Virginia W “Jennie” Longley Crane

Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Death 9 Feb 1893 (aged 38)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 221174786 View Source
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Name: Jennie W. Longley Crane
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 9 Feb 1893
Event Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Event Place (Original): Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Age: 39
Birth Year (Estimated): 1854
Father's Name: Seymour R. Longley
Mother's Name: Octavia W. Taylor
Spouse's Name: Charles Crane
Spouse's Gender: Male

Page: 1316
GS Film Number: 594716
Digital Folder Number: 007009400
Image Number: 00365
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00847-7

Citing this Record
"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 November 2020), Jennie W. Longley Crane, 9 Feb 1893; citing Death, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009400.Jennie Longley, daughter of Seymour and Octavia Walton (Taylor) Longley, was born between April and July 3, 1854, in Mobile, AL. From the 1830s Mobile was a winter retreat for many wealthy New Englanders.

1870 - Five years after the Civil War, while her father and brother were in New Orleans, Jennie was in Massachusetts, birthplace of her grandmother Eliza Hartwell (Mead) Taylor. Jennie is one of 21 students living at Prospect Hill School, Greenfield, MA, which opened April 1869 in downtown Greenfield, on Prospect Avenue. This Unitarian school, founded by Rev. John Moors and leading citizens, opened in April 1869 was run by Miss Lois R. Wright and Miss Emily Dana. Lois' sister Elisabeth Wright also taught there. Upon Lois' marriage in 1872, the school was left in charge of sister Sabra Wright, principal in 1879. Greenfield is beautifully situated in Deervield Valley, 80 miles from Waltham/Boston and 39 miles north of Springfield, MA, the home town of Jennie's future husband. Near the bottom of the 21 students listed on the census, Jennie is the only student where the state of birth is not given. Note that the History of Greenfield states that the school became so popular that they had to build an additional building for student housing. The school merged about 1930 to become the Stonleigh-Prospect Hill School, and in 1969 became the Stonleigh-Burnham School. The school is still a college-preparatory school for young girls and sits on 100 acres. There exists an 1870 photo of the Prospect Hill School with about 30 women and girls on the porch and balcony.

A half dozen records in the collection Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, show the marriage of Samuel N. Crane to Jennie Winslow/Winston Longley. April 8, 1873 was apparently the marriage application in Suffolk County, followed by the wedding on July 3, 1873.

1870-1875 - Samuel Newhall Crane studied electrical engineering at MIT for two years. His baseball career began 1875/1880.
28 Jan 1874 - son STEPHEN DOW CRANE born in MN
23 Dec 1875 - son SEYMOUR ATWOOD CRANE born in MA
1876 - Seymour Longley died in New Orlenas, buried in Mobile.
1880 - Jennie was in Springfield, MA with two children and husband Samuel N. Crane.
1880 - Sept. 28, the Springfield Republican newspaper published an article, "Springfield the Divorce Court Yesterday," showing that Jennie W. Crane of Springfield filed for divorce from Samuel N. Crane for "extreme cruelty and failure to provide suitable maintenance."
1880 - Sept 30, the Springfield Republican, page 6, divorce was granted "for extreme cruelty, the custody of the minor children, Stephen D. and Seymour A. Crane being granted to the libellant."
21 Apr 1887 Samuel and Jennie are shown having a third son, RICHARD S. CRANE
1887 & 1888 Octavia is in Cambridge, MA, city directories as widow of Seymour
1889 Samuel Newhall Crane married Helen E.
1890 census - Octavia is in Bennington, VT, widow of Seymour R. Longley in Veteran schedules
1891 - Dec. 4, Jennie married Samuel's younger brother, Charles W. Crane
1893 - Jennie Crane died
1900 - Charles W. Crane died
1903 - Samuel N. Crane married Gertrude M. Sauer

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia W “Jennie” Longley Crane (3 Apr 1854–9 Feb 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 221174786, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by BKGeni (contributor 46895980) .