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Collection Number: 03717

Collection Title: William Calvin Rankin Papers, 1772-1962

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Size 12.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9,000 items)
Abstract William Calvin Rankin, a native of Guilford County, N.C., worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville before retiring in 1948 to Charlotte, N.C., where he began researching the history of his family and their relations in Guilford County. He was the son of John Henry Rankin (1844-1921) and Nancy Jane Smith Rankin (1846-1919). The collection is chiefly genealogical and biographical compilations of William Calvin Rankin, relating to his work after 1948 in writing the history of the Rankin, Wharton, and allied and other families in Guilford County, N.C., and elsewhere. Also included is correspondence of Rankin with persons connected to, or interested in, the families he was investigating. Also included are scattered Guilford County letters, deeds, account books, scrapbooks and commonplace books, wills, and obituary clippings as well as family photographs that Rankin collected.
Creator Rankin, William Calvin, 1881-1962.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Calvin Rankin Papers #3717, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Recieved on loan from Douglass Rankin in December 1965 (Acc. 87016).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Updated by: Amanda Loeb, April 2012

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William Calvin Rankin (1881-1962), a native of Guilford County, N.C., worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville before retiring in 1948 to Charlotte, N.C., where he began researching the history of his family and their relations in Guilford County, N.C. He was the son of John Henry Rankin (1844-1921) and Nancy Jane Smith Rankin (1846-1919).

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The collection is chiefly genealogical and biographical compilations of genealogist William Calvin Rankin, relating to his work after 1948 in writing the history of the Rankin, Wharton, and allied and other families in Guilford County, N.C., and elsewhere. Also included is correspondence of Rankin with persons connected to, or interested in, the families he was investigating. Also included are scattered Guilford County letters, deeds, account books, scrapbooks and commonplace books, wills, and obituary clippings as well as family photographs that Rankin collected.

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About 9,000 items.

Note that, for the most part, original file and folder titles have been retained.

Folder 1

Adams

Folder 2

Agnew

Folder 3

Aiken

Folder 4

Albright

Folder 5

Alcorn

Folder 6

Alderman

Folder 7

Alexander

Folder 8

Allison

Folder 9

Allred

Folder 10

Anderson

Folder 11

Andrew

Folder 12

Anthony

Folder 13

Archer

Folder 14

Armfield

Folder 15

Armstrong

Folder 16

Aydelette

Folder 17

Ballinger

Folder 18

Barnhardt

Folder 19

Barr

Folder 20

Barringer

Folder 21

Beall

Folder 22

Ball

Folder 23

Benbow

Folder 24

Bencini

Folder 25

Bevill

Folder 26

Bingham

Folder 27

Black

Folder 28

Blair

Folder 29

Bond

Folder 30

Boone

Folder 31

Bowman

Folder 32

Boyd

Folder 33

Brashear

Folder 34

Brawley

Folder 35

Breeden

Folder 36

Brenizer

Folder 37

Brewer

Folder 38

Brockman

Folder 39

Brown

Folder 40

Brown-Gillespie

Folder 41

Brower

Folder 42

Bruce

Folder 43

Buchanan

Folder 44

Burch

Folder 45

Burney

Folder 46

Burnsides

Folder 47

Burrow

Folder 48

Busick

Folder 49

Caffey

Folder 50

Cabe

Folder 51

Caldwell

Folder 52

Callum

Folder 53

Cannon

Folder 54

Carmon

Folder 55

Carruth

Folder 56

Carson

Folder 57

Cartland

Folder 58

Chambers

Folder 59

Chance

Folder 60

Chrisman

Folder 61

Clapp

Folder 62

Clark

Folder 63

Clary

Folder 64

Clendenin

Folder 65

Climer

Folder 66

Close

Folder 67

Cobb

Folder 68

Coble

Folder 69

Cole

Folder 70

Cooper

Folder 71

Coots

Folder 72

Corsbie

Folder 73

Craft

Folder 74

Creswell

Folder 75

Crutchfield

Folder 76

Cumming

Folder 77

Cummins

Folder 78

Cunningham

Folder 79

Cusach

Folder 80

Davault

Folder 81

Denny, James

Folder 82

Denny, Walter

Folder 83

Dent

Folder 84

Dick

Folder 85

Dickey

Folder 86

Dillard

Folder 87

Dillon

Folder 88

Doak

Folder 89

Dodson

Folder 90

Doggett

Folder 91-95

Folder 91

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

Folder 95

Donnell

Folder 96

Donnell, James

Folder 97

Donnell, Robert II

Folder 98

Donnell, Robert I

Folder 99

Donnell, Thomas

Folder 100

Doub

Folder 101

Douglas

Folder 102

Dowd

Folder 103

Duff

Folder 104

Duke

Folder 105

Eckel

Folder 106

Elliott

Folder 107

Erwin

Folder 108

Fields

Folder 109

Finley

Folder 110

Flack

Folder 111

Fleming

Folder 112

Fogleman

Folder 113

Forbis

Folder 114

Forsyth

Folder 115

Foster

Folder 116

Foust

Folder 117

Freeland

Folder 118

Fry

Folder 119

Fryer

Folder 120

Galbraith

Folder 121

Gamble

Folder 122

Gannon

Folder 123

Gerringer

Folder 124

Gibson

Folder 125

Gilchrist

Folder 126

Gilespie

Folder 127

Gilmer

Folder 128

Gladson

Folder 129

Glass

Folder 130

Glenn

Folder 131

Gordon

Folder 132

Gorrell

Folder 133

Gott

Folder 134

Gowdy

Folder 135

Gray

Folder 136

Greeson

Folder 137

Gretter

Folder 138

Grier

Folder 139

Grissom

Folder 140

Groome

Folder 141

Gullett

Folder 142

Hackett

Folder 143

Hall

Folder 144

Hamilton

Folder 145-146

Folder 145

Folder 146

Hanner

Folder 147

Harden

Folder 148

Harris

Folder 149

Hatrick

Folder 150

Heath

Folder 151

Henderson

Folder 152

Hendrix

Folder 153

Hill

Folder 154

Hilton

Folder 155

Hines

Folder 156

Holt

Folder 157

Hoskins

Folder 158

Houston

Folder 159

Hubbard

Folder 160

Mateer

Folder 161

Huffman

Folder 162

Huffines

Folder 163

Humphreys

Folder 164

Hunt

Folder 165

Ingle

Folder 166

Ireland

Folder 167

Irvin

Folder 168

Isley

Folder 169

Jobe

Folder 170

Jones

Folder 171

Jordan

Folder 172

Kennedy

Folder 173

Kernodle

Folder 174

Kerr

Folder 175

King

Folder 176

Kirkman

Folder 177

Kirkpatrick

Folder 178

Lackey

Folder 179

Lamb

Folder 180

Lambeth

Folder 181

Landreth

Folder 182

Law

Folder 183

Lednum

Folder 184

Lee

Folder 185

Lemons

Folder 186

Lester

Folder 187

Lewey

Folder 188

Lindsay

Folder 189

Logan

Folder 190

Long

Folder 191

Low

Folder 192

Lyon

Folder 193

Marley

Folder 194

Martin

Folder 195

Martinsville

Folder 196

Maxwell

Folder 197

May

Folder 198

McAden, Hugh

Folder 198a

McAdoo

Folder 199

McBride

Folder 200

McCann

Folder 201

McClintock

Folder 202

McComb

Folder 203

McConnell

Folder 204

McDaniel

Folder 205

McDill

Folder 206

McDowell

Folder 207

McGahey

Folder 208

McGee

Folder 209

McGibbony

Folder 210

McGready

Folder 211

McKnight

Folder 212

McCain

Folder 213-214

Folder 213

Folder 214

McLean

Folder 215

McLean; Moses

Folder 216

McMinn

Folder 217

McMurray

Folder 218

McNairy

Folder 219

McNeely

Folder 220

McQuiston

Folder 221

Matthews

Folder 222

Mears

Folder 223

Mebane

Folder 224

Mecklin

Folder 225

Meek

Folder 226

Michael

Folder 227

Michaux

Folder 228

Minor

Folder 229

Mitchell

Folder 230

Montgomery

Folder 231

Moore

Folder 232

Morehead

Folder 233

Moring

Folder 234

Morgan

Folder 235

Morrow

Folder 236

Murphey

Folder 237

Murray

Folder 238

Murrow

Folder 239

Neely

Folder 240

Neese

Folder 241

Nelson

Folder 242

Nieks

Folder 243

Odell

Folder 244

Orrell

Folder 245

Ozment

Folder 246

Paisley

Folder 247-248

Folder 247

Folder 248

Paisley family; Partridge

Folder 249

Partridge

Folder 250

Patterson

Folder 251

Perdew

Folder 252

Patrick

Folder 253

Permar

Folder 254

Phifer

Folder 255

Piercy

Folder 256

Phipps

Folder 257

Porter

Folder 258

Prior

Folder 259

Pritchett

Folder 260

Rankin

Folder 261

Rankin, Robert

Folder 262

Rankin

Folder 263

Rankins of Gaston

Folder 264

Rankin, John

Folder 265

Rankin addition

Folder 266

Rankin, William

Folder 267

Reece

Folder 268

Reynolds

Folder 269

Rhodes

Folder 270

Richardson

Folder 271

Rose

Folder 272

Ross

Folder 273

Rumbley

Folder 274

Russell

Folder 275

Ryan

Folder 276

Scales

Folder 277

Scherer

Folder 278

Schoolfield

Folder 279

Scott

Folder 280

Sergeant

Folder 281

Settle

Folder 282

Sharpe

Folder 283

Shaw

Folder 284

Shepherd, Shaver

Folder 285

Sherwood

Folder 286

Sikes

Folder 287

Sloan

Folder 288-290

Folder 288

Folder 289

Folder 290

Smith

Folder 291

Smith: Greensboro

Folder 292

Sockwell

Folder 293

Spence

Folder 294

Spruce

Folder 295

Stafford

Folder 296

Starr

Folder 297

Starrett

Folder 298

Steel, Steele

Folder 299

Stephens

Folder 300

Stewart

Folder 301

Story

Folder 302

Stratford

Folder 303

Suits

Folder 304

Summers

Folder 305

Sutton

Folder 306

Strader

Folder 307

Swain

Folder 308

Tate

Folder 309

Tate, Sarah (Wilson)

Folder 310

Tatum

Folder 311

Thacker

Folder 312

Thom

Folder 313

Thomas

Folder 314

Thompson

Folder 315

Touchstone

Folder 316

Trollinger

Folder 317

Troxler

Folder 318

Tucker

Folder 319

Unthank

Folder 320

Vance

Folder 321

Vanstory

Folder 322

Wagoner

Folder 323

Walker

Folder 324

Ward

Folder 325

Watson

Folder 326

Weatherly

Folder 327

Webb

Folder 328

Welborn

Folder 329

Welker

Folder 330

Wharton

Folder 331

White

Folder 332

Whitely

Folder 333

Whitesell

Folder 334

Whitsett

Folder 335

Whitt

Folder 336

Whittington

Folder 337

Wiley

Folder 338

Wills

Folder 339

Wilson

Folder 340

Woodard

Folder 341

Woodburn

Folder 342

Woollen

Folder 343

Wooters

Folder 344

Wright

Folder 345

Wyrick

Folder 346

Yates

Folder 347

Young

Folder 348

Zimmerman

Folder 349

Undated and 1772-1839

Oversize Paper OP-3717/1

Land indenture between John Rankin and Will Rankin of Guildford County, N.C., 12 August 1772

Folder 350

1843-1855

Folder 351

1863-1907

Folder 352

1946-1947

Folder 354-355

Folder 354

Folder 355

1949

Folder 356

1950-1957

Folder 357

1958-1961, 1962, 1966

Folder 358

Undated letters and fragments

Folder 359

Clippings

Folder 360

Family Book: Table of Contents, Genealogical Charts

Folder 361

Family Book: Chapter 1

Folder 362

Family Book: Chapter 2

Folder 363

Family Book: Chapter 3

Folder 364

Family Book: Chapter 4

Folder 365

Family Book: Chapters 5, 6, 7

Folder 366

Family Book: Chapter 8

Folder 367

Family Book: Chapters 9, 10

Folder 368

Family Book: Chapter 11

Folder 369

Family Book: Chapter 12, Schoolfield, Scott, Smith, Paisley

Folder 370

Family Book: Chapter 13

Folder 371

Family Book: Chapter 14

Folder 372

Family Book: Chapter 15

Folder 373

Family Book: Chapter 16

Folder 374

Family Book: Chapters 17, 18, 19

Folder 375

Family Book: Chapter 20

Folder 376

Family Book: Chapters 21, 23

Folder 377

Family Book: Chapters 24, 25

Folder 378

Family Book: Chapters 26, 27, 28

Folder 379

Family Book: Chapter 29

Folder 380

Family Book: Appendix

Folder 381

Family Book: Fragments, notes, and unidentified pieces of manuscripts

Folder 382

Compilation: Guilford's Scotch-Irish and Related Families, A-Z

Folder 383

Compilation: Caldwell through Mebane families

Folder 384

Compilation: Phipps through Woodburn families

Folder 385

Compilation: Guilford County land transfers

Folder 386

Writings: Visit to Cheraw, S.C., in 1948

Folder 387

Writings: Julius Vance Dick: Biographical sketch, 1959

Folder 388-389

Folder 388

Folder 389

Writings: Data on S. M. Rankin

Folder 390

Writings: Miscellaneous

Folder 391

Volumes of T. S. Cummons and Martha G. Cummons, written 1854-1853 and 1863-1864

Folder 392

Rankin, W. C.

Folder 393

Guilford County scrapbook of S. M. Rankin

Folder 394

Volume: Rankin and Wharton Families and their Genealogy

Folder 395

Notebook pages: S. M. Rankin

Folder 397

Donnell family

Folder 398

Alamance Creek

Folder 400

Horsepen and Brush creeks

Folder 401

Alamance Church

Folder 402

Bethel Church

Folder 403

Buffalo Church, Greensboro

Folder 404

Cemetery records

Folder 405

Census

Folder 406

Charts

Folder 407

Daughters of the American Revolution

Folder 408

Davidson College

Folder 409

First Presbyterian Church: Greensboro

Folder 410

Marriage records

Folder 411

Ministerial directory

Folder 412

Quakers

Folder 414

Spring Creek Presbyterian Church: Wilson County, Tenn.

Folder 415

Class of 1904: University of North Carolina

Folder 416

Miscellaneous: A-Z

Folder 417

Lines extended

Folder 419

Unclassified

Folder 428

Ga through Gi, 1961

Folder 429

Miscellaneous

Folder 441

South Buffalo

Folder 442

North Buffalo

Folder 445

Haw River

Folder 446

Reedy Fork

Folder 396, 399, 418, 420-427, 430-440, 443-444

Other genealogical materials

Oversize Volume OV-3717/1

Daybook of G & H Company, Greensboro, N.C., 1857-1858

Image Folder P-3717/1

Photographs of Rankin family members and unidentified persons

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