Penelope Peneta Kimbrough

Brief Life History of Penelope Peneta

When Penelope Peneta Kimbrough was born on 5 January 1821, in Doswell, Hanover, Virginia, United States, her father, James Doswell Kimbrough, was 23 and her mother, Elizabeth Overton Matthews, was 21. She married Duke Lafayette Cosby on 8 April 1848, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Beaverdam, Hanover, Virginia, United States in 1880 and Henrico, Virginia, United States in 1900. She died on 15 October 1908, in Ashland, Hanover, Virginia, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Doswell, Hanover, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Duke Lafayette Cosby
Penelope Peneta Kimbrough
Marriage: 8 April 1848
James Melvin Cosby
William Duke Cosby
Robert Henry Cosby
Joseph H Cosby
Millard Thomas Cosby
Joseph H Cosby
Camilla Indiana Cosby
Mary Elizabeth Cosby
Frank Cosby
C. H. Cosby
John Harrison Cosby
Penelope Peneta Cosby
Teppie Cosby
Willmetta Emma Cosby

Sources (27)

  • Penelope Cosby in household of Duke L Cosby, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Penelope Cosby, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Penelope Peneta Cosby, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English: from the female personal name Kynborough, recorded in Suffolk, England, as late as the 16th and 17th centuries. Although there is no Middle English evidence for it, this probably represents a survival of Old English female personal name Cyneburh, composed of the elements cyne- ‘royal’ + burh ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’. This was the name of a daughter of the 7th-century King Penda of Mercia, who, in spite of her father's staunch opposition to Christianity, was converted and founded an abbey, serving as its head. She was venerated as a saint, and gave her name to the village of Kimberley in Norfolk. The surname is now almost extinct in England, but continues to flourish in the US.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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