The website for the study of Peplers and Peplows
All Genealogical information such as dates, sources and individual events are kept on the Peplers and Peplows website. I am not keeping them here. This wiki is for the stories that Peplers and Peplows have to tell.
Although registered as Pepler, this study is also studying the surname Peplow. The two names have been confused for centuries by official recorders, particularly in the 1900 Branch where one poor soul was baptised a Peploe, married and had children as a Pepler, appeared in the census as Peploe again and dies as Pepler. Regrettably this is my own line, so I was reasonably confused for a while.
The two names however (barring officials) are separate but the spelling is a shambles. Pepler seems to have two places of Origin - Wiltshire in England and the Hessen area of Germany. Peplow seems to start in both Shropshire, England and the area near the Baltic in Germany. I am hoping to narrow things down a bit.
The DNA Study There does exist a DNA study at Family Tree DNA for the Pepler/Peplow family of names. This is being undertaken to help identify which Family Groups or Branches may be connected.
It is a Y-DNA study because the Y chromosome is passed intact from father to son. Therefore, we are only testing males that with a surname in the Pepler/Peplow group of names. Females do not carry this chromosome.
The process looks at the same sections on each Y chromosome to see if they match. For FTDNA – the first 12 markers are the oldest and usually shared by many other surnames as well. Results on them are really only useful in a negative sense – that is they tell you two people can’t have a common ancestor, they don’t confirm that there is one. Markers 13 – 25 refine this a bit more. An exact match with a different surname for these first markers is not overly significant.
Talking with a DNA expert, he informed me that all eight of our R-M269 individuals were close enough at 37 markers that they could all have a common marker.
SO far we have determined that the three lines of descendants of sons of Hew Peplowe and AN Jordeine do share the same DNA. (lavender section)
Also - THe Hessen Germans 1502 and the South African line exactly match DNA ( pink section)
It appears that all the Peplers in Wiltshire probably spring from the same line and there still exists the probablity for a match with the Germans
The Ruegan stock is completely separate
And finally, the Shropshire lines show definite DNA connections now to work on the paper trail
To go forward, we need to raise the other tests to 67 markers, get another 1002 test and get tests form the other Family Groups. This project is strictly to determine which lines may have common ancestors. The prospect that the German lines may share ancestors with the English ones is very intriguing.
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Because the possibility exists that the German Peplers and Peplows may, in fact, share ancestors , speculation about name origins remain just that
Peplxxs have wandered everywhere. The following shows the marriage places for one lineage - the descendents of Hew Peplowe and An Jordeine
BIOGRAPHIES AND STORIES OF BRANCH 1001
These are the stories of the Shropshire Peplow family that became clockmakers and Jewelers. The earliest connected ancestor is mentioned in the Origins article above. This is a very large and spreading lineage.
1540 JOHN PEPLOW of FITZ|
1815 and following The Children of William Peplow and Catharine
BIOGRAPHIES AND STORIES FOR BRANCH 1002
These are the stories of Branch 1002, based in Wiltshire and using the PEPLER name. The family has been in Wiltshire since the early 1600s.
BIOGRAPHIES AND STORIES FOR BRANCH 1900
Branch 1900 are the descendants of Hew Peplowe and An Jordeine of Chaddesley Corbet. Their three sons fathered adventurous children that have covered the world and account for Bishops, swordsmiths, engine drivers, radar developers and a host of others.
circa 1665 - 1709 JONATHAN PEPLOE