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Isaac Cappon

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Retranchement, Sluis, Zeeland, Netherlands
Death: January 23, 1902 (72)
Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Cappon and Magdalena Kallewaart
Husband of Catharina de Boe and Jacoba de Kok
Father of Magdalena Cornelia Cappon; Cornelia M. Cappon; Elisabeth Marie Cappon; Johannes Jakob Cappon; Jacobus Marinus Cappon and 11 others

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About Isaac Cappon

Geboorteakte Izaak Cappon, 13-01-1830

Soort akte: Geboorteakte

Aktedatum: 13-01-1830

Aktenummer: 2

Geboortedatum: 13-01-1830

Geboorteplaats: Retranchement

Kind: Izaak Cappon Geslacht: Zoon

Vader: Jannes Cappon

Moeder: Magdaleena Callewaart

Gemeente: Retranchement

Toegangsnummer: 25 Burgerlijke Stand Zeeland (1796) 1811-1980

Inventarisnummer: RET-G-1830

Prijs fotokopie: € 5,00

Vindplaats: Zeeuws Archief

Emigranten West-Zeeuws-Vlaanderen 1840-1950

Izaak Cappon 

Voornaam: Izaak

Achternaam: Cappon

Woonplaats: Retranchement

Geboorteplaats: Retranchement

Geboortedatum: 01-04-1830

Rol: Emigrant

Plaats: Retranchement

Beroep: Arbeider

Kerkelijke gezindte: Nederlands-hervormd

Burgerlijke staat: Ongehuwd

Datum vertrek: 03-03-1847

Bestemming land: Noord-Amerika

Bevolkingsregister: Retranchement

Bladzijde: 034

Periode: 1838/47

Berust bij: Gemeente Sluis

Toegang: 164 Verzameling Genealogische Afschriften (GA

saac Cappon (1830-1902) Terms: 1867-1868, 1870-1871, 1874-1875, 1879-1880

Isaac Cappon was born in Terhofstede near Retranchment, Zeeland, the Netherlands, on 13 January 1830, the son of Johannes Cappon and Magdalena Kallewaard. He departed the Netherlands at the age of 17 and worked his passage to the United States as a cook's helper aboard the Kroonprinz Von Hanover. The ship departed Antwerp on April 29, 1847 and arrived in New York Harbor June 6, 1847. He left the next day by steamboat to Albany, New York. After arriving in Albany he took a canal boat drawn by horses to Rochester, New York on the Erie Canal. This trip involved two weeks of travel.

Cappon worked as a farm hand in the Rochester, New York area for approximately one year where other relatives, the Cappon and Clicquennei's, were already living. The following family members departed from Amsterdam aboard the ship Angelique which arrived in New York harbor on May 29, 1848: his father Johannes, age 70; his mother Magdalena Kalleevaart (ship's list spelling), age 50; her brothers Jannes, age 37 and Jacob, age 47. The group continued from New York to Rochester, where they joined Isaac. Unfortunately two of the group died of the cholera epidemic, which was raging at that time. First his uncle Jannes passed away on 29 June 29, 1848, and then Johannes followed on July 1,1848. Both were buried in a common grave in Rochester.

After this family tragedy, Isaac, his mother, and his uncle Jacob traveled to Holland, Michigan. Cappon was one of Holland's early leading citizens, instrumental in the industrial development of the city. He was also very active in civic service and his church.

The Cappon and Bertsch Leather Company was formed in 1857 and expanded enormously during the Civil War due to government contracts. After the company burned down during the Holland fire of 1871, Isaac insisted that it be rebuilt in Holland against the advice of his partner. It became the largest employer in the Holland area for many years.

The first civic appointment for Cappon was to the Holland Harbor Commission in 1861. After Holland's incorporation as a city in 1867, Cappon was elected the first mayor, and was later elected for three other terms (1870-1871, 1874-1875, 1879-1880). He was also elected the first president of the newly reorganized school board in 1874. His last public commitment was to serve on the Committee for the Semi-Centennial Celebration.

Cappon became a charter member of the Third Reformed Church in 1867 and was one of the first deacons of the church. He served as the Sunday School Superintendent until 1891 when he stepped down due to his controversial second marriage. Cappon also played an active role on the building committee responsible for rebuilding the Third Reformed Church after the Holland fire in 1871.

Cappon married Catarina De Boe in 1857 and they had eleven children: Magdalena (Helen), Cornelia (1), Elizabeth, Johannes, Jacobus, Cornelia (2), Jacomina (Minnie), Sara, Isaac, Jr., Suze (Sue), Abraham. Catarina died of cancer in 1887. In 1891 Cappon married again, this time to Jacoba De Kok, his housekeeper and a woman 38 years younger. They had five children together: Ida, Lavina, Edith, Christina and Franklin.

Cappon, who was very suspicious of doctors after his first wife died, passed away on Friday January 23, 1902, after having refused treatment for gallstones for some time. The day of his death the Common Council held a special meeting resolutions were passed requesting businesses to close their doors during the times of the funeral services the following Monday, which the majority were observed to do. The flags on public and private buildings were also lowered to half-mast.

From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Cappon home was opened for mourners to view the body, as was common at that time. During this time a steady stream of Holland residents had their last look at their first mayor. At 2:00 p.m. short services were held at the home and thirty minutes later the funeral was begun at Third Reformed Church. Afterwards his body was transported by horse drawn hearse to Pilgrim Home Cemetery for internment.

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Isaac Cappon's Timeline

January 13, 1830
Retranchement, Sluis, Zeeland, Netherlands
Age 24
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September 11, 1858
Age 28
Holland, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
September 13, 1860
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Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, United States
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