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Where did the Scottish Appleby family come from? When did the Appleby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Appleby family history?The surname Appleby was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in various places so named in England and Scotland. Appleby is derived from the old Norse apall, or "apple" combined with byr, meaning "farm."
The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Appleby has been spelled Appleby, Applebie, Appilby, Appilbie, Appeley and many more.
First found in Westmorland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Appleby from about the year 1250, which later became the county town of Appleby. This town was frequently sacked and plundered and was a favorite target of raids north of the border.
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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:
Appleby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Wm Appleby, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- William Appleby settled in Virginia in 1645
- Thomas Appleby, who arrived in Long Island in 1651
- John Appleby settled in Virginia in 1652
- William Appleby, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
Appleby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Appleby settled in Antigua in 1729
- John Appleby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776
Appleby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Appleby, who landed in Rhode Island in 1813
- James L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- J. L Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- L G Appleby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- Robert Appleby, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
Appleby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- George Appleby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Robert Appleby settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Sgt. Benjamin Appleby, Jr., U.E., "Appelbie, Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, christened on January 27, 1754 in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 One of the original grantees of Parr Town, now a portion of the City of St. John, New Brunswick, settled Wickham Parish, Queen's County, NB. Enlistment on Muster Janurary 08, 1778 part of the New Jersey Volunteers, 3rd and 4th Battalions, in the Southern Expenditions, died February 17, 1826, buried in Wickham Parish, Queen's County, New Brunswick, son of loyalist James Appleby, Sr.
- Sgt. Elnathan Appleby, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled on lands assigned to him in the "Regimental Block" on the St Johns River, New Brunswick) c. 1783 believed to be the Nephew of loyalist James Applby, Sr., enlisted in 1776 part of the Queen's Rangers Regiment under command of Major Rogers, married to Hannah James in February, 1771, they had 8 children
- Mr. Henry Appleby, Jr., U.E.aka "Hendrick", "Appelbie", "Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, (b. 1766) born in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled in Washademoak Lake, Wickham, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of loyalist James Appleby, Sr.
Appleby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Private John Appleby, U.E., "Appelbie, Appelbe", United Empire Loyalist, christened February 07, 1762, in Schraalenburg, Bergen County, New Jersey, was located in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA before the conflict started , who settled briefly at Grand Lake, then Saint John, New Brunswick, then purchased 100 acres in 1809 in Chocolate Cove, Deer Island, New Brunswick where he died on December 19, 1825. c. 1783 son of lyalist James Appleby, Sr., enlisted on Muster Janruary 08, 1778, part of Delancy's Cowboys's then New Jersey Volunteers, married Sarah Ann Warren they had 6 children
Appleby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Appleby arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- William Frederick Appleby, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
- Thomas Appleby (aged 25), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
- Frank R. Appleby, aged 6, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
Appleby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ellen Appleby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
- John Francis Appleby (1840-1917), American inventor, who created a mechanical sheaf-binder
- Anne Appleby (b. 1954), American landscape painter
- Paul Henson Appleby (1891-1963), American Professor of public administration at Syracuse University
- Brian Appleby Q.C., English circuit judge for Midland, appointed in 2003
- Stuart Appleby (b. 1971), Australian, professional PGA golfer
- Barry Appleby (1909-1996), British cartoonist, best known for creating "The Gambols"
- Joanne Appleby (b. 1978), English soprano singer
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