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The Rimes Family of Florida

Updated December 25, 2007

Wanda Rimes Rodriguez
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This page is dedicated to the descendants of David Allen Rimes & Elizabeth Albritton who came from Georgia to Florida in the early to mid-1800's. David Rimes lived in Florida Territory before it became a state, served in the Confederate army in a Florida unit, and fathered a large family whose many descendants have contributed to making Florida the great state it is today.

This is a work in progress, so check back often! Any corrections or additions are most welcome. I've even included some of my own research notes in case they may be helpful to someone. I have scant information on some lines, so if you have more information, please share! I'd like to make this as complete a resource as possible for the benefit of current and future family researchers. All information should be considered unverified unless a source is given.

Unfortunately having my email address listed on this website seems to cause a lot of "spam" to find its way to my inbox. So I've removed the email link above, but you can still reach me at <rimesfamily AT> (of course substituting @ for AT), or through the guestbook link below.


To view a searchable database, be sure to click on the "Rimes Family Tree at Rootsweb" link at the bottom of this page.

Family Photos

  • Roy & Ruth Rimes (35 KB)
    my grandparents, from Marco Island, Florida
  • Callie (Rimes/Rhymes) & Levin Tomlinson (34 KB)
    Callie was a daughter of Hezekiah Rimes/Rhymes. Photo contributed by Lisa Mack.
  • Sons of Jerman Rimes (55 KB)
    Harley, Steve, and Cornelius (Neal): sons of Jerman Rimes, grandsons of David Rimes. Photo provided by Marilyn Sims.
  • Harley Anderson Rimes (30 KB)
    my great-grandfather, son of Jerman Rimes, and grandson of David Allen Rimes
  • Corbitt family with matriarch Laura Rimes Corbitt (30 KB)
    Left to right are Mary 'Molly' Corbitt Thompson, Francis Ardelia Corbitt Rye, Elmon L. Corbitt, unknown, Gracie Corbitt. Seated is Laura Elizabeth Rimes Corbitt. Taken about 1930, this photo is in the collection of the Manatee County Public Library and the USF Library digitized collection.
  • Jerry C. Rimes (21 KB)
    son of Cornelius, grandson of Jerman Rimes. Photo provided by his daughter, Ronalee Rimes Johnson.
  • Elizabeth Albritton Rimes (6 KB)
    wife of David Rimes
  • Laura Rimes Corbitt & Family - upgraded photo! (96 KB)
    Laura was the oldest daughter of David Rimes. She is shown here with husband Jim Corbitt and children Grady and Gracie in about 1905. This is a better quality version of the photo I had previously posted from the book "The Singing River," and was found in the USF library digitized collection.
  • Mattie Hancock Rimes (50 KB)
    Wife of Cornelius Rimes. The man in the picture with her is her grandson-in-law, Bunyon Ledford. Provided by Debbie & Sue Douglas.
  • Mary Alpine Surgnier Goins Rimes with her children (29 KB)
    left to right: Ida Pearl Rimes, Mary (a.k.a. Molly), Leroy (a.k.a. Roy) Anderson Rimes, Charley Goins
  • Adolphus & Tomsie (Howard) Rimes of Labelle, FL (103 KB)
    This photo of Dolphus & Tomsie, date unknown, was contributed by their granddaughter, Patsy White.
  • Susie Jane Rimes & Riley Douglas (69 KB)
    Daughter of Cornelius Rimes & Mattie Hancock Rimes. Contributed by Debbie and Sue Douglas.
  • Walter Rimes of Cowhouse, Fla: male midwife (134 KB)
    Son of Jerman Rimes. Walter's picture, taken in the 1930's, is on file in the Florida State Archives on-line photographic collection.
  • C.C. Cochran and ox team (106 KB)
    This is said to be Charley Cochran, husband of Isabelle "Belle" Rimes. Although he doesn't show up well, the interesting thing in this picture is the ox team, which was the primary way our family got around years ago. Thanks to Sue Douglas for this one!
  • Maggie Louise Rimes & Emmett Newsome (50 KB)
    Daughter of Cornelius & Mattie Rimes. Contributed by Debbie and Sue Douglas.
  • Mary Alice Rimes & Nolan Cochran (36 KB)
    Daughter of Cornelius & Mattie Rimes. Contributed by Debbie and Sue Douglas.
  • Jerman Rimes & Matilda Douglas (104 KB)
    Jerman was the oldest son of David Rimes. This photo, and that of Hez & Lenora, contributed by Lisa Mack. Thanks, Lisa!
  • Map showing homestead of Hezekiah Rimes/Rhymes (88 KB)
    From pgs. 76-77 of the book "The Kissimmee Island," this hand-drawn map shows the location of his homestead around 1900, east of Avon Park, Fla. and just south of the Polk Co. line. It's interesting to see where this family lived in relation to other early settlers.
  • Hezekiah Rimes/Rhymes & Lenora Wilkinson (99 KB)
    Hezekiah was a son of David Rimes. Date and location of photo unknown.
  • Cab Rhymes & Dora Thomas (14 KB)
    Son of Hezekiah Rimes/Rhymes. This picture is from the book "The Kissimmee Island," by Doris Lewis, 1986 revised ed., pg. 55-B

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