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Gemmell  RANKINE

Gemmell RANKINE

Male 1846 - 1884  (38 years)

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  • Name Gemmell RANKINE  [1
    Born 11 Jan 1846  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Born at 'Glenbarr'.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Gemmell inherited 'Glenbarr' when his father died in 1882. But he enjoyed possession for just two years before his own death. 
    Biography Notes PERSONALITY: The late Mr Gemmell Rankine in his youthful days was one of the most popular of the family, and certainly the most jovial. ... 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.

    INHERITANCE OF GLENBARR: 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 Glenbarr to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmell's death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these 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. .....

    The above was quoted from the following article.

    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 surface, 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 Glenbarr to young Gemmell, providing, however, in his 'canny Scot' way against alienation of it, the titles passing on at Gemmell's death to his sons, Gavin, Arthur, and Harry. That these 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. .....
    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 in Southern Argus, 17 Nov 1921, p3

     
    Biography Notes Three sisters married two 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.  
    Died 30 Oct 1884  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 1 Nov 1884  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I-8799  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 29 May 2021 

    Father William (snr) RANKINE,   b. 19 Jan 1799, Dalblair Barr Ayr UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1882, Belalie Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship -3142 
    Mother Jane PATERSON,   b. 1802, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1870, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship -3142 
    Married 4 Mar 1826  White Clauchrie Barr Ayr Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F-3137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married 5 Mar 1878  Booyoolee SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Wedding at the residenceof James Rankine, Booyoolee.
    Children 
    +1. Gavin Gemmell RANKINE,   b. 2 Jan 1879, Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1921, Dungolocking WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  []
     2. Isabel Agnes Gemmell (Sissie) RANKINE,   b. 13 Apr 1880, Hindmarsh SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1881, Hindmarsh SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  []
     3. Arthur Gemmell. RANKINE,   b. 21 Nov 1881, Hindmarsh Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1933, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  []
     4. Harry Gemmell RANKINE,   b. 1883, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1953, Wagin WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  []
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2021 05:12:29 
    Family ID F-3130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gertrude Anne Beevor b.1852 RANKINE,   b. 1 Jan 1852, 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 99 years) 
    Married 5 Mar 1878  Booyoolee SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2021 05:05:52 
    Family ID F-3136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Gemmell Rankine & Gertrude Anne Bervor - wedding 5th March 1878 in Booyoolee
    Gemmell Rankine & Gertrude Anne Bervor - wedding 5th March 1878 in Booyoolee
    Groom: aged 32 (c1846), son of William Rankine
    Bride: agded 26 (c1852), daughter of Horatio Clarke Bervor
    Place: Residence of James Rankine, Booyoolee

    Headstones
    Headstone: Rankine
    Headstone: Rankine
    "In memory of Gemmel Rankine who died 30 Oct 1884 aged 38 years and of his daughter Isabel Gemmell Rankine (sissie) who died 14 June 1881 aged 14 months also Gertrude Anne wife of above died Sept 19 1898 aged 47 years"

    In memory of Gemmell Rankine who died 20 Sep 1938 aged 38 years and of his daughter Isabel Gemmell (Sissie) who died 14 Jun 1881 aged 14 months and Gertrude Anne (Beevor nee RANKINE) wife of the above died 7 Dec 1951 aged 99 years

  • Sources 
    1. [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, Page 15.

    2. [S-101] PUBLICATION South Australia Deaths_Index of Registrations 1842-1915, headstone detail transcription, 10.01.2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Headstone photographed by researcher Lorna McLean. Reads "In memory of Gemmel Rankine who died 30 Oct 1884 aged 38 years and of his daughter Isabel Gemmell Rankine (Sissie) who died 14 June 1881 aged 14 months also Gertrude Anne wife of above died Sept 19 1898 aged 47 years

    3. [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, www.myheritage.com--requires log in , 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Gemmell Rankine Birth Jan 11 1846 Glenbarr Strathalbyn SA
      Death Oct 30 1884 Glenbarr Strathalbyn SA - Book 141, page 445 Burial Strathalbyn Cemetery Strathalbyn SA 1/11/1884

    4. [S-101] PUBLICATION South Australia Deaths_Index of Registrations 1842-1915, 10.01.2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Headstone photographed by researcher Lorna McLean. Reads "In memory of Gemmel Rankine who died 30 Oct 1884 aged 38 years and of his daughter Isabel Gemmell Rankine (sissie) who died 14 June 1881 aged 14 months also Gertrude Anne wife of above died Sept 19 1898 aged 47 years

    5. [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, www.myheritage.com--requires log in , 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Gertrude Anne Rankine (born Beevor) Birth Aug 24 1851 Adelaide South Australia Marriage Mar 5 1878 Booyoolee SA
      Marriage to: Gemmell Rankine Mar 5 1878 Residence of James Rankine, Booyoolee / Gladstone, South Australia, Australia - Book 114, page 663

    6. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 14 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      RANKINE Given Names:William Henry Angas Date of Birth:28-Aug-1857 Gender:M Father: Duncan RANKINE Mother:Eliza FITZPATRICK Birth Residence:Tarrawatta SA District: Angaston Book/Page:12/572
      only information of mother Eliza Fitzpatrick at 14.4.2021 Researcher Lorna McLean

    7. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 24 Apr 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      RANKINEGroom Given Names:Gemmell Bride Surname:BEEVOR Bride Given Names:Gertrude Anne Marriage Date:05-Mar-1878 Marriage Place: Res of James Rankine Booyoolee SA Groom Age:32 Groom Marital Status:S Groom Father:William RANKINE Bride Age:26
      Bride Marital Status:S Bride Father:Horatio Clarke BERVOR
      District:Frome Book/Page:114/663