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Priscilla Appleton Capen was born 25 December 1657 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts to John Appleton (1622-1699) and Pricilla Glover (1634-1697) and died 18 October 1743 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Capen (1658-1725) 1684 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Priscilla Appleton (1657-1743) - md Rev. Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a highly regarded Puritan clergyman of Topsfield, Massachusetts and builders of the Parson Capen House there.

Parson Capen House

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Parson Capen House in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

The Parson Capen House is a historic house in Topsfield, Massachusetts, that was built in 1683. It has drawn attention as an example of early colonial architecture and due to its well-preserved condition compared to other houses built at that time. In addition to his annual salary, the town granted Capen 12 acres of "land & medow [sic] & swamp" where he built his parsonage house, known today as the Parson Capen House.


Built next to the Topsfield Common as the parsonage for the local Congregational Church. By Reverence Joseph Capen whose wife, Priscilla Appleton (1657-1743), had seen the previous parsonage and was disappointed by its condition. The family lived there for over forty years. At the time that it was built, it was considered to be the best house in the town. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. It is one of the best preserved homes from its period in New England. The Topsfield Historical Society currently operates it as a historic house museum.




Children


Offspring of Rev. Joseph Capen and Priscilla Appleton (1657-1743)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Priscilla Capen (1685-1747) 1 September 1685 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 12 October 1747 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Caleb Thomas (1680-1723)
Nathan Peabody (1682-1733)
Job Tiller (1681-)

John Capen (1687-1732) 15 June 1687 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 26 April 1732 Mary Epes (1689-)

Mary Capen (1688-1728) 17 February 1688 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 16 March 1728 Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts Thomas Baker (1687-1725)

Elizabeth Capen (1691-1781) 16 April 1691 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 27 March 1781 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Simon Bradstreet (1682-1738)

Joseph Capen (1693-1704) 6 August 1693 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 11 January 1704 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
Nathaniel Capen (1695-1749) 13 July 1695 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 16 February 1749
Sarah Capen (1699-1764) 6 April 1699 Parson Capen House, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts 1764 John Bradford (1693-1735)
Edward Jennings (c1700-)

Siblings


Offspring of John Appleton and Pricilla Glover (1634-1697)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Appleton (1652-1724) 16 October 1652 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts 17 May 1724 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Rogers (1661-1754)

Judith Appleton (1653-1741)
Priscilla Appleton (1657-1743) 25 December 1657 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts 18 October 1743 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Joseph Capen (1658-1725)

Samuel Appleton (1658-1693)
Elizabeth Appleton (1658-)
Joshua Appleton (1660-1660)
Jesse Appleton (1660-1721)
Isaac Appleton (1664-1747) 1664 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts 22 May 1747 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Priscilla Baker (1674-1731)

Sarah Appleton (1671-1755)
Mary Elizabeth Appleton (1673-1727)

Residences

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Topsfield Gravestone

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The wife of Reverend Joseph Capen. Her and her husband's graves lie on the exact spot where the pulpit stood at the Topsfield Meeting House, where Joseph Capen preached often.


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