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Captain Daniel Rapelje 1774-1828

Captain Daniel Rapelje 1774-1828

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Captain Daniel Rapelje 1774-1828

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The City of St. Thomas
On the northeast corner of Talbot Street and Mondamin Street

Coordinates: N 42 46.738 W 81 11.557


Plaque Text

Emigrating from New York State to the Long Point Settlement in 1802, Rapelje later received 80 ha of land on the south side of the Talbot Road at Kettle Creek. He settled here with his family in 1810. A veteran of Lundy's Lane and other battles of the War of 1812, he became a captain in the 1st Middlesex Militia. In 1814 he built a log grist-mill and subsequently divided a portion of his land into town lots. The settlement that Rapelje established formed the nucleus of the city of St. Thomas.

Related Ontario plaques
The Long Point Settlement
Talbot Road
Battle of Lundy's Lane
St. Thomas' Church 1824


St. Thomas Plaques

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> Posted January 16, 2019
I'm looking for an article that was done, roughly a decade ago or so. I have been looking for a while. It would be in regards to the plaque unveiling that had occurred. Daniel Rapelje's family was there, myself, my father, brother and grandparents. My brother and I were lucky enough to be the ones to help with the unveiling. If anyone could provide me with a link or assistance with finding the article that would be greatly appreciated. My name is Lara Rapelje and I am a descendant of Captain Daniel Rapelje. I am related to the Rapelje's of St. Thomas.
Lara Rapelje lararapelje987@hotmail.com

> Posted July 12, 2011
His wife was Elizabeth Vandervoort, and children were George, Elsie, Aletta Lent, Catherine, Lambert, Geronimus, Margaret, John, Daniel Barclay, Elizabeth Jane. He is my great-great grandfather.

> Posted October 27, 2010
I think one of his sons' names was Daniel. Daniel the son was the first person to be buried in the old cemetery on walnut st. St. Thomas Ont. t.

> Posted October 26, 2010
Hey do any of you guys know what the name of his wife and 3 children were? Anonymous

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