1816 is the earliest time we know that a Sheppy was making cider, like all farmers did, for himself and his farm labourers.  The family was at Iwood, near Congresbury, Bristol in those days and two branches of the family were involved; one running the mill and the other farming the land.  An old will marks the occasion of the death of “John Shepson otherwise Sheppy” and his son’s will refer to him as “Sheppy otherwise Shepson”, and so it seems the name began.  Why, the name started like this we don’t know, but we suppose that it was John’s nickname and was so much used that it justified is changing his surname.


Posted by: Louisa Sheppy