Paul Pedder was baptised 28 January 1696/7, the son of Richard Pedder. He married first Jane Pedder, with whom he had two, possibly six children (she is named on the baptism records of only the two youngest). Jane was buried on 3 June 1732 and Paul married Mrs Mary Wignall on 14 July 1733. The couple had five, possibly six children (Mary is named on only five of the baptism records). 1
In various documents he is described as barber, and sometime wig maker, as for example in the town’s apprenticeship indenture records, where in 1718 he is described as ‘barber and perriwigmaker’ when he took as apprentice William Woods, the son of Mary Woods of Preston, a widow. 2 She is possibly the Mary Woods that Paul’s brother Peter married two years later.
From February 1723/4 onwards he served on the court leet jury. 3
Only one son, Robert, probably the child of Jane, survived to adulthood from the two marriages. He was baptised 19 March 1724/5. 4 Confusingly, two Robert Pedders are listed in the 1742 guild rolls as the son of of Paul Pedder, deceased: one described as a gentleman living in Liverpool, the other as an attorney, presumably living in Preston; the second entry describes Paul as a barber. 5
Paul was buried on 3 May 1742 at the parish church. 6
1 Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster – Part 1 (Chetham Society, 1878), 87, https://archive.org/details/historyparishga01fishgoog/page/n16/mode/2up; ‘St John, Preston, Marriages 1725 – 1752, Page 97, Entry 4. Source: Original Register at Lancashire Archives’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html; ‘St John, Preston, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 225, Entry 2. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d., https://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html.
2 David Berry, ed., ‘Indentures – Preston Court Leet’, n.d., https://c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/index.php/Indentures.
3 David Berry, ed., ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, n.d., http://c5110394.myzen.co.uk/mw/index.php?title=Main_Page.
5 ‘Lancashire Archives: CNP/2/1 Preston Guild Rolls’, n.d., https://archivecat.lancashire.gov.uk/calmview/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=CNP%2f2%2f1.
6 ‘St John, Preston, Burials 1725 – 1752, Page 225, Entry 2. Source: LDS Film 1278740’.