King Hiram Caplinger1

Male, #38502, (circa 1808 - 24 Sep 1863)
Birth*circa 1808 King was born at Tennessee circa 1808. 
Marriage*before 1833 He married Rebecca Elizabeth Kirby at Tennessee before 1833. 
Birth of Soncirca 1837 His son John J. Caplinger was born circa 1837 at Henry Co., Tennessee
Civil War*between 1861 and 1863 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1863. 
Death*24 Sep 1863 He died at Prison Hospital, Petersburg, Prince George Co., Virginia, on 24 Sep 1863
Biography* King H. Caplinger was a private in Capt. Williams' Co., Tennessee Cavalry.
The following is from the Benton Co. TN homepage, :
King Hiram CAPLINGER was born around 1808 TN. He married Rebecca Elizabeth (Sarah/Betsy) KIRBY and they had the following children:
Martha CAPLINGER (about Abt. 1833 - abt 1883 (infant));
Mary Jane CAPLINGER (about 1835 - bef 1880); md John McLEROY 2 Oct 1856 Henry Co., TN;
Elizabeth C. CAPLINGER(October 23, 1835 - August 09, 1911); md Tom MAYNARD abt 1856;
John J. CAPLINGER (1837 Henry Co, TN - abt 1872); md 1) Mary CULPEPPER 12 Jan 1860 Benton Co., TN; md 2) Susan CULPEPPER 6 Apr 1867 Benton Co., TN;
George Washington CAPLINGER (About 1840 in Benton County, TN -aft 1903); md Sarah Ann or Dora GRAY of Benton Co., TN 22 May 1869 in Henry Co., TN;
James Monroe CAPLINGER (born about 1944 in Camden, Benton, Tennessee - 1849 Benton Co., TN (Child)
Lucinda Caroline CAPLINGER (April 22, 1844 - June 18, 1928) - Married Robert King GEORGE 8 Apr 1868 in Benton Co., TN.
Hiram Smith Corbitt CAPLINGER (May 23, 1847 - May 09, 1929) - Married Sarah Ann Eliza "Dove" ALSTON 10 Oct 1878 in Benton Co., TN;
James Buchanan "Buck" CAPLINGER (1858 - October 26, 1883 Benton Co., TN) Never Married.
King Hiram and Betsy lived in the area which is now Kentucky Lake in TN., raising nine children plus four of his brother's children, whose names and ages (in 1850) were Samuel 16, Lucinda 14, John 10, and Pernesy 8. (Believed to be children of Samuel Marion CAPLINGER and Martha CARTER)

King Hiram CAPLINGER died September 24, 1863 in Petersburg, VA prison hospital, as a result of pneumonia from the Civil War. Rebecca Elizabeth or Betsy\Sarah KIRBY CAPLINGER died about 1887 in Terresita, Shannon, Missouri, is buried in Camden, Benton Co., TN, George Cemetery.

Submitted by Jean W. Stringham
Please Note: Will be grateful for any additions or corrections to this record. Have additional Caplinger family information to share. 


Rebecca Elizabeth Kirby (say 1812 - circa 1887)
Last Edited18 Oct 2008


  1. Jean W. Stringham, compiler, Jean W. Stringham records at Benton Co. TN homepage.