Tombstone Tuesday–Georg Strable

Georg Strable, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Georg Strable, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Georg Strable, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Sohn von
Peter und Dora
Gest von
Marz 22, 1883
Alter von
22 Y und 5 T

Translation: Georg, son of Peter and Dora Strable, died 22 March 1883, aged 22 years, 5 days.

Note that there are several spelling variations for this surname in the church records but Strabel seems to be used the most. It is also spelled Strobel or Stroebel, but in this case, on this particular tombstone, it is spelled Strable. Georg’s parents usually used the spelling of Strabel but I am using the Strable spelling for this post since that is the way it is inscribed on this tombstone.

Georg Strable was born 17 March 1861 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Christened Johann “Georg” Strable, he was the sixth of nine children born to Peter and Margaretha Dorothea “Dora” (Herbolzheimer) Strable.

Both of his parents were born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and immigrated to America in about 1849. The family lived in Cincinnati several years before moving northward to Mercer County, Ohio, sometime between March 1861 and May 1863. Georg was born in Cincinnati during their time there but was baptized at Zion Chatt on 14 May 1863. Georg and Barbara Brummer served as his baptismal sponsors at Zion.

George Strable was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 14 April 1875.

The Peter Strable family lived on the north side of Chatt on what is now called Strable Road.

Although the family attended Zion Chatt Georg’s death was not recorded in the church records, possibly because there is a gap in the records during that time.

However, his death is recorded in the Mercer County Probate records. That record indicates that he died of measles in Liberty Township on 21 March 1883. He was 22 years and 4 days old, born in Cincinnati, and was a farmer. [1] Note that the probate information disagrees with the inscription on his tombstone by one day.

Georg’s father Peter died of dropsy in Mercer County on 12 September 1889 and his mother Dora died in Liberty Township on 18 February 1913.

Georg is buried between his parents and his sister Margaretha (Strobel/Strable) Miller. Margaretha was the second wife of my great-grandfather Jacob Miller.


[1] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Apr 2016), George Strabel, 21 Mar 1883; from Liberty Township, Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1, p.186-7, from FHL microfilm 914954.

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