RE: Origin from the Norman "deCapelle"
My maiden name is Caplis. Our branch of the family originated in County Tipperary where it appears on census forms and lists of those who refused to pay their tithe to the Anglican Church. They lived in many towns in Tipperary including Ballyporeen. My great great grandfather arrived in Medina New York sometime in the 1840's. There was a James Caplis, who was a county attorney in Detroit, Michigan in the 1880's, who was related to us. One of my grandfather's cousins studied law with him there. Unfortunately James Caplis was shot and killed by a disgruntled defendant sometime around 1883-1885. I have found court documents bearing his signature. There was also a member of the Detroit State Legislature name James Caplis around the same time period. There was also a relative in the meat packing industry in Chicago at that time. John Caplice was a Montana pioneer who was first county commissioner in Missoula, Montana around 1870. He later became very prominent in mining circles and is written up in the book "Progressive Men of Montana". I have also traced the name back to the time of the Norman Conquest. The name has many spellings: Caple, Capell, Caplis, Caplice and seems to be found mainly in counties Cork and Tipperary.
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