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Nicholas Cabell

Nicholas Cabell (1750-1803) was born at his father’s plantation on Swan Creek in Nelson County, Virginia. He attended William and Mary College, completing his education in about 1771.

He married Hannah Carrington (1751-1817) in April 1772, and lived at Swan Creek. His father had deeded him the Swan Creek estate in 1763; those lands extending from above Midway Station down the James River for more than five miles. His father lived there until his death in 1774.

Nicholas Cabell served as a Captain of a group of about 100 minutemen in 1776, and in 1780 he was appointed a colonel of the militia of Amherst. He was a vestryman in his parish and represented Amherst County in the House of Delegates and as a State Senator. He established a Freemason lodge in his neighborhood in 1791 (The George Lodge), and filled positions of leadership in the the Grand Lodge of Masons of Virginia.

In 1800, his health began to fail. In 1802, he visited the Virginia Springs for the treatment of the day, but died at the age of 53 in Aug. 1803. His wife, Hannah Carrington, survived her husband by nearly fourteen years. She lived mainly at Harewood so she could help raise her granddaughters, four year old Hannah and two year old Sarah Hare, after the death of their mother in 1802. She died in 1817 and was buried at Liberty Hall.

Nicholas and Hannah Carrington Cabell’s children, spouses, and homeplace

Migration of the Descendants of Nicholas Cabell

Nicholas and his wife, Hannah, lived at her father’s plantation, Boston Hill, in Cumberland, Virginia for close to 10 years. Their first 5 children were born at Boston Hill. He then moved back to Liberty Hall where they had another 6 children. Many of his children and grandchildren remained in the Nelson County Cabell community. His grandchildren’s birth places include Liberty Hall, Harewood, Union Hill. Midway Mills, and Bon Aire.

Grandchildren of two of his children, William H. Cabell and Mary Ann Cabell, migrated further distances north and west.

Judge William H. Cabell, moved his family from Nelson County to Richmond before the birth of his third child, Robert, in 1809. Many of his children remained in Virginia or migrated to other cities including Washing ton D.C, New York and St. Louis, Missouri.

Mary Ann Cabell married her first cousin on the Carrington side, Benjamin Mosby Carrington and they settled back near the Carrington’s in Cumberland, Virginia. Two of their grandchildren, through their daughter, Sophonisba Anne Carrington, would move westward settling in Missouri, Montana territory and California.

Exploring the map

The following map shows the migration of 5 generations of descendants of Nicholas Cabell and Hannah Carrington Cabell. This includes 468 descendants born before 1900.

Click on the Map name (Nicholas-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.

Snapshot of the map of Nicholas’ descendants. Click on link above.

Notable Descendants of Nicholas Cabell

18th century

19th century

20th century

Works Consulted

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