Jacob REBMAN, a resident
of Elvira Township, went into the army during the war, and won a good
name as a loyal and capable soldier, and since those days that so tested
the manhood of those who bore the brunt of battle, he has performed
good service in the interests of agriculture in southern Illinois as a
practical farmer. He was born in Rowan County, N. C., July l,1836. His
father, whose name was John Frederick Rebman, was a German by birth, and
was the only one of the family that ever came to the United States. He
came when he was a young man, was married in North Carolina, and after
learning the trade of a carpenter, followed it in that State until 1847.
In that year he came to Illinois, bringing with him his wife and five
children, making the journey overland with teams, and camping by the
wayside at noon and night to rest and cook their meals. After a month of
travel the family arrived in Montgomery County, and Mr. Rebman bought a
tract of land live miles from Hillsboro, upon which he erected a
dwelling and other needed buildings, and worked hard to develop a farm.
In 1859 he removed to Union County, and purchased land three miles north of
Jonesboro, continuing to carry on farming, and making it his home until
1861, when he came to Johnson County and bought land in Bloomfield
Township, which was his residence until he departed this life. The
maiden name of his wife was Margaret Setzer. She was born in Rowan
County, N. C., and died in Montgomery County, this State. Her father was
John Setzer, a native of Germany.
Jacob Rebman was ten years old when he
accompanied his parents on their memorable journey from their old home
in North Carolina to a new abode in the wilds of Montgomery County, this
State, which was then but thinly settled, much of the land being owned
by the Government. There were no railways there for several years, and
St. Louis, sixty-five miles distant, was the principal market and depot
for supplies, and there the farmers sold their dressed pork at the rate
of $3 a hundred pounds. Deer and other kinds of game still roamed at
will across the country.
Our subject remained with his parents until his
marriage in 1860, and then settled in Bloomfield Township. He was busily
engaged in agricultural pursuits at the opening of the war, but in the
following year he laid aside his work to offer his services to his
country, and September 13, 1862, he became a member of Company I, One
Hundred and Twentieth Illinois Infantry, and was at the front until
after the rebellion was ended. The most important engagements in which
he took part were the battle of Guntown and the siege and capture of
Vicksburg. He was honorably discharged with his regiment in October,
Returning to his home in Bloomfield Township, Mr.
Rebman quietly resumed his occupation, and has done well, showing
himself to be an industrious and competent farmer. He is a man of
sterling merit and Christian character, and in him and his good wife the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church has two of its most worthy members. The
memory of his experiences on Southern battle-field is kept alive by his
connection with Vienna Post No. 221, G. A. R.
Mr. Rebman's first wife, to whom he was married
in 1860, was Matilda J., daughter of Daniel and Melinda Jenkins, and a
native of Tennessee. She
died in l870, leaving six children: Victoria, Ida, John, Luther, Maggie
and Nellie. Mr. Rebman was again married, in 1872, to Margaret A.
(Mathis) Shearer, a sister of R. D. Mathis, of whom see sketch on
another page of this volume. Two children have been born of this
marriage, Robert and Grace C.