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James RANKINE, Captain

James RANKINE, Captain

Male 1828 - 1897  (69 years)

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  • Name James RANKINE  [1
    Suffix Captain 
    Born 26 Jun 1828  Argyll Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes A correspondent writing from Clare says: "I noticed in your last issue reference to the death of Mr. Gavin Rankine, who, as all old residents of your district know, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Gemmell Rankine (a son of pioneer William Rankine, one of the two founders of the town of Strathalbyn), and the announcement of the death reminded me of the fact that there are now living none of the original family, all of them having 'passed out', John of that ilk having been the last to succumb to the inevitable destiny of all of us. "The late Mr. Gemmell Rankine in his youthful days was one of the most popular of the family, and certainly the most jovial. The eldest son of the clan, Matthew, was always of somewhat austere nature on the sur-face, though really of kindliest disposition at heart; James was a fine character too, but a bit fiery; William and John were more retiring in type than any of their brothers, keeping themselves aloof a good deal from public or social matters; Andrew was in his youthful years a regular "good fellow" but even in his jolliest times a trifle hasty-tempered and apt to get misunderstood; but Gemmell never anybody's enemy but his own, was loved by all, and the wife he married won equal popularity and equal love from all classes of the community. "It was Gemmell who was the 'pet lamb' of his parents and his uncle, Dr. Rankine; it was Gemmell who was the mischievous, happy-go-lucky young daredevil of the family; Gemmell who was the only one of the clan who lacked the 'austerity' of the 'severe Highland Presbyterians' from whom he sprang. "Old William Rankine, though he must have 'frequent and oft' bemoaned his 'baby boy's' fallings away from grace, almost worshipped him, and when the time came for him to settle his affairs he showed that love by leaving the old homestead of Glenbar to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmells death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these lads were bound to under the will I lads were bound to under the will I don't know, but now that Gavin has gone it may be that the pioneer homestead will pass to another branch of the family. "Anyhow, I thought these few lines might interest some or the readers of your chatty 'jottings', which I may tell you, are enjoyed by all 'old timers' like myself, whether younger readers enjoy them or not."
    My correspondent's letter will make many of our 'old fogeys' sit up and realize the fact that there are very few indeed left of those who helped to found the town of which we are all so proud to-day. Soon there will be scarcely more than the memory of the pioneers left, for there are no 'son's sons' now in the district to keep the good old name going, the few that are existent being scattered over the length and breadth of the Commonwealth. The late Mr. Gavin Rankine inherited the characteristics of both his mother and his father, and so shared the natures of each that it was difficult to say which predominated! He, like both, made friends wherever he went, never had an enemy but himself, and never was there a better illustration of the poet's words : 'If to his lot some common errors' fall, Look in his face and you'd forget them all!'
    Source: Jottings by JWE on page 3 of Southern Argus, 17th Nov 1921
    Biography Notes James Rankine (1828 - 8 September 1897), often referred to as "Captain Rankine", was a farmer, businessman and politician in the early days of the Colony of South Australia.
    Rankine was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, the eldest son of sheep farmer William Rankine and his wife Jane, née Paterson. He migrated with his parents to South Australia on the barque Fairfield in 1839 and settled at "Glenbarr", Strathalbyn, South Australia.
    At the age of twenty years he was made manager of a property leased by his father and uncle, Dr. John Rankine, on Hindmarsh Island. After a few years wheat farming at Mundowie, near Gladstone in South Australia's Mid-North, he settled on his own property "Wyndgate" on Hindmarsh Island, where he raised cattle and pigs.
    He was for a time agent in South Australia for the Cornwall Fire and Marine and Eagle Life Insurance Companies, and was one of the founders of and for over twenty years Director of the National Bank of Australasia.[1]
    Politics: He was Chairman of the Alexandrina District Council for many years, and represented the electorate of Mount Barker in the House of Assembly from 1865 to 1868, and was elected to the Legislative Council in February 1881 and retired in April 1888.
    Other interests: He was an enthusiastic member of the volunteer militia, holding a commission as captain of the Military Rifle Company, then with the Milang and Strathalbyn Cavalry Corps. He was a crack shot, and won a first prize in the annual small-bore competition in Melbourne in 1866. He also acquitted himself well at the Wimbledon meeting of 1868.
    His comments on public affairs were frequently published in the "Letters to the Editor" columns of the South Australian Register. The (opposition newspaper) Advertiser, in its obituary, described Rankine as a respected farmer without mentioning his political career or other achievements.
    Family: He married Isabel Agnes Beevor (ca.1836 - 19 January 1917) on 12 May 1869, lived at "Wyndgate" on Hindmarsh Island. Their children were:
    * Mary Rankine (19 February 1871 - ) married Charles Downer of Kilkenny on 12 June 1901
    * daughter 1 January 1875
    * James Beevor Rankine (23 January 1877 - 6 October 1935) married Elinor Mabel ??
    * daughter 13 September 1878 at Mundowie near Gladstone
    * son 30 July 1880 born at "The Cottage", Strathalbyn
    Source: Wikipedia

    Biography Notes Three sisters married three brothers:-
    * Isabel Agnes Beevor married James Rankine in 1869 in North Adelaide.
    * Harriet Alicia Beevor married William Rankine in 1870 at James Rankine's residence in Hindmarsh Island.
    * Gertrude Anne Beevor married Gemmell Rankine in 1878 in James Rankine's residence in Booyoolee.  
    Residence Various Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    * 'Wyndgate' on Hindmarsh Island
    * 'Braemar', Strathalbyn
    * Weddings of his younger brothers, William and Gemmell were held at the residence of James Rankine in 1870 at Rankine's Ferry at Hindmarsh Island and in 1878 at Booyoolee (is this near Gladstone?).  
    Died 8 Sep 1897  Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 10 Sep 1897  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I-4171  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2021 

    Family Isabelle Agnes (Sissy) BEEVOR,   b. 8 Feb 1837, Moumein Bengal India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1917, Goolwa SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 12 May 1869  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
     1. Mary Downer RANKINE,   b. 19 Feb 1871, Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Perth WA. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  []
     2. Gertrude Beevor Anne RANKINE,   b. 1 Jan 1875, Milang SA. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1951, Walkerville SA. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  []
     3. James Beevor RANKINE,   b. 25 Jan 1877, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1935, Victor Harbour SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  []
     4. Ruby Agnes RANKINE,   b. 13 Sep 1879, Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1960, Toorak Gardens SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  []
     5. Edward Beevor. RANKINE,   b. 30 Jul 1880, Strathalbyn SA. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1942., Hindmarsh Island SA. Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2018 06:48:08 
    Family ID F-1379  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    James Rankine & Isabel Agnes Beevor - wedding 12th May 1869 in North Adelaide
    James Rankine & Isabel Agnes Beevor - wedding 12th May 1869 in North Adelaide
    Groom: James Rankine, aged 41 years, widower, son of William Rankine
    Bride: Isabel Agnes Beevor, aged 32 years, daughter of Horatio Clarke Beevor
    Place: Christ Church, North Adelaide

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-249] fleurieufamilyhistory of ANZAC pioneers, fleurieufamilyhistory of ANZAC pioneers, 8 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      RANKINE, James Clarendon/Cherry Gardens 1828-1897

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3A%22isabel%20agnes%22~%20%2Bsurname%3Abeevor~%20%2Bspouse_givenname%3Ajames~%20%2Bspouse_surname%3Arankine~, 27 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      James RANKINE (Captain) Death Date:08 Sep 1897 Age: 69y Approx. Birth Year: 1828 Residence: Hindmarsh Island Death Place: Hindmarsh Island District: Encounter Bay SA RefNo:245/313
      confirmed also on headstone

    4. [S-255] Alexandrina Cemeteries SA, https://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/live/cemeteries-and-memorials/cemetery-search?action=grave&id=5635, 21 Apr 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Surname RANKINE Given names JAMES Cemetery name Strathalbyn Cemetery Cemetery section Division 1 Plot 130 Last residence HINDMARSH ISLAND Date of burial 10/09/1897 Age 69 Minister REV MR Burial number 2455 Comments LEASE 176 Inscription IN MEMORY OF JAMES RANKINE WHO DIED AT HINDMARSH ISLAND ON 8TH SEPTEMBER 1897 AGED 69 YEARS
      Headstone image u/k

    5. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3Ajames~%20%2Bsurname%3Arankine~%20%2Bbirth_place%3A%22south%20australia%22~%20%2Bbirth_year%3A1820-1850~%20%2Bfather_givenname%3Awilliam~%20%2Bfather_surname%3Arankine~, 27 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Citing this Record "Australia Marriages, 1810-1980," database, FamilySearch (https: //familysearch.org/ark: /61903/1:1:XTZJ-TQS : 12 December 2014), James Rankine and Isabel Agnes Reevor, 12 May 1869; citing Christ Church,North Adelaide,South Australia,Australia, reference:FHL microfilm 951889.