Gable Family of the South-Hines Comment 2
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Gable Family of the South
-Contradictions concerning Mary Magdalene (Rish) Gable and Henry Gable, supposed son of John Henry Gable



Hi Carl,

I noticed you have already posted my comments [on Valentine Gable].  I really think your idea of a Research Forum was a great one and I hope that others will join in the discussion.  I am also anxious to hear your opinions, once you have analyzed the facts to your satisfaction.

Carl, in regard to the several areas that I think should be up for discussion, let me just pose a couple of questions to you.  They are the main reasons why I feel that the information is questionable.

Q.  How could Mary Magdalene Rish be in both South Carolina and Mississippi at around the same time?

A.  It has been suggested that she was listed in the 1850 and 1860 South Carolina Census yet Zelma [Price] states on page 132 of The Gable Volume that:
"Christian Gable moved from South Carolina, to Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1845, and settled in Calhoun County, Mississippi, in 1852."
Since Mary Magdalene Rish and Christian Gable married in 1818, I think it is safe to presume that she along with their children moved with Christian to Mississippi in 1845.  Also, many of their children and their descendants can be traced to Calhoun County, Mississippi where their parents settled in 1852.  Last of all, Mary Magdalene died in Calhoun County, Mississippi in 1881 and was buried along with Christian in the Gable Family Cemetery.

Q.  If Henry Gable was the son of John Henry Gable, how could he have been born in South Carolina in 1773 if his father, John Henry, was living in Georgia?

A.  Once again, Zelma states on page 125 of The Gable Volume that:
"Headright grants of land were issued to John Gable, in Georgia.  {Family records show that in 1760, he moved to Georgia, but returned to South Carolina about 1776.)"
Once again, there were conflicting dates and locations to be resolved.  However, Harmon had an elder son named Henry also.  Even better, both Harmon and Henry lived in the same area of South Carolina according to census records.  Available census records also support the possibility that Harmon and Henry were father and son.  I will share more at a later date, if you are interested.

Well Carl, think on this for awhile.  I will be glad to elaborate more if you have further questions. :)

Karen Hines


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