Samuel Pepys’s father, born in Impington, Cambridgeshire in 1601. He moved to St Bride’s parish in London when he was 14 and remained there until his son Tom took over his house and tailoring business in 1661.

He married Margaret Kite on 15th October 1626. They had eleven children, seven of whom died young.

In 1661 he inherited a property in Brampton, Cambridgeshire from his brother Robert, and he and his wife moved there.

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First Reading

Phil  •  Link

Samuel Pepys' father.

Paul Brewster  •  Link

A note from the L&M companion might serve to characterize SP

vincent  •  Link

sect 136 140. John Pepys was born 11 on 14 Jan 1600/1601 in Eaton, Cambridgeshire, England. He was christened on 14 Jan 1600/1601 in Impington, Cambridgeshire, England. He was buried on 4 Oct 1680 in Brampton, Huntingdonshire, England. John was employed as Tailors Apprentice in 1615 in London, England. He was mentioned in and joint executor of will of brother Robert on 23 Oct 1661. He was will undated and not proved about 1680. He resided in London and Brampton, Huntingdonshire, England. Administration to to his son Samuel on 19 Oct 1680 Tailor of Salisbury Court, London afterwards of Brampton and Ellington, Hunts. - EC.
According to Arthur Bryant the family had 11 children.
John married Margaret Kite on 15 Oct 1626 in Newington, Middlesex, England. Margaret was born about 1609 in Huntingdon, England. She died on 25 Mar 1667. She was buried on 27 Mar 1667 in Brampton, Huntingdonshire, England. Margaret was mentioned in the will of her brother William Kight on 29 Jul 1652.
They had the following children:
Mary (1627-1640) Pavlina 1628-1631) Hester(1630-1630)John(1631 1640) Thomas (1634 1664) Sarah (1635-163%) Jacob 1637-1637) Robert (1638 165?)Paulina(Phelina)(1640-1689) Rev John (1641-1677)
more on at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsw…

jeannine  •  Link

From Helen Heath's "The Letters of Samuel Pepys and his Family Circle", John Sr. writes this letter to Sam, dated 10 July 1664. Heath noted that the handwriting and punctuation were so erratic that it was hard to know where a sentence ended. Printed below as it appeared in her book (pages 10-13):

dear Soon
you will find by the inclosed that the foule mouthed docter is resolved to be troublesom it was with the consent of his brother mr Roger for thay ware both with mr fillips [the lawyer at Brampton] that brought me this letter. thay gote a promise from him to be for them befor thay told him aganst home it was. and sent the note to him after ward and docter tomess note that he had under your brother hand for £ 10 but noe seal to it. he did acknowleg to me and your brother John that it was but £ 8 pound that was due to him and thare was 19s and 6d was in your brothers book which was due to him of that £ 8. i was with mr fillips this morning & he shoed me the note for the 10 pound. and I see noe seal to it & i told him thare shuld be noe need of troubling a baly to serve the leet. tharefore pray good child let thare be som theng done in it. nether can i know how an new inventery can be mad the goods is so disparsed. if you have aded the mony which is 24s for the 3 shirtes and 40s for the clothe. and a letter case. I can but tak my oath-as i have done all redy- that i have mad a true inventery of all things that was his I hope you have receved my last letter with the [receipt] inclosed under toms hand [see note 1] for an acknowlegment that the goods were mine with the other paper which was writ not a quarter of a year before he died whare in he wished i wold mak and asinement of my goods over to him. now in answer to your last I have spoken to will Stancks and he will sift out Steven wilson and foxe [see note 2] what was due when your uncle died he is afeared that foxe hath payd your uncle. I wished w. Stancks to let him know if he pleeds, that he had noe write to it tell he was admited to it. and for ashtone [ see note 3] Stanckes cannot tell what it shuld be for that thare shuld be mony due from him for the close. thar was an acker that belonged to an other man that your uncle never agreed for but thinking he might have it at any time yelded to pay 8s a year tell he had concluded for it. and soe your uncle set trees and dichet and set a queck set as far as that acker went. he that ode [owned] it being dead it is Latin [letten] to an nother and he hath taken it to his one use. it was the land that the hay cock stood one. Stanckes gote the gate removed when i was at london last. so prices mony is not to be payd tell mickellmus or the next cort that we give up our write to him in the land. for the £ 39 pound which is yet due to us from piget doe not know what securi[ty] we are like to have from him for it more then we have all redy. we must indever to mak sale of soe much as is left for soe much as is left unpayd. i doe not yet understand hoe it is that is to give sattisfackshon for the none payment of [rent] from the time that it shuld be payd. as for barten bisnes thare is 7 rodes of that land your uncle had of old barten [see note 4] which is worth a matter of 15 or 16£ to be sold. thes and soe much more as mad it up 14 or 16£ a yeare was geven to old barten and his wife and to the are male of them to after thare desest. this was geven 4 years befor the oner died. when he died he gave all the rest of his estate to old barten. if we cannot find any writing that bartan was ingaged to your uncle for to cleare this. if we cold find any thing then we cold tak a corse with the old man. If we cannot if the old man die it comes to the young man and we cannot hinder him. Mr Narborow hath a good bart of this land and hath sold it to price and price hath the bennefet of it this year. it is thought he refueses to paye mr narborow tell he hath cleared this thing. i desird he wold act for us as wel as himself and according to the valluashan of ours we wold contribute toward the charges. you will doe very well to write to him and at your uncle whiles you may know how to have your Ietter convade. not receveing a letter by york makes me fear thare is som hinderance of my daughters [Elizabeth] coming next week. if thare be i shall be very sory for it for i shold be very glad to see her hear as sone as can be. dear Child I am very much troubled what my lords potiecarries [see note 5] fear is of you-that you have an ulser groeing in your kidnes. for godsak let me beg of you that you will have mr holards' advice and som able docter of his acquantance with as much speed as you can. and to beg a blesing from the lord that your life may be preserved for what a sad condishan shuld your poor old father and mother be in if the lord shuld tak you before us. i shall be very glad if any lines com to will stanck to day for our bisnes requires his spedie asistance. thiss with mine and your mothers very kindely be presented to you both with your sisters service i rest hoe shall ever be
Your very loving father
John Pepys

Note 1: The Inventory of the Tailor Shop and the later part is Tom's endorsement of it…
dated August 25, 1661.

Note 2: Heath explains that Fox and perhaps Wilson also had purchased land previously from Uncle Robert.

Note 3: Ashton does not appear as either person or place in the Diary.

Note 4: Heath explains john Barton was married to Elizabeth Kight (sister of Margaret, therefore Sam's uncle via marriage) and "was an alderman and burgess of Huntingdon and apparently an intimate of Sandwich. From the Diary it is apparent that Barton's business refers to the sale of a house which Uncle Robert had bought of Barton, but to which Barton's title had been dubious, as appeared when one Prior offered to buy the place from John Pepys Senior." (p 12)

Note 5: "Apothocary" refers to Dr. Burnett, see his advice to Sam…

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Another tailor, William Langford, occupied Pepys's old home in Salisbury Court, made vacant by Tom Pepys's death. Langford was a sub-tenant of Pepys's father, and after the house was destroyed in the Fire made a new lease with the landlord, Edward Franke:…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

John Pepys, sen. career.

As a boy of about 14 he went to London from Impington to serve his apprenticeship to a tailor in St Bride's parish, off Fleet St, and never moved from the parish until he surrendered his house and business to his son Tom in 1661 [about 46 years later]. It seems virtually certain therefore that he succeeded his own master there, eventually being made free [of the obligations of apprenticeship] of the Merchant Taylor's Company as a 'foreign' tailor (i.e. living outside the city boundaries) in 1653." (L&M Companion)

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