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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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William Appleby,  pianoforte maker

We believe that William Appleby, who was born in about 1831 in Stepney, was the son of Thomas Appleby and Mary Bushell.  However, William has proved to be rather elusive in the records - we have only found him in two censuses (1841 and 1871) and we have not managed to find a marriage for him to Sarah.  According to his son's marriage entry, William was a pianoforte maker, though in the 1871 census his occupation was picture frame maker.


William and Sarah appear to have only had one child - Walter Appleby, born in 1859 but  not christened until he was aged 11 years.  Walter was a tennis bat maker, and we know of seven children from his two marriages.


If you can tell us more about this family, do please get in touch!

Lawson family with Ann thumbnail

this photo shows (l - r) Herbert Lawson; his wife Emily (nee Appleby); Emily's sister Ann Appleby and Herbert and Emily's son Christopher

Herbert John Lawson

this image shows Walter's son-in-law Herbert Lawson (on the right) who was injured in WW1 - we believe it was taken in about 1919

click here to view William Appleby's family tree


Applebee, Thomas (Abt 1806- )

Appleby, Alfred James (1882- )

Appleby, Annie (1894- )

Appleby, Constance G (1923- )

Appleby, Cyril James (1913- )

Appleby, Cyril W (1921- )

Appleby, Doris (1920- )

Appleby, Emily (1897-1969)

Appleby, Lilly Florence (1891- )

Appleby, Mary (Abt 1828- )

Appleby, Peter J (1925- )

Appleby, Sarah Louisa (1884- )

Appleby, Walter (1859- )

Appleby, Walter Thomas (1889-1956)

Appleby, William John (1886- )

Appleby, William Thomas (Abt 1831- )

Bushell, Mary (Abt 1806- )

Cooper, Mabel Annie (Abt 1885- )

Daines, Louisa (1860-1882)

Derby, Ann (Abt 1856- )

Freeman, Annie Elizabeth (Abt 1882- )

Harrison, Joan W

Holmes, Albert

Hooper, Ida Annie (1892-1983)

Lawson, Herbert John (1898-1976)

Parrott (late Leggett), Eleanor (Abt 1833- )

Radley, Henry Herbert

Walden, Cynthia M

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