For the Lepin Family this is an interesting article that traces the arrival of what appears to be the great grandfather of josephine Lepine.. (napier-watson)
Peter(1), silk manufacturer, Spitalfields, born London 1711, died 1767. He married first, Elizabeth Roussel , (born 1709, died 1758), and secondly Susanah Davids, there was apparently no issue from this second marriage. He was admitted to membership of the French Church, Threadneedle Street in 1728, and in 1745 he signed a Memorial dated Sept.26, agreeing to arm and maintain men in the field when called thereto by His Majesty in defence of his person and government.
His first wife Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis Roussel and his wife Esther, nee Heusse. This Francis together with his brother Stephen, had a remarkable escape from France.
Peter and Elizabeth had two children
Peter(2) 1741My line - see later Moses 1745 Died before 1760
Peter(2) received his religious instruction from his Uncle Samuel with a certificate being presented to him at the age of 19. Emma Byles quotes a delightful story from Esther's "Tales of My Mother describing the romance between Peter and Mary, they apparently waited 12 years to be married. Eventually they were married at St.Martin's-in-the-fields in 1768 , (Peter aged27) and lived first at Hackney (E.London). then from about 1789, in Cheshunt, 20Km to the north, ie with Peter aged 47. The house in Hackney was retained however with Peter residing there during the week with his daughter Bridget acting as his housekeeper. Every Saturday they came down to Cheshunt, and remained their with the family until Tuesday.
In "Memorials..." Esther describes her father as being engaged in "mercantile pursuits" Emma Byles confirms that these were in connection with the silk business. In 1793 the family returned to live in Hackney where an acquaintance was renewed with Mrs. Isabella Lepine, a daughter of John(1736) Byles. This association led to Bridget's marriage to Isabella's brother, John(1773) Curtis Byles.
In 1797, the year after this marriage, the family moved again and Peter, now aged 56 setting up his own looms at Twynford, south of Henley , with the family living in town at Southfield House.