Author Topic: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)  (Read 144 times)

Aidan R

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I was sent the article below recently by a member of another genealogy forum. It looks as if William Rankin might well have been the uncle of my grandfather, Walter Rankin, whom I hardly knew.  Walter's father, David, lived in Shaftesbury Square but his father David (William's brother) came from Ballyronan, near Magherafelt.  If any of William's descendants are still living, I would be interested to hear from them - or anyone who knows of that family. I have only briefly visited Northern Ireland as a boy; this side of my family is unknown to me as is the culture and society in which they lived.   

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[/font][/size]Larne Times - Saturday 27 April 1940 [/font][/size]DEATH OF MR. W. RANKIN. 64 YEARS MEMBER OF ORANGE ORDER Mr. Wm. Rankin, whose death took place on Saturday at his son-in-law’s residence, 19 Gibson Park Gardens, Cregagh. Belfast, was the oldest member of No. 6 District of the Orange Institution. Ballymacarrett, having been associated with the Order for 64 years. He was made a member in Bank's True Blues L.O.L. No. 322. Ballyronan. Co. Derry, in 1876. Coming to Belfast some 47 years ago he joined Mountpottingcr Temperance L.O.L. 958, and was one of its most enthusiastic members. He was a prominent member of Willowfield Unionist Club, and took a keen interest in the Willowfteld Bowling Club. He served in the Belfast City Tramways for 47 years, retiring ten years ago. He was t! oldest member of St. Clement's Parish Church. Despite the fact that it was announced as private, there was a representative attendance at the funeral which took place to-day to Woods Parish Church. Magherafelt, Co. Derry. The chief mourners were Messrs. John M'Gowan (son-in-law). Master lan M'Gowan. Messrs William and Alexander Rankin (grandsons), and William and John Rice (brothers-in-law). Mountpottinger Temperance L.OL. 958 was represented by Councillor Br. W. R. Keating, J.P.. P.M.. and Br. John W. Sands, P.M. Rev. W, H Fisher. M.A.. officiated at the home and Rev Mr. Mayers at the graveside. -------------------------------------------------[/size]

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Re: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 11:36:34 PM »
William's wife Annie (Rice) predeceased him in 1930, William and Annie are mentioned on the same headstone as William's parents, David and Matilda (Blair) Rankin of Ballyronan:

https://images.findagrave.com/photos/2016/186/166493500_1467748750.jpg

William, Annie and family in 1901 and 1911:

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Down/Pottinger/Thorndyke_Street/1262861/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Down/Ormeau/Hatton_Drive/214270/

William and Annie's marriage in 1886:

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1886/10849/5961207.pdf

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Re: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 01:53:37 AM »
Can't find anything conclusive to tie William and David together as brothers, which is frustrating, and the record of marriage for David and Elizabeth Bradford doesn't help, beyond confirming that, as with William, the father was called David.  While David junior was indeed buried in the same graveyard as William et al, the nagging concern is that 'Rankin' as a surname was hardly unique on the ground in that locality, nor was the full name 'David Rankin' (I mean David senior, the father). The balance of probability points towards them being brothers, I just haven't found a smoking gun.   

For info, here are the death notices for Gerald Reid and Mabel Rankin, including mention of adopted son Basil:





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Re: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 03:25:29 AM »
William and Annie's children:

- David Rankin married Sarah Jane Stitt in 1908:
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1908/10061/5659159.pdf

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Down/Pottinger__part_of_/Hunt_Street/221548/

- William Rankin married Mary McCollum Doyle in 1916 (note the witness names in the context of the next marriage in 1918):
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1916/09776/5548321.pdf

- Margaretta Rankin married John McGowan in 1918:
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1918/09716/5525215.pdf

In the above 1918 marriage, note also the witness name, Walter Rankin.  There are only 4 people with that name in the 1911 Ireland census, based on age and location, the son of David Rankin and Elizabeth Bradford looks the most likely, again not a smoking gun, but a positive indication that the families are indeed linked.

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Re: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 04:38:51 AM »
Turning to siblings of William (and potentially therefore David as well), I don't think George Rankin had any offspring, nor can I see any offspring for Alexander Rankin and Sarah Rainey from the time of their marriage in 1899 to their deaths in 1908.  Esther/Hessy Rankin and William Rice had several children:

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Londonderry/Ballyronan/Ballyronan_More/613045/

Can't be 100% sure for now, but I think that the daughter Annie Rice went on to marry William Watterson in Woodschapel Church in 1923, while the daughter Lizzie Rice went on to marry Brown Wilson in Woodschapel Church in 1928.

The death notices for Esther/Hessy Rice (d. 1937) and William Rice (d. 1948) don't offer up any leads in terms of mentioning wider family. 

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Re: Relatives/Descendants of William Rankin (Mountpottinger, d. 1940)
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 09:52:00 PM »
Thank you very much for all of this CMcG. There is a lot of very interesting stuff here. I think that we can safely conclude that William Rankin was the brother of David, my great grandfather and uncle of Walter, my grandfather, who was present at the 1918 wedding. The parents of David were David and Matilda and that is too much of a coincidence.

Mabel, my great aunt (Walter’s sister), married a man from Dublin, Gerald Reid, who was a guest at the theatrical boarding house she ran in Shaftesbury Square (it had been run by her mother, Eliza). She converted to Catholicism (from Church of Ireland) at the time of her marriage and they continued to share a house with my (Protestant) grandparents. When I tell friends in London about this, they express surprise because of their perceptions about Northern Ireland, but I suspect that such situations were and are more frequent than generally believed.

Back to Walter: he was a very heavy drinker and this might help to explain why he lost touch with William, his uncle, who was clearly active in the temperance movement!

It would be nice to make contact with some of William’s descendants. I knew my paternal grandmother well, and her family, but had little contact with Walter - I have only a few brief memories of him from early childhood and then after a ten year gap seeing him shortly before his death in 1980.

Best wishes,

Aidan