Abraham Venable II – Qualifying Service for the Society of Colonial Wars

1) Abraham Venable II served in the House of Burgesses from 1742-17561.

2) Abraham was appointed Captain of a company of infantry in the Louisa County Militia (Captain of the Foot) on 9 Jan 17432.


1Stanard, William Glover & Mary Page Newton Stanard. The Colonial Virginia Register. Albany: Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers, 1902, pp. 114-138

2Sparacio, Ruth & Sam Sparacio. Virginia County Court Records, Louisa County, Virginia, Orders 1742-1744. McLean, Virginia: The Antient Press, 1999, p. 56

Abraham Venable II, father of Abraham Venable III

Abraham B. Venable III (1725/1726-1778) was the son of Abraham Venable II (1700-1768) and Martha Davis (1702-1765).

A history of the three generations, Abraham Venable I, II, and III was presented in a note in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography1. The note states that Abraham (II) (1700-1768) married Martha Davis (1702-1765) in Hanover County, and their first issue was Abraham (III) (1725-1778).

The will of Abraham II was dated 11 Apr 1768, and was recorded on 9 Jan 1769 in Louisa County2. The will names Abraham's son, Abraham (III). The last page of the will names the son.

Louisa County was formed from Hanover County in 1742: Abraham Venable II was one of the 12 founding vestrymen of Louisa County and the associated Fredericksville Parish on 10 Jan 17423. He remained in Lousia County for the rest of his life, and his will was recorded there, as noted above.

Abraham III was a resident of Amelia County as early as 1746, and is shown on the tax lists between 1746 and 1753 in Amelia4. Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County in 1754, and Abraham III was one of the 12 founding justices of Prince Edward5. He was a Captain in the Prince Edward militia in 17626, received permission to build a gristmill on the Appomattox in 17667, and his will was recorded in Prince Edward in 17788.

There is a deed that proves that Abraham II of Louisa County was the father of Abraham III of Prince Edward County9. The deed is dated 14 May 1750, and reads as follows:

"ABRAHAM VENABLE of Fredericksville Parish, Louisa Co. (Va.) to ABRAHAM VENABLE, JR. of Nottoway Parish…"

The deed transfers land in Nottoway Parish (Amelia County) from Abraham II to his son, who, the deed states, lives in Nottoway Parish. This deed corroborates that the father of Abraham III, resident of Amelia/Prince Edward, was Abraham II, resident of Louisa County, and author of the 1768 will cited above.


1Brief Note. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan., 1928), p. 76

2Baird, Nancy & Kate Hatch, compilers. Abstracts of Louisa County, Virginia Will Books, 1743-1801. 1964, page 21, Will of Abraham Venable of Trinity Parish (Louisa County). Fairfax County Public Library

3Davis, Rosalie Edith. Fredericksville Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1787. Manchester, Missouri: 1978, p. 8

4Amelia County, Virginia Tax Lists, 1736-1764: An Every-name Index. Miami Beach: T.L.C. Genealogy, 1993, p. 168

5Bradshaw, Herbert Clarence. History of Prince Edward County, Virginia. Richmond: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1955, p. 23

6Ibid., p. 41

7Ibid., p. 84

8Will, Abraham Venable, recorded April Court 1778, Prince Edward County, Virginia. Copy of original will obtained from the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219-8000

9McConnaughey, Gibson Jefferson, compiler. Deed Book 3 and Deed Book 4, Amelia County, Virginia, Deeds 1747-1753. Amelia, Va.: Mid-South Publishing Company, p. 57