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Capell I, I

John Capell, Jr. (1754-1818)

  • Newtown, Watertown and Groton, MA, housewright

  • Deeds Watertown HW 1781 - 1791, Groton HW 1795 -  1803

  • RW Lexington and Concord battle-road from Cambridge, Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga

I. CAPELL. I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Capell (Sr.) b 1725 – d 11-28-1758 (in his return from the lake at Brookfield), Newton, wife Thankfull d 4-13-1757. Per Newton record, he came from Waltham.

     1752 Elizabeth, Newton                    5-9-1755 Thomas, Newton          

     1-24-1754 John Jr., Newton              4-7-1757 Thankfull, Newton

Widow Hannah in probate, she d 7-1-1759, Newton

4-6-1758 Sarah (Hannah 2nd wife)

 

John Capell (Jr.) b 1754 Newton, Middlesex Co., MA – d 2-27-1818, Groton, Mary Perkins, m 12-1776

     1-22-1777 Polly, Watertown           1-25-1787 William, Watertown       11-7-1795 Charlotte, Groton

     7-30-1778 John, Watertown           5-17-1789 Betsey, Watertown        5-9-1798 Catherine, Groton

     9-7-1780 Thomas, Watertown        8-21-1791 Daniel, Watertown         4-26-1800 Louisa, Groton

     10-31-1782 Henry, Watertown       11-22-1793 Sally, Groton              

 

(Per RW records/affidavits, the Capell family with about six children moved to Groton about 1793, then four daughters were born in Groton.)

Note: Sarah (Gilson) b 1793 - d 1890 is the daughter Sally, b. 11-22-1793, per an 1890 obituary.

 

RW Pension Records

  • Battle of Lexington, marched from Cambridge, heel of boot was shot off. Per Joseph Blood of Groton: “he said he was in the pursuit of the British from Concord through Lexington and Cambridge on the 19th of April, 1775 and he once showed me the spot where the Americans, he being one of the party, fired from behind a rock wall and killed a number of the enemy …” Also Joseph stated that  ”I once bought a gun of said Capell, which he said he brought from Ticonderoga having been picked up on a field of battle at that place and being an English Fusel.”

  • Battle of Bunker Hill, Capt. Phinehas Cook, Dana the Lt., Col. Gardner’s Reg.

  • August 1776, marched to Ticonderoga, served in Corps of Artificers until about 12-1-1776

 

Deeds

  • 1781 83-528 Watertown, HW

  • 1784 81-485 Watertown, HW

  • 1791 104-186 Watertown, HW

  • 1792 112-111 Watertown, HW

  • 1791 112-233 Watertown, HW, selling land in Watertown, wife Mary

  • 1795 122-180 Groton, HW, gristmill and house

  • 1795 122-447 Groton, HW, Parker’s Hill land North Groton

  • 1797 125-254 Groton, HW

  • 1797 125-446 Groton, HW

  • 1797 125-447 Groton, HW, land in Watertown

  • 1796 133-290 Groton, N/T

  • 1803 151-265 John (Sr.), HW, to John Jr., Miller mill and dam, wife Mary

  • 1803 152-199 HW, wife Mary

  • 1803 162-22 (copy) John Jr., Groton, Miller, wife Sally to John, Groton, HW

  • 1807 176-486 (copy) John Jr., Groton, Cabinet Maker and wife Sally to John, HW

 

 

John Capell (III) b 7-30-1778, m Sally 7-8-1801, Groton, to Yates Co.

                1802 Harriet                                      1808 Sally                                            1813 Eliza

                1804 Columbus                                 1810 John                                            1815 Daniel

                1806 John, d 1807                             1811 Elizabeth, d 1812

 

  • John Capell Jr. millwright and architect of neighbor’s gristmill (Mallory) Oullet, Kenka Lake, NY (see also Bay State Monthly vol 1 issue 1)

  • After 1801, John and Sally Capell moved to Yates Co., NY – worked as a millwright. Moved to farm near Penn Yan.

  • 1848 will in Milo. Yates Co., dec’d 1849

 

Deeds

  • 1802 146-44 John Jr., Groton, HW, Nashaway River

  • 1802 146-46 John Jr., Groton, HW, wife Sally

  • 1803 152-201 John Jr., Groton, Miller, wife Sally

  • 1803 151-265  (copy) John (Sr.), HW, to John Jr., Miller mill and dam, wife Mary

  • 1803 162-22 John Jr., Groton, Miller, wife Sally to John, Groton, HW

  • 1807 172-410 James Ridgeway, clockmaker to John Jr., Groton, cabinetmaker a lot and described ½ of house, land originally bought from Thomas Gardner in 10-1805. The house partition from the bottom of the cellar to the Garrett. In Groton, near the Meeting House on the westerly side of the country road.

  • 1807 176-486 John Jr., Groton, Cabinet Maker and wife Sally to John, HW

  • 1815 212-293 John (Jr.), Groton, Miller, John and Mary, signed Betsey

 

Groton Notes

 

1805 duplex in Groton, James Ridgeway and John Capell Jr. Has a cabinet maker shop. Betsey owned half in 1847. James a clockmaker. The  following 1807 deed describes James Ridgeway selling ½ of the house to John Jr. Ridgeway bought the lot originally from Thomas Gardner.

 

  • 1807 deed 172-410 James Ridgeway, clockmaker to John Jr., Groton, cabinetmaker a lot and described ½ of house, ½ of well, land originally bought from Thomas Gardner in 10-1805. The house partition from the bottom of the cellar to the Garrett. In Groton, near the Meeting House on the westerly side of the country road.

1785 John Capell Tavern (compare date to 1793 and 1800), noted in Historic Homes and Places and Gen. Memoirs, Middlesex Co., Richard Cutter. Groton Historic Society.  The tavern is located at 18 Nod Road, adjacent Main St., east of Nashua River. John’s daughter Sally Gilson, recounted that he built the tavern ca. 1800.

 

Checked Groton deeds, but no obvious link to Tavern property. See 1795 deed 122-180 1.5 A in Groton, on line at River with dwelling house and grist mill. See 1797 deed land in Groton on County Rd. leading to Meeting House.

18 Nod Road, Groton, MA

 

Massachusetts Historical Commission “The Federal Style house at 18 Nod Road is potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as an individual resource at the local level. John Capell bought existing mills on the Nashua River in 1793 according to his daughter, Sarah Gilson who was interviewed in the late 19th century by Francis M. Boutwell. Mr. Capell bought the saw and grist mill and a one-story house and later built this 2 1/2 –story house at the corner of Nod Road and Main Street, c. 1800. The 1832 Butler map depicts the house as Aaron Lewis’ tavern, one of five in town at the time.”

 

Other Families / Regions Notes

 

John Capells, Lebanon, Windham, CT, 1790 census. He is probably the John Kaple b 1750 Stonington, CT – d 1838 Decatur, Otsego, NY. Kaple m Sarah Richardson before 1775 in Lebanon and most of the children were born in CT before 1785. The later children were born in Otsego. Kaple enlisted in 1776 from East Haddam, New London Co. John Kaple’s father was Thomas (1715-1801) which means he is not a candidate for the craftsman.

 

The Cassel family in Worcester, Montgomery Co., PA included John Sr and John Jr. The Cassell family in Montgomery, Perkimen, PA included Jacob and Jacob Sr. A Joseph was in Montgomery Co. in 1814. This family name was sometimes recorded in error as Cappel or Capel.  Jacob , yeoman, d 1839. Jacob b 1787- d 1864 in Montgomery Co.,  a carpenter, with brother John and sisters Barbara and Catherine in his 1859 will, but his father’s name was Yellis (Julius).

 

*John Capel, Passyunk, Philadelphia Co., PA, 1800 census, 9 at home, aged 26/44, no information on which to make any conclusions. No Cassel’s or Capell’s in early Philada. Directories.

 

Jacob Caple b 1753 millwright, father Abraham in Somersett near Pittsburg, PA.

 

John Jacob Kepple b 1759 – d 1792 Hempfield, PA. Son of Jacob Kepple 1737-1787 in Hempfield.

1784 deed, John Capell, housewright, Watertown, MA

 John Capell, 1791 deed, housewright, Watertown, MA

1839 pension application, page 1, Lexington mention

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