HENRY B. RANKIN, is the son of Amberry A. and Arminda (Rogers) Rankin; his father was born near Cynthiana, Ky., Nov. 30, 1806, and came to Illinois in 1828; his mother was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Sept. 20, 1803, and came to Illinois with her parents in 1818. The subject of this sketch is the third of a family of four, viz., James A., who was born June 10, 1832, and, at the age of 20, sailed for Chili, South America, by way of Cape Horn, and remained in South America sixteen years, the first part of which time was spent in travel and correspondence with various journals of the United States, and later, became connected with Mr. Henry Meigs, as civil engineer and contractor in the railroad which Meigs was constructing for the Peruvian Government. His active life was terminated by a disastrous railroad accident near Iquique, Peru, Oct. 4, 1870, at which place he was buried. Edward L., another son, born March 14, 1835, and, Sept. 20, 1860, was married to Miss E. R. Searle, of Rock Island, Ill., and, in 1861, located in Keokuk Co., Iowa, where he has since resided; they have one child - James E., born July 28, 1867. Henry B. the subject of our sketch, who was born April 7, 1837, still resides on the old homestead, where he was born, which was the first claim and home of his grandfather, Matthew Rogers. His wife was Miss Alma Hurd, of Tonica, LaSalle Co, Ill.; they were married May 4, 1864, and have two children - Fred H., born May 18, 1865, and Albert H., Nov. 27, 1876; Emma F., deceased. Among the pioneers and honored citizens of Menard Co., none are better known than A. A. Rankin, nor more worthy of historical notice as a representative man. He has always taken an active part in all matters of public welfare.