Jasper Crane & Alice

Sally’s eight-great Grandparents:
“Puritan emigrants”

Jasper Crane ca 1600 – 1681 | his parents
?& est 1625 unknown est 1600/05 – ca 1633 | her parents
& ca 1634 Alice [Leave?] ca 1610 – ca 1675 | her parents
of Spraxton, Somersetshire, England
1637 New Haven, Connecticut
1652 Branford, Connecticut
1666 Newark, New Jersey

This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!

1637 -26 June The Hector arrived in Boston with the group from London who settled at New Haven.
1639 An original Settler of the New Haven Colony, June 4, Jasper Crane signed the first agreement at a general meeting of all free planters held in Mr. Newman’s barn.
The London merchant was a surveyor as well as a member of the General Court and for many years a magistrate; with Mr Myles he laid out most of the New Haven town plot, located grants, established division lines, and settled disputed titles.
1639 – It is said he was steward of Rev John Davenport’s property.
The site of his house lot in New Haven (sold in 1651) is Elm St, at Orange St, (the site in 1900 of the Church of St. Thomas.)

1640 – He was a friend of Wm Tuttle, they led that New Haven Company that settled on the Delaware River, but in 1642 were roughly ejected by the Dutch.
1641 – In March he received a grant of 100 acres of land in the East Meadow (Stony River Farm–sold 1652).
1643 – his estate was voted at 480 with three persons in his family—self, wife, and son John.
1644 – he was “freed from watching and trayning in his own person because of his weakness, but to find one for his turn.”
1644 -he was trustee of County Court, New Haven.
1644-5 – he was granted 16 acres of upland in East Haven (sold Sept 7 1652) where he built a home in which his son Jasper was born.
1645 – He was one of four contractors who built or bought “the great ship.”
also, The Ghost Ship of 1647
1651 – The merchant had an interest in a bog-ore furnace at East Haven.
1652 – he removed to Branford, CT; becoming a first planter in a new settlement being instituted by families from Wethersfield, CT under the leadership of Mr Swayne and a few from Southampton, LI.
1653 May – Jasper Crane Esq and Mr Wm Swayne were the first deputies to the General Court of Electors from Branford (Jasper Crane being returned for the next four years).
1658 May – he was chosen one of four Magistrates for the New Haven Colony. He held this office by reappointment until 1663.
1665-67 – He was also one of the magistrates called together by the Governor at Hartford.
In the union of the Colonies he was one of the assistants.
1666 – In the spring – the people of Branford, dissatisfied with the union of the New Haven and Connecticut Colonies, particularly the granting of suffrage to non-church inhabitants, resolved to move at once to New Jersey.
1666 – Oct 30 in Branford CT he and his sons John and Deliverance were among those signing a preliminary agreement outlining the proposed new settlement upon the Passiack River in the Province of New Jersey. He did not go with Mr. Pierson and the first company to “Milford.”
1667 – But on Jan 20, Jasper Crane headed the list of signers and church members of the first Church at Newark and became one of the most influential and active men of the new colony.
1667 – Feb 6 -He and his sons at a town meeting in Newark drew for Home Lots: Lot #49 fell to Mr Jasper Crane, Sr, #40 to Deliverance Crane & #62 to John Crane.
Mr Jasper Crane was the first President of the town court and first on the list of duputies to the General Assembly for New Jersey for several years.
Jasper Crane and Robert Treat were the first magistrates in Newark.
1668 – May 20 he as one of a committee signed an agreement fixing the dividing line between Newark Town and Elizabeth Town.
Jasper Crane Sr was one of the purchasers of the “Kingsland Farms” an immense estate near Newark now known as Belleville.
1669 Jan – Re-elected magistrate January , “and Deputy to the General Assembly if there should be any.”
1669 – July 28 he and Robert Treat were commissioned “to go to ‘York’ to advise with Col Lovelace concerning our standing. Whether we are designed to be a part of the Duke’s Colony or not, and about the Neck, and liberty of purchasing lands up the river, that the Town would petition for.”
1670 -Jan 2 He with Robert Treat were chosen to be moderators of town meetings for the year ensuing. again chosen magistrate and deputy serving in latter capacity annually until 1674 and at a town meeting Feb 29 it was voted that the governor be requested to confirm Jasper Crane and Robert Treat magistrates or justices of the peace. The same honors were conferred in 1671 and in addition it was voted Jan 22 1671 that ” every man should bring his half bushel to Henry Lyon & Joseph Waters and have it tied and sealed when made fit with Mr Crane’s which for the present is the standard.”
Mr Crane was one of a committee to see to burning the woods for the year.
1670 – Aug 24 At a town meeting an agreement was made with Mr Robert Treat & Sergt Richard Harrison to build and maintain a sufficient corn-mill upon the brook called Mill Brook. They were given sole privilege of this brook, with all the town grists, and all stone within the town limits suitable for mill-stones, with all the timber that was prepared by Joseph Horton for the mill, and two-days work of every man and woman that holds an allotment in the town with all the lands formerly granted to Joseph Horton. They were to hold this land as their own so long as they held and maintained the mill and not to dispose of the mill without consent of the town. The town was also to give thirty pounds in good wheat, pork, beef, or one-fourth in good Indian corn, at such prices as would enable them to exchange it for or procure iron, millstones, or the workman’s wages etc: Winter wheat 5 shillings per bushel; summer wheat 4 s 5 d; pork 3d per lb; beef 2d; Indian corn 2s 6d per bushel. As Mr Treat was to return to Connecticut, Jasper Crane assumed his portion of the contract.
1672 – May 13 Mr Crane & Lieut. Swain were chosen representatives for the town to consult with other representatives of the county to order matters for the safety for the county.
1672 – June 17 Mr Crane was again chosen magistrate and also chosen “President of the Quarterly Court to be held in Newark to begin September next.”
He was also given “liberty to sell liquors in the town till the county order alter it.”
1673 – July 1 At a town meeting Mr Crane was chosen to serve on a committee with Mr Bond, Mr Swain, Mr Kitchell, & Mr Lyon to consider with messenger from other towns about sending a petition to the Lords Proprietors in England for the removal of grievances; and July 5th the town agreed to pay for sending the messenger to England, as the above committee had agreed with Mr Delevall about money to cover that expense.
Aug 4th the town chose Mr Crane, Mr Bond, Lieut Swain, & Sergeant John Ward deputies to treat with the generals about having a privileged county between the two rivers Passaie and Araritine. August 12th again chosen magistrate; Sept 6th on committee to try and secure the “Neck” to add to the possessions of Newark; and Sept 16th instructed by the town to “treat with the generals, and if they can to buy it.” It would seem the committee were successful for October 25th Mr Crane, Mr Molyns, & Mr Hopkins were chosen to look after the confirmation of the purchase of the Neck and sue for further easement in respect to pay. Nov 17th Capt Swain & Mr Crane were chosen to continue the trade for the Neck.
1674 – June 29 the town voted to have Mr Crane & Mr Pierson Jr. carry the petition and present it to the Governor and Council at North Orange to “obtain confirmation of their bought and paid for lands.”
1674 – August 10 he was again chosen magistrate.
1675 – Aug 25 The patents for land in Newark to Jasper Crane covering one hundred and sixty-eight acres are as follows: “House lot 14 acres, 17 a. his first division on Great Neck, 11 a. in part for his second division on said Neck, 6 a. on said Neck, 4 a. at bottom of the Neck, 20 a. for his second division by Two Mile Brook, 26 a. his third division by head of Mile Brook, 20 a. for his third division at the head of the branch of Second River, 14 a. of meadow for his first division at Great Island, 12 a. of meadow for his second division by the Great Pond. 14 a. for proportion of bogs, 5 a. of meadow near the Great Island, 1 a. of meadow at Beef Point, 4 a. meadow near Wheeler’s Point, yealding 1/2 penny lawful money of England, or in such pay as the country doth produce at merchant’s price for every one of the said acres the first payment to begin the 25th of March which was in the year 1670.” These lands were taken up and occupied some time prior to date of the patents.
1675 – May 1 – Another warrant seems to have been issued to Jasper Crane for 103 acres of land in Newark.
1678-9 – February 19 it having been discovered that many of the settlers had taken up lands contrary to a town agreement, Mr Crane stated at town meeting that he would lay down all lands so taken if others would and March 10th following he was chosen with Robert Dalgiesh & Jasper Crane Jr to lay out Samuel Potter’s lot again.

From the records of New Haven, Branford, and Newark Jasper Crane was Deputy to the General Assembly at least 14 sessions 1648-75; Assistant to the Joint Colonies 1658-67; Judge 1645-50 New Haven, 1654-57 Branford, and 1669-74 Newark; ad hoc committees 12 times 1642-50; and Fence Viewer in New Haven 1645.

1678 – 1 Oct Jasper Crane wrote his will and died in Newark, NJ, 19 Oct 1681.

Alice Leave? was born 1608 and was from Stamford, Fairfield, Ct (IGI). She died bef 1678, some give the date 1675.

Will of Jasper Crane as transcribed by descendant, James K Brengle


Memorandum this ffirst[1] day of October in 1678

I Jasper Craine Dwelling within the province of new jarsie in America belonging
to the town of newark I being aged in years but weak in body yet well in understanding and
memory I do at this time as my christian duty sete my hous in order and do dispose of all my
worldly goods as followeth:

Item ffirstly, I give to my son John Craine my silver bole.
Secondly, I give to my daughter Hana Huntington my joind tabels (?) and frame and the nine foote chest.
Thirdly, I give to my granddaughter Hanah Huntington my silver cup
Fourthly, I give to the children of my late deceased daughter
Bell fifteen pounds to be payed out of my moovabel estate.


being payed. I give to my sone John Crain and to my daughter Huntington the remainder of all my moovabel estate equally to be divided between them.
Sixthly, I give to my son Azeriah Craine and to my son Jasper Craine my hole acomadations
of houses and land pertaining to me within the town of newark the ______Azeriah and Jasper shall be possessed of this acomadation of houses and land within one year and a day
after my decease and I will that my son Huntington
after my decease.
Seventhly I make my son John Crain and my son Thomas Huntington execitors of my hole estate.
This being my last will and testament in the presences of theis witnesses I do sete to my hand

/s/ Jasper Craine

(Unreadable) Johnnson
Mathew Canfield

[1] In those days, in lieu of capitalization, the writer often simply repeated the first letter of the word.

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e-mail from Tom Mindrum:

I recently received copies of the will and inventory of Jasper Crane from the New Jersey State Archives. Using those copies and the translation on your website, I think I have been able to transcribe a complete copy of the will. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Tom Mindrum

Memorandum this first of October 1678
 I Jasper Crane dwelling within the province of New Jersey in America belonging to the town of Newark, I being aged in years but weak in body yet well in understanding and memory I do at this time as my Christian duty set my house in order and do dispose of all my worldly goods as followeth.


 Item firstly, I give to my son John Crane my silver bowl.


Secondly, I give to my daughter Hannah Huntington my joined tables and frame and the nine foot chest.
Thirdly, I give to my grandchild Hannah Huntington my silver cup
Fourth, I give to the children of my late deceased daughter Bell fifteen pounds to be paid out of my moveable estate.
Fifthly, after my funeral charges and all my just debts being paid, I give to my son John Crane and to my daughter Huntington the remainder of all my moveable estate equally to be divided between them.
Sixthly, I give to my son Azeriah Crane and to my son Jasper Crane my whole accommodations of houses and lands pertaining to me within the bounds of Newark, the said Azeriah and Jasper shall be possessed of this accommodations of houses and lands within one year and a day after my decease. And I will that my son Huntington shall possess the above said houses and land one year and a day after my decease.
Seventhly, I make my son John Crane and my son Thomas Huntington executors of my whole estate. This being my last will and testament in the presence of these witnesses, I do set to my hand.
Jasper Crane
John Ward Senior


Michell Tompkinse

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Among those who settled four miles southward in Elizabeth Town was Stephen Crane, who there is good reason to believe was an elder son of Jasper, born in England ca 1630.

Children of Jasper Crane and first Wife:
1. Phebe Crane ca 1626 England – 1690 (will) East Haven, CT
married 1646 Milford CT Thomas Canfield
2. Stephen Crane ca 1630 England – 1710 Elizabeth Town NJ

Children of Jasper Crane and Alice Leave?:
3. John Crane ca 1635 England – 1694 Newark NJ age 59
married ca 1663 1st Elizabeth Foote of Wethersfield
married 2nd Hannah
4. Hannah Crane 1638 New Haven CT – 1695
married 1st Thomas Huntington died 1684
married 2nd John Ward Sr. died 1694
5. Delivered Crane 12 July 1642 New Haven CT – 1675 Newark NJ
6. Mercy (Mary) Crane ch 1 Mar 1645 E Haven CT – 26 Oct 1671 Stamford CT
married 22 Aug 1662 Jonathan Bell Stamford CT
7. Micah Crane ch 3 Nov 1647 – 1666 East Haven CT
8. Azariah Crane 1649 East Haven CT – 1730 83rd year Newark NJ
married Mary Treat 1649 – 1704 age 55
9. Jasper Crane 2 Apr 1651 East Haven CT – 6 Mar 1712 Newark, NJ
married Joanne Swaine 1651 – 1720

Excerpt from The New Haven Colony, New Haven by Isabel MacBeath Calder
“Passengers on The Hector, 1637-1638”

During Davenport’s stay in the United Netherlands,
he had received glowing accounts of New England from John Cotton.
Unable to foresee the changes which the ensuing decade was to usher in in England, Davenport and Eaton organized a company to begin a plantation in the New World.
The nucleus of the group was composed of the leaders and their families:
John and Elizabeth Davenport, who left their infant son in the care of the noble lady to whom the Long Parliament later entrusted the children of Charles I;
Theophilus Eaton, who carried with him all the books of the Massachusetts Bay Company, and the authorization of the grantees of the Earl of Warwick to negotiate with the settlers on the Connecticut River regarding title to their lands;
Anne Eaton, daughter of George Lloyd, Bishop of Chester, and widow of Thomas Yale, the second wife of Theophilus Eaton;
old Mrs. Eaton, his mother;
Samuel and Nathaniel Eaton, his brothers;
Mary Eaton, the daughter of his first wife;
Samuel, Theophilus, and Hannah, the children of his second wife;
Anne, David, and Thomas Yale, the children of Anne Eaton by her former marriage; Edward Hopkins, who on September 5, 1631, had married Anne Yale at St. Antholin’s in London; and Richard Malbon, a kinsman of Theophilus Eaton,
and perhaps one of the subscribers to the company of feoffees for the purchase of impropriations and a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company.
With this nucleus many inhabitants of the parish of St. Stephen, Coleman Street, coalesced: Nathaniel Rowe, sent overhastily and without due consideration by his father, Owen Rowe, who intended to follow;
William Andrews, Henry Browning, James Clark, Jasper Crane, Jeremy Dixon,
Nicholas Elsey, Francis Hall, Robert Hill, Willian Ives, George Smith, George Ward, and Lawrence Ward, all with family names found in the accounts of the churchwardens of the parish.
Among others who desired to begin life anew in the wilderness across the seas,
and who cast in their lots with the emigrants, were Ezekiel Cheever of the parish of St. Antholin, Edward Bannister, perhaps of the parish of St. Lawrence, Old Jewry, and Richard Beach, Richard Beckley, John Brockett, John Budd, John Cooper, Arthur Halbidge, Mathew Hitchcock, Andrew Hull, Andrew Low, Andrew Messenger, Mathew Moulthrop, Francis Newman Robert Newman, Richard Osborn, Edward Patteson, John Reader, William Thorp, and Samuel Whitehead, probably all from the neighborhood.

The group chartered the Hector of London, an almost new vessel of about two hundred and fifty tons burden, which had already made one voyage to Massachusetts Bay. After they had engaged their whole estates in the venture, paid their passage money, and provisioned the vessel, the Hector was impressed for the service of the crown. Although the owners petitioned for its release, January 19, 1637, a delay of several months ensued. During this period of enforced waiting, Archbishop Laud learned of Davenport’s presence at Braintree and Hackney, but there is no evidence that he made any effort to apprehend him. Early in May the Hector was freed.
On June 26, 1637, John Winthrop recorded the arrival of the group from London at Boston in New England.

Grandchildren of Jasper Crane and Alice:

Children of John Crane and Elizabeth Foote:
1. John Crane 1671 – 1738 Whippany
married Mary ? 1673 – 1741
a. John Crane III
b. Edmond Crane 1692 – 1761
married Abigail Kitchell 1717 – 1801
c. Stephen Crane 1708 – 1732
d. Mary Crane
married Hamilton
e. Abigail Crane
married Stephen Ward
f. Keziah Crane
married Canfield
g. Amos Crane
married Elizabeth ? 1717 – 1736
2. Jasper Crane 1679 – 1749
married Ann ?
a. David Crane
b. Joseph Crane 1722 – 1807
married Eunice Dodd 1742 – 1822
c. Soloman Crane 1725 – 1784
d. Sarah Crane
married Barber
e. Hannah Crane
married Kingsland
3. Daniel Crane 1684 – 1747 Newark NJ
married Phebe Ward?
a. Phebe Crane 1711 – 1732
b. Thomas Crane 1713 – 1736
c. Moses Crane 1715 – 1736
d. Jeremiah Crane 1717 – 1785
e. Daniel Crane 1721 – 1748
f. James Crane 1723 – 1750
married Lydia —
g. Joshua Crane 1725 – 1748
h. Phineas Crane 1730 – 1759
i. Patience Crane 1733 – 1760
married Joseph Crane 1732 – 1789
j. Joanna Crane
married Stephen Young
k. Lydia Crane
married Combs
4. Sarah Crane

Children of Hannah Crane and Thomas Huntington:
1. Samuel Huntington
2. Hannah Huntington

Children of Mercy (or Mary) Crane and Jonathan Bell:
1. Jonathan Bell 14 Feb 1663-
2. Hannah Bell 29 Aug 1665-
3. Rebecca Bell 6 Dec 1667-

Children of Azariah Crane and Mary Treat:
1. Hannah Crane 1678-
married John Plum 1657 – 1710
a. Mary Plum 1694 – 1762
married 1st Elihu Crane I 1689 – 1732
married 2nd Rev Jonathan Dickinson
b. John Plum 1696 –
married Joanna Tompkins
c. Sarah Comer Plum
married Robert Jonas Bradley
ancestors of Laura Caragher
d. Jane Plum

e. Hannah Plum
2. Nathaniel Crane 1680 – 1760
married Elizabeth [Betsey] Gibson 1670 – 1760
a. William Crane 1716 – 1784
married — Wheeler
married 2nd Mary died 1788
b. Noah Crane 1719 -1800
married Mary Baldwin 1724 – 1805
c. Nathaniel Crane Jr 1719 –
d. Elizabeth Crane
married Young
e. Jane Crane
married Smith
f. Mehitable Crane died 1760
married Thomas Richards died 1758
3. Azariah Crane 1682 – 1756 age 74 West Bloomfield NJ
married Rebecca Lampson 1691 – 1739
a. Rebecca Crane 1707 – 1791
married Zachariah Baldwin 1709 –
b. Azariah Crane III 1709 – 1752
married Phebe —
c. Job Crane died 1802
married 1st Abigail Dodd
married 2nd Elizabeth Pierce
d. Gamaliel Crane
married 1st Brown
married 2nd Susanna Dodd 1747 – 1824
e. Ezekiel Crane died 1758 Canada, French and Indian Wars
married Elizabeth Holloway
i. Joseph Crane bef 1758 Essex Co NJ – surveyor
married NY Dec 1774 Sarah Kip 1755
f. Josiah Crane
married Joanna —-
g. Moses Crane 1730 – 1795
married Susannah Brant 1730 – 1776
married 2nd Catharine Littel
h. Stephen Crane died 1794
married Rhoda Holloway
4. Robert Crane 1684 – 1755
married Phebe died 1759
a. Eunice Crane 1720 – 1776
married David Johnson
b. Timothy Crane 1726 – 1786
married Sarah — 1727 – 1752
c. Isaac Crane
married Hannah
d. Josiah Crane 1732 –
married Hannah Pennington
e. Mary Crane 1735 – 1817
married David Hayes 1732 – 1811
f. Phebe Crane
married 1st — Lawrence
married 2nd David Bruen ?
g. Lydia Crane
married Timothy Bruen
5. Jane Crane 1686 – 1741
married 1st — Bull ?
married John Richards 1687 – 1748
a. Moses Richards 1718 – 1745
b. Aaron Richards 1718 – 1793
married Susan Smith
c. David Richards
married Edus Crane
6. Mary Crane 1693 –
married John Baldwin
7. John Crane 1695 – 1776
married Abigall ? 1700 – 1744
a. Jonas Crane 1718 -1745
married Hannah Lyon died 1745
b. Abigall Crane 1725 – 1736
c. John Crane
married 1st Hannah Johnson 1733 – 1779
married 2nd Rhoda Lyon
d. Eliakim Crane Sr died 1811
married Joanna —
e. Elias Crane died 1789
f. Matthias Crane died 1777
g. Benjamin Crane 1740 –
married Phebe Meeker
h. Obadiah Crane 1741 – 1784
i. Samuel Crane 1723 –
married Keziah Baldwin 1722 – 1779
married 2nd Rebecca ?
i. Jonas Crane 1750 – 1782
married Sarah Beach 1750 – 1785
8. Richard Crane 1697 – died in infancy
9. Jasper Crane 1699 – died in infancy

Children of Jasper Crane and Joanne Swaine:

See also this web site on the desc. of Jasper Crane

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