William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


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Milton John Rankin

Spouse(s): Joan E. Unknown
Family tree: Milton John Rankin 1931-2012

Milton John Rankin

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.

Milt's Publications

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.