Part of the Appleby Research Organisation group
 The present team consists of Sue Mastel who is  the Co-ordinator of ARO who also runs the DNA site and Pete Applebee continues to run the organisation's web site and I am Terry Levett, editor of the Newsletter and Archivist  and membership secretary,  membership is free just apply to:-  appsedit@gmail.com

The Newsletter is it is now a public website and in a rolling format, I will add articles to the top of the page as & when I find them or are submitted by members & readers, I hope more the latter than the former . In this year of the centenary of the commencement of WW1,  I particularly want to commemorate the contribution Appleby's made in that conflict with stories, not only of those that perished but stories of those that lived to tell the tale and how the conflict affected them and their families? Please send in your ancestors stories however small.

25 Dec 2015                           Appleby (the town in Cumbria, England)
It has been some time since I added anything to this Newsletter, to which I apologise, what has prompted me to add this was to inform those of you who may not be in contact with the News in the U.K. The town of Appleby mentioned above has and still is, going through a very bad time with record amounts of rain, many have been flooded out 3 times in a fortnight! I hope you will join me in wishing them well and a speedy recovery to normal life though I fear it is going to take some time for this to happen?
 A Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all our readers and members from all of us at  ARO

26 Apr 2015                             WW1 Canadian Appleby soldiers 
The following names have been extracted from an online booklet which can be accessed at the following em address if you wish to check of search for other names?:-  https://archive.org/stream/listofofficersme00greauoft#page/342/mode/2up
The book (or booklet) is titled:- "List of Officers and Men serving in the First Canadian Contingent of the British Expeditionary Force 1914" the names I extracted are:-
Appleby, Andrew, Private 34120, No 1 Stationary Hospital.
Appleby, Percy, Private 34121, No 1 Sationary Hospital.
Appleby, Royal W., Driver 41456, 3rd Battery, 2nd Brigade.
Appleby, I. D., Private 5616, Divisional Signal Company
Appleby, E., Private 5619, Divisional Signal Company
Appleby, Joseph H., Private 22706, 12 Battery, 4th Infantry Brigade. 
Appleby, Harold L., Private 16741 'E' Company 7th Battalion 2nd Infantry Brigade 

If any of the above are your relations we would love you to contact us please.
23 Jan 2015           A belated Happy New Year to you all and a new link from Joe Forsyth
I'm working on writing stories for my family history book and this month have been delving into the First World War. I was delighted to find a site which records names on war memorials in north east England and it has 178 references for the name Appleby. I went on to find lots of new detail about a number of my Appleby ancestors in the Washington area. Other members might be interested in this site at :-         http://www.newmp.org.uk/

5 Jul 2014           Are you related to Charles Appleby who served in the Essex Regiment in WW1?  

 On searching through the ARO Archives for an answer to a query  I came across a little package and to my surprise found it contained a WW1 Victory Medal issued to a Pte. Charles Appleby, No.43638 who served overseas with the 9th (Service) Battalion, Essex Regiment. He may also have served previously with the 1/8th (Cyclist) Battalion, Essex Regiment on coastal defence duties prior to transfer to France. He enlisted 28 Jan 1915 & was discharged 17 Nov 1917. The ARO will be very pleased to present this medal to the  next of kin or descendent of Charles who can prove  a connection, just apply to the contact address below. 

5 Jul 2014                                            To all readers thinking of becoming members of ARO.

We have had a few inquiries from people wishing to join ARO in the past, who just send scant details of their ancestors and expect us to be able to supply them with a full tree, etc. Of course we welcome all and anybody to be members but it is impossible for us to provide a full genealogical service researching individuals trees. Our main objective is to co-ordinate the different trees into groups, regions & countries 

If members want help they should be prepared to do some of the legwork themselves, ideally the dob of parents and/or grandparents and details of any forebears who appear in the UK 1901 and/or 1911 censuses or overseas equivalents would be a minimum requisite.

                                       Please assist us to enable us to help you!

24 Mar 2014                                                                  Alfred Starkey Appleby 1898-1914

Doing some research on the Cowton Applebys, I came across the following event which is very relevant to the present WW1 commemorations.

Alfred Starkey Appleby was born  on 8 Mar 1898 in Sale, Cheshire to Stephen Cowton Appleby & Mary Starkey, in 1911 he was recorded as still at school, 3 years & 8 months later on the 1 Nov 1914 as a Signal Boy aged 16, he was drowned with all hands on 'HMS Monmouth' at the 'Battle of Coronel', the worst defeat for the Royal Navy for more than a century, along with the loss of 'HMS Good Hope', 1,600 men perished off the coast of Chile that day. Was Alfred the first and maybe the youngest Appleby to die in WW1

 Just over a year later, Stephen & Mary's only remaining  eldest son Charles Stephen Appleby was also killed on 22 Nov 1915 who was a Private in the Army Service Corps aged 24.Incidentally This is the same family who's forebears perished in the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864, here is an extract from a contemporary report                     

………John Cowton Appleby, a widower of thirty-six, also a prospering grocer in the district, lost not only his stock but also his life. Appleby, together with his sixty-three year old mother, Mary, and her granddaughter of the same name,  fought vainly to get out of their crumbling home. Mrs Appleby's body was recovered from the river at Rotherham. . . . The cries for help were heart rending and, in most cases, nothing could be done. Peering into the gloom, it was sometimes possible to distinguish a figure bobbing in the flood…….

10 Mar 2014
                                                                    Peter TALBOT-ASHBY
                                                                    1933 - 2014
We were very sorry to hear of the sad passing on 13th February 2014 of our Founder Peter Talbot-Ashby, though we were prepared for his death, as he had been terminally ill for a number of years.
Peter started the Appleby Research Organisation in the early 1990's when computers were in their infancy and not many people had one, so all genealogy was done the hard way, by post, visits to record offices etc. But Peter rose to the challenge and probably was one of the first to start such organisations in the family history field. He communicated with all the members by post and at that time there was a small membership fee to cover some of his costs. He was certainly industrious in his endeavours and as Archivist for the ARO I can vouch for the amount of paperwork involved; we have six big ring binders full of documents he collected over those years, about 1000 in all. 
It seems he never came to terms with saving them to his computer, maybe he was right? Books and paper may well outlast the new technology … remember floppy disks?
We only knew him in the last few years that he was running the ARO and he always seemed dedicated to the cause and replied promptly to any small contributions and any queries posed. It was after he was diagnosed and was beginning to feel the effects of his illness that he decided to pass on the mantle to selected members. We hope he was pleased with our results, it is always difficult to let go when you have nursed an organisation through birth to maturity as he had done.
In addition to collecting Appleby information from all over the world, Peter wrote for Family History magazines and was also an active member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. His faith gave him great comfort and reassurance in the final difficult months. Peter leaves a widow Pamela, four children, 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Terry Levett and Sue Mastel
24 feb 2014             A sad goodbye to the Founder of the Appleby Research Organisation  
We have just received the following message from Peter Applebee

This morning on Peter Talbot-Ashby’s Face Book Page:-

Hello friends and family of Peter Talbot-Ashby. 
His funeral will be held on Thursday 27th February
10.30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich
12 noon at Graveside (Hadleigh)
12.45-3pm wake at Hintlesham and Chattisham Community centre
All are welcome to attend. Family flowers only, donations appreciated to St Elizabeth's Hospice, Ipswich and RNLI.
20 Feb 2014 Gravestones 
Gravestones are an invaluable source of reliable (for the most part) data and occasionally you can discover information not available anywhere else. I have cobbled together a list of all gravestone photographs that are available on the net and you can access this list by going to our Data website at:-
(If you have difficulties accessing the above link please let me know but I hope I've fixed the problem)   *******************************************************************************************
11 Feb 2014 Of interest to all Welsh Applebys
http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/home is the link to a free Newspaper site sent to me by our Co-ordinator Sue and although it deals with mainly Welch articles it does cover the whole country as many articles are coped & shared from other newspapers. The site is easy to use but not so easy to take screen shots! and remember it's FREE.
30 Jan 2014 More drownings off Scarborough
After finding the article on William's drowning below, I did some further research and back peddled some of my notes and between 1882 & 1942, 8 of my Applebys perished the same way + 3 others connected by marriage, also 2 other Applebys from the Pickering line, all of them out of Scarborough!
 27 Jan 2014 Odds & Ends
While doing some research on a Birmingham Appleby family I came across the following name Alfred Antagonist Appleby!one has to wonder what mood the parents were in when the child was Christened
The other snippet came from the Leamington Spa Chronicle of 13 Apr. 1878, headed"The Origin & History of Surnames. A lecture at Windsor St. Lemington Spa, by Mr E. Edwards of Birmingham who goes on to recall... Uppleby: this is the name of a very old Lincolnshire Family. I find it spelt in different ways, as De Epulbie, Applebaie and Appleby. Probably the last is most correct, as there is a place in Lincolnshire of that name. There is also an Appleby in Liecestershire, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and another is the chief town in Westmoorland. Not a lot new there then but interesting? ED.
25 Jan 2014 
In April last year, for the GPR site, I photographed all the Appleby gravestones in Dean Road Cemetery in Scarborough, a lot of them were my own relations. There was one grave that I could not photograph as it was lying face down on the ground so I asked if it could be righted, which it eventually was but I was only able to get back to photograph it this month and amongst the data I noted was the death by drowning of a William Appleby aged 26 in 1885 from the yawl "Diligent" and after a little research discovered the following article which I have transcribed.           
 Yorkshire Gazette 28 Feb 1885            Shocking Fatality off Scarbro'                                                     Three Scarbro' Fishermen Drowned About eleven o'clock yesterday morning the Scarborough yawl Diligent arrived at Scarbro' from the fishing grounds, and Robert Appleby a member of the crew, reports the sad intelligence that the master William Appleby, and two more members of the crew, were drowned at sea on Thursday afternoon. It seems that the vessel was about forty or fifty miles off Scarborough when the master, along with Isaac Wake (better known perhaps as "Happy Isaac" the nombriquet given him by the Salvation Army, of which he was a permanent member) and Matthew Thornton proceeded in the cobble to haul in the fishing lines. They had secured 15 of the 20 lines put out when a heavy sea struck the boat and capsized it, precipitating the 3 occupants into the water. The master managed to regain the cobble which was bottom upwards, and rode safely on it for some minutes when he was washed off by a heavy wave. He is reported to have been a good swimmer, but his heavy sea boots & clothing would severally handicap him in his struggles with the high sea which was running, and he quickly sank to rise no more. The master had spoken from the coble with Robert Appleby, who was on the Yawl, and stand in the relationship of cousin to him, only five minutes before the catastrophe one of the other men was also seen struggling in the water, but third was never seen after the capsizing of the boat. The coble was only about 200 yards from the yawl when it overturned, and, as we may be well assured, every effort was made on board to reach the drowning men, but without avail. The wind was blowing from the S.S.W. at the time of the accident, and a very stiff breeze and heavy sea prevailed. The master (Mr William Appleby) lived in Quay Street and was married, leaving a widow & one child; Isaac Wake was single and he too lived in Quay Street; Matthew Thornton, whose residence is in Potter Lane, leaves a wife & one child. Wake was a member of the crew of the smack Lady's Page, which it will be remembered, stranded at the entrance to the harbour on Sunday morning last, and he had taken the place on the yawl of a man who had sustained some temporary injuries. The crew consisted of six of six hands in all, the names of the survivors being Robert Appleby (already mentioned), Harrison Appleby (brother to the master) and James Stonehouse. On the sad information becoming Known to Alfred Sellers, the master of the Good Intent, which was fishing in the same locality, he generously lent a member of his crew to assist in working the Diligent to port, which after the accident , was immediately made for. the master was also a prominent member of a Nonconformist body, and much sorrow and sympathy are felt for the bereaved widows and families in their deep distress. The flags of most of the vessels in the harbour were hoisted half-mast high on the intelligence becoming known. It is very improbable that any of the bodies will be recovered.  
 13 Jan 2014                                         Appleby(village) in Lincolnshire
Although there are no Appleby gravestones there, this Church cemetery now appears on the GPR site
(Gravestone Photographic Resource) here is the link if you are interested:-

8 Jan 2014                                  A Happy New Year to you all

Some of you older members will have been in touch with the ARO founder Peter Talbot-Ashby in the past but did you know he also wrote articles for other genealogical magazines? Sue sent me a link to one she had found which I have reproduced here, I think you will find in it informative about life as an agricultural labourer in the 1800's in Britain. http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/letters/geninfo.html (scroll down about half way to find it)
5 Dec 2013 Apologies
Sorry, one & all for the delay in any new articles but due to the previous announcement below I have spent every bit of free time transferring my trees to my computer program, no quick job I can assure you! I was a bit surprised that I had no response from members, maybe you don't mind your private research being sold off to all & sundry?

Now for something more interesting though very sad.
Recently I made contact with a (now) new member in Australia whose ancestors arrived in Oz on the fated ship "Ticonderoga" in the early 1850's and from the data she sent me I was able
to see if we had anything in the archives and I came up with the following snippet it is from  some odd pages from a report of assisted passages to Oz.
Because of the Gold rush there seems to have been a shortage of labour and people were getting worried that the 1852 Wool Clip would be lost, to overcome this, American double decker boats were employed and the "Ticonderoga" was the 4th of these but it turned out to be a disaster and was named the "Ticonderoga tragedy" where 100 passengers were buried at sea & 80 more dying in quarantine of Scarlet Fever & Typhoid. Amongst the passengers were the following:-
"Appleby Silas [28 Agricultural labourer. C of E. Literate]
Silas was the son of Silas Appleby of West Lydford[Somerset] He set out from the village of Baltonsborough with his 23 year old wife Sarah (Jarman), three year old son John and baby Emma. His entire family died on board ship; he landed at Melbourne alone. He was later joined by his brother Albion and sister in law Jane (Higgins)" from whom our new member is descended.  
An Important Warning about Ancestry

I have received the following notices from reliable sources and we have checked them out ourselves

Ancestry have set up some new site called Mundia and plan to transfer all the trees from the Ancestry site – but the big concern is that the new site has different conditions to those that people agreed to when they loaded their trees on Ancestry and all the info becomes the property of Ancestry/Mundia instantly. 

 This is a message sent to the ONS Guild Forum about it:

Subject: [G] Mundia  Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:35:31 +0000

Searching for an ONS name I was referred to a tree in Mundia. I hadn't heard of Mundia, but found it is owned by and related to Ancestry.com and is in a Beta state. It is a system allowing you to deposit a tree and associated information and get connected to other trees (where have I heard that before?)
The strange, and potentially dangerous, part of this is that the site states that any tree on Ancestry will appear on Mundia and vice-versa, so it seems if you are an Ancestry member you are on Mundia whether you like it or not. Therefore you would think that the T's and C's should be the same. They are not, and interestingly it is quite difficult to find either of them. Ancestry states:
"Portions of the Service and Content on the Website are submitted by you and other users ("User Provided Content"), to which you may contribute appropriate material ----------- you grant Ancestry a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licenseable, royalty-free license to 
host, store, copy, publish, distribute, provide access to and otherwise use such material, including, hosting and access on co-branded services of that material, and to use the data contained in that material as search results and to integrate that data into the Service as Ancestry deems appropriate."

What Mundia states is:

"For each item of content that you post, you grant to us and our affiliates a world-wide, royalty free, fully paid-up, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, and fully sub-licensable (including to other Website users) license, without additional consideration to you or any third party, to: (i) reproduce, distribute, make available, transmit, communicate to the public, perform and display (publicly or otherwise), edit, modify, adapt,create derivative works from and otherwise use such content, in any format or media now known or later developed; (ii) exercise all trademark, publicity and other proprietary rights with regard to such content; (iii) use your name, photograph, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as provided by you in connection with your content for the Service, in each case, in connection with your content."

Not being an expert on Copyright, the Mundia conditions look appalling and I would think that nobody in their right mind would accept them - but are they in fact any worse than the Ancestry ones?

It intrigues me that there are several UK BMD Cert copies that I paid for and supplied copies privately to one or two people, and they now without my prior knowledge or approval have put images (including "Crown Copyright") of them on Mundia. I know they are mine because of the serial number/dates. I wonder what the GRO makes of the fact that I, and probably many others, have inadvertently allowed this to happen?

The following also appeared on the Dearmyrtle blog when she pointed out the terms and conditions:

Even if you mark your Ancestry tree "private" for paid subscribers of Ancestry, it becomes totally public on Mundia.
I have a private tree I play on - trying out possible relatives and looking for families of old photographs. Much of it is totally inaccurate. And now some fool is going to copy it.
I also noticed that while all my dates are listed, there is not one single source. This is a dangerous lesson to the new family historian. What are they thinking?

The administrators of ARO are taking this very seriously but it may even now be too late to take any action  but you can be assured we will try if only to protect our own privacy. Very shortly I will be expanding on this problem in an editorial to let readers know what options they have, in the meantime please get in touch with your own views, comments and suggestions, Ed.  


25 Oct 2013 A close shave (in more than one sense)  
Sent in by Matthew Wilde, a cutting from the Leeds Mercury dated 18 Jul 1891.
During a severe thunderstorm at Middlesbrough last evening, Thomas Appleby, a fishmonger, was struck by lightning. He was in the act of pushing up a window in his house, 84 Linthorpe-road, when a flash of lightning entered the window, singing hi whiskers and knocking him senseless. he recovered in a few minutes. The lightning also struck a wall in the room, and knocked a hole in it, and travelled under the bed, cutting a piece of oilcloth clean out of the floor. The back corner of his chimney stack was struck, and about six feet of slates taken off the roof at the back of the house.
( Thomas was originally from Scarborough, my 1C4R. Ed.)  
15 Oct 2013 A slight change to ARO archives
As from a few weeks ago I took possession of the ARO archives, so would you please address any requests for copies of any of the contents to me Terry Levett at appsedit@gmail.com which is the same address as the one below for Newsletter business. If you're not familiar with our archives we have over 1000 documents of various sorts collected since the early 1990's. At the moment they are in chronological order as received and I am endeavoring to rearrange them into district or content order, so it would be helpful if researchers could give a little more detail other than just the index number when requesting copies. An index can be found in both the ARO website & now on the new Data site
Also Please Note
Our valued, dedicated and hardworking co-ordinator Sue is undergoing some medical treatment and we think it a good idea for her to ease back on her workload and therefore can I ask members to filter their inquires  through Pete (for Australian questions) and myself. For myself I cannot match Sue's Appleby knowledge but we will endeavor to do our best. I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Sue well, she hopes to be back to full strength by next Spring. She will however continue with her DNA work.
9 Oct 2013 Don't forget the Non-Conformist records?
One tends to forget the Non-coms when searching for records and these can be more informative than the standard Established Church records. There seems to be more available online now and Ancestry has just updated their Non-com records which I have found very useful. These entries can be different for instance the Baptists didn't baptise children (only adults) but recorded their dob's instead, that is why some parents played it safe and had their own children Christened in Church as well?
25 Sep 2013 A New ARO Website
We are pleased to announce the commencement of our new data website that anyone will be able to access, this has spreadsheets and lists of transcriptions of source material,we are adding to the site all the time and you can find it at https://sites.google.com/site/applebyapplebeefhdata/home
If you have collected or made any Appleby lists that you would like to share, please get in touch and we will add it to the site .
24 Sep 2013 The Girl ,the Dog, the Skipping Rope & the Inventor.
......is not another fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis but the road to resolving one of the last hurdles to the problem of binding corn sheaves mechanically and hence to producing the Combine Harvester. John F. APPLEBY an American inventor was watching the d/o a neighbour playing with her Boston terrier pup, she had a skipping rope which fell on the dogs neck, he shook his head and backed off to free himself, the rope slipped off knotted, from this was based the "beak" of the Appleby knotter, a mechanism which helped to people the Canadian & American wheat lands and provide them with 1000's of grain elevators. If you would like the full story get in touch. (Ed)
20 Sep 2013 A Dambusting Appleby
I have just learnt, on this 50th anniversary year of the famous raid on the German Dams, that Flight Engineer Frank Ernest Appleby flew in ED 921 - AJ W (Wille) .They were severely damaged by flak on the outward journey and had to turn back. He survived the war and was discharged in 1946. I'm not sure but I think Frank was born in the Eastbourne district in the 4qt 1921 s/o John Appleby & Ethel V. Bradley, if you know differently or can add anything to this article please get in touch, maybe he is your father or grandfather?

14 Sep 2013 Would you like a reminder every month of new articles that appear in this Newsletter?
Through limitations in my computer skills I have not been able to manage an auto feed system but for the first 50 readers that are interested (thats the limit on how many addresses that can appear on one em in 24hrs) I will send a reminder every month, just send your em address to the site contact address below and leave the rest to me. (Ed.)
6 Sep 2013                        Was any of your Ancestor's given a Famous name?
Recent research of mine brought up the name Florence Nightingale Appleby bn 1862 in Bridlington. I have always felt sorry for the chap landed with the moniker Nelson Trafalgar Levett bn 1807 in Ipswich (as far as I know no connection to me) and I have often wondered about the many Isaac Newton's I've come across!! can you match these, let us know?
Applebys in Business
A recent new member Andrew Appleby has sent in some details of his forebear Joseph Appleby Ltd. of Castle Tower Road, Aston, Birmingham. Joseph was an inventor and manufacturer, one of his inspirations was the Roller Chain! I would think there is no one reading this who has not come across this in the form of the bicycle chain!? We hope to have more details of this company and line later. In the meantime any more firms bearing the name Appleby? 
                                                                                    Millers again
As I mentioned last month (9 Aug) an interest in Appleby Millers, I have now been contacted by the 'Mill Archive' group who would be very interested in any Millers we come across in our searches, please can send any details to me or direct to the group itself.mmmmmmmAA
24 Aug 2013                                                                     
This tree was sent in by member Joe Forsyth showing his immediate forebears and his connections to another member, Yvette Appleby. For a fuller explanation visit Sue's DNA site with the following link

15 Aug 2013 A Cricketing Appleby
As we're at the height of the Cricketing Season, I was delighted to find when doing research on the Farnley millers that one of their descendants was a cricketer, here is a resume of what I found.
Arthur Appleby bn 22 July 1843 was an English first-class cricketer. A left arm round arm medium pace bowler and left-handed batsman, he played 58 matches for Lancashire as an amateur between 1866 and 1887l. He also appeared for Marylebone Cricket Club (1874), the Gentlemen (1867–1887), North of England (1869–1873), Gentlemen of the North (1870–1879), Gentlemen of Marylebone Cricket Club (1873), Gentlemen of England (1874–1878), and RA FitzGerald's XI (1872) and in the Gentlemen to Canada Touring Team (1873). He was born at Enfield, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, the son of mill owner Joseph Appleby. Educated at Grange School, Thorpe Arch, near Tadcaster he began his playing days at Enfield Cricket Club. He played in 58 matches for Lancashire between 1866 and 1887 and in 81 first-class matches in total. In later life he assumed control of the family firm and, amongst other directorships, sat on the board of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. He was an Alderman of the Lancashire County Council and Chairman of the County Bench, sitting at Church. He died at Mill House, Enfield, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, on 24 October 1902.(Ed)
14 Aug 2013 Who were the first Appleby to settle outside the UK?
Most of my own research has been in England but I have had more than a passing interest in early settlers in the colonies and I was wondering the other day who were the earliest emigrantseither voluntary or enforced from the Appleby (or Levett) lines, a quick look on the web shows some reluctance by many scholars & researchers to produce such lists that may have the answers! Do you have information about early Appleby settlers from the UK? please write and tell us however briefly.
13 Aug 2013. (ref to: 25 May 2013) Trafalgar Applebys
I have just received the following information from Hilary Evens who says that George Alexander APPLEBY the  Midshipman from Durham, who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar ( see 25 May) is in the family tree of my husband who is descended from Joshua Appleby, Chemist, of Durham (1728 - 1754). Joshua was the brother of George Appleby, father of George Alexander Appleby. 
Joshua, George and their sister Hannah and brother, William, were the children of Edward and Susannah (Paxton) Appleby. Most of the family were Quakers and lived in various houses in Claypath, Durham. Edward was born in Darlington (in 1702) to Joshua and Grace Appleby but went to Durham as an apprentice to George Paxton (merchant and grocer) and married his daughter. I've traced the Appleby family back 2 or 3 generations from Joshua - all in Darlington. 
9 Aug 2013 Appleby Millers   
As well as being immersed in genealogy one of my other passions are mills; water or wind and the people that worked on them.. millers, millwrights etc. So to combine the 2 interests increases the interest & pleasure. I recently came across an obituary for a Benjamin Appleby a miller of Farnley (Leeds) which set me on the road to know more, I discovered a long line of millers & corn dealers of the same family in the same place back to the early 18C. Is this your line? or do you know of other Appleby millers? please let me know! (Ed)
7 Aug 2013 Would you like to see the original parish record of your ancestor?
The ARO has a few fiches, a list of which can be found on the ARO website and I am now able to quickly send photo's of any entry to researchers, like the one on the left, just send me the details and I will do a search and forward it on. I also have quite a few (non Appleby) fiches for Suffolk which are also listed. (Ed)  
30 Jul 2013 Absent Applebys
By that definition we mean 'strays' or those that are not found where you might expect them to be e.g. in the county of their birth. We are more mobile than years ago and people generaly lived in the same area all their lives. Some however moved for many reasons to other counties or even countries, often not through choice!
We have now started a list of these people and would like readers to submit their own 'Strays' and contact us if you wish to see the few names we already have collected, you never know you may find that missing ancestor you have been looking for?

18 Jul 2013 DNA Appeal
DNA is the up & coming thing in genealogy and ARO has a strong section thanks to Sue who has been running it for some time with much success. The problem is, to do the individual tests costs money, Sue seems to to be able to procure the best quality tests at a much reduced cost but of course we can't expect her to pay for them or indeed the ARO (we have no funds anyway) and it's not always possible for the people we would like to test to afford it either. The results of the individual tests benefit us all in the long run not just those tested and on some occasions it may be of no use to them. The ARO is a completely free organisation and we don't even ask for a membership fee, so what I am proposing is a whip round so we can continue this important part of the Appleby research. Just a few £'s; $'s; €'s etc. from each of us will help greatly, no matter how small (or large!) just go to the ARO DNA site for details and  
thank you in advance!

p.s. Sue has just told me this morning she has just sent off the last kit she has and needs to buy more before the 25th July while they are at a reduced price. The link to the main DNA is at the bottom of this page and here is the link to the latest DNA results

3 Jul 2013 News about the Gravestone Photographic Resource
Since informing you about GPR (scroll down to 27th Apr) Charles Sale the site owner has allowed us to copy all the Appleby/ee photos to our archives which I am in the process of doing and with the ones we already have will give us nearly 100 pictures and over 200 names. This I am sure is not anywhere near the number that are out there in various parts of the world, so if you have any please send us a copy, or if you know of any Appleby/ee . graves near you snap them up and we will do the rest, just let us know where the memorial is situated please. (Ed.)
I have now finished the spreadsheet for all the Appleby gravestones that are available on the GPR site and those we have at ARO (which will eventually be uploaded to the GPR site) these are available for the asking.
Today I was informed by ARO member Joseph Forsyth in British Columbia, Canada that the website Canadianheadstones.com has 59 Appleby headstone on it! Update to Update I have just looked at this site and it seems to have been indexed by Ancestry and can be accessed without a subscription and you are transferred to the original site for the photo. Further Update 19 Jul.. .Thanks to our member Joe Forsyth in Canada we have now got a positive alliance to the Canadianheadstones.com site and they have agreed in principle to ARO having a list of all their Appleby graves and a connection to the GPR. This list of 60 Appleby graves on the Canada site is now available from the contacts listed at the bottom of this Newsletter.
7 Jun 2013   Appleby Places
Flushed with the success of making a contact with Anita Cross at Appleby in Lincolnshire, I thought I'd take a look round and see how many other places had the same name, of course I knew of the town of Appleby in Westmorland but I have to admit I was unaware of Appleby Magna & Parva on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border! They too have an excellent website which includes an in depth history of the village and the early family who took their name from it, one member of which fought at the Battle of Cressy, for more details go to this link: http://www.applebymagna.org.uk/appleby_history/in_focus7_church&manor_2.htm
Also its possible to download a transcription of all the parish records for this village at:- http://www.applebymagna.org.uk/appleby_history/records_parish_records.html
This now leads me to ask which came first the 'The Place or the Person?'
In the case above this is clearly the place came first according to the village historians but what about the other Appleby's? At first glance it may be that pre-Norman conquest it was the place that came first and after the new feudal lords took there names from the places they now governed, this may be born out by their names in the above case it was Antekil de Appleby (de = of) How many more places are there in the world and what do you know of them? (Ed.)

 4 Jun 2013                 Centenary Year for Appleby's Coaches of Louth in Lincolnshire 

In 1913 William Appleby acquired the combined business of village shopkeeper and market carrier in Conisholme. William also started making his own ice cream and bought his first bus which was used on market day services into Louth, school contract work and  private hire. especially by the new RAF station at Manby. where they often transported the sports teams and band.

In 1946 William Appleby retired and his son Ron took over the small bus and ice cream business. determined that he was going to expand it. Ron eventually bought up  other small independent operators in the North Somercotes region as their owners  came lo retire. Appleby Coaches went from strength to strength up to Ron's retirement from the firms day-to-day running. Ron's son Stuart then took over. Ron's wife Jo had ran the ice cream side of the business, expanding it so that their seven mobile vans appeared at Alford. Grimsby and Louth markets, along with such strategic sites as Cordeaux's Corner along the A16 near Louth, and with wholesale outlets at Boston and Skegness.

The company split in 2000 when the coach firm went into receivership and was sold to the Bowen Travel Group who themselves eventually went into administration in 2012.

Now the two companies look set to be reunited under the ownership of Mr McQuillan, who bought the ice cream part of the company in 2009. Unfortunately no Appleby's are involved in the company now but at least the Appleby name lives on.

The above is a short vignette, for a more detailed story of this company go to the following links an thanks to Pete Applebee for submitting an old magazine article which set this article in motion and is available from our ArchiveEd.



A Genealogy program for your Apple Mac

You may have looked in vain for a good genealogy program for your Mac computer that is reasonably priced?  I have been using one for a fair few years called "iFamily for leopard" Designed & Constructed by Keith Wilson (b.1943 d.2008) in Australia and now updated and administered by his son Warwick. You can download a free trial before you part with your 30US$ (actually slightly less) and thats it for life, all updates are free as are the help lines & forums. Highly recomended, Ed.

1 June 2013 New website for the village of Appleby in Lincolnshire

Lots of photo's old & new and you can download a fair few pages from a book of the village's history that is now out of print, it's well worth a look, go to this link http://www.appleby-lincs.co.uk/
Post script: Since writing the above, I have been in touch with the owner of the Appleby village website Mrs. Anita Cross, who has responded very favourably, so we now have a connection with this village and she is going to put a link to ARO on that website and though not an Appleby she would like to consider herself, in her words an "Honorary Applebian"? As Anita has lived there most of her life I'm sure she will be amenable to answer any query's about the village?
27 May 2013
This is our Co-ordinator Sue's, comprehensive response to my article immediately underneath, do you agree? I find it difficult to disagree with her definitions! Ed.

Re the question of ‘qualification’ as an Appleby –

Answers in GREEN would be the answers of a good family historian

answers in RED would be the technical answers from a one-name study point of view (which remember is only looking at SURNAMES) but in practice;

answers in BLUE would be for someone interested in yDNA;

answers in PURPLE would be for someone interested in autosomal DNA

Who are true Appleby's, should we define?

The different category's:- 

Anyone born with the name Appleby, male or female. YES YES ONLY MALE CHILDREN YES

Woman who marry an Appleby. YES YES NO NO

Children of Appleby mothers where no father is given (these are not Y-DNA Appleby's). YES YES NO YES

Children of females born Appleby's who married legitimately (these are exactly the same as  those above Y-DNA wise

but also don't have the Appleby name). YES NO except in tiny studies where this is feasible NO YES

Those who have Appleby as a middle name either forename or surname. YES YES probably aha – often YES because this can indicate the birth father of a legally illegitimate child PERHAPS depends on circumstances!

25 May 2013                      Who are true Appleby's, should we define?

The different category's:- 

1) Anyone born with the name Appleby, male or female. [no problem here]

2) Woman who marry an Appleby and take the name.

3) Children of Appleby mothers where no father is given (these are not Y-DNA  Appleby's ).

4) Children of females born Appleby's who had named fathers married or not (these are exactly the same as  those in 3 above Y-DNA wise but also don't have the Appleby surname).

5) Those who have Appleby as a middle name either as a forename or surname.

6) Adopted children who take or are given the Appleby name.

I am not a member of the Guild of one name studies (GOONS) unlike the other members of the ARO team so the above question never arose but now I have  to wrestle with it daily, what do readers think? this is an open forum! Ed.

 Were Your Appleby ancestors at the Battle of Trafalgar?

I have found the following who are recorded as being present at the event:-

George Alexander APPLEBY a Midshipman from Durham.*

John APPLEY an Able Bodied Seaman from Bristol.

Thompson APPLEBY an Able Bodied Seaman of Brunswick. [the only Brunswick I know is in Germany?Ed.]

John APPLEBY an Ordinary Seaman of Yorkshire aged 24  on HMS Victory.

If you can add any information to the above or someone not listed please let us know?

* Within an hour of adding the above query, Sue our ARO Co-ordinateurs had sent me the following:-

George Alexander Appleby baptised in Gilesgate, Durham on 12 Dec 1769 s/o George Appleby; siblings were, Paxton Appleby bapt Jun 1768 & Isable, bap Apr 1766 all in the same parish. We do have a copy of the marriage of George Alexander Appleby, of his Majesty’s Ship 'Formidable', a bachelor married Martha Lawton of this parish, spinster by Licence on 13 Nov 1806 at Stoke Damerel, Plymouth. They had the following children Isabella Martha, bap 1813; Hannah, bap 1814; William James, bap 1816; George Paxton Appleby bapt, 26 Feb.1818, Buried in the same year (father recorded as 'Gentleman'); Susannah, bap 1819. 

If he is one of yours, please get in touch as he is not in any of our trees? (Please see update on 13 Aug 2013)


                                                            Forbidden Banns at Lamyatt

The following story was past on to me by our ARO team Co-ordinator Sue Mastel who received it from a Guild Member in New Zealand. This originally appeared in the "Somerset and Dorset Family History Society (magazine)Vol 36 No 3 August 2011" and submitted by Jennifer Richards.

An entry for the year 1761 records that on Sunday 19th July the banns were read for the forthcoming marriage of William APPLEBY and Sarah NEWPORT, both at that time resident in Lamyatt. The following Sunday they were read again, when as the register records: "There appeared in the church one Jane ANGEL of the parish of West Pennard, who forbad the Banns on account of a Pre-engagement between the said Appleby and herself: on which the publication ceased, and the parties were not married."

 or is it  "Love finds a way "

Sue has added " Actually we have got the marriage for William and Sarah in our SW region BMDs – it came from freeREG " :- 

29 July 1761 – William Appleby married Sarah Newport at West Pennard, bride of East Pennard, witnesses John Hole and William Pearce.

[Lamyatt is near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England  Ed.]

15 May 2013                                         Copping it in both Wars
I have recently received some information & photo's from David Appleby about his Grandfather John Henry Appleby (1896 to 1943) who is descended from the Nathaniel Appleby line (1759 – 1830) and who was a victim of both World Wars, the following is John Henry's story as far as David is able to gather and he would be very pleased if anyone could help fill in any more details.

John Henry Appleby was in the R.C.O.S  (Royal Corp of Signals) during WW 1. David's grandmother, Florrie Ethel Thorp bought John Henry out of the army before marrying him in 1925 in Essex, was very

was firm in her telling of the story that he was both gassed and taken prisoner (held in the Black Forest in Germany) during the conflict, whilst a prisoner, he, a French soldier and a third person, were either released or escaped together. After the war John Henry spent much time in hospital. It was on a period at home in World War 2, whilst they were living on the main road in Highgate, London, opposite the park, when a bomb dropped a very short distance away. John Henry was caught in the blast and further injured, dying a couple of months later from the combined injuries of both wars. Davids Aunt Joan, John Henry’s only daughter and surviving child, knows very little about her father, as she was born in 1936 and  was evacuated due to the war.


John Henry Appleby is shown as the instructor in uniform in one and in a white jumper on the right of the picture in the other. The photo of the picnic group is something of a mystery – not known when it was taken or who the other peaple are (JHA is in uniform again nearest the camera). In the background is a male with numerous medals pinned to his waistcoat. (This man is obviously an invalided soldier as he is also wearing 'The Silver Badge' given to such men to indicate they had done their bit when not wearing uniform and to avoid being accosted by young women who handed out the '3 feathers' (an indication of cowardice!)Ed, these photo's should enlarge as they are of good definition

1 May 2013              The Sheffield Flood and the Appleby's who perished in it!

Extract……On March 11th 1864 - shortly before midnight - the newly built Dale Dyke Dam - situated in the Bradfield hills just outside Sheffield - collapsed. A colossal mountain of water thundered down the Loxley valley and on to Sheffield wreaking death and destruction on a horrific scale. The greatest devastation took place in the Malin Bridge, Hillsborough, and Owlerton areas. Excepting wars, this is now acknowledged as one of the biggest man-made disasters in British history, and has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

Extract……John Cowton Appleby, a widower of thirty-six, also a prospering grocer in the district, lost not only his stock but also his life. Appleby, together with his sixty-three year old mother, Mary, and her granddaughter of the same name, fought vainly to get out of their crumbling home. Mrs Appleby's body was recovered from the river at Rotherham. . . .

In 1799 John Appleby originally from Beverley married Mary Cowton at Scarborough, one of their  children was Cowton Appleby bn, Scarborough in 1802 who married in 1823 at Youlgrave, Derbyshire a Mary Marshall of Winster in the same county. Of their 10 children John Cowton Appleby married Ellen Newton in 1859 & Stephen Cowton Appleby married Elizabeth Kinsey in 1849, the latter had one child Mary Appleby bn 1851. Those in red are those that perished in the disaster.

Exracts taken from the excellent site found at:-


Plans are being put into place for an exhibition to be held in Low Bradfield village hall on the weekend of March 8th/9th 2014 from 10am to 4pm.

You can also contact Bradfield Parish Council, E-mail:  admin@bradfield-yorks-pc.gov.uk

and/or   Karen Lightowler,  E-mail: KarenL823@aol.com

As part of a number of years research, Karen Lightowler has identified, and made contact with, many descendants of the flood victims. (Karen is a contact of mine! Ed.) They are to be invited to attend the events as special guests.

If you are a descendant of anyone connected with the flood and have not previously been in contact with us Karen would be pleased to hear from you.

27 Apr 2013                                               Family History from Family Bibles

 It seems many Family Bible's end up in secondhand bookshops and I am told they are of little value as a commercial  item but I am sure many family historian's would treasure them if they belonged to one of their forebears. Of course not everyone in a family can have the FB so I have started a site for those interested to submit their own FB data for others to browse. If you have FB's which are not connected to your own family, you could enter the data here or even offer the FB  to an interested family member.  It is a fledgling site to see if there is a demand for a central point to not only store the genealogy data found in the many Family Bibles and other books that one comes across but also to restore these to descendants where possible. (Ed)   

                    Take a look at :- https://sites.google.com/site/familybiblegenealogydata/

Appleby Gravestones
Researching your family history usually consists of researching records with the occasional photo if one is lucky enough to have them saved & captioned but another source that is often overlooked are gravestones, of course they are not things that can be tucked away in your safe FH drawer! but photos of them can, and sometimes there is information on headstones not found elsewhere so they can be a unique source if you know where they are? one great collection of grave photos is the 'Gravestone Photographic Resource" site started & run by Charles Sale and it works like this , volunteers (I am one) visit graveyards and take pictures of each grave, the data is then transcribed to a spreadsheet and with the photos sent to the GPR site where they are then made available to anyone who wants a copy and this service is free.
 I looked on the site this morning and there was 125 Applebys & 5 Applebees listed, mostly from the UK but from other parts of the World too, it's well worth a few minutes of your time and you may be lucky? here is the link to the home page  http://www.gravestonephotos.com/index.php
As I mentioned earlier I recently took photo's of all 26 gravestones with 56 named Applebys in the Dean Road Cemetery in Scarborough which will be submitted to the GPR site in due course but if you just can't wait!! you may be able to access them on my Picasa photo site at:-  https://picasaweb.google.com/terrylevett/ApplebyGravestonesInScarborough?authkey=Gv1sRgCJrP7NuX76iD9QE# 
 25 Apr 2013                                 Delius & an Appleby connection?                                                                   Sometimes and with a little further research, gravestones can reveal a story of some interest!

I am not aware that in the annals of music the names Delius and Appleby are to be found too close together but there is one? though some may say a little tenuous!! 

On a recent visit to Scarborough one of my objectives was to photograph all Appleby graves in the Dean Road Cemetery for my own research and for inclusion on the Gravestone Photographic Resource site as well as the ARO archives. One I photographed  had the names Joseph & Hannah Appleby inscribed towards the bottom of the headstone, also the primary name was Marflitt Fenby, an unusual first name but a familiar surname if you are a lover of Delius's music?  From 1928 to 1934,  Eric William Fenby who was born in Scarborough became Delius's amanuensis helping him realise a number of works that would not otherwise have been written. Further research showed that Marflitt was in fact Eric's great uncle and the connection to Joseph (who was a shoemaker from Pickering) and wife Hannah was through their eldest daughter Mary Elizabeth who Marflitt Fenby married in 1900, the same year he died leaving an 8 year old son George Fenby Appleby (I believe another story lies in there somewhere)

 A web search will reveal much more about Eric Fenby's life and his years with Delius and there also exists a BBC television film by Ken Russell called "A Song of Summer" which can be found on "You Tube"  (ED)

21 Apr 2013                               What are the origins of APPLEBY?

Over the years I have seen, as I am sure you have? many versions of the origins of the Appleby name, only yesterday I had another version and a query! What I intend to do is start a forum on the subject, open to anyone, not just experts, just to see what comes up, so if you have a theory, a family explanation or  some research based knowledge, please send it in, unless otherwise indicated I will just use your initials as identification. The first entry is transferred from an earlier article

Appleby Origins

The following extract I have had for some time and although a commercial company
I think it worthy of inclusion? although a link is included this is to preserve copyright, it is not a recommendation on my part!
Surname: Appleby
This interesting surname, with variant spellings Applebe, Applebee, Applebey, and Appelbee is of Norse-Viking origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places named with the Old Norse "apall" meaning apple, plus the Old Norse "-byr", a farm or settlement. These places include Appleby in Leicestershire, recorded as "Aplebi" in the Domesday Book of 1086; Appleby in Lincolnshire, appearing as "Aplebi" in the Domesday Book, and as "Appelbi" in the 1167 Pipe Rolls of that county, and Appleby in Westmoreland. The surname is first recorded in the latter part of the 12th
Century (see below). Several early narnebearers were notable ecclesiastics, including John de Appleby, Vicar of Tilney Norfolk, in 1372, and Thomas de Appleby, Bishop of Carlisle, in 1377. On`May 28th 1635, William Appleby, aged 32 yrs., embarked from London on the ship "Speedwell" bound for Virginia; he was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in the New World. A Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts six gold martlets on a blue shield. A golden apple, with green leaves and stalk, is on the Crest. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Vlf de Appelbi, which was dated 1163, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Henry11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Sumames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original-spelling.

© Copyright: Name Orgin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2006

 This from C.R.  I am mainly interested in the local history of Sheepy and Packington areas and in the pre-turnpike history of the roads of the area. My contact with Appleby some years back was to suggest that the name has nothing to do with apple-trees but that its origin is a British-Danish hybrid: water / stream (apa) settlement (by). This applies to all the Appleby settlements. Such hybrids are common in western Leicestershire, suggesting little Anglian and Saxon settlement, e.g. Ashby (more an area where one would expect oak than as the native forest) from (w)isk / esk / ask (water) + by. The brook of Ashby and Packington is the Jill Wiskaw / Gill o Wiskey.from the same Celtic word


 ....and this from R.H.A.In the article "Appleby Origins", none go past the early 1300s or there abouts.   I am confused.   When I visited Appleby in Westmorland back in 1978, I visited the church there.   I was told that the pipe organ was the oldest in England and had been installed in 9xx.   Were they wrong?

another opinion from S.M.   I suspect that there could be different reasons for the origins of each cluster of Appleby surnames – though probably all are locational (i.e. the earliest holders were ‘of Appleby’) but how those early settlements came to be named Appleby could well vary according to where in the country they are located and how long ago the settlements first came into being.   So the northern clusters could well be named after places that were named from Old Norse, while the more southern settlements such as around Lincolnshire could have originated from early Saxon. 
What we do know is that surnames were not in general use amongst the ordinary people until the 12th century in southern England and considerably later in the far north of England.
...please keep them coming

17 Mar 2013 The ARO Website

The website first went online in about 1996 first appearing on a Yahoo Geocities Free Website. Yahoo shut down this service on October 26, 2009. There were at least 38 million user-built pages on GeoCities before it was shut down. Fortunately at the time Webmaster Peter Applebee had his own domain and server up and running, so the site was migrated to its current location. The website has been contact point for Appleby researchers for 17 years. We only recently removed postal contacts from the website, and with it the requirement for paid memberships as the Organization evolves in line with today’s communications. We plan to continue to evolve into the future.

Our Webmaster,

        Peter Applebee lives in Adelaide South Australia, has been researching his family history since 1985. He is a descendant of Joseph Applebee christened at Snitterfield in Warwickshire in 1823. The Family boarded the Duchess of Northumberland in August 1839 in London. Arriving Holdfast Bay, South Australia in December 1839 just three years after the Colony in Adelaide was founded. At 57 years old, Peter has spent half his live involved with the genealogical community. He bought his first computer in 1990 to assist with his research, since then they have become the centre of his genealogical world particularly when it comes to the World Wide Web. He is married to Maureen, a very understanding Wife.

His other involvements.

Owner and Operator of OzGenonline.com, which also includes all Computer Hardware. (15 Years)

Owner and Operator of Australiancemeteries.com (13 Years)

President and Webmaster of Andfhg.org (7 Years) Adelaide Northern District Family History Group Inc.

Webmaster of Affho.org (4 Years) The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc.

(The link to the website can be found at the bottom of this page under 'Contact addresses')


14 Mar 2013 Two Appleby Samplers

A very fine George III silkwork sampler worked by Jane Appleby, aged 7, and dated November 1st 1809.

Finely worked in petit-point in shades of gold and silver and other coloured silks with verses, scrollwork and chequer board registers and richly decorated with flowering trees with birds perched on the branches, topiary, flower vases and baskets, love hearts and doves, at the centre within a floral cartouche "Jane Appleby Nov Ye 1 1809 Aged 7". The whole worked within a deep geometric and stylised floral border. Mounted to consevator standard. Framed and glazed in burr wood frame with gilt slip.


Measures 13 1/2" (34cm) x 11 3/4" (30cm) excluding frame, 17 1/2" x 15 1/2" including frame.


I love samplers, these are Appleby examples I found on the net, the one above was sold on E-bay and this one on a sampler site


Sumat to mek you smile?

Submitted by Sue Mastel and found amongst ARO paper files while doing a sort out!

 Humor/Humour: Funny Correspondence Sent to the Family History Department, Salt Lake City, Utah

These are copies of actual correspondence received by the Family History Department.

1. Our 2nd great-grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library.

2. He and his daughter are listed as not being born.

3. I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.

4. Will you send me a list of all the Dripps in your library?

5. My Grandfather died at the age of 3.

6. We are sending you 5 children in a separate envelope.

7. Documentation: Family Bible ln possession of Aunt Merle until the tornado hit Topeka, Kansas. Now only the Good Lord knows where it is.

8. The wife of #22 could not be found. Somebody suggested that she might have been stillborn--what do you think?

9. I am mailing you my aunt and uncle and 3 of their children.

10. Enclosed please find my Grandmother. I have worked on her for 30  years without success. Now see what you can do!

11. I have a hard time finding myself in London. If I were there I was very small and cannot be found.

12. This family had 7 nephews that I am unable to find. If you know who they are.         please add then to the list.

13. We lost our Grandmother, will you please send us a copy? 

14. Will you please send me the name of my first wife? I have forgotten her name.

15.  A 14-year-old boy wrote: 'I do not want you to do my research for me. Will you           please send me all of the materiel on the Welch line, the U.S.. England and Scotland countries? I will do the research.'

16. I would like to know how many descendants I really have?

27 Feb 2013 Boer War 1899-1902

 Find my Past has just released records for men who served in the Boer War, there are 34 Applebys & 6 Applebees listed go to the link below for more details, you don't need a subscription to see the list only to look at the record.    http://www.findmypast.co.uk/military-records-search-start.action


20 Feb 2013 Scarborough Appleby project

Over the years I have been researching the Appleby's of Scarborough (you may have noticed) certainly back to the 2nd half of the 18th C. northing really to shout about you might say but there are a lot of them (see article above 14 Feb ) the majority of which seem to be my line, though there are quite a few that gravitated to the seaside  town during the 19th C.from surrounding villages like Pickering, Muston, North Burton, Filey, Reighton, etc. etc.  after a concerted effort recently I am well into sorting out the different families though there are many loose ends, so if you are searching in the same area, please get in touch(em address at bottom of page) or if you are stuck give me a shout you never know between us we can put all the pieces together?

In the meantime take a look at my Scarborough data site which has some Appleby BMD's taken from the St. Mary's parish records. https://sites.google.com/site/scarboroughfamilyhistorydata/

19 Feb 2013
When clicking on a hyperlink  on this site (or any other site) it is better to right click which should give you an option to open the link in another tab or window, it is then easier to return to this site, which doesn't always work with the back button?
Who's your Grandaddy ( or how many?)

Have you ever stopped to think how many people contributed to your existence?

Most of us know our parents and grandparents and these days some of us will know their great-grandparents and if one is into researching their family history you will have gone much further back from records, feasibly possible to 1538 when parish records began, and beyond if you can obtain wills or are have a connection to royalty or the aristocracy. So how many great-grandparents  did it take to make you who you are? well how long is a bit of string?

Lets fix a point in the past and work from that? most people will have at least heard of the battle of Agincourt in 1415 nearly 600 years ago. Working on an average of 4 generations per century that gives us roughly 25 generations, more if you work on 5 per 100 years, it's probably somewhere between the two?

We all have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents and so forth, if you do that for 25 generations you will come up with the rather amazing figure of:-

245,814,016 great-grandparents

If you don't believe me work it out for yourself?

The historians among you will point out that in England at that time there were only about 2,100,000 people alive so how come? It simple means most of us must share ancestors, it is well known that most people living in Europe today including the UK, are believed to be related to the Emperor Charlemagne who died in 814 AD!

Those one namers among you will know that of that vast number of 245 million odd ancestors only 25 will carry down your direct family surname!!!

The following table shows population status for England the drop in 

figures in 1360 reflect the affect of the Black Death and how it took about 250 years to recover to the mid 1300's level 

Estimates of the population of England at the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 are 1.25 to 2 million. 
As we are looking at 
statistics I just recently looked at the number of Appleby's registered in the town of Scarborough between 1837 & 1911 and was quite amazed at the result.
  • Births & Deaths of Appleby's in Yorkshire & Scarborough between 1837 & 1911
  • Appleby births in Yorkshire are 2010 and of those 393 were registered in Scarborough which is very nearly 20%
  • Appleby deaths in Yorkshire are 978 and of those 224 were registered in Scarborough which is almost 23%

from the Editor

Is this your ancester?
found in my archive, titled "Appleby Convict" (Ed)

The following articles were added before I started dating them
"Notable Applebys"
This extract is from p.386 of "A History of Scarborough" by Arthur Rowntree first published 1931.
Leonarde Appleby, “late of Scarebroughe, apprentize or
servaunt unto William Peacoke of Scarebroughe, merchaunte,
being in the Portingale vioge with Sir Frauncis Dracke in one
of our maties pynnacys, called the Advise of the Queen Matie
nere unto a place called Oastcales, and being there sicke and
yet of perfecte minde and mernorye, made his will numcupa-
tiv; he bequeathed his soul to God and all his goods and debts
to his sister Jane (Proved 10 Sept. l597).”  Like another
Elizabethan seaman he realized that “ the wings of man’s life
are plumed with the feathers of death.”
Richard III grave discovered

Dr Jo Appleby (above) was the Archaeological bone specialist, a lecturer in human bioarchaeology at Leicester, said study of the bones provided “a highly convincing case for identification of Richard III.”
Appleby said the 10 injuries to the body were inflicted by weapons such as swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle — his helmet knocked from his head — before his body was stripped naked and flung over the back of a horse in disgrace.
Appleby said two of the blows to the head could have been fatal. Some other scars, including a knife wound to the buttock, bore the hallmarks of “humiliation injuries” inflicted after death.
Dr. Appleby, who excavated the remains of King Richard III and which was verified on the 5th Feb 2013 after many tests including a positive DNA match with 2 known living descendents of Ann of York elder sister of Richard. 
The following sent by Sue Mastel who runs the Appleby DNA site at http://www.applebydna.org.uk/

According to the reports, they tested the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that they were able to discover from the bones - this is very long lasting, and is passed practically unchanged from mother to child, so it is brilliant tool to make very distant matches.  However, although every child receives mtDNA from their mother, only FEMALEs can pass it on to their children.  So although the Canadian guy had his mother's mtDNA he must have traced back entirely through his strict maternal line to Richard IIIs sister.  For most people this would be totally impossible, as identifying mother's in old PRs becomes impossible before about 1700.  However, because Richard III belonged to a noble line, this would have been recorded by the heralds.  I can only assume that the Canadian guy had some nobility in his not too distant past!

Not unconnected to the previous article, this photo is of the Richard III House in Scarborough overlooking the harbour, taken as I remember it as a teenager when it was a small museum (it is now a Cafe Bistro!) It is reputed to have been one of the places that Richard stayed when he was given the castle, the lordship, the Crown rents, the port and haven in 1473 and when was still Duke of Gloucester.
There is an ornamental plaster ceiling which is supposed to still have the original paint on it, when I mentioned this to my grandfather Tom Appleby, he told me he had touched up that ceiling on more than one occasion during his working life as a Painter & Decorator in the town!!!
"Recommended Links"
I'm sure most people reading this know of and use the exelant FreeBMD site but are you aware of  their sister site FreeReg which I believe to be the most important project (DNA project excepted) on the genealogical scene at the moment though I think it is going to be many years before it is complete but even now it is of great use if you are lucky enough to find the parish you are researching as it includes all the information found in the parish record unlike the IGI which is selective in it's recording.


The following sent by Sue Mastel

Now that the New Family Search http://www.familysearch.org/ contains only extracted information it is becoming one of my main sources to identify parish records, even though the amount of information does not equal that shown on sites such as FreeREG, Durham Records Online, online Parish Clerks etc.  And I know that a lot of people find the filter system confusing and unhelpful.  In the past if you knew which parish you wanted to search you could use Hugh Wallis IGI batch number list to go straight there.  But Hugh's list of batch numbers to the IGI have not been updated since 2002 and lots more parishes have been added to Family Search since then.  So this new facility has been developed by Archer Software (the people that gave us the brilliant GENMAP, indispensible for one-namers) and it lists all the parish records, by parish within county that can be found on the British Isles section of the new Family Search.  You can find it athttp://www.archersoftware.co.uk/igi/
editors note:- I too was sorry to see Hugh Wallis's old site format disappear though it is still possible to use the original format to give you the batch numbers and enter the new IGI site? Hugh also has a Middle Name site which I have found most useful.
"The Great War Commemorations & Recollections"  
I am starting this off on a lighter note about an occurrence that happened to my Grandfather Tom Founders Appleby (other tales have appeared about Tom in earlier issues of the Newsletter! and more will appear later!) this one related to me by one of my uncles (Tom's son).
Tom had a call of nature while serving at the front line and visited the latrine, while sitting minding his own business his ponderings were shattered by a bomb which exploded very close by and demolished the ablutions and though he was unscathed his comrades would not go near him for weeks!! 
Following up on the above heading I thought I’d check out my own research area and see how many Appleby’s perished in the conflict and was surprised to come up with only 2 Scarborians (as we are called who are born in Scarborough) the first one to die was :-
Alf Temple APPLEBY, formerly No.38167 Durham Light Infantry but with the Lancashire Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on 16 Apr 1917 in Flanders. he left a wife Rachel (nee Bailey) who he married in the 4qt 1908 and at least 3 children. He is commemorated on the memorial screen in St.James Church, in Scarborough.  He was born in 1888 in Scarborough to Mary Appleby of Muston and Thomas Garrard Temple of Heslerton.
I am hoping to include a follow up to this in the future, this is not an Appleby of my own line but I have met one of Alfs Grandson’s and will try to get permission to reproduce an article on a talk he gave about his grandfather Alf.

Francis Appleby bn. 23 Jul 1897 s/o Francis & Mary Jane (nee Bullamore). He is commemorated on 2 marble plaques in St Mary’s Church ( I do have photo’s of these if anyone would like copies) The following is the entree in the “UK, Royal Navy & Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919”

APPLEBY, Trimmer Francis, 2873.S.T. R.N.R. H.M.P.M.S. “ Plumpton.” Killed by mine explosion off Ostend 19th Oct., 1918. Age 21. Son of Francis and Mary Appleby, of 40, Sandside, Scarborough.

HMS Plumpton with thanks to www.clydesite.co.uk

The following taken with thanks from  www.naval-history.net
PLUMPTON, paddle minesweeper, Ascot-class, 810t, 20/3/16, c 2-6pdr/2-2pdr, 14kts, 50 crew, Pennant No.T.32, flotilla-leader, 10th Fast Sweeping Flotilla Dover Patrol, Lt G Drummond DSC RNR. With Ostend and Zeebrugge now occupied by the Allies, paddle and tunnel minesweepers started to clear channels to the two ports on the 18th, while ML's swept within the Zeebrugge mole. The sweepers had exploded 23 mines off Ostend, when at 1245 Plumpton ran over one, leaving “bridge and port side of the after end of mess-deck and stokehold... completely blown away”, taken in tow stern-first by tunnel minesweeper Quadrille 290t, and beached about ¾m E of Ostend piers, where the bow section broke off; CO, one officer, 8 ratings lost (sc - 2 officers, 7 ratings killed). Broken up where she lay. (J/Mn/C/Cn/D/He/ap/dk/sc; ADM.137/3801; ADM.137/2265)
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If you use your printer a lot, or even if you don't you may not be aware that if you set your typeface to "Times New Roman" it will save you much ink and paper. It was developed by the "Times" newspaper in the mid 19th century for just this purpose so they could get more lines to the page without sacrificing legibility!