Pepperrell/Pepperell Ancestry

It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.


The website has been created to publish genealogical material from various sources, both private and public, related to all those who have or had the surname Pepperrell or Pepperell including any variants or deviants found.


Ancient Ditty...

I recently received the last copy of the book "Why They Came To London" by Michael Barefoot from his son. The book is "A study of five selected ancestors who came to London early in the 19th Century; they had the surnames of BAREFOOT, MOSS, JAMES, McINTOSH & PEPPERELL".


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List all Pepperrell individuals (inc. soundex) currently in the database. This list is constantly being updated.


Show Families

List all Pepperrell Families (inc. soundex) currently in the database. This list is constantly being updated.


Featured Pepperrells

Pascoe Pepperrell (1612)

The earliest mention of the Pepperrell surname as I spell it, can be found in Findmypast's transcription of a Workhouses & Poor Law record.

The associated image clearly shows that the original scribe was aware of the "ancient ditty" mentioned in the book "Why They Came To London" by Michael Barefoot.

Extract from record iage.


William Pepperrell (1648-1733)

William Pepperrell, the first of the name in America, arrived from England in 1676 to what is now known as New England.

The location of his birth varies between "...born in 1646, in Tavistock in Devon..." to "...born in 1648 in Revelstoke, a fishing village near Plymouth in Devon".

The village does not exist now but the church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman, where his parents Andrew and Joan left their respective mark in the marriage register and William was christened, still remains, maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.

The image of Col. William Pepperrell, first of the family in America; original portrait in the possession of Mrs George E. Belknap of Brookline, Mass., USA.


Brian A. Pepperrell

Brian was born at the Maternity Hospital, Oriental Road, Woking, Surrey on October 10, 1938 to Annie Alice Pepperrell (née Noble) and Henry David Pepperrell.


Les Pepperrell

Born youngest of 14 in a poor Wandsworth household in 1924, Les's thirst for education and knowledge won him many school prizes, even though he had to go to school in old third hand boots and hand me downs.


My Favourite Quotes

  • We are braver and wiser because they existed,
    those strong women and strong men. We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
    ~ Maya Angelou
  • Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one.
    ~ Howard K. Nixon
  • If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.
    ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from.
    ~ Carl August Sandburg
  • In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
    ~ Alex Haley, Roots

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