Rhimes/Rhymes/Rimes Notes

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The name can be found as Rimes, Rymes or Rhymes depending on the recorder and the location.

Progeny of William Rimes and Little John Rhymes have ascertained from naming patterns that their father's name was either Jesse or John. Family lore has it that William Rimes was born in Halifax North Carolina

"A" Jesse RYMES is 1786 Will is found in Halifax County, NC[1]

"A"Jesse RYMES and William RHYMES are said to be listed in the census of 1790 as being in the Halifax District of Halifax or Northampton County, NC.

"A" Jesse & John RHYMES U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815[2] 3 REG'T (WIMBERLEY'S), GEORGIA MILITIA.[3] Other familiar names in Wimberly's 3rd are William Foil, Sr. (Rev) Baptist Clergyman and a Captain William Harvey

Rhymes, Jesse (1822) North Carolina Estate Files, Halifax County Index[4]

(no first name) Rhymes
Pedigree Resource File
birth:1730 North Carolina, United States
death:1821 Jones, Georgia, United States
residence:1805 Mullins District, Warren County, GA
spouse: Maria Elizabeth Best


Jesse Jarrott Rhymes
John Jacob Ream
International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Mississippi Map 1839 Excerpt

This map represents the direct route north from Pike County Mississippi to the Copiah/Hinds County Line where the Rhimes, Ferguson, Clower, and Haley families eventually settle ( a few offsprings of the original pioneers remained in Pike County)

In 1820 we find Little John Rhymes just south of Silver Creek at present-day Simmonsville near Willis Simmons the progenitor of the "Silver Creek Simmons"

Brothers(?) William 'Rymes" and "James Rymes", along with brother in law(?) Samuel Ferguson were all in Pike County in 1820

Interesting to note that two of Williams's daughters married two sons of Willis Simmons.

In that decade this group proceeded to move to Copiah, from a Choctaw Indian word meaning calling panther, which was organized in 1823 as Mississippi's 18th county [5]

The first in this extended family group that moved to the area was Jacob Haley who surveyed the townsite of Gallatin. His daughter(?), Permelia Haley, married into the Ferguson family and daughter Elizabeth Haley married Joseph A. Ferguson ; Abraham L. Ferguson married Matilda Haley February 1825. A nephew of Jacob, Elbert Haley, married into the Rimes family. There are other possible connections.

Samuel Ferguson, husband of Mary Ann Rhymes, was perhaps the first family to make the trek north to Copiah since Elizabeth Haley was married to married Joseph A. Ferguson in Copiah County on the 13th December 1824. Elizabeth or "Betsy" and Joseph gave 3 acres of land to County Line Baptist Church. This donation of land to the church is recorded in a deed signed by Joseph and his wife 22 September 1835. [6] County Line is on the Hinds/Copiah county line is notated on this Post Office map as Line Store

LittleJohn Rhymes and Miriam (Clower) Rhimes settled north of present-day Crystal Springs and the Copiah/Hinds county line. Possibly in the vicinity of Rhymes Road.

William Rimes purchased land in Pike County just north of Silver Creek on Love Creek (present-day Dykes Crossing) and died the same year in Copiah County.

It is possible (but not yet proven) that Kennedy P.O. indicated in Copiah County was establish by Williams daughter's family. Mary Rhymes, born 1814, who married James B. Kennedy in Copiah, Ms

Possible Children of Unknown Rimes/Rymes/Rhymes

Jesse Jarrott Rimes died 1814, In the name of God Amen I Jesse Jarrott Rimes in this my last will and testament do bequeath unto Jesse Wooten Ferguson and Jesse Madox[7] all my property except a list of John Rimes property and an order on Thomas Thrower and William Reese likewise three notes of hand on Samuel Ferguson two dated the tenth of November and on the seventeenth of November 1814. The said papers to be delivered to John Rimes Senr. and Samuel Ferguson. I also will Jacob Ferguson and Wilkins Jackson to be my executors. Signed sealed in the presence of us this 14th December one thousand eight hundred and fourteenth. Georgia, Jones County (HisMark) Jesse Jarrott Rimes[8]

JESSE JARROTT RIMES 12/14/1814 - 2/10/1815

Wife: not named
Children: not named
Others mentioned: Jesse Wooten Ferguson; Jesse Maddox; Samuel Ferguson;
John Rimes Sr.; Thomas Thrower; William Reese; Wilkins Jackson; Jacob Ferguson[9]

Samuel Ferguson,Wlm., Little John "Rymes and James are in the 1820 Pike Mississippi Tax Register taken by Laban Bacot.

A. Mary Ann (Rhymes) Ferguson (abt. 1779 - abt. 1856)

ITEM: Husband Samuel and son James are mentioned in the 1814 Jones County will of Jessie Jarrett Rhymes
ITEM: 3 of Samuel Ferguson's brothers - Aaron, Moses, and Eli are in the Pike County area as early as 1812-1814 in Nixon's 13th[10]
ITEM Samuel is in the 1820 Pike County MS. census[11] [12]


  1. John L. (Jack) FERGUSON b: 1817, Jasper Co, GA m. _____ JONES.
  2. Martha FERGUSON b: d. Very Young.
  3. Joseph A FERGUSON b: 5 Feb 1803 GA; d. July 01, 1899, MS. m. Elizabeth Haley-Ferguson, J. A. - Haley, Elizabeth - 13 Dec 1824[13]
  4. Abraham L FERGUSON b: 1805 in Jasper Co. GA m Matilda Haley Feb9, 1825[14]
  5. James L FERGUSON b:1806 Jasper Co, GA d. 1862, Hickory, MS m.Permelia Haley 1827 Covington Co MS
  6. Jesse W FERGUSON b: 13 OCT 1810 in Jasper Co, GA d. April 06,1899, Crystal Springs, MS.
  7. Nancy FERGUSON b: 1812 in Jasper Co. GA
  8. Faithy FERGUSON b: 1815
  9. Elizabeth (Betsy) FERGUSON b: 1818 m. Freeman Jones
  10. Mary Jane (Polly) FERGUSON, b. Nov 12, 1823, Pike Co; d. Feb11, 1900.

NOTE: Samuel's niece Ferguson, Rebecky - Simmons, Samuel - 10 Feb 1831[15]

B. William Rimes (1780 - 1834) and Nancy (Hogg) Rimes (1770 - 1841) The children for William Rhymes and Nancy Hogg are:

  1. John Rhymes b. N. C. married Susan Allen (widow of Arba Rounsavall) Rhymes, John - Rounsavall, Mrs. Susan - 04 Apr 1832[16]
  2. Nancy Rhymes Simmons, born 1808, Georgia married William Simmons (my ggg grandfather) NOTE: Their property at Dykes Crossing originally owned by Wlm. Rimes, purchased 1820[17]
  3. Elizabeth Rhymes, Georgia married Alfred Lewis
  4. Priscislla " Fannie" Rhymes, born 1811, Georgia married Elbert Haley
  5. Mary Rhymes, born 1814, Georgia married James Kennedy Copiah, Ms (Kennedy Store P.O.??? Copiah County est. 1838)
  6. Jesse Dred Rhymes (1815-1867)[18] married Cassie Dillon[19] JessieDred owned a lot of property in Old Pike Couth (Walthal)[20]
  7. Margaret (Rimes) Simmons, Wife of John Richard Simmons

C. Little John Rhymes (1787 - 1862) and Marion Clower (1796 - 1837) [21]

  1. Jessie Jarrett Rhymes (1817 - ) Rhymes, Jesse J. - Wroten, Winnie Ann - 04 Jan 1836[22][23]
  2. LittleJohn Rhymes (1821 - 1899) and Jane Barron Rhymes (1829–1904)
  3. George Washington Rhymes 1818[24]
  4. James Jefferson Rhymes 1824 -
  5. William Lawrence Rhymes 1826 -[25]
  6. Mary Elizabeth Rhymes 1828 - married George McVey 1821
  7. Willie (Willis?) Jackson Rhymes (1830 - ) Property in Copiah[26]
  8. Daniel Morgan Rhymes 1832 -
  9. Elisha Franklin Rhymes 1834 - 1895 married Narcissa Rosella Haley 1840 - 1901
  10. Jonathan Clower Rhymes born 26 apr 1836[27]

Children of John "Littlejohn" Rhymes and Elizabeth Ann Coker are:

  1. Joseph Rhymes, d. date unknown.
  2. Julia Ann Rhymes, d. date unknown.
  3. Preston Rhymes, d. date unknown.
  4. Catherine Rhymes, d. date unknown.
  5. Jasper Rhymes, d. date unknown.
  6. Newton Rhymes, d. date unknown.

D. James Rimes(Rhymes) [28]Unsourced Children of James Rymes and Polly (Mary?) are:

  1. Nancy Rimes, d. date unknown.
  2. Sarah Rimes, d. date unknown.
  3. John F. Rimes, d. date unknown.
  4. Alexander F. Rimes, d. date unknown.
  5. Mary Rimes, d. date unknown.
  6. Martha Rimes, d. date unknown.
  7. Polly (Priscilla) Rimes, d. date unknown.
  8. William F.Rimes, d. date unknown.
  9. James A. Rhimes, d. date unknown.
  10. Benjamin F. Rhimes, d. date unknown.[29]

James signed his brother William's Will

A James Rymes acquired property in Hinds County on the Hinds/Copiah County line adjacent to William Rymes. And not far from Little John

Allied Families:


  1. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/36880000/person/19002467003/facts
  2. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/36880000/person/19002467003/facts
  3. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/military/warof1812/rosterq.txt
  4. https://www.ncgenealogy.org/north-carolina-estate-files-halifax-county-index/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copiah_County,_Mississippi#History
  6. Find A Grave: Memorial #11455017
  7. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MH4D-DFB
  8. https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/rhymes/233/
  9. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/jones/wills/willbka.txt
  10. https://accessgenealogy.com/military/13th-regiment-of-mississippi-militia.htm
  11. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHG6-YNH
  12. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PH8-7YV?i=6&cc=1919687
  13. https://copiah.msghn.org/marriages_e.html
  14. https://copiah.msghn.org/marriages_e.html
  15. https://copiah.msghn.org/marriages_e.html
  16. https://copiah.msghn.org/marriages_p.html
  17. https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MS0030__.214&docClass=STA&sid=tgdtn3cz.dyl
  18. Find A Grave: Memorial #71540388
  19. http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/r/h/y/Jamie-Rhymes/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0497.html
  20. https://glorecords.blm.gov/results/default.aspx?searchCriteria=type=patent|st=MS|cty=|ln=Rimes|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false
  21. https://glorecords.blm.gov/results/default.aspx?searchCriteria=type=patent|st=MS|cty=|ln=Rhymes|sp=true|sw=true|sadv=false
  22. https://copiah.msghn.org/marriages_p.html
  23. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHTS-KGB
  24. https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MS2020__.085&docClass=STA&sid=jjoompil.scu
  25. Find A Grave: Memorial #32286029
  26. https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MS2200__.436&docClass=STA&sid=tgdtn3cz.dyl
  27. https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/rhymes/42/
  28. [https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHPZ-C7J James Rhymes United States Census, 1830]
  29. https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/r/h/y/Jamie-Rhymes/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0509.html

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