Who are parents of James Ranney born 1802 in MA, died 1870 in Indiana?

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Looking for the parents of James Ranney, born between 1802-1809 in Massachusetts (although a couple places say NY), lived in Ripley County Indiana  married Elizabeth Abel in 1836, had four sons: Frances Marion, George, John and Austin. Died in 1870 and is buried in Ripley County, Indiana. I can find NO Ranney connection further back that him to link us to the main body of Ranneys elsewhere.

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I'm not sure about the parents (yet), but this seems to be your James Ranney in the 1850 Census:


Lists another child, Oscar. And an estimated birth year of 1804.
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (359k points)

James Ranney

 in the U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914

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    Name: James Ranney
    Alias: James Renne
    Birthyear: abt 1805
    Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
    Enlistment Age: 13

    James Ranny

     in the Indiana, Marriage Index, 1802-1892

      Name: James Ranny
      Spouse: Elizabeth Abel
      Date: 13 Nov 1836
      County: Ripley
      State: Indiana
      Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
      Microfilm: 1311944
      Thanks. I believe the census listing "Oscar" is a misspelling of Austin.

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