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