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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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Jonathan Kidd Appleby

We are told from family recollections that Jonathan Kidd Appleby spent much of his life living and working in Egypt.  His father William Appleby, who was an engineer (on the railway?), travelled out to Egypt with his wife Catherine Porter some time after their marriage in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1868.  From Wikipedia, I learned that Egypt was the second country in the world (after England) to introduce a national rail system - with the first proposal for a railway from Cairo to the Sea of Suez being proposed in the 1840s.  In 1851 Robert Stephenson was contracted to build Egypt's first standard gauge railway - and from the numbers of single men travelling from Engand to Egypt on passenger lists, our Appleby family was one of many!

























It is possible that there are also living descendants of other branches of this line - do please contact us if you can provide any further information.


This line featured in a BBC programme in March 2021 in their 'DNA' series - I will try to find out if it is possible to access the episode on Catch Up.


4-4-0 locomotive number 694: one of a class of 15 built by the North British Locomotive Company in Scotland for Egyptian State Railways in 1905-06


Appleby Ann 1822-

Appleby Ann 1825-

Appleby Ann 1855-

Appleby Catherine Jane 1895-

Appleby Dorothy 1797-

Appleby Dorothy 1852-

Appleby Elizabeth 1856-

Appleby Elizabeth 1861-1871

Appleby Florence Katherine 1906-1984

Appleby George 1826-1881

Appleby George 1867-1868

Appleby Gordon A 1911-1911

Appleby Gordon Harbon 1911-1994

Appleby Gordon Stewart 1883-1922

Appleby Henry 1893-

Appleby Henry 1802-1851

Appleby Henry George 1910-1979

Appleby Jane 1827-

Appleby Jane Sandwith 1863-1911

Appleby John 1822-

Appleby Jonathan Kidd Market Inspector 1879-1929

Appleby Joseph 1830-

Appleby Margaret Ellen 1902-

Appleby Margaret Jane 1863-

Appleby Marian 1794-

Appleby Mary 1792-

Appleby Mary 1836-

Appleby Mary 1865-

Appleby Mary E 1868-

Appleby Richard 1865-1874

Appleby Richard Thomas 1899-


Appleby Robert Henry 1859-1911

Appleby Sarah Eleanor 1861-

Appleby Thomas - Engineer 1865-

Appleby Thomas - Engineman 1768-

Appleby Thomas - Husbandman 1797/1801-

Appleby Thomas 1820-1861

Appleby Thomas 1831-

Appleby Thomas 1864-1911

Appleby William - Engineer 1837-1903

Appleby William George 1897-

Armstrong Edith 1896-

Armstrong Evelyn Margaret 1894-

Armstrong John Thomas 1866-1911

Armstrong Lily Catherine 1891-

Bennett Jane 1872-

Chapman Nicholas -1891

Cook Dorothy Emily Mary

Gold James

Harbon Florence Ellen 1871-1916

Lowes Mary 1830-1901

Nicholson Elizabeth 1833-1871

O'Donnell Hilda 1896-1923

Porter Catherine 1841-1902

Pringle Ann

Proud Dorothy 1791-1845

Puddephatt Frederick C

Richardson Margaret 1796-1851

Rutherford Margaret Ann 1886-

Thompson Sarah Ann 1824-

Walker Annie Isabella 1871-1911


back- J.K.Appleby, unknown, unknown, front-Henry A

We have not yet found a birth record for Jonathan and it is possible that he was born in Egypt, where his younger brother was born and where his parents William Appleby and Catherine (Porter) also died.  Various records suggest Jonathan's occupation was as an 'Egyptian Market Inspector' and our contact thought this should read 'Marker Inspector'.  However the railway connection seems to be evident in his father William's early life in Gateshead, Co Durham where he also worked on the railways, as did one of his brothers Joseph Appleby.

This photo shows Jonathan Kidd Appleby standing left, with his two sons Henry and Gordon sitting.  Do you recognise anyone else?