Rev. Samuel Gardner Wilson Rankin

Male 1822 -


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  • Name  Rev. Samuel Gardner Wilson Rankin 
    Title  Rev. 
    Born  28 Dec 1822  Ripley, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  preacher, Army of the Cumberland, XI Corps under Hooker, Christian Commission 
    Notes 
    • Source: Tennessee and Tennesseans page 675:
      Granddaughter of Samuel Doak

      It is difficult to say which was the more heroically devoted to duty as each saw it, Rev. John Rankin or his wife, Jean Lowry Rankin.

      The former was born in Johnson county, Tennessee, February 4, 1793, and died in Ironton, Ohio, March 18, 1886. He married Jean, a daughter of Adam Lowry, and granddaughter of Rev. Samuel Doak, pioneer preacher and teacher. Both were educated by Doak. Rankin became a celebrated abolitionist, and was mobbed for his views more than twenty times. He assisted Eliza and her child, the originals of those charcters in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," to escape. While they passed their last years outside of Tennessee, it is interesting to mention these bits of history concerning the granddaughter of the founder of the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Rankins had eight sons and one grandson in the Union army, and held one "in reserve." One of her sons says: "My mother made the coat in which my father was married, also the one in which he celebrated the golden wedding, and the same busy fingers made the entire outfit in which I delivered the valedictory of my class at college *** the same hands that fashioned the clothes in which I did the honors at Lane Seminary, and then buttoned them up for my wedding. Though she had nine boys to sew for, none went in rags."

      That indicates the Spartan mother, but probably the following told by another of her sons will be regarded as a more pertinent example:

      "Such was her devotion and patriotism for the country's salvation during the late Civil war, that she said to me as I was on my way down to the Cumberland:

      "Samuel, will you see Arthur on the way?'
      "'Yes,' I replied; 'have you any message for him?'
      "'Yes, tell him he is the only one left and I only hold him as a reserve. As soon as he hears of a break in the line, tell him to step into the gap. God be with him, and I will take care of his children."


      History of the Republican Party in Ohio page 782: Samuel G. W. [Rankin], now living in Hartford Connecticut where he is connected with the Christian Commission assigned to the twelfth corps;...
    Person ID  I100  Powers-Nixon-Rankin
    Last Modified  17 Aug 2007 

    Father  John Thomas Rankin,   b. 4 Feb 1793, Jefferson Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1886, Ironton, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Gilfillen Lowry,   b. 01 Dec 1795, Jonesboro, TN /NC (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec.1878, Lyndon, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Feb 1816  Jonesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • other 1/2/1814
    Notes 
    • Source: History of the Republican Party in Ohio, page 783 ...It may be well to mention that the wives of the three brothers - Revs. John, Alexander and Robert - were three sisters and were granddaughters of the Rev. Samuel Doake, D. D., who founded the first institution of learning west of the Alleghanies, at Jonesboro, Washington county, east Tennessee. They were also blood relatives of General Sam Houston, of Texas fame, and of Robert McUen, over whose house in Nashville, Tennessee, the stars and stripes floated during the Rebellion.
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet