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Joseph Cabell

Joseph Cabell (1732-1798) was probably born at his parent’s home on Licking Hole Creek before they moved to Liberty Hall in about 1741. He was educated at home and trained by his father in the medical and surgical profession. He married Mary Hopkins (1735-1811) in 1752.

His lands were more scattered than those of his brothers, and he owned land in Albemarle, Buckingham and Amherst Counties. His county of residence changed as follows:

As he moved from estate to estate, he served each community as vestryman, burgess, justice, or state senator(1781-1785). In 1778, he was designated county lieutenant of Amherst County and responsible for raising men for the continental Army.

Joseph and Mary Hopkins Cabell’s children, spouses, and homeplace

Two of the children of Joseph and Mary Hopkins Cabell were the first Cabell’s to migrate west (Kentucky).

Map showing migration of descendants of Joseph Cabell

Joseph Cabell and his wife had 4 daughters and 1 son, all born at Zion Hill in Buckingham County. While his son, Joseph Cabell Jr. settled at Repton close to his father’s estate in Buckingham County, all three of his daughters that lived to adulthood settled only briefly on Cabell homes in Virginia (Glebe, Clover Plains and Mulberry Grove). The oldest daughter, Mary Hopkins Cabell, moved to Kentucky with her husband, John Breckinridge, and their 3 children prior to 1797. Their last 4 children were born at Cabell’s Dale in Lexington, Kentucky.

Anne Cabell and her husband, Robert Carter Harrison moved to Kentucky with their seven children in about 1803-1804 and settled in Fayette, Kentucky.

The youngest daughter, Elizabeth, likely remained in Virginia until her husbands death in 1828. In the 1850 census, she is living with her older sister, Mary Cabell Breckinridge in Kentucky.

Exploring the map

The following map shows the migration of 5 generations of descendants of Joseph Cabell and Mary Hopkins Cabell. This includes 817 descendants born before 1900.

Click on the Map name (Joseph-Descendants) to open the map in a new window (you can also download a copy to save). Click on the large icon on the map near Virginia Beach for more details.

Notable Descendants of Joseph Cabell

18th century

19th century

20th century

Works Consulted

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