Tombstone Tuesday-Katharina Kable

Katharina Kable, Kessler, aka Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2023 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Katharina Kable, located in row 12 of Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The weathered marker is inscribed:

28 May, 1876
Alt 3 Monat
& 18 Tag
Kinder von F & C Kable

Katharina, died 28 May 1876, age 3 months, 18 days. Children of F & C Kable.

This is half of a double tombstone for two young Kable siblings, Katharina and her brother Christian, the children of Frederick and Catharine (Koch) Kable. The two children died 13 days apart. Lambs, carved at the top, are often used on the tombstones of children.

Siblings Christian & Katharine Kable, Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2024 photo by Karen)

Katharina Kable was born 10 February 1876, as calculated from her tombstone and according to Mercer County Probate birth records. She was born in Liberty Township, the daughter of Frederick and Catharine (Koch) Kable.  [1]

Katharina’s death is also recorded in Mercer County Probate and that record indicates that she was 1 year and 3 months old when she died. [2]

It appears that her age at death was recorded incorrectly on the probate record but is correct on her tombstone. There can be incorrect information on any record. 

Katharina’s brother Christian died 13 days later, on 10 June 1876. They both died from scarlet fever. [2]

There is no baptism record for Katharina Kable at Zion Chatt, although her brother Christian was baptized there.

Katharina Kable had the following siblings:
Jacob Kable (1865-1946)
Christina Kable (1867-1939), married John A. Baumgartner
Frederich Kable (1870-1934), married Mary Ann Wendel
Christian Friedrich Kable (1872-1876)
Johann Heinrich Kable (1877-1957), married Viola L. Baumgartner

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” Mercer County, Vol. 1, 1868-1883, p.170, Catharine Kable, 10 Feb 1876;

[2] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Mercer County, Book 1, 1867-1888, p.86, Catherine Kable, 28 May 1876;

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