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Benjamin Franklin "Benji" Crane
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1864
Early Station
Vermillion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1903
Vermillion County
Indiana, USA

Benjamin Crane was born July 18, 1864, joined the ME church in boyhood. Was married in the spring of 1886 (4/4/1886 per Vermillion County marrriage records, and her name was spelled Ammerman) to Anna Amerman, who deceased February 14, 1901. To this union was born seven children, Homer, Lyle, Raymond, Lillie, John, Carl and Sedric. He was remarried February 27, 1902 (2/22/1902 per Vermillion County marriage records) to Dollie Harrington, to them one child, Velma was born.

Benjamin Crane leaves three brothers, three sisters, his father, a wife, and eight children, seven of them are alone in this world. He said "leaving my family is the only hard thing, but then my neighbors are all good, and the Lord is good, and He, through my neighbors, will provide good homes. Dying is easy, I feel a personal presence is helping me. My way is clear, I am satisfied to die."

On the afternoon of December 28, the earthly home of this tabernacle was dissolved, and his spirit returned to the God who gave it.

The funeral was preached at his home at 2 pm Tuesday by Rev W.A. Mathews to a large congregation. Text: _____ the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is ______" He is buried at Helt's Prairie Cemetery.

Note: He was born and died in Helt Township.

The following is courtesy of Carolyn Schwab.

Newport Hoosier State
Indiana Newspaper - Vermillion County
26 Feb 1902
Marriage Licenses
Benjamin F. Crane, 37, and Dollie D. Harrington, 18.

Helt's Prairie
At the home of the Bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Harrington, last Saturday at 4 p.m. was solemnized the marriage of their daughter Dollie to Benji Crane of near Center, Reverend Dunlavy of Dana officiating. The bride is the fourth daughter of William Harrington and is well and favorably known around here. The groom is an honest and industrious citizen of middle age. He has a nice home and we wish them a life of happiness.

Vermillion County, IN Wills
Book 4, Page 60, 61

BENJAMIN CRANE, Clinton, Vermillion County, IN

1. Pay all my debts and funeral expenses.
2. I give to my wife DOLLIE D. CRANE $2000.
3. I give to KATIE EDWARDS $500.
4. I give the rest of my property to be equally divided among my children - HOMER H. CRANE, LYLE G. CRANE, LILLIE S. CRANE, RAYMOND L. CRANE, JOHN V. CRANE, CARL CRANE, CEDRIC B. CRANE, and VELMA N. CRANE - as they reach 21 years of age.
5. I nominate ELBERT E. HELT Executor, and ask that he be appointed Guardian of my children herein named.

Written December 4, 1903
Recorded January 12, 1904
Family links: 
  Stephen Crane (1829 - 1927)
  Mariam F. Crane Crane (1833 - 1885)
  Anna Frances Amerman Crane (1866 - 1901)*
  Homer Huston Crane (1887 - 1923)*
  Lysle Garnet Crane (1889 - 1979)*
  Raymond Leslie Crane (1891 - 1961)*
  Lillie Dena Crane Strong (1892 - 1985)*
  John Virgil Crane (1896 - 1968)*
  Carl Crane (1898 - 1976)*
  Laura Crane Myers (1852 - 1887)*
  Henry Alva Crane (1854 - 1939)*
  Lucy Olive Crane Morrison (1855 - 1929)*
  Sylvanus Burt Crane (1858 - 1925)*
  Hannah Abigail Crane Helt (1862 - 1952)*
  Benjamin Franklin Crane (1864 - 1903)
  Emily Sabrina Crane Bales (1867 - 1947)*
  Harvey Dan Crane (1869 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Shares marker with Anna F.
Helts Prairie Cemetery
Vermillion County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Cindy TM
Record added: Oct 03, 2006
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Benjamin Franklin Benji Crane
Added by: Carolyn Schwab
Benjamin Franklin Benji Crane
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