|Jonathan Cable married Elizabeth Crise
Jonathan was born June 15, 1782 in Pennsylvania. Jonathan Cable, a pioneer settler of Pike Township, came to Pike Township in 1811 and
bought Government lands on which U.S. Quarry Tile Company is located. U.S. Quarry Tile Company is now U.S. Ceramics, which is a
customer of Standard Plumbing and Heating Company, which is run by the descendents of Jonathan and Elizabeth.
The early spelling of the Cable name places it in Germany. (Kable) The pioneer families also spoke German. Their family tradition classes them
as "Pennsylvanian Dutch." While living in Somerset county PA, this family spelled the name Kable, as was the custom of other German families
living in other parts of the state of PA. After settling in Ohio this family changed the spelling of the name to Cabell as found in the will of
Jonathan Cabell, dated 1845. Soon after the death of Jonathan Cable in 1847 the name was always spelled Cable as was the English spelling of
this family as found in England since the Norman Conquest. Since Jonathan Cable left no written family record of real history of his life,
tradition must supply less concrete information. All markers in cemeteries in the vicinity of Sandyville, Ohio use this English spelling of the name
with one exception, that of a child who died in his fifth year and whose marker among the earlier burials of this family has the name, Charlie E.
Cabell carved on a white marble slab. This is probably that of a son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Cabell and not otherwise recorded. This marker
has been broken and defaced making identification family relation impossible. The name seems to have been mutated from the name of "Von
Kobell" as indicated by its different spellings. The 'Von' was omitted as a matter of convenience. the other mutations followed in an effort to
substitute a suitable spelling to represent the umlaut 'o' as found in the original name.
Early in 1803 he married Barbara Specht of Somerset county, PA, of whose parentage family tradition fails to note their names. many of the
Specht Family settled in Carrol County, Ohio early in the history of the county. Jonathan Cable was a cabinet maker and carpenter as well as a
farmer. From U.S. Census reports he lived in Shade Twp., Somerset Co, PA during the years of his first marriage, which seems to have been
terminated by the death of his wife early in 1810 soon after the birth of Joseph her third child. His three young children were cared for by
relatives, her parents or his brother Jacob until his second marriage in 1811.
Early that year or late in 1810 he married Elizabeth Crise (Krise), daughter of Frederick Krise of this same vicinity. A little later members of the
Krise family settled near Mineral City, Ohio a few miles from the home of Jonathan Cable.
In the early Spring of 1811 Jonathan Cable migrated with his second wife and three children by his first marriage to Carlton, a small settlement
near Yellow Creek, Jefferson County, Ohio, where his wife kept inn and tavern while her husband prepared a home in the wilds of Pike
Township, Stark County, Ohio. During the Summer of 1811, Jonathan and a hired man built a log house and cleared five acres for the first
sowing of wheat. After the wheat was sown Jonathan returned to Carlton to spend with George Young and early settler in this hilly part of Pike
Township often called the 'Switzerland of Stark County, Ohio. Here on the North side of Sandy Creek he lived and died.
At this time, Pike Township was considered a "Howling Wilderness". Here they began life in all it's frontier ruggedness. Here in their Western
home they were not forgetful to entertain the stranger. The native American Indians found hospitable entertainment at the home of the settlers.
He had bought a strip of land extending along the Southern border of Pike Township from Nimishillin Creek to Limestone Run and comprising
nearly 300 acres of woods which he soon began to clear and to use the trees for building material and fuel. The original log home was located
near the old spring. This site was located about 60 rods East of the North-South State highway and was reached by a lane sloping sharply down
the hillside. The large overgrown maple trees surrounding the house were planted soon after the new house was built. An orchard of many fruit
trees was located between the house and the highway. A hill crest was located West of the highway which divided the Eastern slope midway.
In 1812 he moved his wife and three children and few items of personal property by horse and wagon to their new home. The trail from Yellow
Creek to Fort Laurens across the hills of Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties was difficult and dangerous because of bridgeless streams and
Indian treachery. He crossed Sandy Creek at Downing's Ford in Sandy Township just a few miles east of his chosen farm site.
The family had just settled when Jonathan was drafted for the War of 1812 just as they moved into their new home. He was to report to
Cleveland, Ohio. Elizabeth Cable went to work and earned $60 to hire a substitute. she saved the money keeping Tavern in Jefferson County.
She went out with her husband and assisted him in rolling logs, piling and burning bush; she could split rails, build fences, cut wood, and work
as a regular hand in the harvest field.
The Cable maple sugar camp was located across Nimishillin Creek at the extreme east end of his land. The sap from these sugar trees was
hauled across the creek by row boat. Upstream from the sugar camp the first grist mill was built and operated for this new community. In the
early years of life in this pioneer country the settlers obtained supplies by row boat from a trading post near the present site of Urichsville,
An abundance of wild fruits and nuts as well as wild fowls, fishes and deer relieved their hardships in the struggle for food. The Maple Sugar
camp and the wild bees of the forest trees supplemented their scarce supply of sugar until the sugar mills supplied their needs.
The first combined church and school was established in a log house in Sandyville about 1820. Many of the larger buildings of this vicinity were
made by the skilled hands of Jonathan Cable. His woodworking skill served his family through many years of pioneer life. The frame work of
these buildings were hand-hewn and the shingles were split clapboards for the roof. Jonathan Cable and his family were incessant workers,
which trait prospered the members of this God fearing family.
During 30 years of toil and thrift Jonathan Cable had possessed much real estate in the vicinity of Sandyville and Bolivar, Ohio. In 1836 Jonathan
Cable laid out an addition to the Village of Bolivar on Poplar Street which now is a beautiful section of that town. He provided homes for each of
his children at the time of marriage.
Mr. Yant gives the following incident of Jonathan: "Jonathan Cable built a dozen or more cabins for the settlers, and generally camped out while
at work. Upon one of these occasion, when Mr. Hipple and one of his boys were helping at this work, the wolves surrounded them in great
numbers after night, while laying by the fire. The boy became much alarmed, but Mr. Cable took a fire-brand in each hand, ran in among them,
and dispersed the whole pack." Jonathan Cable showed a ready hand with fire brand to scatter a pack whenever they appeared to prey upon his
family or domestic animals.
Home-spun and handwoven goods were used in these early years of pioneer life. Tallow candles were molded for scanty lights renewed by the
use of snuffing shears. Hand-made ovens of clay and stones baked large loaves of bread of coarse meal of wheat or corn.
For many years this pioneer family spoke "Pennsylvania Dutch" language modified greatly from true German. After churches and schools were
established here, the younger generation soon spoke English at school but spoke German in their homes.
At the time of execution of his will in 1845 he bequeathed each of his children a part of his real estate and provided for his widow through her
long years of widowhood which enriched the lives of her children. It will be enlightening to read the articles of his will as reproduced from
official copy as found in the Cable family history.
His life of toil and adventure came to its end before the proverbial three scores and ten years, having lived 65 years, 4 months and 18 days. His
youngest son, youngest daughter and second wife resided with him when an industrious faithful father and husband laid down his life and
passed family responsibilities and cares to his widow who successfully carried forward the family affairs for 36 years. His burial on the farm
he loved was only temporary. His son, Samuel, laid out on the Cable Cemetery in 1850 when his body was placed in its final resting place
where the graves of husband and wife are marked by a gray granite stone in Greenlawn Cemetery, Sandyville, Ohio.
Cable Cemetery was laid out by Samuel Cable in 1850 and was transferred to Sandy Township in 1905 by its board of three trustees which had
managed it for 55 years. It has since been enlarged many times the original size and landscaped to make it a more beautiful burial ground.
Jonathan Cable was the first burial on this new cemetery by removal from his farm where his body had rested for three years. His second wife,
Elizabeth, was buried beside his second grave in 1887. (Greenlawn Cemetery)
The analysis of the older cable family classes them as husbandman of a hardy, thrifty type who love country life with its endless toil and nature.
Their early church affiliations centered totally in the religious doctrine of Martin Luther. The later generations of this family diverged from the
life of farmers into all trades and professions. Their persistent energy prevails in all branches of this family.
One more incident of this pioneer couple, is related by the same authority. "Mr. Cable worked on a sugar camp on the East side of Nimishillin,
and Mrs. Cable would cross in a canoe, gather in the sugar water, and bring it over. Upon one of theres occasions, the stream being high and
the current rapid, she used a pole to push the canoe through the water, and while making the utmost exertions to head the craft against the
stream, the end of the pole caught in her dress and threw her out. The water took her up to her nick but she kept hold of the canoe and pushed
it ashore. Mrs. Cable is described by those who know her, as "tall, of fine form, walks erect a Plesant intelligent countenance, hearing
unimpaired and eyesight good". She is still living and nearly ninety years of age, hale and hearty, and bids fair to live many years longer.