Thomas Rankin (son of John Rankin and Margaret Jane McElwee) was born 1724 in Derry City, Ireland, and died October 02, 1810 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.He married Mary Isabel Clenndenon on 1753 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, daughter of John Clendenen and Janet Huston. Notes for Thomas Rankin: Inventory of the estate of Thomas Rankin deceased One father bed and furniture one beadstead and body clothes one Bible and Hymn book 1 pot rack & fire tongs one pair of Spacticles one pocket knife taken by Robert McCuistion filed 10 September 1810 J. Hamilton Clk. Sales & c___ One father bed and furniture Badstade - Robert McCuistion $2-- body clothes - Robt McCuistion $5.-- Byble & Hymn book - Robt McCuistion $ 3.-- 1 pot rack, 1 pr of Spacticles fire tongs & pocket knife and silver clasps and tobacco box - Robt McCuistion $4.-- Total $14.-- The amount of the sails of Thomas Rankin deceased October the 2 day of 1810. Came to America with his parents, settling in Cumberland County, Pa. In 1780, Thomas and his family moved to Augusta County, Virginia. Many people were leaving Pa. in order to settle in Agusta County, Virginia, during this period. One hundred acres of land could be purchased in this part of Virginia for twenty-five dollars at this time. This family remained in Augusta County, Va. until 1784. Then they moved on to Green County, Tennessee. Jefferson County was carved from Green County, Tenn. and the section near Dandridge and Jefferson City, Tenn. close to the French Broad River was chosen by Thomas for their home. The name of Thomas Rankin appeared on the muster rolls of the War of the Revolution as an officer (Captain) on a miscellaneous list of soldiers who received depreciation pay for their services - "Page 494, vol. 4-Pennsylvania AArchives, 5th series". Thomas signed petition in Cumberland County, Pa. His place of residence during the Revolution was Cumberland County, Pa. His four eldest sons served as privates in the Revolution and four of his grandsons were with General Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans (Ref. Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C., Genealogy of Magill Family, record published in Richmond, Va. 1907, History of Tenn., p. 1002, Notable Southern Families, Vol. 2, p. 350, see supplement of John Wear). Fact 1 1: Capt. in Revolutionary War. Fact 1 2: 1727 to U.S. died 1810. Fact 2 1: 1780, moved to Augusta Co., VA. Fact 2 2: Will book I page 340 in Jefferson County Tennessee. Fact 3 1: 1784, moved to Greene Co., TN. Fact 3 2: Probably moved there in 1784. Fact 4 1: Jefferson Co., TN formed from part of. Fact 4 2: May have been a captain in Continental Army.. Fact 5 1: Greene Co. TN. Fact 5 2: See Clendennen in Clyde' s Irish Settler, Pa.. Fact 6 1: Buried near Dandridge, Jefferson Co., TN. Fact 6 2: Hist. Reg. of Penn. Vol 1-36. More About Thomas Rankin: Burial: near Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee. More About Thomas Rankin and Mary Isabel Clenndenon: Marriage: 1753, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Children of Thomas Rankin and Mary Isabel Clenndenon are:
+William Rankin, b. January 27, 1759, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, d. December 13, 1833, Greene County, Tennessee.