Charles Capron

Male 1716 - 1789


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  • Name  Charles Capron 
    Born  Oct 1716  Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Not in Bellingham records.
    Gender  Male 
    Died  09 May 1789  [1
    Notes 
    • In the year 1738, the lung fever got into the family, and they were all sick with it, excepting my grandfather and Leah, and Oliver, who was about two years old ; he was taken from the family during the sickness, and taken cure of by one of his aunts. In a short time, not more than two or three months after, six of the. children, with their mother, were dead, viz. : Philip, Benjamin, Jonathan, Betsey, and Lydia. The fever was very violent, and seemed to sweep everything before it. I have been informed by a. number of old people, who were neighbors and gave their assistance during the sickness, that the distresses of the family were very great indeed, and that my grandfather's fatigue and troubles were so great that he could scarcely retain his senses at times. At one time when the doctor came to see them, two of the family lay dead in the house, and he told the doctor that he "did not know but he would kill all his family." The physician was so grieved at being implicated as the means of their death, that he wept like a child. It was thought, however, that he used-every means in his power to save their lives, according to his best skill and judgment. His name was Thayer, and he was called a very skillful physician. The method of treating fevers in those days was very different from what it is now. My father, at the time of this sickness, was living with my grandfather Scott, in Bellingham; yet he was with his father's family considerable, and by that means caught the fever, and was sick at his grandfather Scott's. He was so sick that his life was despaired of he craved, very much, cold water, but the physician would not allow him to drink any thing cold. At the time he was sickest, Peter Cook, a young man about his age, one of his associates, came to watch with him; and after the family had retired to bed, my father begged very hard for cold water, so hard that Cook went to the well, and got some for him. Cook, thinking that he would not live until morning and that some cold water would do him no hurt, gave him some, and found to his surprise that it relieved him. He gave him some a second time, which also bad good effect. Being encouraged from this, he continued from time to time to give him water during the night. In the morning he was in a moderate sweat, and the fever had turned.

      This story I have heard my father and Cook tell a great many times. They both considered that the water was the means of saving his life. Cook, the last time I saw him, when be was about ninety years old, said he once saved my father's life by giving him cold water.

      My grandfather married for his second wife, Sarah Brown, the widow of Benjamin Brown. She again became a widow, and lived several years after his death.

      CHARLES CAPRON was born in October, 1716, and died May 9, 1789, in the seventy-third year of his age. He married Mary Scott, daughter of Joseph Scott. of Bellingham. Her mother's maiden name was Jenks, and she was cousin to my grandmother Capron. They had eleven children, -five sons and six daughters. Their names, with the time of their respective births and deaths, the names of their respective husbands or wives, with the time their respective deaths, &c., &c., may be found on the twenty-seventh page of this book.

      It may be observed that this large family, consisting of eleven children, all lived till the youngest was more than fifty years old, anti their average ago at that time was more than sixty years, - which is very remarkable for so large a family. There is but one instance within my knowledge that exceeds it; and that is the family of Moses Aldrich, of Mendon, the Quaker preacher. His family consisted of twelve children. When the first died the youngest was more than sixty years old, and they lived to between seventy and eighty, and from eighty to ninety years. The mother was nearly a hundred years old when she died. [1]
    Person ID  I19296  Bryant
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2006 

    Father  Banfield Capron, Jr.,   b. 12 Jul 1683, Barrington, Bristol Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1758, Cumberland, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Jenckes,   b. 08 Oct 1690, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738, probably, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1710 
    Family ID  F1398  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Scott,   b. 05 Dec 1722, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Dec 1742  Smithfield, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • According to T.A.G. 67:150, citing Bellingham vital records, Mary was PRATT.
    Family ID  F1329  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Oct 1716 - Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S302] Banfield Capron from Old England, Capron, Philip, (1817).

    2. [S151] Arnold, RI Vital records, Arnold, James N., (Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, 1891-1912), Smithfield: 1-23.


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