Elizabeth Michaux <I>Woodson</I> Venable

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Elizabeth Michaux Woodson Venable

Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Sep 1791 (aged 51)
Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Burial Worsham, Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 76888446 View Source
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Elizabeth was the daughter of Richard Woodson & Anne Madeline "Nannie" Michaux of "Poplar Hill" plantation, P.E. County, VA. She was a woman of unusual vigor & intellect. She presided over "Slate Hill" which was a storey and a half, relatively plain to the outside but had considerable charm due to its large rooms, lofty ceilings, massive fireplaces and extensive bookcases. Elizabeth showed considerable bravery during the Revolution for it is said of her that while a detachment of soldiers were sent to "Slate Hill" by Gen Tarleton to capture Nathaniel Venable and raid his home she was confronted with a rifle pointed at her chest. During the incursion a soldier demanded of Elizabeth that she tell him where her husband was to be found or she would be shot. She answered calmly as follows "Fire away, my husband has his country to defend". A British officer intervened and reprimanded the soldier for such an indignity.
Her children not linked below:

Martha Venable (b.1765-d.1858)
Anne Venable (died young)
Mrs. Anne Venable Daniels (b.1768)
Agnes Venable (b.1771-d.1802)
Nathaniel E. Venable (b.1776-d.1801)
Mary Venable (b.1773-d.1807)
Frances Venable (b.1778-d.1799-N,C)
Thomas Venable (b.1782-d.1809)

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