Main content

Rankin Family papers


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

James Rankin (d. 1802), a resident of York, Pennsylvania, remained loyal to the British crown during the American Revolution. He moved to England in 1776, a year before the government of Pennsylvania was organized. Accused of treason for not having sided with the revolutionary government, Rankin's property was confiscated and sold. Rankin's heirs asked for restitution of the money received by the state in the sale of his estate under the congressional recommendation that restitution be made to real British subjects in cases of confiscation. The Pennsylvania Senate Journal for 1895 indicates that bill number 479 (revising the attainder of treason against Rankin and proposing restitution to the heirs) passed the Senate and was sent to the courts for processing.

The Rankin Family papers concern the case brought before the Pennsylvania Congress by the heirs of James Rankin. They consist of correspondence, legal documents, newspaper accounts of the case, photographs (presumably of James Rankin's descendants), and genealogical information on the Rankin and Wilson-Willson families. Among the correspondents were James Newlin of the Attorney General's office (August 18, 1868) and Ellis Lewis, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania (November 12, 1870).

The Rankin Family papers were purchased by Special Collections, Haverford College in 1973 from Samuel T. Freeman & Co.

Original processing information unknown.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Box 1
Legal documents.
Box 1
Newspaper accounts.
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1

Print, Suggest