J
ames Rankin

James Rankin was born on March 24, 1777, in Washington County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Thomas (1751-1820) and Hannah Jane Montgomery (1753-1831). He married Anna Dils, daughter of David Dils (1745-1806) and Rachel Broadhead (1765-1843) on April 1, 1806, in Kentucky. They had six children in 13 years.

Amberry A. Rankin (1806 - 1883)
Richard Montgomery Rankin (1811 - 1855)
Harrison M. Rankin (1814 - 1851)
Hannah M. Rankin Primm (1816 - 1846)
Mary Rankin (1818-?)
William L. Rankin (1819 - 1901)

In 1833 the family moved from Harrison County, Kentucky to what was then Sangamon County, Illinois; later Menard County, Illinois. In 1836 he purchased 68.51 acres of land for $1.25 an acre.

He died on December 1, 1861, in Athens, Illinois, having lived a long life of 84 years. He is buried in the Indian Point Cemetery just north of Menard, Illinois. He has multiple headstones.

Submitted by Leslie Rankin

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