Sarah Cable b. 1854

Sarah Cable 2nd great aunt on RootsMagic tree

Sarah Cable was born December 1854 near Dane, Wisconsin to Jonathan and Charlotte Knapp Cable. She had three brothers, Chancey, John, William and a sister Violetta. The Cable family moved from Wisconsin to Pleasant Grove, Iowa by 1865 when Sarah’s dad Jonathan paid taxes on a melodeon. If they had a melodeon in their home (not common in 1865) they probably had lots of music and dances. The melodeon could have been a ‘rocking’ or a parlor type.

Cable, Sarah 1876 marriage

Sarah married Horace Towslee July 29, 1876 in Floyd County. Horace and Sarah had one daughter, Ethel. In 1880 they were in Wisconsin with John and Chancey Cable in a boarding house where the men worked the railroad and Sarah ran the household. Sarah was in St Paul in 1893, a widow and dressmaker with her daughter Ethel age 5 and her sister Violetta. In 1900 Sarah lived in Chicago with her sister Violetta and her nephew Chauncey son of John Cable. Sarah was a dressmaker, Violetta a stenographer and Chauncey was 9 years old and in school. They lived at 384 Paulina St. in ‘West Town’ Chicago. Today and maybe in 1900 the ‘L’ -began in 1892- is/was right overhead.

In 1910 Sarah was in Seattle and lived with Violetta and Violetta’s husband and nephew Leonard Cable. Sarah’s brother Chancey was also in Seattle, his 1910 will papers show his siblings. Sarah was in Skagit, Washington, north of Seattle, at her death in 1912.

Sources

  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, 1893 St Paul, Minnesota at Ancestry
  • Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 at FamilySearch.org
  • Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1851-1970 at Ancestry
  • Melodeons at Wikipedia 

John Cable b. 1847

John Cable 2nd great uncle on RootsMagic tree.

John Cable was born March 22, 1847 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. His dad is Jonathan Cable his mom is most likely Eliza Frey, who died when John was about 5, his 2nd mom was Charlotte Knapp.

John lived in Pennsylvania, then his family moved to Jefferson, Wisconsin. By 1860 John was in Pleasant Grove, Floyd County, Iowa, living on a farm. In 1880 he was in Edson Wisconsin, a railroad contractor. John owned a home, maybe a boarding house. His brother Chancey and sister Sarah’s family lived there too.

Cables 1880 snapshot

John Cable’s cenus in 1880

The house could have been known as Cable’s Railroad Camp?. The 1880 census sheet is handwritten, hard to read. Anyway John was the contractor, his sister Sarah, her husband Horace Towslee and daughter Ethel, Cable brother Chancey, along with a cook, a servant and 20+ laborers lived in the home.

By 1885 John was in Minnesota. ON February 13, 1890 he married Frances Allen in Ramsey Minnesota. Their child Chauncey was baptized September 4, 1891 in St Paul at the St. Paul Goodrich Avenue Presbyterian Church.

US Presbyterian Records 1743-1970

John and Frances’s son Chauncey baptized

 

John lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington. His last 20 years he lived in Chicago where he died. John’s funeral was held at his brother William’s home in December 1924 and he’s buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, Iowa probably near his brother William, John’s headstone not yet found. The obituary was in the December 10, 1924 Iowa (Greene) Recorder. “For the past twenty six years he has made his home in Chicago, Ill. working at his trade as an inventor. Mr Cable was not a member of any church but had a Christian heart and was a generous giver.”

Online. Iowa (Greene) recorder, Digital Archives. 1924 Dec 10 page 9 of 16 column 4 midway. 

At FamilySearch. United States Census, 1880. John Cable, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 186, sheet 336D, NARA microfilm publication T9

At Ancestry. U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1743-1970. Minnesota St. Paul Goodrich Avenue Presbyterian Church Page 138 image 346 of 356

At FamilySearch. Minnesota county marriages 1860-1949 database with images. FHL 001314517, Digital Folder 005193351, Image 00382 (382 of 715)

Charles Fries b. 1820

Charles Fries 2nd great grandfather, on RootsMagic tree

Charles Fries was born about 1822 and probably came to America from Baden, Germany around 1840. Charles married Emma. On the 1860 census they have 4 children and are living in Kenton, Kentucky. Charles is a teamster, in 1860 this person drove a team of animals: ox, horses, mules.  Charles’s next record is the 1880 census, Emma has died and Charles has married Mary, also a widow with children. The Fries family is living in Cave In Rock at the southern edge of Illinois, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. With Charles’s youngest son, Mary’s son and daughter and their shared 4 daughters, they are a family of nine. They’ve also got a hired man in the home, they all lived on a farm that included 7 acres of potatoes and a 3 acre apple orchard.

The farm is owned with 60 acres tilled land, 20 acres meadow, 15 acres woodland and 10 mown acres. The farm value is $2000 total, with $20 machinery, $400 of livestock, $30 spent on buildings and repairs. $80 is the total amount paid for wages for 25 weeks hired labor. $1135 is the total value of all farm productions which are: 8 tons of hay, 2 mules on hand, 2 working oxen, 2 cows, 1 other cow, 1 cow born, 2 cows sold, 1 cow purchased. And 175 lbs of butter, 100 pigs, 20 chickens with 175 dozen eggs, 20 acres of Indian corn produced 800 bushels, 20 acres of oats produced 150 bushels, 5 acres of wheat produced 160 bushels, 7 acres of Irish potatoes produced 1200 bushels. 3 acres of apple trees had 60 fruit bearing trees and 25 cords of wood were cut.

Sources

  • 1860 and 1880 United States census database at FamilySearch.org
  • Illinois Non-Population Census Schedules 1850-1880 at FamilySearch.org

 

 

William Knapp b. 1809

William Knapp b. 1809. 3rd great grandfather

William is the father of Charlotte Knapp who is probably the mother of William Cable. William Knapp was born in New York and married Rhoda Bower at age 20. William and Rhoda lived in Orange County, New York until about 1849, when they left for Dane County, Wisconsin where Rhoda’s brothers and sisters had settled. Rhoda died soon after arriving in Dane, Wisconsin in 1850. The Knapp children were in their teens and 20s when their mom died. William may have drifted or may have stayed in Wisconsin with the Bowers.

In 1864 William enlisted as a private in the 129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K. The 129th was right there in Atlanta September of 1864 when the city was burned then occupied by the troops. William was a Union soldier until June, 1865 and fought battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, Atlanta and Raleigh, North Carolina.

William’s next residence record is the 1880 US census, he’s in Charles City, Iowa a gardener living on his own. Five years later the Iowa 1885 census shows him living with his daughter Charlotte Knapp Cable and family including grandson William Cable. William’s final home was in Marshalltown, Iowa in what was then the Iowa Soldiers Home. He may have lived in one of the small cottages. William died at age 79 on January 1, 1889 and is buried at the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery.
Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903 at Ancestry . com.
William d. 1 Jan 1889 in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA, Pvt. regiment 129, company K, unit Illinois Infantry

Civil War soldiers and sailors system (CWSS) at National Parks Service
https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-battle-units-detail.htm?battleUnitCode=UIL0129RI

Charlotte Knapp b.1831

Charlotte Knapp was probably the mother of William Cable so probably 2nd great grandmother.

Charlotte’s husband Jonathan Cable was definitely the father of William Cable, who was father of Gladys Cable. Jonathan was married first to Eliza, after her death he married Charlotte. Jonathan and Eliza were definitely the parents of John Cable, John’s death certificate proves this. The mother of the younger Cable children Chancey, William, Sarah and Violetta is not definite. Most likely Chancey’s mom was Eliza and Charlotte Knapp was the mom of William, Violetta and Sarah. No records prove this, on some records William’s mother is Eliza, on others his mother is Charlotte.

If Charlotte Knapp is the mother of William Cable, his ancestors go all the way back to the 1630s Winthrop Fleet, 11 ships that sailed from England to America.

For sure Charlotte was born in New York around 1831 and married a first husband. Then as a single woman (widowed, divorced) she joined her brothers and sisters in Dane County, Wisconsin where around 1850 she married William Cable, there is no marriage source. In 1870 Jonathan age 60, Charlotte age 36, Chancey age 20, William age 18, Sarah age 15 and Violetta age 13 live in Pleasant Grove, Floyd County, Iowa.

Charlotte and Jonathan were Methodists and helped get a church started in Pleasant Grove in the summer of 1867. “A gentleman named Swan … was the first preacher during the summer of 1867. The next summer Methodists of Charles City sent one of their local preachers … at the first meeting there were about fifteen present, including Jonathan Cable’s family. Link to History of Floyd County, Iowa on HathiTrust

In 1885 Charlotte’s dad William Knapp lived with the Cable family. Cable, Jonathan, Charlotte, William and William Knapp screenshot1885 Floyd, Pleasant Grove, Iowa the Iowa census, Cable, Jonathan, Charlotte, William and William Knapp screenshot.

Charlotte most likely died in Chicago on June 2, 1899 and is buried in Dane, Wisconsin near her brothers, sisters and mom, Rhoda Bowers in a tiny, very rural cemetery in the middle of cornfields, link to Google maps location. Her husband Jonathan Cable’s death and burial info are unknown.

 

Leonard Cable b. 1889

Leonard Cable b. 1889 brother of Gladys Cable who married Faber Miller. Leonard in RootsMagic tree.

Leonard was the son of William Cable and first wife Nellie Stroud. Leonard was born in Pleasant Grove Township near Greene, Iowa in 1889. The Cable family lived on a farm. In Senior Grammar School Leonard and his sister Ruth were listed as perfect school attenders, never tardy never absent for at least 2 years.

Cable, Leonard and Ruth

Leonard’s jobs included railroad mechanic, paper hanger, machinist and a shipping clerk at a furniture store. He stayed in touch with his dad after his parent’s divorce and in 1915 stopped for a visit in Greene, Iowa on his way home to Kansas. Leonard’s WW 1 draft card shows him in Chicago, 1503 E 64 St, a machinist, living with and taking care of his mom. Leonard stayed single and died in 1920, age 31, of lobar pneumonia.

Eliza Frey Cable b. 1823

Eliza Frey could be the grandmother of Gladys Cable who married Faber Miller. Eliza on RoostMagic tree.

Eliza was born abt. 1823 and married Jonathan Cable abt. 1846. Their first son John was born March 22, 1847 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. In 1850 the Cable family: Jonathan age 44, Eliza age 37, John age 2 and infant Chancey appear in the 1850 US Census. They’re living in Jefferson, Greene County, Wisconsin. The 1850 census is the only record for Eliza.  Records of John, Chancey and William Cable list their mom as either Eliza or Charlotte. Most likely Eliza is the mom of the first two children John and Chancey. Most likely Charlotte Knapp, who married Johnathan Cable abt. 1850, is the mom of William, Violetta and Sarah. But there’s no actual factual proof of this, yet. Eliza Frey is a mystery. In family history this is known as a “brick wall”. Eliza’s maiden name, birthdate, birthplace and place and date of death are all unknown.

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