I can add one other Capps to the confusion:
JAMES ALLEN CAPPS, born in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, 13 Oct. 1825; married, 20 June 1852, MARY ESTHER GARDNER (1830-1869) of Washington, St. Landry Parish, LA. By profession he was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi. Ten children known:
MARY ANN PAGE CAPPS, b. 1853 [my ancestor]
JOHN DAVIS CAPPS, b. ca. 1855
LUCY CAPPS, b. 1856
ALINE EMILY CAPPS, b. 1858
ORAMEL HINCKLEY CAPPS, b. 1860
JAMES ALLEN CAPPS, JR., b. ca. 1863
THOMAS CAPPS, b. ca. 1864
CHARLES CAPPS, b. ca. 1866
ANNA MARIA CAPPS, b. unk.
MATTIE CAPPS, b. unk.
JAMES ALLEN CAPPS, SR. died on 16 Nov. 1870 and was buried in Washington, LA.
Apart from his birth in Nashville, I have no information on his ancestry, though the circumstances tilt towards Benjamin Capps as his father.My line of reasoning follows: Benjamin is the only Capps in Davidson Co. in the early censuses. His marriage to Mary Moulton in 1810 is the first such notice. (I didn't know of their divorce).The next recorded marriages in the Capps family come a full generation later:Eliza Capps to Jefferson Harman, 1829; Caleb Capps to Tabitha Fowler, 1832; John Capps to America Casbear, 1833; Sally Capps to John Smith, 1835; Robert Capps to Lydia Bess, 1836; Robert Capps (same?) to Sarah Fudge, 1841; and Joseph Capps to Martha Castleman, 1852. Weighing the options, I have adopted the working theory that Benjamin fathered Eliza, Caleb, John, Sally, Robert, Joseph, AND James Allen.
I propose the hypothesis that BENJAMIN CAPPS is the son (or grandson) of either WILLIAM or JAMES CAPPS, both of whom received large grants of land in Davidson Co. "in consideration of [their] bravery and zeal" as soldiers in the Continental Army, or JAMES CAPPS [see "Land Deed Genealogy of Davidson County, Tennessee," vol. 1: 1783-1792, pp.65, 154.].However, resolution of these problems will only come from dogged research in the archives and records of Nashville.
Anyone up to the challenge?