Capps Family Research
Capps Family Research
If you are researching this family, please contact me at my Email Address. Thanks! For Capps research, it is invaluable to read the journal of David K. Capps. The first part of the transcription is on this page, and the second part is on this page. The following is interesting information, although there are some incorrect assumptions contained within. Silas and Jacob Capps of Miller county were not brothers, but were cousins. Neither Jacob nor Silas were sons of Willis, but were his nephews. See the journal of David K. Capps for specific information on the families. CAPPS/CAPPS LANDING (from the book GHOST TOWNS OF CENTRAL MISSOURI, Volume 1) by Kelly Warman Stalling, a daughter of Peggy Smith Hake.......... I am not sure when the settlement of Capps came into existence, but probably in the mid 1800s. The Capps family, for whom the vicinity was named, was in Miller County as early as the 1840s. The small river town, which was located near the Osage river in northeast Miller County, had several business places at the turn of the 20th century. Situated on the south side of the river, and located in Osage township, it contained several general stores, a post office, a hotel, a blacksmith shop, a doctor's office, and a ferry boat crossing. It also had a school nearby, about 1/2 mile south. The ferry boat crossing was called Capps Landing (some called the town Capps Landing as well) and it was a very important and major way of crossing the river for our pioneer forefathers. It was the nearest ferry and many folks relied on it both north and south of the river in Osage and Jim Henry townships. Tuscumbia, the county seat in Equality township, had a ferry also but it was quite a few miles upriver from Capps. The post office was established in 1892 and was in operation until 1911. After the turn of the century, Perry Nixdorf (son of Dr. Anton P. Nixdorf) set up a doctor's office in the small town. He also had a practice in the nearby town (across the river) called Marys Home at the same time and traveled the river between the two settlements. This busy doctor resided in the Pleasant Farm area. In 1878, the county had a total of 65 schoolhouses, yet only 56 teachers were employed and received wages of $22.50 per month. In 1878 there were 55 schools for the white children and one school for the black children. In 1930/31 there was a Capps school district No.39 and school was held in a small one-room schoolhouse just south of the small village. The teacher in 1930 was Lucy Kubachek who lived in Tuscumbia. The Capps school district was also known as Spring Dale. Today, very little remains of the town. Once more, Mother Nature has reclaimed the land with her wooded areas and the mighty Osage rolls past what was once a busy ferry crossing. The Capps cemetery is still maintained and still bears the name of this once busy river town. CAPPS FAMILY In the 1840 census of Pulaski County, Mo. (the county directly to the south of Miller Co.) there were two Capps families listed. They were the following: Capps Jacob 000011-21001 Capps Willis 00111001-00000001 They lived side by side so they were probably father & son. Over in Miller County, in the 1850 census, lived Silas Capps and his wife, Julia Ann (Brumley) Capps in Osage Township. Silas Capps and Julia had quite a few children over the years. He was born c1818 in in Tennessee and she was born c1820 in Missouri. Silas Capps was killed in the Civil War and is buried in a National Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana. His widow, Julia Ann, remained in Miller Co and died here in the early 1900s. All of their children married and live in Miller County also. In 1850, 1870, and 1880 there was another Capps family listed also in addition to Silas & Julia.......Jacob & Naomi Capps were natives of Tennessee and descendants of both families, say Jacob was an older brother to Silas. One source I have says they were from the Claiborne/Grainger counties of East Tennessee and they had a sister, Sarah, who married James Davis in Grainger County and they remained there. The same source says that Jacob, Silas and Sarah may have been the children of Benjamin Capps, born c1794. He was in Ozark County, MO. in 1850 and was listed as a Baptist preacher. The following is an obituary I have for Julia Ann (Brumley) Capps. From: The Iberia Sentinel (Richwoods township dated in August 1908) July Ann (Julia Ann) Capps, better known as "Grandma", died at her home in Iberia, Tuesday afternoon at !:40 p.m. of senial troubles. "Grandma at the time of her death was about 91 years old and was one of the oldest residents of Miller Co. She has lived within a radius of 10 miles of Iberia for the past 90 years. Her death occurred on the 40th birthday of her youngest son, Henry Halleck Capps. Mrs. Capps, whose maiden name was Brumley, was born in Tennessee in the early part of the year 1817 and the following year was brought to Missouri by her parents, The first two years in Missouri, her parents made their home in Wilson's Cave with the Wilson family for whom the cave was named and at that time was the only white family in this part of the state. She was married to Silas Capps Apil 1, 1838 in Miller Co. To this union was born 12 children. Six are still living. They were John B. Capps of Rolla; H.H. Capps of Step-Rock Arkansas; Lucinda Hamilton of Iberia; Mary E. Ramsey of Brumley; Paulina B. Burnett of Ramsey. All of her children were at her bedside when she died. She also had 66 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, and a large number of who survive her. The funeral was held at the Iberia graveyard, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. NOTE: The Brumley Family Book places Julyann/Julia Ann's birth in lllinois, not Tennessee and born in 1824. NOTE: Silas Capps, her husband was killed during the Civil War and she reared the children alone in Miller County. He is buried at the National Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana which is across the river from Louisville Ky. They were the parents of the following children: 1. Nancy Capps b. 1839 d. 1867 m. Carroll Roark 2. Louisa Capps b. 1841 d. 1841 3. Lucinda Capps b. 1842 d. ???? m. Archie Roark & James Hamilton. 4. Benjamin L. Capps b.1844 d.1901 5. Silas Wright Capps b. 1847 d. 1847 6. Mariah Capps b. 1849 d. ???? m. Fielding Bilyeu 7. Galen Hart Capps b. 1851 d. 1851 8. Mary Eliz. Capps b. 1853 d. 1922 m. Henry Bilyeu & Richard Ramsey 9. Martha Capps b. 1856 d. 1856 10. Pauline Bass Capps b. 1857 d. 1943 m. Allen Burnett 11. John Brumley Capps b. 1860 d. 1910 m. Rosa McCommons 12. Henry Halleck Capps b. 1862 d. 1923 m. Clementine Flaugher Silas Capps by Peggy Smith Hake Silas Capps was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1818 (per military records) and arrived in Miller County about 1837 with his brother, Jacob Capps, and Benjamin Capps, thought to be their father. Jacob was about 4 years older than Silas. Other Capps in the area at the time were Rebecca Moulder Capps who settled in Camden County in 1837 with the Moulder family; William Capps who settled on the Niangua river near Allison Ford in Camden County about 1832; and Willis Capps, born c/1778, who also settled in Camden County. Benjamin Capps, mentioned above, was born c/1794 and was living in Ozark County, MO in 1850. He listed his occupation as “Baptist preacher? Jacob Capps was a preacher also and performed many marriages in Miller County. Silas Capps married Julia Ann Brumley on April 1, 1838, the marriage performed by Squire Jesse Kendrick, justice of the peace in Equality township. Their marriage was the 12th one recorded in Miller County records. Julia was only 14 years old at the time, by her own account. Family, census, and army service records indicate they had 8 children, but actually they were parents of 12 including: NANCY CAPPS b.c/1839 m. Carroll Roark; LOUISA CAPPS (1841-1841); LUCINDA CAPPS b. c/1843 m. (1)Archie Roark (2)______Hamilton; BENJAMIN L. CAPPS b. c/1845; SILAS WRIGHT CAPPS (1847-1847); MARIAH M. CAPPS b. 1849 m. Fielding Bilyeu; GALEN HART CAPPS (1851-1851); MARY ELIZABETH CAPPS b. 1853 m. Henry Bilyeu (brother to Fielding); PAULINA B. CAPPS b. 1855 m. Allen W. Burnett; MARTHA CAPPS (1856-1856); JOHN BRUMLEY CAPPS b. 1860 m. Rosa L. McCommons; and HENRY HALLECK CAPPS b. 1862 m. Clementine Flaugher. Silas taught some ‘hog and hominy?schools in early Miller County...I think the phrase ‘hog & hominy?referred to the subscription schools in early Miller County when the parents had to pay a teacher to teach their children just the basics. Sometimes the cost was $1.00 per month and that was quite costly for many, so the educator may have been paid with food items to help supplement his wages. Silas Capps also mined in the old Capps area and listed his occupation as a ‘miner?for quite sometime. During those days of the 19th century, there were some old mines on both sides of the Osage river. He also had more than a passing interest in politics and business. He participated in a petetion to split up the area of Osage township in August 1837. In 1850, he was a candidate for the state legislature; was a school trustee during 1857-1859; was an associate judge of the Miller County Court in 1863; and he also ran an old mill at Capp’s Landing on the Osage river. Silas helped his brother, Jacob Capps, organize and was a First Lt. of Company H, Hickory Battalion, Osage Valley Regiment of the Missouri Home Guards during the early days of the Civil War. He was later replaced in that position by Wm. Carroll Brumley. Silas enlisted in the federal service on December 11, 1863 in Jefferson City. He must have used some of his political saavy because at the age of 45 years, he was over the age for enlistment. Most of his federal service was spent in various military hospitals and he died of acute diarrhea on January 7, 1865 aboard the steamer R.C. WOODS which was being used as a U.S. Army general hospital at St. Louis. His wife, Julia Ann, remained his widow for 43 years and died at her home in Iberia 25 Aug 1908 at the age of 91 years. I do not know for sure when Julia moved to the Iberia area, but I think some of her children had moved to Richwoods township. When Julia Ann died in 1908, she was survived by 6 of their 12 children. According to her obituary, she certainly left a huge number of descendants in addition to her 6 children......she was survived by 66 grandchildren, 89 great grandchildren, and 10 great, great grandchildren......quite a legacy!
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