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Capt Elisha Cranson
Birth: 1721
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1804
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA

Elisha is a recognized DAR Patriot

d. in the 84th year of his age

son of Samuel Cranson of Scotland &
Elizabeth Brown of England

m. 1) Abigail Baldwin 24 July 1746,
in Spencer, Worcester County, MA
daughter of David Baldwin &
Abigail (Burr) Baldwin

Elisha and Abigail had at least nine children

m. 2) Hannah (Burnell) Stearns (1732-1827)
widow of David Stearns

An ancestor in the Cranson/ Maxam/ Wheller/ McReynolds line.

Elisha settled in that part of Leicester that, in 1753, was set off as the town of Spencer.
The history of Spencer by Draper 1841, pg. 130, states that Elisha was living on the east end of Lot 50 in 1748, and that he removed to Ashfield, where he died in 1804.

There are several land transactions from 1746-1771 involving Elisha Cranson in Worcester County Deeds. He is described as a blacksmith in some.

Elisha Cranson was one of the pioneer settlers of Ashfield, where he owned a large farm. There is no estate for Elisha on file at either Northampton or Greenfield, but land records appear [1792, 1801, 1804, 1805] in the Registry of Deeds at Greenfield; also an estate deed.

In 1759, Elisha was serving on the British side in the French and Indian War: "Elisha Cranson, return dated Worcester, 11 Apr 1759, under Col John Chandler, Jr, for invasion of Canada, aged 37, residence Spencer, enlisted 02 Apr 1759, had his own firearm. He also appears on a billoting roll dated 30 Apr 1759 as a member of Capt Samuel Clark Paine's Co., Col. Timothy Ruggles' regt, 2 - 30 Apr 1759, 29 days service, 1st Battalion. Also, he appears on a billoting roll, at Worcestor, as member of same co., and regt., 30 Apr - 10 May 1759, 10 days. As Elisha Cranston he is listed on a muster roll, dated Boston, 13 Feb 1760, as a private in the same co & regt, residence Spencer, from 2 Apr - 30 Nov 1759, on the expedition to Crown Point". (Mass Archives, 9:122,185,233,302.)

On 29 May 1775, Elisha Cranson was chosen to attend the convention at Watertown, and again on July 10th.

By 1776, Elisha was again serving his country, this time on the American side: "Cranson, Elisha, Captain, 11th (also given 12th) co., Col. David Field's (5th Hampshire Co) regt; list of officers of MA militia dated Deerfield, April 22, 1776; ordered in Council May 3, 1776, that commissions be issued; reported commissioned May 3, 1776."

Captain Cranson's brother, Captain Abner Cranson, also served on the American side in the Revolutionary War. He was at Bunker Hill, and died in service in 1777.

In the spring of 1787, in the aftermath of Shays' Rebellion, Elisha Cranson's name appears on a list of those taking a required Oath of Allegiance before Samuel Taylor in Ashfield.

In 1790, the first US Federal census records Elisha and Abigail Cranson as living in Ashfield, MA. Abigail died in 1792. It is perhaps about the time of his 1st wife, Abigail's death in 1792, that he alloted part of his farm for a cemetery, since, according to Darius Taylor, who was an old settler, the Spruce Corner Cemetery once belonged to Capt. Elisha, whose plot is in the highest place there.

Following the death of Abigail in 1792, Captain Elisha Cranson married Hannah Burnell Stearns (1732-1827), widow of David Stearns.

A list of voters in Ashfield, MA, in 1798 records the names of Elisha Cranson and his sons, Elisha, Jr., Asa, Abner, and Jonathon. In the 1800 census for Ashfield, Elisha Crans(t)on was listed between sons, Asa and Abner, and then crossed out. It appears that he & his [2nd] wife were counted in the household of son Jonathan Crans(t)on.

In 1801, a land record records Elisha as "Elisha Cranson, Gentleman."

Captain Elisha Cranson died in Ashfield in 1804 and was buried in Spruce Corner Cemetery.

- bio by Dennis Joseph O'Brien
Family links: 
  Abigail Baldwin Cranson (1729 - 1792)
  Samuel Cranson (1748 - 1788)*
  David Cranson (1750 - 1815)*
  Ebenezer Cranson (1756 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Cranson Guilford (1758 - 1840)*
  Asa Cranson (1760 - 1841)*
  Jonathan Cranson (1766 - 1799)*
  Sarah Cranson Phillips (1769 - 1826)*
*Calculated relationship
In memory of Capt
Elisha Cranson who
departed this life
April 18 1804
in the 84th year of his
Note: Revolutionary War Veteran
Spruce Corner Cemetery
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: Dennis Joseph O'Brien
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Mar 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66550916
Capt Elisha Cranson
Added by: Anonymous
Capt Elisha Cranson
Added by: P.K. Magruder
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Patriot of the Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Chapter member, Worcester, MA
- Merry Hill
 Added: Jan. 12, 2015

- Celesta Dailey
 Added: Apr. 10, 2014
Remembering, on the anniversary of his death in Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, on 18 April 1804, my 6th-great grandfather Captain Elisha Cranson, an ancestor in the Cranson/ Maxam/ Wheller/ McReynolds line. Captain Cranson is the grandfather o...(Read more)
- Dennis Joseph O'Brien
 Added: Apr. 18, 2012
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