William Cabell M.D.

William Cabell M.D. (abt. 1699 - abt. 1774)

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Dr. William Cabell M.D.
Born about in Warminster, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1725 in Virginiamap
Husband of — married 30 Sep 1762 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Amherst, Virginiamap
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William was the first son of 9 children born to Nicholas Cabell & Rachel Hooper. His father Nicholas was a wool-stapler & English gentleman belonging to the Cabells of Devon and Somersets hire, whose estates were confiscated, either wholly or in part, because of their allegiance to Cromwell.

1699/03/09 William was born in Bugley (near Warminster) in Wiltshire, England.

He graduated from the London College of Surgery and Medicine.

About 1723 he resigned his commission as a surgeon in the British navy.

1723/09 He left England, sailing from Bristol to Virginia.

He married Elizabeth Burks (daughter of Samuel King Burks & Mary Elizabeth Davis) & they settled near Dover on land that Elizabeth's father acquired prior to 1716.

He first appeared in "New World" documentation as a witness to a land sale in Henrico County, Virginia along with his first cousin, William Mayo.

In 1726 he was appointed under-sheriff of Henrico Co, VA.

In 1728 Goochland County, VA was formed & he was appointed one of its first justices.

In 1729 he qualified as coroner.

In 1730 he became an active land surveyor, working along the upper James River.

In March 1735 he was granted a land patent for 1200 acres along Licking Hole Creek in Goochland County, VA.

In 1735 he was called to England by the death of his father & needing to settle affairs. He left his wife in charge of the Virginia property with a Power of Attorney ...

"I, William Cabell of the County of Goochland do appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Cabbell and my loving Friends William Mayo and George Carrington to be my Lawfull Attorneys in Virginia for me and in my Name to Use to receive any sums of money that shall be owing unto me, to prosecute and defend suits in Law or Equity, imprison or discharge or do any other Act or Deed which I could lawfully do were I present - ratifying and holding firm, all whatsoever my said Attorneys or either of them shall lawfully do or cause to be done in or about the premises. Witness my hand and seal this 27th August 1735. William Cabbell [Seal].

1738/09/12 He received a land patent along the James river.

After a 6 year absence, in 1742 he returned to Virginia, where he resumed increasing his holdings and moved his family up the James River to his 4800 acre land patent in what is now Nelson County, VA. He named the new town "Warminster" after the English town of his youth.

In 1745 Albemarle County, VA was established & at its first court hearing he served as a justice.

He promoted immigration & his responsibilities to the county included collecting tithes, providing security for the Sheriff & Charles Lynch's ferry across the Rivanna River, serving as coroner & working as assistant surveyor.

He served as a Captain in the Indian Wars of 1745.

In 1748 he began operating his own ferry across the James River and obtained a license for a tavern. Additionally, he spent considerable time and energy on surveying the surrounding wilderness.

He had a successful practice as a doctor and surgeon. He purchased and made medicines, sold wooden limbs, established a private hospital near his residence & made professional visits far and near.

On 21 Sep 1756 his wife Elizabeth passed away.

On 27 Sep 1762 he remarried to Mrs. Margaret Meredith (the widow of Samuel Meredith from Hanover County, VA).

On 26 Feb 1765 his second wife Margaret died.

1774/04/12 He died at Liberty Hall in then Amherst (now Nelson) County, VA at the age of 75 and left most of his estate to his son Nicholas.

He was a doctor, surveyor, magistrate, farmer, trader, vestryman, churchwarden & pioneer in early Virginia who had an enormous impact on the formation of the colony.


  • "Virginia Magazine of History & Biography" v65 #3, July 1957, p363-365 published by the Virginia Historical Society.
  • Colonial Families of the USA 1607-1775 available online at ancestry.com v7 p144 Cabell Family.
  • Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography 1600-1889 available online at ancestry.com for William Cabell.
  • 1943 Dictionary of American Biography for William Cabell.


Thank you to Ed Burke for creating WikiTree profile Cabell-39 through the import of Burke Brooks Tree 2010.ged on Feb 18, 2013.

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Per the categories, he is an ancestor of a US Vice President. Slowly we are added information to these kinds of profiles. And the town in Warminster....
posted by Robin Lee
Sorry I posted on the wrong pg. earlier. Why is this cabell part of the US Presidents project? Thanks
posted by Hart (Leech) Wallace
Cabell-392 and Cabell-4 appear to represent the same person because: identical dates, same biography, same son
posted by Robin Lee
Cabell-20 and Cabell-4 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse name
posted by E. Compton

Rejected matches › William Cabell Sr. (1730-1798)

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