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HEZEKIAH RIMBEY, a retired contractor and builder of Winchester, was born in Frederick County, Md., Dec. 1, 1817. His father, Peter Rimbey, a weaver by trade, was a native of Pennsylvania, and descended from German ancestry, and his mother whose maiden name was Margaret Stultz, also of German parentage, was probably born in Virginia. The old gentleman died in Maryland somewhere about 1854, at the age of sixty-three years, and the old lady lived to be eighty-three. They reared a family of three sons and four daughters, Hezekiah being the oldest son and second child.

Hezekiah Rimbey was educated at Emmettsburg, Md., and for a short time taught school in that vicinity. He subsequently learned the carpenter's trade, and thereafter devoted the greater portion of his time to it. In 1838 he emigrated to Montgomery County, Ohio, whence, two years later, he removed to Illinois and located at Jacksonville. Remaining at that place about two years, he then removed to Lynnville, and made that town his home probably until 1850, in which year he returned East. In 1851 he took up his abode in Winchester, and has been more or less identified with the construction of about every first-class building erected in that city since.

In August, 1861, Mr. Rimbey enlisted in Company C, 285h Illinois Infantry, and served with distinction to the end of his three year's enlistment, being a non-commissioned officer, and participating in the battles of Shiloh, Hatchie, Jackson, Miss., etc. While on detached duty at Memphis he met with an accident from the effects of which he will probably never recover. Being mustered out of the service Aug. 26, 1861, he returned home and resumed, as has been indicated, his former occupation. He was married at Lynnville, Morgan Co., Ill., Jan. 26, 1843, to Miss Mary Quarton, daughter of Thomas Quarton, who was one of the pioneers of that county, and has been born to him seven children, of whom we have the following memoranda: Margaret died in infancy; Manassah died at the age of three years; Hammoleketh died, aged eleven years, nine months and twenty-three days; Thomas died aged one year and nineteen days; Helen died aged six months; Hezekiah, Jr., is a clerk in Winchester, and Ada is the wife of Mr. L. Schierieck, now of St. Louis. The family are enthusiastic and consistent members of the Christian Church. Mr. Rimbey is a stalwart Republican in politics, and a devoted member of Hesse post No. 203, G.A.R.

Mrs. Rimbey's father, Thomas Quarton, was a native of England, and during his day one of the most extensive farmers of Morgan County. Mrs. Rimbey was born in England in 1819, and was ten years old when her parents came to America.

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