Rudolpf KAPPELER 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 KAPPELLER and wife Jacobe WÄBER had children:
1. Anna KAPPELLER bap. 15 Jan. 1570;1 m. Bendicht BÄLER 29 Nov. 15902
2. Freneg KAPELLER bap. 24 Feb. 15721 
3. Margradt 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 GEMPELER 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. 1666;5

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 Mühlethurnen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Book 1, 1549-1574 baptisms. p. 173 Anna Kappeller, 1570. Father: Rudolff Kappeller Sponsors: Anna Hüpschi [Hübschi], Elsbet Trachsell, Ruff Wenger. p. 195 Freneg Kapeller, 1572. Father: Rudolff Kapeller Sponsors: Anna Wenger, Freneg Wenger, Ruff Kernen. 2. Book 2, [includes 1574-1597 Baptisms]. p. 7 Margradt Kappeller, 1574. Father: Rudolff Kappeller Sponsors: Melcher Züricher, Margradt Mülistein, Margradt Wenger p. 23 Rudolff Cappeller, 1577. Father: Rudolff Cappeller Sponsors: Ruff Grünig, Bendicht Kislig, Barbli Zimmermann. p. 30 Hans Cappeler, 1578. Father: Rudolff Cappeller Sponsors: Hans Kislig, Christen Bäler, Dichtli Bäler. p. 45 Hans Cappeller, 1581. Father: Rudpolff Cappeller Sponsors: Heini Bäler the smith, -------- Bendichta Messerli, Christen Krebs, Barbara Wasem, Froneg? Hüsler. p. 69 #221 Barbli and Elsbeth Cappeler, 1583. Father: Rudolff Cappeler the smith. Mother: Sponsors for Barbli: Daniel Bäler, Barblÿ Guggishberg, Barblÿ Wenger. Sponsors for Elsbeth: ----- Kountzÿ, Elsbeth Dannerer?, Anna Bäler. p. 100 #538 Elsÿ Capeller, 1587. Father: Rudolff Capeller Sponsors: Heinÿ Trachsel, Anni Bäler, Elsÿ Kerner p. 196 Bendicht Bäler-Annÿ Kappeler, 1591. p. 200 Hans Cappeler-Ursilÿ Schütz, 1600. 3. Mühlethurnen Book 3, Baptisms 1596-1620 and marriages 1601-1658. p. 53 Melcher Kappeler, 1601. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Shütz Sponsors: Melcher Kisling, Peter Wenger, Anna Bäler p. 77 Hans Kappeler, 1602. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Peter Niggÿli?, Bened: Beler [probably husband of the father's sister], Barb: Schmid. p. 136 Elsbet Kapeler, 1607. Father: Hans Kapeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Christen Thrachsell, Elsb: Kislig, Froneg Thrachsell p. 191 Hans Kappeler, 1611. Father: Hans Kappeler Sponsors: Hans Kÿslig, Bendicht Bäler [probably husband of the father's sister], Elsbet Kreps [Krebs]. p. 226 Christen Kappeler, 1615. Father: Hans Kappeler Sponsors: Hans Hugi, Heinrich Zimmermann, Madlen Bucher. p. 246 Anna Cappeler, 1617. Father: Hanns Cappeler Sponsors: Pauli Messerli, Anna Bäler, Appolonia Bäler. p. 269 Rudolph Kappeler, 1619. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Hans Megert, Jacob Serbach [Sarbach], Elsbet Wasem. p. 307 Bendicht Kislig- Elsbet Kapeler p. 312 H: Kappeler-Elsb. Zimmermann p. 315 Rudolff Cappeler-Anna Hertig p. 315 Heinrich Megert-Anna Cappeler p. 318 Niclaus Dürian-Babi Kappeler p. 319 Rudolph Kappeler-Anni Schwÿtzer p. 319 Christen Kappeler-Anni Gempeler 4. Mühlethurnen Book 4, Baptisms 1621-1663 and marriages 1659-1663. p. 18 Ursula Kappeler, 1622. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Bendicht Zimmermann, Vrena Bäler, Anna Trachsel. p. 42 Barbel Kappeler, 1625. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Hans Kislig, Barbel Mergert, Elsbet Küntzi. p. 66 Maria Kappeler, 1628. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Ursula Schütz Sponsors: Hans Bucher, Anna Kisling, Anna Hadorn. p. 113 Bendicht Kappeler, 1638. Father: Hans Kappeler Mother: Elsbet Zimmermann Sponsors: Christen Kräps [Krebs], Daniel Bäler, Anna Bäler. 5. Wattenwil Book 1, Baptisms 1660-1707 and Marriages 1660-1752. p. 48 Bendicht Cappeler, 1667. Father: Bendicht Cappeler Mother: Christina Trachsell Sponsors: Christen Bäler, Bendicht Kräbs, Anna Berger. p. 74 Hans Cappeler, 1671. Bendicht Cappeler Mother: Christina Trachsell Sponsors: Daniel Schor, pastor, Abraham Wÿssden, Christina Stotz p. 100 Anna Cappeler, 1674. Father: Bendicht Cappeler Mother: Christina Trachsell Sponsors: Hans Bäler, Anna Bäler, Anna Gilgen [probably a relative of the mother's mother] p. 126 Daniel Cappeler, 1679. Father: Bendicht Cappeler Mother: Christina Trachsel Sponsors: Bendicht Gilgen [probably a relative of the mother's mother], Christen Kräbs [Krebs], Barbra Zimmerman [probably a relative of the father's mother]. p. 259 Bendicht Cappeler-Christina Trachsel p. 278 Bendicht Sägisseman-Anna Kappeler p. 278 Hans Kappeler-Magdalena Bühler p. 279 Bendicht Kappeler-Marie Christen

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