A Follow up to – “It’s A Small World”!
Less than two weeks ago I posted a blog entitled “It’s A Small World” discussing my Beattie/Rankin connection. Since then I’ve been able to meet with Mr. Rankin’s son, who is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. He has entrusted me with an old family photo album. Another of those little “gifts from the universe” that I seem to come across regularly since researching my family tree!
As I had mentioned previously, on a trip “back home”; my mother visited Charlotte Rankin who indicated she was named after her aunt Charlotte Elizabeth Beattie (my great grandmother). Charlotte Elizabeth Beattie is in fact, a 1st cousin once removed of Charlotte Rankin; but like many of us (me included) we tend to refer to cousins of the same generation as our parents “aunt” or “uncle”. Now I know what Charlotte Rankin looked like!
Charlotte & Mr. Rankin seniors’ mother was Jane Beattie; who was the daughter of Samuel Beattie. Samuel and my 2nd great grandfather were brothers. It would seem the Beattie’s hailed from Donegal, at some point moving to Londonderry. William Rankin’s father was David; they were Londonderry people.
Mr. Rankin immigrated to Canada at the age of 19; he was traveling alone onboard the S.S. Letitia as per family history. Unfortunately, I have yet the find the ships manifest of his travels. So, another story to be continued…