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Bernard Capen

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Dorchester (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Boston (Dorchester), Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Capen; Roger Chapin; Mrs. Capen and Margery Chapin
Husband of Joan Capen
Father of Capt. John Capen; Ruth Capen; Susanna Grant; Bernard Capen, Jr.; Dorothy Upsall and 4 others

Occupation: Shoemaker, was a shoemaker in England
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About Bernard Capen

Bernard came from Dorcester, England. His wife and Joan came to America with some of their children and settled in Dorchester Mass. The house was built on Washington Street - near? melvile ave or? wheatland st.His name first appeared with land bought on Aug. 4, 1633. He died on this property in 1638 at age 76. His house was still in existence in 1928 although it was moved at to Milton in 1909 set up on a hill. His gravestone in pieces was later kept at New England Historic Genealogy Room in Boston. The old "North Burying Ground" in Dorchester has what is referred to as "Capen Row" with Bernard and many of his children and descendants buried there.

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Barnard was born in 1562 and was 76 years old when he was granted land in Dorchester, Mass. His gravestone in the New England Geneological and Historical Society in Boston is believed to be the oldest in this country. His house is still standing after having been moved from Dorchester to Milton in the 1920's.

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Arrived in America on July 24, 1633 aboard the "Mary and John"

His house was relocated from Dorchester to Milton in 1909 and dismantled in 2007 -------------------- Bernard Capen was b. circa 1552-1553 purportedly at Dorchester in Dorset, England and d. at Dorchester, Mass. on Nov. 8, 1638, Æ 76.

Bernard is the spelling of his given name throughout the Dorchester, Mass. records; the more normal spelling of Barnard is found on his gravestone and subsequent namesake descendants are called Barnard. However, for consistency with the records the name Bernard is used for the immigrant ancestor.

There is no current knowledge regarding the name of Bernard's parents or his actual place of birth. The benchmark knowledge of the immigrant family is from the published bible fly-leaf cited below, which gives specific dates of birth for some of the children, but not where they were born. While the inference is that the children were born at Dorchester in Dorset, England, no descendant apparently has spent the effort in a search of the Dorchester parish records. The Dorset Record Office has parish records for the only Church of England that existed at Dorchester prior to 1653 - Holy Trinity [baptisms 1559-1974, marriages 1560-1975, burials 1569-1874]. The quoted cost of one hour's research, after currency conversion to U.S. dollars, is $40.00, should any descendant be willing to take on the effort. In the meantime, the following has been uncovered by the memorialist.

In "The Municipal Records of the Borough of Dorchester, Dorset," edited in 1908 by Charles Herbert Mayo, M.A., are two references to Bernard Capen:

• In a list of those that forfeited money for non-appearance at the Autumn 1610 (8 James 1st, 1610) court of Assizes, the name "Barnard Calpyn" is included.

• In "Admission of Freeman of the Company of Freeman of the Borough, Minute Book C.6," on Mar. 31, 1631, "Barnard Cawpin, shoomaker," paid 3 shillings for the privilege of being a freeman of Dorchester.

Aquila Purchis, Bernard's brother-in-law, is mentioned in the same work as the first Master (April 1625-March 1632) of the Trinity School, established in 1623 at the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church. Aquila and his wife Ann sailed with Bernard and wife Joan on the unnamed ship from Weymouth in 1633 for Dorchester, Mass. Unfortunately, Aquila died during the voyage.

According to the fly-leaf of a bible printed in 1615 once owned by a descendant [NEHGR 2:80]:

• Barnard Capen maryed Joan ye dafter of Oliuer Purchis, ye yeer of or Lord, 1596, on munday, in whitson week...

Whitsun is the contraction for White Sunday, the 7th day after Easter in the Christian calendar. The following day is called Whit Monday, a name coined to supersede the form "Monday in Whitsun-week." In the year 1596, Apr. 14th was Easter day, thus they married on Monday, Apr. 22, 1596, not May 31, 1596, a Friday, as claimed by Anderson in "The Great Migration Begins" series.

Bernard and Joan had seven known children, five of whom settled in New England initially at Dorchester, Mass. It is believed Bernard and Joan arrived on the unnamed ship that sailed from Weymouth, England and reached Boston, Mass. on July 24, 1633. (One recent author suggests the ship may have been the "Elizabeth Bonaventure" with 80 passengers after a 12 week passage.) With them may have been son John and certainly youngest dau. Honour, who were both minors in 1633. They may have been accompanied by their married daughter Dorothy Upshall. The older children who married in England likely arrived prior to July 1633. This was certainly the case with son-in-law and dau. William and Susanna (Capen) Rockwell, who are believed to have arrived on May 30, 1630 at present-day Hull, Mass. aboard the celebrated "Mary and John".

The first mention of Bernard in the Dorchester records is a grant of four acres of land to both he and son-in-law Upshall on Aug. 5, 1633. Bernard's former gravestone, in pieces, was found buried below ground and was later kept in storage at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. The existing gravestone at the 'Old North Burying Ground' is a replica based on the above cited bible leaf published in the January 1848 issue of the NEHGS Register.

The claim that Bernard's house, built circa 1638, was still in existence in 1909 has since been proved incorrect. The house was actually built in 1675 either by Bernard's son Capt. John Capen or by Capt. John's eldest son John (See Capt. John Capen and photo captions for further detail.)

The children of Bernard Capen and Joan Purchase, all b. in England presumably at Dorchester in Dorset, are:

• i. James Capen, b. circa 1598, d. testate on or after Sept. 3, 1628 presumably at Holborn, a parish just outside the western limits of the City of London, England. See his memorial for more detail.

• ii. Ruth Capen, b. Aug. 7, 1600; no further record.

• iii. Susanna Capen, b. Apr. 11, 1602, d. Nov. 14, 1666 at Windsor, Conn., Æ 65; m. 1) Apr. 14, 1624 at Dorchester, England, William Rockwell, s. of John Rockwell & Honour Newton, bapt. Feb. 6, 1589/90 at Fitzhead in Somerset, England. William was one of the founding settlers of Windsor, Conn. where he was buried on May 15, 1640, Æ 51. They had five children, of whom dau. Ruth and husband Christopher Huntington are ancestors of one branch of the prominent Huntington family of Conn. and are ancestors of Civil War Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant, later President of the United States. On May 29, 1645 at Windsor, Susanna m. 2) as his 2nd wife, Matthew Grant, formerly of Dorchester, Mass., b. Oct. 27, 1601 in England and d. at Windsor, Conn. on Dec. 16, 1681. There were no children of this second marriage. Matthew Grant and first wife Priscilla are also the ancestors of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (Matthew's great gr.son Noah Grant m. Susanna (Capen) Rockwell's great gr.dau. Martha Huntington). Matthew Grant's dau., Priscilla (Grant) Humphrey, is a separate ancestor of the memorialist.

• iv. Dorothy Capen, b. circa 1603-1604, d. Sept. 18, 1675 at Boston, Mass., Æ 73; m. Jan. 17, 1629/30 at Dorchester, England, Nicholas Upshall {q.v. Upsall} b. circa 1597 and d. Aug. 20, 1666, Æ 70, while confined in lieu of prison by the Mass. Court to the Dorchester residence of his brother-in-law, Capt. John Capen. Considerable turmoil was involved with this family due to Nicholas' favorable views toward Quakers in early New England. Dorothy and husband Nicholas Upshall had five known children; two died in their youth while a third child probably died young.

• v. Elizabeth Capen, b. circa 1611-1612, d. Jan 26, 1677/8 at Dorchester, Mass., Æ 67; m. Oct. 18, 1630 at Dorchester, England, Thomas Swift, b. circa 1599-1600 and d. at Dorchester, Mass. on May 4, 1675, Æ 76. Nine children of the family.

• vi. Capt. & Dea. John Capen, b. Jan. 26, 1612/3, d. Apr. 4, 1692, Æ 80; m. 1) Oct. 20, 1637 Redegon Clap {q.v. Clapp}, dau. of Nicholas Clap & wife Elizabeth, bapt. May 7, 1609 at Sidbury in Devonshire, England and d. at Dorchester, Mass. on Dec. 10, 1645, Æ 37. They had two known children. He m. 2) Sept. 20, 1647 at Braintree, Mass., Mary Bass, dau. of Dea. Samuel Bass & Ann Saville, b. circa 1632 and d. at Dorchester, Mass. on June 29, 1704, Æ 73. They had eight children and are the ancestors of U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge.

• vii. Honour Capen, b. circa 1616; m. circa 1635 at Dorchester, Mass., William Hannum, who d. at Northampton, Mass. on June 1, 1677. Honour is claimed to have d. at Westfield, on the west side of Springfield, Mass., in circa 1680. They resided first at Dorchester, then at Windsor, Conn. where Hannum was a founding settler of Windsor, and finally at Northampton, Mass. Five children of the family. -------------------- Bernard came from Dorcester, England. His wife and Joan came to America with some of their children and settled in Dorchester Mass. His name first appeared with land bought on Aug. 4, 1633. He died on this property in 1638 at age 76. His house was still in existence in 1928 although it was moved at to Milton in 1909 set up on a hill. His gravestone in pieces was later kept at New England Historic Genealogy Room in Boston. The old "North Burying Ground" in Dorchester has what is referred to as "Capen Row" with Bernard and many of his children and descendants buried there.

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Barnard was born in 1562 and was 76 years old when he was granted land in Dorchester, Mass. His gravestone in the New England Geneological and Historical Society in Boston is believed to be the oldest in this country. His house is still standing after having been moved from Dorchester to Milton in the 1920's.

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Arrived in America on July 24, 1633 aboard the "M... -------------------- 12/27/2014 Found these notes on findagrave.com on Barnard's page. CTC: Birth: 1563, England Death: Nov. 8, 1638 Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Barnard Capen, b. circa 1562-1563 purportedly at Dorchester in Dorset, England. He d. Nov. 8, 1638 at Dorchester, Mass., Æ 76.

Bernard is the spelling of his given name throughout the Dorchester, Mass. records, but the name Barnard is found on his gravestone and subsequent descendants are called Barnard.

There is no current knowledge regarding the name of Barnard's parents or his actual place of birth. The benchmark knowledge of the immigrant family is from the published bible fly-leaf cited below, which gives specific dates of birth for some of the children, but not where the children were born. While the inference is the children were born at Dorchester in Dorset, England, no descendant apparently has made the effort to search the Dorchester parish records. The Dorset Record Office has parish records that existed at Dorchester prior to 1653 - Holy Trinity [baptisms 1559-1974, marriages 1560-1975, burials 1569-1874]- should any descendant be willing to take on the effort. In the meantime, the following has been uncovered by the memorialist.

In "The Municipal Records of the Borough of Dorchester, Dorset," edited in 1908 by Charles Herbert Mayo, M.A., are two apparent references to Barnard Capen:

• A "Barnard Calpyn" is included in a list of those that forfeited money for non-appearance at the Autumn 1610 (8 James 1st, 1610) court of Assizes. • In "Admission of Freeman of the Company of Freeman of the Borough, Minute Book C.6," on Mar. 31, 1631 "Barnard Cawpin, shoomaker," paid 3 shillings for the privilege of being a freeman of Dorchester.

Aquila Purchis, Barnard's brother-in-law, is mentioned in the same work as the first Master (April 1625-March 1632) of the Trinity School, established in 1623 at the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church at Dorchester, England. Aquila and his wife Ann sailed with Barnard and wife Joan on the unnamed ship from Weymouth in 1633 for Dorchester, Mass. Unfortunately, Aquila died during the voyage.

According to the fly-leaf of a bible printed in 1615 once owned by a descendant [NEHGR 2:80]:

• Barnard Capen maryed Joan ye dafter of Oliuer Purchis, ye yeer of or Lord, 1596, on munday, in whitson week...

Whitsun is the contraction for White Sunday, the 7th Sunday after Easter, or Pentecost in the Christian calendar. The following day is called Whit Monday, a name coined to supersede the form "Monday in Whitsun-week,"also known as Pentecost Monday. In Bernard and Joan's own time, Apr. 11th was Easter in the then utilized Julian calendar (Apr. 14th in the modern Gregorian calendar), thus they married in their own time on Monday May 31, 1596 in the Julian calendar (June 3, 1596 in the modern Gregorian calendar).

Barnard and wife Joan had seven known children, five who settled in New England initially at Dorchester, Mass. It is believed Barnard and Joan arrived on the unnamed ship that sailed from Weymouth, England and reached Boston, Mass. on July 24, 1633. (One recent author suggests the ship may have been the "Elizabeth Bonaventure" after a 12 week passage.) With them may have been son John and certainly youngest dau. Honour, who were both minors in 1633. They may have been accompanied by their married daughter Dorothy Upshall. The older children who married in England likely arrived prior to July 1633. This was certainly the case with son-in-law and dau. William and Susanna (Capen) Rockwell, who arrived May 30, 1630 at present-day Hull, Mass. aboard the celebrated "Mary and John."

The first mention of Barnard in the Dorchester records is Aug. 5, 1633 regarding a grant of four acres of land to both he and son-in-law Upshall. Barnard's former gravestone, in pieces, was found buried below ground and later kept in storage at the New England Historic Genealogical Society at Boston. The existing gravestone at the 'Old North Burying Ground' is a replica based on the above cited bible leaf published in the January 1848 issue of the NEHGS Register.

The claim that Barnard's house, built circa 1638, was still in existence in 1909 has since been proved incorrect. The house was actually built in 1675 either by Barnard's son Capt. John Capen or by Capt. John's eldest son John (See Capt. John Capen and photo captions for further detail.)

The children of Barnard Capen and Joan Purchase b. in England, presumably at Dorchester in Dorset, are:

• i. James Capen, b. circa 1598, d. testate on or after Sept. 3, 1628 presumably at Holborn, a parish just outside the western limits of the City of London, England. See his memorial for more detail.

• ii. Ruth Capen, b. Aug. 7, 1600; no further record.

• iii. Susanna Capen, b. Apr. 11, 1602, d. Nov. 14, 1666 at Windsor, Conn., Æ 65; m. 1) Apr. 14, 1624 at Dorchester, England, William Rockwell, s. of John Rockwell & Honour Newton, bapt. Feb. 6, 1589/90 at Fitzhead in Somerset, England. William was one of the founding settlers of Windsor, Conn. where he was buried May 15, 1640, Æ 51. They had five children, of whom dau. Ruth and husband Christopher Huntington are ancestors of one branch of the prominent Huntington family of Conn. and are also ancestors of Civil War Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant, later President of the United States. On May 29, 1645 at Windsor, Susanna m. 2) as his 2nd wife, Matthew Grant, formerly of Dorchester, Mass., b. Oct. 27, 1601 at England. He d. Dec. 16, 1681 at Windsor, Conn. There were no children of this second marriage. Matthew Grant and first wife Priscilla are also the ancestors of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (Matthew's great gr.son Noah Grant m. Susanna (Capen) Rockwell's great gr.dau. Martha Huntington). Matthew Grant's dau., Priscilla (Grant) Humphrey, is a separate ancestor of the memorialist.

• iv. Dorothy Capen, b. circa 1603-1604, d. Sept. 18, 1675 at Boston, Mass., Æ 73; m. Jan. 17, 1629/30 at Dorchester, England, Nicholas Upshall {q.v. Upsall} b. circa 1597. He d. Aug. 20, 1666, Æ 70, while confined (in lieu of prison) by the Mass. Court to the Dorchester residence of his brother-in-law, Capt. John Capen. Considerable turmoil was involved with this family due to Nicholas' favorable views toward Quakers in early New England. Dorothy and husband Nicholas Upshall had five known children; two died in their youth while a third child probably died young.

• v. Elizabeth Capen, b. circa 1611-1612, d. Jan 26, 1677/8 at Dorchester, Mass., Æ 67; m. Oct. 18, 1630 at Dorchester, England, Thomas Swift, b. circa 1599-1600. He d. May 4, 1675, Æ 76, at Dorchester, Mass. Nine children of the family.

• vi. Capt. & Dea. John Capen, b. Jan. 26, 1612/3, d. Apr. 4, 1692, Æ 80; m. 1) Oct. 20, 1637 Redegon Clap {q.v. Clapp}, dau. of Nicholas Clap & wife Elizabeth, bapt. May 7, 1609 at Sidbury in Devonshire, England. She d. Dec. 10, 1645, Æ 37, at Dorchester, Mass. They had two known children. He m. 2) Sept. 20, 1647 at Braintree, Mass., Mary Bass, dau. of Dea. Samuel Bass & Ann Saville, b. circa 1632. She d. June 29, 1704, Æ 73, at Dorchester, Mass. They had eight children and are the ancestors of U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge.

• vii. Honour Capen, b. circa 1616; m. circa 1635 at Dorchester, Mass., William Hannum, who d. June 1, 1677 at Northampton, Mass. Honour is claimed to have d. circa 1680 at Westfield, on the west side of Springfield, Mass. The more likely interpretation is that she d. at Northampton's 'westfield,' now the separate town of Westhampton, Mass. They resided first at Dorchester, then at Windsor, Conn. where Hannum was a founding settler, and finally at Northampton, Mass. Five children of the family. Honour's 4th gr.grandson Aaron Cushman Hannum (1799-1871) of Williamsburg and Adams, MA [Josiah,7-6 Aaron,5 William,4 John Hannum,3 Honour Capen,2] was the husb. of Parthena Robinson (1803-1865) [Joseph,7 Jacob,6-4 Isaac,3 Rev. John Robinson,2 late of Leiden, Holland].


Family links:

Spouse:
 Joan Purchase Capen (____ - 1653)

Children:
 James Capen (1598 - 1628)*
 Susannah Capen Rockwell Grant (1602 - 1666)*
 Dorothy Capen Upshall (1603 - 1675)*
 Elizabeth Capen Swift (1611 - 1678)*
 John Capen (1613 - 1692)*
 Honor Capen Hannum (1616 - 1680)*
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Inscription: Here lies the bodies of Mr Barnard Capen & Mrs Joan Capen his wife; He died Nov 8, 1638 Aged 76 years & She died March 26, 1653: Aged 75 years.

On the day Bernard died he was 75 years old and Ætatis (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 76.

 

Burial: Dorchester North Burying Ground Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA


Maintained by: Don Blauvelt Originally Created by: Bonnie Weller Record added: Oct 04, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 5823815

12/29/2014 Did an Ancestry.com search and no search came up. Expanded my results to make it broader and only thing that came up was some other family having him in their tree. Listing them here just for cross reference purposes. CTC: Barnard Capen Swearingen Bauman Family Tree

1/10/2015 Found the following. CTC:

http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10109/wikitree?itemId=5404494&action=showRecord&indId=externalindividual-b76ef94b885ad45353909f1e7ad2fbf5&mrid=2fd28c3f8f0a3c415d97b39141af62d6

Bernard Capen aka Capin

Born 1562 in Dorchester, Dorset, Englandmap

Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]

[sibling(s) unknown]

Husband of Joan Purchase — married May 31, 1596 [location unknown]

Father of Honor (Capen) Hannum, Bernard Capen, James Capen, Ruth Capen, Susannah Capin, Dorothy Capen, Hannah (Capen) Gifford, Elizabeth (Capen) Swift, John Capen and Honor Capen

Died November 8, 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusettsmap

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Contents [hide]•1 Biography •2 Last Will & Testament •3 Children •4 Notes •5 Sources •6 Footnotes •7 Contributors


Biography

Unless otherwise noted, information is from Great Migration Begins. He was born about 1562 based on age at death, but this may be an exaggeration, judging by date of marriage.

His origins might be in or near Trinity Parish.

He married 31 May 1596 Joan Purchase, daughter of Oliver Purchase;[1] born about 1578 based on age at death; admitted to second church of Dorchester, probably 1638; she died in Dorchester 26 Mar 1652, age 75.[2]

A "Barnard Calpyn" is included in a list of those that forfeited money for non-appearance at the Autumn 1610 (8 James 1st, 1610) court of Assizes.[citation needed]

He emigrated in 1633 possibly on the "Discovery of London" or the "Elizabeth Bonaventure" after a 12 week passage, but not on the ship "Mary and John" as part of the 1630 Winthrop Fleet. "With them may have been son John and certainly youngest daughter Honour, who were both minors in 1633. They may have been accompanied by their married daughter Dorothy Upshall. The older children who married in England likely arrived prior to July 1633. This was certainly the case with son-in-law and daughter William and Susanna (Capen) Rockwell, who arrived May 30, 1630 at present-day Hull, Mass. aboard the celebrated "Mary and John." Aquila Purchis, Barnard's brother-in-law and his wife Ann sailed with Barnard and wife Joan on the unnamed ship from Weymouth in 1633 for Dorchester, Mass. Unfortunately, Aquila died during the voyage. He was a shoemaker.

On Mar. 31, 1631 "Barnard Cawpin, shoomaker," paid 3 shillings for the privilege of being a freeman of Dorchester. England.[citation needed]

The first mention of Barnard in the Dorchester records is Aug. 5, 1633 regarding a grant of four acres of land to both he and son-in-law Nicholas Upsall. Then: • 30 acre Great Lot granted to "Bernard Gapin and his son," 4 January 1635/6 [DTR 14]; • "Barnard and John Gapin shall have 2 acres in the

marsh next Goodman Grenwayes," 27 June 1636 [DTR 17]; • with others, granted "ground adjoining to their home lots," 2 January 1637/8 [DTR 25]; • granted two lots each of two acres and a fraction, 18 March 1637/8[DTR 31]; • granted lot #8, 6 acres, in Meadow beyond Naponset [DTR 321]. • (Two other small parcels of land granted on 2 January 1637/8 to "Good: Gapin" may be intended for Bernard [DTR 27, 28]).

His homestead was on what is now Washington Street, near Wheatland Avenue. The last land granted him was at South Boston in 1637.

He was admitted freeman 25 May 1636 in Dorchester.

He died in Dorchester 8 November 1638, aged 76.[3]

He was buried on 8 Nov 1638 in N Burying Ground, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts.[citation needed] Barnard's former gravestone, in pieces, was found buried below ground and later kept in storage at the New England Historic Genealogical Society at Boston. The existing gravestone at the 'Old North Burying Ground' is a replica based on the above cited bible leaf published in the January 1848 issue of the NEHGS Register.[4] His Memorial has photos, a biography and links to those of family members, includng that of his wife Joan.

 Last Will & Testament 

Dated 9 October 1638, probated 19 November 1652: “Barnard Capen” bequeathed to his son John five acres out of his great lot, the residue to his wife during her life, “and when it shall appear her days draw to an end, that she with the rest of my friends whom I put in trust, to divide these lands and goods to my children equally,” naming trustees “Mr. Minit the elder, my brother George Dyer & Will[ia]m Sumner” [ SPR 1:84]. Given the terms of the document, probate of the will was presumably delayed until the widow’s last illness, as she died just four months later - 26 Mar. 1653, aged 75.

That he refers to George Dyer indicates a kinship relation, probably by marriage.

 Children 

1. James, b say 1598; on 3 Sep 1628 "James Capen of Holborne in the County of Middlesex, scrivener," made his nuncupative will, bequeathing all to his mother "Joane Capen the wife of Barnard Capen of Dorchester in the County of Dorset, shoemaker," out of which she was to make payments of L4 apiece to his "four sisters unmarried"; witnesses were Barnard Capen the younger and Jerom[e] Wolverton [NEHGR 49:489, citing PCC 83 Barrington]. 2. Ruth, b 7 Aug 1600 [NEHGR 2:80]; no further record (unless she is one of the four unmarried sisters named in the will of her brother James Capen). 3. Susanna, b 11 Apr 1602 [NEHGR 2:80]; m1 Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 14 Apr 1625 William Rockwell [Dorset Marr. 7:9]; m2 Windsor 29 May 1645 Matthew Grant,as his second wife. 4. Dorothy, b say 1608; m oly Trinity, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 17 Jan 1629/30 Nicholas Upsall [Dorset Marr. 7:10]. 5. Elizabeth, b say 1610; m Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 18 Oct 1630 Thomas Swift [Dorset Marr. 7:10]. 6. John, b 26 Jan 1612 [NEHGR 2:80]; freeman 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:369]; m1 Dorchester 20 Oct 1637 Redegon Clap [NEHGR 2:80]; m2 20 Sept 1647 Mary Bass [NEHGR 2:80]; daughter of Samuel Bass. 7. Honor, b say 1616; married about 1636 William Hannum [the will of Dorothy (Capen) Upsall, widow of Nicholas Upsall, names, among others, sister Honor Hannum].

A possible additional child who might also be the 4th unmarried sister in James' 1628 will is Hannah who married 4 Aug 1629 Robert Guifford.[Dorset Marr 7:10].

 Notes 

1. The Youth's Companion New England Edition, March 11, 1909 Unless the descendants of Bernard Capen, the original owner and occupant, unite to save, that ancient worthy's former home in the Dorchester district of Boston, one of the oldest house, if not the oldest, in New England, is likely soon to be destroyed. The Nourse house at Danvers, Massachusetts, which was pictured some two years ago on a Companion cover, is supposed to have been built in 1635. The earlier part of the Dorchester structure, the subject of this week?s cover-page illustrations, dates from ?between 1630 and 1638.? Capen died in 1638, and many persons believe his grave, which is still marked and dated, to be ?the oldest recorded in the United States, with possibly one exception in James.? It was for his wisdom and integrity, it is said, that Bernard Capen was selected as one of the colonists who left England and settled Dorchester in 1630. Capen, however, was then sixty-eight years old, and survived the hardships of the new country but eight years. He built his home near what is now Washington Street, opposite Melville Avenue?a house of two rooms so low-studded that in one of them a tall man can scarcely stand upright, with hewn beams and timbers and clapboards, and with an immense fireplace that carried most of the heat up the chimney. This is the western end of the present structure. The eastern end was erected a hundred years later, when, it is recorded, the builders found in the woodwork a number of Indian arrows, suggestions of the difficulties that attended the founding of an early New England home. With the exception of one year, the house as always remained in the possession of the Capen family. Surrounding it are some eighty-seven thousand square feet of land, and the present owner of the property purposes to clear the land and cut it up in building-lots. Local historical societies which might have a disposition to preserve the house seem to lack the necessary funds; and it is not yet possible to predict the outcome of an attempt now making to rally the Capens to the rescue of their old homestead. Since the house is important in the history of not only Dorchester but New England, it would be greatly to be regretted should this effort fail.

1. 2008 Article from Dorchester Atheneum on-line: The Bernard Capen House, which stood on Washington opposite Melville Avenue, was probably built prior to 1637 . In 1909 Harvard professor Kenneth Grant Tremayne Webster rescued the house from demolition and moved it to 427 Hillside Street, Milton. This house is one of three surviving 17th century houses built in Dorchester along with the Blake House, now on Columbia Road and the Pierce House on Oakton Avenue. In 2006, the property in Milton was sold, and the developer planned to take the house apart to be stored for later sale to another owner who may erect the house elsewhere.

 Sources 

1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III, Boston, MA: NEHGS, p 309-310 2. Find A Grave Index, 1620-2011 3. Burton Spear, *Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630", v 17, 1992, p 25 4. The Youth's Companion New England Edition, March 11, 1909 5. Capen Family Record. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.) Vol. 2, Page 80

 Footnotes 

1.↑ NEHGR 2:80 2.↑ NEHGR 2:80 3.↑ NEHGR 2:80 and 5:97 4.↑ NEHGR: Vol. 2 Page 80

 Contributors 

• Scott Smith, Brian McCullough, Rachel Russell, Dennis Rockwell, Tom Bredehoft, Smith-32867, Loren Fay.

1/10/2015 Looked further into the story on Barnard's notes and if you read # vi, there is reference to a relation to President CALVIN COOLIDGE. I tried to find Calvin Coolidge on findagrave.com so I could drill back, but initial search did not pan out. I did however find a site that traced the ancestry of famous people (famouskin.com) and it gave me Calvin Coolidge...if you drill down deep enough, sure enough, there is listed Joan Capen, wife of Barnard. See the following from that site:

Ancestry of Calvin Coolidge

30th U.S. President --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

⇐ Prev Generation | ⇐ Calvin Coolidge	

Joan Purchase 11th Generation — 8th Great-grandmother of Calvin Coolidge

Ahnentafel No:
1465 
Father:
 Oliver Purchase       
Mother:
 Thomasine Harris       
  Birth Date:
ABT 1578 
Birth Location:
 
Christening Date:
 
Christening Location:
 
    Death Date:
26 Mar 1653 
Death Location:
Dorchester (now Boston), Suffolk, Massachusetts 
Burial Date:
 
Burial Location:
 
Spouse Name:
 Bernard Capen of Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England   
Marriage Date:
31 May 1596 
Marriage Location:
 
Child:
 Capt. John Capen    

Sources for Joan Purchase 1 American Ancestors Magazine, 2013, Vol. 14.2, p. 19, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database). 2 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 1848, Vol. 2, Page 80. 3 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. 1, A-F, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (1995), 309. 4 Dillon, Arthur Orison, The Ancestors of Arthur Orison Dillon and his Poems, Pomona, California: Printed by the Progress Publishing Company (1927), 16, Heritage Quest (Digital Library).

1/18/2015 Reviewed email from Geni, then went and reviewed other managed profiles...Note: It appears there may be a conflict as THERE ARE TWO SETS OF PARENTS FOR BERNARD CAPEN. Further review is going to be needed and researches on this as there are many other managers of this profile and there could be further conflicts all the way down. I will try to research at a later date. CTC

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Bernard Capen's Timeline

1562
1562
Dorchester, Dorset, England
1568
1568
Age 6
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
1568
Age 6
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
1596
May 31, 1596
Age 34
Dorchester, Dorset, UK
1597
1597
Age 35
., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England
1598
1598
Age 36
Dorset , England
1600
August 7, 1600
Age 38
Dorchester, Dorset, England
1602
April 5, 1602
Age 40
Dorchester, Dorset, Engalnd
1603
1603
Age 41
Dorchester, Dorset, England
1607
1607
Age 45