Reverend John Rankin

Is your surname Rankin?

Research the Rankin family

Reverend John Rankin's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Reverend John Rankin

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: on Dumplin Creek, Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, 37725, United States
Death: March 18, 1886 (93)
Ironton, Lawrence, Ohio, 45638, United States
Place of Burial: Ironton, Lawrence, Ohio, 45638, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Rankin and Isabella Jane Rankin
Husband of Jean Gilfillen Rankin
Father of Adam Lowry Rankin; Isabella Jane Rankin; David Wilmont Rankin; Capt. Richard Calvin Rankin, Sr.; Rev. Samuel Gardner Wilson Rankin and 8 others
Brother of Samuel Steele Rankin; Thomas Rankin; Isabella Biggs; David Rankin; William Clendenin Rankin and 6 others

Occupation: Presbyterian minister
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Reverend John Rankin

John Rankin (February 5, 1793 – March 18, 1886) was an American Presbyterian minister, educator and abolitionist. Upon moving to Ripley, Ohio in 1822, he became known as one of Ohio's first and most active "conductors" on the Underground Railroad. Prominent pre-Civil War abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe were influenced by Rankin's writings and work in the anti-slavery movement.

When Beecher was asked after the end of the Civil War, "Who abolished slavery?," he answered, "Reverend John Rankin and his sons did."


view all 17

Reverend John Rankin's Timeline

February 4, 1793
Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States
November 4, 1816
Age 23
Washington County, Tennessee, United States
June 16, 1818
Age 25
Concord, Kentucky
September 18, 1819
Age 26
Paris, Kentucky
July 24, 1821
Age 28
Carlisle, Nicholas County, Kentucky, United States
December 28, 1822
Age 29
Nicholas, Kentucky
November 2, 1824
Age 31
February 25, 1826
Age 33
June 22, 1828
Age 35
Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, United States