John Crane

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John Crane, son of John Crane, was born at Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey, in 1671.1 He died at Whippany, Morris Co., New Jersey, 22 February 1739, age 68 and was buried in the Whippany Graveyard, Whippany, Morris Co., New Jersey.2,3

John married Mary (…), whose parents are unknown (or not traced).3

In 1719, John Crane was chosen assessor and collector of taxes and served for several years.

He was overseer of the poor and sheepmaster in 1725, and in 1736, appointed to record strays.

For many years he was assessor and ratemaker; tithingman in 1735, and chosen for a committee to agree with the Rev. Aaron Bur, November 1736.

His will mentions a wife Mary, but she remains unidentified, nor is it determined if she is the mother of his children.2,4

John left a will dated 2 January 1734, and proved 16 Mar 1738/9:
of Hanover, Hunterdon Co., yeoman, "Aged and infirm."
Children—John, Edmond, Amos, Mary Hamilton, Abigail (wife of Stephen Ward), and Kesiah Canfleld;
Land in Millbank swamp in Newark, where son John formerly dwelt;
land purchased of Jacob Ford at Hanover;
land in Hanover joining land of Ephraim Price.
Executors—wife, Mary, and son, Edmond Crane.
Witnesses—John Cooper, Eliphalet Johnson, Joseph Day.

The inventory, totaling £166.03.07, was made by Ephraim Price and John
Ball, 14 May 1739. Witnesses—Stephen Ward, Abigail Ward.4

Family 1

  • John Crane2
  • Amos Crane2
  • Mary Crane2
  • Abigail Crane2
  • Keziah Crane2
  • Edmond Crane+2 b. 1692, d. bef. 9 Mar 1762

Family 2

Mary (…) b. 1674, d. 10 Sep 1741
This person was last edited on11 Dec 2015


  1. [S41] Ellery Becknell Crane, Genealogy of the Crane Family, Vol II (Worcester, Mass: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1900), 302, further cited as Crane, Crane Family II.
  2. [S41] Crane, Crane Family II, 306.
  3. [S217] William O. Wheeler and Edmund D. Halsey, Inscriptions on the Tombstones and Monuments in the Grave Yards at Whippany and Hanover, Morris County, N. J. (1894; reprint, Lambertville, New Jersey: Hunterdon House, 1984), 7, further cited as Wheeler and Halsey, Hanover Graves.
  4. [S1998] William Nelson et al., editors, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 13 vols. ([various publishers], 1901-1949), 2:122 (Lib C:262), further cited as Nelson et al., Calendar of New Jersey Wills.