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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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John Appleby of Brompton, Yorkshire

This quite large line of Applebys begins with John Appleby, a linen weaver who was born and bred in Brompton, near Northallerton, North Riding of Yorkshire.


Almost all of his sons moved away from this small country village, to the booming industrialised towns and villages of County Durham and Cleveland, namely Stockton-on-Tees, Durham City, Hetton-le-Hole, Wolviston and Middlesbrough.  Only one of John's sons, James, seems to have stayed in Brompton, but James' sons also moved away to Stockton, Darlington and York, so it's likely there aren't any Applebys of this line left in their original home village.


John's great-grandson, George William Appleby, immigrated to Ohio in the USA, where there are still today male Applebys. Another great-grandson, William (son of John and Elizabeth) emigrated to Australia in 1912 and enlisted in the Australia Service Corps in 1914. (A detailed biography appears in the Dominion Geordie's collection contributed by Joe)


The baptism records around 1796 (when John was born) for Brompton are not yet online, so further ancestors cannot yet be traced this way. However, if you have any further information about this Appleby branch, please get in touch via the contact form on the left.


This has turned out to be just one of several lines of APPLEBYs which originate in Brompton - Brompton is also the origin of the Salvation Army Appleby line, and I am currently researching three more lines of Applebys that go back to an area very close to it:

  • Bridlington Applebys (which also has living descendants in Australia)

  • Malton Applebys (with descendants in Canada)

  • Sunderland Applebys (have not yet discovered any of this line who emigrated!)

and hopefully will add new pages of each of these lines and indicate on the charts how they connect to each other.  But only yDNA can confirm these connections with any degree of accuracy, so direct line MALE descendants of all these lines would be very welcome!



We have recently received the yDNA results for a descendant of the Brompton line - they fall into the NORTHERN GROUP TWO cluster, and show a strong connection with the line of John of Kelloe. Can you help identify the link in the written records?


Click HERE to view the family tree of the descendants of John Appleby

(please note the tree is quite wide)


Allott Walter E

Appleby Albert 1895-

Appleby Alfred 1885-

Appleby Alfred 1921-

Appleby Ambrose 1921-

Appleby Ambrose 1887-

Appleby Ambrose 1888-

Appleby Ambrose 1915-

Appleby Annie 1895-

Appleby Annie Hetta 1890-

Appleby Arthur 1888-

Appleby Bertha 1897-1954

Appleby Charles 1828-1892

Appleby Charles 1851-

Appleby Charles 1857-

Appleby Charles 1873-1908

Appleby Charles 1894-

Appleby Charles Ernest 1898-

Appleby Christiana 1861-

Appleby Christiana 1873-

Appleby David 1849-

Appleby Dinah 1865-

Appleby Donald R 1915-

Appleby Elizabeth 1853-

Appleby Ella 1895-

Appleby Ellen R 1912-

Appleby Esther R 1923-1924

Appleby Evan Thomas 1900-

Appleby Flora Ellen 1910-

Appleby Florence 1887-

Appleby Frances Mary 1889-

Appleby Francis 1881-

Appleby George 1834-1907

Appleby George Robinson 1865-1924

Appleby George William 1875-

Appleby George William 1906-

Appleby Gladys 1895-

Appleby Gladys May 1895-1985

Appleby Grace Ellen 1890-1891

Appleby Grace Ethel 1896-

Appleby Hannah 1839-

Appleby Hannah 1849-

Appleby Hannah 1863-

Appleby Horace 1899-1958

Appleby Isabella 1884-

Appleby James 1822-1896

Appleby James 1878-

Appleby James Edwin 1899-

Appleby James William 1881-1887

Appleby Jane 1878-

Appleby Jane Ann 1855-

Appleby John 1796-1857

Appleby John 1851-

Appleby John 1876-

Appleby John 1890-

Appleby John 1923-

Appleby John Thomas 1860-

Appleby Jonathan 1891-1972

Appleby Jonathan 1916-

Appleby Katharine Louisa 1915-

Appleby Lilian Harland 1883-


Appleby Lillian 1904-

Appleby Lily 1898-

Appleby Lily 1924-

Appleby Louisa 1859-

Appleby Lydia 1879-

Appleby Mabel Ellen 1893-1979

Appleby Mary 1831-

Appleby Mary 1875-

Appleby Mary 1892-

Appleby Mary A 1855-

Appleby Mary Ann 1878-

Appleby Mary E 1913-

Appleby Mary Eveline 1916-

Appleby Mary Hannah 1857-

Appleby Patricia 1922-

Appleby Robert 1887-

Appleby Robert Henry 1879-

Appleby Robinson 1849-

Appleby Sarah A 1920-1920

Appleby Sarah Aileene 1918-

Appleby Sarah Ann 1857-

Appleby Thomas 1836-

Appleby Thomas 1856-

Appleby Thomas 1882-

Appleby Thomas J 1893-

Appleby Thomas Todd 1845-1907

Appleby ThomasTodd 1913-

Appleby Veronica 1921-

Appleby Wilhelmina 1911-

Appleby William 1821-1866

Appleby William 1853-

Appleby William 1860-

Appleby William 1890-

Appleby William 1894-

Appleby William David 1874-1922

Blair Susan

Burnside Louisa

Burnside Sarah Ann 1859-

Cairns William

Campbell Laura 1925-

Day Eleanor 1826-1871

Dixon John C

Dobson Mary Jane 1858-

Elms Elena

Harland Louisa 1862-

Hoare Mary

Houldscroft Flora Ann 1874-

Lindsey Ann 1830-

Lisgo William

Lynas Thomas W

McKinnell William

Peacock Harwood 1877-

Prested Arthur L 1898-1974

Robinson Catherine 1830-1906

Russell Esther 1891-

Scarr Ellen 1853-

Smith Christiana 1825-1894

Smith Mary Ann 1853-

Stockdale Martha 1858-

Todd Hannah -1840

Williams Louisa 1881-