Fonds ID1471 - Thomas Rankine & Sons (firm)

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Thomas Rankine & Sons (firm)

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  • 1842-1919 (Creation)
    Thomas Rankine & Sons (firm)

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60 cm of textual records

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(Established 1824)

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Thomas Rankine was born in Kincardine, Scotland in 1803, son of Thomas Rankine and Margaret Davidson. In 1818, he was apprenticed to the baker's trade with John Kidston for four years. Emigrating in 1822, he found employment at Edmund Kirk's bakery in Cooper's Alley, now Church Street in Saint John New Brunswick. In 1824, he, in company with a Mr. Berryman, purchased the business which they conducted under the firm of Rankine & Berryman for about two years. He then purchased Merritt's bakery house on Union Street which he occupied until he moved to Mill Street. Thomas Rankine's establishment burnt in 1849 then again in 1877. In 1871, the elder Rankine was joined by his two sons, Thomas A. and Alexander, changing the name to Thomas Rankine & Sons.

Thomas Rankine Sr. died in 1876. He was one of the first directors of the Mechanic's Institute. He married 1) Janet McWilliam, born in Scotland,1801-1846, and is buried in Weslyn Cemetery, Thorne Avenue, Saint John) daughter of Thomas McWilliam in 1824. They had eleven children: Thomas A.; Alexander; Janet; John ; Margaret; Elizabeth; James; Mary; William; Grace; and Ann. He married 2) Agnes Jeffrey Rusland (1805-1885) at Springhill, Kings County New Bunswick on 20 January 1847.

When Alexander retired in the 1890s, H.C. and Frank Rankine, sons of Thomas A. joined the firm.

Thomas A. Rankine was born in 1825. In 1846, he maried Louisa A. Caldwell, daughter of Alexander Caldwell. They had eight children: Janet; Henry C., a partner in the business; Walter; Hester, wive of the Hon.W.S. Fielding, who became federal Finance Minister; Oscar; Frank, partner in the business; Allan; and Zillah. After Thomas A.'s first wife died, he married Mary E. Camber. They had two children: Mary L. and William C.

"Biographical Review, Province of New Brunswick", 1900.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of 9 account books, including day books and ledgers. There are stockbooks, 1883-1890, and 1886-1900, which contain a list of city customers; time books, 1866-1891, 1894, 1916; and a sample book with 85 numbered photographs and negatives of products.

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Acquired from Mrs. A.F. Rankine (Saint John) 1973


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  • English

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S 292

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