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
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
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

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.

The Kearns Line

For convenience of seeing where people fit into family lines, I suppose I ought to put some ancestry information here, and not just depend on the online database. Names included below are Kearns, Crabtree, Faggard, Ranager, McAndrew, McNulty, Clark, Cox, Jones, Pye. Their movements were all down in the South.

This is one of my husband’s lines.


Jacques Merlin Kearns b. 1930 July 18 , Mobile, Alabama, d. 2005 Dec 24, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia


Rhett Goode Kearns b. 1888 June 16, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1967 Feb 1, Mobile, Alabama
Susan “Susie” Elizabeth Crabtree b. 1893 June 8 Whistler, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1990 Oct 24 Mobile, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Rhett Goode, Mary Alice “Mae”, Dorothy Elizabeth, James “Jim” Dodson, Selden Stephen, Jacques Merlin
Rhett married a second time to Carmie Cordila Gilmore b. 1915 Feb 10, d. 1990 Feb 10 in Mobile, Mobile Alabama.
Children: Retta Louise Kearns Harden b. 1943 Jan 31, d. 2010 Feb 15 in McIntosh, Alabama; private son; private son


Michael “Buddy” Tearence Kearns b. 1865 Jan 19, d. 1932 Oct 21 Toulminville, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1932 Oct 21 in , Mobile, Alabama
Mary F. McAndrew b. 1862 Jan, Alabama, d. 1939 May in , Mobile, Alabama
Children: Rhett Goode, Claude Martin
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Adam Bell Crabtree b. 1846 Feb 5 Gainesville, Hall, Georgia, d. 1898 July 19 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1877 April 26 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
Alice Virginia Ranager b. 1851 March 3, Whistler, Mobile, Alabama, d. 1936 Oct 3, Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Adam, John Erwin, George William, Charles, Martha Ann, Harry, Thomas Lee, Ann, Susan, Mary Virginia
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John Kearns b. 1820 Ireland
married 1848 in Ireland
Catherine McNulty b. 1822 Sep in Ireland, d. 1906 Jan 29, Toulminville, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Elizabeth (Eliza) Ann, Michael “Buddy” Tearence, Timothy Wiles, John Edward
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Thomas McAndrew b. abt. 1824 Ireland, d. , Mobile, Alabama
Catherine b. 1825-1830 Ireland, d. , Mobile, Alabama
Children: James J., Mary F., Thomas Charles, Patrick, Catherine, Martin, Ann, Sarah
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Irvin Crabtree b. 1814 Nov 11 , Hall, Georgia, d. 1863 May 12
Sarah Ann Faggard b. 1819 Dec 6, d. 1861 Feb 16 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
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Andrew Jackson Ranager b. 1826 Jan 15 in Mississippi, d. 1871 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1846 Dec 8 in , Mobile, Alabama
Martha Jane Ann Jones b. abt 1828,
Children: John Wesley, Henry W., Alice Virginia
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James McAndrew b. abt. 1790 Ireland, d. aft. 1870 , Mobile, Alabama
married abt 1820 in Ireland
Catherine b. abt 1798 in Ireland, d. before 1870 in , Mobile, Alabama
Children: Thomas, Martin, Patrick, Catherine

Littleton Crabtree b. abt 1790 in North Carolina (maybe), d. 1849
married 1811 May 11 in , Jackson, Georgia
Rebecca Cox b. abt. 1790
Children: Irvin, Jackson, Alfred R., Littleton, Haynes, Louisa, Murphy, Emma, Millay
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Daniel Faggard b. c. 1784 in South Carolina, d. 1844 June 15 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
married before 1809 in South Carolina
Martha A. b. abt. 1780 in South Carolina, d. 1856 July 20 in Citronelle, Mobile, Alabama
Children: Henry Wells, Jackson, William, Sarah Ann, Catherine, Ransom D., George Washington, Sarena
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John Ranager b. 1794 Germany, d. 1859 Nov 20 in Whistler, Mobile, Alabama
married 1822 in Mississippi
Mary Clark b. abt 1802 in South Carolina
Children: George Washington, Margaret Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, Arrena Catherine, John Wesley
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Edward H. Jones b. ab. 1796
Rebecca Pye b. 1815 in Georgia
Children: Martha Jane Ann, William M.


William Crabtree b. 1758 Dec 25 , Baltimore, Maryland, d. 1836 Dec 10 in North Carolina. And the marriage thing gets real confusing in this generation with people not seeming sure about certain things so we’ll leave this at that.
Children: Littleton

Henry Faggard b. abt. 1760 in South Carolina, d. Alabama
Children: Daniel and John G.

Joseph Jones b. 1775 abt. in , Wake, North Carolina, d. abt. 1810 in , Oglethorpe, Georgia