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James Henry Rand Sr. (1859 - 1944)

James Henry Rand Sr.
Born in Tonawanda, Erie, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at age 85 in North Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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James Henry Rand, SR. was a descendant of John Rand, founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Rand families lived in Massachusetts and later New York state (around Tonawanda, Niagara County). James Sr. was born May 29, 1859 in NY.

James Sr. first started as a railroad telegraph operator for three years then a bank cashier. As a banker he developed the first commercial system of dividers, file tabs and index cards. James Sr. founded the Rand Ledger Company to manufacture the index system. These greatly speeded up the banking efficiency.

Between 1908 to 1915 James Sr. had his son, James the Rand Ledger Co. James Jr. created a new company dealing with filing systems and office supplies, mostly used by medical offices, American Kardex in 1915. His ideas centered on making business simpler. It became a huge company by 1920. In 1925, James Jr. purchased the Rand Ledger Corp. with his father serving as chairman of the company.

He passed away in 1944.[1]


  1. "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database, FamilySearch ( : 18 July 2020), James Dea and James Henry Rand Sr, 1944.
  • A Genealogy of the Rand Family 1635-1987 as compiled by Philip S Rand.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 February 2021), James H Rand in household of Benjamin L Rand, Tonawanda, Erie, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 104, sheet 165D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,827.

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Rand-1996 and Rand-2 appear to represent the same person because: I am cleaning up the site using a wikitree plus spreadsheet of matches: One of these two profiles is an unconnected branch, the other is part of the main tree, but they look to be the same person.
posted by Celia Marsh

Rejected matches › Wilber James Ransom (abt.1859-)

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