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James Capen

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Birthplace: Dorset , England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex , England
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Son of Bernard Capen and Joan Capen
Brother of Bernard Capen, Jr.; Dorothy Upsall; Hannah Capen; Ruth Capen; Susanna Grant and 8 others

Occupation: Scrivener
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About James Capen

• 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.

Waters: Genealogical Gleanings in England [NEHGR 49 (1895), p. 489].

• The third day of September A.D. 1628 James Capen of Holborne in the County of Middlesex, scrivener, being sick in body but of good memory did by word of mouth declare his will and purpose how his estate should be disposed of after his death, as followeth: • first, he did appoint that his mother Joane Capen the wife of Barnard Capen of Dorchester in the County of Dorset, shoemake[r], should, out of the estate of the said James, pay unto his four sisters unmarried four pounds apiece. • And all the residue of his moneys, apparelll and goods whatsoever he gave to his said mother to do with it according to her mind. • Whereunto were witnesses Barnard Capen the younger and Jerom Wolverton. [Attest:] Barnard Capen his Iuke [marke] Jerom Wolverton. Barrington, 83.

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-------------------- 12/27/2014 Found on findagrave.com after following other leads from other graves and continuing down the line. CTC James Capen Birth: 1598 Dorset, England Death: Sep., 1628 Holborn Greater London, England

James Capen, b. circa 1598, d. testate on or after Sept. 3, 1628 presumably at Holborn, in county Middlesex, England. On the foregoing date he left the following nuncupative, or verbal, will:

Waters: Genealogical Gleanings in England [NEHGR 49 (1895), p. 489].

• The third day of September A.D. 1628 James Capen of Holborne in the County of Middlesex, scrivener, being sick in body but of good memory did by word of mouth declare his will and purpose how his estate should be disposed of after his death, as followeth: • first, he did appoint that his mother Joane Capen the wife of Barnard Capen of Dorchester in the County of Dorset, shoemake[r], should, out of the estate of the said James, pay unto his four sisters unmarried four pounds apiece. • And all the residue of his moneys, apparelll and goods whatsoever he gave to his said mother to do with it according to her mind. • Whereunto were witnesses Barnard Capen the younger and Jerom Wolverton. [Attest:] Barnard Capen his Iuke [marke] Jerom Wolverton. Barrington, 83.

A "Free School" was established at Dorchester in Dorset in 1569 for the teaching of six students per year in reading, writing and arithmetic. As noted in the bio of his father, James Capen's maternal uncle, Aquila Purchis, was the first master of the Trinity School at Dorchester, on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, from April 1625 to March 1633. A reasonable assumption would be that the children of Bernard and Joan (Purchis) Capen could read and write.

A scrivener was one who could read and write, frequently was employed as a recorder of documents in official proceedings, read or wrote letters for illiterate persons, and was often referred to as a "scrivener notary." Holborn in Middlesex is located immediately west of the present limits of the City of London, a place in 1628 where scriveners would have been in sufficient demand to cause literate persons with legible handwriting to locate there from distant places.

In the parish registers of Long Burton in Dorset, a small village located some 10 miles due north of Dorchester, are the following two entries:

1622, May 30. "John, s. of James Capen, baptized." 1625, April 10. "Ann, w. of James Capin, buried."

There is no entry regarding the death of James Capen's son John. Based on the above will, James, s. of Bernard Capen of Dorchester, apparently d. unmarried. However, he may have alternately d. a widower.


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

Siblings:
 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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Burial: Unknown


Created by: Don Blauvelt Record added: Mar 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 49269925

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James Capen's Timeline

1598
1598
Dorset , England
1628
September 3, 1628
Age 30
London, Middlesex , England