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Capt John Capen
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1613
Dorset, England
Death: Apr. 6, 1692
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.

Family links: 
  Barnard Capen (1563 - 1638)
  Joan Purchase Capen (1578 - 1653)
  Mary Bass Capen (1628 - 1704)
  Redegon Clap Capen (1609 - 1645)*
  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)*
  James Capen (1598 - 1628)*
  Susannah Capen Grant (1602 - 1666)*
  Dorothy Capen Upshall (1603 - 1675)*
  Elizabeth Capen Swift (1611 - 1678)*
  John Capen (1613 - 1692)
  Honor Capen Hannum (1616 - 1680)*
*Calculated relationship
Here Lyes Buried ye
Body of Cap'n John
Capen. He was Deacon
of ye Church of Christ
in Dorchester. He Dec'd
April ye 6 1692
in ye 80 Year of His Age.

On the day John died he was 79 years old, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 80.
Dorchester North Burying Ground
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: DN/B40
Maintained by: Kevin Avery
Originally Created by: B K
Record added: Oct 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9567967
Capt John Capen
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