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Cable Belknap
Born 11 March 1838


CABLE BELKNAP, farmer, Jackson Twp., Sec. 11; P.O. Amber; born March 11, 1838, in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio; in 1860, came to Jones Co.; owns 286 acres of land, which was entered by his father; in 1864, enlisted in Co. E, 2d I.V.I.; served to the end of the war; has been School Director about five years. Married Elizabeth Tripp in 1860; she was born in Carroll Co., Ohio; have nine children—Charles S., William T., Joseph E., John D., Oscar W., Elizabeth J., James S., Etty M. and Cora C. Republican.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 607.

Cable Belknap, one of the veterans of the Civil war and a man widely known and much esteemed, is a farmer residing on section 11, Jackson township, where he has lived for a number of years. He was born at Bolivar, Tuscarawas county, Ohio, March 19, 1838, a son of Bissel Sydney and Barbara (Cable) Belknap, natives of Pennsylvania and Vermont, respectively, who were married in Ohio. They spent their peaceful lives upon a farm and were hard-working people. There were four children in their family, as follows: David, who died in Ohio; Joseph, who lives at Canton, that state; Cable, who is the third in order of birth; and Elizabeth Jane, who married Philip Cline, of Vernon, Michigan.
Until he was twenty-two years of age, Cable Belknap rented a farm of his parents, and then, seeking for a broader field in which to -operate, he came to Jones county, Iowa, where his father had entered land in 1854, securing a deed for it signed by President Pierce. Our subject settled on this farm May 10, 1860, and it has been his home ever since. It is located on section 1, Jackson township, and consists of two hundred and eighty acres. In addition to this, Mr. Belknap owns forty acres of timber one mile east of his home, on sections 10 and 11. The property is well improved and he has good buildings he erected.
On October 6, 1864, Mr. Belknap enlisted in Company E, Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps and he served for eight months, or until the close of the war. He was with General Sherman at the capture of Savannah, where he was taken sick and forced to go into the hospital, but at the end of three weeks he rejoined his regiment at Raleigh, North Carolina, and had the pleasure of participating in the grand review at Washington. Immediately after his discharge he returned home, having done his duty as a soldier and a man. He now belongs to the Anamosa post, G. A. R. His political faith makes him a republican. For some years he has been a member of the Methodist church of Center Junction and is quite active in church work, being always willing to bear his part in extending its influence.
On April 10, 1860, Mr. Belknap was married to Elizabeth Tripp, who was born in Carlton, Ohio, March 25, 1836, where she resided until her marriage. She was well educated in the high school of her neighborhood and taught school for two years before her marriage. She is a daughter of William and Sarah (Haft) Tripp, natives of Pennsylvania, who went to Ohio after their marriage which was celebrated in their native state. From 1835, when they arrived in Ohio, until their deaths they lived near Carlton. Mr. and Mrs. Belknap are the parents of nine children, as follows: Charles S., William Tripp and Joseph E., who are at home; John D., who lives at Anamosa; Oscar W., who lives at Olin; Jennie, who is at home; Etta M., who married F. E. Coder, of Washington; James S., who lives near Anamosa on a farm; and Cora C., who married Jasper H. Ramsey, of Anamosa.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 501.

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