After some time away I am back on the list and working on another lead in
my hunt for information on JANE BOWLES SHANKS and her husband ROBERT T.
SHANKS. In reviewing the pension papers that Jane filed for a pension
based on her son WILLIAM SYLVESTER SHANKS' war service and death in 1864
at Andersonville, I find the names of JOHN S. RANKIN and NICHOLAS A. RANKIN
of NICHOLAS COUNTY. They swear that they were personally acquainted with
ROBERT T. SHANKS and his wife JANE, and that they know that ROBERT left
the family in about 1846-7 (supposedly to enlist in the army, and fight in
the Mexican War. He was at this time about 47-8 years of age, so suspect
he just deserted them and this was the cover story). Robert never turned
up again to the knowledge of anyone who knew him.
What I am trying to figure out is where the RANKIN'S lived in about 1846-7.
I have not been able to find anything on the SHANKS, but hope working from
this angle might uncover something.
Can anyone help?