John Rankin Gillis

1920–1987 (Age 67)
Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Life of John Rankin

When John Rankin Gillis was born in 1920, in Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Neil Gillis, was 38 and his mother, Florence Catherine MacKinnon, was 23. He died in 1987, in his hometown, at the age of 67, and was buried in Georgeville, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Neil Gillis
Florence Catherine MacKinnon
Mary Isabel Chisholm née Gillis
Margaret T Gillis
Florence Gillis
John Rankin Gillis
Joseph Roderick Gillis

Parents and Siblings


    Florence Catherine MacKinnon




    Mary Isabel Chisholm née Gillis




    Margaret T Gillis


    Florence Gillis


World Events (5)

1921 · Racing Schooner Launched

Age 1

The Bluenose racing schooner was launched on March 26, 1921, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was evident that the ship was nothing like other ships that had been launched.
1945 · HMCS Esquimalt Torpedoed

Age 25

On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt was torpedoed by German U-Boats. Thirty-nine men died, some due to the attack others to exposure to cold. Those that survived were rescued by the Sarnia.
1955 · Canso Causeway Completed

Age 35

The Canso Causeway was completed on April 13, 1955. It is a bridge across the Strait of Canso connecting Cape Breton Island. It is constructed in a S shape.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: reduced form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish . The usual spelling in Scotland is Gillies .2 Dutch form of Giles .

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

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