William Rankin

21 October 1821–20 October 1877 (Age 56)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of William

When William Rankin was born on 21 October 1821, in Tennessee, United States, his father, John Rankin, was 46 and his mother, Sally Ann Nelson, was 37. He married Nancy Hughs Thomas on 24 November 1842, in Hamilton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cooper Township, Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 20 October 1877, in Hamilton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in New Hope Cemetery, Hamilton, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Rankin
Nancy Hughs Thomas
Marriage: 24 November 1842
Sarah Elizabeth Rankin
Mary Ann Rankin
Andrew Wilson Rankin
Evaline Rankin
Samuel Whitson Rankin
James Lewis Rankin
John Hayter Rankin
George Mangus Rankin
Job Rankin
William A. Rankin

Spouse and Children

24 November 1842
Hamilton, Illinois, United States


    Sarah Elizabeth Rankin


    Mary Ann Rankin


    Andrew Wilson Rankin


    Evaline Rankin


    Samuel Whitson Rankin


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John Rankin


    Sally Ann Nelson




    James Rankin


    Mary Ann Rankin


    Margaret Rankin


    John Henry Rankin


    Rachel Rankin


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 11

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 14

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 18

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Rankin, a diminutive of Ronald or Rand , with the diminutive suffix -kin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Letter from Otto Raymond Rankin to a Grand Nephew

Jonesboro, Arkansas October 10, 1973 Dear Nephew (grand nephew), I rec'd your letter sometime ago but have delayed writing. We are o.k. for old people. In regard to my mother's parents, my grandfat …

Sources (3)

  • William Rankis, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Rankins, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm Rankin, "United States Census, 1870"

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