John Crane

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John Crane, son of Jasper Crane and Alice (…), was born about 1635.1 He died at Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey, before 21 November 1694, when his will was proved.2,3

John settled in Branford, Connecticut in 1663, signing the Branford agreement along with his father. He and his brothers were among the first to leave to go to Newark, New Jersey in the spring of 1666.

He was first elected to public office there as a fence viewer, 2 Jan 1670/1, and he soon became prominent in public affairs. He had a seat in the first meeting-house in Newark. He was among the deputies to the General Assembly of New Jersey, 1671-5.

In 1674, he was chosen by vote of the town to warn the people at his end of the town, of town meetings. He was chosen grand juryman for 1677, and selectman in 1683.

His house lot, plated on the map of Newark of 1806, places it on Broad Street, northerly from Trinity Episcopal Churchand the upper Common, and extending to the Passaic River.

He was to have the "silver bole," and at his death, the bowl evidently went to his brother Azariah, although it may have passed through the hands of Delivered.

A warrant was issued 27 Apr 1694 to him for 73 acres of land in eight parcels, the fifth by Maple Island.

See sources shown in Torrey for evidence related to his marriage, possibly to Elizabeth Foote. John also had a second wife Hannah, named in the letters issued to her as executrix of his will.2,4,3

John left a will dated 4 November 1694, and proved 21 Nov 1694, mentioning
he was 59 year old,
unnamed wife
sons John, Jasper,Daniel, daughter Sarah
Real and personal estate
wife executrix with John Prudden senior and Elder John Brown as overseers
witnesses Nathaniel ward, George Harrison

5 Jan 1694/5, Letters testimonial with the will were issued to the widow Hanna Crane.5,2


  • John Crane+2 b. 1671, d. 22 Feb 1739
  • Sarah Crane2 b. say 1675
  • Jasper Crane2 b. 1679, d. 1749
  • Daniel Crane2 b. 1684, d. 8 Sep 1747
This person was last edited on28 Sep 2017


  1. [S41] Ellery Becknell Crane, Genealogy of the Crane Family, Vol II (Worcester, Mass: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1900), 295-301, further cited as Crane, Crane Family II.
  2. [S41] Crane, Crane Family II, 302.
  3. [S1643] William A. Whitehead, et al., editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, 42 vols. (Newark, New Jersey: Daily Journal, 1880-1949), 21:216 (East Jersey Deeds Liber E), further cited as Whitehead, et al., Colonial History of New Jersey.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 392, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1643] Whitehead, et al., Colonial History of New Jersey, 21:216 (East Jersey Deeds Liber E:151-2).