James McNeil Ranck1,2,3

ID# 20672, (1853 - 1942)

Key Events:

Birth: Jul 1853, Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania4,5,6
Marriage: 17 Jan 1877, Paw Paw, Hampshire Co., West Virginia, Charlotte Rebecca Chesnut (21 Oct 1851 - 24 Apr 1915)7,8
Death: 3 Jul 1942, Seattle, King Co., Washington9
Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., Minnesota10
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     James McNeil Ranck was born in Jul 1853 in Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania.4,5,6
     James married Charlotte Rebecca Chesnut, daughter of John Chesnut and Elizabeth Jane Flora, on 17 Jan 1877 in Paw Paw, Hampshire Co., West Virginia, with John Edwards officiating.7,8
     James and Charlotte Rebecca Chesnut moved to Iowa shortly after their marriage, where they lived on several different farms.11,12,13 They appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Sheridan Twp., Poweshiek Co., Iowa, enumerated 11 Jun 1880. Their children Evalyn and John were listed as living with them.2
     James and Charlotte appeared on the 1885 State Census of Rock Creek Twp., Jasper Co., Iowa, on a 40-acre farm, the southeast ¼ of northwest ¼ of twp. 80, range 17, section 13. Their children Evalyn, John, Charles and Lillie were listed as living with them, as was D. S. Ritchison, age 33, apparently a hired hand.14
     James and Charlotte appeared on the 1895 State Census of Grinnell Twp., Poweshiek Co., Iowa. Their children Evalyn, John, Charles, Lillie, Leroy, James, Harry and Ernest were listed as living with them.3
     James and Charlotte appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Chester Twp., Poweshiek Co., Iowa, enumerated 7 Jul 1900, reporting they were renting their home. Their children Evalyn, Lillie, Leroy, James, Harry and Ernest were listed as living with them.15
     James and Charlotte appeared on the 1905 State Census of 521 High, Grinnell Twp., Poweshiek Co., Iowa, reporting they owned a home valued at $1,500, with a $200 mortgage. Their children Leroy, James, Harry and Ernest were listed as living with them.16,17,18,19,20
     In 1906 James and Charlotte left Iowa. He went to Canada to look for land while she visited her daughters for several months, then joined him on their farm there.21 They appeared on the 1911 Federal Census of Assiniboia Dist., Saskatchewan. Their son Ernest was listed as living with them, and their son Charles and his family were apparently living nearby as they were listed next in the census record.22
     James and Charlotte returned to the United States in 1913, moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota.21
     His wife died on 24 Apr 1915 in Hennipen Co., Minnesota.23,24 James appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., Minnesota, in the household of his son Ernest and his wife Sadie.25
     James moved to Washington between 1920 and 1930.
     James appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of King Co., Washington, enumerated 14 Apr 1930, lodging with John R. Jewett and his family.26
     He was a farmer in Iowa. He left his farm between 1895 and 1900 and became a farm laborer. He was farming on his own account again after moving to Canada.27,28,29,30,31,32 He was a janitor in a church after moving to Minneapolis. He worked as a gardener on a private estate after moving to Washington in Minneapolis.33,34
     James appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Seattle, King Co., Washington, at 8850 9th Ave. SW, enumerated 15 Apr 1940, living with Fern and Jacob Schmidt, his granddaughter and her husband, and their two children. He reported he had lived in the same city in 1935.35
     James died on 3 Jul 1942 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.9 He was buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennipen Co., Minnesota.10

Children:
     Children with Charlotte Rebecca Chesnut:

  • Evalyn Elizabeth Ranck2,36,21 (Dec 1877 - 29 Nov 1949)
  • John W. Ranck2,36,21 (Nov 1879 - 15 Mar 1934)
  • Charles Chesley Ranck36,21,37 (1 Jun 1881 - 2 Oct 1949)
  • Lillie M. Ranck36,38,21 (May 1883 - )
  • Leroy McNeil Ranck38,15,21 (Feb 1886 - )
  • James Dewitt Ranck38,15 (5 Apr 1889 - 5 Aug 1973)
  • Harry Dwight Spencer Ranck38,15 (5 Apr 1889 - 9 Aug 1968)
  • Ernest Edward Ranck38,15,39 (May 1893 - 10 Jun 1959)

Citations

  1. [S6740] James McNeil Ranck and Virginia Rebecca Chesnut, marriage register.
  2. [S6752] Janaes Ranck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa.
  3. [S6754] James M. Rank household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  4. [S6740] James McNeil Ranck and Virginia Rebecca Chesnut, marriage register, show age 23 at marriage 11 Jan 1877, county, and state.
  5. [S6753] James McN. Ranck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, shows month, as Jul, year, age 46, and state.
  6. [S6761] Frederick Legree household, Fifth Census of Canada, 1911, Assiniboia Dist., Ontario, Subdistrict No. 3, shows month, as Aug, year, age 57, and country.
  7. [S6740] James McNeil Ranck and Virginia Rebecca Chesnut, marriage register, shows date and officiant.
  8. [S6764] Charlotte Rebecca Ranck obituary, unknown newspaper, shows date, town, and state.
  9. [S1505] Washington State Digital Archives, online, "Washington State Death Records," record for James M. Ranck.
  10. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 111795662, James McNeil Ranck, includes tombstone photo.
  11. [S6752] Janaes Ranck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, shows their first child born in Iowa, about 1878.
  12. [S6764] Charlotte Rebecca Ranck obituary, unknown newspaper, they lived on a farm.
  13. [S6755] J. M. Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp., shows he had been in Iowa 27 years.
  14. [S6766] J. M. Rank household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Jasper Co., Iowa, Rock Creek Twp.
  15. [S6753] James McN. Ranck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa.
  16. [S6755] J. M. Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  17. [S6756] Charlotte C. Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  18. [S6757] Roy Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  19. [S6758] DeWit Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  20. [S6760] Ernest Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp.
  21. [S6764] Charlotte Rebecca Ranck obituary, unknown newspaper.
  22. [S6761] Frederick Legree household, Fifth Census of Canada, 1911, Assiniboia Dist., Ontario, Subdistrict No. 3.
  23. [S75] "Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002," Ancestry.com, record for Charlotte R. Ranck, citing cert. no. 017761, shows date and county.
  24. [S6764] Charlotte Rebecca Ranck obituary, unknown newspaper, shows date.
  25. [S6783] Earnest E. Ranck household, 1920 U.S. Census, Hennepin Co., Minnesota.
  26. [S6762] John R. Jewell household, 1930 U.S. Census, King Co., Washington.
  27. [S6752] Janaes Ranck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, shows occupation as farmer.
  28. [S6766] J. M. Rank household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Jasper Co., Iowa, Rock Creek Twp., shows occupation as farming.
  29. [S6754] James M. Rank household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp., shows occupation as farmer.
  30. [S6753] James McN. Ranck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, shows occupation as farm laborer.
  31. [S6755] J. M. Ranck card, 1905 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp., shows occupation as laborer.
  32. [S6761] Frederick Legree household, Fifth Census of Canada, 1911, Assiniboia Dist., Ontario, Subdistrict No. 3, shows occupation as farming, on his own account.
  33. [S6762] John R. Jewell household, 1930 U.S. Census, King Co., Washington, shows occupation as guardener, industry as private estate.
  34. [S6783] Earnest E. Ranck household, 1920 U.S. Census, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, shows occupation as janitor, industry as church.
  35. [S6763] Jacob C. Schmidt household, 1940 U.S. Census, King Co., Washington.
  36. [S6766] J. M. Rank household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Jasper Co., Iowa, Rock Creek Twp., shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  37. [S1505] Washington State Digital Archives, online, "Washington State Death Records," record for Charles Chesley Ranck.
  38. [S6754] James M. Rank household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, Grinnell Twp., shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  39. [S1505] Washington State Digital Archives, online, "Washington State Death Records," record for Edward E. Ranck.