Sarah Elizabeth Rankin

ID# 1086, (1869-1908)
      Sarah Elizabeth Rankin was known as Libby.1 She was born on 27 August 1869.2 She was the daughter of Henry Rankin and Harriet Jane Muchmore.3,4 She married Charles Albert Burtch on 12 April 1887 in Lyndhurst, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario.3 She died on 25 March 1908 of appendicitis in Jones Falls, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario, at age 38.5,4

Sarah's obituary in the The Gananoque Reporter, Gananoque, Ontario, on 4 April 1908 read:
"The death occured on Wednesday at Jones' Falls of Mrs. Charles Birch(sic), well and popularly known throughout that section. She had been ill for several days with pneumonia. The deceased's maiden name was Miss Rankin. She was only 35 years of age and leaves a family of seven children. Her husband also survives."4

She was buried in St Columbanus Cemetery, Elgin, Leeds & Grenville County, OntarioG.4,1

Census Records

YearPlaceHead of Household
1891South Crosby Twp, Leeds County, OntarioCharles Albert Burtch
1901South Crosby Twp, Leeds County, OntarioCharles Albert Burtch
Last Edited=9 Aug 2019


  1. [S601] Doug Sly, "re: Ann Elizabeth Burtch," e-mail message from e-mail address (Brockville, Ontario) to Faye West, 17 May 2009.
  2. [S1840] Charles Burtch, 1901 Census (South Crosby, Leeds County, Ontario), Ancestry,
  3. [S1414] Charles Burtch & Sarah Rankin, Marriage Registration 006747 (9 July 1887), Ancestry,
  4. [S2009] Various Contributors, Sarah Elizabeth Rankin Burtch, Find A Grave Memorial # 149113972, Database and images (
  5. [S1913] Sarah E Burtch, Death Registration 016681 (26 Mar 1908), Archives of Ontario, Toronto, York County, Ontario.
  6. [S597] Annie Burtch, Birth Registration 018728 (10 Aug 1889), Archives of Ontario, Toronto, York County, Ontario.
  7. [S1424] Baptisms, marriages, burials 1883-1910: baptism of Anne Elizabeth Birch, pg 56, St Philip Neri Church, Toledo, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario. Viewed 2012-2019, at, database: Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923, img 29.
  8. [S308] 1901 Census (Crosby South, Leeds South, Ontario), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario T-6478, Charles A Burtch household.