Rives, Landon Cabell (1790 VA - 1870)

Rives, Landon Cabell

Rives, Landon Cabell


Father: Robert Rives
Mother: Margaret Cabell

Birth: 24 Oct 1790, Virginia
Birth Source: The Cabells and their kin

Death: 3 Jun 1870
Death Source:

Spouse1: Anna Maria Towles, 18 Apr 1815, Campbell County, Virginia


Children of Landon Cabell Rives and Anna Maria Towles:
  1. Margaret Rives, b. 1 Jul 1819, m. Hon. Rufus King
  2. Ann Maria Rives, b. 10 Oct 1822
  3. Landon Cabell Rives, Jr., b. 30 Jun 1824
  4. Edward Rives, b. 27 Aug 1833
From Reliques of the Rives:
Dr. Landon Cabell Rives, who was named for his uncle, Landon Cabell, was the first male child born in the present "Union Hill" mansion who survived childhood. He was born "about five o'clock on the morning of the 24th of October, 1790." His mother was so ill that for many days "her life was almost despaired of." The celebrated Dr. George Gilmer, of Pen Park, Albemarle, the father of the first Mrs. William Wirt, was the physician in attendance, and "for nearly a week he scarcely left his post by the bedside of his patient."
The child "received from his earliest boyhood the many advantages derived from association with a cultivated and intellectual society. At an early age he entered Hampden-Sidney, and after wards William and Mary College, where he graduated." He lived for a time in Nelson. On April 26, 1815, he married Miss Anna Maria Towles, of Lynchburg, and resided for a time in that city, then returned to Nelson and settled on his Bellevue estate; but farming was not congenial to him, and he finally chose medicine as a profession. He studied in Philadelphia under the private tuition of Dr. Chapman, and received his diploma from the University of Pennsylvania in 1820. "
The first nine years of his professional life were passed in his native state. He removed with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1829, where he practiced his profession with great devotion and success for thirty years. No physician in the history of this city has had a larger practice, or has passed through life more truly honored and loved, than Dr. Rives. Not only in the practice of medicine was Dr. Rives eminent but as a medical teacher and writer he was widely and honorably known. He was one of the faculty of the Cincinnati Medical College, and afterwards of the Ohio Medical College. He retired from the active duties of his profession about the year 1860, but he continued to reside in Cincinnati, where his warm heart, his noble mind, and his perfect example of the old time gentleman, now so rarely seen, will be long remembered. He died on the 3d of June, 1870, departing honored by all, and full of Christian hope in the blessed future before him."

The Evansville Daily Journal, 6 Jun 1870
Cincinnati Items.
Dr. Landon C. Rives, a physician of thirty years standing here, and once prominently connected with the Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio, will be buried tomorrow.

Research Notes

Although Reliques and the biographical entry in The Cabells and their kin states he was born the 24th, the entry from William Cabell's journal as contained in the book The Cabells and their kin states 23rd.

Although Reliques states he was married on 26 April, Virginia records state 18 Apr.


Marriage1:  Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850 (Ancestry)

1840 Census:  Cincinnati Ward 2, Hamilton County, Ohio
1850 Census:  
1860 Census:  
1870 Census:  Cincinnati Ward 3, Hamilton County, Ohio

The Evansville Daily Journal, 6 Jun 1870
Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p570
Brown, Alexander. The Cabells and their kin, p220