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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.

Osmotherley Applebys

Life in this ancient village on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, changed dramatically with the opening of Cote Ghyll linen mill in the late 19th century and its associated bleaching mills (source


John Appleby was born in nearby Knayton in about 1801, but after  his marriage in 1824 to Elizabeth Barker (b.1798 in Osmotherly) the couple remained in Osmotherly and raised their family.  John was a tailor, as was his eldest son George, but in later censuses they seem to have become farmers.  Later generations of George’s family were coal miners at Hedley Hope in Co Durham.


I have not managed to trace John and Elizabeth’s son William and his wife Catherine Cahill and large family after 1881, and it is possible that they emigrated.  YES, THEY DID!  I have just received new information about their new life in Pennsylvania ... I hope to update the chart very soon (Sue August 2017)

osmotherley district in 1914

1914 map of Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

Appleby Ann 1828-

Appleby Annie 1886-

Appleby Daisy May 1904-

Appleby Elizabeth 1820-1833

Appleby Elizabeth 1833-

Appleby Elizabeth 1862-

Appleby Elizabeth 1890-

Appleby Evelyn 1901-

Appleby George 1824-1895

Appleby George 1864-

Appleby George 1872-

Appleby George 1909-

Appleby George Richard 1900-

Appleby Isabella 1902-

Appleby James 1876-

Appleby Jane 1927-

Appleby Jane 1838-

Appleby John 1801-1872

Appleby John 1867-

Appleby John 1877-

Appleby John Joseph 1892-

Appleby Joseph 1864-

Appleby Joseph Douglas 1930-

Appleby Joseph William 1879-

Appleby Joseph William 1897-

Appleby Leonard M 1913-

Appleby Lily Edna 1896-

Appleby Margaret 1861-

Appleby Mark 1866-

Appleby Mary 1825-

Appleby Mary Hepple 1884-

Appleby Mary Hepple 1910-

Appleby Norman 1905-

Appleby Ralph 1870-

Appleby Ralph 1907-

Appleby Richard 1847-1906

Appleby Robert 1881-

Appleby Robert Harold 1899-

Appleby Sophia 1860-

Appleby Teresa 1870-

Appleby Thomas 1888-

Appleby William 1835-

Appleby William 1874-

Appleby William A 1923-

Barker Elizabeth 1798-1873

Bell Mary 1804-

Burleigh Susannah 1873-

Cahill Catherine 1836-1891

Hepple Isabella 1850-1901

Tomlinson Alice 1887-

Westgarth Phoebe Jane 1870-

Wilkinson Jane 1882-