Andrew Jackson Ranager and Martha Jane Jones

Andrew Jackson RANAGER (RANAGIER, RENEGAR, a whole host of spellings) was reportedly born 15 Jan 1826 at Mobile AL, 1st son and 2nd of 5 children born to John RANAGER and Mary CLARK. His son John, in the 1880 census, gives Andrew as born in MS. Alice (Ranager) CRABTREE in the same census gives her father, Andrew, as born in AL.

Andrew RANAGER married Martha Jane JONES who may have been born 1828 in England, according to Vicki Ranager. The 1880 census has Martha however giving herself as born in AL and her father born in GA. No birthplace is supplied for her mother.

Andrew and Martha had three children:

  • John Wesley RANAGER b. 1847 or 1849 in England married Sarah CAULEY b. 1847. John died 1933 and is buried at the Old Whistler Cemetery in Whistler AL. (Amie Akerman supplies 1849 to 1933 as the birth and death dates from the tombstone. The 1880 census indicates he was born in 1849.)
  • Henry RANAGER b. 1849 at Whistler, Mobile Co. AL married Ellen JONES b. 1849.
  • Alice Virginia RANAGER b. 3 March 1851, WHistler, Mobile Co. AL, married Adam Bell CRABTREE.

Vicky Ranager writes (who provided the sources for Andrew’s parents, his wife and her parents): “I believe Andrew must have went to England, married, and had one child there and returned about 1850 – probably needs to be checked by possible finding some immigration records somewhere. I saw a John Ranager on one of the passenger lists as arriving here sometime in the 1850s. I knew our John Ranager arrived cir. 1820 from Germany. However, if Andrew went to England, his brother John Wesley Ranager could have went with him. ”

The family has been located on the following censuses:

1880 Alabama Mobile Co. Whistler Township
pg. 3 ancestry.com
21/23CLARK Andrew 48 carpenter b. VA parents unk.
? 40 wife b. GA parents b. GA
Robert E. 16 works in RR shop b. AL
21/24 LEWIS Sarah 65 widowed b. MS father b. SC mother b. NC
Wesley 28 son railroad engineer b. AL father b. GA mother b. MS
Sarah 10 granddaughter b. AL
21/25 RANAGER Martha 53 widowed b. AL father b. GA
Laura 7 granddaughter b. AL parents b. AL
DUNCAN? Albert 21 boarder laborer b. AL
22/26 RANIGER John 30 laborer b. AL father b. MS mother b. AL
Sarah 25 b. AL mother b. MS
Jackson 6 b. AL
Martha 5 b. AL
Gracie 2 b. AL
(?) Eddie 16 adopted son b. AL parents b. AL
HALL Wiley 27 boarder (?) waggener b. AL parents b. AL
23/27 MCLEAN Neil 58 b. MS parents b. Scotland
Elizabeth 45 b. AL mother b. AL
24/28 CRABTREE Adam 30 Painter b. AL
Alice 27 b. AL father b. AL mother b. AL
Adam 2
John 10/12
25/27 WEST Nancy (b) 45 laundress? widowed b. MS parents b. AL
Charles (b) 25 laborer b. MS
Ellen (b) 16 b. MS
Ida (b) 5 b. MS
(?) THOMPSON? (b) 10 nephew b. MS parents b. MS
26/50 JACKSON Daniel (b)48 woodcutter b. VA
Mary (b) 50 b. NC parents b. NC
27/51 MCDOUGALL Sarah (m) 30 servant b. MS
28/52 CATO William (m) 34 carpenter b. AL
Bettie (m) 25 b. AL father b. SC
William (m) 6 b. AL
Mary R. (m) 4 b. AL
Lorina M. (m) 2 b. AL
29/53 PATTON Benjamin (m) 34 teamster b. AL parents b. MS
Mary (m) 37 b. AL father b. SC mother b. NC
David M. (m) 2 b. MS parents b. AL
RENARD? Azalene ? (B) 11 niece b. MS father b. Arkansas? mother b. AL
SMITH Jane (m) 17 niece servant b. AL parents b. AL
RUSSELL Reuben (b) 47 servant wagon ? b. AL father b. MS
THOMPSON Charles (b) 22 servant wagon ? b. TN parents b. TN< BENNER Robert (b) 19 servant wagon ? b. AL parents b. AL ANDERSON Louiza (b) 35 laundress? widowed b. VA parents b. VA 30/34 CATO Rebecca (w) 56 married b. AL paralysis M (?) (w) male 23 lame L (?) (w) female 20 given as married and widowed On page 10 is Littleton CRABTREE. 90/98 CRABTREE Littleton 45 notary public b. AL father b. Illinois Nancy A. 49 b. AL parents b. AL Warren S. 18 works in paint shop b. AL Hubbard L. 13 b. AL (I went up through page 20 of 50.)

1900 Alabama Mobile Co. Whistler Township
pg. 87B (14 ancestry.com)
CRABTREE Alice b. March 1852 age 48 wd. 9 children with 9 surviving, b. AL, parents b. un
John b. July 1879, age 20 b. AL bookkeeper
George b. Nov. 1882, 17 b. AL tin smith
Charles b. July 1884, 15 b. AL grocery clerk
Annie b. July 1886, 13 b. AL
On the next page is another CRABTREE but the name is difficult to tell. Either 34 or 24, with wife 39, her name begins with M., maybe Margaret or Millicent? Sons John 9 and Allen 3 ?
Harry b. Sept. 1887 11 b. AL
Lee b. Oct. 1890 9 b. AL
Susie b. Oct. 1893 6 b. AL
To one side live Sam TOULMIN and Ceclia (b), and Jessie WILLIAMS and Mary (b), and to the other side there is a James (?) RANEGAR.
148/155 RANEGAR James b. Jan 1850, 50, wd., b. AL, parents b. un. blacksmith
John W. Sept. 1873 26 b. AL boiler maker
Mattie March 1876 23 b. AL dress maker
Grace July 1878 21 b. AL
Lena Feb. 1882 18 b. AL
Sarah Jan 1884 16 b. AL
Lizzie

Several pages over on 94A lives Jacob, Adam Bell’s brother, beside a Horace CROSS:
CRABTREE Jacob b. Jan. 1850 50 married 29 years b. AL parents b. Un Iron moulder
M. J. b. Aug. 1850 49 7 children, 4 surviving b. AL parents b. MS
Mannie b. July 1884 15 b. AL
William b. Jan. 1889 11 b. AL
149/156 SUMERALL George b. 1853 and Lillie and family shoemaker
150/157 EVANS Edmond (b) b. 1846 and Lucy and family
151/158 JONES Edward (b) 1877 22 b. AL parents b. AL teamster
Sallie 20 b. AL father b. un mother b. SC
Isoria 3
Edward 1

Amie Akerman gives the tombstone of Martha J. RANAGER as being at the Old Whistler Cemetery in Whistler AL. No dates are listed. It reads: “In memory of Martha J. RANAGER, wife of A. J.” Also buried there are Elnora RANAGER (no dates), Sarah J. RANAGER (no dates), Lottie RANAGER (no dates), John Wesley RANAGER 1849-1833 and Grace RANAGER SEABURY 1878-1961.

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