[p. 702] formerly well and favorably known as one of Mahoning Township's representative men, died in Lawrence County in April, 1899. He was probably born near Sharon, Pa., in 1825, and was a son of George and Nancy (Cowan) Rankin, old settlers in that neighborhood.
Although Alexander Rankin had a home through early life and was given some educational opportunities, he was entirely dependent upon his own resources when he came as a youth to Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, where he worked as a farmer for a number of years. He was married (first) to Sarah A. Greer, a daughter of Thomas Greer, of Neshannock Township, and they had four children, the one survivor being Nancy Isabel, who is the wife of George Wallace, of Mahoning Township, Mr. Rankin was married (second) to Sarah Paden, who was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1833, and is a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (McCready) Paden. Her father was born in what was then Beaver County and her mother in Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Rankin had one son, George. He married Margaret Wilson, of Neshannock Township, who was a daughter of William C. and Mary (McCracken) Wilson, of Scott Township, Lawrence County, and they have two children, Mary L. and Wells C.
For many years prior to his decease, Mr. Rankin lived in Mahoning Township, respected by all who knew him, and his death was felt as a general loss. He left an estate of seventy-five acres, which is one of the best improved farms of this locality, and there his widow resides. She is a member of the Disciples Church at Edenburg, while Mr. Rankin belonged to the King's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he was a Republican, but he took no very active part in political campaigns, caring more for the quiet life on his home farm and the contentment found at his own fireside, where he is greatly missed.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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