Name: William Caples 1 2
Birth: ABT 1807 in Columbia?, Herkimer County, New York 3
Death: 10 JUL 1881 in Onondaga County, New York, about age 74 4
Occupation: 1880 Farmer 2
According to testimony provided by Lucy Jane Caples Carpenter in the Civil War pension documents of her son, Loren Caples, William Caples abandoned his family when her "... youngest son, Leroy, was 8 years old (1861) and he then deserted his family and me and he went to Columbia, Herkimer Co. this State [N.Y. ] to his brother's visiting and then came back to West Monroe and staid [sic] a while [and then?] went visiting back and forth among his relatives. I was living at Mallory where he moved me to. We had been living at Mallory for 1 year and West Monroe for 10 years before that. Since then he has never done anything towards my support. and refused to buy a pair of shoes for Leroy when he asked him to." When asked what excuse he made for leaving you, she replied, "Nothing only because I wouldn't support him by my labor."
[Source: Loren Caples, complete Pension Application file, No. 270 990, (Washington: National Archives)].
In the 1840 census for the Town of Columbia, New York, a William Caples is listed as the head of a household with the following inhabitants: two males under 5 years of age and one between 30 and 40 years of age; two females under 5 years of age and one between 20 and 30 years of age. Assuming our William is the male between 30 and 40 years of age and Lucy Jane Lower is the female between 20 and 30 years of age, that would place the boys Lester (b. 10/2/1837) and Loren (b. Abt. 8/12/1840) and twin girls Lunia and Lucia (b. Abt 1837) in Columbia in 1840, but what of Lomenzo (b. Abt. 1843)? Loren's Civil War pension documents corroborate that he was born in Columbia.
[Source: 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Town of Columbia, Northern District (or Territory) of New York, page 124, as viewed on-line from http://Ancestry.com, image M704_290, 4/2/02.]
The 1850 census for the town of Hastings, Oswego County, New York lists, as the 322nd dwelling visited by the enumerator:
William Cables [sic], 45, M, Farmer, born in New York
Lucy J. ", 32, F, born in New York
Lucia ", 13, F, born in New York
Lun[i]a ", 13, F, born in New York
Lester ", 12, M, born in New York
Lorin ", 10, M, born in New York
Lomenzo ", 6, M, born in New York
Lovina ", 1, F, born in New York
The column Value of Real Estate owned is left blank.
[Source: 1850 U.S. Census, Schedule L--Free Inhabitants in the Town of Hastings, Oswego County, New York, enumerated on August 30, 1850, as viewed on-line from http://Ancestry.com, image M432_578-0346, 4/2/02.]
According to the 1880 Village of Geddes census, 73 year old William Caples was living with his 43 year old son Lester at 6 Exchange Street on June 16, 1880. He was listed as married (not widowed, though a wife is not listed among the household), occupation: Farmer, and suffering from Dropsy. It also notes that his father was born in New York state and his mother was born in Germany. Also in the household were Lester's wife Eliza or Elizabeth, age 44 and their children 19 year old Loren and 17 year old George.
[Source: 1880 Census, Village of Geddes, Onondaga County, New York State, Page No. 55, Supervisor's District No. 8, Enumeration District 174, June 16, 1880, stamped page 274.]
William Caples entered the Onondaga County Almshouse and Asylum, also known as the County Poor House, on July 4, 1881, and died there less than week later on July 10, 1881 at the age of 73. His expenses were charged to the Town of Geddes. [Source: Loren Caples, complete Pension Application file, No. 270 990, (Washington: National Archives), testimony of employee H. R. Knapp's February 25, 1887, provided to Special Examiner H. B. Brown.]
Father: Anson Caples b: ABT 1783 in New York
Mother: ? ? b: in Germany?
Lucy Jane Lower b: ABT 1818 in Herkimer County, New York
10 MAY 1834
in Hastings Center, Oswego County, New York by Justice of the Peace William Ford 5
in William Ford, Justice of the Peace 4
- Lucia Caples b: ABT 1837
- Lunia Caples b: ABT 1837
- Lester Capels b: 2 OCT 1837 in New York
- Loren Caples b: 12 AUG 1840 in Columbia, Herkimer County, New York
- Lomenzo Caples b: ABT 1843 in Mohawk, New York
- Lovina Caples b: ABT 1849
- William Leroy Capels\Caples b: 26 APR 1853 in Oswego County, New York
- Title: 1880 Census, Onondaga County, NY, Geddes Village, ED 174, SD 81, Vol. 91, page 54; stamped page 267
- Title: 1880 Census, Onondaga County, NY, Geddes Village, ED 174, SD 8, Vol. 91, page 55; stamped page 274
- Title: Death Certificate, William Leroy Caples, issued May 26, 1920, Onondaga County, N Y
Media: Official Document
- Title: Loren Caples, complete Pension Application file, No. 270 990, (Washington: National Archives), Lucy J. Carpenter Deposition, March 2, 1887
- Title: Loren Caples, complete Pension Application file, No. 270 990, (Washington: National Archives), Lucy Jane Caples declaration, June 22, 1880