Joan (Purchase) Capen

Joan (Purchase) Capen (abt. 1578 - 1653)

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Joan Capen formerly Purchase aka Purchis
Born about in Dorchester, Dorset, Englandmap
Wife of — married in Dorchester, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2010
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Joan (Purchase) Capen migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Joan Purchase, daughter of Oliver Purchase, was born about 1578, [1][2] possibly at Dorchester, Dorset, England.[1]
25 MAR 1578 has been given as her birth date, without citation, in reference to her gravestone[2] and to the Capen Family Record in a Bible printed in 1615.[3]It is a literal interpretation of the transcriptions, probably not her actual birthdate.[4]
Joan Purchase married Bernard Capen 31 May 1596.[2]
They immigrated to Dorchester, Massachusetts on the unnamed ship departing Weymouth, England and arriving at Boston about 24 July 1633.[1]
On the ship with them were their son John Capen, and their daughter Honor Capen with her husband William Hannum, and possibly their daughter Dorothy Capen.[5] Joan's brother Aquila Purchase sailed on the same ship with his wife Anne Squire and their children, but Aquila died during the voyage.[5]
Their daughter Susanna Capen and her husband William Rockwell had immigrated in 1630 on the Mary & John, and their daughter Elizabeth Capen married in 1630 in England to Thomas Swift, who is on the passenger list of the Recovery in 1634.[5]
Joan (Purchase) Capen died 26 MAR 1653 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts.[1][6]Find A Grave: Memorial #6108090 [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, page 309
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Genealogical Gleanings in England, NEHGR Vol 49 (Oct 1895), pages 489 - 490
  3. Capen Family Record, NEHGR Vol 2, page 80
  4. Joan (Purchase) Capen profile at Find a Grave
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Reconstructing a Passenger List, Great Migration Newsletter Vol 3 (April-June 1992), pages 9 - 10
  6. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), Joan Purchase Capen, 1653; Burial, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America, Dorchester North Burying Ground
  7. "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 April 2018), Joane Purchase Capen, died 26 Mar 1653; citing BillionGraves ( : 2012), Burial at Dorchester North Burying Grounds, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Headstone of Bernard and Joan Capen
Headstone of Bernard and Joan Capen

Capen Bible Record
Capen Bible Record


On 25 Aug 2018 at 03:13 GMT Frankie Johnson wrote:

My 10th ggm. Thanks to all who contribute. I see new references!

On 15 Aug 2018 at 23:12 GMT Nova (Anderson) Weller wrote:

Purchase-41 and Purchase-19 do not represent the same person because: One is a male and the other is a female.

On 15 Aug 2018 at 22:55 GMT Anne B wrote:

Purchase-41 and Purchase-19 appear to represent the same person because: Please read my previous comment, yes they are different sexes, but John is a mistake and should be Joan.

On 15 Aug 2018 at 22:49 GMT Patricia (Prickett) Hickin wrote:

Purchase-41 and Purchase-19 do not represent the same person because: different sexes!!!

On 15 Aug 2018 at 21:35 GMT Anne B wrote:

Purchase-41 and Purchase-19 appear to represent the same person because: I had an Aha! moment. I know John Purchase doesn't belong. No one ever heard of him. I googled John Purchase 1578-1653 and what did I get Joan. Comparing the dates, it seems clear to me that John is really Joan. John even had Joan's husband attached at one time. Please merge John away into Joan. Thank you.

On 8 Aug 2018 at 02:10 GMT Anne B wrote:

I don't know who this John purchase is but he does not belong to this couple. Objections to disconnecting?

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