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The Capps Orphans, John, Stephen, Bennett, Leonard and Sarah Updated October 31, 2008
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The earliest records we have of the Capps siblings is from the 1827 Habersham Co Georgia Land Lottery where the oprhans were fortunate drawers of 202 Acres in Lee Co Georgia(present day Stewart Co GA). According to the rules of the lottery, these children had to be minors under the age of 18, so born 1809-1827 to be elgible for the draw. We know that Stephen was born in 1811 NC, Bennett 1814 in NC, Leonard 1816 in TN and Sarah likley 1822 in GA. We do not have a line on John yet, but likely he was the oldest probably born abt 1809. The siblings are all found in TN by 1840, Stephen, Leonard and Sarah were in Bledsoe Tn in 1840 census; Sarah was likley md to John Johnson, Bennett was in Overton TN in this census. We are currently trying to establish who their parents were. We know a lot about them after 1840 but very little from 1827 - 1840 and nothing before 1827.
UPDATE!!! Moses and Stpehen Capps were found in the tax list in Cumberland Co. Kentucky in 1827. This is exciting news as it puts Stephen and Moses Capps in the same place that Bennett and moses Capps settled and raised their families. Another great discovery was made possible by DNA; a male Capps relative dinated his DNA and we were able to link our line back to the early Viriginia line of Capps. William Capps first settled in the area now known as Princess Anne Virginia before 1620. He served as one of the first Burgess of Virginia. Any help on this line would be greatly appreciated