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Captain James Allen Capps

Captain James Allen Capps

Male 1825 - 1870  (45 years)

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  • Name James Allen Capps  [1
    Title Captain 
    Born 13 Oct 1825  Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Nov 1870  Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Probate 30 Mar 1886  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Opelousas Court House 
    Buried Gardner Hinckley Cemetery, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    • James A. Capps
      1825 - 1868
      The 1868 death date on the headstone is not correct. James was living in Washington in 1870 as listed in the census records. Furthermore, the handwritten funeral notice records his date of death 16 Nov 1870.
    Person ID I1267  Hollier & Dufilho
    Last Modified 14 May 2017 

    Father Living 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Nancy M. Scurlock,   b. Abt 1804, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1870  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Esther Gardner,   b. 20 Nov 1830, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1869, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1852  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Children 
     1. Thomas Gardner Capps,   b. 19 Oct 1863, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jul 1935, Melville, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  []
     2. James Allen Capps, Jr.,   b. 14 Feb 1861, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1944, Orange, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
     3. Mattie Capps,   b. Abt 1867, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1956, Amarillo, Potter, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)  []
     4. Charles Capps,   b. Abt 1866, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     5. Orramel Hinckley Capps,   b. 11 Sep 1860, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1878, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)  []
     6. John Davis Capps,   b. Jan 1855, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1855, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)  []
    +7. Mary Ann Page Capps,   b. 10 May 1853, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1933, Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  []
    +8. Aline Emily Capps,   b. 20 Aug 1858, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1908, Melville, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  []
     9. Lucy Capps,   b. 26 May 1856, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1933, Barboursville, Cabell, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  []
    Last Modified 14 May 2017 19:36:46 
    Family ID F430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Oct 1825 - Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jun 1852 - Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Nov 1870 - Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Opelousas Court House - 30 Mar 1886 - Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gardner Hinckley Cemetery, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Captain James Allen Capps
    Captain James Allen Capps

    Headstones
    James A. Capps Headstone
    James A. Capps Headstone
    Gardner Hinckley Cemetery (Washington, Louisiana); 30.615 N, 92.0551 W, by Mark Hollier, 22 Oct 2011.
    James A. Capps
    1825 - 1868

  • Notes 
    • James Allen Capps was the son of Benjamin Capps and his wife Nancy M. Scurlock Capps. At an early age he worked on riverboats, plying the MIssissippi and its tributary rivers. His travels brought him to St. Landry Parish in the Louisiana bayou where he met Mary Esther Gardner (1830-1869), daughter of Thomas Gardner (1787-1844), a prosperous tanner and dealer in animal hides. James and Mary were married in Washington, LA on June 20, 1852.

      Capps was one of five riverboat captains who married the daughters of Thomas Gardner. In the 1850s he entered into business with his brother-in-law Orramel Hinckley and other partners in a boat building and shipping business connecting Washington to New Orleans and as far north as Indiana. For several years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Capps captained the steamboat "Anna Perret."

      "The Anna Perret, A.J. [sic] Capps Master, will leave Washington every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and leave New Orleans every Saturday at 6 p.m....Passengers and shippers may rely on the punctual time for ceparture of the steamers....
      [Transcript of advertisement in the Opelousas Courier (St. Landry, LA), 17 December 1859.]

      James and Mary Capps made their home in Washington, LA, where they raised nine children: Mary Ann Page (b. 1853), John Davis (b. 1855), Lucy (b. 1856), Aline Emily (b. 1858), Oramel Hinckley (b. 1860), James Allen, Jr. (b. ca. 1863), Thomas Gardner (b. ca. 1864), Charles (b. ca. 1866), and Mattie (b. 1867).

      During the Civil War, James A. Capps apparently joined the Confederate forces engaged along the Mississippi. In a letter dated Sept. 15, 1863 from Lt. Col. A. L. Rives, Chief of the Engineer Bureaur, C.S.A. War Department, a Captain James Capps of St. Landry was included in the "list of men who, by the wish of the honorable Secretary of the War, are to be employed in your department on the special service of destroying the enemy's property by torpedoes and similar inventions." The letter fell into Union hands and in a letter of March 21, 1864 U.S. Rear Admiral David O. Porter ordered the listed men arrested as "rebels, engaged as agents for the Confederate Government, employed for the purpose of furthering the views of said Government in destroying Union vessels by torpedoes and other inventions." [Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Ser.1, Vol.26 (Washington, 1914), 192-193.]

      Died
      November 16th A.D. 1870
      Mr. James Allen Capps
      The Burial will take place
      this Afternoon (17th) at
      three oclock at the family
      grave yard of Mr. O. Hinckley
      where he will be buried
      with Masonic Honors.
      The friends and acquaintances
      are respectfully invited to
      attend without further notice
      On the part of the family
      [Handwritten death notice]

      Source: Find A Grave Memorial, www.findagrave.com, Capt James Allen Capps, Memorial# 72076791, John Coffey, Jun 27, 2011.

  • Sources 
    1. [S279] Southwest Louisiana Records (1750-1900), CD-ROM database, Donald J. Hebert, (Name: Hebert Publications; Location: Rayne, Louisiana;).
      CAPPS, James Allen m. 19 June 1852 Mary GARDINER (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Mar. # 968)

    2. [S266] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, Inc., Capt James Allen Capps, Memorial# 72076791, John Coffey, Jun 27, 2011.
      Birth: Oct. 13, 1825 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
      Death: Nov. 16, 1870 Washington, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
      James Allen Capps was the son of Benjamin Capps and his wife Nancy M. Scurlock Capps. After the death of his father, James and his younger brother Joseph lived with his widowed mother in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. At an early age James worked on riverboats, plying the Mississippi and its tributary rivers. His travels brought him to St. Landry Parish in the Louisiana bayou where he met Mary Esther Gardner (1830-1869), daughter of Thomas Gardner (1787-1844), a prosperous tanner and dealer in animal hides. James and Mary were married in Washington, LA on June 20, 1852. The couple made their home in Washingto, where they raised nine children: Mary Ann Page (b. 1853), John Davis (b. 1855), Lucy (b. 1856), Aline Emily (b. 1858), Oramel Hinckley (b. 1860), James Allen, Jr. (b. ca. 1863), Thomas Gardner (b. ca. 1864), Charles (b. ca. 1866), and Mattie (b. 1867).

      Capps was one of five riverboat captains who married the daughters of Thomas Gardner. In the 1850s he entered into business with his brother-in-law Orramel Hinckley and other partners in a boat building and shipping business linking Washington to New Orleans and as far north as Indiana. For several years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Capps captained the steamboat "Anna Perret."

      "The Anna Perret, A.J. [sic] Capps Master, will leave Washington every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and leave New Orleans every Saturday at 6 p.m....Passengers and shippers may rely on the punctual time for departure of the steamers....
      [Opelousas Courier (St. Landry, LA), Dec. 17, 1859.]

      During the Civil War the "Anna Perret" was outfitted with guns to aid in the supply and the defense of Southern forces along the Mississippi River. Her captain apparently joined the Confederate forces engaged along the Mississippi. In a letter dated Sept. 15, 1863 from Lt. Col. A. L. Rives, Chief of the Engineer Bureaur, C.S.A. War Department, a Capt. James Capps of St. Landry was named in the "list of men who, by the wish of the honorable Secretary of the War, are to be employed in your department on the special service of destroying the enemy's property by torpedoes and similar inventions." The letter fell into Union hands and in a letter of March 21, 1864 U.S. Rear Admiral David O. Porter ordered the listed men arrested as "rebels, engaged as agents for the Confederate Government, employed for the purpose of furthering the views of said Government in destroying Union vessels by torpedoes and other inventions." [Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Ser.1, Vol.26 (Washington, 1914), 192-193.]

      Following the War Capps resumed piloting steamboats between Washington and New Orleans. Mary Gardner Capps died in the winter of 1869 and Capt. Capps survived her by less than two years, dying at the age of forty-five.

      Died
      November 16th A.D. 1870
      Mr. James Allen Capps
      The Burial will take place this Afternoon (17th) at three oclock at the family
      grave yard of Mr. O. Hinckley where he will be buried with Masonic Honors.
      The friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice on the part of the family.
      [Handwritten funeral notice]

      Family links:
      Parents:
      Nancy M. Scurlock Capps (____ - 1870)

      Spouse:
      Mary Esther Gardner Capps (1830 - 1869)*

      Children:
      Mary Ann Page Capps McCullough (1853 - 1933)*
      John Davis Capps (1855 - 1855)*
      Lucy Capps Mills (1856 - 1933)*
      Aline Emily Capps Dezauche (1858 - 1908)*
      Orramel Hinckley Capps (1860 - 1878)*
      Allen Capps (1861 - 1944)*
      Thomas Gardner Capps (1863 - 1935)*
      Mattie Simpson Capps Hamilton (1878 - 1956)

    3. [S360] Gardner Hinckley Cemetery (Washington, Louisiana), Grave Markers, James A. Capps grave, by Mark Hollier on 22 Oct 2011.
      James A. Capps
      1825 - 1868

    4. [S279] Southwest Louisiana Records (1750-1900), CD-ROM database, Donald J. Hebert, (Name: Hebert Publications; Location: Rayne, Louisiana;), GARDINER, Mary m. James CLAPPS Succ.: 30 March 1886. (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Succ. #4703).

    5. [S360] Gardner Hinckley Cemetery (Washington, Louisiana), Grave Markers, James A. Capps grave, by Mark Hollier on 22 Oct 2011 (Reliability: 4).
      James A. Capps
      1825 - 1868

    6. [S279] Southwest Louisiana Records (1750-1900), CD-ROM database, Donald J. Hebert, (Name: Hebert Publications; Location: Rayne, Louisiana;) (Reliability: 2).
      CAPPS, James Allen m. 19 June 1852 Mary GARDINER (Opel. Ct. Hse.: Mar. # 968)