Biography of William Linley Rannells
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William Linley Rannells
Company G

William Linley Rannells was born in September 1, 1837. He had at least two brothers. One brother was Charles S. Rannells who resided in St. Louis, Missouri. The other brother, John D. Rannells, at some time resided in Siskiyou County, California. There was also a sister named Phebe Ann, who married Israel Thackara.

William married Francis Dickerson, who died in Chester, Ohio in 1858. Approximately two years later, on November 15, 1860 in Gallipolis, Ohio, he married his second wife, Elinor (Ella) Prichard. Elinor was born in 1839 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio.

William Linley Rannells enrolled with Company G of the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 25, 1862 at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was a private and enrolled for one year. He was listed as being five feet, nine inches tall with a light complexion, light hair, and blue eyes. In July or August 1862 near Winchester, Virginia, William was hurt by falling timber while engaged on the fortifications. He was hit on the small of his back resulting in diabetes. Also from the hard marching and exposure he contracted a disease of the eyes resulting in loss of sight in one eye and partial loss of sight in the other. As a result, he spent time in a hospital in Winchester, Virginia and was transferred to a Soldiers Home in Baltimore, Maryland. Later, he was sent to Little York, Pennsylvania Sixth Ward Hospital. He was honorably discharged on Surgeon's Certificate of Disability on October 20, 1862.

In June 1881, when he was 43, he resided in Olimpo, Colusa County, California. He is listed as being a Minster of the Gospel.

In 1890, he was a resident of Kirkwood, Tehama County, California according to an invalid pension application. He was applying because he was unable to earn a living. The reasons given were eye disease and urinary trouble. In 1891, William Rannells took in Irma Laura Burrell. They adopted her and raised her as their daughter.

William Linley Rannells died August 4, 1902 in Vallejo, Solano County, California from pneumonia. He was buried there on August 6, 1902.

In 1905, Elinor Rannells was 65 years old and still residing in Vallejo, Solano County, California. She had no means to support herself, other than being a seamstress and wash woman, making no more than $5 per month. Her husband had no life insurance at the time of his death. Her husband had been receiving a pension of $12 per month for some years prior to his death. She was the owner and possessor of five building lots located in an addition to the City of Vallejo known as Vallejo Heights. The land consisted of one fourth of an acre with an unfinished dwelling house, a shed, a stable, and a chicken house that were all enclosed by an ordinary board fence.

In 1916, she was 77 years old and resided at 4th Avenue, Tehama County, California.

This information was posted on the USGenWeb Archives Pensions Project website under California and also on the Rootsweb Message Boards for Tehama County in California.

Additional information provided by John Moller. His great grandmother, Irma Laura Burrell, was adopted and raised as William Rannells' daughter.

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