Person:William Rankin (47)

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William Rankin
b.3 MAY 1757
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Name William Rankin
Gender Male
Birth? 3 MAY 1757
Marriage 31 JAN 1783 to Mary Unknown
Death? 11 JUN 1798 Woodford County, Kentucky

William Rankin was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Parentage of William Rankin

Some researchers believe that this William Rankin MAY be a son of Jeremiah Rankin and Rhoda Craig, but IGI shows a different William Rankin as their son. This William DID name his first daughter Rhoda, but no son Jeremiah. The other William Rankin did not appear to name any children after Jeremiah Rankin or his wife Rhoda, which leads to obvious speculation that perhaps the wrong William is listed as their son. More research/sources are necessary.

Revolutionary War Pension Information

Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 4, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :


Rankin, William - born 5/3/1757; entered service abt. 1779 in Augusta County, Virginia where he resided, in 12th Virginia Regiment, [BLW1483] issued 8/2/1783; moved after Revolutionary War to Woodford County, Kentucky, where he died 6/11/1798; married 1/31/1783 Mary who was born 8/15/1764; widow pensioned 1843 Woodford County, Kentucky; children's births: Rhoda 12/14/1783, Mary 9/23/1785, John Alexander 7/22/1787, Elizabeth 8/20/1789, Hannah 12/17/1791 & William 2/8/1794. File contains summary of War of 1812 Pension record of James Rankin (relationship to William Rankin uncertain, apparently NOT a sibling), entered service 1811 in Augusta County, Virginia, where he resided, & resided age 70 in Pocahontas County Virginia in 1751; died there 3/3/1853, married 7/25/1821 to Nancy McNeal, Bath County, Virginia, who received Pension at ate 74 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia in 1878. F-w8543, R2001.