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Dorothy Upsall (Capen)

Birthplace: of, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Coppes Hill Cem., Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bernard Capen and Joan Capen
Wife of Nicholas Upshall; Nicholas Upshall; Millard Apsell and Nicholas Upsall
Mother of Anna Upshall; Susanna Upshall; Experience Upshall; Ruth Upshall; Elizabeth Greenough Prout and 6 others
Sister of Ruth Capen; Susanna Grant; Bernard Capen, Jr.; Hannah Capen; James Capen and 3 others

Occupation: Innkeeper - Red Lion Inn
Managed by: David Russell Romine
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Dorothy Upsall

Dorothy CAPEN was born about 1603 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. She died on 18 Sep 1675 in Dorchester MA. "Dorothy Capen -- Born a. 1603, Dorchester, Dorset, England. Died 18 Sept. 1675, Dorchester, MA. Married Nicholas Upsall, 17 Jan. 1629, Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorset, England. They came to New England on the ship "Mary & John", 1630. Nicholas die Aug. 1666, Dorchester, MA. They are buried in Copp's Hill Burying grounds."

--- Burton Spear, * ... Mary & John*, v 17, 1992, p 26

Copp's Hill Buring Ground was first founded in 1659 as Windmill Hill. Thousands of artisans, craftspeople, and merchants are buried on the Hill.

• 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.


  • In her will Dorothy Dorothy mentions brother John Capen and sisters Elizabeth Swift and Honor Hanamum


  1. The Capen Family: Descendants of Bernard Capen of Dorchester, MA. Rev. Charles Albert Hayden. Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, MN, 1929
  2. The Great Migration Begins; Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Anderson, Robert Charles. New England Historic Genealogical Society


-------------------- 12/28/2014 Found on after following other leads from other graves and continuing down the line. CTC Dorothy Upshall (Capen) Birth: 1603 Dorset, England Death: Sep. 18, 1675 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Dorothy Capen, dau. of Bernard Capen and Joan Purchase, was b. presumably at Dorchester in Dorset, England and d. testate at Boston, Mass. on Sept. 18, 1675, Æ 73. Her gravestone inscription indicates she was b. on or after Sept. 18, 1603.

On Jan. 17, 1629/30 at Holy Trinity Church at Dorchester in Dorset, England, Dorothy m. Nicholas Upshall (q.v., Upsall). An extended bio will be added later, but in the meantime:

The children of Dorothy Capen and Nicholas Upshall {q.v., Upsall}, the first four b. of record at Dorchester, Mass., are:

• i. Anna Upshall, b. in Feb. 1635/6; d. Nov. 7, 1651 in her youth at Boston, Mass., Æ 16.

• ii. Elizabeth Upshall, b. in Feb. 1637/8; m. 1) July 4, 1652 at Boston, Mass. when only 14 years of age, William Greenough (by William Hibbins). He d. on or after July 24, 1678, the date of his will. There were ten children by the marriage. Elizabeth m. 2) bef. May 22, 1686 as his 2nd wife, Capt. Timothy Prout, Sr. of Boston, who d. Nov. 3, 1702. There were no children of this second marriage. [William Greenough's namesake nephew, Capt. William Greenough, m. Elizabeth's 1st cousin, Ruth Swift, at Boston in 1660. The latter William Greenough d. at Boston on Aug 6, 1693 and is interred at Boston's Copps Hill burying ground.]

• iii. Susanna Upshall, b. Feb. 7, 1639/40 (bapt. Feb. 16); m. Nov. 18, 1659 at Boston, Mass., Joseph Cocke (by Mr. Thos. Danforth). Seven known children of the family.

• iv. Experience Upshall, a son, b. Mar. 19, 1640/1 (bapt. Mar. 21); d. in his youth Aug. 2, 1659 at Boston, Mass., Æ 19.

• v. Ruth Upshall, bapt. Oct. 15, 1642 at Dorchester with the notation in the church record "to Boston"; no further record. She is not included in her father's will of Aug. 9, 1666 or her mother's will of Aug. 30, 1673.

Family links:

 Barnard Capen (1563 - 1638)
 Joan Purchase Capen (____ - 1653)

 Nicholas Upshall (1597 - 1666)

 Elizabeth Upshall Prout (____ - 1693)*

 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: In Memoriall of Dorothy Vpshall Aged 73 Years Deceased the 18 of September 1675

On the day Dorothy died she was 72 years old, and Ætatis (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of her Age) 73.


Burial: Copps Hill Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Maintained by: Don Blauvelt Originally Created by: Kathleen Peck Probasco K... Record added: Dec 16, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 5121808

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Dorothy Upsall's Timeline

Dorchester, Dorset, England
April 7, 1624
Age 21
Dorchester, Dorset, England
January 17, 1629
Age 26
Holy Trinity Ch, Dorchester, Dorset, England
January 17, 1629
Age 26
Dorset, United Kingdom
January 17, 1629
Age 26
Dorchester, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
February 16, 1635
Age 32
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 1635
Age 32
February 1637
Age 34
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 7, 1639
Age 36
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 7, 1639
Age 36