Joseph Crane (1696 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Windham, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, USA
Managed by: Andrea Bernadette Twiss-Brooks
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About Joseph Crane

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW YORK. DAR Ancestor # A027449

From William Smith Pelleteau's "History of Putnam County, New York: with biographical sketches of its prominent men":

Jonathan Crane had one son, Joseph, who was born May 17th, 1696, and removed to the Oblong about 1740, and settled on the bank of the Croton River. Here he built "Crane's Mills," which were frequently mentioned as a landmark in the early records. These mills are on the premises now owned by Stephen C. Barnum, Esq., about three quarters of a mile below Milltown, but the site once so famous in our local history will doubtless soon be obliterated by the building of the new reser- voir.

Joseph Crane died August 20th, 1781, at the age of 85, leav- ing children: Zebulon, born January 25th, 1721, died January 24th, 1789; Joseph, 2d, born September 13th, 1722, died October 14th, 1800; Mary, born May 30th, 1726. died March 17th, 1805; Thaddeus, born March 28th, 1728, died in September, 1803; Abijah, born April 3d, 1730, died 1806; Anna, born April 12th, 1732, died March 25th, 1814; and Adah, born October 25th, 1736, married James Baldwin.

Joseph Crane, the father of this family, married Mary, daughter of Samuel Couch. She was born December 15th, 1695. Zebula Ciane, the oldest son, married Sarah, daughter of Wil- liam Belden. The children of this marriage were: Capt. John, born November 24th, 1742, died June 7th, 1827; William, born 1744; Zebulas, born August 7th, 1746, died December 31st, 1814; Elijah, born April 1st, 1748; Sarah, born July 12th, 1750; Mary, born October 8th, 1752; BelcTen, born November 31st. 1754; Samuel, born April 11th, 1757; Abijah, born May 26th, 1759; Stephen, born April 11th, 1761; Anna, born August 3d, 1763; and Seth, born in 1766. Mrs. Sarah Crane and five of her chil- dren, namely, Mary, Belden, Stephen, Seth and Anna, died in 1769, while the family was living in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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  • Fifty Puritan ancestors, 1628-1660 : genealogical notes, 1560-1900 (1902)
  • https://archive.org/details/fiftypuritanance00nash
  • https://archive.org/stream/fiftypuritanance00nash#page/229/mode/1up
  • Pg.93
    • THE CRANE FAMILY
  • JOHN CRANE came from Suffolk County, England, to America, and by 1637 he was living at Muddy Brook (now Brookline, Mass.). In 1642 is recorded as having land at Roxbury, was "Deputy to the Great General Court" in 1649. He had two sons: Benjamin, born 1630, and Henry.
    • Second Generation.
  • Benjamin Crane, son of John, born 1630, went to Wethersfield by 1658, and in 1662 was one of the petitioners to set out a plantation in Wapaquasset County (now Woodstock, Conn.), Juror in 1664.(1)
  • Henry and Benjamin engaged in the tannery business in Wethersfield as early as 1665 or earlier.
  • Benjamin Crane married Mary Backus, daughter of William Backus, of Saybrook, April 23, 1655.(2)
  • Benjamin Crane's son, Jonathan, took charge of his father's business after his death and settled with the aid of his uncle, Henry Crane, the estate. He owned over five hundred and fifty acres of land and estate, valued at £640.(3) Mary Backus Crane died July 8, 1717.
  • CHILDREN.
    • BENJAMIN, b. March 1, 1656.
    • JONATHAN, b. Dec. 1658; rem. to Windham; d. 1697.
    • JOSE, b. April 1, 1661.
    • JOHN. b. April, 1663; d. 1694.
    • ISREAL, b. Nov. 1, 1671.(4)
    • Third Generation.
  • Lieut. Jonathan Crane, born in Wethersfield, December 1, 1658, received seventy-six acres in the land division in Wethersfield in 1670.(5) Was one of the first planters of Windham, Conn., in 1692. ....etc.
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  • Pg.94
  • He married Deborah Griswold, daughter of Francis Griswold, December 19, 1678, at Norwich, Connecticut. That Mr. Crane .... etc.
  • CHILDREN.
    • SARAH, b. Nov. 16, 1680.
    • JONATHAN, b. Feb. 2, 1684.
    • JOHN, b. Oct. 1, 1687.
    • MARY, b. Oct. 20, 1689.
    • JOSEPH, b. May 17, 1696.(9)
  • https://archive.org/stream/fiftypuritanance00nash#page/233/mode/1up
  • Pg.95
    • Fourth Generation.
  • Joseph Crane, son of Jonathan and Deborah Griswold Crane, born at Windham, Conn., May 17, 1696, went to Southeast, Putnam Co., N. Y., about 1730. Settled on the north side of Joe's Hill, one and a half miles east of Sodom Corners, where .... etc.
  • Joseph Crane married Mary Couch, daughter of Capt. Samuel Couch; born December 15, 1695; died January 9, 1766. Joseph Crane died August 20, 1781.
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Joseph Crane's Timeline

1696
May 17, 1696
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, USA
1717
February 4, 1717
Age 20
Lebanon, CT, USA
1719
July 12, 1719
Age 23
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, USA
1721
January 25, 1721
Age 24
Fairfield, Connecticut
1722
October 2, 1722
Age 26
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1726
May 8, 1726
Age 29
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1728
March 27, 1728
Age 31
Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1730
April 3, 1730
Age 33
Madison, New Haven, Connecticut
1732
April 12, 1732
Age 35
Fairfield, Connecticut
1734
May 19, 1734
Age 38
Southeast, Dutchess, New York