Tombstone Tuesday-Adam Kable

Adam Kable, St. Paul UCC Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2023 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Adam Kable, located in row 8 of St. Paul UCC Cemetery, Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Adam Kable was born in Mercer County, Ohio, 11 August 1861, the son of Ferdinand and Catharine (Bollenbacher) Kable, both German immigrants. Adam was the third child, the third son, born to the couple. Adam’s two older brothers, Jacob and John George, died of dysentery in 1865, shortly after the father Ferdinand returned from serving in the Civil War. The two brothers are both buried in Kessler/Liberty Cemetery.  

The Ferdinand Kable family in 1870: Ferdinand, 43; Katharine, 37; Adam, 9; Caroline, 7; Louisa, 3; Catharine, 1. [1] The Ferdinand Kable family in 1880: Ferdinand, 54; Katharine, 45; Adam, 17; Caroline, /16; Louisa, 13; Catherine, 12; and Nettie, 8. [2]

Adam Kable married Margaret/Maggie Miller in Van Wert County on 17 June 1888. [3] They set up housekeeping in Mercer County and had a child, Emil, born 2 April 1889. Margaret/Maggie died of consumption later that year, on 13 November 1889. Her death record indicates that she was married, age 28 years, 1 month, and 2 days. [4] Her date of birth was 11 October 1861, as calculated from that information. I do not know where Margaret/Maggie is buried.

About a year later Adam Kable married a second time, to a Chattanooga-area girl, Katharine/Katie/Catharine Hoffman/Huffmann. Adam and Katharine married 17 December 1890 in Mercer County. [5] Katharine Hoffmann/Huffmann was born 5 March 1862 in Mercer County, the daughter of Ferdinand (1830-1908) and Elisabeth (Herzog) (1834-1917) Huffmann, both German immigrants. The Huffmanns attended Zion Lutheran, Chatt, and are buried in Kessler/Liberty Cemetery. Their name is spelled Huffmann on their tombstone, which appears to be the accepted spelling of the name, although Zion Chatt’s church records record the name as Hoffmann. The church records also spell their daughter’s name as Katharine, while later in life she spelled is at Catharine, which is the way it is spelled on her tombstone.

The Adam Kable family in 1900: Adam Kable, 38; Katharine/Katie Kable, 38, Carl Kable, 8, son; and Hulda Kable, 6, daughter. This enumeration indicates the couple had been married 9 years and that wife Katharine had given birth to 6 children, 3 of them living. Adam was a farmer. [6]

The Adam Kable family in 1910: Adam Kable, 48; Katharine Kable, 47, wife; Carl Kable, 18, single, son; and Hulda Kable, 16, single, daughter. This enumeration indicates Adam and Katharine had been married 19 years, this was Adam’s second marriage and Katharine’s first, and that Katharine had given birth to 5 children, 2 of them living. [7]

Adam’s wife Katharine (Huffmann) Kable died from tuberculosis 26 November 1913 and is buried in St. Paul UCC Cemetery.

Adam Kable in 1920: Adam, 59, head, widow; Hulda Kable, 26, single, daughter; Dorothea Kable, 7, grandchild. [8] In 1930 and 1940 Adam Kable, widowed, was enumerated with Lizzie Huffman, single, sister/maid. Lizzie was actually Adam’s sister-in-law, the sister of his late wife Katharine. [9] [10]

Adam Kable died in Mercer County from bronchial pneumonia on 23 August 1948. Adam was age 87 years and 12 days old and was buried on the 25th. Adam’s obituary:

Funeral for Mercer Co. Man Set for Friday
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Reformed Church of Liberty Township, in Mercer County, for Adam Kable, 87, who died Monday evening, at his home in Chattanooga. Burial will be at the church cemetery, with services under the direction of the Rev. Walter Ahrens.

Kable, who had been ill about seven weeks, was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, August 11, 1861, a son of Ferdinand and Catherine Kable. He was married twice, to Maggie Miller, and Catherine Huffman, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by a sister, Catherine Kable, also of Chattanooga, and three children, Mrs. Leo Andrews of Dayton, Emil Kable of Caldwell, Idaho and Karl Kable of Rockford RFD 3.

Friends may call at Ketcham’s Funeral Home in Rockford, after 7 p.m. Tuesday. [11]

Adam Kable and his first wife Margaret/Maggie Miller had one child:
Emil Kable (1889-1978), married Agnes A. Loree; married Lillian Weinman

Adam Kable and his second wife Katharine Huffmann had two children who lived to maturity and several children who died in infancy:
Charles/Carl E. Kable (1891/2-1973), married Cora Edna Bellows; married Eva Ann Wurster
Hulda K. Kable (1894-1985), married Philip Kerwood; married Leo Andrews
Male Kable (1895-1895)
Male Kable (1896-1896)
Male Kable (1898-1898)

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, dwelling 100, family 92, p.148B, Ferdinand Kable;  

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 188, dwelling, 51, family 54, p.474C, Ferdnand [sic] Kable;

[3] Ohio, US., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, Van Wert, 1878-1891, p.251, Adam Kable & Maggie Miller, 17 Jun 1888;

[4] Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, Mercer Co, Vol. 2, p.320, Margaret Kable, 13 Nov 1889;  

[5] Ohio, U.S., County Marriages, Records, 1774-1993, Mercer, 1887-1904, p.242, Adam Kable & Katie Hoffman, 17 Dec 1890;

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 85, p.17, dwelling 337, family 344, Adam Kable;

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 119, p.12B, dwelling 226, family 233, Adam Kable;

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 140, p.8A, dwelling 148, family 160, Adam Kable;


    • Phyllis Brockmyer on September 29, 2023 at 4:57 pm
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    When we were in the 3rd grade of Willshire School our teacher, Lillian Weinman, left mid year, married and moved to Idaho. She was replaced by Esther Dellinger. Now we have background on Miss Weinman and who she married. This would have been 1947-48.

    1. You have a good memory! Emil Kable and Lillian Weinman married in Mercer County, Ohio, 27 December 1947. Their marriage license indicates she was a teacher and Emil was a farmer. They moved to Idaho and are buried there. I did not know Lillian but Esther Dellinger was my third grade teacher. Thanks for writing!

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