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Matthew  RANKINE

Matthew RANKINE

Male 1829 - 1917  (87 years)

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  • Name Matthew RANKINE  [1
    • Matthew David Rankine as named on the record of his marriage.
    Born 29 Nov 1829  Barr Village Ayr Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Born near Barr Village in Ayrshire where his mother's people (Patersons) farmed. [2]
    • Researcher: Lorna McLean 20 Feb 2018
      Headstone: 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
      Matthew RANKINE Death Date: 29 Oct 1917 Age: 87y Approx. Birth Year: 1830 Death Place: Strathalbyn SA Book/Page:414/1

      Researcher: Lorna McLean, 23 Feb 2021
      Biographical Index of South Australia
      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).
      Source: SA Genealogical Society

      RANKINE Groom Given Names:Matthew David Bride Surname:GRAHAM Bride Given Names:Janet Marriage Date:27-Jul-1858 Marriage Place: Res of Mrs Graham Hillside Brighton SA Groom Age:28 Groom Marital Status:N Groom Father:William RANKINE Bride Age:20 Bride Marital Status:N Bride Father:James GRAHAM District:Adelaide Book/Page:35/242


    • Or was it another Matthew Rankine who was born in 1838 in Carrick? (in MyHeritage)
    • Source: Biographical Index of South Australia - entry for Matthew Rankine, born 29th Nov 1829.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes 1854  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Matthew took up 'Woodburn' on the Angus Plains in 1854 and specialized in wheat growing.
     
    Died 29 Oct 1917  Braemar Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Biography Notes 1921  Clare SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    PERSONALITY: The eldest son of the clan, Matthew, was always of somewhat austere nature on the surface, though really of kindliest disposition at heart.The above was quoted from the following newspaper 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!'

     
    Residence 1970's  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    He moved from 'Woodburn' to 'Braemar' on the Paris Creek Road, having purchased from James who built the house as it was in the 1970s. Matthew was semi-retired but created a large orchard and garden at 'Braemar' - but these no longer existed in the 1970s.????
    Their grandson (who) was the owner of 'Braemar' in the 1970s.?????
    Source: Page 201 in Nancy Gremmell's Strathalbyn book - published in the 1970s. 
    Person ID I-9248  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 26 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 Janet (Jessie) GRAHAM,   b. 27 Apr 1839, Born at sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1917, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 27 Jul 1858  O'Halloran Hill SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Source: Biographical Index of South Australia - entry for Matthew Rankine, born 1829
    Children of marriage 10 children, 3 died in infancy. 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Bryden RANKINE,   b. 31 May 1859, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1908, Milang SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  []
     2. Jane Paterson RANKINE,   b. 2 Jul 1861, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1861, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
     3. William Melville RANKINE,   b. 24 Aug 1863, Woodburn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1920, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. James Graham RANKINE,   b. 30 Aug 1865, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1866, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
     5. Mary Watson RANKINE,   b. 1867,   d. 1938  (Age 71 years)  []
     6. Susan Isabell b1868 RANKINE,   b. 15 Mar 1868, Woodburn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1946, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     7. James Jeffrey RANKINE,   b. 11 Sep 1870, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1870, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    +8. Matthew Gemmell RANKINE,   b. 9 Jul 1876, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1946, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     9. John Robert b1877 RANKINE,   b. 8 Jul 1877, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1960, Beulah Park SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2021 02:07:11 
    Family ID F-3152  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Matthew Rankine & Janet Graham - married on 27th July 1858 in Brighton
    Matthew Rankine & Janet Graham - married on 27th July 1858 in Brighton
    27th July 1858 at the residence of Mrs Graham, Hillside Brighton
    Groom: Matthew Rankine, aged 28 yrs, son of William Rankine
    Bride: Janet Graham, aged 20 yrs, daughter of James Graham
    Registration: Adelaide 35/242
    Matthew Rankine - died 29th Oct 1917 - memorial in Strathalbyn cemetery
    Matthew Rankine - died 29th Oct 1917 - memorial in Strathalbyn cemetery
    Aged: 88 yrs (born c1829)
    Migration: Colonist for 78 years (migrated c1839)
    Residence: Braemar
    Registration: District code 8, year 1917

    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-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, Page 15.

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

    3. [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, pp201, 25 Jun 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Source:Page 201 in Nancy Gemmell's Strathalbyn book - published in the 1970s.

    4. [S-28] PUBLICATION "Old Strathalbyn" Nancy Gemmell, pp201, 25 Jun 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Source:Page 201 in Nancy Gremmell's Strathalbyn book - published in the 1970s.