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Re: Keplinger/Caplinger Connection
Posted by: Terry Caplenor (ID *****8356) Date: July 20, 2006 at 14:30:27
In Reply to: Re: Keplinger/Caplinger Connection by Ann Perkins Caplinger of 560

Undoubtedly those folks were referring to my kin, the Caplenors (often locally misspelled Capleanor, even on my ggfather's tombstone). My gfather was wealthy by local standards and helped many start their businesses, or survive the Depression. Since he had 5 burly sons and several farms to tend, he could afford to be helpful. There are still some Caplenors in the area, even a Caplenor Lane. When I make one of my periodic sweeps through the area, I am always treated like royalty. Some restaurants will not take payment from me, even to this day, on the strength of my last name. My first name is a local name as well, since my mother named me after the Terry family. I wish we had kept the name Kepplinger because I am often taken for Italian (capellini) or Jewish (Kaplan). Since my first name can be either gender, I sometimes get mail for Miss Terry Capellini. A rose by any other name..., I guess. My dad, a college professor, was called Dr. Cap. I taught high school for 30 years as Mr. C. People just can't wrap their heads around my last name. It is possible our name was changed to differentiate it from your name prior to 1841 to help get the mail to the right people. The area was postively seething with Caplingers at the time. It is interesting to note that only the Caplenors remained in place, as the other Caplingers moved to MO, IN, and IL well prior to the War.

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