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Caples of Tuscarawas County OH
Posted by: Karen Harris Date: June 22, 2001 at 07:45:56
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Robert Caples, Sr. deceased, was amongst the earliest settles of Tuscarawas County, born in Baltimore Couonty, MD, December 29, 1792, eldest son of William and Elizabeth Green Caples of German and English extraction. They emigrated to Tuscarawas County and settled where Newort now stands, October 1806. Robert soon became a favorite amont the Indians, and learned their language, and became an expert hunter, killing many wild animals. He served in the war of 1812 as a drummer, and was subsequently pensioned. He was an Associate Judge at New Philadelphis. He lived on his farm of 200 acres for forty-six years, and died in 1881 at the age of eighty eight years and nine months. He was free hearted and jovial, full of energy. He was a radical Republican; was alsways content to live in a log cabin, and owed no man for the last thirty years of his life. MR. Caples was twice married. His firt wife was Eleanor, daughter of James Tracy, Sr. by which union he had two children--Elizabeth, deceased at age of fifty-five years, wife of Hon. B. H. Brock of Kansas, and Joseph, who died at an early age. Mrs. Caples died of consumption. Our subject tokk for his second companion, July 28, 1824, Nancy, born January 6, 1805, daughter of Joshua and Hannah Walton Davis. The former emigrated from Northampton County, Pa, settling in Tuscarawas County in 1814; died in Rush Township. six children were born to this usnion--Laffer S., Dorcas, wife of John Roth, a farmer of Martin County, Indiana. They have two children, Robert C., and Omer H); Ira D (married Nettie Fields; lives in Martin County Indiana; is a school teacher and Justice of the Peace); Joseph (married Mary J. Armstrong, of Scottish Irish descent.) Mr. Caples is a farmer and dealer in lumber. They have nine children, Willie L., Harry a., Sandy S., Bertie E., Rolla, Mollie V., Anna M., Jake and an infant not named. Joseph was born March 24, 1837, enlisted in the late war in company A, Fifty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was discharged in two years for disability; Nancy E., (married Israel a. Haines, a farmer and saddler; they have four children Frank, Addison, Emmet and alice). Laffer S. Caples was born in Mill, then known as Dorman, Township, November 16 1825, received a common school education, after which he taught school in Edwards County Illinois., Martin County Indiana and Tuscarawas County, Ohio. HE now lives in Rush Township, owns ninety acres of valuable land, and is engaged in stock raising. In 1864, he organized Company E, One hundred and sisxty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving as its Captain in the Army of the Potomoc. He was united in marriage, July 16, 1845, with Eliza Smyth, a native of County Cavan, Ireland, and came with her parents, John and Martha MCQuaid Smyth, to this county, when five years of age. Her father, who was a stone-mason, is in his ninety sixth year, and lives in the village of Newport. Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Caples have eight children, viz: Mary I (wife of William W. Poland, a farmer in Rush Township, parents of five children), Ellen (deceased, wife of Jesse Walton, parents of two children), Alice (wife of Josiah Romig, a blacksmith in Uhrichsville, Ohio, parents of six children), Olive (wife of L. f. Romig, a carpenter in Uhrichsville, Ohio, parents of three children), Jane E. (wife of J. T. Walton a carpenter in Newport, parents of three children), Robert M. (single, clerking in Newport), Clara M (single, at home,) Charlie G., (at home on the farm). Mr. and Mrs. Caples have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty years. MR. Caples has been Justice of the Peace; is a practical surveyor; has been Superintendent of different Sabbath schools; was a local preacher for ten years and was recently ordained to all the offices in the ministry. In politics, he is a Republican.

This was found in the Biographical Sketches of Tuscarawas County. Hope it will help.

Karen Harris


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