Rankin Thornton History Information

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William Rankin in a Mounted Riflemen's Uniform
The Rankins shifting a piano in the 1800's in New Zealand (we think?)
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After a conversation with David Rankin in the 1990's at Manly, Whangaparaoa, New Zealand, this is what I recorded.

Grandma Lusk - Uncle David and Gloria Rankin (Copland)'s greatgrandmother from Milport on Cumbrae Island in the Firth of Clyde.

Ihave been directed to this plot in Ashburton for Mary R Lusk    (Ramsey)

Record no. CEMIAS84510
Surname Lusk
First Name(s) Mary R
Cemetery Ashburton
Area 137
Plot Number 4
Longitude 171.768849
Lattitude -43.891616
Occupation WIDOW
Additional Information PRESBYTERIAN
Age (Years) 90
Age (Months) 0
Date of Death 13/12/1922
Interment 16/12/1922
Purchaser Archibald Lusk
Date Purchased 22/12/1906
Funeral Director
Plot Notes

The sailing ship William Miles in 1864 to Christchurch. Her husband was a carpenter Archibald Lusk. He helped to build all the University buildings in Christchurch, the school of Art and shifted to Ashburton in 1890 - Wakanui Road to Kelwood Farm. Built a house. Morris and Elizabeth Rankin live there.

Rebuilt the Cathedral spire after an earthquake. Rebuilt it in scaffolding - wooden and copper. Was stone, now copper.

Grandma Lusk's daughter, Amelia married Bill whose father William Rankin was a shepherd for Deans in Riccarton and later at Homebush Farm.

William Rankin came out from Eyreshire - Kilmarnoch. He came out for John Deans to be a shepherd. Bought a farm in Palmerston (Mary is not sure whether that was Palmerston North or Palmerston). It became a dairy farm.

Archibald Lusk

Screenshot of Death Notice of Archibald Lusk.png

Star , Issue 5609, 4 May 1886, Page 2


William Bill Rankin

married Amelia Lusk. Buried in Foxton Hill Canterbury ( not sure if this is infact lived in Foxton Hill...)

Found this re William Rankin:

Record no. CEMIAS85123
Surname Rankin
First Name(s) William
Cemetery Ashburton
Area 153
Plot Number 8
Longitude 171.769517
Lattitude -43.891804
Occupation NEWS AGENT
Additional Information PRESBYTERIAN
Age (Years) 75
Age (Months) 0
Date of Death 15/5/1949
Interment 17/5/1949
Purchaser William Rankin
Date Purchased 23/8/1932
Funeral Director
Celebrant REV REID
Plot Notes

William Eric Rankin - Father of David Gloria, Sandra and Harley

Record no. CEMIAS89686
Surname Rankin
First Name(s) William Eric
Cemetery Ashburton
Area 260
Plot Number 5
Longitude 171.771052
Lattitude -43.891780
Occupation FARMER
Additional Information PRESBYTERIAN
Age (Years) 60
Age (Months) 0
Date of Death 18/3/1960
Interment 21/3/1960
Purchaser William Eric Rankin
Date Purchased 18/3/1960
Funeral Director
Plot Notes

Richard Carlos Thornton - David, Gloria, Sandra and Harley Rankin's Maternal Grandfather

Registration Number Family Name Given Name(s) Date of Birth/
Age at Death
1957/28837 Thornton Richard Carlos 95Y