From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 573:
Section 22, Post-office, Eve).
will admit that the subject of this sketch is entitled to honorable
mention in this volume, for his career during life has been one that
reflects only credit upon him, and at the same time indicates him to be
a man of industry and true worth. Born in Maryland, January 22, 1832,
he was the son of Uriah and Mary Rimbey, née Snook, also natives
of that State, who were the parents of six children. The father in
early life learned the trade of plasterer and bricklayer, but afterwards
followed farming. Theophilus, the youngest child in family, was two
years old when taken to Dayton, O., and there he lived eight years,
going thence to Indiana, and a year later to Illinois, in 1841, where he
made his home for a number of years. While living in this State he
helped load the first car load of hogs shipped on a railroad in the
United States, the consignment being from Jacksonville to Meredosia.
While a young man, or indeed a youth, he became familiar with the
carpenter's trade and gave it his attention for 17 years. During the
war he enlisted in the 101st Illinois infantry and served two and a half
years, taking part in the battles of Holly Springs, Lookout Mountain,
Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Altoona Pass, and Peachtree Creek, and at this
latter engagement he was wounded, and taken to the hospital, where he
remained until honorably discharged at Camp Butler, in Illinois. Since
1873 Mr. Rimbey has been located in this county, and during this period
has been occupied actively in farming, winning many friends by his
straightforward course. He owns 207 acres of land. In 1851 he married
Miss Carolina Pousey, of Illinois, and they now have five children
living: Isaish, Susan, wife of the George House; Martha, Mrs. H. L.
Burdett; Mary and Albert. Three are deceased: Frances M., Maggie and
an infant. Politically Mr. R. is a stanch Republican, adhering closely
to the principles of that party. He and his wife are connected with the
M. E. Church.