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Joseph Tapscott

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Allen County, Ohio, Biography

Joseph Tapscott

son of James and Maria (Rankins) Tapscott

JOSEPH TAPSCOTT, whose fine farm of 470 well tilled

 and finely improved acres is situated in Perry Township, belongs to one

 of the worthy old pioneer families of this section.  Mr Tapscott was

 born in Perry township, Allen County, Ohio, December 11 1850, and is the

 son of James and Maria (Rankins) Tapscott.

     Joseph Tapscott, the grandfather, came from New Jersey to Warren

 County, Ohio, and lived there until his death.  He took up 800 acres of

 land in Allen County, but never moved here.  His long life was spent on

 his land in Warren County, which he improved as he had opportunity, and

 which were divided among his children when he passed away.  He was a man

 of courage and enterprise and possessed many of the characteristics of

 his hardy Scotch-Irish ancestors which made him a typical pioneer.  He

 married Annie Schenck, of the Schenck family of New Jersey, one which

 for generations has been prominently connected with the affairs and

 public life of southern New Jersey.  They reared a family of nine

 children, the eldest of these being James Tapscott, the father of our


     James Tapscott was born in 1808 in Warren County, Ohio, and

 continued to reside on the old homestead until 1848, when he removed

 with his possessions to Allen County and settled on a 200 acre tract of

 land, which his father had entered at an early day.  He was a practical

 agriculturist and cleared a large portion of his land, making a

 comfortable homestead, where he spent a number of years. Subsequently he

 bought the farm which is now owned and occupied by his son, our subject,

 who also owns the old place, 470 acres in all.  Mr. Tapscott was one of

 the reliable and intelligent men of his community, and was elected to a

 large number of the local offices by the Democratic Party, of which he

 was a life- long member.  He died in 1884.

     On March 6, 1850, James Tapscott married Marie Rankins, who was a

 daughter of George Rankins, one of the early settlers of Perry Township.

 Of their four children our subject is the only survivor.

     Joseph Tapscott spent his boyhood in attending school and assisting

 in the work of the farm, which finally devolved entirely upon his

 shoulders.  For many years he has been looked upon as one of the

 township's most successful agriculturists and progressive citizens, his

 method being those of accepted scientific value.  His large acreage is

 not only productive under his management in an agricultural way, but the

 discovery of oil on some portions of the estate has given increase value

 to what was already considered one of the most valuable farms of the


     Mr. Tapscott was married November 28, 1872, to Elizabeth A.

 Crossley, who is a daughter of Ross Crossley of Lima, and they have

 these children: Jessie, who married William Hardesty, son of Joshua

 Hardesty, of Perry Township, and has five children; Mulford, who married

 Mattie Brown, daughter of Henry Brown; and William, who married Margaret

 Brown, daughter of William Brown.  the family belongs to the Methodist

 Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Tapscott has been very active for years,

 taking a deep interest in both church and Sunday- school, and serving as

 steward and as trustee.

     In political sentiment Mr. Tapscott is a Prohibitionist.  He has

 accepted no Public office with the exception of a trusteeship of the

 Allen County Children's Home.  Fraternally he belongs to the Foresters.

Milton Rankin

Posted by Tamera1974 on October 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Pike County Ohio Biography

MILTON RANKIN, farmer and stock-raiser, Elm Grove, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1840.  His parents, Peter and Margaret (Haynes) Rankin, were born and reared in Virginia, and came to Ohio in an early day.  In 1849 they moved to Scioto County, where the father died about 1851, and when our subject was sixteen years of age his mother married again.  He then left home and purchased a team of oxen and followed teaming during the summer and attended school in the winter till he reached the age of twenty years.  Feb. 8, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Seventieth Ohio Infantry, as a private for three years, and afterward re-enlisted as a veteran and served over three years and a half altogether.  He was at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain and a number of others.  He was discharged at Camp Dennison in August, 1865.  While in the war he cast his first presidential vote for George Be. MacClellan and has always voted the Democratic ticket.  After the war he purchased 120 acres of land and spent two years in the lumber trade and in buying and selling land.  Since 1879 he has devoted his time to his farm and stock, and now owns 900 acres of farming lands in Sunfish and Benton townships, Pike County.  He was married July 8, 1860, to Martha, daughter of Allen and Latha J. (Sanderson) Humble, of Adams County.  They have had seven children born to them - Louisa A., Luella B., Albert C., Clive L. and Mermena I.  Charles B. and Luna M. are deceased.  Mr. Rankinhas been Township Trustee a number of years, and is at present Township Treasurer.

George H. Rankins

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Allen County, Ohio Biographies
George H. Rankins
son of John Rankins and Anna French

George H. Rankins, who owns a fine farm of 80 acres in
section 16, Perry township, and is one of the representative men of his
locality, was born May 11, 1846, at Westminster, Allen County, Ohio, and
is a son of John and Anna (French) Rankins, the former a native of
Warren County, Ohio, and the latter, of Trumbull County.
        The Rankins family is of Scotch-Irish extraction; its founders
settled in Virginia at a very early day.  There the great-grandfather of
our subject, John Rankins, who was a large planter of Stafford County,
lived and died.  He married Isabel Bryan and to them were born three
children, namely: Frances, who married Benjamin Hutchison; Peter and
George.  After the death of John Rankins , his widow came to Ohio and
lived in Clinton County at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Benjamin
Hutchison, until her death.
          George Rankins, grandfather of our subject was born in
Stafford County, Virginia, September 1,1797, and was 15 years old when
he enlisted in the army during the war of 1812.  In 1814 he removed to
Warren County, Ohio,     and is is said that he covered the greater part
of the distance on foot, his one-horse wagon being used to carry the
household goods.  Those were the days when a steel cooking range had not
yet been evolved, and an iron cook stove was such a rare addition to the
kitchen equipment that Mr. Rankins at one stage of the trip was almost a
hero.  The people with whom he stopped had purchased a cook stove but
none of the family had yet learned to operate it.  Mr. Rankins had been
about enough to have learned its use and construction and he imparted
his knowledge to the very grateful owners.  In 1839 he came to Allen
County and located on what is now the Thomas C. Roberts farm, on the
Marion road, which property at that time was still covered by the
primeval forest.   For the following six years he engaged in teaming
from Cincinnati to Lima for J. W. King.  Occasionally the trip in bad
weather required 21 days; as there were no accommodations for travelers
on the route, it was often necessary to camp along the road for several
days.  While engaged for Mr. King, he was gradually clearing his place,
his cabin having been built before he located permanently.  This log hut
stood until some four years since and was habitable for a long time.
He subsequently moved to another farm south of his first one, misfortune
having fallen upon him on account of his going security for a neighbor.
With the $300 he saved he secured forty acres of land, the best he could
do with his limited capital, and although then 60 years old went
manfully to work to clear a second farm.  He married Wealthy Ann Tunget,
who was born May 14, 1800, and was the daughter of John and Mary Tunget
of Stafford County, Virginia.  Mr. Rankins died on his farm in Perry
township July 14, 1881, while his wife died April 12, 1891, age 91
        John Rankins, father of our subject, grew up in Warren County,
Ohio, and accompanied his parents when they moved to Allen County.  When
he left the home farm and located at Westminster, he went into
partnership with J. B. Roberts in dealing in stock.  He continued to
reside there until a few months before his death.  He was a Democrat in
his political faith.  In religious belief he was a Baptist.  He married
Anna French, who was a sister of Samuel Davison French, of whom a sketch
appears in this same volume.  They had five children, viz: William, a
soldier in the Civil war, who lost his life at the battle of Corinth, in
October, 1862; Receba; George H., of this sketch; Lyman B., who resides
in Perry township east of his brother George; and an unnamed infant,
         George H. Rankins lived three years at Westminster and was then
taken, with his youngest brother, by grandfather Rankins who reared them
both, while the other child was taken by the grandmother French.  He was
11 years old when his grandfather went on his second farm and assisted
him there until he reached his majority.   After his marriage in 1867 he
resided with his wife's people for nine years and bought his first in
that neighborhood and lived on it until 1882 when he bought his present
farm of 80 acres in section 16.  Formerly he owned 280 acres but has
sold 200 acres as he could no longer give a large farm the care is
required. He has been an extensive stock-raiser but has much reduced his
activity within the past three or four years.  He has had numerous
producing oil wells upon his property and four of these are still in
        On September 24, 1867, Mr. Rankins was married to Celinda
Williams, who was born in Kentucky and is a daughter of J. L. and Nancy
(Crain ) Williams, old residents of Bourbon County, Kentucky.   Their
three surviving children are: Minnie, born December 9, 1868, who married
George B. McDonald, of Perry township, and has three children Stella,
Helen and Howard; A. E., born December 29,1872, residing at Harrod,
Ohio, who married Irene Henry, of Hancock County, Ohio, and has two
children Muriel and Ruth; and Roy, born March 25,1885, who lives on the
home place and assists his father in the management of the farm. Mable
died April 29, 1902, aged 15 years.
          Mr. Rankins is a good citizen but is not identified with any
particular political party, voting independently.  He is a member of the
Christian Church.

Oscar E. Rankin Jr.

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News Journal

Mansfield, Oh

22 May 2006

Oscar E. Rankin Jr.

GALION -- Oscar E. Rankin Jr., 82, of 434 5th Ave., died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at Galion Community Hospital Extended Care, after a long illness.

Mr. Rankin was born in Upper Sandusky, on Sept. 7, 1923, to the late Oscar and Rozella M. (McNeiland) Rankin Sr.

A lifelong area resident he was employed by Pennsylvania Rail Road for 28 years, and later by Fleetwood Manufacturing of Galion until his retirement. Oscar enjoyed driving and traveling around the area, and enjoyed spending time with his family.He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Donetta Rankin; his two daughters, Peggy McBride and Judy Harthan all of Galion; six grandchildren, Donna Lyons, Diana Baughan, David Rankin, Jr., Debbie Olesnanik, Aaron Harthan, and Kathy Dull; and 7 great-grandchildren, Robert and Michael Llewellyn, Cody Noggle, Cheyenne Baughan, Kimberly, Kaitlyn and Austin Dull; and his former wife, Elizabeth Scott of Galion.He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Thomas; an infant grandson, David Jeffrey Rankin; and a great-grandson; his brother, Ed Rankin; and five sisters, Lola Owens, Lucille Perkins, Frances Osborne, Evelyn Osborne, and Alma Rankin; and his son-in-law, Jerry McBride.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 23, 2006, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Andrew Grimes officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezzer Cemetery, Galion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Galion Communtiy Hospital Extended Care Unit in care of the funeral home.


Obituary: Evelyn "Evie" (Rankin) Osborne

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The Advertiser Tribune

Tiffin, Oh

19 Apr 2004

Evelyn 'Evie' Osborne

Evelyn R. "Evie" Osborne, 70, of 178 Seventh Ave., Tiffin, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin Emergency Care Center.

She was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Wyandot County, to the late Oscar and Rozella (McNeilan) Rankin. On July 16, 1954, in Monroe, Mich., she married David E. Osborne. He survives.

Also surviving are: a son, David A. Osborne of Tiffin; a daughter, Karen and Ed Kipps of Tiffin; a brother, Oscar Rankin of Galion; and two grandchildren, Dawn Marie Kipps and Regina Sue Kipps, both of Tiffin.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Edward Rankin; four sisters, Lola Mae Owings, Lucille Marie Perkins, Frances Osborne, and an infant sister, Alma Louise Rankin.

Mrs. Oborne was a 1951 graduate of Whetstone High School in Crawford County and a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, making flower arrangements and working in her yard.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home with the Rev. Jan Kucera officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice.