Biography of James Rankin
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Rankin, James, was born in Scotland, December 20, 1831, a son of William and Isabella Rankin. His father was superintendent of a farm for several years and afterwards became a farmer. James Rankin was educated in the common school and academy of Rochester, Mass., and in early life worked at farming with his father and afterward for fifteen years was employed by J. S. Fay, of Boston, as manager of the estate. He afterward bought one hundred and twenty five acres of land in South Easton, Mass., and began the manufacture of "improved Monarch Incubators" of various sizes, and the culture of ducks, which industry under his careful management has grown to enormous proportions. He has from ten to twelve thousand ducks and chickens that he raises each season and ships to Boston and New York markets. He also has three magnificent barns, wherein he has accommodations for sixty or more choice horses, and his stalls are of the very latest modern style, having now about forty horses sent from all points in New England for the winter, some of the horses being valued at $1,500. Mr. Rankin married, in 1856, Harriet Coe, daughter of Joseph and Julia Coe, and they have two children: Julia Rankin, who married Edgar Belcher, and James H. Rankin. He was on the School Committee for several years and he takes a general interest in school and church institutions, and his town and town's people.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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