Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 112
Asenath Hampton Gable (1840-1907)
Papers, 1901, 1907

Descriptive summary


Gable, Asenath Hampton (1840-1907)




1901, 1907


0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 112


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Asenath Hampton Gable Papers, MS 112, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Asenath Hampton Gable was born to Carey and Emily Hampton in Virginia on 2 July 1840. She moved to Ohio when an infant and in 1855 went to Black Hawk County, Iowa. She married Solomon Levi Gable on 12 June 1856, and they had eleven children. The Gables farmed in Black Hawk and Van Buren Counties before settling in Crawford County in 1858.

Asenath Hampton Gable died on 8 July 1907 in Denison, Iowa, following a brief illness.


Collection description

The collection (1901, 1907) contains two obituaries of Asenath Hampton Gable and a copy of her "Biographical Sketches of the Hampton and Gable Families." She wrote these sketches in 1901 and gave a handwritten copy to each of her children as a token of her love. The copy in this collection was presented to her second youngest child, Mearl Arthur Gable.

The biographical sketches tell not only of the Gables' ancestry, but also of their life including the hardships as well as the high points and how they were sustained by courage and by faith. A substantial portion of this family history was published in the book Pure Nostalgia, edited by Carl Hamilton (Ames, Ia.: Iowa State University Press, 1979; Archives call no. CT 234 P87).


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"Biographical Sketches of the Hampton and Gable Families"



Ancestors, p. 4
My Parents, p. 7
Early Recollections, p. 15
Uncle William and Aunt Asenath Doan, p. 19
My Step Mother, p. 24
Religious Experience, p. 28
Moving West, p. 36
Courtship and Marriage, p. 48
My Husband and His Relations, p. 54
My Brothers and Sisters, p. 68
House Keeping, p. 84
Amos Byron, p. 88
Moving and Visiting, p. 95
First Year in Crawford Co., p. 103
Ida Alice, p. 115
Renting another Farm, p. 117
George Harvy, p. 124
Buying a Farm and Indians, p. 129
Mary Emily, p. 149
Sore Eyes, The Draft, Close of the War, p. 151
Walter Hampton, p. 156
The Rail-Road, p. 160
Lewis Martin, p. 161
Sickness. New House, p. 164
Myrtle Effie, p. 170
Solomon Levi, p. 175
Edward Elery, p. 179
Grasshoppers, p. 183
Mearl Arthur, p. 185
Charles Hugh, p. 189