755

ApplebyMargarett 1675-1692

ApplebyMargret 1712-

ApplebyMary 1710-

ApplebyPaxton 1768-1794

ApplebySamuel 1718-1756

ApplebySusannah 1754-

ApplebyWilliam 1716-1717

ApplebyWilliam 1732-1796

ClemettJane -1673

FisherGrace -1778

FisherJane -1751




HinkesMargaret 1649-1690

Lindley Simon 1676-

PaxtonSusannah - 1784


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