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Benjamin Crane
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1740
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1803
Windsor County
Vermont, USA

Genealogy of the Crane Family, Vol. 2.
Descendants of Benjamin Crane, of Wethersfield, Conn.; John Crane, of Coventry, Conn., and Newark, N. J.; Jasper Crane, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, with families of the name in New Hampshire, Maryland, and Virginia,

By Ellery Bicknell Crane

Worcester, Mass.
Press of Charles Hamilton,
311 Main St. 1900

Page 65.

"Under the date of Feb. 6, 1762, there is a "purpose of marriage between Benjamin Crane of Western, Mass., (now Warren Co.) and Sarah Witherbee who has lately dwelt at Western." The entry was evidently made by Simeon Dwight, the Town Clerk of that place, and that is all we have been able to get from the town records. From the office of Register of Deeds at Springfield, Mass.,Benjamin Crain was listed as a cooper by trade, of Western, and Sarah his wife, sold land (110 acres) in Shutesbury, April 4, 1764. He had also sold land on May 4, 1774, located in Merryfield (now Chester), at which time he was called of Brookfield. He later sold land Jan. 16, 1777, and this time he is listed "cooper of Western."
As the family record gives evidence of twenty years residence in this locality, it seems strange that not one at least of his children are mentioned in the records of either Western (now Warren) or Brookfield.

The archives at the State House, Boston, Benjamin Crane of Western, was listed as a private in Capt. Ezekiel Knowlton's company, Col. Dyke's Regiment, and served from Dec. 1, 1776, to March 1, 1777.

Records of Rev. Horace Alonzo Crane, M. A., his great-grandson, state he married Sarah Witherbee, March 16,

1. Sarah, b. Aug. 12, 1762, at Western.
2. John, b. Oct. 30, 1763, at Western.
3. Amos, b. Nov. 22, 1765, at Brookfield.
4. Rebecca, b. Sept. 7, 1767, at Brookfield.
5. Anna, b. Aug. 20, 1769, at Brookfield.
6. Abel, b. Aug. 20, 1771, at Brookfield.
7. Darius, b. March 11, 1775, at Brookfield; died April 9, 1776.
8. Ruth, b. Jan. 16, 1776, at Brookfield.
9. Olive, b. April 20, 1780, at Western.

Benjamin Crane was the son of Jonathon Crane and Rebecca Huntington.

NOTE: It was explained to me by a fellow researcher that a "craftsman", such as a cooper (barrel maker) like Benjamin was, first had to be apprenticed at the age of about 14 to 21. At age 21, he would then be a journeyman. shows a record of a deed dated 1775 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts between a Benjamin Crane; Adam Alden; Hugh Orr; Luke Packard; and a John Alden. The original deed was hard to read on the screen, but one could order the original record. This may, or may not be the same Benjamin, but it does show Benjamin's signature which compared very closely to a deed in Bethel, Vermont later on.

Vermont Census, 1790-1860 about Benjamin Crane
Name: Benjamin Crane
State: VT
County: Windsor County
Township: Bethel
Year: 1778
Page: 012
Database: VT Early Census Index

"Charter of Bethel" signed by Benjamin and John Crane, 23 Dec., 1779.

"Windsor County
Chartered: December 23, 1779 (Vermont Charter)
Dudley Chase, one of the grantees, while surveying the town with his associates, awoke one morning and told of having dreamed of the Biblical story in which Jacob slept in a field with only a stone for a pillow (Genesis 28:11-22). Jacob had declared that stone to mark the place of God's house and named the place Bethel. Chase's associates were so impressed by the dream that they agreed to name their town the same. When the Baptist Church was built in 1824 in the village of East Bethel (the area where Chase's group had been camped), stones from the site were gathered and incorporated into the foundation."

Deed: November 8, 1792, Bethel, Windsor Co., VT. Received Mar., 11, 1986 from the "Vermont Agency Of Administration"
Public Records Division
Montpelier, Vermont.

"Know all men by these present, that I, Benjamin Crane, of Bethel in the County of Windsor and state of Vermont, for giving good causes, but more especially in consideration of the parental love and affection which I own and bare to my son Amos Crane of the county and state aforesaid, Yeoman...and in his more comfortable settlement in the world have given, grant, and convey, and confirmed to him my said son, his heirs and assigns forever, as being in part of his portion out of my estate, one half of the hundred acre lot of land lying and being in the township of Bethel, it being the westerly half of lot #6 in the long range west of the third branch of the White River. Said lot was laid and drawn to be my land, I being the Original Grantee of said tract of land and valued at 17 pounds lawful money, twelve pounds of said consideration given and five pounds I have received to my full satisfaction of the said have and to hold....granted and bargained....with the ....belonging unto him my son Amos and his assigns forever and their own ....benefit and behalf; and I the said Benjamin Crane do for myself my heirs....executor and administration and assigns agree to warrant and ..the above grantee, and bargain, promise, and ...against any person claiming in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th (or 11th) day of February, 1792."

In Presence of: Benjamin Crane (his signature)
Beniza Strange
John Terry
State of Vermont, Windsor County
Feb. 16, 1792
Personally appeared Benjamin Crane
and acknowledged the above written instrument to be his free act and deed.

In a letter, dated 26 Mar. 1986, I received town records from Irene Cushing, Bethel, Vermont Librarian. She had sent numerous records and information on the Crain/Crane/Craine families of that area. She mentioned that by the middle of the 1850's, there were not very many Cranes still in that area.

"List of First Settlers of Bethel Vermont Town records."

"John Crane took Freeman's oath, 1794"
"Benjamin Crane took Freeman's oath, 1785"
"Benjamin Crane was "selectman", 1786"

From "Proprietor's Records"
Taken from Scrapbook #1, page 7.
Voted that the vendue......proceed to sell all those delinquent rights. John Crane's right sold at vendue for six hundred pounds....Dudley Chase.

Scrapbook #1, page 29;
"I will give the names of those living on the hill east of the Branch of White River...Old Mr. Crane and his sons, John and Amos, with families."

OTHER DEEDS: Windsor Co., Vermont:
By 1788 Benjamin and son John Crane were buying land from a Beniah/Beriah Green of Barnard, VT. On the land record Benjamin and John both give their address as Bethel, VT.
Feb., of 1792, Benjamin signed as an original proprietor of a six mile square tract of land in the long range west of the 3rd branch of the White River area. This land was valued at 17 lbs. In 1792 Benjamin deeds a part of this land to a David Copeland for $80.62.

This David Copeland was married to Sarah Dike/Dyke, sister to Catherine Dike, who married John Crane, son of Benjamin Crane.

22 June, 1792....Benjamin Crane deeds lands to Joseph Bates; witnesses, Thomas Bates and John Crane.
13 or 19 August, 1792..Benjamin Crane deeds land and 60 lbs. to son John Crane for 4 years labor.

20 Oct. 1792...Benjamin and John Crane are signers of "Original Proprietors" of Bethel, Windsor County, Vermont.
8 Nov. 1792...Benjamin Crane listed on delinquent tax list, listed as "yeoman".
17 June, 1803...Benjamin Crane deeds land to son John and Catharine Crane, husband and wife.

Benjamin Crane's probate begins in May of 1804, page 183 of Vol. 3. Benjamin left no will, and died insolvent.

Vol. 3., p. 183:
John Crane is appointed administrator for the estate of Benjamin Crane (both of Bethel).
John must have received his share before Benjamin died, thus not an "heir." There is mention of prior distributions when we get to the heirs. John is appointed at the request of the widow, Sarah Crane.
Wyman Amsworth (Ainsworth?), John Wallace, and Nathaniel Throok appointed as committee to do the inventory and appraisal of the estate. The administrator (John Crane) says the estate is "insolvent" and asks the committee (Wyman, Wallace, and Throok) to "adjust the claims of the creditors.

Vol. 3, p. 201:
Inventory. Value of estate is $613.31

Widow - Sarah Crane

Amos Crane
Olive Hamblinton or (Hamblin)
Anna Woodard
Abel Crane
Sally "Sarah?" Parrish (Parish)
Rebecca Dunham
Ruth Green, "daughter to Ruth Green, deceased."

SOURCE: Hartford District, Windsor County Vermont Probate Records.
LDS Family History Library microfilm # 0029160, volumes 1-3, 1783-1809, and volume 7, 1824. Vol. 7 was an addendum to what had been an earlier final distribution of Benjamin's property.

Death record for Benjamin Crane, source; "Bethel Cemetery Records, Vol. 1, 1785-1857, State of Vermont. Filmed by Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, at Bethel, Vt., 31 Dec. 1951.

America's Genealogy Bank, Mid Continent Public Library:

Benj. Crane Estate

We, the subscribers, being appointed Commissioners, by Hon. Jesse Williams, Esq., Judge of Probate for the district of Hartford, Commissioners to receive and examine the Claims of the Creditors to the Estate of Benjamin Crane, late of Bethel, in said district, deceased, represented insolvent; and six months being allowed for that purpose, Do hereby give notice, that we will attend to the business of our appointment, at the dwelling house of John Crane, in said Bethel, on the first and second Mondays of September next, from 12 to 6 o'clock on said days.
N. B. No accounts will be allowed, unless properly attested. All accounts that are not exhibited, within that time, will be barred.


All persons indebted to said Estate, are requested to make immediate payment, to
JOHN CRANE, Administrator,
Bethel, June 18, 1804

Early in 1805 the heirs of Benjamin Crane filed an addendum to the probate proceedings.
This new addendum "guarantees the household furniture going to their mother, Sarah Crane, wife of the deceased."
This addendum was not recorded in the Probate Court until 1826.
Among the heirs listed in this addendum is "Abel Crane of Stanstead, in the Province of Lower Canada."

LDS Family History Library microfilm # 0029160, volumes 1-3, 1783-1809, and volume 7, 1824, was an addendum to what had been an earlier final distribution of Benjamin's property.

Woodstock, Vermont, John Crane, Administrator, records an agreement made Sept., 18, 1804, (Vol. 3, p. 245) between the widow Sarah Crane of Bethel on the one part, and John Crane, Amos Crane, John Parrish, Josiah Hamblinton, Anna Woodward, Rebecca Dunham. all of Bethel in Windsor Co., and State of Vermont, and Able Crane late of Stanstead, in the province of lower Canada, in which the children give up rights to all household furniture belonging to the estate, to the use of their mother, Sarah Crane during her natural lifetime. This was recorded in Vol 7, p 56. 
Family links: 
  John Crane (1709 - 1793)
  Rebecca Huntington Crane (1712 - 1742)
  Amos Crane (1764 - 1841)*
  Benjamin Crane (1740 - 1803)
  Elijah Crane (1746 - 1818)**
  Abel Crane (1748 - 1817)**
  Samuel Crane (1752 - 1818)**
  Rachel Crane Kingsley (1755 - 1786)**
*Calculated relationship
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Created by: Nancy~
Record added: Nov 16, 2011
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- Nancy~
 Added: Jan. 10, 2012

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