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Gemmell RANKINE

Gemmell RANKINE

Male 1846 - 1884  (38 years)

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  • Name Gemmell RANKINE 
    Born 1846  [1
    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 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  [1
    Buried 30 Oct 1884  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-8839  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 

    Father William RANKINE 
    Relationship -3129 
    Mother Jane PATERSON 
    Relationship -3129 
    Children of marriage * An article in the Southern Argus, 17th Nov 1921, p3 - noted five brothers - Matthew, Andrew, Gemmell, James & William.
    * There was a wide range of birth years - 18 years from 1828 to 1846. 
    Family ID F-3129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gertrude Anne BEEVOR,   b. 1852,   d. 19 Sep 1898, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 5 Mar 1878  Booyoolee, Gladstone, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 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. 27 Oct 1921, Katanning WA deb stevens Wagin shire-checkinig early demise??12.03.2021 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     2. Isabel Gemmell 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 RANKINE
     4. Harry RANKINE
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 04:06:29 
    Family ID F-3130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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"

    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
    Gertrude Anne Beevor & Gemmell Rankine - wedding 5th March 1878 in Booryolee
    Gertrude Anne Beevor & Gemmell Rankine - wedding 5th March 1878 in Booryolee
    Place: Residence of James Rankine, Booryolee
    Groom: aged 32, stock holder, residing Hindmarsh Island, son of William Rankine.

  • Sources 
    1. [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