Ancestor Report (Continued)
Ancestor Report (Continued)

14th Generation
16257. Bathsheba _____268, 11G Grandmother. Died abt 1630.
16262. Bernard CAPEN762, 11G Grandfather. Born abt 1562 in England. Died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on 8 Nov 1638. Immigrated in 1633. on 25 May 1636 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Of Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England. Of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Occupation: shoemaker.

“The Barnard Capen House, which stood on Washington opposite Melville Avenue, was probably built prior to 1637 . In 1909 Harvard professor Kenneth Grant Tremayne Webster rescued the house from demolition and moved it to 427 Hillside Street, Milton. This house is one of three surviving 17th century houses built in Dorchester along with the Blake House, now on Columbia Road and the Pierce House on Oakton Avenue.”

“The Bernard Capen House, which was moved from Dorchester to Milton in 1909 to prevent its demolition, hasn't been so lucky the second time around. The house, which tradition dates to 1636 and dendrochronology dates to 1658 is one of the few remaining 17th century houses in the Boston area. It is currently being dismantled to make way for a new house.

“Houses as old as the Bernard Capen House are like Vermeer paintings in their scarcity, which is why the loss of the Capen House hurts so deeply. Instead of a middle of the night robbery like at the Gardner Museum however, this theft has happened in broad daylight.  But the Town of Milton does have something in common with the Gardner Museum: in both cases security was completely inadequate. It is beyond me how the Town of Milton did not have some sort of landmark status attached to this property which would have forestalled demolition. As a side note, Vermeer painted the View of Delft and The Concert (which was stolen from the Gardner) about the same time as the Bernard Capen House was being built--contrast the Capen House to the buildings of Delft.

“The one ray of hope is that the firm carrying out the dismantling, Landmark Services, is documenting and storing the Capen House as it is taken apart in the hope of finding a buyer who wishes to rebuild the house. Estimated cost? $600,000, which stands in sharp contrast to the $295 it cost to move the James Blake House in Dorchester to its present location in 1895.” (

Brenard Capen and Joan Purchase are also ancestors of (Willard) Mitt Romney: (#7958 and 7959)
He married Joan PURCHASE266, 11G Grandmother on 31 May 1596.
They had the following children:
James762, 11G Uncle (~1598-)
Ruth762, 11G Aunt (1600-)
Susanna762, 11G Aunt (1602-)
Dorothy762, 11G Aunt (~1608-)
Elizabeth, 10G Grandmother (~1610-1678)
John762, 11G Uncle (1612-)
Honor762, 11G Aunt (~1616-)
16263. Joan PURCHASE266, 11G Grandmother, daughter of 32526. Oliver PURCHASE. Born abt 1578 in England. Died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on 26 Mar 1653. Immigrated in 1633.
16280. Evan PROCTOR4, 11G Grandfather. Born in 1546.
He married Mary _____4, 11G Grandmother in 1569.
They had one child:
Robert, 10G Grandfather (1571-1647)
16281. Mary _____4, 11G Grandmother. Born abt 1553. Died in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, on 12 Nov 1650.
16282. Phillip FLETCHER4, 11G Grandfather. Born abt 1557.
He married Margerie CLARK4, 11G Grandmother on 11 Nov 1582 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
They had one child:
Sarah, 10G Grandmother (1596-)
16283. Margerie CLARK4, 11G Grandmother. Born abt 1562.
16328. Thomas PALMER234, 11G Grandfather, son of 32656. Robert PALMER & 32657. Bridget (Beatrix) WEST.
He married Catherine STRADLING234, 11G Grandmother.
They had one child:
John, 10G Grandfather
16329. Catherine STRADLING234, 11G Grandmother, daughter of 32658. Edward STRADLING & 32659. Elizabeth ARUNDEL.
16330. Henry VERNEY234, 11G Grandfather, son of 32660. John VERNEY.
Elizabeth, 10G Grandmother
16368. John THAYER234, 11G Grandfather, son of 32736. John THAYER & 32737. Constance HOLBROOK. Born in 1531 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. Died in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, on 12 Oct 1584.
He married Mary ROBERTS234, 11G Grandmother in 1557 Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England.
They had one child:
Richard, 10G Grandfather (1562-)
16369. Mary ROBERTS234, 11G Grandmother. Born in 1535 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. Died in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, on 20 Apr 1611.
16374. John SHEPHERD234, 11G Grandfather. Born abt 1541.
He married Johane _____234, 11G Grandmother.
They had one child:
Jane, 10G Grandmother (-1629)
16375. Johane _____234, 11G Grandmother. Born abt 1543.
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