William Ogden & Mary Frances "Mollie" (Gooch) Rankin
of Navarro County, Texas


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William O. Rankin
|Enlisted from Corsicana, TX, April 22, 1862.
In J. L. Halbert's Co E, 15 TX Inf Regt.
Discharged May 27, 1865.
He enlisted with his father, John Sale Rankin, age 49 years.
Received Medical Discharge, Feb 10, 1863
Born 3/5/1845 in Monticello, MO
Died in Austin, TX 12/1/1920
Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, TX
Married Mary Frances Gooch, Dec 27, 1871 in Los Angeles, CA.  

Mary (Gooch) Rankin
Born in Durham, NC 1/1/1850
Died in Corsicana, TX, 1/14/1887
Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, TX.



  • Submitted by J. L. Halbert Camp No. 359, SCV Norman Stubbs, Cdr. Jan 2002


William Ogden “Uncle Billie” Rankin
Mar. 5, 1845 - Dec. 1, 1920

Here for the Funeral.

Mrs. Rankin, wife of the late “Uncle Billie” Rankin, of Austin, and her two sons, Will Rankin of Dallas and Alvia Rankin of Houston, Mrs. W. H. Hord of Hillsboro and her three sons, W. E. Rankin and C. D. Rankin of Dallas, and Ned Rankin of Hubbard, and Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson of Stamford, are here to attend the funeral of Uncle Billie.



Funeral Tomorrow Morning.

The remains of the late “Uncle Billie” Rankin did not reach here from Austin this morning, but will be here at 5:30 this afternoon, and the funeral will take place from the Sutherland undertaking parlors tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, and will be under the direction of the Odd Fellows.



Funeral Took Place This Morning

The funeral for the remains of the late “Uncle Billie” Rankin took place from the Southland undertaking parlors at 10 o’clock this morning with interment in Oakwood. The Funeral services were conducted at the parlors by Rev. L. C. Howell and were concluded at the grave by the Odd Fellows. There was a large attendance and there were many beautiful flowers.



A Tribute.

There was recently laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery a man who loved Corsicana, and who was loved by all who knew him, Uncle Billy Rankin. The best days of his life were spent here, and for many years he was a familiar figure upon our streets. He served as a peace officer in Corsicana and Navarro county, in various capacities, for nearly a quarter of a century, but the last years of his life he lived in Austin, where he was one of the Capital Guards.

His long tenure of office was distinguished by his honesty, fidelity and courage. I have never known one who possessed more bravery than he. He served in the army of the Confederacy, and it is likely there that this trait was developed. His loyalty to the Old South did not diminish with the passing of years. The last time I was in his home, I observed that the walls were decorated with the portraits of a number of those military chieftains who fought so gloriously under the Stars and Bars. He prized the Cross of Honor which he wore more highly than any decoration which could have been bestowed upon him by any government on earth.

He was modest and unassuming, but his loyalty and partisanship for his friends was marked. He was kind and generous to a fault. His heart best in sympathy at all times with the poor and oppressed, and no one ever appealed to him in vain for help. He loved mankind, and was always glad to render some service to suffering humanity.

Though he formed many new friends in Austin, he never ceased to long for the comradeship of his old time friends in Corsicana, and frequently expressed the desire that when his work on earth was done, that he could sleep his last sleep in the cemetery at Corsicana.

The world was made better and brighter by his having lived and a host of friends mourn his death.



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