A Biographical Sketch of Nathaniel Henry Tabler
History of Grundy County, Illinois, Chicago: O.L. Baskin  1882

[Nathaniel Tabler was the father of Edward L. Tabler of Company K of the Fifty-First Illinois Infantry]

     NATHANIEL H. TABLER, retired farmer, P.O. Morris, was born March 13 1809, in Berkeley County, Va. He is the son of Henry and Mary (Oller) Tabler. Our subject’s grandfather, George Tabler, was one of the early settlers in that country, having come from Germany and settled in Berkely County, Va., shortly after the revolution. He had five children — Michael, Henry (subject’s father), Christian, William and one daughter, whose name is unknown, all of whom settled in Virginia. To our subject’s grandfather, on his mother’s side, were born John, Jacob, George, Peter, Betsey, Catherine, Mary, and another daughter whose name is unknown, all of whom were born in Virginia. The children of our subject’s parents were Nathaniel H., Joshua, Levi Harrison, Peter, Mary and Anna. His father was a farmer, and Mr. Tabler remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-one years of age, when he started alone for Delaware County, Ohio, and settled on the Scioto River about the year 1830.  His father bought 200 acres of land, but did not himself come. Subject moved on to this land which was mostly wooded, and immediately commenced improvements. While here, in November 1830, he was married to Mary Cryder, daughter of Henry Cryder. In October 1833, he came to this county, and settled on Section 8, in Aux Sable Township. At that time there were no improvements on the place. Three families — the Wollys, Cryders and N.H. Tabler — constituted the population of the county at that time. Remaining on his farm until 1876, he went to Minooka, this county, and lived there till the fall of 1882. His children by his first wife were Joseph, David C., Elias, Matthew, Ezra, and Mary, who was the wife of John McCloud. His second marriage was with Hannah Marie, daughter of Jacob and Betsey Cryder. Their children were Jerome, William, Lewis and Anna. He was married a third time to Susan Paulding, who was born near Waynesboro, Franklin County, Penn. She was the daughter of Frank M. and Sarah (Rogers) Paulding. Joseph, Mr. Tabler’s son by his first wife, lives in Florida, and the others are in Aux Sable Township. Edward was all through the war, afterward coming home, and was killed in 1866 by the kick of a mule. Mr. Tabler was for the fourth time united in marriage, this time to Mrs. William Johnson, by whom he had one child — Farada, born July 4, 1881. Mr. Tabler has been a member of the M.E. Church for about fourteen years. He was a Democrat up to the time of Lincoln, since which he has voted the Republican ticket. Since coming to Morris, Mrs. Tabler has been running the Cottage Hotel, and boards the students attending the Normal School.