Elizabeth Gay Cosby

12 October 1908–November 1985 (Age 77)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Gay

When Elizabeth Gay Cosby was born on 12 October 1908, in Virginia, United States, her father, Andrew Napoleon Cosby, was 26 and her mother, Emma Fletcher Carson, was 30. She had at least 1 son with Ramon Washington Andrews. She lived in Richmond, Virginia, United States for about 15 years and Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, United States in 1985. She died in November 1985, in Virginia, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, United States.

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Ramon Washington Andrews
Elizabeth Gay Cosby
Ramon Washington Andrews

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    Ramon Washington Andrews


Parents and Siblings

    Andrew Napoleon Cosby


    Emma Fletcher Carson




    Andrew Grayson Cosby



    John Garland Cosby


    Frank Spencer Cosby


World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 5

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

Age 21

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire named Cosby, from an Old English personal name Cossa + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gay E Cosby in household of Andrew N Cosby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gay C Andrews in household of Ramon W Andrews, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gay Cosby in household of Andrew Cosby, "United States Census, 1920"

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