Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today in Family History - 30 Nov

My 5th great-grandfather Robert Rankin (Anders line) possibly (likely? might have?) died on this day in 1837 in St. Landry Parish Louisiana [1, 2, 3]. Various sources give Robert's date of death as 01 Nov, 13 Nov, or 30 Nov. I have never been able to ascertain which one is the correct date, but have chosen 30 Nov. The primary source [1] has the misspelled date "thirteth" which could be either "thirteenth" or "thirtieth" but in all likelihood 30 Nov is correct.

Robert's place of death is also not well understood. He lived in Texas until shortly before his death. It is not clear why he returned to Louisiana before dying.

Robert was initially buried at Butler Cemetery in Coldspring, Texas. His body was re-interred at Texas State Cemetery on 11 Jun 1936 not far from the grave of Stephen F. Austin.

It should be noted that the back of Robert's grave marker is incorrect (or at best incomplete) as it does not mention son William Marshall Rankin.

[1] Records of the U. S. National Archives and Records Admin: Revolutionary War Pension Files. File #W26365, Robert Rankin(s). Peggy Rankin's testimony before the Republic of Texas 6th Judicial District Court, 22 Mar 1844. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Transcription
[2] Smith, Paul and Tommie, Texas State Cemetery. Page 30.
[3] White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Volume III: N-Z, The National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, Tennessee, 1992. Page 2812.

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