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William RANKIN, Sr.

Male Abt 1720 - 1793  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name William RANKIN 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1720  Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN ZJQC-QN 
    Died Oct 1793  Mount Pleasant Township, Washington County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Michael A. Smoke <http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/m/o/Michael-Smoke-WA/GEN E1-0003.html>.

      (2) Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893, p. 620 <http://www.chartiers.com/beers-project/articles/rankin-620.html>:

      RANKIN FAMILY. The first ancestor of the Rankin family who settled in Washington county was William Rankin, . . . a native of Winchester, Va., who, about 1774, made the hazardous journey across the mountains to Washington county with his wife and family landing October 31, 1774. He located in Mt. Pleasant township, this county, securing 1,800 acres of choice land, then a vast wilderness, which is now transformed into some of the finest farms of Washington county. Here he built a log cabin, and made such improvements as were possible, being in constant danger from the treacherous savages. But bravely and patiently he struggled on, establishing the pioneer home. After his sons had grown to manhood one of them, James, joined a party who went to establish a colony in Kentucky. They arrived safely, but during the return trip were attacked by Indians, and James was killed, his fate being but one addition to that of the many pioneers who were practically martyrs to colonization. Mr. and Mrs. William Rankin passed the remainder of their lives in the frontier home, both dying the same year.

      (3) Crumrine, Boyd, History of Washington County, Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1882, pp. 850-865 <http://www.chartiers.com/crumrine/twp-mtpleasant.html>:

      William Rankin, in the fall of 1773, came to what is now Mount Pleasant township, and purchased sixteen hundred acres of land, a part of which had been improved, and returned to his home in Winchester, Va. In the following spring some of his sons came out, cleared land, and planted corn. One or two cabins were erected on the place. In the fall of that year, 1774, William Rankin, with his wife and seven sons and two daughters, moved out to the new plantation, leaving at the old home two sons, David and William, who were married and settled there. October 31st, William and his family moved into a cabin which stood on the hill above the barn in the rear of James Rankin?s present residence, and near a fine spring. Here they lived for several years, when William Rankin built a hewed log house, larger and more commodious, north of the old cabin, where he lived till his death.
    Person ID I14564  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 

    Father David RANKIN, Sr.,   b. Abt 1690, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Aug 1768, Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jennet McCORMICK,   b. Abt 1690, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1718  Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6582  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail TASSIA,   b. 1722,   d. Dec 1793, Mount Pleasant Township, Washington County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1748  Frederick County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F6588  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart