John Capen, Sr. (1612 - 1692) MP

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Birthplace: ., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Occupation: Shoemaker, Deacon and Capt. in the Militia
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About John Capen, Sr.

Through John's wife Mary Bass we are related to President John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

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He began military service in 1646 at Ancient & Honerable, Boston, Suffolk, MA, U.S.A.

John CAPEN Capt was born on 26 Jan 1612 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. He died on 2 Apr 1692 in Dorchester MA. "JOHN [CAPEN], Dorchester, only s. of the first Bernard, came bef. his f. as is thot. was freem. 14 May 1634, m. 20 Oct. 1637, Redigon or Radigan Clap, had Joanna, b. 3 Oct. 1638, d. soon; John, 21 Oct. 1639; and his w. d. 10 Dec. 1645. Next, by w. Mary, d. of Samuel Bass of Braintree, m. 20 Sept. 1647, he had Samuel, b. at B. 29 July 1648; Bernard, 24 Mar. 1650; a d. 6 July 1652; ano. ch. 17 Nov. 1654; Preserved, 4 Mar. 1657; Joseph, 20 Dec. 1658, bapt. 2 Jan. foll. H[arvard] C[ollege] 1677; Hannah, 1 Oct. 1662; and Eliz. 29, bapt. 30 Dec. 1666, who d. at 13 yrs. He was of ar. co. 1646, deac. 1656, a capt. rep. 1671, 3-8, and d. 6 Apr. 1692. All of this name in our country, it is said, are descended from him."

---James Savage, *A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of Newe England*, vol. 1, 1860, p. 333

"Capt. John Capen -- Born 26 Jan. 1612, Dorchester, Dorset. Died 2 Apr. 1662, Dorchester, MA. Married (1) Radigon Clapp, 20 Oct. 1637, Dorchester, MA, who died 1645, Dorchester, MA, (2) Mary Bass, 20 Sept. 1647, daughter of Samuel Bass, who died 4 Apr. 1692, Dorchester, MA. They are buried in the North Burying grounds."

--- Burton Spear, * ... Mary & John 1630*, v 17, 1992, p 26. Evidently Spear is mistaken about date of death.

-------------------- Through John's wife Mary Bass we are related to President John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

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He began military service in 1646 at Ancient & Honerable, Boston, Suffolk, MA, U.S.A.

John CAPEN Capt was born on 26 Jan 1612 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. He died on 2 Apr 1692 in Dorchester MA. "JOHN [CAPEN], Dorchester, only s. of the first Bernard, came bef. his f. as is thot. was freem. 14 May 1634, m. 20 Oct. 1637, Redigon or Radigan Clap, had Joanna, b. 3 Oct. 1638, d. soon; John, 21 Oct. 1639; and his w. d. 10 Dec. 1645. Next, by w. Mary, d. of Samuel Bass of Braintree, m. 20 Sept. 1647, he had Samuel, b. at B. 29 July 1648; Bernard, 24 Mar. 1650; a d. 6 July 1652; ano. ch. 17 Nov. 1654; Preserved, 4 Mar. 1657; Joseph, 20 Dec. 1658, bapt. 2 Jan. foll. H[arvard] C[ollege] 1677; Hannah, 1 Oct. 1662; and Eliz. 29, bapt. 30 Dec. 1666, who d. at 13 yrs. He was of ar. co. 1646, deac. 1656, a capt. rep. 1671, 3-8, and d. 6 Apr. 1692. All of this name in our country, it is said, are descended from him."

---James Savage, *A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of Newe England*, vol. 1, 1860, p. 333

"Capt. John Capen -- Born 26 Jan. 1612, Dorchester, Dorset. Died 2 Apr. 1662, Dorchester, MA. Married (1) Radigon Clapp, 20 Oct. 1637, Dorchester, MA, who died 1645, Dorchester, MA, (2) Mary Bass, 20 Sept. 1647, daughter of Samuel Bass, who died 4 Apr. 1692, Dorchester, MA. They are buried in the North Burying grounds."

--- Burton Spear, * ... Mary & John 1630*, v 17, 1992, p 26. Evidently Spear is mistaken about date of death. -------------------- Capt John Capen Birth: Jan. 26, 1613 Dorchester Dorset, England Death: Apr. 4, 1692 Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

He was baptized Jan 26,1612/3 at Dorchester, Co.Dorset, England, the son of Bernard Capen and Joan Purchase Capen.

John, a shoemaker by trade, may have arrived in New England with one or more of his older married siblings, before the July 1633 arrival of their parents. But, he may alternately have arrived with his parents on the unnamed ship from Weymouth, England that arrived at Boston on or about July 24, 1633 [John Winthrop's Journal, 1:129]. His father Bernard and brother-in-law Nicholas Upsall were first granted four acres of land at Dorchester on Aug. 5, 1633. John Capen, a minor until January 1633/4, was made freeman on May 14,1634.

His first wife, married Oct 20,1637 in Dorchester,MA, was Radigan Clapp Capen, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth ____ Clapp of Venn Ottery, Co.Devonshire.

His second wife, married Sept 20,1647, was Mary Bass Capen.

Children(by first marriage): Joanna Capen and John Capen Jr.

Children(by second marriage): Samuel Capen, Mary Capen Foster(first wife of James Foster), Bernard Capen, Preserved Capen, Joseph Capen, Hannah Capen Blake Humphrey, and Elizabeth Capen.

Capt. Capen was a shoemaker by trade. He was ordained a Deacon of the Dorchester First Church on Feb. 13, 1658/9, and at his death the Dorchester church entered in its record:

• 4th of Aprill 1692 Deacon John Capen a military officer 50 years at length a Capt: & Deacon of ye chh 34 years in His fourscoreth Year Rested from His Labors & Slept in ye Lord.

He was a Selectman 16 yrs, repeatedly Deputy to the General Court, Town Recorder, and Captain of the Militia in 1646.

His house was supposed to stand at the corner of Pleasant and Pond Streets in Dorchester.


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Parents:
 Barnard Capen (1563 - 1638)
 Joan Purchase Capen (____ - 1653) 
Spouses:
 Mary Bass Capen (1628 - 1704)
 Redegon Clap Capen (1609 - 1645)
Children:
 John Capen (1639 - 1707)*
 Samuel Capen (1648 - 1733)*
 Mary Capen Foster (1652 - 1679)*
 Preserved Capen (1656 - 1708)*
 Joseph Capen (1658 - 1725)*
 Hannah Capen Humphrey (1663 - 1729)*

Burial: Dorchester North Burying Ground Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Plot: Capen Maintained by: Kevin Avery Originally Created by: Barbara K Record added: Oct 08, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 9567967

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Capt. John Capen's Timeline

1612
January 26, 1612
., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England

January 26, 1612

January 26, 1612
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
January 26, 1612
., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England
January 26, 1612
., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England
1637
October 20, 1637
Age 25
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
1638
October 3, 1638
Age 26
MA, USA
1639
October 21, 1639
Age 27
Dorchester, Massachusetts
1647
September 20, 1647
Age 35
Roxbury, Norfolk, England
1648
July 29, 1648
Age 36
Braintree, MA, USA
1650
March 24, 1650
Age 38
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, USA