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Descendants of David Rankin, Sr.

Generation No. 3

5. DAVID3 RANKIN (WILLIAM2, DAVID1) was born 1749 in Frederick County, Virginia. He married UNKNOWN WIFE. She was born Abt. 1762.

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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.

SOURCE: Your Family Tree Vol II-Washington County Wills

David, son of William of middel fork Racoon Creek, land adjoining Leeches line, Richard McKibben, Humphrey Montgomery.

Matthew Atcheson's name appears first on record in a bill of sale made by David Rankin to him on the 10th of April, 1778, in which Rankin sells "unto Matthew Atcheson, of said county, a tract of land situate on the head-waters of Raccoon Creek, adjoining lands of William Rankin, Thomas Cherry, and John Reed." Matthew Atcheson was a native of Ireland, who emigrated to this country with his wife and four sons, David, Matthew, Humphrey, and Robert. Matthew Atcheson, Sr., died about 1814, leaving sons, David, Matthew R., Humphrey, John, and a daughter Jean (Mrs. Moses Cherry). The original farm is now owned by Robert and Matthew Atcheson and John Henderson.

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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.
Children of D
  i.   DAUGHTER ONE4 RANKIN, b. Abt. 1794.
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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.

  ii.   SON ONE RANKIN, b. Abt. 1796.
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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.

  iii.   DAUGHTER TWO RANKIN, b. Abt. 1801.
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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.

  iv.   DAUGHTER THREE RANKIN, b. Abt. 1803.
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LISTED: 1810 Census,Mt. Pleasant Twp., Washington County, Pa.

6. WILLIAM3 RANKIN, JR. (WILLIAM2, DAVID1) was born Bet. 1748 - 1750 in Frederick County, Virginia, and died Bef. February 22, 1830 in Berkeley County, Virginia. He married REBECCA SUTTON July 27, 1782. She was born Bef. 1754 in Frederick County, Virginia.

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SOURCE: Carol (Lewis) Townsend, Rt. 1 Box 4, Clay Center, Nebraska 68933-9703

Killed by Indians.


A Captain in Colonel Crawford's expedition against the Indians at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. This battle ended in the rout of the Americans.

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Burial: Mahnes Cem., Near hancock, West Virginia
Children of W
  i.   REBECCA4 RANKIN, b. WFT Est. 1783-1799.
23. ii.   SAMUEL RANKIN, b. 1777, Berkeley County, Virginia; d. Aft. 1850.
  iii.   ABIGAIL RANKIN, b. 1782, Berkeley County, Virginia.
24. iv.   SIMEON RANKIN, b. August 18, 1789, Berkeley County, Virginia; d. April 20, 1842, Morgan County, Virginia.
25. v.   WILLIAM RANKIN, b. 1795, Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co, Virginia; d. Bef. 1845.

7. ZACHARIAH3 RANKIN (WILLIAM2, DAVID1) was born 1752 in Frederick County, Virginia, and died October 1785 in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. He married NANCY ANNE PERRIN Bet. 1783 - 1785, daughter of EDWARD PERRIN and ANN KELLEY. She was born Abt. 1765.

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SOURCE: Ohio Valley Genealogies, Relating Chiefly to Families in Harrison, Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio and Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania, by Charles A. Hanna, GPC, 1968, (From Jane Topoly of Ft. Washington, Maryland)

Died from the bite of a rabid wolf.

SOURCE: Your Family Tree Vol II, WashingtonCounty Wills;

Rankin, Zachariah, yeoman Smith Township 17 Apr 1785- 24 Oct 1785 (Proved): Wife: Nancy
Ch: Not named.
Fath: William Rankin
Exec: Thomas Cherry, Sr. and brother William Rankin
Wits: Robert Lyle, Thonas Cherry, Isaac Wells

SOURCE: "Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Pennsylvania", page 107.

Mentioned per Dr. Tom Kirkwood.

SOURCE: Unpublished manuscript in the possession of Morgan County Historical and Genealogy Society.

Zachariah Rankin ("Capt. Zack"), born 1757 or 58, died Oct 1785. Killed a wolf with rabies. It bit him severely. After suffering terribly, "Capt Zack" made his really pathetic will and died within a week after he had contracted hydrophobia. He willed his farm of 250 or 300 acres to his "beloved wife Nancy" and to his "child as yet unborn" when it should reach the age of 18 years. Zack had married Ann Perrin ("Nancy"). Approximately three months after Zachariahts untimely death, a little daughter was born (Jan. 1786) to Ann Perrin Rankin. The baby was named Abigail for her grandmother Rankin She may have lived in the home of her Rankin grandparents for her mother remarried a man named Kent and lived over in Harrison Co., Ohio. When Abigail was 18 years of age, her uncles Matthew, Samuel, Jesse went to court to see that "Abby" Rankin, their niece, daughter of their deceased brother Zachariab, should receive her inheritance, the farm where he had lived and originally part of father William's large tracts. 'This place of Zack's was on a hill above 1'the middle fork of Raccoon Creek". In 1805, Abigail married a man named Jesse Woods. and the next year (1806) she sold the farm and tradition says they went to Texas

John McCammant, whose father had settled previously in Cross Creek township, came to Mount Pleasant from Lancaster County in 1806, and bought the Zachariah Rankin farm. Later he bought the Tannehill farm, formerly the David Acheson tract. Here he lived till his death in 1860, aged seventy-eight years. His son John also remained on the farm till April, 1872, when he purchased the Samuel Cowen farm, where he now resides. James, the oldest son of John, is living in Robinson township. Alexander is living on the Zachariah Rankin farm. A daughter, Polly, married John Henderson, a grandson of the Rev. Matthew Henderson, and settled where John Carter now lives. Eliza married Samuel Moore.

Zachariah Rankin, a son of William, took up a tract of land near his father's on a Virginia certificate. It was surveyed in 1785 as "Black-Oak Ridge," containing three hundred and thirty-seven acres, adjoining William Martin and John Lyle, on the waters of Raccoon Creek. In the October following he was bitten by a mad wolf, and died three months afterwards of hydrophobia. He was married, and a daughter was born after his death. She inherited the property, and became the wife of Jesse Woods. In 1806, they sold the property to John McCammant, whose son Alexander McCammant, William and Zachariah Rankin took out a Virginia certificate for four hundred and two acres of land February, 1780, that was surveyed as "Chestnut Ridge."

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SOURCE: LDS Group Sheets, Camp Sprimgs, MD.

Daughter of Edward Perrin and AnnKelley
Child of Z
  i.   ABIGAIL4 RANKIN, b. 1786, Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania; m. JESSE WOODS.

8. JOHN3 RANKIN (WILLIAM2, DAVID1) was born Bet. 1754 - 1755 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, and died April 1788 in Smith Township, Washington Co., Pa.. He married REBEKAH FRAZIER. She was born WFT Est. 1749-1765.

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SOURCE: Your Family Tree Vol II, WashingtonCounty Wills;

Rankin, John Smith Township 16 Feb 1788- 22 Apr 1788

Wife: Rebekah
Ch: James and Mary, minors
xec: Wife and George Fareezer
Wits: William Wilken, Matthew Rankin, John Dodds

Of the well-known pioneers of Washington county, the Rankin family, of which this gentleman is a member, is mentioned among the leaders. John Rankin was born in Winchester, Va., of Irish descent, and came with his parents to Washington County, Penn., about 1774, bringing colored help with him from Virginia. He had a family of eight sons and two daughters, nearly all of whom were born in Winchester, Va. 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 erected 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 (or is this James, his brother and not son?), 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. The parents of James passed the remainder of their lives on the frontier home, both dying the same year.

SOURCE: Unpublished manuscript in the possession of Morgan County Historical and Genealogy Society.

John Rankin, born in Winchester, Virginia , died 1788, married Rebecca Frazier (sister of George Frazier). They had a son, John, Jr., and a daughter Mary. John's death was due to illness from wounds received during the Revolutionary War. Since George Frazier went to Harrison Co., Kentucky, John's widow nay have remarried and gone to Kentucky, too. The children were both minors when John died (i.e. under 14 years). He willed his place to his wife - she was to educate his children.
Children of J
  i.   JOHN4 RANKIN, JR., b. WFT Est. 1773-1799.
  ii.   JAMES RANKIN, b. WFT Est. 1773-1799.
  iii.   MARY RANKIN, b. WFT Est. 1773-1799.

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