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James Branch Cabell

c. 1930

James Branch Cabell was born on April 14, 1879 at 101 E. Franklin St., the present site of the Richmond Public Library. A member of the illustrious and influential Cabell and Branch families of Virginia, Cabell's father was physician Robert Gamble Cabell II (1847-1922), and his mother Anne Harris (1859-1915), was the daughter of Col. and Mrs. James R. Branch. Cabell's great-grandfather was William H. Cabell, governor of Virginia from 1805 to 1808 and his aunt was the suffragist Mary-Cooke Branch Munford. James Branch Cabell was the oldest of three boys. His brothers were Robert Gamble Cabell III (1881–1968) and John Lottier Cabell (1883–1946).

James Branch Cabell was twice-married: first to Priscilla Bradley Shepherd Cabell, and after her death, to Margaret Waller Freeman Cabell. Cabell and his first wife had one child, Ballard Hartwell Cabell (1915 - 1980). James Branch Cabell died on May 5, 1958 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. 


  • 1879 - James Branch Cabell is born on April 14 at 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1894 - Cabell begins college at age 15. 
  • 1898 - Cabell graduates from William and Mary College.
  • 1898 - 1900-Cabell works as a newspaper reporter in New York City.
  • 1901 - Cabell returns home to Richmond and works for Richmond News. His first stories are published. 
  • 1904 - Cabell's first novel, The Eagle's Shadow, is published by Doubleday, Page & Company.
  • 1913 - Cabell marries widow Priscilla Bradley Shepherd.
  • 1915 - A son, Ballard Hartwell Cabell, is born on August 25.
  • 1919 - Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice is published.
  • 1927-1930 - The Storisende Edition is published.
  • 1932 - Cabell begins publishing as "Branch Cabell."
  • 1949 - Priscilla Bradley Cabell dies on March 29.
  • 1950 - Cabell marries Margaret Waller Freeman on June 15.
  • 1955 - As I Remember It published.
  • 1958 - James Branch Cabell dies on May 5 at his home at 3201 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.