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Andrew RANKINE

Andrew RANKINE

Male 1841 - 1913  (72 years)

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  • Name Andrew RANKINE  [1
    Born 14 Apr 1841  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He was famous for being the first white child born in Strathalbyn.
    Christened Y  [3
    • in this baptism records Jane is referred to as Jean
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1856  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arr SA 1856 on board the ship BRISTOW. Religion Presbterian 
    Biography Notes Andrew had 'Rushmore' on the Ashbourne Road, Strathalbyn.
    His wife was Harriet (nee Smith). They had no children. She died in 1910 and he died three years later.  [2
    Biography Notes PERSONALTY: 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.
    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

     
    Died 22 Sep 1913  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I-9246  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 2 Nov 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 Harriett Maria SMITH,   b. 19 Jul 1829, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1910, Strathallbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1876  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children of marriage Andrew and Harriet did not have any children.  [2
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2021 21:35:49 
    Family ID F-3151  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    In memory of Harriett Maria wife of Andrew Rankine, of Rushmore, Died No 9th 1910. Aged 71 years.

    In memory of Andrew Rankine of Rushmore, Strathalbyn who died 22 sep 1913 aged 73 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 Nov 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      RANKINE Given Names:Andrew Date of Birth:16-Apr-1841 Date of Baptism:20-Jun-1841 Father:William RANKINE Mother:Jean PATERSON Family Residence: Not Recorded Father's Occupation:Not Recorded Church:Adelaide Presbyterian Place of Baptism:Not Recorded Notes:Not Recorded Source:Parish/Church Records Baptism Year:1841

    4. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 25 Nov 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      RANKINE Given Names:Andrew Parents:Wm. & Jane nee PATERSON
      Life Information:Birth 14.4.1841 Strathalbyn SA. Death 22.9.1913 Strathalbyn SA. Arr SA (2) 1856 BRISTOW. Religion Presb.Occupation:Farmer Residence:Strathalbyn Spouse(s):Harriet Marie SMITH (19.7.1876 Adelaide SA) Children:With Harriet Marie SMITH: no issue.Notes:Not RecordedRec Type:Main

    5. [S-75] BDM SA, SAGHS attached , 25 Jun 2021.
      RANKINE
      Groom Given Names: Andrew
      Bride Surname: TAYLOR
      Bride Given Names: Harriett Maria
      Marriage Date: 19-Jul-1876
      Marriage Place: Christ Church Strathalbyn
      Groom Age: 35
      Groom Marital Status: S
      Groom Father: William RANKINE
      Bride Age: 37
      Bride Marital Status: W
      Bride Father: Henry Alouis SMITH
      District: Strathalbyn
      Book/Page: 108/275