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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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Robert Appleby, coalminer of

County Durham

This line begins with Robert Appleby, born about 1819 in Sunderland, County Durham.  Robert was the illegitimate son of Jane Appleby, though we have no further information about her.  Robert was a coalminer and worked in the mines of Houghton-le-Spring, Sherburn, Willington, Cornsay and possibly others, so the line is aptly titled 'of County Durham'. All of his descendants seem to have stayed in County Durham and one family moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne.



Unfortunately, as this line is descended from an illegitimate son of a female Appleby, it is not open to DNA testing.  However, if you have any further information about this line, please get in touch via this link.



ApplebyAlberta 1928-1935

ApplebyAnnie 1890-

ApplebyDavid 1898-

ApplebyDorothy H 1930-

ApplebyElizabeth 1868-

ApplebyElizabeth 1895-

ApplebyElsie Mary 1908-1990

ApplebyHugh Nattress 1909-

ApplebyJames Henry 1943-

ApplebyJames Nattress 1895-

ApplebyJane 1891-

ApplebyJane 0185-

ApplebyJane Bef 1804-

ApplebyJane Ann 1859-

ApplebyJohn Kirton N 1905-1982

ApplebyJoseph 1849-

ApplebyJoseph Welford 1888-

ApplebyLily 1892-

ApplebyMargaret 1868-

ApplebyMary 1850-

ApplebyMatthew 1886-

ApplebyRobert 1892-1916

ApplebyRobert 1819-

ApplebyRobert 1889-

ApplebyThomas 1871-

ApplebyThomas Henry 1900-

ApplebyWilliam 1864-

ApplebyWilliam 1926-1984

BageJane 1828-

GrundyFrances 1907-1949


LowdenMargaret 1883-

MaitlandRobert 1851-

NattressDorothy Hannah 1867-

ReedEthel Annie 1897-

WelshMary Ann 1863-

WoodThomas 1905-1962


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