Edward Dawson’s mother was Sarah Ann Pepperel.  She is listed as ‘Ann’ in some of the census records so perhaps called herself that.  She was born in Exeter and baptized in 1821, to John Pepperel and Jemima Damerall.

There are a lot of Pepperels in the district, of various spellings.

Jemimah was born to James Damerel and Elizabeth Wood, baptised 19th May 1793. (Parish register – GD).


BIRTH: John Pepperell may have been born in 1788.  IGI records show a John Pepperell of this date who could match our John, but this needs to be confirmed.

MARRIAGE: John Pepperall and Jemimah Damarell married at Charleton, inExeter on 13 Sept 1818. (Parish register – GD)

EDUCATION: John signed his own marriage record.  There are other Pepperells connected with John who also have signed their own records.  This shows that the Pepperells had some form of education.  Contrast that to Jemima who only made her mark on the record.

 CHILDREN: (~coming~)

 Both John and Jemimah were living inSt Paul’s in Exeter in 1851 (Census).  Jemima is recorded as still living there in the 1861 census.

OCCUPATION: John worked as a lime burner.

DEATH: John died in Exeter on 10 Oct 1859, aged 70.  He was buried 14 Oct 1859, St Pauls, Exeter.  He died from “hemiplegia”.  This is paralysis of one side of the body, which is usually caused by stroke in adults.  The death certificate states: “hemiplegia, 12 3 hours years”, ie. The person had originally written’ hours’ but crossed it out and put ‘years’.  What does this mean?  Was it some weird clerical error?  Or did it mean JP had this paralysis for 12 years and 3 months?  It also states that his occupation was “formerly a lime worker”, rather than simply a “lime worker”.  So this could mean had been paralysed 12 years ago and had survived what caused that (possibly a stroke) and lived for another 12 years.  If that is so then the hemiplegia wouldn’t have killed him, but something else would have.  It could have been perhaps another stroke did? (Death cert.)

 Jemimah died inExeteron 24 March 1869.  She died of bronchitis. (Death cert.)


 Research is currently underway on the Pepperells, so stay tuned for more …

The name Pepperel came from an old French name of the 12th century – no doubt coming to England during the time of the Plantagenet kings.  Its meaning?  It was from a French nick-name for ‘hot-tempered’.



There has been extensive research completed on the ancestors of Sarah Ann Pepperel from her mother’s side.  The names of those ancestors are included in the attached family trees. They reach back to 1658.  I will include more info soon.

– updated Aug 2011



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