This is an email that I received from a woman on ancestry.com when I was looking for info on my grandfather, John Henry Caples Jr.:
My husband's mother's family is Caples.Yours and ours started in Maryland, across TN, in to Alabama.In the 1840 census in Fayette Co. Alabama, there is a Sam Caples.From there he goes to MS and starts another family with a young wife.They are in the 1860 census there.Back to yours and mine.I am writing this without looking at my notes, so might be a little off, maybe not.Your Caples and mine are in Fayette Co. at various times.In 1870 they are in Clay Co. MS in the census.Sometime after that (I have your complete records from another researcher) they moved to the Bono area in Arkansas. In 1870 in Clay Co. MS, your Caples lives rather close to mine. In 1880, my husband's gr grandfather is shown back in Fayette Co. AL living close to the other Caples families that are still there.His name is James Burton Caples and his wife's name is Hulda and they have several children.He also shows up in the 1880 census in Clay Co. or Webster Co.(cannot remember which) in jail.He had shot a man in Clay Co. MS and I assume he went back to where the family was until they had the trial.He was convicted to manslaughter but before he could serve time, he went home and was packing to leave with his family.Someone told him that the sheriff was watching and his son said that he never saw his father again.Supposedly, he went to Arkansas where the other Caples family were.
I have tons more information if you need it.However, we have not been able to have definite proof that older Sam Caples was the father of James Burton.We know he had to be the father but cannot find James Burton listed for sure anywhere.Your line shows up.The only James was the son of Sam Caples and his second wife.However, because of many ages listed for that James, cannot be sure.