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William Cranmer, of Elizabethtown

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Birthplace: Newton Abbot, Devon , England
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey
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Son of unknown father of William Cranmer, of Elizabethtown and unknown mother of William Cranmer
Husband of Elizabeth Cranmer
Father of Elizabeth Pack; Thomas Cranmer; William Cranmer, II and John Cranmer

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About William Cranmer, of Elizabethtown

CRANMER GENEALOGY

Added by nikolauswalser on 2 Jul 2008

Descendants of William & Elizabeth (Cartithy) CRANMER

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The full database has other Cranmer's and Cramer's. I have tried to bring the family forward to about 1910. I do like see information on living people out on the internet so there may be more information on your family line. Much of the later generations comes from the published work of James B. Trousdale (1900-1990). The earliest generations come from a book by Jean Shropshire & Murray Thomas Harris "THE DESCENSANTS OF WILLIAM CRANMER OF ELIZABETHTOWN, NJ". Additional information has come from WEB sources.

If you are a Cranmer, we may be related. If you sent me your family information, we can try and determine the connection. So please drop me a e-mail.

Bruce Trousdale

trousdal@voicenet.com

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Descendants of William CRANMER*


1 William CRANMER* b: of Southhold, Long Island, NY d: Bef 04 December 1689 Elizabethtown, Union Co, NJ

Notes:

William Cranmer, the progenitor of the Cranmer/Cramer families of the Jersey shore, first appears as one of the early settlers of Southhold, Long Island, NY. Before 1665 he married Carwithy, daughter of David and Grace Carwithy of Southhold. David Carwithy's will, written 30 August 1665 mentions his daughter Elizabeth Cranmer. William and his family have already moved to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, because William Cranmer is recorded as having taken an oath of allegiance and fidelity to the King of England on 19 February 1665, and was probably one of the original settlers. He gave his occupation as carpenter, and paid quitrents on 209 acres of land at Elizabethtown in 1670, the same year he was appointed town constable there. In 1677 William sold several Parcels of upland, together with his dwelling house and house lot, to John Toe and traveled to Lewes, Delaware, with Luke Watson, another of Elizabethtowne's founders. He died before 4 December 1689, when the administration of his estate was granted to his son Thomas Cranmer of Elizabethtowne. There are accounts of William Cranmer's relationshipto the famous Archbishop of Canterbury who was burned at the stake in England, but to data no evidence has come to light which would prove or disprove this connection. (JS&MT Harris)

There is definitive evidence that the Americans Cranmers are not descendents of the Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Research done at University of Virginia shows that that the Archbishop did not have a grandson to carry on this family line.

Also in the book Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley, Their Ancesters and Descendants by Robert Edmund Chester Waters. This book is in two volumes of 790 pages, and was published by Robson and Sons in London in 1878. The book states that Thomas has one son and two daughters; but the son died 14 nov 1598 leaving no children. As Waters says in his book, page 396, "He left no children, and therefor on his death the issue of Archbishop Cranmer became wholly extinct."

In talking with Neil Dow Cranmer of Elmira, he recalls a conversation he had with his uncle, Barnard A Cranmer of Monroeton, PA, who was born in 1838 and lived to be 104 years of age. Barnard stated that he was descended from Edmund Cranmer, The Arch-deacon of Canterbury and brother of the Archbishop. (Trousdale,JB)

-------------------- William Cranmer married Elizabeth Carwithy of Southold, Long Island and Elizabethtown, NJ. Before he died in 1689, he became the father of:

Thomas Cranmer

John Cranmer

Elizabeth Cranmer

William Cranmer

William Cranmer, jr was born sometime around 1664. He was married to a woman named Rachel and was the father John Cranmer.

He owned at Elizabethtown various tracts amounting to 209 acres, and a town lot of six acres on which he lived.

William Cranmer, the progenitor of the Cranmer/Cramer families of the Jersey shore, first appears as one of the early settlers of Southhold, Long Island, NY. Before 1665 he married Carwithy, daughter of David and Grace Carwithy of Southhold. David Carwithy's will, written 30 August 1665 mentions his daughter Elizabeth Cranmer. William and his family have already moved to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, because William Cranmer is recorded as having taken an oath of allegiance and fidelity to the King of England on 19 February 1665, and was probably one of the original settlers. He gave his occupation as carpenter, and paid quitrents on 209 acres of land at Elizabethtown in 1670, the same year he was appointed town constable there. In 1677 William sold several Parcels of upland, together with his dwelling house and house lot, to John Toe and traveled to Lewes, Delaware, with Luke Watson, another of Elizabethtowne's founders. He died before 4 December 1689, when the administration of his estate was granted to his son Thomas Cranmer of Elizabethtowne. There are accounts of William Cranmer's relationshipto the famous Archbishop of Canterbury who was burned at the stake in England, but to data no evidence has come to light which would prove or disprove this connection.

William Cranmer, the progenitor of the Cranmer/Cramer families of the Jersey shore, first appears as one of the early settlers of Southhold, Long Island, NY. Before 1665 he married Elizabeth Carwithy, daughter of David and Grace Carwithy of Southhold. David Carwithy's will, written 30 August 1665 mentions his daughter Elizabeth Cranmer. William and his family have already moved to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, because William Cranmer is recorded as having taken an oath of allegiance and fidelity to the King of England on 19 February 1665, and was probably one of the original settlers.

He gave his occupation as carpenter, and paid quitrents on 209 acres of land at Elizabethtown in 1670, the same year he was appointed town constable there. In 1677 William sold several Parcels of upland, together with his dwelling house and house lot, to John Toe and traveled to Lewes, Delaware, with Luke Watson, another of Elizabethtowne's founders. He died before 4 December 1689, when the administration of his estate was granted to his son Thomas Cranmer of Elizabethtowne. There are accounts of William Cranmer's relationshipto the famous Archbishop of Canterbury who was burned at the stake in England, but to data no evidence has come to light which would prove or disprove this connection. (Read below)

There is definitive evidence that the Americans Cranmers are not direct descendents of the Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Research done at University of Virginia shows that that the Archbishop did not have a grandson to carry on this family line. The Cranmer's of N. J. are descendents of Edmund Cranmer, brother of Thomas Cranmer.

In talking with Neil Dow Cranmer of Elmira, he recalls a conversation he had with his uncle, Barnard A Cranmer of Monroeton, PA, who was born in 1838 and lived to be 104 years of age. Barnard stated that he was descended from Edmund Cranmer, The Arch-deacon of Canterbury and brother of the Archbishop.

The Cranmer name appears in the early history of Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and in the Hudson River Valley and is spelled Cramer, Cranmer, and Crammer. Some are of German descent, but they often spell the name Kramer. The coat of arms used by our English branch of the

family consists of the following: Arms - Argent, on a chevron azure, between three pelicans in piety sable, three cinquefoils. The crest is an eagle's head erased russet, the neck pierced with an arrow or flighted and barbed argent. The Cranmers were noted in former generations for being partial to

family names. Many years ago there were six Josiah Cramners all residing within a short distance of each other; and in order to tell one from another they were called: Old Josiah and Young Josiah; Big Josiah and Little Josiah; Over-the-Creek Josiah and Poplar Neck Josiah. There have also been many John Cranmers. and some of the names used are as follows: John's John and Semor's John; Long John and Short John; Poplar Neck John and Beach John; Over-the Plains John and Patty's John; Captain John and Bank John; Neddy's John and Bass River John. There have also been a large number of William Cramers and also several Thomas Cramers. The surname Cranmer or Cranemere is taken from a lake, or mere, abounding with cranes which, in the olden days, were thought to make delicious eating; and there are places of the name in Norfolk, Somerset and Lincoln in England. It is often pronounced Cranmere and is usually written that way in the West of England. The original home of the Cranmers was at the manor at Cranemere in the parish of Sutterton in the Lincolnshire fens.

This genealogy starts with Hugh De CRANMER and Matilda De SETTERTON in England. There are no dates mentioned for them but it would appear to be in the mid 1300's. It continues several generations to Thomas CRANMER who died in 1501. He was the father of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas CRANMER Jr. (1489-1556). The genealogy continues with his brother, Edmund, the Archdeacon of Canterbury. It continues several generations to William CRANMER / CRAMER who appears in the eastern part of Long Island after 1640, one of the original settlers of Southold. They moved to Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

CRANMER,--Cranmer is an English name; Cramer is both German and English; Crymers is Dutch. The New Jersey Cranmer family has English ancestry, and some claim it descends from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (born 1489; died as martyr 1556), the line descending from his son Edmund, but whether correctly or not is not certain. William Cranmer came over from England and was at Southold, L. I., in 1640, and at Elizabethtown in 1665; wife Elizabeth Carwithy, whom he m. at Southold. He owned at Elizabethtown various tracts amounting to 209 acres, and a town lot of six acres on which he lived. He d. in 1689. His sons were Thomas, William, Josiah and John. William settled at Barnegat, and John at Whippany, Morris Co. John, a son of William, whose wife was Sarah Osborne, had sons Josiah, Nathan and William.

At no time could there be any consideration of New Jersey's captains of commerce without considerable attention given the Cranmers, or Cramers, whose family is legion.

Leah Blackman, perhaps the most famous genealogist this State has produced, wrote in the 1870's that she believed "there are more Captain Cranmers than there are captains of any other name, and they are known in every seaport on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, also the West Indies and South America, and some have visited seaports of Europe." "It is said," wrote Mrs. Blackman at another time, "that as soon as a young Cranmer is weaned he takes a position on the quarterdeck of a staunch schooner, and during the balance of his life makes his home on the sea." Whereupon the writer recorded 14 full pages of Cranmers in New Jersey, descendants of Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, burned at the stake on the order of Queen Mary of England, in 1556.

There were, it seems, at least four original branches of the Cranmers who were to establish themselves for all time as commercial leaders. These settled on the coastal end of Burlington County and in Monmouth, a section that is Ocean County now. Their descendants, Mrs. Blackman confessed over 50 years ago were "so numerous and are so much mixed up by intermarriage of Cranmer with Cranmer that at this late day there is no such thing as untangling the intricate web of their kinship."

Salter, the Monmouth and Ocean County authority of two generations ago, said that in 1681 there was a William Cranmer living on Staten Island and further that he had sons, Josiah, William and John, all of whom came on to New Jersey. Mrs. Blackman added that she had dug up records indicating that there was a Thomas Cranmer in New Jersey, too, by 1716. That was the year Thomas Cranmer and Abigail Willits laid a proposal of marriage, after the matter of the Friends, before the Monthly Meeting of Little Egg Harbor. The meeting house, on the site of an earlier building erected in 1704, is in Tuckerton.

n this and another series it has been remarked that in countless instances Cramers are Cranmers who have dropped the "n". There are some members of the family who spell it "Crammer" just as it is pronounced no matter what the spelling. In old times most people had but little, if any schooling, and spelling went by the board. Give half a dozen persons a family name to spell and you will get as many variations. From earliest times the Cranmers have been partial to family names. Once there were six Josiah Cramers, all residing in that neighborhood deceptively called Little Egg Harbour, for many years the riches portion of New Jersey, the center of every commercial and shipping activity.

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From http://www.british-genealogy.com/archive/index.php/t-25472.html (post by hconrath, 09-08-2008, 8:20 AM)

"William Cranmer, Sr. had two sons, Sir William Cranmer and George. The sons both died without heirs, and they are all buried in England. Although William Sr. and his brother George were instrumental in the formation of the Virginia and Plymouth companies and the Mayflower Planters, there is no documentation showing that any of them sailed to the new world."

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William Cranmer, of Elizabethtown's Timeline

1617
1617
Newton Abbot, Devon , England
1640
1640
Age 23
Elizabeth, Essex, New Jersey, United States
1662
1662
Age 45
Southold, Suffolk, New York
1664
1664
Age 47
Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
1665
1665
Age 48
Southhold, Lewis, New York, United States
1666
April 27, 1666
Age 49
Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, United States
1689
December 4, 1689
Age 72
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey
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