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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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Salvation Army Applebys of Brompton by Northallerton and Thornaby on Tees

Thornaby Salvation Army Band 1920/1921

Top row from left to right: D.Lloyd, L.Dennis, R.Perry and S.Mason.

Middle row: G.Appleby, Esther Clarkson, C.Mason, W.Ayre, Mrs Appleby.

Bottom Row: H.Dennis, N.Atkinson, Capt. Adamson, J.Moore, Lieut. Phelps, S.Pearson, E.Tarren.

Captain Adamson and Lieutenant Phelps were Salvation Army Officers (Ministers of Religion) at Thornaby between May 1920 and May 1921, therefore the picture was taken sometime during that period of time (source Teeside Evening Gazette)  The two Applebys shown in this photo are

George Alfred Appleby (1873-1935) and his wife Isabella (nee Harwood) (~1873-1954)

salvation army band

It seems highly likely that this line is connected in some way to that of the Applebys of Brompton, as many of the early members of both lines appear in the parish records for Brompton by Northallerton and families from the two lines are living alongside each other in early censuses.  We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is able to provide the records to prove the connection.


Although we know that descendants of this line were living in Thornaby in recent years alongside descendants of the line of  Robert of Eryholme and Thornaby, we are fairly certain that there is no connection.


We have called this line 'Salvation Army Applebys' because of the involvement of George Alfred Appleby and his wife Isabella in the organisation, and understand that others in their family continued to be members.


All the members of this line that we have found living in the later censuses were descended from Sarah Appleby (daughter of Thomas Appleby and Mary) - so unfortunately it will not be possible to use yDNA to search for a connection to other Appleby lines from the same area.


Appleby Ann 1822-

Appleby Ann 1862-

Appleby Annie 1885-

Appleby Cicely 1827-1833

Appleby Edward 1810-

Appleby Ellen 1887-

Appleby Ernest 1898-1972

Appleby Evelyn Mary 1892-

Appleby George Alfred 1873-1935

Appleby George Richard 1894-

Appleby Hannah 1818-

Appleby Hannah 1840-

Appleby Isaac 1865-

Appleby Jane 1781-

Appleby Jane 1813-

Appleby John Thomas 1884-1900

Appleby Mary 1808-1814

Appleby Mary 1816-

Appleby Mary Ann 1893-

Appleby Mary Lucy 1857-

Appleby Richard

Appleby Sarah 1836-1884

Appleby Sarah Elizabeth 1875-

Appleby Thomas

Appleby Thomas 1859-1911

Appleby Thomas 1780-1836

Appleby William 1869-

Crake Rose Ann 1868-1950

Harwood Isabella 1873-1954

Mason Hannah 1783-1831

McCafferty Annie 1864-1911

Wray Priscilla 1811-

Oldham Michael

Kennedy John Stenhouse Nairn

Frost Lillian