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John RANKINE

John RANKINE

Male 1835 - 1914  (79 years)

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  • Name John RANKINE  [1
    Born 1835  Dalblair Barr Ayr UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes PERSONALTY: William and John were more retiring in type than any of their brothers, keeping themselves aloof a good deal from public or social matters.

    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 1909  St Peters Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    John had 'Dunalbyn', Wolseley.
    In 1875, he married Clara Haynes (1848-1930).
    He retired in 1909 to St Peters and died there aged 78 in 1914, leaving descendants. 
    Died 19 Oct 1914  St Peters SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I-9245  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 25 Jun 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

    Family Clara HAYNES,   b. 1848,   d. 1930  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1875  [2
    Last Modified 29 May 2021 12:35:20 
    Family ID F-3150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    In loving memory of Clara Rankine....died Sept 3, 1930 aged 82 years

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

    2. [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, Page 201.

    3. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 25 Jun 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      RANKINE Given Names:John Parents:Wm. & Jane nee PATERSON Life Information:Birth 1835 Dalblair AYR SCT. Death 9.10.1914 St Peters SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA. Arr SA 1839 FAIRFIELD. Religion Presb.
      Occupation: Farmer
      Residence: Strathalbyn, Coorong, Wolseley & others.
      Spouse(s): Clara HAYNES (7.10.1875 Adelaide SA)
      Children: With Clara HAYNES: John Albyn (1878-1944), Jane (Jean) Georgina (1881-1953), Clara (Glen) FERGUSON (1883-1953), Mary (Molly) Haynes (1886-1891), Amy Watson (1887-1891), Andrew Melville (1891-1967).


    4. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 25 Jun 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      RANKINE Given Names:John Parents:Wm. & Jane nee PATERSON Life Information:Birth 1835 Dalblair AYR SCT. Death 9.10.1914 St Peters SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA.