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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 May 2011

I am pleased to report that we now have 41 Appleby family trees displayed on our website, and there are several more in the pipeline.  The trees contain over 4,000 individuals (the vast majority being Applebys, but there are also a good number of spouses’names too).  Coverage is improving too, this month saw the addition of a tree for several generations of Applebys who lived in Scotland (though in fact, we now know that they originally arrived from Ireland in around 1845).  However, we still need to identify more trees from the Midlands and the South West of England.


There is also a steady stream of enquiries from Appleby descendants who have come across the website on search engines – many of these people have joined the site as members and contributed details of their own family trees.

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Progress report

DNA Discoveries

We can now say with certainty that several of our family trees share common ancestors with others – though we are still hunting out the documentary evidence to explain exactly WHO their common ancestors may be!


GROUP ONE demonstrates a surprisingly close link between our two volunteers who are descended from

  • Willliam Appleby who arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland in around 1770 and

  • the members of the Appleby line from Embleton, Northumberland, England (oldest known ancestor was Thomas, born in about 1818 in Long Framlington, Northumberland).


GROUP TWO brings together three of our Yorkshire lines, descendants of  –

  • Henry Appleby who married in Kirkby Malzeard in 1687

  • Robert Appleby who was born in Kirkby Malzeard in 1777

  • Thomas Appleby, the cheesemaker, who married in Leeds in 1818

And it also looks very likely that our line descended from William Appleby of Framwellgate (who was born in ~1756 in Sunderland) also belongs to this group.  However, this last set of DNA results was analysed by a different company so not all the markers tested are directly comparable to those used by Family Tree DNA.


cartoon reproduced with permission of Chris Madden

As well as the four sets of results we have from Somerset, Essex, Warwickshire and London lines (which so far have not matched any other Appleby lines), we also have two more sets of results being processed – one from a Warwickshire line and one from a Durham line. See the link below to view the detailed results.


More male Applebys are needed to participate in our DNA test programme – particularly from lines that have not already been tested originating in Essex and London!


But I must also ask for everyone’s help in paying for these DNA tests - a big THANK YOU to those who have already added to our General Fund.  For those who have not already done so,  a contribution of just $10 into the General Fund from everyone who has been helped by the information on this site would allow me to purchase more test kits whenever they are offered at the special sale price of US$119, and then I could continue to offer highly subsidised test kits to suitable representatives from all of our lines that have living male descendants.  You can find details of how to make your contribution below.  Please help!


More resources added to the Resource section

NEW!! – the following Scottish records were added this month:

  • Applebys in the Scottish censuses from 1841 – 1911 (from Scotland’s People and Ancestry)

  • Appleby BMD records from Scotland’s People


London Applebys

  • Births and baptisms – updated May 2011

  • Marriages – updated May 2011

  • Deaths and burials – added May 2011 - these combine Appleby entries from the GRO index for deaths along with burials found on the London Parish Records collection at Ancestry.  The list still needs to be annotated with details of which line the various individuals belong – if you know this, or if you hold further information from either a burial record or a death certificate, I would be grateful if you could let me know.

  • London censuses 1841 - 1911


Northern counties (As Find My Past is adding more parish records, I am updating all counties on a regular basis, most seem to be in the Northern Region so far)

  • Baptisms, Marriages and Burials spreadsheets were all updated in March 2011

  • 1841 – 1911 census spreadsheets were all updated in May 2011


I am also working on the resources for the Midlands and Essex Regions, and these will be updated very soon.


Wills and Probate – there have been further additions to the Master Index of Wills and Probate records.

If you have other suggestions for records you would find helpful to be included in this section, do please let me know.

Latest family trees added to the website

  • William Appleby, pianoforte maker of Stepney, London – this tree needs some further expansion as William was rather an elusive man as far as the census records were concerned!  But we do know more about his son Walter who was a tennis bat maker.

  • The Applebys of Kirkcaldy, Scotland – Patrick and Fanny (Farrell) Appleby were born in Ireland, where Patrick was a mason – but after his death, Fanny and several generations of his descendants lived in and around Kirkcaldy in Fifeshire from the mid 1840s.

  • Applebys of Haswell, Co Durham – John Appleby (b~1786) was a Colliery Viewer and his sons, grandsons and great grandsons were all colliery workers in County Durham.  Some of his descendants emigrated to New South Wales in the 1920s and settled in Wollongong.


Trees I am currently working on include:

  • Applebys from Willenhall, Staffordshire – many members of this line were locksmiths

  • John Appleby of Burton Fleming, Yorkshire

  • I would also like to research some of the lines originating in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire


If you can contribute any information about these lines, do please let me know.

and finally ...

I always know when Spring has arrived, because whenever I go into our kitchen there is a loud squawking from outside - for the past seven or eight years a very scruffy blackbird has appeared demanding raisins for his successive broods of young.  Sadly Scruffy suffered a painful death last autumn, but he has been succeeded by a younger more dapper young chap, who has discovered the source of raisins very quickly -  I suspect he is actually one of the young that were raised on raisins!


This year he is in competition with a robin, who has also developed a taste for raisins, so Blackie crams as many raisins as possible into his beak before flying off to pass them on to his two fluffy babies who lurk in the bushes (Mrs Blackbird is already sitting on another clutch of eggs in the jasmine over the door) and then Robin nips in to grab one quickly before Blackie returns.


And if Blackie thinks I am spending too long at the computer, he comes to my office window to remind me of his growing family's demands!

Sue Mastel

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