Believed to be born in Westerleigh, S.Gloucestershire England 2/1617
Was Christened on Feb 15 1617 in Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, England
Son Of James + Eleanor Crandell
Came to America around 1643, Mentioned as a Juror in Newport RI Sept 8th 1643
Elder John Crandall, a Baptist minister, of Newport and Westerly is stated by the family,came from Wales to Boston in 1634-35. He was arrested at Lynn, July 21,1651 and suffered imprisonment at Boston, was fined and publicly whipped for his attachment to the Baptist cause. He fled to Rhode Island in 1637. He was early associated with the Baptists at Newport and was made a freeman in 1655. He became the first elder and preacher in Westerly, where his name is the first in the list of "free inhabitants," 1699.
Elder Crandall was twice married. His second wife Hannah, died in 1678.
His children were as follows:
Jane, who married Job Babcock
Sarah, who married Josiah Witter
Peter, who's wife's name was Mary
Joseph, who married Deborah Burdick
Samuel, who married Sarah Colby (or Celbey)
-- from "Representative men and old families of Rhode Island" volume 3
Gravesite Details Original Headstone has been lost over time.