1858 - 1944

Ellen Rankin, also known as Nellie, was born at Great Stambridge, Rochford, Essex on 4 May 1858, one of the fourteen children of Alfred Mottram Rankin (1832-1896), a miller & coal merchant, and his wife Ellen née Shalders (1836-1924), who married at Ipswich in 1857, Mrs Ellen Rankin, sen. was the daughter of Ipswich bookseller Edward Shalders [q.v.]. In 1871, a student at a school at Cashiobury Terrace, Prittlewell, Essex and in 1891 as Ellen D. Rankin, a 32 year old District Visitor, a boarder at London Street, Ratcliff, Stepney, London but ten years later had moved along the road to 6-8 London Street, Ratcliff where she was a social worker in the [Salvation?] army. As Miss E. Rankin a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1897 and exhibited from her parent's home at Broom Hill, Great Stambridge, Rochford, Essex in 1890, four works two oils 'A Bit of Western Sky' and 'On the Roach' and two pastels 'When the Tide Comes In' and 'Departing Day'. In 1911, a 52 year old, living on private means at Grey Lodge, Cornwall Road, Woodridge Hatch End, Pinner, Middlesex with her 74 year old widowed mother Ellen, and sisters Florence 44 and Bessie 37, both unmarried. In 1939, a retired church social worker, living at 'Broomhills', Mill Lane, Rochford, Essex. She was of 27 Venner Road, Sydenham, Kent when she died at The Victoria Hospital, Tonbridge, Kent on 31 July 1944, aged 86, she was unmarried.

Miss Nellie Rankin:-
She is the member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club who in 1879 as Miss Rankin exhibited 'A Glimpse of Autumn' and the Miss N. Rankin who exhibited four works 'Daisies', 'Fruit, Apples &c.', 'Sutton Church, Essex' and 'Fruit and Wine'.