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Milton Rankin

Posted by Tamera1974 on October 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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.

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