Tombstone Tuesday-Katherine C. Kable

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

This is the tombstone of Katherine C. Kable, located in row 9 of St. Paul UCC Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Katherine C.

Katherine C. Kable was born in Mercer County, Ohio, 15 March 1868, [1] the daughter of Ferdinand and Catherine (Bollenbacher) Kable. Both of her parents were German immigrants.

The Ferdinand Kable family in 1870: Ferdinand, 43; Catharine, 37; Adam, 9; Caroline, 7; Louisa, 3; Katherine, 1. [2] The Ferdinand Kable family in 1880: Ferdinand, 54; Catharine, 45; Adam, 17; Caroline, 16; Louisa, 13; Katherine, 12; and Nettie, 8. Their father Ferdinand was a farmer. [3]

Katharine Kable married Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Dellinger 21 February 1895 in Mercer County, married by Samuel Egger, a Chatt-area minister who was likely the minister of her church. [4]

The Ferdinand Kable household in 1900: Ferdinand, 72, head; Catharine, 67, wife; Louisa, 33, daughter, single; Kattie [Katherine] Dittinger [sic] [Dellinger], 32, daughter, widow; Emil Kable, 11, grandson; Henrietta Bollenbacher, 95, mother-in-law, widow. [5]

T.J. and Katherine apparently divorced sometime before 1902, when in 1902, T.J. Dellinger (1876-1931) married Margaret Brunstetter. Katherine Kable took back her maiden name and continued to live with her parents.  

The Ferdinand Kable family in 1910: Ferdinand, 82; Catharine, 77, wife; Louisa [Kable], 43, daughter, single; Katherine [Kable], 42, daughter, single; Henry Leininger, 23, nephew, single. [6]

The father Ferdinand Kable, a Civil War veteran, died 14 January 1912.

In 1920 Katherine, 51, reportedly divorced, lived with her widowed mother Catherine Kable, 87, and her older sister Louisa Kable, 53, single. The three women resided in Liberty Township and none of them were employed outside the home. [7]

The mother Catherine (Bollenbacher) Kable died 25 June 1922.

After their mother’s death Katherine Kable and her sister Louisa moved to Pleasant Township, Van Wert County, to live with their sister Henrietta and her husband Christian Merkle.

Katherine’s sister Louisa died there on 10 February 1930. Katherine was enumerated later that year in the Merkle household: Christian Merkle, 66, head; Henrietta Merkle, 58, wife; Catherine C Kable, 61, single, sister-in-law. [8]

Between 1935 and 1940 Katherine, age 72, moved back to Liberty Township, Mercer County, where she owned and resided in a home in Chattanooga. [9] Katherine remained in Chatt for the next 10 years. According to the 1950 census she lived on the south end of Chatt, on the west side of State Route 49. [10]

Katherine Kable died in Gibbons Hospital in Celina on 24 September 1950 of pneumonia and colon cancer. She was buried on the 27th. [1]

Katherine Kable’s obituary:
Mrs. Katherine Kable
Chattanooga, Sep. 25
Mrs. Katherine Kable, 82, last surviving member of a family of seven, died Sunday in Gibbons hospital, Celina. She was a member of the St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed church, Liberty-tp, and its Ladies’ Guild.

The body will remain at the residence until final rites at the church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the church cemetery with arrangements in charge of the Ketcham funeral home, Rockford. [11]

Katherine C. Kable had the following siblings:
John George Kable (1855-1865)
Jacob Kable (1858-1865)
Adam Kable (1861-1948), married Catharine Hoffman
Caroline Fredericka Kable (1863-1934), married Theobald Leininger
Louisa M. Kable (1866-1930)
Henrietta “Nettie” Kable (1871-1946), married Christian Merkle
Mary A Kable [according to Sutton’s 1882 History of Van Wert & Mercer County]

[1] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Mercer County, Katherine C Kable, 24 Sep 1950;

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, dwelling 100, family 92, p.148B, Ferdinand Kable;  

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 188, dwelling, 51, family 54, p.474C, Ferdnand [sic] Kable;

[4] Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, Mercer County 1887-1904, p.92, TJ Dellinger & Katie Kable, 21 Feb 1895;, viewed 17 Nov 2023.

[5] 1900 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED, dwelling 162, family 167, p.9, Ferdenand [sic] Kable;

[6] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 119, p.17B, dwelling 391, family 342, Federinand [sic] Kable;

[7] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer Liberty, ED 140, p.10A, dwelling 190, family 206, Catherine Kable;

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Ohio, Van Wert, Pleasant, ED 12, p.7A, Dwelling & Family 167, Christian Merkle;

[9] 1940 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 54-22, p15B, household 315, Catherine Kable [sic];

[10] 1950 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer, Liberty, ED 54-33, p.18, dwelling 158, Catherine Kable [sic];

[11] Katherine Kable obituary, The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 25 Sep 1950, p.2;

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