George Washington CAPERTON

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  1. 1.  George Washington CAPERTON was born 11 Jul 1807 (son of Captain Hugh CAPERTON and Rhoda STODGHILL); died 4 Feb 1852, Petersburg, Virginia; was buried Petersburg, Virginia.


    Operated a hardware store in Petersburg, virginia

    George married Martha IMOGENT 13 Jun 1842. Martha was born 5 Nov 1814; died 16 Feb 1844, Petersburg, Virginia; was buried Petersburg, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Captain Hugh CAPERTON was born 1751, Pennsylvania Or Rockbridge County Area Of Virginia (son of John CAPERTON and Mary Or Polly THOMPSON); died 1816, Monroe County Area Of Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.


    Known as Captain "New River" Hugh Caperton (1751-1816)
    1 st. child of John Caperton
    1874 joined Captain John Lewis' company of volunteers from Botetourt County and took part in the Battle of Point Pleasant.
    1783 appointed a Lieutenant in Wood's Company
    In 1791 Appointed as Captain of a Ranger Company which operated in the Greenbrier-Kanawha area,
    had a run in with Daniel Boone, who was the provisioner for the company. Much animosity resulted from the manner in which Boone handled his duties during the campaign
    1786-87 Justice of Greenbrier County
    1789 &1791 delegate from Greenbrier Co. to Leg. Of Virginia
    lived in the following counties Greenbrier, Monroe, Giles, Mercer and Tazewell.
    Took part in the Dunmore war and the Ylution.
    Lived on the family homestead.
    According to Sims Index to Land grants in West Virginia page 115 Hugh Caperton aquired the folling;
    50 acres Peters Mountain 1799 Book 4 p. 246
    62 acres Rich Creek 1793 Book 3 Page 46.
    97 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 486.
    200 acres Indian Creek 1788 Book 2 Page 172.
    100 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 485.
    250 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 458.
    300 acres Bush Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 488.
    400 acres Indian Creek 1791 Book 2 Page 397.
    400 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 487.
    554 acres Indian Creek 1790 Book 2 Page 296.
    An entry in " A New River Heritage" Vol. 1 by William Sanders on page 30 shows that Hugh Caperton was a Surety on Johnathan Toney and Besty Caperton Marriage bond 23 Oct 1811. This entry indicates that the "New River Hugh" Caperton, who commanded a company of pre-Revolutionary Virginia militiamen (including Daniel Boone and Drewry Farley) was still alive in 1811. His grave was removed from the west side of the New River at the mouth of Lick Creek (the French and Walker settlement area) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 194O's, when the land was acquired for the Bluestone Dam flood control project.
    On Page 27 we have the following comments: "New River Hugh" Caperton and his brother, Adam Caperton, were sons of John Caperton and Polly (sometimes referred to as Mary) Thompson, who came to the New River area near Hans Creek in Monroe near Red Sulphur Springs in 176O. Adam was killed in Kentucky in a bloody Indian skirmish, known as "Estil's Defeat." Adam's son named Hugh, held Adam's land around Union (our present Gov. Gaston Caperton descends from that line). The "New River Hugh" line constitutes the Glen Lyn-New River-Elgood line of Capertons, concentrated mainly on the west side of the New River Interchange and land ownership across the New River was common in the early days.
    Our "New River Hugh" Caperton, the friend of George Washington, and commander of Daniel Boone for a brief period, and the commander also of Drewry Farley, married Rhoda Stodghill on September 21, 1785. She was a daughter of John and Elizabeth Harvey Stodghill. "New River Hugh" Caperton, son of settlers John and Polly, or Mary Thompson Caperton, died in 1816. His widow, Rhoda, then married (1828) Jacob Peck of the Peterstown-Grey Sulphur Springs area. Rhoda owned 186 acres, in 1824, on the west side of the New River in the Glen Lyn area, where hers and Hugh's daughter, Elizabeth, married Johnathan Toney, who built the first brick home in Giles County, where a ferry was conducted across the river at this central point of settlement traffic. French homeplace at the mouth of Lick Creek; and Augustus and other Capertons near Glen Lyn have been removed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Peterstown Cemetery.
    "New River Hugh" and Rhoda Stodghill Caperton had seven or eight children, including John Stodghill Caperton (1788-1865) who married Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate (1794-1864), the daughter of settlers Daniel and Millie Callison Shumate, first settlers of Rich Creek.
    John S. and Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate Caperton are buried east of Elgood on the late Dr. John Shumate farm, at the corner of the Athens-Elgood road with Pisgah Road, which was part of the original "Three Knobs" beautiful scenic Caperton farm. The Three Knobs farm, the Caperton Cemetery, and the old Caperton one-room school are located on the Elgood Road not far west of Elgood center.

    Hugh was included in the Tax list of 1774 in Sink Hole, Hans Creek, Indian
    Creek, Wolf Creek and Rich Creek Botetourt Co. VA.

    In 1774 he joined Capt. John Lewis Co. of Volunteers from Botetourt Co. and
    took part in the battle of Point Pleasant W(VA). In April 1783 he was
    appointed Lieutenant of Woods Company. In 1787 he was Captain of the
    Militia and in 1791 a Captain of a Ranger Company in Greenbrier, Kanawha

    Daniel Boone was the provisiner for this company and much animosity resulted
    from the manner in which Boone handled his duties during this campaigning.
    Boone said "Caperton didn't do to my likin".

    There are many records in the Chancery Court of Augusta Co. VA and in the
    VA State Papers about this 1791-1793 tour of duty.

    Hugh Caperton was the progenitor of the New River Capertons. His nephew Hugh
    Caperton left his home in Kentucky at the age of twelve, and returned with
    him to live with him in Va about 1782-1790's. Adam, Hugh's brother Adam was
    the father of Hugh Jr. the nephew. Adam was killed in Kentucky in the
    "Estils Defeat".

    In 1824, Sulphur Springs
    Hugh had land transactions in Greenbrier, Giles, Monroe, Mercer an Tazewell
    Counties. Land transactions after 1800 were those of his nephew Hugh
    Caperton of Elmwood", Monroe Co.

    The Tax list of April 3, 1815 Giles Co. VA list Hugh's holdings at Big
    Bluestone and Pipestone, Tom's Run and Loop Creek area. Hugh was living in
    1816 in Monroe Co. Indian Creek was his earlier land holdings, after 1800
    they were around Brush Creek and Rich Creek area near Peterstown.

    Captain married Rhoda STODGHILL 21 Sep 1785, Greenbrier County, Virginia. Rhoda (daughter of John STODGHILL and Elizabeth HARVEY) was born 1768, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia; died 1828, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Rhoda STODGHILL was born 1768, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia (daughter of John STODGHILL and Elizabeth HARVEY); died 1828, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.


    To find her death notice may have to look under the name of Rhoda Peck instead of Caperton. At time of marriage Rev. John Alderson spelled her name "Rhodeiea Sturgen" could have been sept of 1785 that she got married, daughter of John Stodgill and Elizabeth Harvey. Could have been the second wife of Hugh Caperton.
    Rhoda purchased 186 acres of land in 1824 on the west side of the New River in Giles County, probably to be nearer her daughter, Elizabeth Toney, at Glen Lyn. She had probably moved there and this accounts for her marriage to Jacob Peck being recorded in Giles County. Soon after the marriage of Rhoda and Jacob, her children sold Jacob much of the land they had inherited from "New River" Hugh Caperton for a small amount of money. When Jacob died in 1846, he left this land to his sons. Rhoda was not mentioned in Jacob's will, so we can assume that she predeceased Jacob.


    Rev. John Alderson

    1. John Stodghill CAPERTON was born 30 Mar 1788, Rich Creek, Mercer County, Virginia; died 3 Mar 1865, Elgood, Mercer County, West Virginia; was buried Shumate (Hazelwood) Cemetery, Mercer County, West Virginia.
    2. Thompson Hugh CAPERTON was born 30 Mar 1788, Greenbrier County, Virginia; died 31 May 1865, Mercer County, West Virginia; was buried Shumate (Hazelwood) Cemetery, Mercer County, West Virginia.
    3. Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON was born 22 Sep 1794, Monroe County, Virginia; died 1876, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.
    4. Mary Polly CAPERTON was born 12 Jan 1799.
    5. Augustus Williams James CAPERTON was born 29 Oct 1802; died 22 Apr 1878, Mercer County, Virginia.
    6. Green C. CAPERTON was born 12 Jun 1804.
    7. 1. George Washington CAPERTON was born 11 Jul 1807; died 4 Feb 1852, Petersburg, Virginia; was buried Petersburg, Virginia.
    8. Overton Harrison CAPERTON was born 7 Sep 1810; died 2 Nov 1846.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John CAPERTON was born 1725, In Wales Or Ireland (son of Richard CAPERTON and Mary DEVORELLE); died Abt 1789; was buried Near Ralson Family Cemetery, On Ham Creek, Monroe County, VA.


    Caperton European roots – Scotland. Also children of first John Caperton in USA.
    Evidence indicates John Caperton – American immigrant – came from Ireland, then Scotland, and a long way back - France. It appears quite likely that John Caperton was born about 1735 in Kilmorack parish, Inverness county, Scotland and that his parents were Alexander Capitan and Isobel McIver, both of the same parish- reference Old Parish Records of Scotland. His family moved to Ireland shortly after 1748 and John Caperton was in Augusta county Virginia by May 8, 1753. He was likely married by 1755 - birth date of oldest son Adam (not Hugh, born abt 1757) per Elmwood manuscript - see p.197 of "The Caperton Family" by Bernard Caperton - 1972, Katherine Phelps letter dated 7/23/1930 and the fact that Adam was listed in early Virginia tithables in 1773 and Hugh not until 1774 (see p. 9 of "The Caperton Family"). The evidence below supports this proposal. Comments welcome.
    1. Caperton family history from 1800’s and early 1900’s. Reference article from 1972 Harper’s Magazine and 8/7/1921 letter from G.W.Caperton, president of Slab Fork Coal Co. – 2nd paragraph. Also Katherine Phelps Caperton’s early research (reference her letter dated 7/23/1930) and Admiral Capertons’ research in Scotland as the initial source of Capertons, before coming from France.
    2. Reference p. 192 of "The Caperton Family" by Bernard M. Caperton in the discussion on European background of John Caperton. In 1932 a genealogist was hired to search to search for a connection with Caprington and Cunningham in Scotland - finding no connection Katherine Phelps Caperton had sources in England checked and found references to families with name spelled Caperton, i.e. Richard Caperton and Thomas Cappiden (this was the spelling interestingly, same as the Scottish spelling, except with an extra ‘p’). Katherine Phelps Caperton’s first belief of the family origin in Europe was Scotland, however and she changed latter. Unfortunately, back in the 1930’s, the Old Parish Records in Scotland were only available on paper records, mostly unindexed. Now, computer aided search tools are available on old parish records that have been indexed by name, available via internet access and the Family History IGI in larger public libraries.
    3. Name was not originally spelled Caperton, reference above letter dated 1921 from G.W.Caperton. In Bernard Caperton’s book on he references some of the early spellings of Capertons in early Virginia records – i.e. 1774 tithables for Augusta county – lists Adam Capitan. Most often the spellings were more phonetic than based on standard spellings in those times – that is, how the listener guessed the spelling.
    4. Book "Scottish Emigrants to the USA", page 65, by Donald Whyte, lists John Caperton as coming from Scotland.
    5. Book "Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy" by Fredrick Adams Virkus, p. 299 Vol. I, dated 1925, say John Caperton came from Scotland. Book in item 4 above references this work.
    6. According to Bernard Caperton’s book, the Elmwood Manuscript, which he estimates dates to before 1844, says the Capertons came from Ireland and left after some trouble. A copy of the manuscript appears in his book. Suspect stay in Ireland was rather short.
    7. The Old Parish Records (OPR) of Scotland list a Hugh Capitan/Capidan and an Alexander Capidan in Kilmorack parish, Inverness county. There family records of marriage and their children’s’ births last from 1735 until 1748. Interestingly, no other published records in all of Scotland list any families by the surname of Capitan or Capidan, 1748 is the last reference – also see Family History IGI records. Suspect the remnants of the family moved to N. Ireland to escape English oppression in Scotland, especially ruthless in the mid-1700’s. At this time in history, N. Ireland was a better place to live than parts of Scotland, especially Inverness area, and Scottish migration to N. Ireland was not uncommon.
    8. All the family first names listed in the OPR noted above were fist names used in the family here in America. The first name Hugh especially stands out – it was not a common first name in early days of USA.
    9. Katherine Phelps Caperton references that Capertons originally came from France with William the Conqueror and his Norman host in 1066. Interestingly, Kilmorack parish noted above in Scotland is predominately populated by Frasers, a Scottish clan who came to Britain with the Normans as noted above and held ties to France. Reference the Fraser history, clan motto in French (rare for mottos of that time, most in Latin.) Seems the Ireland and France connection are common to most theories about the Caperton origin, it’s just the middle country that’s at question. A name in early Kilmorack parish records - about 1675, was Captaine, which with that spelling died out early 1700’s, may be an earlier spelling of Capitan/Caperton.
    10. Estimating about 1735 for John Caperton's birth, given a note in Katherine Phelps Caperton's letter noted above that Hugh was born in 1735. Suspect that was really John Caperton's date, which would fit with Alexander Capidan's marriage time frame in Inverness county.

    England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland & France have all been advanced as the origin of the Caperton name this John Caperton was the only person to immigrate to America, in this time frame , and it was thought that he came in the late 1740's or early 1750's -certainly by 1753. John and Polly purchased a tract of land in 1755 in the Beverley Manor Tract of August County, Virginia.

    According to C. Ross McCorkle, great great grandson of John Caperton, John settled for a time in Pennsylvania, and later moved to the Great Calf Pasture River Section, August County, Virginia, his first location was on the East Side of the New River, below the mouth of the Rich River and very near the line of Summers County. Between the years 1740 and 1745, and later purchased a track of land, in 1746 from John Lewis, the father of General Andrew Lewis, who commanded the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 and who was the first settler in Augusta County, or rather the territory which afterwards became Augusta, having erected his home in the remote wilderness, in the year of 1732, at Belle Fountain Springs, near Staunton

    To summarize we know that he was in Augusta County on the Shenandoah River by 1753. During the 1750's he was involved in court cases and land transactions in the present area of Augusta and Rockingham Counties.

    He had sold all of his land in the area by 1760; and doesn't appear again in official records until 1774, and this was in Botetourt County, Virginia, in that part of Botetourt, which is now Monroe County, West Virginia or Giles County, Virginia.

    Lived there in the early 1760’s and for some time lived on the New River, and then moved to Ham Creek area around 1783. John Caperton is not mentioned in official records after 1789.

    All the children as soon as they were grown followed the Westward tide of migration to Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, and then from they’re to Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and other states west. All except Captain Hugh.

    The "Elmwood" Caperton Manuscript
    Thought to have been written by Sarah Caperton Preston, daughter of Adam Caperton..
    State that John Caperton of Ireland had an only child called John, who left Ireland after having killed a man, he was never heard from again. John the father after the death of his wife came to America and met Polly Thompson, who was also from Ireland, in Pennsylvania to whom he soon married.
    A history of Monroe County West Virginia by Oren F. Morton reports that the Caperton are from French Ancestor who went from the south of France to the British Isles. The progenitor of the Monroe connection was John who crossed the Atlantic about 1725 and at length found his way from Philadelphia to the Valleys of Virginia. His wife was Mary Thompson, whom he met on the ship that conveyed him to America. In 1759 we find mention on Christian Creek of John Caperton, a Yeoman who wife was Mary. The following year John "Capbritton" is spoken of as in the vicinity of Peaked Mountain. his final location was on the East Side of the New River, below the mouth of Rich Creek and very near the line of Summer County. The Caperton story taken from "A New River Heritage" Volume l, ll, lll, &lV
    by William Sanders
    The Caperton family was one of the first families to settle between Glen Lyn and Island Creek on the New River. The first Caperton in the general area was John Caperton, who married Polly (sometimes called "Mary") Thompson, who came to America, in the 174O"s or early 175O"s and first owned land on Cub Run Branch of the Shenandoah River in Augusta County, Virginia. An Alexander Thompson was witness to their deed, and there are manuscripts that refer to Polly as the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Thompson and the names, Adam and Elizabeth, come down the Caperton line.
    In the 176O's, John and Polly sold their land in Augusta County, and appeared in the New River area in 1773-1774 somewhere between the mouth of Rich Creek in Giles County, and Crumps Bottom in Summers County, West Virginia. Their place of burial (death about 1789) is UNKNOWN, but probably was on the headwaters of Hans Creek, a branch of the New River, and this is fairly close to Red Sulphur Springs in Monroe County. The Caperton Family History, by Bernard Caperton, places his home in that particular area. He and his oldest son, Hugh, were reputed to have been Indian traders and good friends with the Indians and to have conferred with George Washington about the Indian troubles on the frontier. It has been speculated that their good relations with the Indians left them unmolested in the New River area during the time of the Indian raids in the late 17OO's. In 1793, "New River Hugh" was in command of a company of frontiersmen fighting the Indians. Daniel Boone was a member of the company and deserted, stating that "Captain Caperton didn't do to his liken."
    John and Polly Caperton had eight children, the oldest two being son Hugh, previously referred to, and a son, Adam.
    Adam's son, Hugh, became wealthy and well known as the builder and owner of the Colonial mansion, Elmwood of Union, West Virginia. This Hugh's son, Allen Taylor Caperton, succeeded to the home place and was a U.S. senator of Virginia and West Virginia at the time of the Civil War. He was renowned as a trial lawyer with his office located at Union. Adam, the father of Hugh of "Elmwood," was killed in Kentucky in a famous skirmish with the Indians, recorded as Estil's Defeat. The older son of John and Polly Caperton, which is the line that split to Mercer County, named Hugh, and referred to in all the histories as "New River Hugh," to distinguish him from his rich, landowner nephew of "Elmwood." He married Rhoda Stodghill, and this marriage occurred on September 21, 1785. Rhoda was a daughter "New River Hugh" Caperton died in 1816. His widow then married Jacob Peck, of the Peterstown area (Grey Sulphur Springs) and much of the land of "New River Hugh" passed to the well-known Peck line.
    Rhoda owned 186 acres in 1824, on the west side of the New River at Glen Lyn where her daughter, Elizabeth Caperton, was married to Jonathan Toney, who built the first brick house in Giles County and ran a ferry at Glen Lyn. "New River Hugh" and Rhoda Caperton had seven or eight children, including John Stodghill Caperton (1788-1865) who married Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate (1794-1864), daughter of Daniel and Millie Callison Shumate, the first Shumate settlers of the New River area and founders of the town of Rich Creek. I have located the graves of John and Margaret Caperton, in a cemetery on Dr. John Shumate's farm in the junction of the Pisgah Road and Athens Road adjoining the "Three Knobs" Caperton farm. It is presumed that Allen Tollison Caperton obtained his middle name from the Shumate side. The oldest son of Daniel and Millie Shumate, and thus a brother of Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate Caperton, was named Tollison Shumate. His son, Parkinson Shumate, built a large, brick colonial home on the east side of the river at Glen Lyn, overlooking the beautiful bottomland there. This brick home was recently torn down to make way for U.S. Route 46O, and it's last usage was known as the Oulds Place.
    The best-defined home place of the Capertons is owned by Ruby Caperton Hazelwood (Mrs. van Hazelwood of Martinsburg, West Virginia). This home is along the Elgood-Athens Road, and is now vacant; the ancient oak in the rear of the home is probably three hundred years old and is one of the most beautifully preserved trees in this area. Diagonally across the road lived Burman Caperton, and his fine wife, Edith Hazelwood Caperton. They looked after this old ancestral home, together with the family cemetery nearby. The well-known Caperton's one-room school is in fine condition in the yard of their home. The old home place is known as "Three Knobs" farm. The original two-room and loft log, rear ell has been recently torn down. The vacant home is on a ridgeline with magnificent views to the south, front, and northeast rear. The rear view overlooking Island Creek offers a very inspiring landscape.
    John Stodghill and Peggy Shumate Caperton had twelve children, among who was Thompson H. Caperton (January 3, 1822, to January 31, 1895), who was married to Sarah Lore Miller, born in 1824.
    Another son of John S. and Peggy Caperton was John S. Caperton, Jr. (December 6,1823, to December 8,1894), who married Minerva Ann Reed, of the Reeds who lived at the Mercer Salt Works, and she was born in 1835 and died in 1884.
    John S. Caperton, Jr., and Minerva Reed Caperton, are buried at "Three Knobs" Cemetery near Elgood. They had four children: John W. Caperton, who married a Hancock; Allen Tollison Caper-ton, our Princeton builder, who married Lucy Gore of nearby Island Creek; Mary Isabelle Caperton Kirtner; and Margaret Caperton, who married Isaac McKinney. This couple is also buried at the family cemetery near Elgood. Barman Caperton, who owned the old home place, was the only son of Louden Caperton, who was a son of John W. Caperton, and brother of Allen T. Caperton of Princeton.
    Allen Tollison Caperton (1856-1915\ and Lucy Gore Caperton (1859-1931) are buried in the town cemetery at Princeton (oak-wood). They are unsung members of a small and special breed of pioneers, and sons and daughters of pioneers who rebuilt Prince-ton on the original town survey upon the ashes left by the tragic Civil War's burning of the town.
    other family members buried in the Caperton plot in the oak-wood Cemetery are as follows: Robert Sturgeon Caperton (1887-1963); his wife, Pansey Adair Caperton (1888-1973); William A. Boykin (1914-1972); Rupert Ernest Caperton (1888-1956); Eugene Edwin Caperton, Jr. (1912-192O); and Eugene E. Caperton (1885-1915).
    By the year 1753, Hugh's Parents settled near the mouth of Cub. Run of the
    Shenandoah River, Augusta Co. VA. near Hans Ck. near Red Sulphur Springs.

    Hugh's parents John and Mary Caperton brought their family to the Monroe Co.
    W(VA) area (then Botetourt Co. VA) from Augusta Co. in the early

    JOHN CAPERTON and MARY "POLLY" THOMPSON parents of Capt. Hugh Caperton. They
    were of Ireland before coming to Pennsylvania. They met on the ship and
    married in Pennsylvania about 1750.

    John was born 1705-1725 and died about 1788 in Greenbrier Co. VA. Mary born was about 1706? and died after 1766. Mary was his second wife, wife #1 UNKNOWN, but they had a son John who had killed a man, and then left Ireland and was never heard of again.

    John and Mary married about 1750 and left PA and moved to Rockingham Co.
    VA. And settled on the Shenandoah River. They were there in 1753.

    They purchased a tract of land in 1755 in the Beverly Manor tract of Augusta
    Co. Va. and Alexander Thompson was witness to the deeds. They were on
    Christian Creek in 1759 and in the next year in the vicinity of Peaked

    About 1761 they migrated to the New River area, Botetourt Co. that part is
    Now Monroe Co., they lived on the New River.

    His final location was on the east side of the River below the mouth of Rich
    Creek and very near the line of Summers County in 1774. Hans Creek in 1783.

    They had eight known children, all born of Augusta Co.

    John married Mary Or Polly THOMPSON 1750, Pennsylvania. Mary (daughter of Adam THOMPSON and Neome HILL) was born 1725, Ireland. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Mary Or Polly THOMPSON was born 1725, Ireland (daughter of Adam THOMPSON and Neome HILL).


    Undoubted Scotch Ancestry, might have been the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Thompson of Augusta County, Virginia. Met John on the ship that conveyed them to America.
    On page 5 of Bernard Caperton's book "The Caperton Family", he says:
    "Katherine Phelps Caperton made the statement in her Manuscript that she
    had proof that Polly Thompson was the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth
    Thompson of Augusta County, but she did not give her source for the
    statement, and I have been unable to verify it. This is quite possibly
    correct. Adam and Elizabeth were the names of two of Polly's children,
    so it is posssible that they were named for her parents. There might be
    proof of Polly's parentage in some of the unpublished records of Augusta


    Got your e-mail today and read thru your info with much interest. Of course,
    I had gotten a lot from Bernard's book and some from a couple of other
    sources on later Capertons. Your additional discussion of the early
    Capertons is very interesting and will give me more info to review and think
    about for John and Richard.

    The part that I find very interesting, both from you and Bernard's book, is
    the cloudy history on John and John the son. If John had a problem in
    Ireland and disappeared, then is it not possible that it was the son Jo
    that showed up in the new world?? And, my thinking is further intrigued by
    the fact that I located a name in "The Complete Book of Emigrants, 16
    1776", & "Emigrants in Bondage, 1614 - 1775," on CD #350 from Broderbund
    which reveals a Mary Thompson of Langtree, a spinster, was sentenced to
    transportation at the Quarter Sessions on April 1751 in Lancashire, England.
    I wonder if John the son may also have been transported and maybe the two of
    them then made a connection? Anyway, it is thought that I have been
    entertaining for a while. Maybe a couple of undesirables got shipped out of

    Thanks for the download. Will keep in touch.

    Lee Anderson
    (aka Kimberlin Lee Caperton, Jr.)

    1. 2. Captain Hugh CAPERTON was born 1751, Pennsylvania Or Rockbridge County Area Of Virginia; died 1816, Monroe County Area Of Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.
    2. Adam CAPERTON was born 1753, Augusta County, Virginia; died 22 Mar 1782, Mount Sterling, Kentucky.
    3. Sarah CAPERTON was born 1755, Augusta County, Virginia.
    4. Mary UNKNOWN was born 1757, Augusta County, Virginia.
    5. Nancy Agness CAPERTON was born 1760, Augusta County, Virginia.
    6. Elizabeth CAPERTON was born 1763, Augusta County, Virginia.
    7. William CAPERTON was born 1766, Greenbrier County, Virginia; died 1862, Carroll County, Mississippi.
    8. James Alexander CAPERTON was born 1770, Botetourt County, Virginia; died 12 Jun 1847, Spring Hill, Tennessee.

  3. 6.  John STODGHILL was born 1740, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia (son of James STODGHILL and Ann BLACKSTONE); died Aft 1818, Kentucky.


    Patented 400 acres at the head of the Hans near Lindside.
    The homestead adjoined the Coalter, Swope, Peck, Thrasher and others.
    Listed in 1810 Monroe County census as 1 male (16-26, 1 male from the a history of the Sturgill Family, by David Andrew Sturgill, published in 1960. John Stodgill and his wife, Elizabeth Harvey, probably made their first home in Orange County, Virginia, but apparently left there soon after their marriage about 1765. In 1760, John bought a 250 acrea farm from John Winslow; in 1769 he sold it plus 90 acrea inherited from his father's estate to John Sackleford. They probably moved to Greenbrier Co., Va (now Morgan Co., Wv) at that time. First Census of the United States 1785 shows John Sturgill in Grennbrier County, Virginia.
    He continued to appear on the Orange County tax rolls because he still owned the 200 acres which his father, James, had purchased from Zacharie Taylor in 1732, and which he had also inherited. When this land was sold in 1818, John was living in Morgan County, West virginia. Their first child was probably born in Orange County, Virginia; the others in what is now Morgan County, West Virginia.
    After 1818 John moved on to Kentucky where he married a second time. Elizabeth died in West Virginia.

    John married Elizabeth HARVEY 1765, Orange County, Virginia. Elizabeth (daughter of John HARVEY and Margaret BURKE) was born 1749, Orange, Now Green County, Virginia; died 1824. [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Elizabeth HARVEY was born 1749, Orange, Now Green County, Virginia (daughter of John HARVEY and Margaret BURKE); died 1824.
    1. Joel STODGHILL was born 1765, Morgan County, Virginia; died 4 Oct 1844, Greenbrier County, Virginia.
    2. 3. Rhoda STODGHILL was born 1768, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia; died 1828, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.
    3. William STODGHILL was born 1772, Greenbrier County, Virginia Now Morgan County, WV.
    4. Elizabeth STODGHILL was born 1776, Greenbrier County, Virginia Now Morgan County, WV; died 1846.
    5. Millie STODGHILL was born 1777, Greenbrier County, Virginia Now Morgan County, WV.
    6. Nancy STODGHILL was born 1779, Morgan County, West Virginia.
    7. James STODGHILL was born 1781, Morgan County, West Virginia.
    8. Mary "Polly' STODGHILL was born 1783, Morgan County, Virginia.
    9. Sarah STODGHILL was born 1785, Morgan County, Virginia.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard CAPERTON was born Abt 1690.


    “The caperton Family”
    by Bernard Caperton
    Charlottesville VA
    Appendix 1
    Pages 192-193

    Much speculation has been advanced about the European antecedent of John Caperton. I have done no original research on this matter, but feel that I must pass on to the family the information discovered by others that has recently come 'to my attention. Adm. Wm- B. Caperton (E-8531), and Woods A. Caperton (F-71511) of Indianapolis did some research in England and Scotland, and reported their findings to Katherine Phelps Caperton (D-743) from whom I obtained the following information. All three of these persons corresponded with one another, and were much interested in the European, origins of John Caperton.

    In 1932 Woods A. Caperton visited England, and upon the instigation of Adm. Caperton, he, hired a genealogist and searched in Scotland for the Caperton name. The names of Caprington and Cunningham were most thoroughly investigated, and the results seem to have been that there was no connection between these two names and the Caperton name. Katherine Phelps Caperton came to the conclusion that the Capertons did not penetrate into Scotland. Their research seems to disprove any connection between the Caperton and Caprington and Cunningham names in Scotland.

    Katherine Phelps Caperton states, "that the family tradition that they are of French ancestry is confirmed by the record at Canterbury". These records found by Woods A. Caperton, and reported by Katherine Phelps Caperton in her manuscript, are as follows:

    "1705, May 28th, Monsieur Caperton, godfather to David La Croix, Walloon Church, Canterbury."

    "1712-13, Mar 2nd Richard Caperton of Wells, Somersetshire and Mary Devorelle, to marry at St. Cuthbert's, Wells. Marriage license Diocese of Bath and Wells."

    "1745, Oct 2 - Thos. Cappiden and Elizabeth Holland married at Irby, Lincolnshire".

    "1824, Nov. 30th Joseph Payne, bachelor, and Sallie Caperton, spinster, license to marry, she of Middlesex".

    "1830, June 2nd - Thos. Caperton and Jemima Davis m. at St.

    George's, Hanover Square, London."

    It is thought that our John Caperton could have been a younger son of the Richard Caperton and Mary Devorelle above. Perhaps this is true, but I have no documentary.’ basis for this statement. I think the important thing is that the Caperton name did exist in England - although not profusely - and that connected with French names in the earlier records. The early spelling of Capebritton in Virginia certainly lends support to family traditions of a French origin.

    The speculation that the Caperton name descended from Hugh Capet," King of France seems to be too far fetched for futher comment.

    Woods A. Caperton died the year after his visit to England so he did not pursue his research in Somersetshire. Adm.-Caperton and Katherine Phelps Caperton both died in the early 1940's; and, did not follow the matter further.

    I do not mean to imply that the above information is idle speculation. It is most probable that the Capertons were French Huguenots who sojourned in England for a time before coming to America, and I think this the most likely path to pursue in further research into the European background of John Caperton.

    Richard married Mary DEVORELLE [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Mary DEVORELLE
    1. William CAPERTON
    2. 4. John CAPERTON was born 1725, In Wales Or Ireland; died Abt 1789; was buried Near Ralson Family Cemetery, On Ham Creek, Monroe County, VA.

  3. 10.  Adam THOMPSON

    Adam — Neome HILL. [Group Sheet]

  4. 11.  Neome HILL
    1. 5. Mary Or Polly THOMPSON was born 1725, Ireland.

  5. 12.  James STODGHILL was born Abt 1695, Tappahannock, Essex County, Virginia (son of John STODGELL and Ann MADISON); died 1753, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia; was buried Williams Cemetery.


    Records of the third generation begin to appear in 1732 with the names of James, John and Daniel Stodgell-Stodgill. These names appear first in the records of Spottsylvania county and later in Essex and Orange counties. These three men owned adjoining property and witnessed several public documents for each other' so there can be Little doubt that they were brothers. In 1767 Daniel and his son James witnessed the will of Susan Smith of King William county who is believed to have been a sister of Daniel, John and James.
    In 1732, they moved to a farm in Orange County, now green County, where they lived out their lives and where their children were born . The farm is located on Swift Run Creek, about seven miles west of the town of Stanardsville, Virginia.
    The will of Henry Madison probated in Essex County in 1734 directs his niece, Francis Madison, daughter of his brother Ambrose Madison, to deed 150 acres to Daniel Stodgill after she becomes of age. In 1754 Tavener Beale and his wife Francis deeded to Daniel Stodghill 150 acres near Swift Run Gap in Orange Co. (now Green Co.) as directed by the will of Ambrose Madison. Daniel, then living in Essex Co., immediately sold this 150 acres to William Riddle of Orange Co.

    James STODGILL was born in Essex Co. VA where he married Ann Blackstone in 1723 and where they made their first home. In 1732 he bought a tract of 200a in present Greene Co. on Swift Run creek. This deed, recorded in Spottsylvania Co. DB-B-346/7, was witnessed by John Zachery, brother-in-law of James and by Thomas Calloway who was a brother-in-law of his oldest son. Later in the same year (l732) James was given 400a by the will of Ambrose Madison which adjoined the above tract. As James was appointed a road overseer in the sane area in 1732)James and Ann must have moved to Swift Run creek in 1732.
    The Spottsylvania Co. deed describes the land as lying on the waters of the James river. Maps show that Swift run creek joins the Riveanna river in Albemarle Co which in turn joins the James river in Flavanna Co. James died in 1752 and Ann in 1763. After her death their children divided up the estate which then included 1200 acres of land. It is believed that John Madison, brother of Ambrose, also gave James 400 adjoining acres but no record of this has been found. Deeds made in the division of the estate and other records indicate that all those listed following were children of James and Ann.

    He was in York County, Virginia in 1704. No others found in that area who appear to be his children. His descendants may have migrated up the Eastern Coast into NJ or MD where the same and similar names appear on public records in the early 1700's
    James Stodgill was a member of the first jury in Orange County 1734
    James Stodgill and his wife Ann Blackstone moved from Essex Co. to Orange Co. (area now Greene Co) in 1732 after he inherited the land from Ambrose Madison. In the same year James bought 200 acres of adjoining land from Zacharia Taylor. At the time of his death in 1753 James owned an estate of 1200 acres in several adjoining tracts on the waters of Swift Run creek about seven miles west of the present town of Stanardsville Va. Ann Blackstone Stodgill, wife of James, died there in 1763 and within a few years of her passing all of the children of James and Ann had migrated elsewhere. Several attempts to locate the graves of James and Ann have been made but none of these were successful.
    James Stodgill died intestate in 1753 (see inventory of his estate on following pages) He had apparently divided up his estate among his children before his death but no deeds were recorded. After the death of their mother Ann in 1763 the children began to dispose of their shares of the land and each of them individually guaranteed their right to sell the land without contest, these deeds were recorded. (see an analysis of these deeds on a following page) By 1790 all the descendants of James and Ann had left Orange Co. and migrated elsewhere.

    James married Ann BLACKSTONE 1723, Rappahannock, Essex County, Virginia. Ann (daughter of Argyle BLACKSTONE and Elizabeth ARMSTRONG) was born 1700, Essex County, Virginia; died 1763, St Thomas Parrish, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  6. 13.  Ann BLACKSTONE was born 1700, Essex County, Virginia (daughter of Argyle BLACKSTONE and Elizabeth ARMSTRONG); died 1763, St Thomas Parrish, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia.
    1. James STODGHILL was born 1725, Essex County, Virginia; died 1803, Alleghany County, North Carolina.
    2. Ambrose STODGHILL was born 1730, Essex County, Virginia; died 1805, Mercer County, Kentucky.
    3. Elizabeth STODGHILL was born 1735, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia; died Grayson County, Virginia.
    4. 6. John STODGHILL was born 1740, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia; died Aft 1818, Kentucky.
    5. Mary STODGHILL was born 1745, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia; died Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia.
    6. Joel STODGHILL was born 1750, Orange County, Now Green County, Virginia; died 1795, Elbert County, Georgia.

  7. 14.  John HARVEY was born 11 Dec 1724, St. Thomas, Orange County, Virginia (son of Joseph F. HARVEY and UNKNOWN Muse); died Aft 1810, Monroe County, Virginia.


    The name Harvey is Norman in origin and has been used in Great Britain since the Eleventh Century. Harvey means "Warrior of the host: and also implies "Leader" or "Hero" herveus de Bourges (anglicized, Harvey of Bourges), came with William the Conqueror to England , and as shown in the Domesday Book (1086) held a Barony of Suffolk. The name has been indiscriminately and variously spelled Hervey, Harvye, Harvie, Harvy, and Harvey in England and America; since 1800, the form has been, with few exceptions, Harvey.
    John Harvey, born c. 1730 and his wife, Margaret, who, according to tradition was a Burke, were living in Orange County, Virginia in 1750's. Orange County deed book 3, pp 49-51 records the sale of 282 acres of land in the parish of St. Thomas, County of Orange, Virginia to John Harvey from John and Susannah Hammack. The transaction is dated 27 Sep 1753.
    John was a soldier in the American Revolution. Ref: DAR patriot index, 1966 p 310. A correction appears in DAR patriot index, Vol. Ll, p 290.
    Oren F. Morton "History of Monroe County West Virginia" a John and Margaret Harvey settled in S.W. Monroe County at the close of the Rev. War . They were from Orange County. They had about four children one named Elizabeth ( 1768-1824) who was married to a John Stodghill.
    1810 Monroe County , Va census lists male 5(under 10), 1 (10-16), 1 (45-up) and females as 2 (under-10), 3 (16-26), and 2 (45-up).

    John — Margaret BURKE. Margaret was born Abt 1729, St. Thomas, Orange County, Virginia; died Bef 1830, Monroe County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  8. 15.  Margaret BURKE was born Abt 1729, St. Thomas, Orange County, Virginia; died Bef 1830, Monroe County, Virginia.


    One history calls her Margaret Helmes

    1. 7. Elizabeth HARVEY was born 1749, Orange, Now Green County, Virginia; died 1824.
    2. Benjamin HARVEY was born 1751, Orange County, Virginia; died 1826, Monroe County, Virginia.
    3. John E. HARVEY was born Abt 1752, Monroe County, Virginia; died Aft 27 Aug 1823, Monroe County, Virginia.
    4. Nicholas HARVEY was born 1755, Orange County, Virginia; died 1826; was buried Harvey Cemetery, Red Sulphur Springs, WV.