Dorothy Upsall (Capen) (c.1603 - 1675) MP

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Birthplace: of, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: Innkeeper - Red Lion Inn
Managed by: David Russell Romine
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About Dorothy Upsall (Capen)

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


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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
February 16, 1635
Age 32
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February, 1637
Age 34
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 7, 1639
Age 36
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 19, 1640
Age 37
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
October 15, 1642
Age 39
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
September 18, 1675
Age 72
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
September, 1675
Age 72
Coppes Hill Cem., Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

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

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