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.


Jonathan Cable b. 1807

Jonathan Cable b. 1807 2nd great grandfather.

Jonathan Cable was born in Pennsylvania, he married Eliza around 1840. By 1850 the family was living in southeast Wisconsin. Jonathan was a millwright. When Eliza died Jonathan married Charlotte Knapp. Eliza is definitely the mother of the 2 older Cable children: John and Chancey. Charlotte is probably the mom of the younger: William, Sarah and Violettta. (Available records list both Eliza and Charlotte as mom of William.) The Cable family was in Pleasant Grove, Iowa by 1865 when Jonathan paid taxes on a watch and a melodeon, like an accordion. In 1867 the Cable family was part of the first Methodist congregation in Pleasant Grove, with a pastor visiting the town every 2 weeks or so. Jonathan built the second forge in Pleasant Grove, still standing but not used in 1882. In 1895 Jonathan and son William are in the Floyd County Plat Book: Jonathan owned 80 acres and William owned 160 acres of farmland. An 1870 non-population census schedule shows Jonathan’s farm with 69 acres of improved land, 16 acres of woodland, 2 horses, 5 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 12 swine. The farm produced 436 bushels of spring wheat, 200 bushels of Indian corn 354 bushels of oats, 20 bushels of Irish potatoes, 700 pounds of butter, and 17 tons of hay. In 1885 Jonathan, Charlotte and William Cable were living on their Pleasant Grove farm with Charlotte’s dad William Knapp, a soldier in the Civil War. Jonathan’s death date and place are not for sure, burial place is unknown.

Jonathan Cable 1807 – 1895 to William Smythe Cable 1852 – 1926 to Gladys Mae Cable 1913 – 1991 m. Faber W Miller 1905 – 1957


Volume 2 pages 840 and 843, History of Floyd County, Iowa: Chicago: Inter-state publishing co., 1882. At HathiTrust.

1870 Pleasant Grove, Floyd County Iowa, Iowa Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880 at FamilySearh.

1885 Pleasant Grove, Floyd County Iowa State Census at Ancestry

1895 Plat of Pleasant Grove Township image 12 of 25, squares 19, 29, 30. Plat Book of Floyd County, Iowa at Iowa Digital Library, U of I Libraries.

Violetta Cable b. 1857

Cable, Violet obituary 1942Violetta or Violet was born April 1857 in Wisconsin to Jonathan Cable, her mom may be Charlotte Knapp. Violetta was the youngest of 5 kids, William Cable was her older brother. By 1870 Violetta was 13 and living with her family in Pleasant Grove, Iowa. She stayed in Pleasant Grove until about 1884 when she was a postmaster in Cable, Minnesota. This is noted on Wikipedia and also in a book: Minnesota Place Names by Upham. Violetta took in her niece and nephews: Ethel Towslee, Chauncey and Leonard Cable all lived with her at different times in Chicago, Minnesota and Seattle. Violetta married Charles Anderson in 1908. She was 51 he was 39, Charles died in 1927. As a widow Violetta lived with her brother William’s widow, Mary Fries Cable in Des Moines, Iowa. Violetta died in Des Moines April 6, 1942 and is buried in the Pleasant Grove, Iowa cemetery, headstone not yet located, probably near her brother William and grand nephew Faber.

Violetta is the sister of William Cable who married Mary Fries, parents to Gladys who married Faber Miller

Violet and Charles Anderson marriage in Seattle, source at Family Search.org Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008

Cable, Minesota at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable,_Minnesota

Upham, Warren. Minnesota Place Names: A Geographical Encyclopedia. St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Historical Society, 2001, ebook at Google Books, limited search. http://bit.ly/2jQf6rQ

Chancey Cable b. 1850

great uncle of Gladys Cable b 1913 who married Faber Miller b. 1905
Chancey was born April 1850 in Wisconsin, the 2nd son of Jonathan Cable and Eliza (unknown). In 1870 his family lived on a farm in Pleasant Grove, Floyd County, Iowa. In 1880 Chancey was in Chipewa Wisconsin with his brother John and sister, Sarah. John and Chancey were Railroad Contractors. Sarah kept house with 35 boarders including Sarah’s husband. John the oldest child probably owned the boarding house. On the 1880 census Chancey was a widow. If he was married it was for a very short time with no record yet of his wife and no children. In 1885 Chancey lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. His brother John was also there, married and soon to have a son he’ll name Chancey.
By 1900 Chancey was further west in Sunshine, Colorado, on his own, a gold and silver miner. In 1910 he lived in Port Townsend, Washington on the northwest corner near Victoria and Vancouver. He owned a tugboat “New Era”. When Chancey died October 30, 1910 his probate named each of his siblings and his handwritten will left everything to his sister Sarah Cable Towsley.
Cable, Chancey Probate with siblings listed

Probate with siblings listed

Cable- Chancey handwritten will

Chancey’s will

Jonathan Cable (1807 – 1895) > father of Chancey J Cable (1850 – 1910) and William Smythe Cable (1852 – 1926); William Cable > father of Gladys Mae Cable (1913 – 1991) who married Faber W Miller (1905 – 1957)

Ruth Cable b. 1890

Ruth Cable, daughter of William Cable and first wife Nellie Stroud. Ruth was born in 1890 in or around Greene, Iowa, Pleasant Valley township. She lived with her father, mother, a younger sister Nora b. 1892 and an older brother Leonard b. 1889. Young Ruth and Leonard won school awards for perfect attendance- an accomplishment when a journey to school was not as simple as hopping in a car and driving along paved roads. From the Marble Rock Journal 1904 Feb 4: Pupils neither tardy or absent: Leonard and Ruth Cable.

Ruth Cable the first day of spring March 21, 1908 was shopping at the Bucholz store in Greene (Bucholz, owned by Bucholz and Dralle this store may still be standing in Greene, Iowa as Dralle’s- they’re on Facebook). In the Iowa (Greene) Recorder of March 25, 1908 Ruth Cable leaves a message:

“Parcel Misplaced. A parcel containing a dark blue skirt and iron lead belt buckle with garnet setting was placed in wrong buggy last Saturday evening. Finder please leave at Bucholz store and receive liberal reward.”

Genuine garnets? and did Ruth get the package back? In a small town probably she did.

A few months after the missing parcel, William and Nellie were divorcing, all covered in the local newspapers. Their divorce was not friendly, accusations were made on both sides. Nora was the youngest, 16 when her parents divorced. Nora married, had children and settled in Kansas City, Missouri. Leonard moves around. He lived in Chicago and Seattle with his aunts Violetta and Sarah. He dies at age 31, maybe in a work accident, he was a railroad mechanic. Ruth was a lodger in Waterloo, Iowa 1910, a store clerk at the Golden Rule, with no records after the 1910 census. Nellie went to Kansas City then stayed with Leonard in Chicago for awhile and remarried at age 50 or 60.

The Iowa (Greene) Recorder newspaper is at Ancestry.com with a paid subscription and at most public libraries with a library card log in. The newspapers provide an unbelievable amount of information, not the news, but the local happenings.


Iowa (Greene) Recorder, 1908 Mar 25 page 9 of 12, column 5 top

1910 United States Federal Census, Waterloo Ward 4, Black Hawk, Iowa; Roll: T624_392; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 0027; FHL microfilm: 1374405 -at FamilySearch.org