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.


  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, 1893 St Paul, Minnesota at Ancestry
  • Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 at
  • 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)

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.

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 Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008

Cable, Minesota at Wikipedia:,_Minnesota

Upham, Warren. Minnesota Place Names: A Geographical Encyclopedia. St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Historical Society, 2001, ebook at Google Books, limited search.

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 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