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William Rosencrans "Cranz" Clendenin
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1863
Cass County
Michigan, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 1955
Three Rivers
St. Joseph County
Michigan, USA

William Rosencrans Clendenin, son of Ruth Catherine (Greenman) and James C. Clendenin, married Luella Jackson, daughter of Susan (Eberhard)Smith and Andrew W. Jackson, December 31, 1885, in Three Rivers, MI. The couple divorced and then remarried March 26, 1998, in St. Joseph Co., MI, and
then eventually divorced a second time. They had two daughters, Wilma M. (Clendenin)Kroll and Willo M. (Clendenin) Schick.

William Rosencranz Clendenin was known as Crance (or Cranz). His middle name may come from the Union General William S. Rosecrans, who defeated the Confederate General Sterling Price in the Battle of Iuka, fought in northern Mississippi, September 19, 1862, a year before William was born.
In Kenneth Poe's autobiographical account, "Memories of Jones, Michigan, in the 1920's and 1930's" (1962), he recalls the following about "Crance" Clendenin:

"The saw mill was located one hundred yards south of the cooperative and the mill was big business at that time. . .If you could see the mill now as it was then you would see Crance Clendenning skidding logs with horses to the west door of the mill and from there Otis Rifenberg would roll them on a four wheeled cart which ran on a track to the saw carriage."

William's death certificate describes his occupation as, "carpenter/self employed". 
Family links: 
  James C. Clendenin (1816 - 1893)
  Ruth Catherine Greenman Clendenin (1823 - 1871)
  Luella Jackson Clendenin Nichols (1868 - 1949)
  Wilma M. Clendenin Kroll (1894 - 1988)*
  Willo M. Clendenin Schick (1904 - 1972)*
  Horace Nyram Frazier Clendenin (1846 - 1912)*
  Emeline Elizabeth Clendenin Salter (1848 - 1871)*
  Lydia Ann Louisa Clendenin Rifenberg (1850 - 1889)*
  James Sheldon Lewis Clendenen (1851 - 1940)*
  Matilda Margaret Jane Clendenin (1854 - 1871)*
  Victoria Velma Clendenin (1858 - 1881)*
  Abraham Lincoln Clendenin (1861 - 1935)*
  William Rosencrans Clendenin (1863 - 1955)
  Ulysses Simpson Grant Clendenin (1866 - 1953)*
  Carrie Melissa Clendenin Miller (1875 - 1963)**
*Calculated relationship
William R. Clendenin, 1863-1955
Note: Double stone with Marvel E. Miller, 1898-1948
Poe Cemetery
Cass County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Sandra Elizabeth Miller
Record added: Jun 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112385574
William Rosencrans Cranz Clendenin
Added by: JP Finn
William Rosencrans Cranz Clendenin
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