I am looking for Mary Jane McLearn who married a british soldier in 1856 and moved to England.

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Mary Jane McLearn married Nathaniel Rankin, a British soldier from Enniskillen, Ireland at St. George's Anglican Church in 1856. She was born July 14, 1839 in Nova Scotia. Any help in identifing her family would be appreciated.
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In 1881 here is the family:

Name: Mary J. Rankin
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Relation: Wife
Spouse's Name: Nathaniel Rankin
Gender: Female
Where born: America
Civil Parish: Farnborough
County/Island: Hampshire
Country: England
Street Address: Cove Rd
Condition as to marriage: Married

Employment status:
Registration District: Hartley Wintney
Sub-registration District: Farnborough
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 1251
Folio: 5
Page Number: 4
Household Members:
Name Age
Nathaniel Rankin 56
Mary J. Rankin 43
William Rankin 22
Maud M. Rankin 10
Evelyn Rankin 6

Nathaniel was a beerhouse keeper.  Their son William was a fruiterer's shopman.  The others were at school.  In 1891 their children had presumably flown the nest and they were living alone at Stent Cottage, Jubilee Rd Farnborough.   Nathaniel was buried in Farnborough on 13 January 1892, but cannot find a burial for Mary, although a two-year-old Mary was buried in Farnborough on 28th September 1865.

by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 3 (35.3k points)
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Do you know anything about Mary Rankin's parents in Nova Scotia? I do know she died in NYC. She moved there and lived with her daughter Edith until her death.


Thank you so much for your help!
I'm afraid not - I only have access to UK records.  I hope someone else can help.
I am a descendant of Edith Blanche Rankin, daughter of Mary Jane Mclearn and Nathaniel Rankin. Also seeking information on their parents.

Nathaniel was born in Ireland so you're best off raising a new query and tagging it Ireland - and the same with Mary and America. I have though found an announcement of her death in 1923 at New Rochelle, New York, but she was buried in Novia Scotia.  https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/50000/105933820/724555?backurl=https%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdbid%3d61535%26h%3d2619778%26indiv%3dtry%26o_vc%3dRecord%253aOtherRecord%26rhSource%3d7572&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnRecord

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