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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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Newsletter - December 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Our Appleby DNA website is one year old this month,

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Bruges, Belgium - December 2010 (SM)

and the number of visitors continues to grow – we currently receive just over 200 visitors each month who look at an average of just under five pages each visit.  Many new visitors arrive as a result of entering the name of an Appleby ancestor into a search engine, but approximately 20% of visits are from repeat visitors.

The website's hit counter is a bit misleading!  It merely indicates how many times our site features in a results list on a search engine - not that the person searching actually visits the site, but we are certainly moving higher up the results lists.

Latest DNA test results

Our DNA Project is progressing, and the first results are very encouraging.  I am waiting with bated breath for the remainder of our most recent volunteer’s results to arrive, as from the first batch of results, it looks as if the two Yorkshire lines we have tested may well be linked!  I will update the results charts as soon as they arrive (hopefully before the New Year)


So far we have tested the following lines - you can view the detailed results here:


Originating in ESSEX, England –

  • A descendant of James Appleby who married Sarah Norman of Layer de la Haye, Essex


Originating in IRELAND –

  • Two sets of very closely matching results (64 out of 67 markers) from volunteers descended from William Appleby, who arrived in Pennsylvania from Ireland in about 1770.


Originating in LONDON, England  –

  • A descendant of Joseph Appleby, tin plate worker from Bethnal Green, London, ENG


Originating in SOMERSET, England –

  • A descendant of William Appleby of Kingsdon, Somerset, ENG whose family emigrated to Tasmania, AUS in the mid 1800s


Originating in WARWICKSHIRE, England –

  • A descendant of Joseph Applebee of Warwickshire ENG, whose family emigrated to Australia in 1838


Originating in County DURHAM, England –

  • A descendant of William Appleby and Ann Pratt of Framwellgate, Durham, ENG.  This set of results originated from another test company so are not directly comparable with those from Family Tree DNA, but it looks as if the line could be distantly related to the Yorkshire Appleby lines.


Originating in YORKSHIRE, England –

  • A Descendant of Thomas Appleby who married in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1818

  • A descendant of Robert Appleby, born in Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire in 1777

Full results now available for these two lines and not only do they match at 35/37 markers, proving that these two Yorkshire lines ARE descended from a common ancestor, it also looks likely that the above Durham line is also linked.

We are now seeking further male Appleby volunteers to represent their lines – in particular lines from ESSEX, Co DURHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND, YORKSHIRE, LONDON, the SOUTH WEST of England and the MIDLANDS.  Also, if your line emigrated to the AMERICAS or to AUSTRALIA or NEW ZEALAND, but you are unsure of their origins, this could be your opportunity to discover more!


If you are an Appleby male and would be prepared to take a yDNA test to represent your line of Appleby/bees – please contact me today to see if you qualify for one of our highly subsidised test kits.  

These 37 marker yDNA test kits generally cost $149 but whenever ftDNA are running a special promotion at the reduced price of $119, I purchase as many kits as we can afford and offer them to the right Appleby males in return for a donation of just $50 to the Appleby Surname General Fund so that we can subsidise more kits.  Thank you to all those generous people whose contributions to the Fund helped pay for these kits.


Family Tree DNA have their Christmas Sale on at the moment with 37 marker yDNA kits again available at $119, so if anyone would like to make a contribution to the General Fund, now would be an excellent time to do so, and I will purchase as many kits as we can afford at this special price (we currently have nearly enough money in the General Fund for two kits).  


Please contact me if you would like to help in this way, perhaps because you don’t know of an Appleby male in your line who would agree to take a test.  The simplest way to make a contribution is by following this link where you can make your contribution in dollars through Pay Pal or with a credit/debit card  via a secure link.

Latest updates to the website:

We now have a total of 34 Family trees on the website, containing  3,692 individuals.  Many thanks to all of you who have submitted details of YOUR Appleby/bee line.  If your tree is not featured on the site already, please contact me to discuss the best way to send me the necessary information.



New tree added for Robert Appleby of Eryholme, Yorkshire with descendants in Thornaby-on-Tees

New tree added for Henry Appleby of Barningham, County Durham, whose descendants migrated from the Tes Valley to Tyneside, Northumberland

New tree added for George Walton Appleby, Durham, ENG with descendants in British Columbia, Iowa and Bermuda.

Amendments made to the family tree for Robert Appleby of Barnard Castle, which may be linked to George Walton Appleby’s line … are there any living male Appleby descendants of either line who would be interested in taking a yDNA test to check out that link?



Further details added to the family tree of Joseph Appleby and Sarah Gentry of Layer de la Haye

New Tree added for Miles Appleby of Dedham, Essex, a bricklayer, most of whose family migrated across the Thames Estuary to Kent

Corrections and additions to the tree for Nathaniel Appleby of Langenhoe (made as a result of information contained in Nathaniel’s Will, a transcript of which is on the site)



New tree added for William Barker Appleby, coachmaker from Boston, Lincolnshire, whose family moved first to London where they continued as coachmakers and subsequently two generations emigrated to New Zealand



More updates to the tree for William Appleby of Kingsdon, Somerset and Tasmania

Appleby Resources

I am almost ready to add census spreadsheets for Essex and Northern counties Applebys to the Resources section, and will also be adding more Birth, Marriage and Death spreadsheets. 


Also coming soon will be a transcription of the Probate Calendar for all Appleby/bee Wills and Administrations from 1858 – 1925. Many of these entries include names of spouses, occupation and place of residence, which is very helpful in identifying which family line the individuals belong to.   I will also link as many of these entries as possible to the GRO Death index, which will provide information as to age at death.  I should like to add transcriptions of Appleby/bee Wills - I have a few, but if anyone has more, I would be very grateful to receive either full transcriptions or summaries naming the testator, executor(s) and beneficiaries.


As always, please do let me know if you spot any errors on the website, and of course if you can provide additional information that would be most welcome!

Sue Mastel

administrator @

UPDATE! 23 dec 2010


Census and BMD spreadsheets now available for Northern Counties and Essex



Probate Calendar and Master Wills Index now available