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Ammons-Ranney & Garber-Collins

Updated September 14, 2002

Oscar Jay RANNEY
b. 26 Jun 1863
m. Ada FORRESTER, 15 July 1885, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
c: Lula Aida (b.20 Dec1886), Carol, Oscar Donald (b. abt. Aug 1892), and Ella (b. abt.
Aug 1888)
Parents: Philo RANNEY and Sally Ann THOMPSON (Source: IGI)
G-Parent: Lyman RANNEY and Sophronia SOPER (Source: IGI)

Lucretia AMMONS EDDY confirms the children for Oscar Jay RANNEY(her grandfather, my gggrandfather Ranney, and that his wife’s name was Ada, but she didn’t know Ada’s maiden name. The 1900 Census puts them in York, Wisconsin at the timem but doesn’t list Carol RANNEY as having been born yet. We know that Carol Ammons, daughter of Rollin and Lula Aida, was named after Carol RANNEY. That, with Lucretia’s confirmation, seem to set this piece in place rather well. The International Genealogy Index (IGI) shows Oscar Jay RANNEY married an Ada FORRESTER on 15 Jul 1885 in Wisconsin, no city/county listed. That seems to track, too.

b. 27 Feb 1863, Wisconsin
IGI says her parents are Andrew J. FORRESTER and Ada Elizabeth MILLER, and the dates appear to be about right. Plus, Lula's middle name is Ada, presumably named after her mother. Ada’s line through her mother, Ada Elizabeth MILLER, jumps immediately back to England. Andrew J. FORRESTER is still a mystery.

The Ranney Clan continues backward paternally through:
Philo RANNEY, b. 10/13/1888 Perrysburg, NY
Lyman RANNEY, b. 12/13/1793 Blandford, MA
Abner RANNEY, b. 3/15/1746 East Middleton, CT
Richard RANNEY, b. 2/18/1704 Middleton, CT
John RANNEY, b. 11/14/1662 Upper Houses, CT
Thomas RANNEY b. 1616 Scotland

Excepting Thomas in Scotland, we have wives for all, too, and siblings. The census and family histories have been great, and the New England Ranneys seem to be well documented - the place is littered with them.

Rollin AMMONS (b. July 1884) and Lula Aida RANNEY AMMONS moved from Mukwonago, Wisconsin to Bremerton, Washington in 1933. Rollin was a plumber and Lula was a schoolteacher but there wasn't much work in York at the time. Rollin chose Bremerton because of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and thought he could get a job as a pipe fitter, which he did. Their children, Lucretia, Beth (adopted), and Carol were between 10 and 14 when they went west.

Rollin (Rolin) AMMONS died in October 1969. Lula Ada RANNEY AMMONS died in February 1975. Both were interred in Tracyton Cemetery, Kitsap County, Washington. Rolin was born of Rufus AMMONS, and had two sisters, Almira and Joicey (?). In 1900, census shows them in Le Seur, Minnesota.

Rollin was a tough cookie to track down, but I've made it as far as a 1900 census that lists him and his known sister as the children of Rufus Ammons, and includes a second sister. Grandma had shared that GG Grandfather Rufus' wife died young, and that Rollin had been essentially raised by Myra (census listed as Almira). Further searches located a marriage record in Minnesota for Rufus Ammons and Ellen Houghland. This is where the Ammons' branch stands today - with my GG Grandparents Ammons.

Erin K Collins

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