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John Cable, Sr.

Also Known As: "John Cabell"
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Fairfield, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Conrad Cable and Alyce Cable
Husband of Sarah Cable and Ann Cable
Father of John Cable and Rebecca Knowles
Brother of Eizabeth Prudden Burr

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About John Cable, Sr.

John Cable, passenger on the Arabella and founder of Springfield, CT

[Work in Progress. Hypothesis is that John Cable is the brother of Elizabeth Cable, wife of Jehu Burr. All three arrived on the Arabella and there are many links between John Cable and Jehu Burr. See below.]

John Cable, one of the first eight subscribers to establish a settlement in Springfield, did not remain here but a few years. In April, 1641, he sold his lot to the town and it was afterwards sold to Thomas Cooper. He had one child born here, and on leaving here went to Fairfield, Conn. His son born here was:—

John, b. January 12, 1640.

The Great Migration Begins Sketches


  • ORIGIN: Unknown
  • MIGRATION: 1630
  • REMOVES: Springfield 1636, Fairfield 1641
  • OCCUPATION: Sawyer. (In his accounts as colony treasurer for 1632 and 1633, William Pynchon includes a payment to "John Cable for 500 four inch plank for fortification" [MHSC 2:8:232].)
  • FREEMAN: Connecticut 10 October 1669 [CCCR 1:521].
  • EDUCATION: Signed deed of 1641. Signed his will.
  • OFFICES: Committee to set out the bounds of the plantation (Springfield), 3 January 1638/9 [SpTR 1:19]. Committee to lay out land in Springfield, 26 March 1640 [SpTR 1:25].
  • ESTATE: On 2 April 1641 John Cable sold to the inhabitants of Springfield for £40 "all that his right in his lot, house & grounds broken up or unbroken up, also all his right in future dividends" [SpTR 1:3].
  • In his will, dated 4 April 1682 and proved 21 September 1682, "John Cabel Sen[io]r" bequeathed to "my grandchild John Cabell my housing, homelot and all the rest of my lands" and a fowling piece, to "my grandchild John Knowles my featherbed, one rug, sheets, bolster and pillows," to "my loving wife Ann Cabell the rent or use of all my housing and lands and household goods during her natural life" (and she to be executrix), and to "my daughter Rebeca and my grandchild John Cabell all my movables after my wife's decease" (except those already given), and appointed "my loving kinsman Jehu Burr and John Burr my overseers"; witnessed by Ezbon Wakeman and John Banks. The inventory was taken 21 September 1682 and totalled £261 11s., of which £220 was real estate. Ann Cable refused the appointment as executrix, and "impleads to the Court her weakness and imbecility and her uncapableness to perform that trust," and requests that Mr. Jehu Burr and Mr. John Burr be appointed [Fairfield PR 3:81, Case #1523]. On 28 September 1682 Mr. Jehu Burr and Mr. John Burr, administrators on the estate of John Cable, deceased, and "Samuell Bets of Bruantford" prepared articles of agreement in which Samuel agreed that "he will take care of and maintain his dear mother Ann Cable" and in which all parties agreed as to how this would be done; the agreement was signed by mark by "Ann Cabels" [Fairfield PR Case #1524]. In her will, dated 6 February 1673 and proved 21 November 1683 (the year dates underlined in the original), Anne Betts ordered that "my son Samuell shall have my whole estate, he paying to the rest of my children five shillings per child, & to my daughter Mary my wearing clothes"; the inventory totalled £25 9s. 6d., of which £13 10s. was real estate; in the margin the testator was identified as "Anne Cable" [NHPR 2:111].
  • BIRTH: By about 1615 based on estimated marriage date.
  • DEATH: Fairfield between 4 April 1682 (date of will) and 21 September 1682 (probate of will).
  • MARRIAGE: (1) By 1640 possibly Sarah _____ (in depositions relating to the witchcraft trial of Goody Knapp, Bethia Brundish, aged sixteen, deposed on 26 April 1654 about something she observed while in the company of Deborah Lockwood and Sarah Cable [NHCR 2:83]; as Deborah Lockwood was at that time seventeen it might be thought that Sarah Cable herself was about the same age; this record is, then, the only known record for the first wife of John Cable or for an otherwise unknown daughter). (2) After 31 August 1658 [TAG 12:101] Ann (_____) Betts, widow of Roger Betts. (This identification is based on the probate records cited above. The date of Ann's will leaves two possibilities: either she was still the widow of Roger Betts on 6 February 1673, and did not marry Cable until after that date; or the date of her will is in error and should be "6 February 1683" [i.e., 1682/3], in which case she chose to revert to her previous married name in making a will in which she only named her Betts children.)


  • JOHN, b. Springfield 12 January 1640[/1] [Pynchon VR 40]; m. Elizabeth _____ [Spencer P. Mead, Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, and State of Connecticut, 1648-1750 (typescript, 1929), 1:35].
  • REBECCA, b. say 1642; m. by about 1662 John Knowles [FOOF 1:369].
  • ASSOCIATIONS: JOHN CABLE was related in some way to JEHU BURR. First, they were paired in all their migrations. Both first resided in Roxbury, and moved to Springfield in 1636, where both were among the four leading citizens. In contributions made on 13 January 1638 for building a house for Rev. George Moxon and for his maintenance, the largest donations on each occasion were made by William Pynchon, Henry Smith, Jehu Burr and John Cable [SpTR 1:15]. Pynchon and his son-in-law Smith remained in Springfield and were the most prominent citizens in the town for many years to come. Burr and Cable both departed Springfield in 1641 and participated in the founding of Fairfield in that year. Second, in his will John Cable appointed "my loving kinsman Jehu Burr and John Burr my overseers." The connection was probably through the first wife of Cable, or through Burr's wife.

COMMENTS: On 22 March 1630/1 John Cable was one of three men ordered to be "whipped for stealing 3 pigs of Mr. Ralfe Glover's" [MBCR 1:85]. On the basis of this record Pope places Cable at Dorchester, but this must be based on the mistaken confusion of RALPH GLOVER of Charlestown with John Glover who was in Dorchester some years later. The three men charged with the theft all seem to be young single men, perhaps servants, and their residences are not certain. John Cable is placed provisionally in Roxbury because of his move to Springfield with William Pynchon in 1636. John Cable appeared as a defendant in lawsuits on 2 June 1640, 7 June 1649, 21 May 1650 and 20 May 1652 [CCCR 1:94, 190, 198, 208, 231].


The first century of the history of Springfield: the official records from 1636 to 1736, with an historical review and biographical mention of the founders, Volume 2 (Google eBook). Springfield (Mass.), Henry Martyn Burt H.M. Burt, 1899.


John Cable: (+15 to -3)

BIRTH: John Cable was born between 1602 and 1620--more likely earlier than later. He is a brother of Elizabeth Cable, who was the wife of Jehu Burr.

MARRIAGE: He married Sarah Burr about 1638. Not sure what Sarah’s relationship is to his brother-in-law, Jehu Burr. It is possible that a brother and sister married a brother and sister.

DEATH: He died at Fairfield, CT on 4 Apr 1682.

BIOGRAPHY: In Feb 1638/39, John Cable was the first person chosen and sworn to execute the office of a Constable in the Agawam plantation "for a year or till another shall be chosen." The first trial by jury in Agawam was a case that involved John Cable as defendant. John Woodcoke complained against John Cable in an action of the case for wages due to him for certaine worke he did to a house that was built on Agawam side for the Plantation. The jury found for Cable. In Jan 1639, John Cable served on the jury in a slander case of Moxon vs Woodcock; he was again called to jury duty in June 1640. I do not find him in the court records after that time. He removed to Fairfield, CT.


1. John Cable born 1640

2. Rebecca Cable born about 1642

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John Cable, Sr.'s Timeline

January 12, 1640
Age 30
Springfield, MA, USA
April 1682
Age 72
Fairfield, CT, USA