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The Joe Marcellos Rankin Family from Sarepta, Ms.

Updated November 9, 2000

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I am researching my grandmother's family. Her name was Lillian Medora Rankin. She was born August 23, 1905 in Water Valley, Mississippi to Joe Marcellos and Emma Lewellyn (Lewelling)Rankin. Joe Marcellos was born in Sarepta on December 22, 1864. He was born prematurely as he was a twin. His sibling did not live and is believed to buried at the Sarepta Cemetery. His parents were Theopholus Rankin and Medora Roberts. Joe married Emma Lewellyn on December 27, 1891. Her parents were George Washington Lewellyn and Catherine Salmon. Joe and Emma's children include: Josie A., born Oct. 1, 1892; Odie M., born Feb. 19, 1894;Amie Myrus, born august 21, 1895;Alvie A., born July 26, 1897;Katheryn Loretta, born April 13, 1899; Audie Marvin, born October 1, 1900; Joe Maxie, born Jan. 19, 1904; Lillian Medora, born August 23, 1905; George Melvin, born Sept. 29, 1907;Harvie Bunion, born Jan 25, 1910;and Charlie, born Dec. 28, 1993.
Joe appeared on the Calhoun County Census for 1900, but, had moved to Lafayette County by 1910 and to Texas by 1920.
Joe's father, Theopholus or Theo, served as a private in Company A, 8th Regiment of the Mississippi Calvary during the Civil War. Theopholus was born Jan 21, 1828 in Maury County Tennessee. He first married Rebecca Kirkwood in 1856 and had two children. Ophelia Rankin and Robert Rankin. Robert apparently died at an early age. Ophelia, born November 14, 1856 married William J. Young. She is burried in the Sarepta Cemetery.
Theo's second wife was Medora Roberts, born circa 1841 to George W. Roberts. This was Joe's mother. Siblings included Annaiah, cica 1868; Mary E., circa 1870; Theodocia, October 6, 1873; and Mertillar (Myrtie) circa 1876.
Theodocia married Ben Ritchie. Mertillar married a Porter, then a Burris. The other children, presumably died at early ages.
Theo's third wife was Mary Tedford. He had two children with her. Lenora (Nora), Feb 2, 1886; and Cora born about 1888.
Lenora married J.C. Wilson. Cora was still living with her father in 1910, unmarried, and I have no further record of her.
Theo's father was Adam Rankin. Adam had moved his family from Tennessee to Mississippi by 1840. The last child to be born in Tennessee, was Pattent/Patent/Patton, who was born in August 1837.
Adam's wife's name was Sarah. Both Adam and Sarah were born in Kentucky. He was born circa 1791, she circa 1798-1800. On the census records prior to 1850, there were children that I do not have the names of. The children I do have record of are: Alvie (from family stories); Theopholus (see above); James A., circa 1830; Martha, circa 1827; Mary, circa 1833; Olivia, circa 1835; Pattent H. August 20, 1837; Josephine S.E., circa 1843.
James'will was dated March 12, 1862. Olivia married Isaac Newton Hudson about 1855-56. Pattent married Mary L. Patton on Nov 21, 1860. Josephine married Thomas W. Felker, about 1868.
Adam was first listed in Mississippi in the 1840 census for Tippah County. On the 1850 census he was found in Chickasaw County. Calhoun County was taken from part of Chickasaw County, so he may not have even moved by 1860 when the family was listed in the Calhoun County census. Adam did not appear on the census record, but, Sarah, Theopholus, Josephine and Theo's children from his first marriage did. Theo lived in Calhoun County for the rest of his life.
Adam Rankin bought land in Maury County in 1824, but, was in Kentucky during the census for 1820.
I have not proved who Adam's father is thus far, but, someone doing research on the Rankin family came up with an Adam Rankin, born January 3, 1791 in Kentucky to an Adam Rankin and Martha/Margaret McPheeter.
Now there is quite a bit of information on the family line of this Adam Rankin. He was a Presbyterian minister, and was know as Rev. Adam Rankin. His house still stands in Lexington, Kentucky, and is the oldest house, having been built in 1784.
The Rev. Adam Rankin was

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