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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 & Frances Appleby of Embleton, Northumberland

This line originates with Thomas Appleby, who was born in Long Framlington in around 1817 - we are confident that he was in fact a son of John Appleby and Judith Watson of the Acklington line.


In the 1841 census, Thomas was a miller, but he obviously liked variety, because in 1851 he was a husbandman, in 1861 he was a miner, 1871 he was a quarry proprietor and in 1881, having passed over the quarry to his son Mark, he was a cattle dealer!


Although Thomas and Frances's two eldest sons both worked in the railway, the younger ones all seemed to be involved in the whinstone quarry at some time, but Mark remained the proprietor for a number of years, before passing it on to his son, also Mark, who was still running the quarry in the 1911 census.

click here to view the family tree of Thomas and Frances Appleby of Embleton


ApplebyAlexander (Abt 1881-1893)

ApplebyAlice (Abt 1871- )

ApplebyAlice (Abt 1905- )

ApplebyAlice Grey (Abt 1849- )

ApplebyAnn Grey (Abt 1845- )

ApplebyAnnie M (Abt 1887- )

ApplebyChristina (1909- )

ApplebyChristina (1911- )

ApplebyDorothy (1915- )

ApplebyEdith (1919- )

ApplebyEleanor (1891- )

ApplebyEleanor (1910- )

ApplebyEthel (Abt 1893- )

ApplebyFanny (Abt 1875-After 1911)

ApplebyFlorence May (Abt 1894- )

ApplebyFrances (1889- )

ApplebyFrances (Abt 1879- )

ApplebyFrances (Abt 1886- )

ApplebyFrank (Abt 1877-After 1911)

ApplebyGennie (Abt 1904- )

ApplebyGeorge (1855-1875)

ApplebyGeorge (1878- )

ApplebyGeorge S (Abt 1877- )

ApplebyIsabella Pitt (Abt 1881- )

ApplebyJane Ann (Jennie)(1894- )

ApplebyJohn (1879- )

ApplebyJohn Alexander (Abt 1907- )

ApplebyJohn Grey (Abt 1841-After 1911)

ApplebyMargaret (1913- )

ApplebyMargaret (Abt 1850- )

ApplebyMargaret (Abt 1868- )

ApplebyMargaret (Abt 1883-After 1911)

ApplebyMargaret Ann (Abt 1878- )

ApplebyMark (1852-1912)

ApplebyMark (1884-1976)

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the gravestone of Thomas and Frances Appleby - click to enlarge

Walter Appleby (son of Mark Appleby junior) and his wife Ibby

ApplebyMark (1886- )

ApplebyMark (Abt 1910- )

ApplebyMartha Beatrice (1892-1933)

ApplebyMary (Abt 1880- )

ApplebyMary Jane (Abt 1860- )

ApplebyMary Jane (Abt 1882- )

ApplebyRobert (1885- )

ApplebyRobert (Abt 1843-After 1891)

ApplebyRobert (Abt 1882- )

ApplebyRuth (Abt 1927- )

ApplebyThomas (1888- )

ApplebyThomas (Abt 1817-1886)

ApplebyThomas (Abt 1847-1894)

ApplebyThomas (Abt 1873-After 1911)

ApplebyThomas (Abt 1879- )

ApplebyWalter (1922-1992)

ApplebyWilliam (1858- )

ApplebyWilliam (1881- )

ApplebyWilliam (1907- )

ApplebyWilliam (1908- )

ApplebyWilliam Thomas (Abt 1888- )


ArmstrongWilhelmina (Abt 1884-1965)


BellJames William (Abt 1863- )

CharltonAlice (Abt 1840-Bef 1911)

DrydenAlice (Abt 1860- )

GreyFrances (Abt 1817-1883)

HallMary (Abt 1850-After 1901)

MorphyElizabeth Ann (1921-1981)

PittMargaret Ann (Abt 1853-1936)

Scott   James William

TowardMarion Elizabeth (Abt 1873- )

WatsonEleanor (Abt 1881- )

WelshRobert Fairburn (Abt 1880- )

YoungAndrew (Abt 1848- )

Embleton Quarry  - In 1871 Thomas Appleby was the Quarry Proprietor; by 1881 his son Mark (1852-1912) had taken over; and by 1911 his grandson Mark (1884 - 1976) was in charge.  This splendid photo which we believe was taken between 1905 and 1910, shows Mark Appleby junior third from the left in the back row (facing left); standing just to the right is Thomas Landreth Taylor, who worked at the quarry for 59 years; 3rd from the right in the back row with jumper and cap is George Taylor, one of Thomas Landreth Taylor's sons.  If you know the identity of any other people in this photo, please get in touch.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE  (photo kindly submitted by Sue Taylor)

yDNA results

mary janes needlepoint

This rather lovely needlepoint (click to enlarge) was sewn by Mary Jane Appleby (b.1882), daughter of Mark Appleby (1852-1912) and Margaret Pitt.  It is not dated, but the two rows of initials stand for her parents and all their children in order of birth:

Mark Appleby, Margaret Ann Appleby, Fanny Appleby, Margaret Ann Appleby, Isabella Pitt Appleby, Mary Jane Appleby, Mark Appleby, William Thomas Appleby and Martha Beatrice Appleby.

embleton quarry for front page of website

We know that three of Thomas's grandsons (George, Thomas and another Mark) emigrated to Canada in 1911 and would be very interested to hear from anyone descended from them.  As well as Bethany whose husband is descended from Mark Appleby junior and who kindly provided much of the information on the attached family tree, it looks as if several other branches could still have living descendants.  Please get in touch via this contact form if you can provide more details of any of the branches shown.



We already have one set of yDNA results from this line in our yDNA testing programme, which matches the results from the main Acklington line and that of John the Stonemason of Acklington as well as the Haswell Appleby line from Durham.  We also know that this line shares a common ancestor with the two descendants of the line of William of Philadelphia, who emigrated from Ireland in around 1770 to the New World and the line originating with Gabriel Appleby of New Brunswick in Canada.

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