William Jordan Lewis Cabell, born in Cumberland County, VA, was the youngest son of Dr. George Cabell (1766-1823) and his wife, Sarah (Winston) Cabell (1770-1826). Dr. George Cabell was the grandson of Dr. William Cabell, the founder of the Cabell family in Virginia. William Jordan Lewis Cabell attended Hampden-Sidney College in 1825, then the University of Virginia in session 2 (1826). However, according to the Board of Visitors’ Minutes for 3 April, 1826, young Cabell was expelled on 30 Jan. 1826 by the Faculty; according to the Matriculation Books, he was expelled on 14 Feb. 1826.
On 3 Jan 1828, William married Eliza Daniel (1810-1830), the daughter of Judge William S. Daniel, Sr., and a sister of William S. Daniel, Jr., a classmate of her husband at U.Va. They had been married for only two years when, in early 1830, William Cabell fell ill with what was believed to be consumption (tuberculosis). He and his wife traveled to the Red Sulphur Springs, a watering place in Monroe County, VA (now WV). This spring was said to be especially efficacious in curing pulmonary diseases, but in this case, it was not successful. In the early summer of 1830, William J. Lewis Cabell died there. Eliza Cabell was so distraught that she was taken to her sister’s home in Nelson County, VA, where she wasted away and died the 26th of Oct., 1830. Their funeral sermon was preached at the same time by the Rev. Franklin G. Smith of St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church of Lynchburg, VA. We believe that Eliza was buried in Lynchburg, VA, but at the current time, we do not know where William J. Lewis Cabell is buried. The couple had no children.
(Note: My thanks to Chuck Bradner of the Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, VA, for his research on William J. Lewis Cabell’s date of death. — JLC)
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