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Rankin Cemetery

Grayson County, Virginia

Location: East of Galax

Directions: This cemetery is on the east side of South Main Street (SR 89) in the Marion Heights Subdivision. Turn on to Rock Road (Rt 940) at the Hillcrest Baptist Church. Turn left on to Marion Heights (Rt 941) then right on to Marion Lane (Rt 942). The cemetery is on the east side of Marion Lane and is visible from the road.

GPS Coordinates: N36.63177 W80.91163

Surveyed by: Buford C. Wilson 22 Apr 2003; updated 30 Apr 2008

Comments: This cemetery appears to be one of the oldest surviving cemeteries in this area. The oldest marker is dated 1817. On 11 Jul 1929 the cemetery was deeded to the Galax Primitive Baptist Church by Mrs. Mary J. Shinault and other family members.Part of this information was contributed by a person who wishes to remain anonymous. On an earlier visit, the cemetery was abandoned and in very poor condition. Recently the brush and weeds have been cleared away and the old fence removed. The cemetery is now being mowed and is in excellent condition.

Rankin Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia
Name Birth Death Comments
Row 1
SHORES, Rosa G. Rankin 2 May 1852 30 Dec 1932 w/o Jiles Shores; broken stone
RANKIN, Jennettie S. 17 Dec 1864 23 Dec 1881 age 17 yrs 6 days; broken stone
RANKIN, W.F. 16 Oct 1850 7 Jun 1880 age 29 yrs 7 mos 21 days
RANKIN, William F. 20 Jun 1877 s/o M.D. & S.A. Rankin. Stone is broken and badly eroded; part with death date is missing.
RANKIN, Roberta 9 May 1861 12 Sep 1862
RANKIN, Vergel S. 9 Jul 1857 21 Aug 1862
Row 2
RANKIN, Martin D. 1855 17 May 1941
SHINAULT, Mary Jane Rankin 28 Apr 1848 22 Nov 1932 w/o P. F. Shinault
SHINAULT, Abraham 11 Jul 1889 21 Jul 1889 s/o P.F. & M.J. Shinault
SHINAULT, William 3 Apr 1881 27 Oct 1881
RANKIN, Isabella 1803 1840 [w/o William Rankin]
RANKIN, William 25 Jan 1789 11 Mar 1870 81 yrs 1 mo 16 days
RANKIN, Mary M. 17 Dec 1826 30 Jul 1898 w/o William Rankin
Row 3
MARTIN, Winnie Claire 19 Jun 1898 19 Jun 1900 age 2 yrs; d/o P.A. & L[ela] B[eth] Martin
RANKIN, John 22 Jan 1815 16 Aug 1831
RANKIN, Manuel [s/o John & Ollie Rankin]
Row 4
RANKIN, Infant 2 Jan 1840 s/o Wm. & Isabella Rankin
Row 5
BARNES, Glenn 23 Jan 1921 13 May 1921 s/o R[ufus] H. & I[lla] F[aye] Barnes
RANKIN, Nancy 16 Aug 1788 13 Nov 1820 [w/o William Rankin]
RANKIN, James 1817 1817 inf. s/o Wm. & Isabella Rankin
RANKIN, William