Mississippi, Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedia Form,  Dunbar, Rowland, LL D, Vol. III  copyright 1907

Pennebaker, Thomas Jefferson, M.D., one of the eminent physicians of Cotton Plant, comes of good Irish stock.  His grandfather, Samuel Pennebaker, was an early immigrant to this county from Switzerland.  Dr. Pennebaker's parents were Hon. Wyand and Mary (Goodwin) Pennebaker, the latter of whom was of Irish and Dutch descent.  The father was born in Kentucky and came to this State when he was twenty-five years of age after  living some years in middle Tennessee.  During his residence here he was always prominent in public affairs.  For many year he was justice of the peace and for two terms represented Tippah county in the State legislature, beside which he was deputy sheriff for a number of years.  He was one of the most influential factors in the organization of Union county.  His death occurred Jan. 19, 1887, while a resident of Cotton Plant.  Dr. Pennebaker was born in that part of Tippah county which is now Union county, March 25, 1859.  After receiving a preliminary education in the schools of his native county he attended the Nashville medical college.  In 1890 he began the practice of his profession at Cotton Plant and has since been engaged in it.  He came at once to be known as a physician of skill and ability and his practice steadily increased, until now it extends not only over Union county but into many of the adjoining towns and counties.  Dr. Pennebaker is a member of the Union county medical association and of the State medical association.  Dr. Pennebaker's wife was formerly Miss Virginia McBride, a daughter of John A. McBride and a granddaughter of Robert McBride, a native of Ireland, one of the first white inhabitants of Tippah county.  John A. McBride was a former sheriff of Union county, and had served four years as a member of the Confederate army during the Civil war.  To Dr. and Mrs. Pennebaker have been born seven children -- Mattie Lucille, Robert, John, William, Thomas, Charles and Mary Virginia.


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