Cabell, Nathaniel Francis, 1807-1891

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Nathaniel Francis Cabell, 1807-1891, of Nelson County, Virginia, published numerous essays on agriculture and Swedenborgianism, edited the Jefferson and Cabell correspondence and the Lee papers, and wrote Cabell family histories. He married Anne Blaws Cocke, daughter of Gen. John Hartwell Cocke, and later married Mary M. Keller. See Alexander Brown, The Cabells and Their Kin (Harrisonburg, Va.: C.J. Carrier, 1978), pp. 657-660.

From the description of Collection of papers relating to Virginia's agricultural history, 1771-1879. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122538832

Nathaniel Francis Cabell was born 23 July 1807 at "Warminster" in Nelson County, Virginia, to Nicholas Cabell, Jr. (1780-1809) and Margaret Read Venable Cabell (1782-1857). He graduated from Hampden Sidney College in 1825 and from Harvard in 1827. Cabell settled in Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1827, then moved back to Nelson County in 1832, settling at the family home, "Liberty Hall." Cabell wrote and published articles on religion, education, and agriculture. He married first Anne Blaws Cocke (1811-1862), daughter of General John H. Cocke (1780-1866), 14 September 1831, and they had six children. He married second Mary M. Keller of Baltimore, Maryland. Cabell spent the last few years of his life living with one of his sons in Bedford County, Virginia, where he died 1 September 1891. Cabell was buried in the family cemetery at "Liberty Hall" in Nelson County.

From the guide to the Nathaniel Francis Cabell Papers, 1722-1879, (Library of Virginia)

Charles Campbell (1807-1876) was born on 1 May 1807, in Petersburg, Virginia, the firstborn child of parents John Wilson Campbell (d.1842), and Mildred Walker Moore Campbell. John, a bookstore owner, was also a historian. In 1831 he published the History of Virginia to 1781 . Later, he held the position of Federal Collector of Customs in Petersburg, Virginia. Mildred taught at the Petersburg Classical Academy in the 1840's. In addition to Charles, the couple also had two younger children, Alexander (Aleck) S. Campbell, and Elizabeth (Betty) Campbell Maben (d.1871).

Charles' mother, Mildred Walker Moore Campbell, was the granddaughter of Virginia lieutenant governor Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740). Mildred Walker Moore Campbell and her siblings Mary Fairfax Moore Keller, Dr. Alexander Spotswood Moore, Ann Evelina Moore Henley, William Agustin Moore, Eliza Moore McDonald, and Lavinia Moore McPheeters wrote and received numerous pieces of personal correspondence that are available in this collection.

Charles Campbell attended the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) from 1823-1825. Upon graduation he enrolled in Henry St. George Tucker's School of Law in Winchester, Virginia. However, he suffered from chronic headaches which caused him severe physical and mental exhaustion. By 1829, these health issues would force him to leave the law profession.

Following his departure from law, Campbell worked as an engineer of the Petersburg Railroad. Later he ran a private school for boys in Glencoe, Alabama. On 13 September 1836, he married Elvira N. Callaway (1819-1837) of Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1837, Elvira died shortly after the birth of a son, Callaway Campbell (b.1837). In his distress, Campbell left his son with Elivira's siblings, Thomas and Lucinda Callaway. Later, this would result in a court case to regain custody of his child.

Following the death of his wife, Campbell worked as a clerk in the office of the Collector of Custom in Petersburg, Virginia (a position he obtained from his father John Campbell). From 1840-1843, Campbell also owned, published, and edited a Petersburg newspaper, The American Statesman . He returned to teaching in 1842 by opening a classical school in Petersburg, becoming both teacher and administrator in the Anderson Seminary. He would hold these positions until the formation of free public schools in 1870.

Campbell remarried in 1850 to Miss Anna Birdsall of Rahway, New Jersey. They had four children, Mary Spotswood Campbell Robinson (b.1852), Nanny Campbell (b.1854), Charles Campbell (b.1856), and Fanny Campbell (1858-1860's).

Charles Campbell was committed to Western Lunatic Asylum at Staunton, Virginia, in 1873 where he remained until his death on July 11, 1876. He was buried at Blandford Church Cemetery, Petersburg.

Like his father, Campbell was a historian. He began contributing to journals in 1834. Some of the journals to which he frequently contributed included; The Southern Literary Messenger or The Southern and Western Literary Messenger and Review ; The Farmer's Register ; The New Yorker ; and the Petersburg Intelligencer . His most important work, however, was the History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia . This work built upon his father's book and concerned Virginia history from the colony's founding to the Revolutionary War.

From the guide to the Charles Campbell Papers, 1743-1896., (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

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creatorOf Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856. Cabell Family papers [manuscript], 1731-1917. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cabell, William Daniel, 1834-1904. Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families [manuscript], 1798-1955. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Moyer, James,. Papers relating to Nelson County, Va. [manuscript], 1845-1960. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bolling, Robert B., fl. 1843,. Cabell family papers [manuscript, 1796-1867. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nathaniel Francis Cabell Papers, 1722-1879 Library of Virginia
creatorOf Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856,. Cabell Family papers, 1731-1917. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Brooks, Edward, fl. 1808,. Papers : of the Cabell family, 1808-1889. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cabell family. Papers of the Cabell family, 1727-1875. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Massie, William, 1795-1862. Papers, 1814-1870. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Cocke, John Hartwell, 1780-1866. Papers additional of John Hartwell Cocke [manuscript] 1808-57. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856. Papers relating to the founding of the University of Virginia [manuscript] 1810-1857. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cabell family. Cabell family papers, 1778-1893. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Archer, William Segar, 1789-1855,. Argosy collection [manuscript], 1795-1893. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Charles Campbell Papers, 1743-1896. Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
referencedIn Miscellaneous Cabell family papers, 1795-1885, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barksdale, W. C., fl. 1876. Papers of Mary Joanna Wright and Agnes Belle Wright, 1876-1962. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ruffin, Edmund, 1794-1865. Papers : of Edmund Ruffin, 1818-1865. Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867,. Lee family papers [microform] 1652 [1769-1870] 1890. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856. Papers of the Joseph Carrington Cabell family, 1834-1876, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876 (bulk:1700-1800) New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Card file of the Hartwell Cabell gift, 1948? University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Campbell, Charles, 1807-1876. Papers, 1743-1896. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856. Papers of the Cabell family, 1727-1875. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Whitehead, Robert, 1897-1960. Robert Whitehead papers [manuscript], 1876-1964. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cocke family. Genealogical notes, ca. 1574-1875. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Cabell, Nathaniel Francis, 1807-1891. Collection of papers relating to Virginia's agricultural history, 1771-1879. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Hubard, Robert Thruston, 1808-1871. Papers of Robert T. Hubard, 1828-1909 (bulk 1841-1866). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Swem, E. G. (Earl Gregg), 1870-1965. List of manuscripts relating to the history of agriculture in Virginia collected by N. F. Cabell, and now in the Virginia State Library [manuscript], 1913. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dugdale, Elizabeth Cabell. Papers of the Cabell family, 1876, 1972. University of Virginia. Library
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Agriculture
Petersburg (Va.). Library
Education--Virginia--History
Tobacco
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