Tombstone Tuesday–Fred & Mary A. (Wendel) Kable

Fred & Mary A. (Wendel) Kable, St. Paul UCC Cemetery, Liberty Twp, Mercer County, OHio (2023 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Fred and Mary A. (Wendel) Kable, located in row 6 of St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Mary A.

Frederick “Fred” Kable was born in Mercer County, Ohio, on 27 January 1870, the son of Frederick (1817-1886) and Catharine (Koch/Cook) (1837-1911) Kable. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, on 28 January 1870, with Ferdinand Hoffmann and wife serving as his sponsors, although this church record recorded his name in error as Ferdinand.  

A few months after his birth Fred Kable was enumerated in the 1870 census with his family in Liberty Township, Mercer County: Frederick Kable [Sr], 52; Catharine, 33; Jacob, 6; Christina, 3; Frederick, 4 mo. [1] By 1880 Fred had another brother, John H Kable, born in 1877. [2]

Fred’s father Frederick Kable [Sr] died 29 April 1886.

In 1900 Fred, 30, a farmer, resided with his widowed mother Catherine (Koch) Kable, 63, head, and his three unmarried siblings: Christina Kable, 33, Jacob Kable, 35, farmer; and John H, 23, schoolteacher. [3]

Fred Kable married Kable Mary Ann Wendel 20 September 1904 in Adams County, Indiana. Rev. Samuel Egger, Chattanooga minister, officiated over their ceremony and David Gerber was a witness to the occasion. [4]

Mary Ann Wendel was born 30 August 1874 in Adams County, Indiana, the daughter of Phillip (1848-1937) and Margaret/Martha R (Emerick) (c1854-bef.1900) Wendel. Mary Ann’s parents were both born in Germany. [5]

The Phillip Wendel family in 1880, residing in Liberty Township, Mercer County: Phillip, 32; Martha R, 29; Mary A, 5; Caroline, 3; and John 1. [6]

Mary Anna’s mother Margaret Wendel died before 1900 and the family moved from Liberty Township to Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. The Phillip Wendel family in 1900, residing in Adams County, Indiana: Phillip, 52; Mary A, 25, daughter; Caroline, 23; Sarah, 14; John, 21; William, 11; Jacob Daniel, 11; and Louis Phillip, 9. [7]

Mary Ann and Fred married in 1904 and by 1910 they had two children, William, 3, and Lewis, 2, both born in Ohio. Fred Kable was a farmer in Liberty Township. [8]

Fred Kable’s mother Catharine (Koch) Kable died 5 July 1911.

By 1920 Fred and Mary Anna had three children: William, 13; Louis, 12; and Freda, 7. [9]

Fred Kable died from kidney disease and complications from surgery on 13 March 1934 at the Decatur Hospital, Decatur, Adams County, Indiana. [10]

Mary Ann’s father Philip Wendel died 3 February 1937.

In 1940, widow Mary Ann (Wendel) Kable, age 65, lived by herself in Liberty Township. [11]

Mary Ann (Wendel) Kable died 15 Jun 1966 in Willshire. Her obituary:

Mary Ann Kable
Rockford-Mrs. Mary Ann Kable, 91, of Rockford, died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Richard E. Felver of Willshire, with whom she had lived since 1947.

Born Aug. 30, 1874, in Adams County, Ind., she was the daughter of Philip J and Margaret Emerick Wendel. She married Frederick Kable Sept. 20, 1904, and he died March 13, 1934.

Mrs. Kable was a member of the United Church of Christ in Liberty Township, Mercer County.

Surviving are two sons, William of Rt 1, Celina, and Lewis of Rt. 3, Celina, a daughter, Mrs. Richard E. (Frieda) Felver of Willshire; a brother, Lewis P. Wendel of Chattanooga, Ohio, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Rev. Larry May officiating. Burial will be in the United Church of Christ cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:30 p.m. Thursday. [5]

Fred and Mary Ann (Wendel) Kable had the following children:
William Kable (1906-1982), married Mary Margaret Griggs
Lewis Kable (1907-2003), married Remma M Felver
Frieda Kable (1912-2005), married Richard E Felver

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, p.148B, dwelling 105, family 97, Fredrick Kable;

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 188, p.473B, dwelling 43, family 45, Frederick Kable;

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 85, p.6, dwelling 115, family 120, Catherine Cable [sic];

[4] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019,” Adams County, Vol. H, Oct 1899-May 1905, p.508, Fred Kable & Mary Ann Wendell, 20 Sep 1904;

[5] Mary Ann Kable obituary, Lima News, Lima Ohio, 2 Feb 1966;

[6] 1880 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 188, p.480D, dwelling 160, family 168, Phillip Wendel;

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Indiana, Adams, Jefferson, ED 4, p.7, dwelling & family 124, Phelip [sic] Wendel;

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 119, p.4A, dwelling & family 59, Fred Kalle [sic];

[9] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 140, p. 10B, dwelling 206, 224 family, Fred Kable;

[10] Indiana Archives & Records Administration, Indianapolis, Death Certificates, Year 1934, Roll 4, Fred Kable, 13 Mar 1934;

[11] 1940 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED, p. visitation no.152, Mary Kable;

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