Milton John Rankin
Spouse(s): Joan E. Unknown
Family tree: Milton John Rankin 1931-2012
Milton John Rankin
Milton J. Rankin, Obituary
Milton J. Rankin Milton J. Rankin of Visalia passed away Friday March 23, 2012 in Visalia, at the age of 80. Milton, "Red" to close friends and family, was born October 8, 1931 in Cranford, New Jersey. He was the first born child of James and Edith Rankin.
Milton lived in Ft. Worth, TX; San Antonio, TX; Waco, TX; Little Rock, AR; Celle, Germany; Toms River, NJ; Rome, NY; Dover-Foxcroft, ME; Bangor, ME; Willingboro, NJ; and Lake Havasu City, AZ, before coming to Visalia in 1979.
He graduated from Cranford High School Class of 1948. Milton was in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1973 as a Chief Master Sergeant. He was in the Strategic Air Command, and served through the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts stationed in Germany and Thailand while attached to ground radar maintenance. He worked for a short time for RCA and was retired from the 3M company.
He enjoyed researching genealogy and working at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints genealogy library for many years. He was a member of The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society and also enjoyed bowling, playing basketball and baseball in his high school years, crossword puzzles, cryptograms, reading, and old westerns.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, cousin, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife, Joan Rankin of Visalia, son James Rankin and his wife Jean of Kennedale, TX, three daughters: Janet Garbe and her husband Rich Acosta of Layfayette, CO, Joanne Avery and her husband Mike of Bamboo, WI, Jeanne Rankin of Visalia; a brother John Rankin of Schenectady, NY, four grandchildren: Allyson Gullette and her husband Todd of Frederick, CO; Daniel Garbe of Honolulu, HI; Christopher and Austin Rankin of Kennedale, TX; great-grandson Deegan Gullette of Frederick, CO, eight nieces, 4 nephews, 1 cousin, and many extended family members and friends.
A memorial service will not be held upon his request. A private interment will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ. Memorial contributions can be sent to the donor's favorite charity.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register, Mar. 29, 2012.
Colonial Families to New Jersey
At his website,
Colonial Families to New Jersey,
Milton says that all of the early settlers of New Jersey did not come directly
from Europe, and that between 1660 and 1750 many migrated from other colonies in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Long Island, New York. Often the
progenitor of the family in North America never lived in New Jersey, but his
children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren were the early settlers of many
New Jersey communities.
Some of his ancestors, who settled in New Jersey, descended from Thomas Baker who came from Hothfield England in 1639 to Milford, Connecticut; Edward Doty who came from England on the Mayflower in 1620 to the Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts; Edward Shipman who came from England in 1639 to the Saybrook Colony, Connecticut; George Sutton who came from England on the "Hercules" in 1634 to Scituate, Massachusetts; and John Martin who came from England to Dover, New Hampshire.
The Greaves Papers
Milt transcribed the Greaves Papers, a chronology of colonial Westfield families created by Richard Pearson Greaves. The work includes 17,561 names of the founding fathers and their descendants, with dates of birth and death if known. Greaves arranged the names chronologically on cards; a card for each generation. At his request his nephews, Horace and Richard Hatfield, gave the original manuscripts to the New Jersey Historical Society. Please read the cautions about this compilation.