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Benjamin Crane I

Birth
England
Death
31 May 1691 (aged 60–61)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID
158091084 View Source

Benjamin Crane was in Wethersfield, Connecticut as early as 1655, and may have been there a few years earlier. According to the Records of the Particular Court, held at Hartford, March 1655, he is defendant in a civil suit with John Sadler, plft. Also, in June 1656, he is defendant in another suit with Richard Montague.

He was born about 1630, was made Freeman 12 May 1648 at Wethersfield. It is not positively known from whence he came to Wehtersfield, but Hinman, in his 'History of Connecticut Settlers' seems to think that he came from Massachusetts, which statement all investigations thus far seem to warrant.

24 Feb 1656, the town gave him a home lot of 2.5 acres, more or less, bounded by the Common S.E., the Highway, S.W. He also bought John Dixon's or Dickenson's land in the West Field 14 Sep 1664. The later is said to have removed to Hadley in 1659 or 1660. It appears that this last mentioned tract of land was that on which the late home of Samuel Coleman, deceased, stands on Mud Lane. It was there when Mr. Crane built his dwelling house and tanneries. The house was one of the six houses fortified by vote of the town in 1704. The town also gave him three acres of land on Beaver, now Tando's Brook, in 1660.

He served as juror 1664; drew land in the allotment of 1670, and purchased land of Daniel Rose, 8 Dec 1671. On 15 Jan 1673, he is rated among inhabitants of Wethersfield to pay the town 0-4-51/2; acquires more land next south of Job Whitcomb's 22 Feb 1680, 25 May 1680 and 13 Jul 1680; under later date, the land is located on the Connecticut River on road to Middletown and road to Rocky Hill.

May 1682, Benjamin Crane with others petitioned the General court for liberty to "erect a plantation in the Wabsynassit Country" (Windham County). It was proposed to have a Town Grant ten miles square.

He married Mary Backus, daughter of William and Sarah (Charles) Backus 23 Apr 1655, and carried on the tanning business about a mile below the village on the Middletown Road. The sopt for many years has been known as "Old Crane's Tannery Place."

At his death 31 May 1691, his son, John, succeeded to the business. His wife died 8 Jul 1717.

Genealogy of the Crane Family, Volume II: Descendants of Benjamin Crane of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
Married Mary Backus 23 Apr 1655 in Wethersfield CT. Their child: Lt. Jonathan Crane. There is no proof of his parentage.

Benjamin Crane was in Wethersfield, Connecticut as early as 1655, and may have been there a few years earlier. According to the Records of the Particular Court, held at Hartford, March 1655, he is defendant in a civil suit with John Sadler, plft. Also, in June 1656, he is defendant in another suit with Richard Montague.

He was born about 1630, was made Freeman 12 May 1648 at Wethersfield. It is not positively known from whence he came to Wehtersfield, but Hinman, in his 'History of Connecticut Settlers' seems to think that he came from Massachusetts, which statement all investigations thus far seem to warrant.

24 Feb 1656, the town gave him a home lot of 2.5 acres, more or less, bounded by the Common S.E., the Highway, S.W. He also bought John Dixon's or Dickenson's land in the West Field 14 Sep 1664. The later is said to have removed to Hadley in 1659 or 1660. It appears that this last mentioned tract of land was that on which the late home of Samuel Coleman, deceased, stands on Mud Lane. It was there when Mr. Crane built his dwelling house and tanneries. The house was one of the six houses fortified by vote of the town in 1704. The town also gave him three acres of land on Beaver, now Tando's Brook, in 1660.

He served as juror 1664; drew land in the allotment of 1670, and purchased land of Daniel Rose, 8 Dec 1671. On 15 Jan 1673, he is rated among inhabitants of Wethersfield to pay the town 0-4-51/2; acquires more land next south of Job Whitcomb's 22 Feb 1680, 25 May 1680 and 13 Jul 1680; under later date, the land is located on the Connecticut River on road to Middletown and road to Rocky Hill.

May 1682, Benjamin Crane with others petitioned the General court for liberty to "erect a plantation in the Wabsynassit Country" (Windham County). It was proposed to have a Town Grant ten miles square.

He married Mary Backus, daughter of William and Sarah (Charles) Backus 23 Apr 1655, and carried on the tanning business about a mile below the village on the Middletown Road. The sopt for many years has been known as "Old Crane's Tannery Place."

At his death 31 May 1691, his son, John, succeeded to the business. His wife died 8 Jul 1717.

Genealogy of the Crane Family, Volume II: Descendants of Benjamin Crane of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
Married Mary Backus 23 Apr 1655 in Wethersfield CT. Their child: Lt. Jonathan Crane. There is no proof of his parentage.

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