My understanding is that the family came from Alsace-Lorraine in the early 1700's and the name comes from Du pre meaning of the fields - gypsey - and looking at photographs of my family you can well believe it! The noses and the skin colouring say a lot. There were an number of woodsmen and carpenters among them. They settled on the kent Sussex border and a number of churches in the area have wood carving done by them. Well, that is what i was told by great Aunt Lil!
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