NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The surname Crane has an ancient English history dating back to the hundreds rools of the thirteenth century, and was probably a Norman local name earlier. Its similarity to the name of a bird has caused some of the families to adopt the Crane as a symbol on their coat-of-arms, and indeed some branches of the family may have adopted the emblem before taking the surname. The coat-of-arms of the Crane family of Suffolk, England, to which some, if not all the American families belong is: Argent, a fesse between three crosses crosslet fitches gules. Crest: a crane proper. There have been many distinguished Englishmen of this name from the earliest use of the surname. There were a number of pioneers of this family in Massachusetts before 1650.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
(I) Henry Crane, immigrant ancestor, was born about 1635, in England, and came to Massachusetts as early as 1655. Here he was associated with his brother Benjamin as a farmer, a tanner, and currier of leather. Soon after 1658 he removed to Gulford, Connecticut, and in 1663 was one of twelve planters to locate at Hammonnassett, later known as Killingworth, between Guilford and Saybrook. Up to the time of his death, his name appears often in the records of the town, in connection with various public trusts, civil, military, and religious. He was made freeman Sept. 24, 1669; representative to the general court, May, 1675; chosen lieutenant of the Killingworth train band in 1676; was also justice of the peace for the county of New London, 1698-1701-02-03. He was one of the assistants in the upper houses of the general court, Oct. 12, 1665, also in May, 1666. For twenty-seven years he was representative to the genearl court of Connecticut. As a first settler of Killingworth, he was granted by the town committee sixteen acres of land. He became captain of militia and was frequently called to serve on committees and arbitrations involving varied and important questions relating to public and private affairs.
He married (first) Concurrence, daughter of John Meigs, of Guilford, about 1663. She died in Killingworth, Oct. 9, 1708. He married (second) Dec. 26, 1709, Deborah Champion, widow of Henry Champion, of Lyme, Conn. He died April 22, 1711.
Children, recorded in Guilford:
1. John, born about 1664.
Recorded in Killingworth:
2. Mary, Aug. 22, 1670.
5. [why does it skip to 5? Beats me!] Phebe, Dec. 24, 1672.
6. Theophilus, Jan. 5, 1674.
7. Abigail, April 3, 1676.
8. Henry, Oct. 25, 1677, mentioned below.
9. Mercy, June 21, 1680.
10. Nathaniel, Aug. 7, 1682.
(II) Henry (2), son of Henry (1) Crane, was born Oct. 25, 1677, in Killingworth, Conn. He married Abigail, daughter of Robert Flood, of Wethersfield, Conn., Jan. 27, 1703. He settled in that part of Killingworth afterwards set off to Durham, of which he was one of the thirty-four original proprietors. Fro, 1718 to 1740 he represented the town in the state legislature, and was justice of the peace for the county of New Haven fron 1728 to the time of his death. He died April 11, 1741, leaving a large estate for that time. His widow died Aug. 31, 1754, aged seventy-eight.
1. Silas, Jan. 25, 1705, mentioned below.
2. Concurrence, March 25, 1708.
3. Henry, March 20, 1710.
4. Abigail, June 6, 1712.
(III) Silas, son of Henry (2) Crane, was born Jan. 25, 1705, and settled in Durham, Conn. He received the military title of sergeant and rendered service during the French and Indians wars, and was quite prominent in all matters relating to the welfare of the town, serving on the committee to settle the pastor of the church and many other important committees. He resided on a portion of the seven hundred and fifty-acre farm belonging to his father. He died Jan. 15, 1763.
His wife was Mercy Griswold, daughter of Samuel Griswold, whom he married Nov. 27, 1729. She died Aug. 29, 1782.
1. Abigail, born Sept. 10, 1730.
2. Jesse, June 5, 1732.
3. Flood, Feb. 12, 1735.
4. Silas, Nov. 9, 1737.
5. Robert Griswold, Feb. 18, 1739.
6. Eli, Nov. 27, 1742.
7. Flood, Feb. 27, 1744.
8. Huldah, April 30, 1747.
9. Ruth, Dec. 12, 1749.
10. Frederick, Feb. 24, 1751, mentioned below.
11. Nathan, Sept. 8, 1754.
(IV) Frederick, son of Silas Crane, was born Feb. 24, 1751. He settled in Durham, Connecticut, and there took the oath to the state Dec. 8, 1778 and the freeman's oath April 10, 1780. About 1792 he removed with his family to Marcy, Oneida county, New York, where he died.
He married, Jan. 1, 1778, Anne Babcock.
1. Rebecca, born Aug. 25 1778.
2. Asa, March 12, 1780.
3. Charles, Feb. 1, 1782.
4. Eunice, Jan. 13, 1784.
(V) Asa, son of Frederick Crane, ws born March 12, 1780. He married Polly Horton Carpenter, widow of ____ Carpenter. By her first husband he had three children: Lora Ann, Albert and Rufus. After his marriage, Asa Crane removed from Cheshire, Mass., to Marcy, Oneida county, N.Y., and settled on an unimproved tract of land. This he improved and lived upon until his death.
In politics he was first a Whig, then a Republican; in relirion, a Baptist. He died at the age of ninety-six years, his wife at the age of ninety-two.
1. George C., mentioned below.
(VI) George C., son of Asa Crane, received a common school education. He became a successful farmer in his native county and continued to follow farming during his active life. He was a Republican in politics and in religion a Baptist. He married Emeline, daughter of William Hill. She was born in 1812, died in 1884. He died in 1881.
1. Hetta E., married Solon Gordon.
2. George Webster, married Martha Caldwell, and resides in Albion, New York.
3. Frederick A., mentioned below.
4. Mary L., married Eldridge Crane of Whitesboro, N.Y., and has three sons- Allen, Frederick and Charles. The two eldest reside in Whitesboro, and Charles in Wyoming.
(VII) Dr. Frederick A. Crane, third child and second son of Geroge C. Crane, was born Nov. 22, 1840. He was educated in the common schools and Whitesboro Seminary. He studied his profession under the preceptorship of his uncle, Dr. Deloss Crane, who practiced medicine at Holland Patent for more than half a century. Dr. Frederick A. Crane also attended lectures at Bellevue Hospital College, New York City. In 1866 he located in Lowville, where he built up a large practice, and has for many years ranked as one of the leading physicians in northern New York, still enjoying a lucrative practice, and maintaining the highest standing as a physician and surgeon. He is house physician at the County Hospital, a position he has held for upwards of thirty years. Though a practitioner for more than forty years, he still strives for deeper knowledge and greater achievements in his profession.
He is a kind-hearted, sympathetic, liberal gentleman, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his many patients. In politics he is a Republican, and has been elected president of the village of Lowville, serving two years. He is a member of the Lewis County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society. He is affiliated with Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons; Lowville Chapter, No. 223, Royal Arch Masons; Watertown Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar; and hols membership in Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, and Lowville Lodge, No. 59, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Dr. Crane married, Nov. 18, 1868, Eliza B., born April 27, 1846, daughter of William N. and Huldah Burton Tanner. Her father was born Oct. 5, 1801, in Newport, Herkimer county, N.Y., and died Aug. 1, 1872. Her mother was born Nov. 12, 1813, and died March 16, 1893; she was married to Mr. Tanner on Jan. 11, 1837, and their children were: Josephine, born July 27, 1838, married John Hinman, died Oct. 29, 1903; Theodore B., born May 7, 1840, married Nov. 18, 1868, Clara Burlingame; John R., born Aug. 2, 1842, married Frances Evans, died Oct. 17, 1881; Nathan B., born May 21, 1844, died Sept. 17, 1847; Eliza B., wife of Dr. Frederick A. Crane.
Children of Dr. Frederick A. and Eliza B. (Tanner) Crane:
May, died aged nineteen years six months.
William G., born March 24, 1879, married Grace, born Feb. 4, 1886, daughter of John L. and Emogene (Flint) Beach; child, Frederick Beach.
The surname Crane has an ancient English history, dating back to the Hundred Rolls of the thirteenth century, and was probably a Norman local name earlier. Its similarity to the name of a bird has caused some of the families to adopt the crane as a symbol on their coats-of-arms, and indeed some branches of the Crane family may have adopted the emblem before taking the surname. The coat-of-arms of the Crane family of Suffolk, England, to which some, if not all, the American families belong, is: Argent a fesse between three crosses crosslet fitchee gules. Crest: A crane proper. There have been many distinguished Englishmen of this name from the earliest use of the surname. There were a number of pioneers of this family in Massachusetts and Connecticut before 1650.
(I) Henry Crane, born about 1635, was an inhabitant of Wethersfield, Conn., engaged in business with his brother Benjamin as a farmer, and tanner and currier of leather. He was there as early as 1655. Soon after 1658 he probably removed to Guilford, where in 1660 he is recorded as a planter. In October, 1663, he was one of twelve planters who located in Killingworth as a settler, and his home was on the east side of the town, near the line. He was the first schoolmaster in Killingworth, and was admitted a freeman Sept. 24, 1669; was deputy to the general court in 1675, and many years afterward; lieutenant of the train band 1676; justice of the peace several years; assistant, 1665-66. He became captain of mlitia and frequently served on committees of importance. He died April 22, 1711.
He married (first) Concurrence Meigs, who died Oct. 9, 1708, daughter of John Meigs, of Guilford; (second) Dec. 26, 1709, Deborah, widow of Henry Champion, of Lyme. She married (third) Richard Towner.
Children, first three recorded at Guilford, the rest in Killingworth:
John, born about 1664.
Elizabeth, about 1666.
Concurrance, Dec. 27, 1667.
Mary, Aug. 23, 1670.
Phebe, Dec. 24, 1672.
Theophilus, Jan. 5, 1674, mentioned below.
Abigail, April 3, 1676, died young.
Henry, Oct. 25, 1677.
Mercy, June 21, 1680.
Nathaniel, Aug. 7, 1682.
(II) Sergeant Theophilus Crane, son of Herny Crane, was born in Killingworth, Jan. 5, 1674, and died Oct. 24, 1732. He settled in Killingworth on the homestead. He married, Dec. 5, 1699, Margaret Lane, who died May 1, 1741.
Nathaniel, born Jan. 18, 1701, mentioned below.
Theophilus, Dec. 20, 1705.
Elizabeth, Dec. 20, 1705.
Mary, March 4, 1707.
Margaret, Sept. 26, 1710.
Jemima, April 23, 1713.
John, March 21, 1720.
(III) Nathaniel, son of Theophilus Crane, was born Jan. 18, 1701, and settled on a farm in Killingworth, given him by his father. He married, May 2, 1723, Eunice Kelsey.
Samuel, born Feb. 10, 1724.
Margaret, Dec. 26, 1725.
Elisha, Aug. 28, 1728.
Anna, Dec. 26, 1730.
Theophilus, May 3, 1733.
Ezra, March 6, 1735, mentioned below.
Elizabeth, April 2, 1742.
Simeon, in the revolution.
(IV) Ezra, son of Nathaniel Crane, was born in Killingworth, March 6, 1735. He was sergeant in Captain Peleg Redfield's company in the campaign of 1759, in the Second Connecticut Regiment; in the campaign of 1760 was in the same company; in the revolution was with the Seventh Regiment, Connecitcut line, Colonel Heman Swift, commanding, July 27 to Dec. 9, 1780, in service about Peekskill. He was a shoemaker by trade, and died in Vermont.
He married Prudence Leigh, who survived him, and died in Middlebury, Vermont, aged about ninety-three, at the home of her son James.
James, born 1671.[sic. 1761?]
Martin, Sept. 5, 1763.
Jeremiah, Feb. 18, 1766, mentioned below.
Simeon, Feb. 14, 1773.
William, May 10, 1782.
(V) Jeremiah, son of Ezra Crane, was born Feb. 18, 1766, and died Nov. 11, 1814. He married Martha Goodrich, born April 27, 1767, died July 4, 1836.
Stephen, born April 1, 1789.
Elon, Feb. 19, 1791.
Aaron, Dec. 30, 1793.
Orrin, Nov. 20, 1794, mentioned below.
Ammon, May 4, 1797.
Ansel, Nov. 26, 1800.
William, June 24, 1803.
Thurii, May 5, 1805.
Calvin, Oct. 19, 1808.
(VI) Orrin, son of Jeremiah Crane, was born Nov. 20, 1794, and died August, 1854. He was a drummer in the war of 1812. He went from Vermont and settled in Canton, New York.
He married Jan. 11, 183_, Evalina, daughter of Elihu and Prudence (Crane) Norton.
William Ezra, mentioned below.
(VII) William Ezra, son of Orrin Crane, was born in Canton, N.Y. Oct. 22, 1833. He was educated in the public schools, and worked on his father's farm until he came of age, when he left home and for some years was employed in a brickyard in Ogdensburg and in a saw mill in Morley. He finally engaged in the produce business in Rensselaer Falls, on his own account. Much of his time has been devoted to public business. For forty-four years he has been constable of the town and for more than thirty years deputy sheriff of the county. He was the first truant officer of the town of Canton, and has held this office to the present (1910) time. He is a member of Fellowship Lodge, No. 749, Free Masons, of Rensselaer Falls.
William Ezra Crane married, April 27, 1860, Viola L., born at Denmark, Lewis county, N.Y., March 28, 1844, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Howe) Lake.
1. Orrin, born May 9, 1862.
2. Hattie, born May 19, 1869, died Feb. 25, 1906; married Elam E. Hilligas, who is in the postal service; child, Hattie, born Jan. 20, 1892.
3. Otis T., born May 31, 1876; ticket agent at Rensselaer Falls; married Dec. 29, 1897, Martha M., daughter of Thomas and Melissa (Burritt) Smithers, of Oswegatchie; child, Burrit Lake, born Sept. 4, 1907.
4. Orrin Daniel, mentioned below.
(VIII) Orrin Daniel, son of William Ezra Crane, was born in Rensselaer Falls, in Canton, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., May 9, 1862. He attended the public schools of his native place, and in 1879 camt ot Ogdensburg, where he was employed as clerk in various stores. He was in the employ of the firm of Calder & Murphy twelve years, and of W. H. Young four years. He has been in the retail clothing business in Ogdensburg on his own account since 1895, and has achieved a marked success. He is a director of the Business Men's Association of his native town; member of Elijah White Lodge, No. 590, Odd Fellows, of Ogdensburg, and has been noble grand; is past chief patriarch of Ogdensburg Encampment, No. 32; commander of Canton Amaranth, No. 12, of Ogdensburg; member of Council No. 641, Royal Arcanum, of Ogdensburg. He belongs also to the Fortieth Separate Company, National Guard, State of New York; to the Ogdensburg Club and St. John's Protestant Episcopal church.
In politics he is a Republican. He married, in 1883, Nellie Jane, daughter of Alonzo Haven, of Oswegatchie.
Guy Henry, born in Ogdensburg, April 23, 1885, educated in the schools and academy of Ogdensburg.
Florence Elinor, born in Ogdensburg, July 28, 1900.
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