Tombstone Tuesday-John G. Kable

John G Kable, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery (2023 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John G. Kable, located in row 13 of Kessler, aka Liberty, Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. This marker is badly stained but some of the inscription is still legible. In 1990 the Mercer County Chapter OGS read the tombstone and recorded its inscription as [1]:

John G
Son of
F & C Kable
Died 21 Sept 1865
Age 10 years, 6 months, 12 days

John G. Kable’s death is recorded at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, which states there was a church burial for Johann George Kable, who died 23 September 1865, at the age of 10 years, 6 months, and 13 days. He was the son of Ferdinand (1827-1912) and Catharine (Bollenbacher) (1832-1922) Kable, both German immigrants. John G. Kable was born 8 March 1855, as calculated from the church record.

John G. Kable was enumerated in just one census, the 1860 census, enumerated as George. He was enumerated with his parents and brother younger brother Jacob. The family lived in Liberty Township, Mercer County, and had a Skeels Crossroads Post Office: [Fred] [sic] Ferd Kable, 28; Catharine Kable, 25; George Kable, 5; Jacob Kable, 3. [2]

John G Kable, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery (2023 photo by Karen)

In that census John G.’s father was enumerated as Fred Kable, but his father was actually Ferd [Ferdinand] Kable. Ferd (1827-1912) and Fred (1817-1886) Kable were brothers, but Fred Kable did not marry until 1864, when he married Catharine Koch. Ferd Kable had married Catharine Bollenbacher in Mercer County 10 March 1853 and they had two sons in 1860. Ferd was the married brother in 1860.

John G. Kable’s younger brother Jacob died about a week earlier. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that they both died of dysentery.

John G. Kable was survived by his brother Adam and sister Caroline.

[1] Mercer County, Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume VI, Black Creek, Hopewell, and Liberty Townships, compiled by The Mercer County Chapter OGS, 1990, p.65. [note by kmb: The first two gravestones in row 13 are those of brothers Jacob and John G [George] Kable. This 1990 inscription book shows that John G Kable’s tombstone is the first stone in row 13 and that Jacob Kable’s stone is the second in the row. Somehow the stones got switched and Jacob Kable’s stone is now the first in the row and John G Kable’s stone is the second stone, at this time, Sep 2023.]

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, p.360 [stamped], p.143 [penned], dwelling 1020, family 1025, Fred [sic] Kable;

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