This is a repost of John Y. Rankin's great granddaughter's post, from several years ago, on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery message board. I later met with Ruth and her mother (Rankin's granddaughter) when they came to Brownwood. This is one piece of solid evidence that helped me prove that Maj. Rankin was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle and that the story of John Wilkes Booth living in Brownwood during the year of 1871 was true. John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was a member of the KGC from as early as 1860. I'm attaching a photo of one of Booth's cabinet (calling) cards which is probably similar to the one Major Rankin had.
Ruth Lyle is a member of this group and is also the grgranddaughter of Maj. John Y. Rankin, CSA of Brownwood. Ruth posted this message several years ago after finding Booth's photo calling card among her grgrandfather's possessions.
"As I go through the writings of John Y Rankin I will gladly share
information. If anyone has a particular name (I know I will be
looking for Anderson) please let me know so that I will keep my eyes
open for it.
Also I noticed information on John Wilkes Booth - there is a picture
(calling card) among John Y's papers of Booth. I wondered about it at
the time I found it. What information does anyone have on his living