Transcribed and Contributed
By Dennis Brown-07/04/03
Dennis Brown passed away July 24, 2003, New Zealand
In his memory I dedicate this page in honor of him and his family.- 07/26/03
VENABLE, Thomas Brown [Colonel]
July 6, 1894
Maj. T. B. - s/o Hon. A. W.
Colonel Thomas Brown VENABLE
Well Known Citizen Died on Saturday Afternoon Last.
the death of Col Thomas Brown Venable, Granville County loses a son who
possessed an iron will, a strong intellect, and a commanding place among
his fellows. The history of
his life would be a singular interest.
For his earthly existence covered the most exciting period of
American history, and his opportunity for seeing the inner workings at
Washington and Richmond were very great.
the earthly secessionists of our State, stood forth prominently with
Weldon E. EDWARDS, Barton CRAIG and Thomas BRAGG, Abram W. VENABLE, of
Brownsville. His burning
words were a potent factor in tiring the Southern heart.
His famous utterance that he would “wipe up all the blood of
the war, with a silk handkerchief.” has become a part of the State’s
W. Venable was the intimate friend and companion of Mr COLHOUN.
He was present at his death bed.
He mourned at his funeral. To
him the State of South Carolina, by special act, voted its debt of
gratitude for love and kindness to her greatest son.
war came on, Mr Venable was chosen to represent our District on the
Confederate Congress. He
became the confidential friend of President Davis.
During all his young manhood, the boy Brown
was the constant companion of his father.
In Washington and Richmond the son was on terms of intimacy with
the constitutional Lawyer CALHOUN, with the truculent WIGFALL, with
YANCEY and TOOMBS, and HILL and BENJAMIN.
North Carolina passed her ordinances of secession young Venable was
designed as the messenger to convey the same to the author and
headquarters; which office, those of us who knew him may well imagine,
he performed with great dignity and some outward show of ceremony.
As the war progressed he became Lieut. Colonel of the 24th
N. C. Regiment. Afterwards
he was Major on the staff of General WHITING and was stationed at and
previous to the war young Venable visited his uncle at his ancestral
mansion in Scotland. There,
during two months of delightful sojourn, he saw something of the life of
Scottish noblemen. Right
merrily did he dwell on the famous dinners at which Sir Colin CAMPBELL,
Mr PEELE, Thomas BROWN
and other ‘auld acquaintances’ were gathered.
In Scotland he witnessed a contested election. By the show of hands, the choice of the electors was first
expressed. Sir Calvin
CAMPBELL being dissatisfied with the result demands a ‘Poll’.
The Sheriff with much dignity announces ‘A poll you have
demanded, and a poll you shall have.’
uncle, Thomas BROWN, by will, devised that
mansion and its broad acres to Col. Venable.
But, a few years before the death of Mr BROWN, the Bank of
Glasgow, of which he was a Director and large stockholder broke, greatly
shattering the fortune of Mr BROWN. In consequence he purchased an annuity of the Scotch
Government and gave to it all his property.
Venable was a Lawyer of great power.
In his palmy days the very ground trembled under his feet.
His practice came not by favouritism, but because his clientage
thought him the strongest at the bar.
Venable was born December 9th 1825.
He married Miss Delia KINGSBURY, sister of Dr T.B. KINGSBURY,
C.F. KINGSBURY, Esq., and Mrs Thos. G. PURH.
by one the old members of the Oxford bar are passing away. GILLIAM, WORTHAM, HARGROVE, LITTLEJOHN, VENABLE, are gone.
Of him who has just departed, we may say that he had a kind
heart, he was a devoted father and husband, he was firm in the faith of
the fathers. What more can
attending the sessions of Parliament in London, Col. Venable witnessed a
passage d’armes between Lord CAMPBELL and another Noble Lord, perhaps
BRONGNAM. The former was
advocating the passage of some stringent measure, affecting the law of
libel, when the latter signified a doubt, which he had in his mind, if
the pending measure would not affect the well being of a certain noble
personage who was adding a sting to death by publishing much libellous
matter called the Lives of the Lord Chancelloral.
Venable was a factor in politics. He
made and he was unmade. He
could kill with a glance. Yet
with all his firmness his eye often filled with the sympathetic tear.
He was during many years a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian
Church, of whose traditions no man was more proud.
A beautiful sight it was as his kind pastor, Rev Ernest THACKER, together with Rev T.F. FAUCETTE and all the Elders and Deacons of the Presbyterian Church and many other sorrowing hearts followed him at set of Sunday’s sun, to his final resting place, where cool and sweet, we laid to rest to await the trump of the Resurrection morn.
 ERROR: Thomas Brown VENABLE
 ERROR: She was born at Brownsville Plantation, Granville Co, to a Scottish migrant father, Thomas BROWN, and a 5th generation Virginian mother, Martha DANIEL.
 ERROR: His Grandfather Thomas BROWN. (1776-1856)
 ERROR: Auchlochan Estate, Lesmahagow, LKS, Scotland.
 James Thomas BROWN (c1811-c1880)
 James Thomas BROWN
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