Rudolpf KAPPELLER was the only person of that surname to appear in records
before 1600 of the Thurnen (now Mühlethurnen), Canton Bern, Switzerland
church.  His citizenship was at Wattenwil, and until Wattenwil had its own
church in 1660, the residents were part of the church parish of Thurnen. His
occupation was a smith.2  He was born say 1545, and his wife
Jacobe WÄBER.2  was born say 1550. 

Rudolpf KAPPELER and wife Jacob WÄBER had children:
1. Anna KAPPELLER bap. 15 Jan. 1570;1 m. Bendicht BÄLER 19 Nov. 15912
2. Freneg KAPELLER bap. 24 Feb. 15721 
3. Margradz KAPPELLER bap. 10 Nov. 15742
4. Rudolff CAPPELLER bap. 10 Mar. 15772
5. Hans CAPPELLER bap. 9 Nov. 1578;2 died young
6. Hans CAPPELLER bap. 1 Jan. 15812 m. Ursula SCHÜTZ 27 Jan. 16002
7. Barblÿ CAPPELLER bap. 1 Sep. 15832 (twin)
8. Elsbeth CAPPELER bap. 1 Sep. 15832 (twin)
9. Elsÿ CAPELLER bap. 16 July 15872

Hans KAPPELER and Ursula SCHÜTZ had children baptized at Thurnen:
1.  Melcher KAPPELER bap. 4 Jan. 16013
2. Hans KAPPELER born 5 July, bap. 29 Aug. 16023 died young
3. Elsbet KAPELER bap. 1 Feb. 1607;3 m. Bendicht KISLIG 21 Feb. 16254
4. Hans KAPPELER bap. 13 Oct. 1611;3 m. Elsbeth ZIMMERMAN 27 Jan. 16344
5. Christen KAPPELER bap. 5 Mar. 1615;4 m. Anni GAMPELER 1 Feb. 16494
6. Anna CAPPELER bap. 15 May 1617;3 m. Heinrich MEGERT 19 Nov. 16384
7. Rudolph KAPPELER bap. 26 Dec. 1619;3 m.1. Anna HERTIG 19 Nov.16384
    m.2. Anni SCHWEITZER 25 Oct. 16474
8. Ursula KAPPELER bap. 17 Nov. 16224
9. Barbel KAPPELER bap. 14 Aug. 1625;4 m. Niclaus DÜRIAN 21 Apr. 16454
10. Maria KAPPELER bap. 2 Nov. 16284

Hans KAPPELER and Elsbeth ZIMMERMAN had child:
1. Bendicht KAPPELER bap. 23 Nov. 1634;4 m. Christina TRACHSEL 19 Nov. 16665

Bendicht KAPPELER and Christina TRACHSEL had children baptized at Wattenwil:
1. Bendicht CAPPELER bap. 23 Dec. 1667;5 m. Marie Christen 26 Jan. 17005
2. Hans CAPPELER bap. 29 May 1671;5 m. Madlena Bühler 25 June 16975
3. Anna CAPPELER bap. 20 Nov. 1674;5 m. Bendicht Sägisseman 6 Nov. 16965
4. Daniel CAPPELER bap. 28 Feb. 16795


1. Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thurnen [Mühlethurnen] Book 1, Baptisms 1549-1573, FHL microfilm 2,005,586. p. 173 Anna, 1570. Sponsors: Anna Hüpschi, Elsbet Trachsell, Ruff Wenger. p. 195 Freneg, 1572. Sponsors: Anna Wenger, Freneg Wenger, Ruff Kernen. 2. Thurnen [Mühlethurnen], Book 2, Baptisms 1574-1597 and Marriage 1574-1601, FHL microfilm 2,005,586. p. 7 Margradz, 1574. Sponsors: Melcher Züricher, Margradz Mülistein, Margradz Wenger p. 23 Rudolpf, 1577. Sponsors: Ruff Grünig, Bendicht Kislig, Barbli Zimmermann. p. 30 Hans, 1578. Sponsors: Hans Kislig, Christen Bäler, Dichtli Bäler. p. 45 Hans, 1581. Sponsors: Heini Bäler the smith, -------- Bendichta Messerli, Christen Krebs, Barbara Wasem, Froneg? Hüsler. p. 69 Barbli and Elsbeth, 1583. Sponsors for Barbli: Daniel Bäler, Barblÿ Guggishberg, Barblÿ Wenger. Sponsors for Elsbeth: ----- Kuntzÿ, Elsbeth Dannerer?, Anna Bäler. Note: This is the only of the baptisms where Jacobe's maiden name is given. For the other baptisms she is either not named, or listed as Jena/Jona. This is also the only baptism that identified Rudolpf as a smith. p. 100 Elsÿ, 1587. Sponsors: Heinÿ Trachsel, Anni Bäler, Elsÿ Kerner p. 196 Bäler-Kapperler, 1591. p. 200 Cappeler-Schütz, 1600. 3. Thurnen [Mühlethurnen], Book 3, Baptisms 1596-1620 and Marriages 1601-1658, FHL microfilm 2,005,586. p. 53 Melcher, 1601. Sponsors: Melcher Kisling, Peter Wenger, Anna Bäler [probably the father's sister]. p. 77 Hans, 1602. Sponsors: Peter Niggÿli?, Bened: Beler [probably husband of the father's sister], Barb: Schmid. p. 136 Elsbet, 1607. Sponsors: Christen Thrachsell, Elsb: Kislig, Froneg Thrachsell p. 191 Hans, 1611. Sponsors: Hans Kÿslig, Bendicht Bäler [probably husband of the father's sister], Elsbeth Kreps. p. 226 Christen, 1615. Sponsors: Hans Hugi, Heinrich Zimmermann, Madlen Bucher. p. 246 Anna, 1617. Sponsors: Pauli Messerli, Anna Bäler, Appolonia Bäler. p. 269 Rudolph, 1619. Sponsors: Hans Megert, Jacob Serbach, Elsbet Wasem. p. 307 Kislig-Kapeler p. 312 Kappeler-Zimmerman p. 315 Cappeler-Hertig and Megert-Cappeler p. 318 Dürian-Kappeler p. 319 Kappeler-Schwÿtzer & Kappeler-Gampeler 4. Thurnen [Mühlethurnen], Book 4, Baptisms 1621-1663 and Marriages 1659-1663, FHL microfilm 2,005,586. p. 18 Ursula, 1622. Sponsors: Bendicht Zimmerman, Vrena Bäler, Anna Trachsel. p. 42 Barbel, 1625. Sponsors: Hans Kislig, Barbel Mergert, Elsbet Küntzi. p. 66 Maria, 1628. Sponsors: Hans Bucher, Anna Kisling, Anna Hadorn. p. 113 Hans, 1638. Sponsors: Christen Kräps, Daniel Bäler, Anna Bäler. 5. Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Book 1, Baptisms 1660-1707 and Marriages 1660-1752, FHL microfilm 2,005,820. p. 48 Bendicht, 1667. Sponsors: Christen Bäler, Christen Kräbs, Anna Berger. p. 74 Hans, 1671. Sponsors: Daniel Schor, pastor, Abraham Wÿssden, Christina Stotz p. 100 Anna, 1674. Sponsors: Hans Bäler, Anna Bäler, Anna Gilgen [probably a relative of the maternal grandmother] p. 128 Daniel, 1679. Sponsors: Bendicht Gilgen [probably a relative of the maternal grandmother], Christen Kräbs, Barbra Zimmerman [probably a relative of the paternal grandmother]. p. 239 Cappeler-Trachsel p. 278 Sägisseman-Kappeler & Kappeler-Bühler p. 279 Kappeler-Christen

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