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Margaret Ann 'Maggie'
(Rankin) Fike


Margaret Ann "Maggie" (Rankin) Fike was born on Jan. 3, 1879 in Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA , the daughter of Robert and Hester Ann (Minerd) Rankin.

On Nov. 10, 1902, at the age of 23, Maggie united herself in marriage with 26-year-old Charles E. Fike (1876-1940), a powder maker and farmer, the son of Jacob M. and Barbara (Thomas) Fike of Maryland. 

They had four children – Legatha Dennis, Woodrow Fike, Samuel E. Fike and Charles R. Fike.

The Fikes resided “near the Tent church” in Georges Township, Fayette County, PA. 

In October 1934, they suffered the death of their married daughter, Legatha Dennis, after an illness of about a year.

At the age of 64, in mid-October 1940, Charles fell at home and fractured his left leg. A few weeks later, the wound produced an embolism and he died on Nov. 2, 1940. 

Margaret outlived him by a quarter-century, and later lived in Norfolk, VA with her son Samuel.  She died on Oct. 13, 1965, at the age of 86, and is buried with her husband at Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.

~ Son Woodrow Fike ~

Son Woodrow Fike ( ? - ? ) died at the age of 38 on Jan. 9, 1951. He also is buried at Park Place Cemetery.

~ Son Samuel Fike ~

Son Samuel Fike ( ? - ? ) resided in Portsmouth and North Chesapeake, VA.

~ Son Charles R. Fike ~

Son Charles R. Fike ( ? - ? ), a veteran of World War II, lived in Pittsburgh and Uniontown, PA. Circa 1965, he made his home in Cleveland.

~ Daughter Legatha (Fike) Dennis ~

Daughter Legatha Fike (1905-1934) married Chester Dennis ( ? - ? ).  

Sadly, she died at age 28 on Oct. 9, 1934 "due to complications following an illness of approximately a year’s duration," said a newspaper. She was buried at Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown. 

Chester's fate is not yet known.

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