In 1693 Thomas Nepton
(1675-1724) was an apprentice to Mr. John Cornelius, a poulterer living in All
Hallows, Lombard Street in the City of London. Four years later Thomas, a
poulterer aged 23, married by licence 22 year old Ann Batty (1675-1728), on
24th January 1697 at St. Botolph’s Aldgate. Ann was already living with her
brother-in-law John Cornelius in 1695. Thomas was elected a freeman of the
Poulters' Company on 1st July 1698 after paying the usual admission fee of
12.5p [2/6d] and a further 67p [13/4d] instead of providing a spoon.
Thomas Nepton of Great Ilford died on 26th September 1724 and was buried at
Barking on 1st October. His will, dated 6th May 1718, was proved on 4th November
1724. Thomas wrote that Charles Carpenter, a poulter should have his
stall at Leadenhall Market. He left everything else to his widow, Anne Nepton
subject to a £20 annuity payable on her death to St. Leonard’s Shoreditch
Charity School. Thomas’s property included a number of houses in Dunning's
Alley at St. Botolph without Bishopsgate.
Anne remarried on 28th January 1728 to George Stringer, a poulter, at the newly
rebuilt St. Paul’s Cathedral. Although Frogley states that Ann was buried in
Barking, a quick glance at St Margaret’s burial register for May 1728
failed to show an entry for either an Ann Nepton or Ann Stringer.