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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.

Appleby miners of Durham

We have managed to trace this line back to Michael Appleby a collier who was born in about 1781 in Kelloe, Co Durham.  Michael Appleby was married to Sarah Wilson in 1806 and their eleven known children managed to generate around 150 descendants before 1911!  Most of the men and boys worked in Durham mines.


Robert Wilson Appleby, one of Michael's grandsons, died in the Elemore Colliery disaster of 1886 - you can read about the explosion which caused the death of Robert and 27 of his colleagues on the excellent Durham Mining Museum website.  Robert's father Peter had been killed by a fall of stone whilst working at Sherburn Colliery in 1876.


It is likely that Michael Appleby was connected to the Applebys of Kelloe line, but we have not yet managed to find any written records identifying the connection.  However, we already have a set of yDNA results from a descendant of the Kelloe line, so if you are in touch with a male Appleby descendant of the Durham miners in the following list who would be willing to participate in our DNA project, please contact me using the form on the left .


As the following chart has been produced using mainly census data and information from either the GRO index or Durham Records online, I would also appreciate any additional information or corrections from any other Durham mining Appleby researchers.

Akenhead Jane 1866-1911

Appleby (Ann) Hannah 1889-

Appleby Ada 1900-

Appleby Alice 1825-

Appleby Ann 1820-

Appleby Ann 1828-

Appleby Ann 1868-

Appleby Ann Elizabeth 1868-

Appleby Ann Hannah 1873-

Appleby Annie 1906-

Appleby Annie Jackson 1909-

Appleby Arthur Fenwick 1899-1918

Appleby Bella 1903-

Appleby Catherine 1900-

Appleby Eleanor 1875-

Appleby Elizabeth 1891-1901

Appleby Elizabeth 1809-

Appleby Elizabeth 1826-

Appleby Elizabeth 1866-

Appleby Elizabeth 1897-

Appleby Elizabeth 1901-

Appleby Elizabeth A 1879-

Appleby Elizabeth Parker 1898-

Appleby Elleanor 1865-1875

Appleby Elspeth 1848-

Appleby Esther 1835-

Appleby Esther 1864-

Appleby Esther 1867-

Appleby Esther 1907-

Appleby Ethel 1887-

Appleby Ethel 1896-

Appleby Ethel 1907-

Appleby Florence 1898-

Appleby George 1893-

Appleby George 1862-

Appleby George 1881-1900

Appleby George 1897-

Appleby George 1899-

Appleby George 1904-

Appleby George C 1904-

Appleby George Robert 1910-

Appleby Gladys Ann 1905-

Appleby Grace 1883-

Appleby Hannah 1831-

Appleby Hannah 1859-

Appleby Hannah 1860-

Appleby Hannah 1907-

Appleby Hannah Raine 1872-

Appleby Hannah Raine 1893-

Appleby Hannah Ruth 1892-

Appleby Isabel 1891-

Appleby Isabel 1895-

Appleby Isabella 1827-

Appleby Isabella 1869-

Appleby Isabella 1888-1891

Appleby Jane 1870-

Appleby Jane 1879-

Appleby Jane 1881-

Appleby Jane 1894-

Appleby Jane 1900-

Appleby Jane A 1869-

Appleby Jane R 1856-

Appleby John 1837-

Appleby John 1811-1891

Appleby John 1846-

Appleby John 1869-

Appleby John 1879-

Appleby John 1903-

Appleby John 1907-

Appleby John Newton Shipley 1891-

Appleby Joseph 1894-

Appleby Joseph 1866-

Appleby Joseph 1885-

Appleby Joseph William 1886-

Appleby Lily 1910-

Appleby Margaret 1863-

Appleby Margaret 1903-

Appleby Margery 1900-1910

Appleby Margery S 1910-

Appleby Mary 1813-

Appleby Mary 1857-

Appleby Mary 1876-1880

Appleby Mary 1880-

Appleby Mary 1899-

Appleby Mary 1902-

Appleby Mary (Margaret) Jane 1890-

Appleby Mary Ann 1850-

Appleby Mary Hannah 1910-

Appleby Mary J 1894-

Appleby Mary Jane 1889-

Appleby Matthew Bell 1895-

Appleby Matthew Raine 1874-

Appleby Matthew Raine 1906-

Appleby May 1901-

Appleby May 1909-

Appleby Michael 1835-

Appleby Michael 1841-

Appleby Michael 1842-

Appleby Michael 1781-1841

Appleby Michael 1818-1850

Appleby Mona 1910-

Appleby Norah 1905-

Appleby Peter 1841-

Appleby Peter 1863-1911

Appleby Peter 1866-1911

Appleby Peter 1867-1911

Appleby Peter 1807-1876

Appleby Peter 1897-

Appleby Peter 1901-

Appleby Peter 1901-1911

Appleby Peter 1902-

Appleby Peter 1903-

Appleby Ralph 1908-

Appleby Rebecca 1905-

Appleby Robert 1839-

Appleby Robert 1865-1911

Appleby Robert 1857-

Appleby Robert 1874-

Appleby Robert 1875-

Appleby Robert 1882-

Appleby Robert 1896-

Appleby Robert 1898-



Appleby Robert Wilson 1891-

Appleby Robert Wilson 1833-1886

Appleby Robert Wilson 1815-1891

Appleby Sarah 1823-

Appleby Sarah 1839-

Appleby Sarah 1885-

Appleby Sarah 1892-

Appleby Sarah 1902-

Appleby Sarah Ann Lawson 1861-

Appleby Sarah Ellen 1846-

Appleby Sarah J 1849-

Appleby Thomas 1871-1911

Appleby Thomas 1830-

Appleby Thomas 1845-1851

Appleby Thomas 1896-

Appleby Thomas J 1860-1911

Appleby William 1843-1881

Appleby William 1843-1911

Appleby William 1863-1911

Appleby William 1865-

Appleby William 1935-

Appleby William 1888-

Appleby William 1897-

Appleby William Henry 1866-1911

Appleby William J 1880-

Appleby William Raine 1889-

Bell Rebecca 1869-1911

Bestford Jane 1878-

Burdess Henry

Carr William

Clark Eleanor

Coulson Elizabeth 1888-

Fenwick Josephine M 1867-

Gardener (Jane)  Elizabeth 1870-

Hall Margaret Ann 1873-

Haw Lawrence Conyers

Higham Thomas 1827-

Knaggs Ann 1841-

Moody Hannah 1804-1873

Neavens Sarah Jane 1872-1911

Nicholson Elizabeth 1786-1851

Parker Ann Hannah 1889-

Parkin Mary Jane 1837-

Pigg Lavinia 1882-

Raine Hannah 1845-

Sanderson Esther 1809-1891

Shipley Christiana 1869-1911

Spence James William

Steel Isabella Charlotte 1884-

Steel Margaret 1876-

Steel Mary Ann 1842-

Turnbull William 1868-

Wade Jane 1843-1901

Williamson Mary 1846-

Wilson Mary 1822-

Wilson Sarah 1790-1832

Wright Elizabeth 1833-1901

Wright Jane Ann 1867-


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view the chart showing descendants of Michael and Sarah Appleby


please note - this chart is VERY wide - you will need to use the zoom button on your Adobe browser and scroll across to read the details!