Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.
14th Generation (Continued)
16257 Bathsheba _____69, 11G Grandmother. Died abt 1630.
16262 Bernard CAPEN68, 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." (http://bostonhistory.typepad.com/notes_on_the_urban_condit/2006/05/one_down_one_to.html)
He married Joan PURCHASE68, 11G Grandmother, on 31 May 1596.
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