JOSEPH G. RANNEBARGER, of Cheney’s Grove Township, is pleasantly located on section 14, where he is successfully
engaged as a farmer and stock-breeder. He came to Illinois in 1851, first locating in Cumberland County, and has
been a resident of McLean County since 1876. His birthplace was in Franklin County, Ohio, and the date thereof,
Feb. 27, 1844. He is the son of Stephen T. and Susan (Michaels) Rannebarger, both natives of Maryland. His father
was born in 1802, and died at his home in Macon County, Ill., in October, 1874. He was a farmer by occupation,
and Republican in polities. The mother was born in 1801, united with the Baptist Church early in life, and died
in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1865. Their eleven children are as follows: Henry W., Andrew B., Adam, Sarah. Harriett
J., Susan, Phillip, Mary, Stephen T., who died in infancy; Joseph, of our sketch, and John.
Mr. R, of this notice was but seven years of age when his parents removed from Ohio to this State. They lived in Cumberland County six years, thence removed to Sangamon County, and afterward to DeWitt County. Joseph G. remained under the home roof until the breaking out of the late war, then enlisted in the 130th Illinois Infantry. Six weeks later he was taken ill and compelled to return home, where he remained thirteen months, he then decided to try again, and became a member of the 10th Illinois Cavalry, with which he remained two years and four months, his regiment being assigned to the Western Division. He was in the battle at Little Rock, Ark., and in various other engagements and skirmishes, escaping without a wound. He received his honorable discharge in January, 1860, at San Antonio, Tex., and at once returned to his home in this State.
Mr. Rannebarger made his home with his parents until his marriage with Miss Sarah A. Conn, which occurred Nov. 30, 1871. Mrs. R. was born in DeWitt County, Ill., Aug. 19, 1851, and was the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Bennett) Conn, natives respectively of Germany and Ohio. The mother died in DeWitt County, Ill., in 1853. Their four children were Lucy A., Albert, Sarah A. and James M. Mr. and Mrs. R. have six children—Perry F., Rosetta A., Nora L., Lula M., Roy R. and Lottie B.; the latter was born Nov. 15, 1886.
The homestead of our subject includes eighty acres of finely cultivated land, with a good residence, barn, and all the necessary out-buildings for the shelter of stock and the storing of grain. His horses and cattle are of the best grades, and models of beauty and symmetry. Mr. R. is a member of the G. A. R., and the County Vigilance Association organized for the purpose of detecting and punishing horse thieves. He has held the offices of Road Commissioner and School Director for many years, and politically casts his vote with the Republican party.
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), 475. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.