JOSEPH RANKIN, one of the highly respected citizens of Randolph Township, owns and operates a farm of eighty
acres, one half on section 4, in Randolph Township, and the other half within the limits of the village of Heyworth.
He purchased this in 1875, and has since made it his home and is carrying on mixed husbandry. Mr. Rankin was born
in Indiana County, Pa., Nov. 16, 1834. His father, William Rankin, a farmer by occupation, was a native of the
North of Ireland, of Scottish descent and Protestant parentage. His grandfather, also by name William, was a native
of the same locality, reared in the Protestant religion, and married an Irish lady of his own country, where she
died in a few years. He was then married to a lady of the Presbyterian faith, and they became the parents of six
children, of whom William Rankin, Jr., the father of our subject, was the youngest but two. When he was about two
years of age his parents, with their family, came to the United States in 1785, and locating in Indiana County,
Pa., remained there engaged in farming pursuits until the close of their lives.
William Rankin, Jr., was reared inIndiana County, Pa., and there married to Miss Eleanor G. Turner, whose family history may be found in the sketch of John E. Wakefield in another part of this work. Mrs. Rankin was born in Washington County, Pa., whence her parents removed to Indiana County, that State, where they died, as did also she and her husband in the same house in the township of Wheatfield. The father at the time of his death in 1849 was sixty-four years of age, and the mother, who died in 1868, was seventy. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church, in which William Rankin was Elder for many years.
Joseph Rankin was the eldest of a family of four children born to his parents, of whom only two are living, himself and one sister. The latter, Margaret, is the wife of John Irvin, and they reside on a farm in Derry Township, Westmoreland Co., Pa. Those deceased were, Isabella and Mary E., neither of whom were married. Joseph Rankin was reared and educated in his native county, and was there married, June 6, 1865, to Miss Sarah L. Lintner, of Indiana County, who was born March 24, 1838. Her parents were William and Maria A. (Henderson) Lintner, who were American born but of English and Scotch descent and Presbyterians in religion. Mrs. Sarah Rankin departed this life at the home of her husband in Randolph Township, March 23, 1876, leaving a family of four children, one having died in infancy, before the death of the mother. The others—Maggie B., William L., Emma L. and Mary—are at home.
After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Rankin located upon a farm in their native county in Pennsylvania, whence, after three years they removed to Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., where Mr. R. engaged in mercantile pursuits for five years. He retired from this business after two years, and in the spring of 1875 came to this county and located upon his present homestead. He is a straightforward business man and enjoys in a marked degree the respect of his neighbors and associates. The eldest daughter is connected with the Presbyterian Church, and our subject politically is a solid Republican.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 622. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.