The book mentions the museum in Barbados.Apparently Henrietta Brady Brown corresponded with them quite a bit.
They have a website at: http://www.barbmuse.org.bb/http://www.barbmuse.org.bb/
I will type the two pages in the book that refer to your family:
Venables of Virginia
The first known Venables emigre to Virginia was Richard Venable:
Venable, Richard, 1635, by Alexander Stoner,…County.Note:The first mentioned name is the immigrant, the name following “by” is the patentee or party bringing him over.Early Virginia Immigrants, George Cabell Greer, p. 338, Richmond, 1912.
No further reference to this Richard Venable has been found.
Venables of Virginia, Elizabeth Marshall Venable, New York, 1925, is concerned primarily with the descendants of Abraham Venable II of Prince Edward County, Virginia, from whom many Venables of the southern United States trace descent.On the basis of the following entry in the Parish Registry of St. Peter’s Church in New Kent County, Virginia, page 71,Miss Venable assumes that the father of Abraham Venable II was Abraham Venables:
Sarah, wife of Abraham Venables, deceased ye 13th day of Feb. 1687-8.Isaac deceased same day.Abraham, son of Abraham Venables baptized 27 April 1701.Venables of Virginia, p.11.
In support, Miss Venable quotes from two family records:
“Records of Nathaniel Venable, grandson of the original Abraham Venable, of Slate Hill, Prince Edward County, Virginia dated 12-25-1790:Abraham Venable came from England into Virginia and married the widow of John Hicks, or Nicks, who was daughter of …...Lewis, left one son, Abraham Venable, who was born March 1700, and who married Miss Martha Davis of Hanover County.Ibid., p. 13.
Records of William Lewis Morton, son of Elizabeth Venable Morton, sister of Nathaniel Venable of Slate Hill (no date given):Original record now (1925) in possession of Mrs. W. E. Dale of Shelbyville, Kentucky, says:“Abraham Venable, my great-grandfather, from England, Devonshire, who is of a numerous family in England.”Ibid., p. 13.
Here Miss Venable inserted the results of investigations on Devonshire Venables:
We have canvassed twenty-six volumes of parish records and abstracts of will of Devonshire and find mention of but one Venable:Parts 1-6, of Devonshire Pedigrees by Tuckett, from Heralds’ Visitations, p. 17-B:“William Venables married Ann Leigh, daughter and heiress of Richard Leigh of High Leigh, Cheshire.”No dates are given.The following postcard from Mr. Reginald Glencross will also throw some light on this point:“Many thanks for your letter of 24 June (no year given) which crossed 2 of mine.I fear I do not believe that Abraham came from Devon, though he may have shipped at Plymouth.Consist, andArchdy.Courts of Exeter are all printed down to 1799 and no V’s occur at all.There are several other courts, but the 2 first mentioned were the most important and would certainly have mentioned the name.Sorry I am such a cold sponge.Sg. Rm. GlenX.” Ibid., p. 13.
Miss Venable summarized her findings on the first Abraham Venable of Virginia, and stated her conclusions:
Abraham Venable of new Kent County, Virginia, came to America in 1683.He married (1) Sara, and had issue, perhaps John and surely Isaac; married (2) Elizabeth Lewis, widow of John Hicks, or Nicks, and had issue Abraham Venable (born march 22, 1700, in NewKent County, of whom later…..John Hicks, or Nicks, lived in Barbados in 1679 and Capt. Hugh Lewis of the Parish of St. James, Barbados, owned 40 acres of land and 15 negroes…..Gnossal Parish Records (Appendix A) state that Thomas, son of Hugh and Elizabeth ap Lewis, was baptized November 21, 1642…..We know that Capt. Hugh Lewis, father-in-law of our Abraham, was in Barbados in 1679…..We are led to believe by this that the second wife of Abraham Venable of New Kent County, Virginia, was the daughter of this Capt. Hugh Lewis…. And widow of this John Hicks, or Nicks, recorded as living in Barbados in 1679.Ibid., p. 14.
The land holdings of Captain Hugh Lewis and his ownership of fifteen slaves are confirmed by Hotten’s Original Lists of Person of Quality, page 503.Similar information n the first Abraham Venable is given in Colonial Families of the United States of America, G N. Mackenzie, Vol VI, page 452, Baltimore, 1907-1920, which further states that Abraham had two sons, Abraham Venable II, and Joseph Venable, who settled in Snow Hill, Maryland.No documentation is offered.
Miss Venable found no actual proof of the marriage of Abraham Venable, the American émigré, to Sarah……orto Elizabeth Lewis Hicks, or Nicks.She was unable to document the time, place, or means of arrival of Abraham Venable, his English county of origin, or the branch of the English family from which he descended.Neither was she able to establish proof of the relationship, if any, between Abraham Venable and other Venables who emigrated to America during the latter years of the 1600’s.
The United States Census for 1790 lists as Venable heads of families in Virginia counties the following:James Venable, Charlotte; Elizabeth Venable, Cumberland; William Venable, dec’d., Fluvana;Abraham Venable, Charles Venable, Elizabeth Venable, Nathaniel Venable, Robert Venable, Prince Edward.All were probably descendants of the first Abraham Venable.