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Matthew B? see note. RANKINE

Matthew B? see note. RANKINE

Male 1838 - 1917  (79 years)

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  • Name Matthew B? see note. RANKINE  [1, 2
    Born 1838  Ayreshire UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    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
     
    Died 29 Oct 1917  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Person ID I-5849  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2021 

    Family Mary BURLEY,   b. 30 Dec 1845, Meadows SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1921, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 29 May 1869  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
     1. Harry Robert RANKINE,   b. 28 Nov 1866., Meadows SA. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1946, Sandwell SA. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 107 years)  []
     2. Walter James RANKINE,   b. 17 Aug 1869, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Nov 1929, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)  []
     3. Herbert Burley RANKINE,   b. 8 Oct 1871, Langhorne Creek SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1941, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  []
     4. Robert RANKINE,   b. 1 Oct 1873, Lake Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 14 Jun 1876, Lake Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)  []
     5. Jessie RANKINE,   b. 19 Feb 1876, Lake Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1955, Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  []
     6. Gavin RANKINE,   b. 7 Jul 1878, Lake Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1963, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
     7. Edith RANKINE,   b. 14 Sep 1881, Dry Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1938, Riverton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  []
     8. Olive Mary RANKINE,   b. 26 Dec 1883, Dry Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1960, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  []
    +9. Matthew David b.1887 RANKINE,   b. 24 Sep 1887, Dry Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1971, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
     10. Hubert Stanford RANKINE,   b. 25 Feb 1892, Dry Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1892, Dry Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2021 03:06:28 
    Family ID F-1913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    NOTE SECOND INITIAL B in Matthews name....
    NOTE SECOND INITIAL B in Matthews name....
    HS STRATH Mary Burley married Matthew B Rankine. 29 May 1869. Mary born 1885-1921 in Strathalbyn SA

    Headstones
    NOTE MATTHEW IS GIVEN A MIDDLE INITIAL ONLY AND NOT OFFERED ANYWHERE ELSE?
    NOTE MATTHEW IS GIVEN A MIDDLE INITIAL ONLY AND NOT OFFERED ANYWHERE ELSE?
    In loving memory of MARY the beloved wife of Matthew Rankine died 21 March 1921 aged 79 years. Also Matthew B Rankine beloved husband of above died Jul 1926 at 92 yoa. Also Olive Mary loved daughter of above died 14 Jun 1960 aged 76 yoa/

    Places
    Woodburn Homestead - Matthew Rankine's farm
    Woodburn Homestead - Matthew Rankine's farm
    Woodburn farmhouse between Strathalbyn and Milang was built in 1862 by Matthew Rankine son of William Rankine. (Diary held in Library on Microfilm). Matthew retired to "Braemar" near Strathalbyn in 1892, son Melville lived in Woodburn until his death in 1920. The house was restored in ca. 1990.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-10] Headstone detail transcription, Headstone detail transcription, 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      It is on his daughter; Olive Mary Rankine headstone that her father is given a middle initial-TBC

    2. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Matthew RANKINE is given a middle initial B in SAGHS Biological Index of SA clearly linked to Mary Burley....HENCE:
      RANKINE Matthew B Parents:Walter Life Information: Birth c1846. Death 15.7.1926. Burial Strathalbyn SA. Arr SA by 1866.Occupation:Farmer, Horse Stud Breeder. Residence: Meadows SA Spouse(s): Mary BURLEY (20.5.1869 Adelaide SA) Children: With Mary BURLEY: Harry Robt. (1866-1946), Walter Jas. (1869-1929), Herbt. Burley (1871-1941), Robt. (1873-1876), Jessie DIX (1876-1955), Gavin (1878-1963), Edith GRINTER (1881-), Olive Mary (1883-1960), Matthew David (1887-1971).


    3. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:96Y7-JK2, 30 Dec 2017.
      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:96Y7-JK2 : accessed 2017-12-29), entry for Matthew Rankine.

    4. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      RANKINE Given Names:Matthew
      Parents:Wm. & Jane nee PATERSON

      Life Information: Birth 29.11.1829 Carrick AYR SCT. Death 29.10.1917 Strathalbyn SA. Arr SA 1839 FAIRFIELD. Religion Presb. Occupation:Farmer Residence:Angas Plains, Strathalbyn.

      Spouse(s):Janet (Jessie) GRAHAM (27.7.1858 O'Halloran Hill SA) Children: With Janet (Jessie) GRAHAM: Mgt. Bryden DUNK (1859-1908),Jane Paterson (1861-1861), Jane Paterson (1862-1942), Wm. Melville (1863-1920)Jas. Graham (1865-1866), Mary Watson DONALDSON (1867-1938), Susan Isabel TUCKER (1868-1956), Jas. Jeffrey (1870-1870), Matthew Gemmell (1876-1946), John Robt. (1877-1960).

    5. [S-10] Headstone detail transcription, see attached image with detail, 20 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Matthew Rankine of Braemar SA who died 29th Oct 1917 in 88th year a colonist of 78 years.
      Plus his wife Jessie Rankine nee ?? who died 27 Dec 1917 aged 79 years a colonist of 79 years.
      ALSO William Melville Rankine of Woodburn SA who died 16 Dec 1920 in his 57th years.
      Plus his wife Rose L Rankine died 15th Jay 1937 aged 63 years

    6. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/index.php?option=com_hikashop&view=product&layout=show&Itemid=161&uid=1190534&coid=3&cid=2&request_data=%7B%26quot%3Boption%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Bcom_search%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3BItemid%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B32%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bsurname%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Brankine%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bcheck%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B1%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bgname%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Bmatthew%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Byear%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Brange%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B0%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Bcusearch%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3BSearch%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmc%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3Ba4bd3f58e9df756191d0f96ccbc0b1ee%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3Be7015a7d200526083314a342d63ff4c5%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmz%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.1519112402.476.5.utmcsr%3Dgoogle%7Cutmccn%3D(organic)%7Cutmcmd%3Dorganic%7Cutmctr%3D(not%20provided)%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B162b9a6a86efa97778683e1106c00163%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B4F141316%20114%20D55%20B521B%2081B545B591F%2045B41%2065B%20C5521%20B5C10%20B50%20C%20D1A55%209%208464A4144%207444A4556425015%20B41535C1050505450541119%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utma%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.1713450304.1501589010.1519175580.1519180997.479%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmt%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B1%26quot%3B%2C%26quot%3B__utmb%26quot%3B%3A%26quot%3B175478836.46.10.1519180997%26quot%3B%7D, 20 Feb 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Matthew RANKINE Death Date: 29 Oct 1917 Age: 87y Approx. Birth Year: 1830 Death Place: Strathalbyn SA Book/Page:414/1

    7. [S-250] WARREN MCLEAN FAMILY TREE using My Heritage, my heritage (with a log in), 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Matthew Rankine Birth 1838 Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland United Kingdom Marriage to: Mary Rankin nee Burley May 29 1869 Adelaide South Australia Death Oct 29 1917 "Braemar" Strathalbyn South Australia

    8. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:96Y7-JK2, 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/2:1:96Y7-JK2:accessed 2017-12-29), entry for Matthew Rankine.

    9. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      BRIDE AND GROOM BOTH SINGLE AT TIME OF MARRIAGE. RANKINE Groom Given Names:Matthew Bride Surname:BURLEY Bride Given Names:Mary Marriage Date:20-May-1869 Marriage Place: Res of A Chapman Brown St Adelaide SA Groom Age:31 Groom Marital Status:S Groom Father:Walter RANKINE Bride Age: 23 Bride Marital Status:S Bride Father: Robert BURLEY District:Adelaide Book/Page: 79/437