Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee
Virginius Kimbrough, citizen and farmer of Tipton County, was born in Shelby County, Tenn., May 31, 1849, and is a son of Albern and Virginia (Smith) Kimbrough. The father was born in North Carolina, August 11, 1812. In early life he moved to Memphis, where he was a merchant for a number of years. He was twice married; first to Miss Virginia Smith, in 1844. She was also a native of North Carolina., and was born about 1820 or 1821. This most excellent lady died October 28, 1849. He then married Miss Mary Reed, a native of Holly Springs, Miss. In 1856 he moved to Arkansas County, Ark., on the Arkansas River, where he farmed successfully. In 1869 he embraced religion, and died a triumphant death on September 11, 1873. Our subject’s mother died when he was an infant, and he was raised by his aunt, a sister of his mother, Mrs. Agnes Coward, who gave a mother’s tender care to the orphan boy.
He secured a good education at Covington, Tenn., then went to Arkansas and took charge of his father’s farm for ten years. In 1878 he returned to Tipton County and managed his aunt’s farm. She died January 27, 1879, and left all of her property to her nephew, and since her death Mr. Kimbrough has lived at the old Coward homestead, engaged in farming and trading in live stock and land. He now owns property valued at $25,000. On April 30, 1874, he married Miss Alleine Washington, daughter of Dr. W. B. Washington, of Somerville, Tenn. They have no children.
Mr. Kimbrough is a true Democrat. In August, 1866, he was an unsuccessful candidate before the convention that met to nominate a candidate to represent the county in the Legislature. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and contributes liberally to its support, and is one of the influential citizens of Tipton County.
[Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee (1887)]
Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis
Farmer; born Shelby Co., Tenn., May 31, 18__; son of Albert and Virginia (Smith) Kimbrough; Scotch-Irish descent; father’s occupation farmer; paternal grandparents John and Lydia (Jones) Kimbrough, maternal grandparents P.P. and Margaret (Smith) Smith; received common school education, and early in life engaged in farming and later in merchandising; former representative from Tipton Co. (two terms) in lower house of Tenn. Legislature; also former representative from Shelby and Tipton counties in the State Senate (three terms); married twice, first Allene Washington, April 30, 1874, second Minnie Garnett, April 6, 1910; Democrat; member Episcopal church; K. of P. and Masons.
[Source: VIRGINIUS KIMBROUGH | Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911]