My 4th great grandfather William Marshall Rankin, Sr. was born on this day in 1786 in Mason County, Virginia (which today is Mason County, Kentucky) [1, 2, 3].
 Records of the U. S. National Archives and Records Admin: Revolutionary War Pension Files. File #W26365, Robert Rankin(s). Certification by Thomas Betts, Notary Public, 21 Oct 1846, Montgomery County, Texas. Page 1
 White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Volume III: N-Z, The National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, Tennessee, 1992. Page 2812.
 Fay, Mary Smith (and Mae Wynne McFarland), War of 1812 Veterans in Texas, Polyanthos, New Orleans, 1979. Page 255.