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Isabella Brown Venable

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At a Glance

The presence of Isabella Brown Venable and her sister, Martha Elizabeth Venable , as students placed a special stamp of approval on the Burwell School.


Isabella Brown Venable and Martha Elizabeth Venable  were daughters of Abraham Watkins Venable. Abraham Watkins Venable was a distinguished gentleman from Granville County, NC who had been educated at Hampden-Sydney College and Princeton University who applied his studies at the bar and politically. His political career included stints as a United States Congressman and also as a Congressman to the Confederate States of America.

Isabella Brown Venable is listed in the Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51 [1]. She married Captain Stephen Taylor Martin, a Presbyterian minister, with whom she had six children [2].

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  1. Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51.
  2. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).