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Biography: John Franklin Gable born August 21, 1867

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(1867 -1946)

Montgomery, Alabama

John Franklin Gable was a Baptist minister. He was born August 21, 1867, at Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana; son of Charles Augustus and  Christena Emilia (Barthel) Gable, natives of Dormstatt and Mannheim, Germany, who emigrated to America about 1852, located in Indiana, later in Ohio, the former a member o the 30th Indiana infantry, U. S. troops. War of Secession. The name Gable was formally Goebel.

Rev. Mr. Gable attended the schools of Toledo, Ohio; graduated, A. B., Howard college, 1894; and attended Southern Baptist theological seminary, Louisville, Ky., 1894-96. He entered the Baptist ministry as licentiate, 1891, and was ordained August 1892. He served in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Abbeville, Columbia, Florala, Bessemer, Albertville, and Montgomery, Alabama. He was stationed in Gainesville, Florida around 1914.

Rev. Gable was a Democrat; Mason; Odd Fellow; and Knight of Pythias. He married April 21, 1898, in Montgomery, Alabama to Hattie, daughter of Burton and Teresa Upchurch, of Carrollton, Pickens County.

Their known children were:

1.Minnie Amelia Gable (b. January 30, 1901 Montgomery, AL -Feb 27, 1998 Duval County, Florida

She was a music teacher and played the organ at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Florida She married Lucius Blitch Rivers (1899-1989)

2.John Franklin Gable, Jr.

3.Elizabeth Gable – married Unknown Norton – lived in St. Augustine , Florida

4.Virginia Gable

5.James Gable

6.E. Everette Gable

Rev. John Franklin Gable passed away July 10, 1946, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. His wife Harriet (Upchurch) Gable born August 25, 1878, passed away Oct 11, 1970, and is buried in the same cemetery.


  1.  History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
  2.  Find A Grave Memorial# 27360398 # 91314066 # 59082891

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