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View Tree for WILLIAM RANKINWILLIAM RANKIN (b. Abt. 1663, d. Abt. 1720)

WILLIAM RANKIN was born Abt. 1663 in Scotland, and died Abt. 1720 in PA. He married DOROTHY BLACK on Abt. 1687 in Scotland.

 Includes NotesNotes for WILLIAM RANKIN:
THE REV. JOHN RANKIN, EARLY ABOLITIONIST*





By PAUL R. GRIM



The Ancestry and Early Career of John Rankin. The ancestors of the Rev. John Rankin were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians whose lineage can be traced directly to Scotland during the religious persecutions of the seventeenth century (1). His great-great-grandfather WILLIAM RANKIN, was compelled to flee from Scotland during that period after his two brothers had been killed because of their religious belief.
He made his escape into Derry County, Ireland, in 1689.2 John, his second son, was born there and was married to Jane McElwee. Thomas, the older

of the two sons of John, and the grandfather of the Rev. John

Rankin, was born in Ireland in 1724. At the age of three years

he accompanied his father to America, landing at Philadelphia.

Thomas was reared near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, before the Revo-

lutionary War. He married Mary Clendenen, who was likewise

a Scotch Presbyterian. Being intensely patriotic, he served in the

Revolution and later sold his farm for worthless Continental

money, a circumstance which left him in poverty.3 After this

misfortune, he emigrated to the Southwest and settled in eastern

Tennessee in 1784. He made a home there in what was later

called Jefferson County.4 He had six sons, the four older of

whom had served with him in the Revolution. The five older,

moreover, became elders in the Presbyterian Church. Richard,

the second son of Thomas and a veteran of the Revolution, was

the father of the Rev. John Rankin. He married Isabella Steele

and came to Tennessee with his father. Eleven sons were born

of this union, four of whom served in the War of 1812. One

More About WILLIAM RANKIN and DOROTHY BLACK:
Marriage: Abt. 1687, Scotland.

Children of WILLIAM RANKIN and DOROTHY BLACK are:
  1. Hugh Rankin, d. date unknown.
  2. Jane Rankin, d. date unknown.
  3. Adam Rankin, b. July 16, 1688, d. date unknown.
  4. +JOHN RANKIN, b. 1690, Derry, Donegal County, Ireland, d. 1749, Juniata River, PA.
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