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A Kaple Family History
Descendants and Relations of Luther Kaple, Allegany County, New York

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Kaple & Kaple Osborne House Livery poster
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This KAPLE line has deep roots in Allegany and Steuben Counties, New York, with relations located in Almond, Andover, Hornell, Alfred, and other nearby towns.  Unless otherwise noted, the photos and documents presented here are provided courtesy of Linda Kaple Hults, of Worcester, Vermont, granddaughter of Clarence P. KAPLE. 

Questions of Origin
Mary Caple Harrington of Andover, New York has shared a weath of information about this line in a variety of forms and has traced it back to Thomas KAPLE and Jane (Jennie) DIXON, whom she reports immigrated from Ireland to Boston in the 1720s. Many other researchers have incorporated her findings into their research.

My CAPELS/CAPLES line appear to connect at John KAPLE and Sarah RICHARDSON and their son Anson, though this has not yet been verified.

There is great risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information.  Imagine trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or just the snout as clues.   Available records, if we're able to find any at all, provide only a momentary glimpse into a situation, often subject to the interpretation or limitations of the person recording it.   Personal stories and recollections add depth, reveal personalities, and help to illuminate a time that has past.

I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.   Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately, whether by the scribe or the original provider.   In any event, these records provide us with clues that could help verify our assumptions or point us in new directions.

Photos help remind us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these were real people of flesh, bone, and blood.   They experienced the adventures of youth, the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss.   Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.  Most of the photographs presented in this collection are of unidentified people.  Might a KAPLE relative have a photo just like it, but of whom the identity of the subject is known?  Any help or clues toward identifying them will be very appreciated.

Any information, corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of the family's history will be greatly appreciated.  All photos or other original documents will be handled with great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed otherwise.  Information to share?  Please contact me at [email protected].

WorldConnect Data for Lewis F. Kaple
WorldConnect Descendant Register Report for Lewis F. Kaple
WorldConnect Pedigree Chart for Lewis F. Kaple

Includes notices for BOAG, BURDICK, KAPLE, PRIOR
Death Certificates
Lewis L. KAPLE
Family Bibles
KAPLE Family Bible (coming soon...)
Misc. Notes - Births
Misc. Notes - Deaths
Last Page
PRIOR Family Bible
Births Page 2

Family Photos -- under construction
Mariette (Makely) Kaple
Mariette Kaple


Nellie Kaple with daughter Fannie Audrey
Nellie, Clarence, & Fannie Kaple
Nellie, Clarence P., & Fannie Kaple
Clarence P. Kaple
Clarence P. Kaple
Cruger, Lewis, & Murial Kaple
Cruger, Lewis, & Murial Kaple
Nellie Kaple wtih granddaughter
Nellie Kaple with granddaughter Linda

Audrey Kaple
Audrey (Kaple) Boag seated at desk
Audrey (Kaple) Boag
Hugh B. Prior
Hugh Prior
Fannie Audrey Kaple
Audrey Kaple
Group photo of four couples
Group photo of four couples

Eliza Burdick's photo album cover
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Eliza (Neal) Burdick's Photo Album
Hugh Prior's photo album
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Hugh Prior's Photo Album
Audrey Kaple's photo album cover
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Audrey Kaple's Photo Album

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Hugh Prior's
Family Photo Album

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    New York State Genealogy Resources
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    • (an affiliate of, connects Internet users to hundreds of millions of fully searchable individual records, about half of which is free and other half available by subscription.
    • Cyndi's, a categorized and crossreferenced index, or "card catalog" to the immense library of genealogical resources on the Internet.
    • LDS Family Search Center, perhaps the world's largest family history library.
    •, a major genealogy reference library and resource center built and maintained by professional genealogists to serve the needs of beginning researchers and experienced family historians.
    • National Archives Records Center.
    • (also an affiliate of, is the oldest and largest FREE genealogy Web site, containing numerous interactive guides and research tools, including the WorldConnect project.

    Posted April 3, 2005
    Updated September 29, 2005

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