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On NaN undefined NaN Isabella Fiske wrote on Venable-13:

I’m wondering why we have so little information about Isabella Alston Brown, Abraham W Venable’s wife. I’m a descendant. Does anyone know more? Thanks!

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in Genealogy Help by Isabella Fiske G2G6 Mach 1 (11.0k points)

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Partly the reason is that there are very few actual primary sources for her husband Abraham on his profile.

Here is the 1860 census for A. W. Venable of Granville County and his wife J. A. Venable, age 52 (thus born about 1808), native of North Carolina.

And here (sorry, record, haven't found it at is the 1850 census record for A. W. Venable of Granville Couhty's wife J. A. Venable, age 43 (thus born about 1807), native of North Carolina. has the 1876 obituary (from the Torchlight of Oxford, NC) for Mrs. Isabella A. Venable, "widow of the late Hon. A. W. Venable", who died 14 Apr 1876 at the home of her son, Maj. T. B. Venable, age 69, and had been married 52 years (this implies a birth about 1807 and a marriage about 1824). A longer obituary from the next number of the Torchlight notes that she was the daughter of Thomas Brown, Esq., of Auchlochan, County Lanark, Scotland, "and was descended from Presbyterian Covenanters". She had been married nearly 53 years (thus the marriage was in 1823 rather than 1824) and survived her husband by a mere 8 weeks.

She had made out her will (at on 9 March 1876; it was probated 16 June 1876.

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (88.3k points)

The 1851 census for Scotland lists a Thomas Brown, JP, as proprietor of Auchlochan in the parish of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, age 75 (thus born about 1776), native of that parish. With him are two children, James J Brown, age 40, and Elisabeth M Brown, age 30, both born in America. It thus appears that Isabella's father had been in America in the early 19th century where she was born and married, but then returned to his native Scotland in later life.

Thomas Brown died in 1856, as noted on p. 98 of this history of the parish from 1864.

For the family tree of Thomas Brown, see

Here is 1850 Family Search 

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 April 2020), A W Venable, Granville county, part of, Granville, North Carolina, United States; citing family 1, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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