From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler
and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 200, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Benjamin F. Rebman, a farmer and dairyman, was born in Schuyler
county, Illinois, at Pleasant View, January 12, 1848. He was the
seventh child in a family of nine born to John and Margaret (Huffman)
Rebman, the former of whom was born at Strasburg, Germany, and the
latter near the same place. They emigrated to America in 1830 and were
married in New York city in 1832. They lived in New York State about
four years, when they removed to St. Louis, and after remaining there
two years removed to Beardstown, Illinois, where they lived four years
more. At the end of that time they moved to Schuyler county and here
they both died, Mrs. Rebman in 1877 and her husband four years later.
Mr. Rebman was a mechanic by trade.
Benjamin Rebman, after the slight schooling he was able to
obtain in the country schools, at the age of eighteen, engaged in
farming, working by the month for farmers until he had accumulated
enough to begin business for himself. He has been engaged in the dairy
business for some years and has supplied the city of Beardstown with
vast quantities of milk. This taken in connection with his extensive
farming yield him a nice income. He was engaged in the manufacture of
brick, but sold out recently.
He was married in this county January 1, 1879, to Mrs. Louisa
Curry, daughter of Anthony Messerer, one of the pioneers of Schuyler
county. He was a very successful farmer, being a representative of an
agricultural family for generations back. He went from Germany, his
birthplace, to the West Indies, when he was six years of age. The uncle
who was taking him to America died on the voyage and the child was
adopted by a West Indian planter. Here he grew to manhood, and came to
Illinois in 1832 and entered a large tract of land in Schuyler county,
where he lived until the time of his death in 1859. His wife survived
him for twenty-two years. They had five children, two of whom died in
Mr. and Mrs. Rebman have had three children: Anthony, deceased;
Gale and Herman Blane. His religious views are those of a free thinker;
is Republican in politics.