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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.

Cramlington Applebys, coal miners from Northumberland

We have taken this line back with certainty to Thomas and Isabella Appleby who married in around 1821.  In the 1851 census, Thomas said he was born in Crawcrook in about 1798 and Isabella in Newburn in about 1795 - both villages were located to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne. We believe Thomas was a son of Henry Appleby and Isabella Middleton who married in 1787 and that Henry was the eldest son of Thomas Appleby and Mary Smith who belong to the Corbridge line of Applebys.

But from the birth places of their children,  Thomas and Isabella must have spent some time in Felling, Co Durham before settling in Cramlington by the time of the 1841 census. A number of Thomas's sons and grandsons were banksmen at the High Pit Colliery in Cramlington, and most of the family seem to have remained in the area, working at the mines in either Cramlington or Ashington right through to the 1911 census.  However Thomas's youngest son, Joseph, became an engine fitter and following his marriage he moved to York and his sons were farming in Cheshire in 1911.


If this is YOUR line of Applebys, do please get in touch and tell us more about your own branch.  We now have a set of yDNA results for a descendant of this line - and they fit neatly into NORTHERN GROUP TWO.  We are fairly confident that we have found the link between Thomas (b 1798 Crawcrook) and the John Appleby exciseman of Corbridge line


Appleby Agnes Rosealla 1900-

Appleby Albert 1880-1911

Appleby Albert 1897-1911

Appleby Albert 1901-

Appleby Albert Edward 1911-

Appleby Alice 1930-

Appleby Annie 1883-

Appleby Arthur 1869-

Appleby Arthur 1895-

Appleby Arthur Lancelot 1909-

Appleby Beatrice 1891-1901

Appleby Blanche 1868-

Appleby Blanche 1893-

Appleby Christopher 1907-

Appleby Daisy Enid 1900-

Appleby Edith Pretoria May 1901-

Appleby Eleanor 1903-

Appleby Eleanor M 1924-

Appleby Elizabeth Jane 1890-

Appleby Emily 1865-

Appleby Florence 1911-

Appleby Frederick Scantlebury 1896-

Appleby George 1917-

Appleby Georgina 1919-

Appleby Henrietta 1887-

Appleby Henry 1828-1881

Appleby Henry 1848-1911

Appleby Henry 1876-

Appleby Henry 1877-1911

Appleby Isabella 1833-1881

Appleby Janet 1897-

Appleby John 1822-1901

Appleby John George 1910-

Appleby John Thomas 1866-1911

Appleby John Thomas 1892-

Appleby John Thomas 1911-

Appleby Joseph 1835-1861

Appleby Joseph 1857-1911

Appleby Joseph 1874-1911

Appleby Joseph 1891-

Appleby Joseph E 1883-

Appleby Margaret 1914-

Appleby Martha 1855-

Appleby Mary 1826-

Appleby Mary 1871-

Appleby Mary Ann 1871-

Appleby Mary Ann 1891-

Appleby Ralph 1884-

Appleby Richard Henry 1894-

Appleby Robert H

Appleby Ruth 1872-

Appleby Sophia 1887-

Appleby Susannah 1885-

Appleby Thomas 1798-1878

Appleby Thomas 1831-1911

Appleby Thomas 1850-1858

Appleby Thomas 1878-

Appleby Thomas Ewart 1906-

Appleby Thomas Henry 1895-

Appleby William 1869-

Appleby William 1903-

Appleby William 1904-

Gray Jane 1849-1911

Haddrick Ann 1825-1891

Herron Margaret Isabella 1889-

Metcalfe Ruth 1839-1891

Milburn Eliza 1861-1901

Roberts Jane (Jeanie) 1872-

Scantlebury Ellen 1871-1911

Wiseman Amos 1854-

Yoens Elizabeth 1837-1891


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CLICK to enlarge image - the map is taken from the 1870 Ordnance Survey map, and shows the area around Cramlington Colliery