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For anyone researching their genealogy and looking for Crane ancestors.

 

I am especially interested if your Crane lines descend from OH (Ohio) from NJ (New Jersey).

 

I have relatively firm documentation that my ancestry traces back to 1849 OH and have found evidence that suggests that his grandfather Crane was born in New Jersey in about 1810. I do not know if I descend from the historical Crane’s of NJ, but my roots may go back to that time and place.

 

I find some interesting history on Crane families in New Jersey. There once was a Cranetown, NJ but it changed its name [to Montclair] long since. However, there was also a fancy Crane House from that time that still exists today, but they did move it from its original location.

 

Anyway, I am not sure if a Blacksmith line would fit in with that historical Crane family. I do know from family history that my Crane line were blacksmiths while they were in Ohio. Both family letters and US Census forms agree on this.

 

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My Crane Ancestry:

 

My 4th Great-Grandfather, listed as born in New Jersey, estimated to about 1780

 

My 3th Great-Grandfather, Jeremiah Crane, born about 1810 in OH.

I do not have positive proof this is my ancestor but the evidence is convincing

 

My 2rd Great-Grandfather, Elbridge Gary Crane, born 1849 in Butler Country, OH

I have some documentation that makes this fairly certain – and the Crane family Bible (dated 1885 and dedicated as an anniversary gift to his wife - of my line)

Grandma Crane calls him a scoundrel

 

My Great-Grandfather, Charles English Crane, born 1887 in Chicago, Cook, IL

            I have his birth certificate – Grandma tells me he was a nice guy

 

My Grandfather, Lewis Charles Crane, born 1920 in Virginia, ST. Louis, MN

            Knew the jerk – he was a hard man but I did learn from him

 

My Father, Michael A. Crane, Sr., born 1942, Everett, Snohomish, WA

            (I was born here too, in 1962) Dad was a good guy – my childhood hero

 

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My Crane line was very hard to research. It took family documentation, listening to my Grandmother’s stories, and a pay-to-use research web site to get this far. I pay for access to historical records and Federal US Census forms that help a lot but take a lot of time to research.

 

If you find anything of interest here that might relate to your family tree, feel free to e-mail me at macjr_tree@hotmail.com

 

Best Regards,

 

 

Michael A. Crane, Jr.

AKA MACJR


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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.


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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.

 

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Excerpt 1:

 

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.

 

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Excerpt 2

 

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

http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/montnj2.htm

 

The Israel from the first excerpt is a direct descendent of this Jasper Crane.

 

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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. 

 

 

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Recently, someone searching for information about her Crane father’s side of the family found his name alongside her grandfather’s name on my online family tree index page. Naturally, with some curiosity, she contacted me.

 

It turns out this Crane cousin lost most of her Crane history; through complications of life she only has pictures of her mother’s side of the family.

 

Still, this Crane cousin did remember some stories and the name of her father, Elbridge Dennis Crane, and her grandfather, Elbridge Forest Crane. I am not sure if she knew that her great grandfather’s name was Elbridge Gary Crane, and this is where our lines connect.

 

It turns out her father was my 1st cousin twice removed and she is my 2nd cousin once removed. If any of that makes sense.

 

Her grandfather was one of my great grandfather's younger siblings. My great grandfather, Charles English Crane was the second oldest child, but after his older brother died young, Charles became the man of the house while his father was away, sometimes for long periods. It turns out that my great grandfather, Charles Crane, helped raise the grandfather of this Crane cousin who just found me through my online tree.

 

My grandmother, a Crane by marriage, probably met this Crane cousin's father when he was still a baby. My grandmother does have a few pictures of baby Elbridge Dennis Crane.

 

Elbridge D. Crane had come up in my research, and in my grandmother's photo albums, but I did not know if he married or had children. It turns out he did both. I have now talked with one of his daughters.

 

This is one of the things I love the internet for; you can learn and share so much here. I will soon be sharing baby pictures of a father, to a daughter who has never seen them before.

 

 

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