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August 30, 2004

In the fifteenth century a family of farmers named "RIMMER" moved from Edinburg Scotland to Sheffield England where that generation lived and died. In 1627, two of the great grandsons of this family left England and sailed for America landing just above Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. One brother went to Pennsylvania; the other followed later. The two brothers then returned to North Carolina settling in Hurdle Mills, Person County, where they became prominent tobacco growers.

Later, one of these brothers again went to Pennsylvania where he took stock in early mining. The town where he settled is known as Rimersburg, the family name then being spelled RIMER.
Later his sons moved westward and settled in the Ohio Valley where they held large land claims. The grandsons of the other brother living in North Carolina, had become prominent farmers in thier own time.

Addison Rimmer, with his brother Samuel Rimmer, and his sister Phoebe Rimmer Norris, third generation removed from those leaving England, came with their families to Iredell County, North Carolina in 1870 and settled in the vicinity of what is now Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on the old Buffalo Shoals Road.

The ground for this church was sold by the family for the sum of one dollar to the Primative Baptist Church. A donation for the church to be established in the area. One of thier sons went west and settled in south-western Colorado, where he was the founder of the Rimmer Valley. Later, one of Addison's sons Franklin, followed the same trail.

A third great grandson remained in the motherland, where he became famous in literature and art, and was honored by the "House of Lords".

To date, my research goes back to James Rimmer, Jr., and his wife Phoebe ?Ruffen. James was born in Maryland about 1747. At some time he came to Caswell County, North Carolina. Caswell later split and formed the new Person County. His land was in the new county on Bushy Fork, Flat River. Descendants of James and Phoebe now live in many states from the east coast to the west.

James father is believed to be James Rimmer Sr, born about 1720 in Dorchester, Maryland. His father is believed to be Hugh Rimmer, born between 1685 and 1695. Hugh is believed to have been the owner of the ship "John and Peggy" - 1740. This information was found in the "Maryland Black Book".

There is no documentation at this time to confirm the links of Hugh to James, but for the purpose of providing information to other researchers and to challange them to prove or disprove it, I've included this in my data.

Much of the beginning of genealogy starts with the telling of stories passed from generation to generation. Sometimes in the telling these tidbits of information can become distorted. Our job as researchers would be to find the documentation and prove what we can.

Two of the older Rimmer Family Trees I submitted in the past can
be found on World Family Tree disks #13 and #17.

To date I have over two thousand eight hundred fifty two family members, ten thousand nine hundred three text documents, twelve generations, and six hundred sixty nine surnames accumulated.

Other family surnames I am researching include Campbell, Bost, Travis and Nash. If you would like to compare information please contact me.

A RIMMER Family Reunion is held in Statesville, North Carolina each year on the last Saturday in JULY. It is hosted by the descendants of James A. and Annie Catherine Troutman Rimmer and is a covered dish lunch. The reunion is open to any Rimmer descendants. There are tables with Rimmer memorabelia, pictures, books, and CD's.
The Rimmer Family of North Carolina
Updated October 14, 2011


H. Dennis Rimmer
315 Laurel Lane
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
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