|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1839, USA|
|Death: ||May 7, 1914, USA|
Assist. Surgeon Chimbarazo Hospital, Richmond Va.
Dr. Henry Cabell Tabb was born in Richmond, Virginia, March 3, 1839, a son of Philip Mayo and Martha (Mayo) Tabb, and a nephew of Joseph Mayo, for many years mayor of Richmond. He was just about eight years of age when his father removed from Richmond, having purchased "Reveille," a large estate since owned by the late Dr. R. A. Patterson, and situated on the Cary street road. The early education of Dr. Tabb was received in Charles City county, where he was a student in the school conducted by his brother-in-law, Mr. Ferguson, and from this went to the then famous school conducted by David Turner in Richmond. He was prepared for the university at Richmond College, and having for a long time decided to follow the profession of medicine, previously studying the same in the office of old Dr. Henry Cabell, of Richmond, he matriculated at the Medical College of Virginia, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1860 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He established himself in the practice of his profession at City Point, Prince George county, and was thus engaged at the outbreak of the civil war. He at once enlisted, in April, 1861, and was assigned as a private to Company K, Prince George Troop, Thirteenth Regiment of Virginia Cavalry. He saw much real service while in the field, and was detailed for surgical duty at Chimborazo Hospital, March 25, 1863, and served there until the close of the war. Dr. Tabb then settled in Richmond, Virginia, where he not alone proved himself a very capable physician and surgeon, but by his real sympathy toward and with the sufferings with which he contended, he won the love and confidence of all who came to him for treatment. He was appointed medical director of the Life Insurance Company of Virginia in 1886, and was the incumbent of this office until his death. He gave up his general medical practice in 1900, but he was frequently consulted by his professional brethren until the commencement of his last illness. He was a charter member of the Alumni Association of the Medical College of Virginia, and one of the founders of the National Medical Directors' Association and its president for a number of years.
Dr. Tabb married, April 10, 1867, Belle Pugh, of Petersburg, and of their three children, William Halyburton, the eldest son, died some years ago; the surviving children being Hester Cabell and T. Garnett. For many years Dr. Tabb was a member of the Seventh Street Christian Church. He died after an illness of about two months, May 7, 1914, deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends in all classes of society. Kind-hearted and charitable to a degree, Dr. Tabb was personally known and welcomed throughout the city. His professional work made him acquainted with many phases of human misery, and it was not alone the body to which he brought healing and comfort. Wherever he found substantial pecuniary assistance was needed he was ever ready to give, but this was done in so unostentatious a manner that only those who benefitted by his generosity will ever know the extent of it, and the farreaching effect of his example will ever be of lasting benefit to the city.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume IV
Belle Wainwright Pugh Tabb (1853 - 1925)*
William Halyburton Tabb (1868 - 1896)*
Hester Cabell Tabb Brown (1872 - 1932)*
Thomas Garnett Tabb (1875 - 1952)*
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Feb 21, 2001
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