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Jerry Rankin and Cousin Katie (Paternal Families)

The back of this photograph has the writing "Jerry Rankins and Cousin Katie" on it. It was taken by a photographer in Burlington, Iowa, O. L. Lupton.

Although I originally assumed Katie was the wife in the picture, research determined she is the daughter. No known biological relationship exists with this family.

In the 1885 Iowa Census, in Huron Township, Jeremiah, Sarah, and Katie Rankin were listed four families after the Charles Lett family, making it seem possible this photograph made its way to me via the Lett family. It was in a collection of cards and photos I inherited from my paternal families.

There are two biographical sketches I also found on Jerry's father and Jerry:

Rankin, James C., farmer, S. 22, P.O. Kossuth, was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1817 - came to Des Moines County in 1846, and settled in Huron Tp. He married Miss Catherine Waddle June 1, 1848; she was born in Fayette Co., Ohio, January 17, 1813; they have one child - Jeremiah H. Mr. Rankin owns 220 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre; he has served as Supervisor 3 years, and as Township Clerk. Members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a Greenbacker.

The later entry for Jeremiah:

Rankin, J. H., farmer, Sec. 21, P.O. Kossuth.

In the book, Yellow Spring and Huron, copyright 1897, by J. W. Merrill, on page 295 it stated:

Jere. H. Rankin, son of James C. Rankin, was raised in Huron Township, and married Miss Sarah Brisbin, in Pennsylvania. He has a fine farm east of Kossuth. He has one daughter, Catherine.

The Iowa state census in 1885 for Huron Township in Des Moines County states listed a boy, Clampson Rankin, who was less than a year old (he died several years later). Katie was born in about 1880.

Jeremiah died in 1923, Sallie W. (Sarah) in 1930. They are buried at Kossuth Cemetery near Mediapolis, Iowa.


Owner/SourceDennis William Brumm
DateAbout 1890
PlaceBurlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
Latitude40.8075391
Longitude-91.1129233
File nameRankin Jerry (Paternal).jpg
File Size131.87k
Dimensions550 x 874

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