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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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Thomas Appleby of Leeds, whose descendants migrated to India and California

NAME INDEX for descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth


Appleby, Arthur Dawkins, (1855 - 1904)

Appleby, Arthur Kinloch, (1880 - 1948

Appleby, Blanche Marion, (1884 - )

Appleby, Ellen Lilia, (1854 - )

Appleby, Eustace Livingstone, (1891 - 1895)

Appleby, Fanny, (1859 - )

Appleby, Frank, (1862 - after 1930)

Appleby, Gladys Mary, (1885 - )

Appleby, Henry, (1851 - )

Appleby, Irene Margaret, (1887 - )

Appleby, Kate, (1857 - )

Appleby, Lena Myrtle, (1890 - 1893)

Appleby, Mary Ann,

Appleby, Roland William, (1884 - 1939)

Appleby, Thomas, (bef 1800 - )

lahore fort

above: Briggate, Leeds (where Thomas Dawkins Appleby ran his Cheese shop)

left: Lahore Fort (a number of children of Postmaster General A Dawkins Appleby were christened in Lahore)

Appleby, Thomas Dawkins, (abt 1821 - bef 1880)

Appleby, Vera Enid Victoria, (1893 - 1961)

Appleby, William, (1823 - )

Appleby, William junior, (1850 - )

Dawkins, Elizabeth, (bef 1800 - )

Renwick, Marianne, (1831 - )

Hodgson, Margaret, (1822 - aft 1900)

Livingstone, Margaret Mary, (1856 - 1946)

Molony, Noreen, (1902 -  1986)

Wilson, Joan, (abt 1907 - 1962)

Stowell, Robert Septimus, (1869 - 1920)

Hinton, Godfrey William,

Muirhead, Alexander,

Heath, Griffith,

Parnell, Ralph, (abt 1884 - 1964)


We have reconstructed this family tree and the other snippets about Applebys in India from information  found on a variety of sources, including GRO indexes for overseas Births, Marriages and Deaths,and Military records, IGI, Families in British India Society, etc.  I am grateful to Colin for once again supplying the initial information, and to Bruce for expanding it.


William Appleby was born in Leeds in about 1823, we believe a son of Thomas Appleby and Elizabeth Dawkins, who married at St Peter Leeds in 1818.  We have not found details of how and when he travelled to India, but he married Marianne Renwick in Loodhiana in 1848.  William's eldest son Arthur Dawkins Appleby was a Postmaster, and his son became Lt Col Kinloch Arthur Appleby, OBE Postmaster General of  India.


William Appleby had a brother Thomas Dawkins Appleby, who remained in Leeds, where he became a cheesemaker of renown (winning five gold sovereigns in 1861 according to the Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England).  Thomas was also a traveller, and he and his family emigrated to California in about 1869.

memorial plaque_arthur_dawkins_appleby

Thank you to Duncan, whose sharp eyes spotted this plaque on a recent trip to Shimla

When constructing this line of Applebys, we wondered whether it could have any connection with the Applebys of Kirkby Malzeard which is just 30 miles north of Leeds, and famous as the birthplace of Wensleydale Cheese?


Well, the science of DNA testing has demonstrated that YES, IT DOES!


The results for our volunteer from this line match those of our volunteer descended from Robert Appleby, born in Kirkby Malzeard in 1777 in 35 out of 37 markers, indicating the liklihood that the two testers share a common ancestor within the following number of generations:

...4 generations is 29.22%.  

...8 generations is 69.05%.  

...12 generations is 89.38%.  

...16 generations is 96.82%.  

...20 generations is 99.12%.  

...24 generations is 99.77%.  


So now, we need to do the paper research to discover just how Thomas of Leeds was connected to the much older line in Kirkby Malzeard.


If this is part of YOUR family tree, or if you can help place any of the other individuals shown on the chart or listed in the notes into further trees, do please get in touch to share further information, via this contact form.

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