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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:

APPLEBY, APPLEBEE,

APPELBY, APPELBE

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.

John and Charles Applebee, Armourers and brasiers

I came across this line quite by accident, whilst trying to find the origins of another London line of Applebys.  Unusually, almost all the evidence for the reconstruction of the early generations of this line came from Wills ... this family certainly knew how to provide us genealogists with the sort information we need to work out who married who and how everyone is related!

 

John Applebee, the elder of the two brothers was apprenticed in 1668 to John SHARDE, citizen and Armourer and Brazier of London.  It seems that his younger brother Charles was in turn apprenticed to his big brother John in 1683 (just after John was admitted as a Freeman of the City of London).  Charles apprenticeship papers helpfully provided the additional information that his father John Appleby was a Taylor of Redding in Berkshire.

 

The SHARDs were to feature heavily in this family, as JohnApplebee's son (another John and also an Armourer and Brasier) married Mary Shard, daughter of Sir Isaac Shard and his wife Dame Elizabeth.  John and Mary Applebee were major beneficiaries of Sir Isaac's will, inheriting estates in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and London.  But John's descendants were all to die out within three generations, eventually leaving a huge estate to a 77 year old spinster Josepha Martha Applebee.  Josepha's will reads like a lottery handout, with sums of £3,000 being bequeathed to distant cousins along with huge tracts of England.  It was thirty years before her will was finally proved!

 

Meanwhile younger brother Charles managed to produce a somewhat larger family - including five Vicars - but his branch was also short on men of the marrying kind, and eventually in 1822 when Josepha died, the bulk of her estate came across to this branch of the family - but it still ended up going to Caroline Maria Applebee, another elderly spinster, who in turn passed it all on to the children of her married sister. In fact only three of Carolines's cousins lived long enough to appear in the early censuses and they all seem to have died childless, so I don't hold out much hope of ever finding any living descendants of this line!  Some day, I will check out the death duty records to discover just how much the estate was worth, although given the length of time it took to prove Josepha Martha's will, perhaps it all ended up in the Chancellor's coffers?

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click here to view the chart showing descendants of brothers John and Charles Applebee, of the City of London, armourers and brasiers

NAME INDEX

Applebee Ann 1730-1752

Applebee Ann 1756-1756

Applebee Anne 1722-1722

Applebee Anne 1757-

Applebee Caroline Maria   1786-1854

Applebee Catherine 1696-

Applebee Catherine 1715-

Applebee Charles 1663-1721

Applebee Charles 1693-1767

Applebee Charles 1718-

Applebee Charles (Reverend) 1758-

Applebee Charles James 1786-

Applebee Edward 1795-

Applebee Elizabeth 1755-

Applebee Frances 1800-

Applebee Frederick 1797-1800

Applebee George 1760-

Applebee George  (Reverend) 1723-1783

Applebee Grace Joanna 1799-

Applebee Henry  (Reverend) 1794-1864

Applebee Isaac   1727-1795

Applebee Jacob   1720-1800

Applebee James 1726-1727

Applebee James 1690-

Applebee John

Applebee John   1653-1728

 

Applebee John   1679-1746

Applebee      John 1718-1785

Applebee John 1728-1735

Applebee      John  (Reverend) 1756-1825

Applebee John Benjamin 1746-1747

Applebee       John Benjamin 1751-1787

Applebee        John Bennett 1788-1865

Applebee        Josepha Martha   1745-1822

Applebee        Katherine 1683-1683

Applebee Male 1679-1679

Applebee Maria   -1808

Applebee      Mary 1717-

Applebee      Matthew 1695-

Applebee       Samuel 1692-1693

Applebee       Sarah 1721-

Baker        John

Dobbs Joan -1716

Keel      John

Lukyn      Grace -1820

Merreal Katherine -1718

Scott      Mary

Shard Mary   1689-1762

Smith Mary 1723-1809

Temple Anne Elise Frances 1811-1888

Wilcox Alice 1692-1754

Williams James Hadley Wilson (Reverend)