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Daniel Rankins

Death 1833 (aged 78–79)
Brown County, Ohio, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 181598699 · View Source
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Biography written for the Finding the Maryland 400 project ( Used here in hopes of connecting with existing ancestors.

Daniel Rankins enlisted in Col. William Smallwood's Maryland Battalion of the Continental Army in February of 1776. He joined as a private and was assigned to the Second Company under Capt. Patrick Sim. The regiment was marched to New York, and Rankins fought with it as a member of the Maryland Line at Long Island on August 27, 1776. He also fought at the Battle of White Plains later that year and reenlisted in 1777, after which he fought at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth under Capt. John Beans. Later in the war he served mainly in detached parties, and he was discharged on December 27, 1779, while camped near Morristown, New Jersey.

Rankins wrote a short account of his military experience when he applied for a pension, recalling the following: "at the Battle of Long Island I heard them [the British] afireing and I went over East River & our men was retreating and I assisted them over the river. . . . Battle at Trentown I was not able to be in the ranks I had a swelling in my limbs at this time but about the same time I past a waggon & took the Congresses goods to the Head of Elk [Elkton, Maryland] and delivered them there then I reenlisted for 3 years. . . . I was in Detached parties sommers about nine months a garding the Commesaries Stone. Then I went in the detached parties three months in the enemies lines and from this out I was in detached parties . . ."

After the war, Rankins married a woman named Eleanor Tong in Loudon County, Virginia. They had three children together, two sons and a daughter, and eventually moved to Ohio. Rankins worked as a farmer, but dislocated his arm and was unable to continue by the time he was seventy. He died in Brown County, Ohio, in 1833. Eleanor later married a man named George Washburn in Indiana, but no other mention is made of his children, James, John, and Nancy Rankins.


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