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Re: This is what I found
Posted by: melissa Date: October 20, 2000 at 18:06:39
In Reply to: Sir Wm. Pepperrell info needed please by melissa of 178

This is what I have received and will Post it here for everyone else who may wonder too.
Sir William Pepperrell was born at Kittery Point June 27, 1696. He had an only brother named Andrew who died and his father's store was thus renamed from William Pepperrell & Son to The William Pepperrell's.
William tended to much of his father's trade from his firm with many of the affluent men of Boston and London. Among the Boston families which William met socially was that of Grove HIRST a man of distinction in the colony. He was a successful merchant, had acquired much wealth, and was well known and influential throughout New England. His wife was a daughter of Judge Sewall of the Supreme Court. The HIRST'S were connected by marriage with that most excellent, famous and eccentric individual whose name and doings are strangely intertwined with almost everything and everybody of consequence in early York or Kittery, Maine, the Reverend William MOODY,**(this name is in error because the Parson Moody that is associated with Sir William Pepperrell was Samuel and it was Samuel who had son Joseph aka Handkerchief Moody) or better known as Parson MOODY. Grove HIRST had a daughter named Mary who was regarded as attractive and a beautiful young lady by the young William Pepperrell and one other young man that we have information of. William had met the lady in the social circles of Boston and when she was visiting at Parson MOODY'S he made frequent calls and was quite attentive to her. The other admirer chanced to be none other than the parson's own son Joseph who was a schoolmaster at the time in York. But William succeeded in winning the affections of Mary Hirst and on March 16, 1723 they were married. The Pepperrell mansion in Kittery, Maine was enlarged and became their home.
The children of Sir William Pepperrell and Lady Mary Hirst were:
Elizabeth b. Dec. 29, 1723
Andrew b. Jan. 4, 1726. They had 2 children that died in infancy.
Elizabeth married Nathaniel Sparhawk (pronounced Sparr-uck), May 1, 1742. Their son William Sparhawk, by the Will of his grandfather, Sir William Pepperrell, became heir to his great estate, conditioned that he should change his name to Pepperrell. In pursuance of this his name was changed to Pepperrell by the Legislature of Mass. In Oct. 1774 15 years after the decease of his grandfather he was created a Baronet.
He married a daughter of Col. Isaac Royall of Medford,MA. He was pronounced royalist and at the beginning of the Revolution (1775), went with his wife to England where he lived until his death in London Dec. 2, 1816 when the title became extinct.
Andrew Pepperrell the 2nd child of Sir William and Mary Hirst, graduated with honors at Harvard College in 1743. In 1746 he was married to a highly accomplished and beautiful young lady named Hannah Waldo, daughter of Gen. Samuel Waldo who had been associated with his father in the seige of Louisburg. Now here is the strange part to this story....It continues to say that both families were overjoyed at this union between the Heroes of Louisburg. The wedding was to be the finest New England had seen and some of the most elite people in all the New England colonies were in attendance. But at the last moment before the entire assembly, the bride abruptly declined to give her hand in marriage. It goes on to say that Andrew overcome with grief on the 2nd day after this shock dropped dead on the street in Portsmouth, and that the folks who had come to see a wedding, ended up being there for his funeral. It goes on to give some excerpts from letters passed back and forth about the circumstances leading up to her reason for denial of marriage. One is that Andrew told her they needed to change the wedding date and she was infuriated by this and chose to ignore his request. It goes on to say that she married Thomas Flunker/Fluker?,Esq. only 6 weeks after all this took place. She and Andrew had a love affair that lasted 4 years before they decided to get married. It goes on to say that their daughter Lucy Fluker rebelled against her parents wishes Not to marry a certain gentleman who would later become the Patriots hero and Washington's friend...General Henry Knox.
Back to William Pepperrell Sparhawk. He was b. in 1746 married Oct. 24, 1767 to Elizabeth Royall, daughter of Col. Isaac Royall and Mary (McIntosh) Royall of Medford, MA.
This is quite lengthy and comes from Sprague's Journal via
This is a very long web address but you might try it to see if you can get onto this page, it's really fascinating reading.
I hope it works and I didn't boo boo in the entry of it. If all else fails just go to's Maine page and then Cumberland Co. page and under Primary Searches type in the word Pepperrell. Sir William Pepperrell will pop up, click on the blue word Full and your in. Just print the page it's 14 pgs. long but well worth it.
I hope this is helpful to someone.
It sure helped me out.

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