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Martha Elizabeth Venable


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At a Glance

The presence of Martha Elizabeth Venable and her sister, Isabella Brown Venable , as students placed a special stamp of approval on the Burwell School [1].


Martha Elizabeth Venable and Isabella Brown 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.

Martha Elizabeth Venable is listed in the Burwell School Catalogue of 1848-51 [2]. She married first Samuel Venable Morton, with whom she had no children. She married second Robert Alston Hamilton. This marriage produced two children, the names of whom are unknown [1].

Biographical Data

Important Dates

Martha Elizabeth Venable was born in 1833. She died in 1877.

Places of Residence



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