James Clark Kapple gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. 1834 in Ohio
D. June 4, 1866 in Avon, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Rev. James Kapple born October 11, 1795 in Haddam, Middlesex County, CT; married Dolly Clark on July 31, 1823 in Cuyahoga County, OH; James died November 13, 1871 in Quasqueton, Buchanan County, IA; buried in Quasqueton Cemetery, Quasqueton, Buchanan County, IA

According to the Illinois, U.S., Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909:

“Name: James Kapple; Section: NWNW; Price per Acre: 1.25; Total Price: 50.00; Date: 1 Jul 1842; Volume: 685; Page: 254; Type: FD; Sect: 24; Township: 45N; Range: 09E; Meridian: 3; Acres: 40.00; Corr-Tag: 0; ID: 041832; Reside: 000”

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois”. Wm Le Baron & Co. Chicago. 1877:

   The first minister of the Gospel who settled in this township was Rev. James Kapple, a congregationalist, who came in the Summer of 1842, and settled on what was afterward the McHenry road, on the east of George Thompson’s.  There was no congregation or society of that denomination in the town, but he preached in the school houses in different parts of the town, whenever and wherever an audience would come together.  He usually preached at the Marble School House and at Hainesville.  He was liberal as to his religious views, and everybody went to hear him preach out of personal respect.

According to the Little Fort Porcupine and Democratic Banner (Little Fort (Waukegan) IL) Tuesday, December 29, 1846, page 3:

   COUNTY COMMISSIONER. – The candidates for the election which took place yesterday,were nominated too late for our last week’s paper except the ablitionist
   Dem. Candidate, Alvah Trowbridge.
   Whig    ”           James Kapple.
   Abolitionist ”   Thereon Parsons.

According to the Lake County Visiter (Little Fort (Waukegan) IL) Tuesday, June 15, 1847, page 3:

   COMMON SCHOOL CONVETION. – At a meeting of the citizens of Lake county, held pursuant to previous notice at Libertyville on the 39th day of May 1847, for the purpose of promoting the interests of common School Education, the rev. Nelson Cook was chosen as chairman, and H. W. Blodgett Secretary.  The object of the meeting having been stated, the following gentlemen were appointed a committee to prepare and present business for the consideration of the convention, viz: E. M. Haines, K. M. Hutchinson, G. Shepard, M. Lenphere, P. Blanchard and H. W. Blodgett.  Who, after a short recess reported a constitution for the Lake Co. Common School Association, which was adopted by the convention.
   The constitution having received the signatures of all present, the association proceeded to elect officers which resulted as follows:
   Pres., Moses Lanpher; vice Pres. N. Vose jr. Secr. and Trea. H. W. Blodgett, Executive committee E. M. Haines, H. Whitney and K. M. Hutchinson, Visiting agent of the association Jason Hatch; Social visiters of schools in the townships where they respectively reside, Lyman Wilmot, Wm. Steele, W. Jillson, J. M. Truesdell, R. Easton, L. Sprague, P. Blanchard, T. D. Gale, Geo. Ela, Thos. H. Paine, Jas. Kapple, C. P. Stanford, J. McGilord, A. Granger, Chester Hamilton and E. S. Ingalls.  On motion of K. M. Hutchinson, Asa Pratt and H. W. Blodgett were appointed a committee to prepard an address to the people of Lake county, on the subject of Common Schools.
   Voted that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Lake County Visiter and Prairie Farmer.

According to “The Past and Present of Lake County, Illinois”. Wm Le Baron & Co. Chicago. 1877:

   The first town meeting in this town was convened at the hotel in the village of Hainesville, on the first Tuesday in April, 1850.  Nahum  White was chosen Moderator, and Leonard Gage, Clerk, at which the following persons were elected town officers: John Gage, Supervisor; Orville Slusser, Town Clerk; James Kapple, Overseer of Poor; Caleb Arnold, Leonard Gage and Robert Carroll, Commissioners of Highways; Levi Marble and W. B. Dodge, Justices of the Peace: Johns Salisbury, Collector; John Salisbury and Robert D. Gordon, Constables; Freeman Bridge, Assessor.  The number of votes cast at this town meeting was 128.

According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, November 16, 1867, page 3:

   PERSONAL. – Rev. James Kapple, an old and valued friend, called in to see us on Saturday, late.  Mr. Kapple removed from this county to Iowa a few years ago, where he will make a permanent residence.  He speaks in glowing terms of his new home.

According to the Toledo Chronicle (Toledo IA) Thursday, October 5, 1871, page 1:

   “James Kapple of Buchanan county, aged 68 (sic) years, fell dead in the passenger depot at Independence, last week, when in the act of getting out his money to pay for a ticket.”

According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, October 7, 1871, page 3:

Sudden Death of a Former Resident
of Lake County.

   We learn incidentally of the death of Rev. James Kapple formerly of this county.  He had gone from his home in Middlefield Iowa to Independence on business, and was about returning having entered the depot and purchased his ticket, when he fell dead upon the floor.  This will be sad news to his many friends and relatives in this county, by whom he was universally respected and beloved.

According to the Antioch News (Antioch IL) Thursday, September 22, 1938, page 8:

“Life-long Resident
of Grayslake, 79, Dies

   Mrs. William H. Smith, 79, a lifelong resident of the Grayslake vicinity, died at St. Therese’s hospital in Waukegan last Sunday.  Services were held Tuesday in the Grayslake Congregational church, with burial in Grant cemetery.  Surviving are her husband, six grandchildren, a great-grandson and a brother, Frank Kapple”

2. Frank J. Kapple born April 18, 1862 in Lake County, IL; married Minnie M. Maurer (1877-1922) on June 17, 1902 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, daughter of William Henry Maurer (1851-1900) and Mary Plasilla (Brown) Maurer (1852-1933); children were (1) Ivan Maurer Kapple (1903-1934) (See section pertaining to Ivan Maurer Kapple buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery), (2) Helen (Kapple) Iverson (1905-1977), (3) Frank Kapple, Jr. (1908-1987), (4) William Henry Kapple (1910-1985); Frank died September 1941 (See section pertaining to Frank J. Kapple buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

3. Isabell “Belle” K. (Kapple) Tucker born February 8, 1865 in Fort Hill, Avon Township, Lake County, IL; married to George Tucker (1861-1917) on January 13, 1897 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Isabell died July 30, 1926 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Belle and George are buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL.

According to the Libertyville Independent (Libertyville IL) Thursday, August 5, 1926, page 6:


   Mrs. Isabella Tucker was born Feb. 8, 1865 in Fort Hill, Lake county, and died July 30, 1926, as teh (sic) result of a stroke of paralysis.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kapple, and had been a rsident (sic) of this county all her life.
   She was united in marriage to Geo. Tucker in Chicago, Jan. 13, 1917.  Mr. Tucker passed away March 17, 1917.  One child, Frances, was born to them, but she died October 14, 1898, in the state of Oklahoma.
   She leaves to mourn her loss one sister, Mrs. Agnes T.  Smith, of Grayslake, and on brother, Frank Kapple, of Chicago, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
   She was a member of the Christian church, and practiced her faith during all her long life.
   The funeral services were held last Monday at Round Lake, the Rev. Mr. Jesse conducting the services.  Interment was at Fox Lake cemetery.”

  • Siblings:
    • Elizabeth Dorothy (Kapple) Jones born 1826 in Ohio; married Clark Jones (1819-1900) on June 17, 1848 in Lake County, IL; Elizabeth died 1888; Elizabeth and Clark are buried in Eagle River Cemetery, Eagle River, Vilas County, WI
    • Orpha Kapple born about 1827 in Ohio
    • Mary Kapple born about 1829 in Ohio
    • William Kapple born about 1831 in Ohio
    • Susan Jane (Kapple) (Henderson) Foster born August 9, 1832 in Lake County, OH; married John Henderson (1826-1865) on October 4, 1856 in Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to John Henderson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); married (2) Alonzo John Foster (1841-1914) on January 11, 1872 in Buchanan County, IA; Susan died December 18, 1925; Susan and Alonzo are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop, Buchanan County, IA

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“James Kapple, age 55, occupation: farmer, born in Connecticut; Dorothy Kapple, age 59, born in Connecticut; Elizabeth Jones, age 24, born in Ohio; Clark Jones, age 31, born in Ohio; Orpha Jones (sic Kapple), age 23, born in Ohio; Mary Jones (sic Kapple), age 21, born in Ohio; William Jones (sic Kapple), age 19, occupation: farmer, born in Ohio; Susan Jones (sic Kapple), age 17, born in Ohio; James C. Jones (sic Kapple) age 15, born in Ohio”

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Fox Lake post office, the household members were:

“James Kapple, age 64, occupation: farmer, born in Connecticut; Dorothy Kapple, age 69, born in Connecticut; James C. Kapple, age 26, occupation: farmer, born in Ohio; Sophia Kapple, age 23, born in Ohio; Agnes Kapple, age 1, born in Illinois; George Winford, age 21, occupation: farm laborer; born in New York; Mary Delap, age 17, occupation: servant, born in New York; John Cooper, age 14, born in England; George Kapple, age 12, born in New York”

According to the U.S., Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865 (Second Congressional District consisting of the Counties of Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Kane and DeKalb, Illinois enumerated July, 1863):

“Residence:Avon, Lake Co; Name: Kapple James C; Age: 28; White; Occupation: Farmer; Married; Place of Birth: Ohio; Former Military Service: (blank); Remarks: somewhat sickly”

According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, June 9, 1866, page 3:

“In Avon, Lake County, on Monday, 4th inst., of Consumption, JAMES C. KAPPLE, aged 32 years.
   The deceased, who was a son of Rev. James Kapple, removed with his father about a year since to near Independence, Iowa, from Avon, where he had resided from his early youth.  From the commencement of his illness, which lasted only about four months, he was firm in the belief that he should regain his health if he could only return to his boyhood home, and again view its familiar scenes.  With this object in view he left his home, accompanied by his wife and two children, about three weeks before his death, for the residence of his father-in-law, George Thomson, Esq., of Fort Hill, which he reached in safety, but the disease was too firmly seated to relax its hold, and his long cherished hope proved illusive.  The deceased leaves a wife and three small children, who, with a large circle of friends, mourn their untimely loss.”