Monday, July 12, 2010

Capener, William

Sketch of the Life of William Capener
From material gathered by Louise Rebecca Taylor, his eldest daughter, by his granddaughter, Margaret Wicks Taylor Cluff.

William Capener was born July 31, 1806, at London, England. He was reared in the home of his grandfather, John C. Capener and step-grandmother, Rebecca Selves. His own grandmother, Hanna Hulbert, having died a few years previous.
William was the son of Daniel Capener and Elizabeth Capener Capener. They were cousins. He was educated in private schools of London. His grandfather was a minister in the Church of England and was very desirous that his grandson, William, should follow that profession. William entered college for that purpose, but could not agree with the principles of the Church of England, although he was a very spiritual man, and chose, instead, cabinet making as his vocation, much to the disappointment of his grandfather. But William excelled in his trade.
He had an early sweetheart by the name of Louise Glenn. About that time, Sarah Verrinder went to London from Painswick, Gloucester County, England, to act as seamstress in one of the nobility’s homes. She was very well liked and treated as one of the family and often accompanied them in their travels to the continent. She attended services at the St. George Church, Hanover Square, where Grandfather William was also a member. It was there that Grandfather met her and they were very much impressed with each other. After a short courtship they were married at that church, October 26, 1828. Sarah Verrinder was born September 2, 1804, at Painswich, Gloucester, England.
Louise Glenn requested that they name their first daughter Louise, which they did, and before she died she bequeathed to her namesake $500 in American money.
The first two children born to William and Sarah were boys, George and William. George was born July 29,1829, at London and died February 1912 in Wisconsin. William was born December 26, 1831 in London, England and died in Cleveland, Ohio.
Grandfather was very anxious to see America so he in the spring of 1834, set sail for the United States without his family. His grandfather persuaded him to leave his family in London, partly because he felt sure Grandfather would soon become discouraged with America and return to England and settle down to make his home in London.
This was not the case, for grandfather was very favorably impressed with the new country and sent for his family eight months after their daughter, who they named Louise, was born. Louise was born July 17, 1834, London, England.
In the spring of 1835, Grandmother, with her two small sons and infant daughter, set sail for America and arrived in New York after a six weeks voyage.
Their first home was at Poughkeepsie County, New York. They lived there two years. It was at this place that two children were born, Charles Henry in 1836, dying in infancy, and Elizabeth Ann, born May 22, 1837. Grandfather was unable to obtain a clear title to his property at that place, so they moved to Dry Brook, Ulsture County, New York, where another daughter was born October 16, 1840. They named her Jane Maria (my mother.)
About this time there was quite extensive ship building on Lake Erie and one of the large ship builders wanted a man who could build winding stairs on his ships. One of his employees who was acquainted with William, recommended him to the builder. He sent for William to go to Cleveland, Ohio, which he did, moving his family to that place.
They lived in a double home. The family who occupied the other part of the house was the family of Thomas Wilson, president of the branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it was through him that the Capener family first heard the gospel. William was invited to attend a meeting with Brother Wilson, which he accepted and when he returned he made this statement, “Now I know I have found the right church, and I can understand why I could not be a minister in the Church of England.” He was baptized soon after and progressed in the Priesthood and became counselor to Brother Wilson, Branch President at Cleveland.
William had acquired a large home there and as the wife of the President of the Branch was ill and unable to care for the visitors or work in the Church, it was at Grandfather’s home that all the conferences were held.
They often went to the Kirkland Temple for meetings, which was not far fro Cleveland. Grandfather was ordained an Elder in that temple January 24, 1844.
While the family lived at Cleveland, Ohio, there was much travel by boat on the Erie Canal and Lake Erie and the missionaries traveling back and forth were cared for at Grandfather’s home until their boats would leave. Martin Harris visited their home often and Grandfather said wherever he saw Martin Harris, he always had a Book of Mormon under his arm.
It was at this time that Grandfather made a trip back to England to settle the property left by his grandfather, John Capener, who had died September 25, 1836. Martin Harris, hearing of Grandfather’s intended trip to England, requested that Grandfather take him along as he desired to preach the gospel there, but Grandfather told him that he had not been set apart for that work and should not go, but Martin Harris was determined to go and did go. When they reached England, they separated, each going about his own business. Some time later, on one of Grandfather’s trips to London he was attracted by a crowd gathered on the street and went to see what it was all about. To his astonishment, there was Martin Harris standing, preaching Mormonism. He looked very unkempt and ragged and like he was hungry. Grandfather took him, fed him and bought him a new suit of clothes that he might look more respectable, but Grandfather also chided him for going there without an appointment by the proper authority.
In 1847, they desired to sell their home and prepare to come west with the body of the Church, but Brigham Young requested them to remain in Cleveland for a while to assist the Saints who were coming from the old country and from the Eastern States.
Three girls, Louise R., Elizabeth A., and Jane M. were baptized in Cleveland in 1852. They remained in Cleveland until 1852 and again sold their home where they had beautiful gardens, large flocks of fowl of all kinds and Grandfather had steady, well-paying employment and his trade, which gave them strength to once more break up their home and prepare to move on with the Saints.
Grandfather bought four wagons, which he filled with everything that would make them comfortable. When they arrived at their destination, they even had a melodeon, which Brigham Young afterwards acquired, much to the disgust of Louise, who played well.
Grandfather left Cleveland for the Salt Lake Valley May 2, 1852, and arrived at Council Bluffs on May 26, staying there until the July 6. While there, Grandfather helped the Saints repair their wagons. They started across the plains in Captain Isaac Bullock’s Company.
Louise recounts that a great epidemic of Cholera was among their company and the young women were forced to walk much of the way across the plains so that those afflicted and the aged could ride in more ease and comfort, but Jane Maria thought the journey was quite a lark as she was younger and rode all the way. They had new wagons, harnesses and good horses and a cow that kept them in butter and milk all the way.
President Thomas Wilson and his family came with Grandfather and his mother was one of the number who died with cholera on the plains. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley October 2, 1852. They first settled on property where the St. Mark’s Church and rectory now stand on First South. Grandfather built the first cabinet shop in Utah on that site, later selling the property to the St. Mark’s Church.
It was at this place that Grandmother Sarah Verrinder Capener died May 27, 1863. She was afflicted with asthma and not able to do hard work, but she surely did train her girls to be wonderful housekeepers and seamstresses. Grandmother was a brilliant woman who could speak French fluently. The one great sorrow in hers and Grandfather’s lives as the fact that their two boys. George and William refused to join the Church and come west with the family. William remained in Cleveland and became a physician and George went to Wisconsin and became a successful building contractor. They both married and had families.
Grandfather married Ellen Rigby, March 23, 1861. She was born 15 August 1839, at Lancaster, Lancastershire, England, and died February 7, 1903 at Bountiful, Davis, Utah.
Grandfather made a second trip to England to get the money that was left by Louise Glenn to her namesake, Louise R. Capener, his eldest daughter, also the records of his family.
Grandfather was a very thrifty man, fine gardener and loved to have a nice looking home and surrounding. When he sold his Salt Lake City property after Grandmother’s death, he moved to Centerville and built a two story rock house and had a fruit orchard and gardens there. He and his second wife, Ellen Rigby, reared a large family of two girls and five boys. He died at Centerville in 1894 and was buried there.

William Capener

Birth: July 30, 1806, Knightsbridge, Middlesex, England
Death: January 24, 1894 Centerville, Davis County, Utah, USA

Parents: Son of Daniel Capener and Elizabeth Capener

Married Sarah Verrinder, October 26, 1828, Saint George Church, Hanover Square England
Children: George Capener; (1829 - 1912)
William Henry Capener;
Louisa Rebecca Capener;
Charles Henry Capener;
Elizabeth Ann Capener; (1837 - 1918)
Jane Maria Capener (1840 - 1926)*

Married Ellen Rigby, 23 Mar 1861, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Children - Arthur Rigby Capener, John Rigby Capener, Ellen Matilda Rigby Capener, Samuel Rigby Capener, Alfred Albert Rigby Capener, Edward Theodore Rigby Capener, Margaret Alice Rigby Capener, Mary Lucinda Rigby Capener, Sarah Ada Rigby Capener, Daniel Rigby Capener, Joseph Aaron Rigby Capener

Married also: Margaret Wilson and Louise Glenn

William was a Latter-day Saint Pioneer of the Isaac Bullock Company, arriving in Salt Lake Valley, October 2, 1852.
At London, William Capener was apprenticed to become a cabinet maker and architect. He acquired excellent qualifications in this professional field. He was sent to New York City on a business trip in the summer of 1834. He was thrilled with the new city and country; rather than return to England, he sent for his wife, Sarah Verrinder, and three children. He left New York City for Cleveland, Ohio, in 1840 to supervise intricate work in the shipyards. It was here that he soon joined the Latter-day Saint faith. He was ordained an elder in the Kirtland Temple, January 24, 1844.
Elder William Capener and family were willing and ready to come to Utah in 1847. President Brigham Young counseled them to remain in Cleveland, Ohio and make a home for the L. D. S. immigrants and for the local L. D. S. missionaries. Thus his arrival in the Salt Lake Valley was delayed until 1852.
William Capener purchased and settled on property at 333 E. 1st South. At this location his first cabinet and furniture store for making household furniture was established 1852-1872. All types of furniture were made to order, from chairs to coffins. Old furniture was repaired and refinished. Young men were trained as apprentices, the first in Salt Lake City.
In the year 1872, with a family of six children by a marriage to Ellen Rigby, William Capener established a new home in Centerville, Davis County, Utah. Two beautiful structures of his handiwork stand as monuments to his name in this day 1951--the Centerville Capener rock home, and the Centerville South Ward rock chapel, which was dedicated in 1877.

Verrinder [Capener], Sarah


(The following is a history of Jane Capener, who was the daughter of William Capener and Sarah Verrinder Capener. She was the sister of Elizabeth Ann Capener Hardy who married Augustus Poore Hardy. This history can give some insight into a few of the activities of Sarah Verrinder, before she was married and a little history of the marriage of Sarah and William Capener.)

Story of the Life of Jane Capener Hanks Taylor Giles
San Diego, California, February 21, 1921
written by herself

This is a brief sketch of my travels through life written from memory, in my eighty-first year.
I am the daughter of William Capener and Sarah Verrinder Capener. My father was born in London, England July 31, 1806. My mother was born in Painswick, Glouchester County, England, September 2, 1804; she later, about the age of 18, went to London to act as ladies’ maid in the home of some nobility family where she attended St. George Church, Hanover Square. It was there at a church festival that she first met father and where she and father were married on the twenty-fifth of October 1828.
My parents came to America in 1834, Father came first and liked it so well he sent for Mother and her three children, William, George, and Louise. She came in 1835. They landed at Poughkeepsie County, New York, where sister Elizabeth was born, also Charles Henry, who only lived two hours. I was born, the 16th of October, 1840, at Brooke town of Sherdaken, Ulster County, New York. My parents later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1848 by Thomas Wilson, then president of the Cleveland Branch of the L. D. S. Church. Father was ordained an Elder in the Kirtland Temple on 24 January 1844. My parents and my two sisters, Louise Rebecca and Elizabeth came to Utah in 1852 in the Isaac Bullock Company landing in Salt Lake Valley the 2nd of October 1852. I was re-baptized in City Creek by Isaac Decker some time in November 1852. William and George, my brothers refused to join the Church and come to Utah so they remained in Cleveland where William was a physician. I lived in Salt Lake City with my parents and attended school there until March 27, 1856, when I was married in plural marriage to Ephraim Knowlton Hanks, Brigham Young performing the ceremony, afterwards going to the endowment house and receiving my endowments.

We went south with the Saints in the general move south in the year 1858, where we camped at Spring Creek, south of Provo, Utah returned the same year in August and went to live between the Little and Big Mountains which Mr. Hanks named Mountain Dell. I lived there until the year 1863, then moved to Provo Valley.
We first landed at Midway, then called Snake Creek. We arrived there in July where our daughter, Elizabeth was born in March 10, 1863. From there we moved to the McAffee ranch then called the Bill Wall ranch. Ephraim Hanks bought the ranch from William Ball and later sold it to brother McAffee. My son, Ephraim was born at this place. When he was three months old there was Indian trouble and we moved back to Salt Lake City, from the McAffee ranch, stayed there until the next spring then we moved to Thaynes Canyon, Park City District. I was very unhappy there for there was no church activities and my husband was not doing well but my sons, George Augustus and David Capener were born there. George became very ill while we were there and we nearly lost him. I think it was then that I decided to leave that place so far from anybody, where there was no church to go to, to help keep up ones spirit. But I lived there about six years. So I picked up and left and went to Heber City. Three months later, on the 27 of June, Louise Rebecca was born.
Ephraim Hanks took his wife, Thisby, and her family and went south to Wayne County where he died on the 19 of June 1896. President Brigham Young gave me a church divorce from Ephraim Hanks. He said that, “Because of his neglect of his family he has forfeited all claim on his wife and family.” (no temple divorce recorded in the Salt Lake Office of the Church Historian)
I lived in Heber City four years. Here is where I commenced laboring in the Lord’s vineyard. I was first set apart as a teacher in the Sunday School, taught there for two years and also furnished the bread for the sacrament for one year and helped to comfort the sick and afflicted and helped to prepare the dead for burial. Then I was again married to Joseph Edward Taylor, the 9 of July, 1876, again in plural marriage. His first wife is my older sister, Louise Rebecca. She gave her consent and went with us to the Salt Lake Endowment House and placed my hand in his to be his wife for time and eternity. We left the next day for Charleston, Utah where Mr. Taylor bought a thirty acre ranch and built me a small home. I did not want to raise my family in the city. I had a family of seven children, William Albert, Ephraim K., George Agustus, David Capener, Alice and Elizabeth and Louise Rebecca, children of Ephraim Hanks.
I was very active in church work while I lived in Charleston where my two daughters were born, Jane Ann, the 23 of December 1878, and Margaret Wicks, the 10 of February, 1883.
My first call was First Counselor in Relief Society. Melissa Murdock being the President. I worked in that capacity until Sister Eliza R. snow came to visit the Charleston ward and chose me for local President of the Primary Association of the Charleston Ward. I worked in that organization for a number of years. In 1883 I want on a visit to St. George to my sister Elizabeth Hardy’s and while there I did temple work at the St. George Temple, for the dead. Years later, 1903, I went to the Manti Temple with my daughter, Margaret, where she was married to Hyrum Fredric Cluff the 15th day of July, 1903 and at that time I was sealed to my parents.
After returning from St. George I found conditions unsatisfactory and left Charleston and moved to Heber City. I was later divorced from Mr. Taylor and my father, William Capener, built a very nice home for me. He did all the carpenter work. Mr. Taylor was generous in providing for me and my family. On the 12 of November, 1890, I married Thomas H. Giles in the Logan Temple. Mr. M. W. Morril officiating. Mr. Giles died in June, 1903. He was first counselor to Abraham Hatch in the Wasatch Stake, Henry Alexander was the second counselor. Shortly after I married Brother Giles I was set apart as Stake President of the Primary of Wasatch Stake of Zion with Mary duke and Jane Shelton as my counselors. I worked a number of years in that capacity and my health became poor, being afflicted with asthma, and I was advised to move to a lower altitude so I bought a home in Provo, and lived there until 1919, when my health forced me to seek a warmer climate. Two of my children were living in San Diego, California, so I left Provo and went to San Diego, the land of sunshine and flowers. When I go to my last resting place I wish to be laid in the city of the dead at Heber City, Utah where lies those who have passed on before me and where many of the associates of my younger days, also those that I loved and hope to meet in a fairer land than this. They are gone but not forgotten. My posterity at this date is nine children, seven living, two passed on: William Albert Capener and Alice Hanks McAffee. I have sixty-three grand children and sixty-five great grand children.

Sarah Verrinder Capener
Birth: September 2, 1804
Born at Painswick, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: May 27, 1863
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA

William Capener -- 26 Oct 1828,
Saint George Church,
Hanover Square, England

Children –
George Capener,
William Henry Capener,
Louisa Rebecca Capener,
Charles Henry Capener,
Elizabeth Ann Capener,
Jane Maria Capener

Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: E_11_7_2_W
Record added: May 28, 2007
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