Jane Gilfillen Lowry

Female 1795 - 28 Dec.1878


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  • Name  Jane Gilfillen Lowry 
    Nickname  Jean 
    Born  01 Dec 1795  Jonesboro, TN /NC (?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Occupation  keeping house
     
    Died  28 Dec.1878  Lyndon, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with son, J.T. R.
    Notes 
    • Death of Mrs. Jn R.--letter, JTR to R. Calvin R, Lyndon, KS 1/15/79 written from Thomas (Lovejoy)'s house in KS where both were staying. Few women have lived so long & useful a life. We have no reason to doubt that her spirit is in heaven. let us so live that we may enter into the same rest.
      Mothered 13 children & adopted 2 more
      Bee
      see anecdote in S.G. W. Rankin's 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."
    Person ID  I14  Powers-Nixon-Rankin
    Last Modified  17 Aug 2007 

    Father  Adam Lowry 
    Mother  Julia Doak,   b. 1776,   d. 1857 
    Family ID  F467  Group Sheet

    Family  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 
    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.
    Children 
     1. Adam Lowry Rankin,   b. 4 Nov 1816, Jonesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1895, Petaluma, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Isabella Jane Rankin,   b. 16 Jun 1818, Carlisle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Jun 1880, Ironton, OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. David Wilmont Rankin,   b. 18 Sep 1819, Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1847, residence near Ripley, OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Richard Calvin Rankin,   b. 24 Jul 1821, Carlisle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1899
     5. Samuel Gardner Wilson Rankin,   b. 28 Dec 1822, Ripley, OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Julia Doak Rankin,   b. 2 Nov 1824, Ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. John Thompson Rankin, Jr.,   b. 25 Feb 1826, ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary Eliza Rankin,   b. 21 Feb 1830, ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. William Alexander Rankin,   b. 15 Sep 1832, Ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900
     10. Lucinda Rankin,   b. 3 May 1834, Ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1856, Urbana,IL Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Arthur Tappan Rankin, D.D.,   b. 5 Mar 1836, Ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1911, Greensburg, IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Thomas Lovejoy Rankin,   b. 16 Jun 1839, Ripley, Brown Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1915, Sacket Harbor, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Andrew C. Rankin
    Last Modified  18 Aug 2007 
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet