Re: Casper Cable (goebel)
My name is Eric Cable I am a GGGG grandson of Casper Goebel Cable.
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First of all Casper was DEFENETLY a Hessian.
In fact he was one of the Hessians who surrendered to George Washington at Trenton.
As in "Washington Crossing the Delaware" as in the back of the New Jersey quarter.
This is NOT a legend.The records support it.
My uncle, Raymond Cable, Ph.D., did extensive research.He went so far as to go to Germany and investigate.
There was a town called Rodenhausen.
It was virtually destroyed (including all the birth records etc) during a little incident called World War I.
Also, it is theorized and very possible that Casper was NOT from Roddenhausen.
It is possible that he told the Continental Army he was from Rodenhausen to 'cover his tracks'
That is, he had decided to become an American. (don't you just love this story)
He did not want the Germans to find him.
This is also probably why he took the the name Cable.
Keep in mind that Geobell pronounced in German is "Gay-bell"
Imagine this conversation happening...
"What's your name?"
"Ok Cable. C-A-B-L-E"
My uncle's research was published in the Journal of the Johann Schwalm Historical Society 1984 edition.You can still aquire a copy by visiting them at:
hope this helps...