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Stephen Crane

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Elizabeth, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Death: July 1, 1780 (71)
Elizabeth, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Place of Burial: Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Crane and Hannah Crane
Husband of Phebe Crane and Mary Crane
Father of Brig. General William Crane, USA; Joseph Crane and Elizabeth Codner
Brother of Daniel Crane, Jr; Jonathan CRANE; David CRANE and William CRANE

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About Stephen Crane, Cont. Congress

Stephen Crane (1709 – July 1, 1780) was an American politician from Elizabethtown (Elizabeth, New Jersey) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. He also served in the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Legislative Council. Crane was part of the Congressional delegation that opposed separation from Great Britain which caused the state’s provincial congress to replace their entire delegation in June of 1776.

Crane was born in Elizabethtown. He served as sheriff of Essex County and was elected as a member of its town committee in 1750. He was also a judge of the court of common pleas. From 1766 to 1773, he was a member of the colony's general assembly 1766-1773 and served as speaker in 1771. He was also mayor of Elizabethtown before he became a member of the Continental Congress. Until his death in 1780, Crane held a several public offices in New Jersey.


Phoebe Crane, wife (d.1776)

William Crane, son; born 1748 in Elizabethtown, served as major of an Essex County, New Jersey regiment. Fought with Richard Montgomery in the Battle of Quebec, received a leg wound that required amputation years later. Promoted to brigadier general in the New Jersey militia after the war.

Ichabod Bennet Crane (July 18, 1787 - October 1857) grandson; was born in Elizabethtown, commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, served aboard the USS United States, with Stephen Decatur, then served in the US Army, fought in the War of 1812 died while still on active duty with the rank of colonel after 48 years of continuous service.

Charles Henry Crane (19 July 1825 - October 10, 1883) great-grandson; Would rise through the ranks to become a Brigadier General and Surgeon General of the United States (1882–1883).

Joseph Halsey Crane;grandson

William Crane; (1778–1830) grandson,

Jonathan Townley Crane, great grandson, father of author Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane; great-great-grandson, author, who is best known for the novel The Red Badge of Courage.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY. DAR Ancestor # A027481

Continental Congressman. He served in the New Jersey Colonial Legislature prior to the Revolutionary War. He was elected to serve as a Delegate to the Continental Congress from New Jersey in 1774. A member of the delegation until June 1776, he and his other delegates were recalled by New Jersey due to their opposition to formal separation from England. When the British invaded New Jersey via Staten Island in June 1780, he was bayoneted by British troopers, lingering until his death in July. His great-great-grandson was author Stephen Crane of "Red Badge of Courage" fame.*

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Stephen Crane, Cont. Congress's Timeline

July 1709
Elizabeth, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
March 10, 1740
Age 30
October 12, 1747
Age 38
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States
Age 42
July 1, 1780
Age 71
Elizabeth, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States