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Ancestry of Seth Bunker CAPP, b. 1875, Philadelphia
Posted by: Diana Gale Matthiesen (ID *****0513) Date: August 28, 2003 at 11:05:06
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I just found the following genealogy of "Seth Bunker CAPP" (b. 1875, Philadelphia) online at It's from the book:

George Norbury MacKenzie, ed. 1907. "Colonial Families of the United States of America..." Grafton Publ., NY (reprinted 1966 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD).

The version online at has been "OCR'd," so it has lost all its original formatting, plus there are the usual OCR mis-interpretations, making the book difficult to comprehend in places. In addition...

This is an abominable book, one of those loathesome turn-of-the-century vanity publications that is all puffery and nonsense. As there is zero documenation, NOTHING GIVEN HERE SHOULD BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT FURTHER DOCUMENTION. That said...

There may be some information here that is useful, which is why I post the excerpt despite its flaws. It would no doubt be useful for us to pick it apart, pointing out the errors and the places where it is correct. I have some initial things to point out, but I'll do so in a separate post. And despite the author's contention that the name was always spelled "CAPP" in America, many spelled the name, "COPP."

Here is the entry, from pages 132 thru 137:

SETH BUNKER CAPP of Devon and Philadelphia; b. in Philadelphia, 23d May, 1875; educated at De Lancey School, Philadelphia, Class of 1893; has resided abroad for a number of years, making Paris, his home, he retains however a residence also in Philadelphia; is an expert in antiques and has a valuable personal collection; takes a deep interest in the advancement of the Arts and Sciences; is a member of over sixty associations and societies in America and Europe.

SETH BUNKER CAPP is descended from JOHN HOWLAND of the Mayflower.

GEORGE BUNKER, 1632, son of William BON COEUR, a French Huguenot, for whom Bunker Hill was named.

CAPTAIN LAWRENCE WILKINSON, one of the founders of The Providence and Rhode Island Plantation, who claimed descent from Henry DE BOHUN, Earl of Hereford, a Magna Charta Baron, through Ida Estelle STITT, dau. of Seth Bunker and Sarah Wilkinson (WALL) STITT. Ida Estelle STITT m. 4th March, 1868, William Musser CAPP, M.D. of Philadelphia (see Mayflower Descendants, Huguenot Society of America, and Baronial Order of Runnemede.)

Seth Bunker CAPP is also descended from Capt. George MUSSER and John SINGER, soldiers of the American Revolution, through Sarah SINGER, who m. 1829, John Charles CAPP.

The CAPP family were Scotch and trace their origin and Arms to the days of Bruce. Owing to religious differences they went to the Palatinate and became Germanized. The first of the name of Capp in America was Andreas KAPP, who with his wife Regina Sophia, left the Palatinate and moved with many others to America in 1710, settling first on the Hudson River, New York; becoming dissatisfied with property conditions, they purchased land in Pennsylvania and under the leadership of Andreas KAPP in 1728 they marched through the unbroken wilderness, assisted by friendly Indians, and settled in the Lebanon Valley about twenty miles from the present city of Reading, calling their settlement Heidelberg. Andreas d. 1746, without issue, leaving a considerable landed estate. His two younger brothers John Michael and George Frederick had previously come to America by the ship Pennsylvania, arriving in 1732, at Philadelphia, and purchased 425 acres of land adjoining Andreas' holdings. Their surname in autograph signature on passenger list, to oath of allegiance and on title to lands was spelled CAPP and this spelling has ever since been retained by the descendants of John Michael. George Frederick CAPP m. Eva Marie and by his will left his estate to his widow and their children, John Frederick, John George, and George Michael. John Michael was educated at the University of Heidelberg; nineteen years after his settlement in America he visited Europe and his native town of Heidelberg in 1751; he d. in 1764. He bequeathed a considerable estate to his widow and children; m. 1737, Margaret, surname unknown, d. 1785.

I. CHRISTOPHER, b. 5th October, 1738, of whom later.
II. Barbara, m.—— DINGIRT.
III. George.
IV. Valentine.
V. John Andreas.
VI. John Michael.
VII. Anthony.
[VIII. is missing]
IX. Peter, m. Christina BEFF.
X. Susanna, m. John GUNDRUM
XI. Catherine, m. Martin FRY.
XII. Christina, m. Michael NEF

CHRISTOPHER CAPP of Harrisburg; b. Heidelberg, 5th October, 1738; d. 13th May, 1806, at Harrisburg; was an active man in Council and of considerable wealth and largely increased his landed holdings; he built a commodious stone Colonial Mansion which is still (1916) in excellent preservation; m. 1764, Anna FABER, d. 1792, dau. of Elizabeth FABER, widow, d. 1775.

I. Jacob, b. 1765, of Jonestown, Pennsylvania; d. 16th March, 1826; established a store at Jonestown, and also had large landed holdings; m. Elizabeth ZIMMERMAN, b. 1767, d. 1841.

1. Michael, b. 1790; d. 1844; m. Catherine BROWN.

11. Mary, b. 1819, d. 1844.
21. Sabina.
31. Susan.
41. Jacob, b. 1825; m. Caroline BOWMAN, of Lebanon.

12. Henry M., b. 1852; m. Emma DEAN, a descendant of Gen. Israel PUTNAM.

13. Henry M.

23. Emma.
33. Ninian.
43. Dean.

2. Sabina, m. John STEIN.
3. Catherine, m. John CONRAD.
4. Joseph, no issue.
5. John, b. 1801; d. 1864; m. Sallie SELTZER, b. 1804; d. 1863.

11. George Thomas, b. 1825; was a man of prominence in his community; m. Sarah BICKNEL.

12. George S.

22. John A., M.D., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
32. Hon. Thomas H., Lawyer, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Member of the State Legislature for several years, and was the presiding officer of that body, and a Judge.

II. JOHN, b. 1768, of whom later.

III. Christopher, Jr., b. circa 1770; d.s.p.

JOHN CAPP, b. 1768; d. 14th February, 1826; was educated at Dickinson College, in which institution he was offered a professorship; he served as a Burgess and was appointed a Commissioner for the Eastern States to settle all claims of officers and soldiers who served under Col. George WASHINGTON in the French and Indian Wars from 1754 to 1764; he established a bank in Harrisburg; was the first President of the Turnpike Roads Company of Pennsylvania; m. 1793, Sarah CHAMBERLAIN, d. 1821, dau. of Charles CHAMBERLAIN, who was regarded as a Tory and whose house in Philadelphia was occupied by General HOWE, during the British occupancy of that town.

I. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1876; unmarried.

II. Samuel, b. 1796; d. 1854; unmarried.

III. Mary Ann, b. 1807; d. 1870; m. Dr. William GALLAHER, a descendant of General MONTGOMERY who fought at Quebec.

1. Sarah Elizabeth GALLAHER, unmarried.

2. Stephen GALLAGHER, unmarried.

3. Samuel Capp GALLAHER, who makes his residence in London, England.

IV. JOHN CHARLES, b. 26th June, 1800, of whom later.

JOHN CHARLES CAPP, of Philadelphia, b. Harrisburg, 26th June, 1800; d. 3d March, 1876; engaged in the banking business; at the time of his death was the dean of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange; m. 28th July, 1829, Sarah SINGER, b. 16th November, 1798; d. 8th April, 1876, dau. of John and Anna Maria Musser SINGER.

I. Charles Singer, of San Francisco, California; b. 19th December, 1831; d. 1912; went to California in 1849; was a Lawyer and for many years connected with newspaper work; m. 6th August, 1889, Lillian E. STILLWELL, b. 1864, dau. of Rev. —— STILLWELL.

1. Lillian, b. 20th May, 1890.
2. Charles, b. 7th December, 1893.
3. Miriam, b. 4th December, 1891; m. 1915, Rev. Clifton Alden DOUGLAS, a missionary to Colombia, South America.

II. John Singer, Banker of Philadelphia; b. 29th April, 1833; d. 10th January 1882; served in the Civil War as Lieutenant; m. 22d November, 1860 Mary MICHENER.

1. Sarah Emma, b. 21st December, 1882; m. Traff HAVERSTICK, son of, Rev. Alexander HAVERSTICK.

III. Allen, Electrical Engineer, b. 14th January, 1870; Graduate University of Pennsylvania.

IV. Alfred, b. 13th February, 1840; d. 2d April, 1852.

V. Samuel, d. in infancy.

VI. Samuel M., of San Francisco, b. 2d March, 1836; d. 1908.

VII. Rev. Edward Payson, b. 12th September, 1837; d. 26th October, 1873, and is buried at Yokohoma, Japan; Graduate University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton Theological Seminary; with his brother-in-law Rev. S. MATEER established a school in Tung Chow, which has since become a University with fifty-five professors and several hundred students; also built a Presbyterian Church at Tung Chow which is in a flourishing condition; m. at Tung Chow, China, Margaret BROWN, d. 17th February, 1882, a missionary.

VIII. WILLIAM MUSSER, M.D., b. 20th November, 1842, of whom later.

DR. WILLIAM MUSSER CAPP, of Philadelphia; b. 20th November, 1842; a graduate of Jefferson College of Medicine in Philadelphia; m. 4th March, 1868, Ida Estelle STITT, b. 29th November, 1845, dau. of Seth Bunker STITT of Philadelphia and Sarah Wilkinson WALL.

I. Estelle, m. 3d November, 1902, Frederick JOST, of New York, b. 1870; d. 1908, a graduate of the University of Berlin, Prussia, son of Frederick W. JOST, and a descendant of Anika JANS and Peter STUYVESANT, who m. —— KIP.

I. Gordon JOST, b. 1st October, 1903.

II. William Edgar, b. 19th August, 1872; d. 30th September, 1891, while a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania.

III. Louise Thayer, b. 10th September, 1879; d. 18th September, 1879.

IV. SETH BUNKER, b. 23d May, 1875, the subject of this memoir.

Arms.–Noir, three supurs or.

Crest.–A winged spur or.

Motto.–Nunquam non paratus.

Residence.–Devon, Pennsylvania.

Clubs.–Merion Cricket Club (Proprietary Member), Bay Head Yacht Club, The American Kennel Club.

Societies.–Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, Sons of the American Revolution, Baronial Order of Runnemede, 32d degree Mason.

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