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James Rankins, 1st New York

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James Rankins, 1st New York

Posted: 1412188342000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Rankins, Van Schaick, Wynkoop, Seeber
James Rankins served in the 1st New York Regiment, Continental Line, commanded by Colonel Goose van Schaick from March 1777 to June 1783 (Revolutionary War rolls: 1775-1783, series M-246, roll 65; Compiled service records, M-881, rolls 647-669; Fernow, Berthold, 1883, Documents relative to the Colonial history of the State of New York: New York in the Revolution, vol. 15, state archives volume 1). It is assumed that he was also the James Rankins who served in Captain Jacob W. Seeber’s company, Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop’s Regiment, in 1776 (Morrison, James F., 2014, Muster roll of Jacob W. Seeber’s company, revolutionary-war-newyork.com). Further, it is assumed that he was the James Rankins who settled in German Flats, in present day Herkimer County, New York, prior to the war. If so, then he was not killed at Oriskany in August 1777, as suggested in the book, Early Families of Herkimer County, New York, by William V. H. Barker, but was instead the James Rankins who died in Herkimer County between 1790 and 1800 (Clark, Beulah Woodard, 1942, Descendants of James Rankin, Sr. and Joshua Woodard and Margaret Rankin, his daughter of Herkimer County, New York and Michigan). If so, he was likely the James Rancan (sic) on the 1790 Federal census in Montgomery County, New York, and the James Rankin (sic) who, in the same year, received 600 acres of bounty land in the New York military tract for service in the 1st New York Regiment (Connelly, Michael, 1825, The balloting book and other documents relating to military bounty lands in the State of New York)
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