Samuel Woodson Venable
Aged: 65 years
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Samuel Woodson Venable, born September 19/1756, died September 7,1821; married August 15 (13?), 1781, Mary Scott Carrington, born June21, 1758, died March 21, 1837. He was at Hampden-Sydney when hejoined the Student Company and entered the War of the Revolution, andwas afterwards an officer in the company organized by hisbrother-in-law, Captain Thomas Watkins. He entered Princeton andgraduated with first honours. He established his seat at"Springfield", was a planter and merchant, "the leading mind in thatwhole region", a man of great influence, "eminently a practical man, astern patriot and friend of good order in society, public spirited,and a patron of all improvements".
From the book- Venables of Virginia by Elizabeth Marshall Venable
Samuel Woodson Venable was a man of unusual culture and educational advantages. He graduated first from Hampden-Sidney and later, 1780, at Nassau Hall or Princeton, where he was an honor man, delivered the valedictory in Latin, as was usual. His brothers, Abram, Richard, and Nathaniel graduated there later; William and Thomas were alumni of Hampden-Sidney. He was a Trustee of Hampden-Sidney College from 1780 until his death and always its faithful supporter.
His Revolutionary record is credible. In 1776, the students of Prince Edward Academy, of whom he was one, organized themselves into a military company and elected one of their tutors, Rev John Blair Smith, their captain. Samuel W Venable was ensign. In Sept, 1777, this company of school boys marched to Williamsburg to help defend it against an anticipated invasion by the British. After the danger was passed, Governor Henry complimented the company and dismissed it. On the call of General Greene for troops, when he was retreating from the South toward Virginia, before Cornwallis, a company of dragoons, Prince Edward Dragoons, commanded by Captain Thomas Watkins repaired to his camp. Samuel Woodson Venable was cornet (equivalent to Lieutenant) of this company and participated in the battle of Guilford Court House, March, 1781, at which the "Queens Guards" was defeated. He also served as aide on General Greene's staff. Captain Watkins' company served in General Lawson's Brigade under Colonel Washington. After the action at Guilford, Colonel Washington wrote a letter to Captain Watkins, in which the bravery and skill of the Prince Edward troop and their commander were highly extolled and commended.
"Springfield," the plantation home of Samuel Woodson Venable and his wife, Mary, was burned many years ago, and the garden and every trace of culture eliminated,--even the quaint picture of the place done in tapestry by the patient fingers of their gifted daughter, Henningham, has been burned. No one now living remembers anything much about it. But, in the inventory of part of the estate, preserved in the Court House records, in Prince Edward Co, Va, we find , among other interesting items, sixty-one slaves, valued at $13,445-and we must remember that at the marriage of each of his twelve children, he gave them an ample dower in slaves and land.
Mary Scott Carrington
|Birth||21 JUN 1758|
|Death||21 MAR 1837|
Aged: 78.7 years
Mary was born to Judge Paul Carrington Sr. & Margaret Read at "Mullberry Hill", Charlotte County, VA. She died at "Springfield", Prince Edward County, VA. The following is a description given of her in the 1925 Venables of Virginia book. "A woman of uncommon vivacity, wit and power of sarcasm. She added to these gifts with great practical judgement which she displayed in the management of her household, and the rearing of her large family,-and all was crowned and chastened by earnest piety. In powers of conversation she is said to have had few equals. Her company was always enjoyed on account of her bright wit and amusing criticisms on men, and passing events. She frequently visited Virginia Springs where she was usually surrounded by groups of young people entertained by her conversation. Her fame was so great that she was often referred as "John Randolph in petticoats." By her will she left considerable household chattles in "Springfield" to her numerous children. "Springfield" , the plantation located near Worsham, gifted out of "Slate Hill" property by her father, was lost to fire in 1877.