My sister and I turned onto the short dead-end road and parked the car.
“It’s over there,” she said pointing to a small overgrown patch of land.
I opened the door amazed my search for my Caple ancestry had brought me to this tiny family cemetery in Carroll County, Maryland.
I last left the story in search Caple ancestry with the discoveries that my great grandfather, Samuel H. Caple’s, father was Jacob and in turn his father was, Samuel Caple Junior of Richland County, Ohio. I had learned both men had roots in Maryland. Now I was in search of Samuel Junior’s parents.
Over the next few weeks, I spent my spare time, pouring over the census records of Maryland for Caple and Caples. I concluded Samuel Caple of Baltimore County, Maryland (now Carroll County) was my most likely candidate. Could he be the same Samuel Caple I’d found in references to the Revolutionary War?
Back when I had first started my Caple quest a cousin, also researching the family, mentioned she had corresponded, via the internet, with a woman who was a descendant of this Samuel. At the time we knew nothing to connect us, but now we did.
I got her phone number and called. She lived in Maryland and knew of the Samuel I spoke. She was a descendant through one of his daughters.
“Yes,” she told me,”there were three sons.”
One named Samuel born in 1783 (the right time frame to be my Samuel). The other two, William, born in 1784 and Jacob born. in 1790.
Her family lore stated, Samuel Caple Junior had moved to Ohio after a disagreement with his brother William over slavery, and was never heard from again. A story that sounded much like the story my grandfather had told. This had to be the right family.
She also told me Samuel Senior had been buried in the family cemetery which still existed on a portion of his land. And there were family stories that said Mary Cole might be a Native American or maybe it was Samuel Senior’s mother who was the Native American. Then again, she said, they might just be stories.
But she added, “there is a problem. Samuel and his wife Mary Cole didn’t marry until 1793, 10 years after their first son was born.”
Earlier researchers had assumed Samuel Caple Senior had previously been married and the boys were from this marriage. But a a new document had been found. One showing Samuel and his wife, Mary Cole, had appeared in Court on Nov. 9, 1809 and swore the three boys were Samuel’s and that he wished for them to carry the Caple name and have the rights to inheritance.
The record helped establish my Samuel belonged to this group but it also spelled the beginning of my biggest genealogical puzzle.
Why had Samuel and Mary Cole waited 10 years, after the birth of their first son, to marry? Who were Samuel and Mary’s parents and was Native American ancestry part of their story?
To be continued…..