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Descendants of David Allen Rimes

6. LAURA ELIZABETH2 RIMES (DAVID ALLEN1) was born September 05, 1861 in GA102,103, and died February 14, 1936 in Sarasota, FL103. She married JAMES CORBITT September 13, 1877 in Bartow, Polk Co., FL104, son of HARBIRD CORBITT and LURANEY BOYETT. He was born October 05, 1854 in Homerville, Clinch Co., GA105,106, and died May 23, 1915 in Manatee Co, FL107,108.

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1930 Census she states she was born in Florida.

(3/6/03) Debbie Douglas gives year of birth as 1862

There is a wonderful write-up on this family in the book, "The Singing River," by Joe Warner & Libby Warner, in Ch. 31, pgs. 153-156. This book is a well-written local history of the Manatee Co., Florida, area, and the section on the Corbitts was contributed by their descendant, Vera Corbitt Dupree. It tells not only names and dates, but many interesting events of their lives, and the way the family lived in those days.

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Burial: Unknown, Bethany Baptist Church cemetery, Manatee Co, FL, SE corner of SR 64 and Verna Bethany Road.109
Census: 1930, Nocatee, Fla., living with son Benjamin and family (her name listed as Laurel E.)110

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"Uncle Jim Corbett once got a joke on himself. He was going to shoot a squirrel and loaded his gun in such a hurry he forgot to take the ramrod out. When the gun went off, it drove the ramrod clear through the squirrel." -from "When We Came to Florida" by Eliza Allen, edited by Spessard Stone. Copyright 2002.

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Burial: Unknown, Bethany Baptist Church cemetery, Manatee Co, FL, SE corner of SR 64 and Verna Bethany Road.111
Cause of Death: unidentified incurable condition112
Property: October 09, 1911, Granted homestead of 120 acres in Manatee Co., Fla.113

Marriage Notes for L
Stephen W. Carson, officiating

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Marriage: September 13, 1877, Bartow, Polk Co., FL114
Children of L
38. i.   FRANCIS ARDELIA3 CORBITT, b. September 06, 1878, Bradenton, FL; d. February 27, 1948.
39. ii.   ELMON I. CORBITT, b. October 03, 1880, Ft. Myers, FL; d. August 06, 1941, Bethany, Manatee Co, FL.
40. iii.   JULIA CORBITT, b. October 02, 1882, Ft. Green Springs, Manatee Co., FL; d. November 25, 1944.
41. iv.   MARY CORBITT, b. November 16, 1884, Florida; d. June 08, 1944.
42. v.   BENJAMIN DALLAS CORBITT, b. April 21, 1887, Wachula, Desoto Co., FL; d. May 18, 1947.
43. vi.   DOLEN CORBITT, b. September 21, 1889, Florida; d. January 28, 1951.
  vii.   INFANT GIRL CORBITT115, b. February 02, 1892, Florida; d. February 02, 1892, Florida.
44. viii.   BETHEL CORBITT, b. September 24, 1893, Wachula, Desoto Co., FL; d. November 18, 1967.
  ix.   GRADY CORBITT115, b. July 21, 1895, Bradenton, FL; d. February 1949; m. EVELYN ANDERSON116; d. Unknown.
  Notes for GRADY CORBITT:
"The Singing River" states he moved to California

WWI Draft Registration info on gives birth info as 27 July 1895 in Riley, FL; WWI Induction Card states born at Bridentown FL (Braidenton?)

Draft Registration: 1917, Manatee Co., Fla.
Military service: Bet. December 13, 1917 - May 24, 1919, WWI, enlisted in the Army with brother Bethel

45. x.   GRACIE CORBITT, b. March 30, 1898, Mitchell, Manatee Co., FL; d. July 26, 1952, Fla..

7. GEORGIA MEHALA2 RIMES (DAVID ALLEN1)117 was born May 29, 1863 in Georgia118,119, and died December 25, 1938 in Florida120. She married JESSE B. HICKS120,121 February 17, 1894 in Polk Co., FL (John W. Carlton officiating)121, son of JESSE HICKS and ELIZABETH HARRINGTON. He was born March 10, 1855 in Florida122,123, and died March 05, 1921 in Moore Haven, Florida124.

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On 1920 census, Moore Haven, there is a grandson in the household, J. B. Fortiner, age 2.5. Don't know yet whose child he is.

In 1930, widowed, her children grown, she was working as a live-in housekeeper in Ft. Myers, FL, for Mabel Woods, a single mother of two small children. Source: 1930 Lee Co., Fla., Federal Census

Son J.B.'s delayed birth certificate states Georgia was born in Wauchula, Fla. This is probably incorrect; she was born during the civil war.


Hendry Co. Marriage Book 1, pg. 65, records the marriage of a Georgia Hicks to a Edward Guy Cochran on Dec. 8, 1929. This is not our Georgia, but the child in this 1920 Desoto Co., Palmdale, census:
      #120 Hicks, Cleavland, head, rent M/W 28 M b.FL FL/FL Laborer Saw mill
            -----, Julia, wife F/W 25 M b.FL FL/FL none
            -----, Georgia, dau F/W 5 S b.FL FL/FL)
See also email from Shirley Dooley of 21 March 2005.


At one time I had listed another daughter of David Rimes named Melissa. However, I have found no evidence that there was a daughter of this name in this family. The name Melissa sounds similar to Mehala, so perhaps that is who was meant.

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Burial: Unknown, Ft. Denaud cemetery, Fla. (block J)now in Hendry Co.
Census 1: 1920, Moore Haven, Fla.
Census 2: 1895, Hammock Pond, Polk Co. (now Hardee), Fla.

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The names on the following census record make me think of our Jesse Hicks family, but the birth dates don't quite match with other data. I'm listing here in case my previous data turns out to be incorrect.

1900 Federal Census, Florida, Osceola Co., Bassinger, prec. 7, sheet 11B, 22 June 1900, #175/175:

Hicks, Jessie      head M April 1846 age 54 born Georgia
" , Georgia      wife F      Jan. 1859 age 41 Georgia
" , Jessie D.       son M Oct. 1892 age 7 Florida
" , Lizzie dau. F Dec. 1895 age 4 Florida
" , Polly dau. F June 1898 age 2 Florida


see data on 1895 Florida State Census for this family in the notes under Elizabeth Albritton Rimes.

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Burial: Unknown, Ft. Denaud cemetery, Fla. (now in Hendry Co.)
Census 1: 1880, Polk Co., FL
Census 2: 1920, Moore Haven, Fla.

Marriage Notes for G
There is a listing in Desoto Co., FL Marriages, Book 1, p. 57, for a marriage between Georgia Rimes and Jessy H. Vininy on 19 Aug 1890 in Desoto Co. I now believe this to be in error, because her marriage to Jesse Hicks in Polk Co., FL predates this, and according to the headstones it appears they remained married to each other all their lives.

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Marriage: February 17, 1894, Polk Co., FL (John W. Carlton officiating)125
Children of G
46. i.   JESSE DAVID3 HICKS, b. November 20, 1892, Florida; d. June 25, 1935, Florida.
47. ii.   LESSIE HICKS, b. October 07, 1895, Bartow, Fla.; d. July 16, 1961, Collier County, FL.
  iii.   J. D. HICKS126,127,128, b. July 07, 1900, St. Lucie County, Florida129,130; d. 1979131.
  Notes for J. D. HICKS:
1920 Census and his sister Lessie's obituary give his name as "J.B."; headstone reads "Dick Hicks"; was his wife named Elizabeth?

The BMD Project: View Record Detail

J. B. (Hicks)

Type of Record:
Actual Birth Date
Place of Birth:
SaintLucie County, Florida
Date of Birth:
7 Jul 1900
Sex & Race:
Jesse B. , Hicks
Georgia Mahailey Rimes
Maiden Name: Yes
Source Type:
Birth Certificate
Source Reference Number:
Co. Judge's File #520; State File #10,586
Other Information:
Delayed birth certificate filed March 22, 1955 in Lee Co., FL. Father born in Ft. Meade, FL. Mother born in Wauchula, FL

  More About J. D. HICKS:
Burial: Unknown, Ft. Denaud Cemetery, Hendry Co., Florida, block A

48. iv.   F. A. "EFFIE" HICKS, b. Abt. 1906, Florida; d. February 1964, Lee County, Florida.
49. v.   NOLA "NONA" ELIZABETH HICKS, b. August 08, 1907, Florida; d. September 17, 1978, Lee County, Florida.

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