Nathaniel was the son of Abraham (II) and Martha Davis Venable & was educated at William & Mary College. He became a member of the House of Burgesses, the Virginia House of Delegates 1766-1769-1776 and a State Senator from P.E. County, VA from 1780 through 1785. During the course of his life, he came to own between 20-30 thousand acres and over 100 slaves. He was first a member of the Church of England (State Church prior to the Revolution) but later became a Presbyterian. Hampden-Sydney College counts him as one of its founders when it was formally organized at his "Slate Hill" plantation in 1775. He had been given the property by his father-in-law. He donated 100 acres for the school's founding, originally called Prince Edward Academy. His wife was Elizabeth Michaux Woodson of "Poplar Hill" plantation, P.E. County, VA. His home (see picture) was described as a simple storey and a half though it had spacious rooms, lofty ceilings large fireplaces and extensive book cases. In addition to the children shown below there are the following siblings: Mrs. Martha V. Venable, Anne (died young),Mrs. Anne V. Daniel (wife of James Daniel), Agnes, Nathaniel E., Mary, Frances, Dr. Thomas Venable.
Elizabeth Michaux Woodson Venable