Tombstone Tuesday-Jacob Kable

Jacob Kable, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2023 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob Kable, located in row 3 of Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Jacob Kable was born in Mercer County, Ohio, on 8 March 1865, the first child born to Frederick (1817-1886) and Catharine (Koch) (1837-1911) Kable. Jacob’s parents were both German immigrants. Jacob was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, on 9 April 1865, with Jacob Koch and his wife Christina serving as his baptismal sponsors.  

The Frederick Kable family in 1870, residing in Liberty Township, Mercer County: Frederick Kable, 52; Catharine, 33; Jacob, 6; Christina, 3; Frederick, 4 mo. Frederick was a farmer. [1]

The Frederick Kable family in 1880: Frederick, 64; Catharine C, 43; Jacob, 14; Christina, 12; Frederick, 10; and John 2. [2]

Jacob’s father Frederick Kable died 29 April 1886.

In 1900 Jacob resided with his widowed mother Catherine (Koch) Kable, 63, head, and three of his unmarried siblings: Jacob, 35, farmer; Christina, 33; Frederick, 30, farmer; and John, 23, schoolteacher. Jacob’s occupation was farm laborer. [3]

In 1910 Jacob, age 45, single, living alone, was enumerated as a farmer in Liberty Township. He owned his farm and his neighbors included his brother Frederick and his wife Mary Ann, the Frederick and Charles Bollenbacher families, George Painter, and Scudder Wilson. [4]

According to 1914 Mercer County plat maps, Jacob owned 40 acres in Liberty Township, the West half of the East half of the Southwest quarter of Section 20, located on east of State Route 49, between Frahm Pike and Kable Road. His brother Frederick owned the adjacent 40 acres to the east.

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

Jacob Kable was enumerated on his Liberty Township farm in the 1920, 1930, and 1940 and was a general farmer. The enumerations indicate that he could read and write

Jacob Kable died at his home in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 10 January 1946, from complications of old age. He was 80 years, 10 months, and 2 days old. He was buried on the 12th. [5] 


Jacob Kable
Rockford, Jan. 12- Services were to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Ann Kable, and at 2:30 at the St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church for Jacob Kable, 80, Liberty-tp, lifelong resident of Mercer-co, who died Thursday evening at his home after a long illness due to complication of age. Mr. Kable was a bachelor. One brother survives, John Kable of Decatur.

Jacob Kable had the following siblings:
Christina Kable (1867-1939), married John A. Baumgartner
Frederich Kable (1870-1934), married Mary Ann Wendel
Christian Friedrich Kable (1872-1876)
Katharine Kable (1876-1876) 
Johann Heinrich Kable (1877-1957), married Viola L. Baumgartner

[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] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 119, p.3B, dwelling & family 58, Jake Kable;

[5] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Jacob Kable, 10 Jan 1946;

[6] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, p.2, 12 January 1946, Jacob Kable obituary;

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