- Wife of Rev Joseph Capen, Puritan minister of Topsfield, Massachusetts
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 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Capen (1658-1725) 1684 in Topsfield, Essex County, 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.
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.
- Priscilla Appleton
- Appleton in Essex County, Massachusetts