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Our great grandmother Rebecca Pepper was born on 15.06.1859 in Bicker Lincolnshire . She died in Grantham on 10th December 1946 and buried in Sleaford cemetery on 21st December 1946. Her parents were William Pepper of Pointon (1809 ) and Jane Green of Donington. Jane Green was the daughter of John Green of Donington and Sarah Franks of Quadring. John Green appeared for the last time on the 1861 Census aged 74 as an Agr Labourer. Sarah was born on 12.12.1785 and was the daughter of Daniel Franks and Hannah? She last appeared on the 1871 Census a Widow aged 75 years visiting Benjamin V Rowles and family, a Publican and Brewer, in Gosberton. It is therefore possible that Rebecca knew both of her maternal grandparents.
There was a John Pepper (Shepherd) born 1808 Pointon - possibly William's brother and a Thomas born 1819.
Rebecca was the youngest of nine children. Her siblings were:

Emma - John George - William - Susan - Sarah Jane - Amos - Henry - Edwin

Edwin ( son of Amos ) was a Chelsea Pensioner in receipt of an Army Pension

Calculated year of birth: 1879
Parish of birth: Kirkby
Town of birth: Sleaford
County of birth: Lincolnshire
Age at attestation: 18 years 1 months
Attestation date: 22 October 1897
Attestation corps: Lincolnshire Regiment
Attestation soldier number: 4868


From Lesley Slater great granddaughter of Amos:

On the 1851 census William Pepper is aged 42 and a shepherd. He is married to Jane. Wm died 19/8/1860 age 50. He's buried st.Swithins Anglican Church in Bicker. His son Wm died 30/05/1859 age 18 and John G died 14/01/1858 age 19. Both buried in St. Swithin,s.

Amos married Emma Borman on 16/05/1872. Amos died 17/11/1936 aged 85 at Depart Road, Grantham.

They had Edwin , Emma J, John Henry , Rebecca , William,Bertie ,Beatrice ,Fred, George and Thomas .

John Henry who was my grandad, married Ruth Towers in 1909 and they had Harry Amos, George ,Violet, John Leonard , and Joseph . John Henry died also in 1936 and is buried in Grimsby with his wife Ruth who died in 1966.


On the 1911 Census John Henry was a Postman living with Ruth and baby Harry Amos at 70 Clayton Street Grimsby. His son Harry Amos also became a postman and died in Scunthorpe Hospital in 1955 leaving £3725.13.9 ( worth £82,779 in todays money ) to his brother John Leonard Pepper Railway worker and friend Walter Ernest Wilson. He did not appear to leave any money to his wife or his two young daughters

After much research we cannot establish where this large amount of money came from as most of the family were farm workers, grooms etc of very limited means. Neither John Leonard or Walter Ernest Wilson left Wills on their deaths.

In 1861 Rebecca and the family lived at Drain Side Bicker. The Forty Foot Drain is the main channel for land drainage of the Black Sluice Level in the Lincolnshire Fens

Created 1st July 1837.
Sub-districts : Bennington; Boston; Kirton in Holland; Sibsey; Swineshead
GRO volumes : XIV (1837-51); 7a (1852-1930).
Algarkirk, Algarkirk Fen Alltoment, Amber Hill, Benington, , Boston, Brothertoft, Butterwick, BICKER, Carrington, Copping Syke, Dogdyke (1837-95), Drainage Marsh, Ferry Corner Plot, Fishtoft, Fosdyke, Fosdyke Fen Allotment, Frampton, Freiston, Frithville, Gibbet Hills, Great Beats, Great Brand End Plot, Hall Hills, Hart's Grounds, Kirton, Langriville, Little Beats, Little Brand End Plot, Leverton, Mown Rakes, New Leake (1837-95), North Forty Foot Bank, Old Leake, Pelham's Lands, PEPPER GOWT PLOT, Royalty Farm, Seven Acres, Shuff Fen, Sibsey, Simon Weir, Skirbeck, Skirbeck Quarter, South of the Witham, Sutterton Fen, Sutterton Fen Allotment, Swineshead, The Friths, Westville, Wigtoft, Wrangle, Wyberton.

One or two Peppers from around the Pointon area emigrated to Canada, we are in touch with Jerry Pepper and it seems likely there may be a connection. We have therefore included part of his family tree below. Any more information gratefully recieved on this branch of the family .

We are also in touch with Diane Setek and family, her father (a Pilkington) from Sleaford married into the Peppers. Robert Pepper also emigrated to Canada, his grandson, also Robert became the Manager of Lee and Greens Lemonade factory in Sleaford. The older Pepper men who were born at the beggining of the 20th century were all Agricultural Labourers and came from largish families. It is too time consuming at the moment to trace each line back, but we presume we were all related at some point as Pepper is quite an uncommon name in Lincolnshire.
Diane very kindly loaned us some Pepper photographs. See Picture Gallery page

Chart supplied by Jerry Pepper

SEMPPRINGHAM, Lincolnshire

International Genealogical Index / British Isles -C031391 & C031392

JOHN PEPPER - Christening: 07 SEP 1806 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

MARY PEPPER - Christening: 03 APR 1808 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

ELIZABETH PEPPER - Christening: 24 OCT 1809 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

ANN PEPPER - Christening: 18 MAY 1809 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

WILLIAM PEPPER - Christening: 05 MAY 1811 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

CATHERINE PEPPER - Christening: 10 MAY 1812 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

FRANCES PEPPER - Christening: 04 MAR 1813 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

THOMAS PEPPER - Christening: 10 AUG 1818 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

SARAH PEPPER - Christening: 10 AUG 1818 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann

GEORGE PEPPER - Christening: 06 FEB 1820 Sempringham, Lincoln, England William & Ann