Originally Posted by nannyjo
I'm kind of ashamed to ask about "The historical Cranes of New Jersey" living in the neighboring state. Do you mean Stephen Crane the author, or are the other Cranes?
I found a few "Crane Houses" in New Jersey with a google search. All of them look interesting and seem to have an interesting past.
Do not be ashamed to ask questions nannyjo.
I do not know about Stephen Crane but I have heard the name before and seen his books on the shelves at the Library. I have not read one yet though, or looked up his family history.
I guess I have not done an extensive search of the Cranes of New Jersey yet. I was hoping to find more information about the Cranes in Ohio that may provide more hints or provide and exact location of where my Crane line came out of NJ from.
I have two sources of information on the Crane line I am interested in as a possible connection to my line. At the same time, these Cranes might not be related to my line at all, at least not here in the Americas. Both are Crane lines do come from England (family data but not proof) though.
History of the Crane House Museum
Twenty years after the Declaration of Independence, an enterprising young man named Israel Crane built a large and distinguished home on eighty-six acres in the small farming community of Cranetown, which is now Montclair, New Jersey. Always considered "grand" for its locale, the house built in 1796 was a contrast to the one-and-a-half story frame and brownstone houses which surrounded it. The Crane House Museum stands today as one Montclair's most important landmarks and a symbol of the area's distinctive heritage.
Israel Crane, a direct descendant of Cranetown's founding family, prospered through income from the general store beside his home and his cider mill and cotton and woolen mills on a nearby stream. In 1801 he and a partner leased a site in Paterson for one of the first mills to use power from the Passaic River. In 1806 he organized a group to construct a direct route between Newark and outlying areas. Israel Crane became the sole owner and operator of this toll road known as the Newark-Pompton Turnpike. Today's Bloomfield Avenue is part of this turnpike. Brownstone quarries in Newark became a major interest later in his life. Israel Crane's extensive success in business and his influence in the community's civic and religious life earned him the nickname "King" Crane.
Visit the source site for more.
Source: The Montclair Historical Society http://www.montclairhistorical.org/collection/collection1.html
That last line has a possibly intriguing connection to something I found in the Crane Bible. On a piece of paper, written by my 2nd great-grandmother, Laura Smith (English) Crane, is the details for a tomb stone for her first child, who died young (my great grandfather’s older brother). The bottom line reads, “The Child of a King.” This may have nothing to do with Israel’s unofficial title, but it did catch my interest. Did my Crane line come from Israel’s line? I have no idea right now.
Jasper Crane, whose name heads the list of the first twenty-three Colonists from Branford, Conn., emigrated from England and is named as one of the New Haven Colony, June 4th, 1639. He is mentioned as one of the most influential and active men in the new Newark Colony. His name is the first of the list of signatures for the original church in Newark dated January 20th, 1667. This church building, in size thirty-six feet by thirty-six feet, was located on the west side of Broad Street, south of Market Street, on a six-acre lot set apart by the Colony for a church and burying ground. This church building of frame was superseded about 1708 by a much larger one of stone with steeple and bell. The present church edifice, the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, locate nearly opposite the original buildings, was a bold undertaking for those early days, but was carried through with heroic energy at great personal sacrifice, a building of such proportions and architectural taste that it is at this day an ornament to the city of Newark. It was dedicated under the pastorate of Dr. MacWhorter, January 1st, 1791.
Visit the source site for more.
Source: Reminiscences of Montclair (NJ) was written in 1908 by Philip Doremus
The Israel from the first excerpt is a direct descendent of this Jasper Crane.
So, that is all I have on them right now, speculations and possibilities but not firm connections as of yet. A DNA test of someone established as from that Crane line compared to my own DNA may be the only way to find out. Seems rather excessive to me, I would rather see what I can dig up in the records first.