Family History

My husband's ancestor was Jane Ranken Roden. We think this is her father. If you have any comments, additions, alterations. Please e-mail



Born:                       1814, Scotland

Died:                        1881 Dudley district

Married:                   1844 West Bromwich district

Spouse:                    Sarah Cranforth

Born:                      Bilston

Children:                 James Ranken b 1843 Dudley

                                Elizabeth Ranken  b 1844 Dudley

                                Charles Ranken b 1847 Dudley


1841 CENSUS: Residing Constitution Hill, Kingswinford with John Semple tailor and his wife Sarah . Occupation tailor (several young tailors living together, all out of area also Alexanfer Thompson 20 and William Thompson 20)

1851 census: Dudley. Occupation: tailor

1861 census: Residing Himley Rd, Dudley. Occupation: tailor. George Bennett 20 tailor lodging with them and Rebecca Isaacs 15 visitor.



JAMES died 1897 m Betsy b 1856

1881 Manager of gas works. Nephew Henry Standbridge living with them

1891 Manager of gas works. Neice Maud Standbridge aged 8 living with them

1901 Betsy widow residing with son Richard


AMY ALICE Rankin b 1868 Dudley [possibly married 1892 George Donovan, Frank Gadd or Alfred Kelly]


SARAH HELEN Rankin b 1869 Dudley m 1900 Cardiff district David George Littlejohns b 1871 Merthyr Tydfil son of James & Elizabeth Littlejohns

                       James Rankin Littlejohns b 1900


RICHARD JAMES Rankin b 1872 Aberdare, Glamorgan m 1896 Wells district  Ada Rose Bennett b 1876 Glastonbury

                     AMY Rankin b 1899 Warwick-Tysoe


1891 Residing with parents. Occupation: gas fitter


1901 Residing Gas Works House Taff Street. Occupation: gas works manager. Widowed mother, sister Sarah H Littlejohns and nephew James Rankin 3 months residing with them


ALFRED CHARLES Rankin b 1875 Briton-Ferry, Glamorgan


1891 Residing with parents. Occupation: coal miner





1891 106 Hinley Rd, Dudley. Occupation: tailor m Sarah b 1846

1901 106 Himley Rd, Dudley. Occupation: tailor. Sarah a tailoresss


WILLIAM JAMES b 1867 Dudley m 1899 St John, Dudley Mary Ann Foxall b 1881 Sedgley daughter of John Foxall and Caroline Foxall. John a coal miner

[William J Rankin also m 1892 St James Dudley Sarah M Wilde]


1891. Residing with parents. Occupation fender fitter

1901. Residing 3 Dibdale Rd, Upper Gornal, Sedgley. Occupation fender fitter. Mary a dressmaker. Grandaughter Cissie Birkes 4 living with them


ALFRED CHARLES b 1872 Dudley


1891  Residing with parenyts. Occupation: tailor


ELIZABETH Rankin b 1875  m 1894 St James, Dudley Cain Rowlands b 1873 son of Thomas and Margaret

1891 Cain Rowlands an iron moulder. Elizabeth a tailoress


LOTTIE RANKIN b 1883 Dudley m 1914 St james Dudley Charles Wood


1901. residing with parents. Occupation: house duties


EDGAR RANKIN b 1885 Dudley


1901 residing with parents. Occupation: fender fitter