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Letters, 1879-1905, of the Cabell family of Albemarle and Nelson Counties, Virginia, consisting of a letter, dated 9 October 1879, from James Lawrence Cabell (1813-1889) of Charlottesville, Virginia to Major Don P. Halsey (1840-1883) concerning Halsey's medication; a letter, dated 28 April 1892, from Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell (1839-1930) principal of the Norwood Institute for Girls and Young Ladies in Washington, D.C., to an unknown recipient concerning the teaching qualifications of Sarah Warwick Daniel Halsey (b. 1845); a letter, dated 27 July 1898, from Mayo Cabell (1878-1916) to "Cousin John" noting the arrival of another member of the family in camp and discussing Mayo's lessening hopes that his brigade will see action during the Spanish-American War; a letter, dated 29 July 1898, from Charles Ellet Cabell (1871-1934) to "my dear cousin" informing him of the arrival of "John" in camp and sending along camp news; and a letter, dated 13 June 1905, from Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell to "my dear cousin" containing personal and family news
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  • James Lawrence Cabell was born 26 August 1813 in Nelson County, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia from 1829 to 1833 and received an M.A. He studied in the medical department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore and graduated with an M.D. in 1834. Cabell continued his studies in Baltimore; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Paris, France. The University of Virginia appointed him professor of anatomy, surgery, and physiology in 1837. In 1849, Cabell was reappointed professor of surgery and physiology, positions he held until his death. From 1861 to 1865, he was chief surgeon of the Confederate hospitals located in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received an LL.D. from Hampden-Sidney College in 1873, and served as president of the National Board of Health from 1879 to 1884. Cabell married Margaret Gibbons (d. 1874) 5 February 1839. Cabell died in Charlottesville 13 August 1889.
  • Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell was born in 1839 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Charles Ellet, Jr. (1810-1862) and Elvira Augusta Daniel (1817-1862). She married William Daniel Cabell (1834-1904) 9 July 1867 and helped him run both the Norwood High School for Boys and Young Men in Nelson County, Virginia, and the Norwood Institute for Girls and Young Ladies in Washington, D.C. She was also a member of the Washington D.C. chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and her husband had 6 children, including Charles Ellet Cabell and Mayo Cabell. Charles Ellet Cabell was born 22 November 1871 in Nelson County. He attended the Virginia Military Academy from 1889 to 1892. He practiced law in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1896 to 1898, when he volunteered in the United States army as a private during the Spanish-American War. In 1899 he was appointed major of the 32nd Infantry Division and commanded a battalion in the Philippines. Honorably discharged in 1901, he returned to Virginia and practiced law. Cabell married Nannie Powell McCormick (1872-1935) and they had 3 children. He died in Alexandria, Virginia, 23 September 1934. Mayo Cabell was born 10 December 1878 in Nelson County. He was educated at Emerson Institute in Washington, D.C., and attended Harvard from 1897 to 1898. He studied law at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Wise County, Virginia, and was elected city attorney of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, in 1903. Cabell married Clara Winston Cabell (1887-1975) in November 1907, and they had 5 children. Cabell died 26 May 1916 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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Anthony, Glenna
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