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
1821–1877
Nancy Hughs Thomas
1823–1868
Marriage: 24 November 1842
Sarah Elizabeth Rankin
1844–1901
Mary Ann Rankin
1846–1906
Andrew Wilson Rankin
1848–1940
Evaline Rankin
1850–
Samuel Whitson Rankin
1852–1928
James Lewis Rankin
1854–1928
John Hayter Rankin
1858–1947
George Mangus Rankin
1861–1946
Job Rankin
1864–1881
William A. Rankin
1867–1882

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
24 November 1842
Hamilton, Illinois, United States
children

(10)

    Sarah Elizabeth Rankin

    Female1844–1901Female

    Mary Ann Rankin

    Female1846–1906Female

    Andrew Wilson Rankin

    Male1848–1940Male

    Evaline Rankin

    Female1850–Female

    Samuel Whitson Rankin

    Male1852–1928Male

+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John Rankin

    Male1775–1861Male

    Sally Ann Nelson

    Female1784–1849Female

siblings

(12)

    James Rankin

    Male1801–1860Male

    Mary Ann Rankin

    Female1803–Female

    Margaret Rankin

    Female1805–1870Female

    John Henry Rankin

    Male1808–1896Male

    Rachel Rankin

    Female1810–1847Female

+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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