William was born at "Haymarket" P.E. County, VA. Prior to marriage he attended Hampden-Sydney College and the Univ of VA. He married twice and moved to a plantation near Victoria, Texas in 1850 with his second wife, Sally Tucker Venable. He and Sally later moved to Sherman, Texas in 1887 where their son, Albert Sidney, was attending Austin College. His son, Rev. Albert Sidney Venable, a Presbyterian Minister, brought him back to VA & took care of him in his final years. He and Sally had 10 children, 3 of whom survived to adulthood. Their children listed in the 1870 & 1880 Texas census are as follows: Mildred, Paul, Sallie, William G jr, Albert Sidney, Moore, Wm. and Emily.
Thomas Frederick Venable
Nathaniel Abram Venable
Martha Watkins Venable Flournoy
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