He was the son of William Rankin (1841-?) and Mary A. Rafferty (1843-?).
He had a brother, George S. Rankin (1866-1943) who married Catherine Doyle.
Joseph was baptised May 21, 1876 at Saint Columbia Church, Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Manhattan, New YorkEdit
He appears in the 1880 US Census for New York living in Manhattan.
On April 17, 1911 he married Ellen Veronica Meehan (1881-1955) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The marriage certificate was number "3464".
Together they had the following children: Joseph Gerard Rankin (1912-1994) who married Dorothy Agnes Sergent (1914-1983); Muriel Veronica Rankin (1914-1981) who married Edmond John Brown I (1908-1990); and George William Rankin (1919-1942) aka William George Rankin who was killed in action during WWII in Oran Harbor, Algeria.
Brooklyn, New YorkEdit
Joseph and Ellen appear in the 1920 US Census in Brooklyn, New York and Joseph is working as a garage manager.
Joseph died on March 08, 1963 possibly in California, and he was buried in the family plot in Holy Cross Cemetery on March 12, 1963.