JAMES L. CABLE, a leading citizen of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he carries on general farming and stock raising on his farm of 135 acres, was born in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, June 3, 1850, and is a son of William W. and Sarah (Roberts) Cable.
William W. Cable was born in Jefferson County and became a prominent citizen of Steubenville, of which he was postmaster for a time and was a successful merchant there. Later he engaged in farming in Cross Creek Township, where his death occurred shortly after the close of the Civil War. He married Sarah Roberts, who was born in Cross Creek Township, and of their family of children, the following survive: Esther A., who is the widow of William Porter, formerly of Cross Creek Township but now of Wellsville, O.; Benjamin G., who resides in Tuscarawas County; James L.; and Mary E., who is the wife of George N. Henry and lives in Steubenville.
James L. Cable was reared and educated in Cross Creek Township. He was left an orphan when thirteen years of age and was then thrown on his own resources and what he owns in the way of material wealth, he has earned through his own industry. He has been interested in agriculture pursuits from early youth and is numbered with the successful farmers and stockmen of the township. He remained in Cross Creek until about the time of his marriage and since then has resided in Island Creek Township, which has been his home for over a quarter of a century.
Mr. Cable was married March 2, 1882, to Miss Mary E. Thompson, who was born in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of Robert Thompson and nine children survive except the eldest, Robert T. The others are: William P.; Nellie G., who is the wife of John Swickard, of Ashtabula County, Ohio; Nannie, Frances, Gregg, Esther, Robert and Walter S. Mr. Cable has given his children the educational advantages which he was more or less denied in his own youth. He has always been interested in the public schools and served as a member of the township school board for some years. While a resident of Cross Creek Township he was elected township assessor but since coming to Island Creek Township he has not accepted public office. With his family he attends the Island Creek Presbyterian Church, of which he is a member and a trustee. He has been greatly interested in the Sunday school and has served as superintendent of the same.