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About Stephen Crane

NOT proven to be a son of Jasper Crane. Did arrive in New Jersey around the same time and had a lot adjoining Jasper Crane's sons' lots. Parents unknown. Birthdate unknown. Married Esther Norris according to some sources or a redheaded Danish woman. The name of his wife may be unknown.

Children:

  1. John died Feb 1723
  2. Jeremiah d. 1742
  3. Daniel born 1672-3 died Feb 24, 1724
  4. Nathaniel born 1780 died 1755

According to the family traditions of his descendants Stephen Crane of Elizabeth, New Jersey came from England or Wales 1640 and 1660 and there is no claim to a connection with the other families. Mr Bicknell Crane however says that seem several reasons for placing the honor beings Stephen's father upon Jasper latter had children born before arriving New Haven and as they went to New Jersey about the same time and Stephen lands adjoining lots owned and occupied children of Jasper with suitable age and family names that were more or less adopted common and to say the least strong indications that there existed close family ties between them It should be noted however that there is a Cornwall family of Cranes dating from the latter part of the fifteenth century in which all of these same names occur and so far as the present writer knows it the only one which does include the name Stephen.

Stephen Crane of Elizabethtown was born about 1630 or 1635 Some have claimed that he was born as early as 1619 and there is a tradition coming from his great great grandson the Rev Elias W Crane that about 1625 during the persecution of the Puritans in England under Queen Elizabeth the ancestor of the Crane family came to America His name was Stephen The ship in which he came is supposed to have sailed from the west of England favored at embarkation by a fog to have sunk at Amboy New Jersey but all on board were saved. Stephen Crane settled at Elizabeth Town named for Queen Elizabeth who confirmed the purchase of lands from the Indians It is a pity that such a tradition must be stamped as almost wholly if not altogether fiction but history is against it Queen Elizabeth died in 1603 and was succeeded by James I who in turn was succeeded in 1625 by Charles 1 and it is a matter of record that the name Elizabeth town was bestowed by Sir Philip Carteret the first Governor of East Jersey in honor of the Lady Elizabeth Carteret the wife of his brother Sir George Carteret the proprietor Moreover if Stephen Crane came to America as indicated in 1625 he must have been at least one hundred and five years old when he died a thing in itself very improbable and his children assuming the dates of their births to be approximately correct all born after their father was sixty five or seventy years old Stephen Crane's name is recorded as one of the original Elizabethtown associates of 1665 and he with them took the oath of allegiance to Charles II February 19 of that year This is the first record we have of him . His house lot of six acres was bounded southeast by Samuel Trotter northwest by brook east by the mill creek and west by highway He also had sixty acres two swamps and adjoining William Cramer's also seventy two acres on Crane's brook bounded by the brook William Cramer Richard Beach Nathaniel Turtle and William Pardon and also eighteen acres of meadow towards Rawack Point in all about one hundred and fifty six acres In 1675 he from the proprietors of East Jersey a patent confirm his title to these lands and in 1710 executed a deed to his son Nathaniel him his house lot in Elizabethtown and parcels of land in which he describes them bounded by the lands of John Daniel Jeremiah and Azariah Crane. By his will dated 1709 he bequeathed to his son John another piece of land within the town limits He was one of the most active opponents of the unwarrantable acts of Governor Carteret and with Robert Morse was the one who demolished Richard Michel's house and plucked

Genealogicaland Memorial History of the State of New Jersey

See also: Genealogy of the Crane Family

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Added New Jersey Land Transfers document to Sources on Geni Oct 22 2017 -KU

Needs to be Sorted Through and Mostly Discarded

     4864. Stephen Crane, born 1635 in Weobley Castle, Worcester, England/or Guilford, New Haven, CT; died 1710 in Elizabethown, New Jersey. He was the son of 9728. Jasper Crane and 9729. Alice Unknown. He married 4865. Esther Norris 1663.
     4865. Esther Norris, born in Denmark; died 21 May 1706 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, USA. She was the daughter of 9730. Henry Norris and 9731. Abigail Stratton. 

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/a/r/Phyllis-N-Parli/GENE7-0051.html

June 4, 1639, Jasper Crane, who was one of the original settlers of the New Haven Colony, was present at the meeting held at Mr. Newman's barn, and signed the first agreement of all the free planters. He took the oath of fidelity at the organization of the government, together with Campfield, Pennington, Governor Eaton, and others; and in 1644 he was "freed from watching and trayning in his own person because of his weakness, but to find some one for his turn." With Robert Treat he was a member of the general court, and for many years he was a magistrate. In 1651 he was interested in a bog ore furnace at East Haven; and in 1652 he removed to Branford, where he was elected a magistrate in 1658, having held the office of deputy for some years previous to that date.

More daring than the ironworks was the attempt to build transatlantic vessels on Long Island Sound. As early as 1644 Theophilus Eaton, Stephen Goodyear, Richard Malbon, Thomas Gregston and perhaps other merchants at New Haven entrusted the construction of an ocean-going vessel to John Wakeman, Joshua Atwater, Jasper CRANE and Richard Miles. Though ill built and very "walt-side," in due course the ship was completed. Entrusted with a cargo of wheat, peas, hides, beaver and peltry and manuscript writings of John Davenport at New Haven and Thomas Hooker at Hartford, about the middle of January, 1646, the vessel ploughed its way through three miles of ice in New Haven harbor and tackled the stormy Atlantic. On board were Thomas Gregson, Nathaniel Turner, George Lamberton, the wife of Stephen Goodyear, and Francis Austin. After many months, a mirage of the ship was said to have appeared over the harbor at New Haven, but the vessel itself neither reached its destination nor returned to its port of departure. Despite this initial setback, on October 7, 1646, a second vessel was about to be launched at New Haven; in the summer of 1648 a third vessel was under construction; and in the spring of 1661 Charles Glover laid a fifty-foot keel at Southold.


Some on GENI and MyHeritage have him listed as the son of Jasper Crane but in the accounts found on him Stephen is not listed among his children. Also the ancestry of Jasper Crane seems dubious by accounts found about him.

There are several listings on the MyHeritage side

These are on GENI and provide conflicting parents names as well as spouse; and some have same spoise for John the son and Stephen the father.


Stephen Crane

  • Birth: 1640 London, United Kingdom
  • Death: 1709 (69) Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
  • Immediate Family:
  • Son of Jasper Crane and Alice Crane
  • Husband of Esther Crane (Norris)
  • Father of Nathaniel Crane

Stephen Crane

  • Birth: circa 1635 England or Branford, CT
  • Death: 1709 (70-78) Elizabethtown Plaza, Union, NJ, USA
  • Immediate Family:
  • Son of John Crane and Mary Crane (Daggett)
  • Husband of Esther Crane (Norris)
  • Father of John Crane; Jeremiah Crane; Daniel Crane; David Crane; Nathaniel Crane and 1 other
  • Half brother of Benjamin Crane; Capt. Henry Crane and Jasper Crane

On Find-a-grave is but the link to his father Stephen is broken or has been removed

  • John Crane
  • Birth: 1668
  • Essex County
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Death: Feb. 16, 1723
  • Elizabeth
  • Union County
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Resident of elizabeth, Union County New Jersey (bio by: P Fazzini)
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Stephen Crane (1630 - 1709)
  • ? ? Crane/Craine
  • Spouse:
  • Esther Norris Crane (1678 - 1748)*

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • cjmair in Mair Web Site, managed by CJ Mair
  • Birth: 1630/1635 - England
  • Death: Circa 1709 - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane
  • Siblings: Henry Crane, Benjamin Crane
  • Wife: Unknown Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • McCreary Sr Web Site, managed by John A McCreary Sr
  • Birth: 1630 - Branford, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Death: 1709 - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane (born Daggett)
  • Siblings: Benjamin Crane, Benjamin Crane, (Capt) Henry Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • thomas cunningham 1929 in Cunningham Web Site, managed by Thomas C Cunningham
  • Birth: Circa 1630 - England
  • Death: 1709 - Cranford, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane
  • Wife: Esther Crane (born Norris)
  • Son: John Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • Robbins Web Site, managed by Steven Robbins
  • Birth: 1630 - England, UK
  • Death: 1709 - New Jersey, USA
  • Parents: Jasper Crane, Alice Crane (born Leave)
  • Brother: Azariah Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • Fox Family Tree in Fox Web Site, managed by Paul Gerald Fox
  • Birth: 1640 - England
  • Death: Elizabethtown, Union Co NJ
  • Wife: Esther Crane (born Norris)
  • Children: John Crane, Jeremiah Crane, Daniel Crane, Nathanial Crane, David Crane, Azariah Crane, James Crane, Hannah Crane, Rebecca Crane


From a handwritten letter, around 1950, from Amzi A. Hadden to his family, one of my treasures. -Art McDonald

Stephen Crane, probably a native of Wales, joined a group of Protestants migrating from England to America to escape religious persecution, about the year 1660. Their ship, the Cladonia," stranded near Amboy, New Jersey, but all on board escaped safe to land and dispersed among the Indians. Some five years later Stephen Crane settled at Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, where he bought land from teh Indians and parcelled it out to his fellow colonists. He married a Danish woman with red hair, as recorded in the "Crane Tree." Fice sons were born to them, of whom the youngest, Nathaniel, born in 1680, became the progenator of a numerous family during the following two hundre4d years, of which the Haddens are a branch.


This Stephen who settled at Elizabeth Town in 1665, tradition says married a Danish or Welsh woman with red hair, and blue eyes, a blonde. These descendants of Stephen are known to belong to that particular CRANE family, while the Newark settlers are not above the ordinary statue, have very dark hair, dark hazel eyes and decidedly brunette. The hair turning gray in early life, and almost white at middle age. So we shall claim the Elizabeth Town settler as the son of Jasper. The children owned adjoining lands between Elizabeth town and Newark.

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Stephen CRANE, one of the original settlers of Elizabeth Town, took oath of allegiance to Lord Charles II, and his successors Feb. 19, 1665. His will dated 1709 bequeathed lands in Elizabeth Town to son John. In 1710 he gave a deed to son Nathaniel, bounded by lands of John, Daniel, Jeremiah and Azariah CRANE, between Elizabeth Town and Newark.

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The date of the birth of Jasper CRANE is quite uncertain, authorities give dates 1590, 1605, 1610. It is quite probable that he was twice married, and that Stephen, born about 1630 was of the first marriage. His will dated at Newark 1678, names wife Alice, who probably died before his death in 1682, was proved 681. One authority gives Stephen, who settled at Elizabeth, as born 1640. Some conjecture that this Stephen was a brother of Jasper and that Phebe, who married CAUFIELD, was a sister. Traditionally we can have Stephen as a brother and as a son; perhaps there were two Stephens. ------------------------------

    The fifth distinct family we find, is that of Stephen Crane, of Elizabethtown, N.J., who was in that town as early as 1666, which is the date of the origin of the town. According to Mr. Thomas O. Crane, of Perth Amboy, N.J., this Stephen married a Danish woman, and came over in the Caledonia, that sunk in the Amboy harbor. He was born about 1620, and his children were: - Jeremiah, John, Daniel, Nathaniel, and probably Azariah. 
   Stephen Crane, it is said, was the ancestor of the Cranes in and about Elizabethtown and Westfield. He was one of the first "Elizabethtown Associates," and had sons, John Crane and Jeremiah Crane, and perhaps Daniel Crane who was born 1673, and died 24th February, 1724. Jeremiah Crane was one of the 2d generation of Associates, admitted in 1699. 

"Family Records: or Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley" --------------------------------------------

    Stephen and his wife had children: 
   John Crane Sr 1668–1723 [3]
   Daniel Crane 1673–1723 [3]
   Nathaniel Crane 1680–1755 [3]
   Jeremiah Crane ____–1742 [3] 

FindAGrave.com ------------------------------------------------

            Name: Stephin Crane 
           Birth Date: 1630 
           Birth Place: England 
           Death Date: 1710 
           Death Place: Elizabeth, New Jersey 
           SAR Membership: 93069 
           Role: Ancestor 
           Application Date: 5 Jan 1966 
           Children: John Crane 
           Name: Stephen Crane 
           Birth Date: 1630 
           Death Date: 1710 
           SAR Membership: 48989 
           Role: Ancestor 
           Application Date: 24 May 1929 
           Children: Daniel Crane 

Stephen Crane was from Connecticut, and was nearly related to Jasper Crane, of Newark, N. J., who was one of the first settlers of New Haven, Conn., in 1639. Stephen was one of the first to settle at Elizabeth, in 1663, and had a son John, who was John Crane the first, was father of John, Jacob and Isaac, who settled at Cr^anford, N. J. John the second, and his brother Jacob, purchased two or three hundred acres along the river, at Cranford, and built a saw-mill and a mill for grinding grain. Jacob lived on the west side of the river, and John lived up the river, to the west, where John Grant Crane lately lived, but owned the farm on the east ot the river, by the mill, where his son lived. John C. the second took an active part in church work, and was an elder in the Westfield church. He and one other man agreed to build the new church, which stood until iB6O, when the present church was built. He took an active part in the revolutionary war, two of his sons, John and Elijah, were enrolled as minute men. His brother Jacob was a colonel of the company of the minute men. When Washington's army was at Moriistown, 'he encouraged farmers to bring their grain to him and he would grind it free for the army. At that time the place was called Crane's Mills. There was a number of families living quite close, and all were on very friendly terms. There were John Ross, John Miller and his brother Moses, living on the farm where his grandson, John O. Miller,recently lived. Jonathan Crane and his brother Benjamin, who was the grandfather of Moses Crane, who lives on the homestead. Living so near and being so friendly they inter-married. Elijah and John Crane, brothers, married two daughters of John Ross. "History of the family of John Crane grandson of Stephen Crane,", 1899 http://rs5.loc.gov/service/gdc/scd0001/2006/20060410001hi/20060410001hi.pdf


Stephen was born not later than 1640 and was married as early as 1663 His house lot contained six acres and was bounded SE by Samuel Trotter NW by Crane's brook E by the Mill Creek and W by the highway He had also 60 acres between two swamps and adjoining William Cramer also 72 acres on Crane's brook bounded by the brook William Cramer Richard Beach Nathaniel Tuttle and William Pardon also 18 acres of meadow towards Rawack point in all 156 acres He died about 1700 

"History of Elizabeth, New Jersey: Including the Early History of Union County" By Edwin Francis Hatfield, 1868,



Stephen Crane, born 1635 in Weobley Castle, Worcester, England/or Guilford, New Haven, CT; died 1710 in Elizabethown, New Jersey. He was the son of Jasper Crane and Alice Unknown. He married Esther Norris 1663.

Esther Norris, born in Denmark; died 21 May 1706 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, USA. She was the daughter of Henry Norris and Abigail Stratton.

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/a/r/Phyllis-N-Parli/GENE7-0051.html

June 4, 1639, Jasper Crane, who was one of the original settlers of the New Haven Colony, was present at the meeting held at Mr. Newman's barn, and signed the first agreement of all the free planters. He took the oath of fidelity at the organization of the government, together with Campfield, Pennington, Governor Eaton, and others; and in 1644 he was "freed from watching and trayning in his own person because of his weakness, but to find some one for his turn." With Robert Treat he was a member of the general court, and for many years he was a magistrate. In 1651 he was interested in a bog ore furnace at East Haven; and in 1652 he removed to Branford, where he was elected a magistrate in 1658, having held the office of deputy for some years previous to that date.

More daring than the ironworks was the attempt to build transatlantic vessels on Long Island Sound. As early as 1644 Theophilus Eaton, Stephen Goodyear, Richard Malbon, Thomas Gregston and perhaps other merchants at New Haven entrusted the construction of an ocean-going vessel to John Wakeman, Joshua Atwater, Jasper CRANE and Richard Miles. Though ill built and very "walt-side," in due course the ship was completed. Entrusted with a cargo of wheat, peas, hides, beaver and peltry and manuscript writings of John Davenport at New Haven and Thomas Hooker at Hartford, about the middle of January, 1646, the vessel ploughed its way through three miles of ice in New Haven harbor and tackled the stormy Atlantic. On board were Thomas Gregson, Nathaniel Turner, George Lamberton, the wife of Stephen Goodyear, and Francis Austin. After many months, a mirage of the ship was said to have appeared over the harbor at New Haven, but the vessel itself neither reached its destination nor returned to its port of departure. Despite this initial setback, on October 7, 1646, a second vessel was about to be launched at New Haven; in the summer of 1648 a third vessel was under construction; and in the spring of 1661 Charles Glover laid a fifty-foot keel at Southold.


Some on GENI and MyHeritage have him listed as the son of Jasper Crane but in the accounts found on him Stephen is not listed among his children. Also the ancestry of Jasper Crane seems dubious by accounts found about him.

There are several listings on the MyHeritage side

These are on GENI and provide conflicting parents names as well as spouse; and some have same spoise for John the son and Stephen the father.


Stephen Crane

  • Birth: 1640 London, United Kingdom
  • Death: 1709 (69) Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
  • Immediate Family:
  • Son of Jasper Crane and Alice Crane
  • Husband of Esther Crane (Norris)
  • Father of Nathaniel Crane

Stephen Crane

  • Birth: circa 1635 England or Branford, CT
  • Death: 1709 (70-78) Elizabethtown Plaza, Union, NJ, USA
  • Immediate Family:
  • Son of John Crane and Mary Crane (Daggett)
  • Husband of Esther Crane (Norris)
  • Father of John Crane; Jeremiah Crane; Daniel Crane; David Crane; Nathaniel Crane and 1 other
  • Half brother of Benjamin Crane; Capt. Henry Crane and Jasper Crane

On Find-a-grave is but the link to his father Stephen is broken or has been removed

  • John Crane
  • Birth: 1668
  • Essex County
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Death: Feb. 16, 1723
  • Elizabeth
  • Union County
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Resident of elizabeth, Union County New Jersey (bio by: P Fazzini)
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Stephen Crane (1630 - 1709)
  • ? ? Crane/Craine
  • Spouse:
  • Esther Norris Crane (1678 - 1748)*

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • cjmair in Mair Web Site, managed by CJ Mair
  • Birth: 1630/1635 - England
  • Death: Circa 1709 - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane
  • Siblings: Henry Crane, Benjamin Crane
  • Wife: Unknown Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • McCreary Sr Web Site, managed by John A McCreary Sr
  • Birth: 1630 - Branford, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Death: 1709 - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane (born Daggett)
  • Siblings: Benjamin Crane, Benjamin Crane, (Capt) Henry Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • thomas cunningham 1929 in Cunningham Web Site, managed by Thomas C Cunningham
  • Birth: Circa 1630 - England
  • Death: 1709 - Cranford, Union, New Jersey
  • Parents: John Crane, Mary Crane
  • Wife: Esther Crane (born Norris)
  • Son: John Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • Robbins Web Site, managed by Steven Robbins
  • Birth: 1630 - England, UK
  • Death: 1709 - New Jersey, USA
  • Parents: Jasper Crane, Alice Crane (born Leave)
  • Brother: Azariah Crane

Stephen Crane

  • MyHeritage Family Trees
  • Fox Family Tree in Fox Web Site, managed by Paul Gerald Fox
  • Birth: 1640 - England
  • Death: Elizabethtown, Union Co NJ
  • Wife: Esther Crane (born Norris)
  • Children: John Crane, Jeremiah Crane, Daniel Crane, Nathanial Crane, David Crane, Azariah Crane, James Crane, Hannah Crane, Rebecca Crane


From a handwritten letter, around 1950, from Amzi A. Hadden to his family, one of my treasures. -Art McDonald

Stephen Crane, probably a native of Wales, joined a group of Protestants migrating from England to America to escape religious persecution, about the year 1660. Their ship, the Cladonia," stranded near Amboy, New Jersey, but all on board escaped safe to land and dispersed among the Indians. Some five years later Stephen Crane settled at Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, where he bought land from teh Indians and parcelled it out to his fellow colonists. He married a Danish woman with red hair, as recorded in the "Crane Tree." Fice sons were born to them, of whom the youngest, Nathaniel, born in 1680, became the progenator of a numerous family during the following two hundre4d years, of which the Haddens are a branch.


This Stephen who settled at Elizabeth Town in 1665, tradition says married a Danish or Welsh woman with red hair, and blue eyes, a blonde. These descendants of Stephen are known to belong to that particular CRANE family, while the Newark settlers are not above the ordinary statue, have very dark hair, dark hazel eyes and decidedly brunette. The hair turning gray in early life, and almost white at middle age. So we shall claim the Elizabeth Town settler as the son of Jasper. The children owned adjoining lands between Elizabeth town and Newark.

---

Stephen CRANE, one of the original settlers of Elizabeth Town, took oath of allegiance to Lord Charles II, and his successors Feb. 19, 1665. His will dated 1709 bequeathed lands in Elizabeth Town to son John. In 1710 he gave a deed to son Nathaniel, bounded by lands of John, Daniel, Jeremiah and Azariah CRANE, between Elizabeth Town and Newark.

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The date of the birth of Jasper CRANE is quite uncertain, authorities give dates 1590, 1605, 1610. It is quite probable that he was twice married, and that Stephen, born about 1630 was of the first marriage. His will dated at Newark 1678, names wife Alice, who probably died before his death in 1682, was proved 681. One authority gives Stephen, who settled at Elizabeth, as born 1640. Some conjecture that this Stephen was a brother of Jasper and that Phebe, who married CAUFIELD, was a sister. Traditionally we can have Stephen as a brother and as a son; perhaps there were two Stephens.

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Stephen Crane's Timeline

1630
1630
England
1668
1668
Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
1670
1670
Elizabeth,Union Co.,New Jersey
1672
1672
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
1675
1675
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, United States
1680
1680