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Reprinted from New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vols. 46 and 47 
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Compiled by Miss Emily Wildeii Leavitt, of Boston, Mass. i 

The Braintree, Mass., Town Records of lG-10, state that James Penni- 
man, Thomas Matosan, Stephen Kinsley, Gregory Baxter, Samuel Crane 
and William Cheseborongh were elected to administer town affairs. This 
is the first association in those records of the names of Kinsley and Crane, 
and here is all there is of Samuel Crane. Whence he came, whither he 
went, who can tell? 

In IGo-Ir, Stephen Kinsley, who was at Mount Wollaston, Mass., in 
1639, with his sons-in-law, Anthony Gulliver and Henry Crane, were 
settled on adjacent farms in that part of Dorchester which was, later, 
incorporated as Milton. 

Hexuy' Crane, who was born about 1621, probably in England, had 
married Tabitha, a daughter of Stephen Kinsley, and had purchased a farm 
of one hundred and twenty acres of land; with its house standing on the 
road which was, according to the selectmen's records of Dorchester, of 1. 
7.1654, " on a way laid out through Dorchester woods, from Braintree 
bounds to Roxbury bounds; beginning near Henrye Crane's house: the 
way to lie south west of it, on the old, beaten road waye." This was the 
first road over Milton Hill and was laid out from Braintree, now Quincy. 
By this we learn that Henry Crane Lad been settled there for some time; 
but the date of his marriage and the birth of his first two children were not 
entered on the town books ; the first that we find being the birth of his 
third child, John, in 1658. 

In Massachusetts Archives, vol. 30, p. 239, there is an autograph letter 
of Henry Crane dated May 7, 1677. It is written in fine, clear, flowing 
lines, and both composition and spelling show that he must have received 
some scholarly training. It was a reply to an order from the General 
Court. " Henery Crane hath three Indian Servants, one man, one woman 
and one child, which you have ordered to be sent away. The man has 
been at Noddle's Island for one month; and your petitioner hath not had 

any opportunity to dispose of them, unless he should give them away." He 
then pleads for two months' delay that he may make the best advantage of 

Shortly after this the General Court summoned Henry Crane to show 
evidence why lands at " Blew Hills " should not be disposed of at its 

He was chiefly a husbandman; yet with a tendency to land Speculation. 
In 1683, " Henry Crane, of Milton, bought land of Moses Payu, innholder, 
at the south end of Boston, which said Moses Payn bought of Henry 
Phillips, butcher, and fvus bounded, east by the highway to Roxbury, south 
by Thomas Smith's land, now Andrew Belcher's, northerly, by the land 
belonging to Theophilus Frary's heirs; together with the beach, and the 
flats to the seaward; " whilst his later years were much employed in giving 
and reducing mortgages on his possessions. He was one of the selectmen 
of Milton in 1679, 1680 and 1681, and was one of the trustees of the first 
meeting-house built in Milton. 

His first wife, Tabitha (Kinsley) Crane, died shortly after 1681, and she 

married, second, about 1683, Elizabeth , who survived him; he died 

at Milton, March 21, 1709. His children were: 

i. BEXJA^nx, b. about 16.j(3; Avho, when but eighteen years old, enlisted 
in Captain Jolmsou's company, in KiDg Piiilip's war, and wag 
severely wounded iu the battle of Narragausett Swamp, Dec. 19, 

2. ii. Stei'iien, b. about 1C57. 
iii. Henuy, Jr. 

iv. John-, b. at Dorchester, SO. 11. 1C.5S; ra. Dec. 13, IGSG, Hannah, dau. 

of James and Hannah Leonard; lived in Tauutou, Mass. 
V. ELIZ.U3ETH, b. xVug. U, 16G3 ; m. 1st in Milton, May 23, 1082, Eleazcr 

Gilbert, of Taunton; bed. March 29, 1701; she m. 2d, April 27, 

1705, George Townseud of Tauuton. 

3. vi. Eben'ezeu, b. Aug. 6 (10), 16G5. 

vil. M.u:y, b. Nov. 22, 166f ; m. March 28, 1G90, Samuel Hackett of 

viii. Meucy, b. Jan. 1, 1GG8. 
ix. S.V.MUEL, b. June 8, 1669. 
X. A^ofA C. M., b. 1687; removed to Taunton. 

2. ii. Stephen^ Crane {Henn/), born about 16-57; married 1st, July 2, 
1676, Mary Denison, who was born 1660; died June 17, 1721; 
he married 2d, Aug. 13, 1723, Comfort, widow of Samuel Belcher, 
of Braiutree, jNfass. ; he died July 20, 1738; "widow Comfort 
Craue died at Miltou, Dec. 21, 1745. Children, all by 1st wife: 

i. Mary, b. July, 1680. 

ii. Taeitha, b. Oct. 7, 1682; d. Nov. 13, 1682. 

iii. ExJZABETH, b. March 14, 1684; m. Jan. 15, 1718, Samuel Fuller. 

Iv. SA:\nrEL, b. May 23, 1CS7. 
V. Zv.RYJxn, b. Nov. 30, 1G90. 

4. vi., b. Dec. 17, 1G92; m. Abigail Houghton. 

3. Ehenezer* {Ilenry^) Craxe, born Aug. 6, 1665; married Nov. 13, 

1689, Mary, a daughter of Thomas, Jr., and Elizabeth (Johnson) 
Tolnaan and a grand-daughter of the Thomas Tolman, senior, who 
came from England in 1635, and was one of the first settlers of Dor- 
chester; both her father and grandfather were prominent and influen- 
tial citizens in Dorchester, where she was born Nov. 26, 1671. 

Ebenezer Crane enlisted in the company which went with Sir 
William Phips's expedition to Quebec, August, 1690, under the com- 
mand of Colonel John Withingtou; and he was one of the twenty- 
nine men who returned, out of the seventy-five sent by his native 
town. The Great and General Court granted, to all who enlisted in 
this war, shares in the northern part of Worcester County, Mass., 
which was then called " Dorchester Canada," now the town of Ash- 
burnham. " There are many families by the name of Crane in that 
vicinity who claim descent from an unknown Ebenezer Crane,"* 
but he himself remained in that part of Braintree which was, later, 
incorporated as the town of Quincy, and all of his children were bora 
there. These were : 

\. Ebexezek, b. Nov. 21, 1692; m. Nov, 9, 171G, Elizabeth Cock. 

ii. EzEioEL, b. Nov. 28, 1091. 

iii. Daniel, b. Febraary, d. March, 1696. 

iv. T.tBiTHA, b. Dec. 27, 1697. 

V. Mary, b. July 11, 1699; m. Robert Swan. 

vi. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1702; m. Elisha Eaxon. 

vii. Lydia, b. April 2, 1703; in. Zachariah Aldon of Boston. 

viii. EDW.VRD, b. Aug. 12, 1705. 

ix. Henry, b. Feb. 29, 1708. 

5. X. Thoji-\s, b. May 12, 1710. 

xi. Eenja-Min, b. Oct. 22, 1712; m. May :2, 1737, Anna Brackett. 

6. xii. Abij.ui, b. Nov. 2, 1714; m. 1st, Sarah Field; 2d, Sarah Beverley. 

4. Benjajiin* Crane {Stephen,^ Henri/), born Dec. 17, 1692; married 

Dec. 27, 1722, Abigail Houghton. They had children: 

i. Joseph, b. Fob. 28, 1724. 

ii. RLvRY, b. Jan. 23, 1727. 

iii. BENJ.V.MIN, b. June 4, 1728. 

iv. Ajqigail, b. Aug. 16, l'r29. 

V. Amakiau, b. March 1, 1731. 

vi. Seth, b. July 22, 1732. 

• From a monograph by Phineas M. Cnme. . 

7. vii. STEPin:>r, b. May 19, 1734. 

>'iii. Adijah, t. Aug. 11, 178G; d. July i, 1737. 

5. TnoJiAs' Ckane (Ebcnezer,' Jfennf), born in Braintree, INIass., May 

12,1710; married Jan. 13, 1732, Deborah, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Deborah (Parmeuter) Owen; they were both admitted to the 
church at Braintree, August, 1732. They had children: 
i. Ebexezer, b. Nov. 12, 1732. 

8. ii. Thomas, b. Feb. 16, 1735. 

9. iii. JosEPK, b. Sept. 11, 1737. 
iv. Elisha, b. Sept. 21, 1740. 

V. DoROTiiY, b. March G, 1743. 

6. Abtjah' Crane {Ehenezer^ Henry^), born Nov. 2, 1714; married 1st, 

March 3 (or May 4), 1738, Sarah' Field, who died Sept. 3, 1742; 

he married 2d, Jan 7, 1713, Sarah Beverley. They had children: 
i. William, "bapt. at Braintree, May 27, 1737. 
ii. Sahaii, bapt. at Braiutree, May 27, 1737. 

iii. Abijaii, Jn.,*b. 

10. iv. Jonx, b. Dec. 7, 1744. 

V. IkliiULVM, bapt. Jan. 19, 1750. 

7. Stei'Uen^ Cuane {Benjamin,^ Stephen,^ Hcnry^), born in Braintree, 

May 19, 1734, removed to Canton, Mass., where he built a house 
on the shores of Punkapoag Brook, near its junction with the 
Neponset river. A short distance below his house, a paper mill 
had been built in 1730, by a company, one of whom was Daniel 
Henchman, book-seller and publisher of Boston, which was run for 
a few years but could not be sustained. " In 1760 the business was 
again revived by James Boies of Boston, who procured a paper maker 
from a British regiment then stationed in Boston, by the name of 
Hazelton, who obtaiaed a furlough long enough to set the mill to 
work."* This was carried on in rather a small way until the revolt 
of the colonies threw them on their owu resources in this as well as 
in so many other manufactures. 

As business increased many more workmen were called in, amongst 
whom were two sons of Stephen Crane, Stephen junior and Zenas. 
After the former became skilled in the work, he went to Newton 
Lower Falls where he built and managed a paper mill of his own. 

Stephen Crane married, Nov. 13, 1762, Susannah, daughter of 
Nathaniel^ and Susannah (Tucker) Badcock, who was born at Mil- 
ton, Feb. 7, 1742. They had children : 

* Eeoister, 1875, page 158. 

i. Luther, b. March 10, 1764; m. May, 180G, Jaue Morton; d. Oct. 16, 

ii. SxKrnKN, Junior, b. Jan. 2, 1766; m. Elizabeth Gardner of Brighton, 
Mass. ; d. 1802. 

iii. rnnxMOX, b. Jan. 7, 1760; d. Feb. 12, 1769. 

iv. Sus.s:sxAii, b. June 7, 1770. 

V. Nathan, b. May 15, 1771 ; m. Oct. 19, 1806, Avis Harrington of Water- 
town, ]\Iass.,\vho d. :March 16, 1S13; he ni. 2d, Dec. 25, 1813, Susan 
Ilastings of Waltham, Mass., who was born Oct. 18, 1787; d. July 
25, 1862; he d. Sept. 21, 1826. 
II. vi. Zexas, b. May 9, 1777. 

8. Thomas* Craxe {Thomas^ Ehenezer,^ Ilenry^), born at Braiutree, 
Feb. 16, 1735, early removed to Boston, where he first engaged in 
trucking, then as a wharfinger. In 1772, he with his wife Ann sell 
a brick house that stood next the Green Dragon; in 1783, he owned 
a house on Essex Street; in 1784: Ebenezer Woodward, whom he 
calls his brother-in-law, deeded a certain portion of a wharf which 
Ebenezer "Woodward had purchased of Leonard Yassall Borland, 
under the name of Borland's wharf, to Thomas Crane, which was 
from that time called Crane and "Woodward's wharf. Here the two 
pursued their several avocations, Mr. Woodward as cooper and mer- 
chant, and Thomas Crane as wharfinger, with joint partnership in a 
salt wharf adjoining which they held in common. Just before his 
decease, Ebenezer Woodward gave a deed of the whole to Thomas 
Crane. Later this wharf was known as Central Wharf. 

Thomas Crane married Ann, probably a daughter of Richard and 
Ann Pattishall. Richard Pattishal took his degree at Harvard, of 
B. A. 1135; M. A. 1738; preached occasionally and was also a 
teacher of a private school in the north part of Boston, " on Hanover 
Street three houses below the Orange tree, in Mr. Bradford's house."* 
His father, Robert Pattishall, a wealthy merchant of the city, bought 
four thousand acres of land above Saco river falls from Major Wil- 
liam Phillips, 16. 1. 1667.t His brother, Richard Pattishall, had 
removed to Pemaquid, Maine, and owned a sloop which plied 
between that point and Boston. This sloop, as it lay near the bar- 
bican, in 1689, was that used to convey the trembling fugitives from 
Pemaquid Fort, after the massacre by the savages, to Boston, 
although Richard Patishell himself was slain. 

In his will drawn Feb. 8, 1791, probated Sept. 12, 1791, Thomas 

Crane mentions his wife Ann, his brother Joseph Crane, cordwainer, 

of Braintree, and his mother-in-law Mrs. Ann Patteshall, but no 


* Register, 1847, page 644. 

t York Deeds, Book II., page 172. 


Dec. 2, 1803, IlaTinah, widow of Thomas Crane, who had mar- 
ried William McKean, gives a lease c£ " \7ocaward's now Central 
AYharf, with store, Avarehoiises, etc."* 

9. JosErn* Craxe {Hiomas,^ Ehenezcr,^ Hcnnf), baptized at Braintree, 
Sei^t. 11, 1737, a cordwainer by trade, resided at Braintree, part of 
the time occupying the same house with Benjamin Savil. Although 
he had a family of seven children at the outbreak of the Eevolu- 
tionary war, he seems to have been keenly alive to the demands of 
the times, as he served in Capt. Silas Weld's company in CoL Wil- 
liam Heath's regiment, April 28, 1775 (Rev. Rolls, v. 5G, r. 246); 
was appointed Sergeant in Capt. Silas Weld's company, Col. Ed- 
mund Phinney's Battalion, and was reported as sick in Barracks at 
Fort George, Dec. 8, 1776 (Rev. Roll, v. 46, r. 6) ; marched under 
Capt. Aaron Smith, in Col. Benjamin Gill's regiment, August 15, 
1776, to reinforce the Northern Army, and served until Nov. 29, 
1777 (Rev. Roll, v. 23, r. 80); eng;iged Dec. 20, 1777, in Capt. 
Thomas Nash's company. Major Edward Proctor's detachment, for 
guard in Mass., and was at Fort Hill, in Boston; served 2 months, 
10 days (Rev. Rolls, v. 21, r. 172) ; engaged under Capt. Ebenezer 
Everett, in Col. Mclntoshe's regiment, in the expedition to Rhode 
Island, Aug. 1, and was discharged Sept. 14, 1778 (Muster Rolls,^ 
vi., r. 206); served at Cambridge from April 2 to July 3, 1778, 
under Capt. Benjamin Lapham, in Col. Jonathan Reed's regiment 
(Muster Roll, v. 20, r. 193) ; enlisted October 6, 1778, marched 12 
miles from home, served 2 months, 27 days, under Capt. Abel 
Richards, in Capt. Jonathan Cogswell's regiment (Muster Rolls, v. 
22, r. 156). At this time his son Joseph Crane, junior, was old 
enough to serve, and by one of these two, on July 22, 1780, service 
was given under Capt. Thomas Newcomb, in Col. Eben Thayer's 
regiment, raised for 3 months, to reinforce the Continental Army, 
part of the levies stationed at West Point, part at Rhode Island, 
the service terminating Oct. 10, 1780 (Muster Rolls, v. 21, r. 165);- 
" . and again a Joseph Crane served in the Forty Days Expedition to 

Rhode Island, under Capt. John Armstrong, in Col. Gill's regiment, 
for 27 days, in 1781 (Muster Rolls, v. 17, r. 29). He married, 
Dec. 20, 1757, Mary, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Blanchard) 

^\^ Savil, who was born Nov. 24, 1739, died Aug. 1, 1809; he died 

/ 1810. They had children : 

i. JosKPn, Junior, b. Aug. ITGO; m. Sept. 8, 17S2, Rtith Wales of 

• Suffolk Deeds, vol. 207, folio 163. 

ii. LraiTjEL, b. 1762. 

iii. M.vnv, b. Feb. 19, 1764; m. Sept. 21, ISOO, "Byron O'Neal. 

iv. Ei'.KXEZER, b. Peb. 23, 1766; m. July 26, 1792, Ruth Ludden; he d. 

Oct. 1, 1S3G. 
V. ITaxxau, b. !\Iarcli 27, 176S ; m. July 25, 1791, rotor Keating of Boston ; 

d. June 14, ISoO. 
12. Ti. Thomas, b. May, 1770. 

vii. Elisiia Thayrr, b. Julv, 1770-4; ni. Oct. 2S, 1797, Rebecca French; 

d. Sept. 6, 18:>3. 

10. Jorcs* Craxe {Ahijah,^ Ubcnezcr,' Henrif), born at Braintree, Dec. 7, 
174 1, when only fifteen years old volunteered to serve in the army as 
a substitute for his father, who had been drafted but was in delicato 

On his return, John, with his elder brother, Abijah Crane, junior, 
learned the housewright's trade, and together they bought, in 17G7, 
of Andrew Belcher, a house, land and a shop in Boston, on Nassau 
Street, now Tremont, near Dr. Byles's rueeting-house, and butted by 
land of Deacon John Eliot, John "Withington, mid directly opposite 
what is now ITollis Street, where Joseph Lovering's tallow chand- 
lery stood. Ijurther down Tremont Street, on the part then called 
Long Acre, near the old Province House, Adino Paddock, a London 
coach maker, owned a large estate. lie had some young elms 
brought from the Robbius farm at Brjish Hill in I\Iilton, by John 
Crane and Gilbert Deblois, and they set them out opposite Major 
Paddock's place before the South or " Granary " Burying Ground. 
Paddock was then a captain of a train of artillery composed of 
mechanics, in 1774, and in that John Crane received his military 

Both John and his brother Abijah were hot patriots, and it was at 
their shop that some seventeen men under disguise of Indians, late 
in the afternoon of Dec. 1 G, 1773, started for Gritrm's (now Liverpool) 
wharf, where three Indiamen, laden with tea, were anchored. As 
they went through the narrow, crooked streets, a crowd of men and 
boys swelled their number to about seventy. 

When aboard ships, as John Crane was down in a hold flinging 
out the tea chests, one of them fell upon him and he was picked up 
senseless, to all appearance dead. Some of the men carried him 
ashore and hid him under a heap of shavings in a carpenter's shop 
near by. 

After the passage of the Boston Port Bill, John Crane, finding it 
hard to support his family in the stagnation of trade that ensued, 
removed with his partner Ebenezer Stevens, to Providence, R. I. 


Soon after, the news of the fiirht at Bunker Ilill roused them ; they 
immediately raised two compauies of artillery, marched to Eoxbnry 
and joined Colonel Gridlev's regiment; when Crane was appointed 
major and Stevens captain in the Rhode Island Train Band. 

From this time until the close of the war, Major Crane was in 
constant service. July 8, 1775, he, with IMajor Tupper and a com- 
pany of volunteers, attacked a British advanced guard on Boston 
neck and routed them. He commanded a breast-work on the neck 
during the siege of Boston; January 1, 1776, he received a commis- 
sion ns major in Knox's regiment of artillery, and went with the 
army to New York. Sept. 14, 1776, a part of one of his feet ^vas 
shot off whilst he was cannonading a British frigate that was run- 
ning by Corlaier's Hook, and was thus disabled for a time. Jan. 1, 
1777, be received a colonel's rank and raised a regiment in Massa- 
chusetts "which was officered chiefly by those who had been trained 
under Paddock, Gridley and Knox, which was principally emplojed 
in the main army near the person of the commander-in-chief and 
was relied on as au essential auxiliary in the most important battles. 
No military organization in the army participated in so many 
eventful scenes or won more laurels; portions of it were with Sulli- 
van in the Rhode Island campaign ; with Gates at Saratoga and in 
the heroic defence of Red Hook on the Delaware; he was brevetted 
brigadier general, Sept. 30, 1783."* He was a member of the 

After the war was ended, Colonel John Crane formed a partnership 
with IMajor Lemuel Trescott and removed to Maine, where they 
engaged in the lumber trade on Passamaquoddy Bay. 

John Crane married, 17G7, Mehitable, daughter of Samuel 
"Wheeler, who was born 1746; he died at Whiting, Maine, Aug. 26, 
1805. They had children : 

i. John, Junior, b. 17CS. . 

ii. Alice, b. 1770. 

iii. Jlninr.vBLE, b. 1771.- 

iv. Abij.ui. 

V. IS.\AC. 

Vi. CUA>iLOTTE, b. 1782. 

11. Zenas^ Ceaxe {Stephen,'^ Benjctmin,^ Stephen,^ Hcrin/), boi-n May 9, 
\ni ; living so near the mill, where much of the activity of the town 
centered, must have passed many of his boyish days in vrandering 
about its yard and watching the different parts of the work, and 

« Massacbnsetts Society of the Cincinnati, p, 151. 


tlius gained kno'.vledge which prepared him to enter his brother's 
mill at Nev.ton; thence he went to a mill in Worcester, Mass., which 
was under the control of a very exact and efficient manager, General 

Having perfected himself iu the work and its principles, and 
studied its needs, iu the summer of 1799, he, being in a position to 
establish himself invlependently, left Worcester, and searched for a 
fitting site for his project to build a mill for himself. Crossing tho 
Iloosac mountains, he reached the " waters of the upper Housatouic 
river and its branches. Here he passed his first night in Berkshire; 
sleeping at a small, wayside inn near the border line between Dalton 
and Pittsfield. 

" He had reached a region of superb natural beauty ***** 
In the town of Dalton, near the centre of the famous Berkshire hills, 
lies a sheltered valley through which flows the largest of the eastern 
branches of the Housatonic, affording in its rapid descent several 
fine water powers."* 

Here, Doc. 5, 1801, a deed conveyed to Henry Wiswall, Zenas 
Crane and Daniel Gilbert over fourteen acres of land with a paper 
mill, in which, up to this time, there had been a daily production of 
one hundred and twenty-five sheets of paper, and wliich became 
known as the " Old Berkshire Mill." Here the partners worked 
together until 1807, v/heu Zenas Crane sold his ehare and tried a 
venture in mercantile life; but, in 1810, he resumed the paper 
making interest, first as superintendent and chief manager of a firm 
of four partners, of which he was onej then, in 1820, buying out 
the others and taking sole control. 

Hampered by the strong prejudice for foreign products, he toiled 
steadily on, overcoming many obstacles, studying the improvement 
and perfection of his processes until 1812, in which year he transferred 
his interests to his sons, Zenas Marshall and James Brewer, who, 
favored by conditions and circumstances, held the " Old Red Jlill," 
as it was termed, until it was burned in 1870, when they built a 
finer and larger mill of stone, and became the bank-note paper 
makers of the United States; their specialty being the making of 
paper for government purposes, bonds, certificates, treasury notes 
and bank bills. 

''In 184G, Zenas ]Marshall Crane was much yiclined to inventing 
methods of improving and raising the art .... It occured to hira 
at that time that the introduction into the fibre of silk threads repre- 

* Pioneer Paper Making iu Ma5sacliusctt;3. By J. E. A. Smith, pp. 1-3, IG. 


senting the denomination of bills by their niimhcr would prevcnJ 

counterfeiting Conservative men discouraged jNIr. Crane, so 

that he did not apply for a patent Nearly twenty years 

after practical men at the head of financial affairs of the 

Dation deemed it expedient to adopt essentially the plan devised by 
Mr. Crane .... An Englishman appeared at Washington with a 
claim as patentee."* But Mr. Crane's claim was fully established 
by some of the home banks which had retained copies of their trial 
of his design. 

Zenas Crane married Nov. 30, 1809, Lacinda, daughter of Gains 
and Lucretia (Babcock) Brewer, of Wilbrahara, Mass., who died 
May 2, 1872, aged 84 years; he died June 20, 1845. lliey bad 
children : 

i. LuciXDA, b. Jlarch 19, 1813. 

ii. Zf.xas MviiSHALL, b. Jan. 21, 1815; m. 1st. Ansr. 29, 1830, Carob'nc 
E. Lalliu, of Lee. Mass., who was b. May 31, 1818. d. Jan. IG, 
184? ; he m. 2d, A]n11 2, 1850, her sister, Louise F. Laflin, who was 
b. July 1, 1830. They had children : 

1. Zenas, b. Dec. 6. 1810, m. June 17, 1873, Ellen J. Kittrcdge, 

of Hinsdale, Mass., and had children : (1) Francis K., b. 
April 20, 1875: (2) Zenas Mar-shall, b. :Marcli 5, 1878; (3) 
Winthrop, b. Oct. 6, 1879, d. ; (4) Charles K-, b. Aug. 28, 
1881; (5) Doucrlas, b. May 13, 1883; (6) La-wreuce L., b, 
Kov. 10, 1889, d. 

2. Kate F., b. Oct. IT, 1843. 

Z: Caroline L., b April 20, 1851. 
.4. Winthrop Murray, h. April 23, 18.53; m. Feb. 5, 1880, Mary 
Bcimer, of Astoria, L. I., who d. Feb. 16, 1884, leaving cue 
child, Winthrop Murray Crane, Jr., b. Sept. 12, 1881. 
5. aara L., b. Marcb 13, 1386. 
ill. JA-^rES B., b April 31, 1817. 
iv. LiXDLEY MrKr..vY, b. March 17, 1822, 
V. Seymoui:, b. Sept. 16, 182G. 

Mr. James Brewer Craue beq.ueathed $20,000^ to the town of 
Dalton. Mr. Zenas Crane and Mr. A7. Murray Crane added an 
equal sum to this, and caused to be built a Town Hall of blue 
granite, pressed brick and Lougmeadow brownstoue, v/hich contains^ 
besides town ofuces, a museum, a spacious library, to which the Craue 
family gave " the entire collection of books now in the Crane library, 
to be catalogued and used by the free public Library,"^ and a beauti- 
ful n})pcr hall fitted with stage scenery and accoutrements, while in 
the basement is a large hall for public purposes. 

* Pioneer Paper Making, pp. 42, 43. 

t Pittsficld Paper, Feb. 0, 1803. ' 


12. TnoiiAs^ Crake (Jospph,'* Tliomas,* Ehonezer^ Ilenn/) v/as born aft 

Ernintree, JNIass., May, 1770. Shortly after his marriage he re- 
moved to George's I-huul in Boston Harbor; au iihuui bought, as 
valuable for its timber ami grazing lands, by Jaracs Pembertou, as 
early as 1632. Its second owner was Samuel Greenleaf, whose 
daughter Hannah inherited it, and sold it to Elisha Leavitt of 
Hingham, Mass., in 1705; from him it passed to Caleb Rice, its 
owner when Thomas Crane took his abode there. On the sea side 
is a high bluff whicli was protected by a fine wall before Fort War- 
ren was built upon it. Here Mr. Crane lived with his little family, 
but, iu 1810, bought a farm near his boyhood home on Quincy Point 
in " Old Fields," lying by Fore river and a stream still known as 
Crane's Brook. 

Like many another New England farm of the pcrio<l, it was self 
centered; the house standing aloof fi'om the main travelled road^ 
here a half a mile distant, but lying so in the heart of its acres that 
the thrifty farmer was in the midst of his fields and woods, and thus 
saved much wear and tear of body and machinery. Thus advantaged 
Mr. Crone became a prosperous, successful man ; but died before he 
]iad completed fifty years of life. 

Thomas Crane married Nov. G, 1796, Sarah, daughter of Daniel 
and Prudence (Spear) Baxter, who was born at Braintree, 1771, 
died Aug. 19, 1824; he died Sept. 25, 1818. They had children: 

i. M.uiY, b. Oct. 20, 179S ; m. Sept. 2s, 1813, James Shorbnme, Jr.. of 
Quincy, Avho -was b. April 19, 1707, d. Aug. 1-1, 183:3; she d. May 
15, 1S3'J. 

ii. Jo5i;rii, b. Feb. 2-t, ISOl ; m. July 2. 182(3. Pannelia (Young) Adams, 
•wido-w of Cliarles Adams of Quincy, who was b. May"2S, 171)8; 
he d. at Howling Green, Ky., Sept. 21, 18G3. 

iii. Thomas, Jk., b. Oct. IS, 1803. 

iv. Sap.ah, b. March 12, 180G; d. Aug. 2, 1843. 

V. Eliz.vbeth p., b. June 4, 1808 ; d. Aug. 28, 1S36. 

vi. Cakolink B.vxxr.R, b. Dec. 2o, 1811; m. Jan. 8, 1833, Bryant B., son 
of JauK'S aud Lucy (Baxter) Newcorub, who Avas b. March 11, 
1810, d. May 12, 18.37; she is still living at Quincy. 

13. Thomas® Ckane ( Thomas,^ Joseph,'^ Thomas,^ Ehenezer^ Henry^)^ born 

on George's Island, Oct. 18, 1803, well nurtured by the happy, 
healthful life at the Island and at Quincy Point, was a sturdy, well 
developed, resolute lad of fifteen years when his father's death 
changed the course of the family living. The " district school " had 
been four miles away from his home ; its advantages were but limited. 
He supplemented the lessons of its "cyphering school" with ideas 
of his own, aud invented for himself a book of problems which is 

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lielcl by bis family; its pages li'jed with exactness and filled with 
carefully develo[)ed examples. 

A change from the active, vigorous, open air life of a former's son 
to any indoor occupation could but be trying to him, and, naturally 
enough, be, a Quincy boy, saw his road to future fortune lying 
through the granite (|uarries, he directly began its foundation by 
learning the stone cutter's trade. But while his hands were thus 
busied, his mind was striving and searching. Of a deeply religious 
nature, he wrought out for himself a system of theology which 
could find its best exposition in the liberal thought of the Universalist 

The nearest place where he could hear the discourses that were in 
sympathy with his conception was the church on School Street, Boston, 
where Rev. llosea Ballou weekly stirred his adherents with his 
hearty, lively enunciation of his humane precepts. This church was 
some nine miles distant, and there was no public conveyance be- 
tween the two towns at that early period. This did not deter 
Thomas Crane. Each Sabbath he quietly walked these nine 
miles; then, when the day was ended, had this long distance to cover 
before he could return to his weekly labors. Small wonder that 
such a youth should soon lind his village home too narrow for his 
tireless energies. That was quickly outgrown, and an occasion offer- 
ing, he removed to New York city in 1829, where he immediately 
began work on stone. 

He soon joined an association of his craftsmen, and together they 
bought a stone-yard. His talents speedily carried him beyond his 
associates who could not appreciate his advanced ideas, and they 
made the whole yard over to him, as sole proprietor. As he became 
known in his profession,- large contracts were given to him. He 
furnished the granite for the 42d Street Distributing Reservoir, the 
New York Custom House, St. John's Freight Depot, and the Grand 
Central Depot. This not only interested him in public constructions, 
but made him familiar with the city. He studied it attentively, and 
bought lands where he foresaw its spread. This followed as he 
divined, and his capital increased rapidlj^, with it his power of 

But his own advancement was only one motor. The public well- 
being was his interest too. He became an active and efficient mem- 
ber of the Universalist Church to which Horace Greeley belonged, 
and Mr. Crane's sympathy with his advanced opinions and out- 
spoken convictions led to a firm friendship between these two 


strong men. At that time an anti-slavery man vras not caressed by 
society, but Mr. Crane sturdily stated his fullest acceptance of the 
principles of that party and labored with it resolutely and 

When the Univer&alists agitated the subject of establishing a 

college for their own special tenets, he favored the project and gave 

^ .^ V substantial aid in founding Tufts College at Medford, Mass., accepting 

the office of Trustee, in which duty he spent much time, thought and 

money all the rest of his life. 

As bis clear judgment, sagacity, practical skill, shrewdness and 
mental strength became known to his fellow citizens, he was sought 
for in various councils. He was elected in Banks, Street Eailways 
and Insurance Companies, and was an important man in financial 

He ever kept a warm interest in his Quincy home, and although 
he developed a beautiful summer residence at Stamford, Ct., still he 
was fond of returning to the seashore where his healthful, happy 
boyhood was spent. lu sympathy with this sentiment and in unison 
. with his regard for the highest interests of his fellow-beings, after 
his decease, his widow and two sons, Benjamin F. and Albert, gave 
to the town a beautiful library, known as the Crane Memorial Hall. 
There on the main street it stands, one of Eichardson's finest de- 
signs, with its smooth, grassed approach, "in itself an education iu 
art," as Mr. Charles Francis Adams so aptly said in his addi-ess at 
its dedication. A beautiful building, with spacious, sunny rooms, 
illuminated by windows in which are some choice specimens of 
La Farge's works, where the books are fitly placed that are to be 
freely used by all who choose to call for them. A most fitting 
memory of the man who so highly employed all the advantages the 
homely village afibrded his own youth, that the "pot hooks and 
trammels " of his early teachers became a graceful, flowing, bold 
writing of his own, and the " simple rule of three " advanced him 
to the mastery of higher mathematics applied to religious livin^i'. 

Thomas Crane married 1st, in New York city, in 1832, Sarah S. 
Munu of Gill (now Greenfield), Mass., who lived but little more 
than a twelve-month; he married 2d, in Boston, Mass., Nov. 23, 
1836, Clarissa Lawrence Starkey, who was born in Troy, N. H., 
March 3, 1813; he died in New York city, April 1, 1875. They 
had children : 
i. Thomas, b. Aug. 21, 1S37; d. Jan. 2G, 1875. 
ii, Bexj.uii^ F., b. Feb. U, 1841; d. Oct. 12, 1889. 


14, iii. Albert, b. Dec. 30, 1842. 

iv. Fkances Adelaide, b. May 2, 1S4G; d. Feb. 11, ISI^). 

V. SoPHLv Angela, b. Nov. 1, 1847; d. Aug. IS, 1S52. 

vi. Hen-ky Clay, b. April 22, 1850; d. Dec. 30, ISGO. 

vii. Ida Augusta, b. July 2, 1852; d. Aug. 21, 1S53. 

viii. Ell\ Floue^xce, b. Jau. 14, 1850; d. July 2G, 1857. 

14. Albert"^ Crane (Thomas,^ Thomas,^ Joseph* Tliomaa,^ Ehenezer' 
Hear}/), of Kock Acre, Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., born in 
New York city, Dec. 30, 1842, was graduated at Tufts College, 
Medford, Mass., with the degree of A.B. in the Class of 18C3; af 
the Law School of Columbia College, New York city, with the de- 
gree of LL.B., and admitted to the New York Bar in 18G6. 

He married Jan. 24, 1884, Ellen INIansfield, daughter of Col. 
Mansfield and Martha M. (Brooks) Davies, of Fishkill-on-Hudson, 
N. Y. Mrs. Crane died Jau. 5, 1893, leaving no children. 

Mr. Crane is a life member of the New York Historical Society, 
life member of the New York Oratorio Society and of the New- 
England Society in New York, lately a director of the New York 
Symphony Society, and resident member of the New-England 
Historic Genealogical Society of Boston, ]Mass. ; and this contribu- 
tion to a history of the Crane Family has been prepared by his 
direction and under his personal supervision. 




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The individual is but the union of forces, physical and mental, and such 
myriad influences combine in his structure that the fiercest advocates of 
heredity must doubt when he gathers the threads of generations into the 
bundle that bears but one of the names of the many progenitors. "Who 
dares say how much of Thomas Crane was simple personality, how much 
transmission, as he reviews the lines that concentrated in his being? 

First came Elder Ste->iiea Kinsley, one of the earliest and largest land- 
holders of Jiraiutree, the first elected ruling elder in the church, October 
13, 1653, and one of the most prominent men. He gave his daughter, 
Tabitha Kinsley, to the younger settler, Henry Crane, whose farm adjoined 
bis own, and thus the foundation of the family was laid. Her mothers name 
we have not, nor the time when the ceremony was performed that united the 
young pair. 

Next stands Thomas Tolman, said to have come in the ship Mary and 
John, who arrived in this country about the year 1630. On his settlement 
in New England he bought a whole district, his land extending from the 
seaside to Dedham line, and including what are now the towns of Canton, 
_Stoughton and Sharon. 

When his son Thomas Tolman, junior, was arrived at adult years he gave 
him land and built a house on Tolman's Lane, now Ashmont street, Dor- 
chester, Mass., about 1695, which land was always owned by descendants. 
Thomas Tolman, senior, died June 8, 1690, in his 82d year. (Tolman 
Genealogy in the N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 1860, p. 217.) By his wife 
Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Johnson of Lynn, Mass., Thomas Tolman 
had a daughter Mary, born 26, 9, 1671, who married December 13, 1687, 
Henry Crane's son Ebenezer. 

Unto Ebenezer and Mary (Tolman) Crane, there was born a son Thomas 
vho married January 13, 1731, Deborah Owen, born in Braintree May 9, 
1715, a daughter of Nathaniel Owen who had married in April, 171-1, 
Deborah, daughter of Joseph 'and Mary Parmeuter of Braintree. Natha- 
niel Owen died November 12, 1728, and we establish his place in the Owen 
line by the settlement of his estate, February 12, 1730, by his brothers 
-Benjamin and Joseph Owen. His widow, Deborah Owen, died December 
23, 1728. 


Ilis death was closely followed by that of his father Nathaniel Owen, sen- 
ior, while his mother, Mary Owen, died February 14, 1732-3. The father's 
will was drawn j^pril 20, 1733; in it he gave his sou Joseph twenty acres 
of land of his own homestead and " my part of the house," etc., on con- 
dition that Joseph pays the charges " of my wife's funeral, lately deceased" 
and the doctor's bills. 

To his son Benjamin Owen, he bequeathed fifteen acres of land on the 
west side of Furnace Brook, which were bounded in part by Samuel Savcl's 
land, and a legacy is given to the "children of my son Nathaniel Owen, 
deceased." (Suffolk County, Mass.. Probate, file 5C78.) 

On the printed Braintree records we llnd " A son to William Owen, born 
6. 1. 1667," and this was seemingly the date of the birth of the elder Natha- 
niel Owen, the fourth child of the William Owen who was the first of that 
surname of whom we have any knowledge. William Owen was elected free- 
man 1657, married 29, 7, 1650, Elizabeth Davies, and died January 
17, 1702, one of the sterling yeomen of the town. 

The next ancestor, William Saville as the name was oftener spelled at 
first, which spelling follows that of the prominent Saville family of Eng- 
land and thereby suggests its origin, in company with Deacon Samuel Bass, 
Edmund Quinsey, Gregory Belcher and Joseph Crosby, on January 15, 
1665, bought of the four daughters and co-heirs of Captain William Tyng 
the whole of Salter Farm lying in Braintree (Suffolk Deeds, Vol. V., 1. 229). 

At some unknown period, William Saville had taken unto himself, either 
in England or Braintree, a wife whose given name was Hannah. She may 
have been a sister of Deacon Samuel Bass, since, in his will, William Saville 
terms him " my brother Bass." Their eldest child recorded on the town 
book was Samuel, born 30, 8, 1643. This is followed by the births of 
Benjamin, Hannah, William. Mrs. Hannah Saville died 14, 4, 1650, and 
Deacon Saville married as a second wife the widow of Thomas Gannett of 
Duxbury, whose maiden name was Sarah Jarmill. In his will drawn 
February 8, 1668, Deacon Saville mentions his wife Sarah, his brother 
Samuel Bass, and his children John, Samuel, Benjamin, William, Hannah and 
Sarah. He died 2, 6, 1669, and his widow married for her third husband, 
September 5, 1670, Thomas Faxon, whilst his youngest son William Saville 
married Deborah Faxon, which mixture of family relation and names 
brought much dilliculty in the disentanglement of the line. 

His son Samuel Saville, whose name stands second in his will, and thus 
makes it probable that John was the eldest child, married April 10, 1672, 
Hannah Adams, born in Braintree November 13, 1652 ; a daughter of Joseph 
Adams who was born about 1626, and is called the eighth son of that Henry 
Adams whose flight from the dragon in England and descent into Braintree 


Vvitli liis elglit sous is duly cliiscUed on the tall granite coUimn whicli looms 
greyly in the dim and mossy church-yard of the venerable town of Qiiincy, 

By his wife Abigail, daughter of Gregory and INIargaret (Paddy) Baxter, 
who was born in Roxbury, Mass., September, 1G31, and 'married in Brain- 
tree November 29, 1G50, he became the progenitor of the line of illustrious 
men by whose talents and life-long services the country was steered through 
the perilous times of the Revolution, and guided in the difllculties and dan- 
gers that followed. Joseph Adams died December 6, 1G9 1, aged about 08 
years; his wife, Abigail (Baxter) Adams, died August 27, 1692, aged 58 

Samuel, son of Samue' and Hannah (Adams) Saville, born about 1G83, 
married April 25, 1707, Mary French, born March 30, 1GS4, a grand- 
daughter of John French, who was born in England about the year 1612. 
As early as 1646 he had a grant of forty acres of land from the town of 
Boston at Braintrec for his family of five persons. His first wife, Grace, 
was the mother of his children. She died February 8, 1680, aged 59 years. 
He married, 2d, July 8, 1683, Eleanor, widow of William Veazie; he died 
August 6, 1692. 

Their son Dependence French, born March 7, lG-18-9, married about 
1683, Mary Marsh, born February 21, 1659, a daughter of Lieutenant 
Alexander Marsh, a yeoman of Braintree, who was made freeman May 3, 
1G54, married 1st, December 19, 1G55, Mary, daughter of Gregory and 
Catherine Belcher (Genealogy of the Marsh Family, pp. 1-2). With his 
father-in-law, Lieut. Marsh, bought in i670, of Thomas Savage, the Brain- 
tree Iron Works with two hundred acres of land ; " but he did not keep it 
long." (Vinton Memorial, p. 298.) In his will he mentions his wife 
*' Bathshua " and his son-in-law Dependence French. The latter died Oc- 
tober 12, 1732. 

The estate of Samuel Savel (which form of spelling was last used) was 
administered May 29, 1761 (Suffolk Probate, file 2713) by his brother, 
Elisha Savel ; iu it mention was made of his widow Ann (but another form 
of writing Hannah) and legacies were paid to Benjamin Savel and Joseph 
Grain. Benjamin, son of Samuel and Mary (French) Savel, was born June 
8, 1711, married January 17, 1738, Mary Blanchard. Their daughter 
Molly married September 28, 1759, Joseph Crane. 

There was a double descent from Gregory Baxter, v/ho is thought to have 
come in Wintbrop's fleet in 1 632. He was a member of Rev. John Eliot's 
First church in Roxbury, Mass., on whose books the name was written 
" Gregorie." He married Margaret, sister of Deacon V/illiam Paddy, the 
first treasurer of Plymouth, Mass.; ho removed to Braintree in 1610 and 


Eettled at Ruggle's Polut, now in the town of Qulncy. In 1G43, "Good- 
man Backster " was empowered by tlie selectmen of Boston to buy the 
overplus iu the Three Hill meadow- He was contemporary with Rev. 
Richard Baxter, and by some aflirmed to have been a connection. (Baxter 
Genealogy, p. 8). He was prominent and influential in the town and church 
affairs at Braiutree, where he died 21, 4, 1659; his wife, Margaret 
(Paddy) Baxter, died February 13, 1G62. His will was drawn June 2, 
1659; in it he mentions his present wife ; appoints his son John Baxter 
executor; mentions his son Joseph Adams "and my daughter his wife;" 
his son Deering. (Sufi'olk County Probate, Book 1, f. 345, 323.) 

John Baxter, born in Roxbury, Mass., December 1, 1039, was a farmer, 
"noted for his high moral character." (Baxter Genealogy, p. 10.) He 
interested himself largely in the military afilxirs of Braintree, and was elected 
lieutenant, "an ofHcer of high distinction at that time." {Ibid. p. 10.) 
He lived to be eighty years old and died April 20, 1729, having married 
June 24, 1059, Hannah, daughter of Thomas White of Wemouth, Mass., 
who is reported to have been of the same line with Rev. John "White of 
Dorchester, England, one of the compilers of the Assembly Catechism. 

Their sou, John Baxter junior, born February 14, 1GG7, married January 
24, 1G93, Huldah, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Thayer?) Hay ward, 
who was born in Braintree, 23, 3, 1G72; John Baxter died March 21, 1747. 

Their son, John Baxter third, born January 10, 1G9S, married March 12, 
1728, Mehitable Willard, whose illustrious ancestor, Major Simon Willard, 
of Horsemondeu, County Kent, England, married for his first wife Mary, 
daughter of Henry and Sarah (Field) Sharpe of Horsemondeu. They 
embarked for New England April, 1634, in company with his sister Margery 
and her husband. Captain Dolor Davis, and settled at Cambridge, Mass. 
But wishing to be near the Rev. Mr. Bulkeley, Simon Willard obtained 
from the Great and General Court a grant of land six miles square at 
Musketaquid on condition that he should settle twelve families thereon; he 
removed there in 1G35. 

Then he launched into a busy, active, vigorous public life ; became an 
extensive trader with the Indians ; Clerk of the Writs, Surveyor of Arms, 
deputy, military commander, commissioner, Judge of the County Court, 
major, sergeant-major, second in office only to the sergeant-major general, 
assistant. He was commander-in-chief of the Massachusetts Bay force sent 
against the Nianticks, a tribe of Narraganset Indians under the Sachem 
Kinigret, whose chief seat was the corner of Rhode Island which bordered 
on Connecticut.* 

He sold his estate in Concord, I\Ias9., in 1659 and removed to Lancaster, 
where he was establibheil iu IGGO. But about 1G71 or 2, Major Willard 


made another removal to a largo farm at Nomacricus, now the town of 
Ayer, Mass., but theu comprised iu the jurisdiction of Groton. His dwell- 
ing house there was the first which was burned by the Indians in their 
onslaught of March 13, 1676. 

Ou August 2, 1675, Mnjor Simon "Willard, who had been in command of 
a Middlesex County regiment for the long period of twenty j-ears. at the 
head of forty-six dragoons, with Captain Parker of Groton, marched tu the 
rescue of Brookfield, Mass., where tlie Indians were ravagmg and massa- 
creiug the defenceless inhabitants. Thence the troops' made their toilsome 
way to Hadley, Mass.,. and did not return to headquarters at Boston until 
the very last of August. . ■ 

February, 1676, despite his advanced age, IMajor Willard raised a force 
of troopers and dragoons, and was actively engaged in scouting and in pro- 
tecting the defenceless frontier towns until, while at Charlestown, Mass., he 
took the prevailing epidemic cold, of which disease he died April 24, 1676, 
in his seventy-second year. 

After the death of his first wife, IMary Sharp, he married, 2d, Elizalieth 
Dunster, sister of President Dunster of Harvard College, who did not long 
survive their union. After her death, he married, 3d, Mary Dunster, a 
close connection of his second wife. Of these unions there were born unto 
him sixteen children, of whom the tliirteenth was a son Daniel, born at 
Concord, Mass., December 29, 1658. 

Daniel "Willard seems to have inherited the roving propensities of his 
father, since he resided successively in the towns of Concord, Sudbury, 
Chelsea, Charlestown' and Boston; at which latter place he was a mercliant, 
also a keeper of the gaol, and where he died August 23, 1708. He mar- 
ried, 1st, Hannah, daughter of John and Mehitable Cutler of Charlestown, 
Mass., who died February 22, 1690-1; he then married, 2d, January 4, 
1692-3, Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Shove) Mills, who was 
born in Braintree April 1, 1670. 

Their daughter Mehitable, born in Boston January 12, 1715-6, married 
March 12, 1728, John Baxter, "father of Daniel Baxter and grandfather of 
the Hon. Daniel Baxter of Boston, whose daughter married Lemuel Sbat- 
tuck." (Thayer Memorial, p. 366.) Mehitable Willard's younger sister, 
Sarah Willard, married William Hope of the Craighall Hope family of 
England, and bore two children, Henry and Harriet. These were left with 
their uncle and aunt Baxter when their parents sailed for a visit to their 
English relations.. They both died at sea on their return voyage. Harriet 
Hope lived at Quincy until the time of her marriage to an English gentleman 
by the name of Goddard, and then removed to London. 

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- On attaiuiug manhootl, Henry Hope entered a banking bouse in Loudon ; 
in 1760 be sailed for Amsterdam to visit bis uncles, who were of tbe bank- 
ing bouse then of Hope Brotbers. " Finding favor in tbeir eyes," be re- 
maiued witb tbem, and eventually tbe " wbole of tbat vast concern devolved 
upon Henry Hope, who died, unmarried, in London February 25, 1811, 
leaving an estate of £5,800,000." (Willard Family, p. 381.) 

Daniel, son of Jobn and Mebitable (Willard) Baxter, born in 1733, by 
trade a clothier, bought a farm at Chelsea, Mass., but not succeeding as well 
as be desired, became disheartened, sold the place and returned to Quincy to 
tbe farm at Plough's Neck, which bad been given to bis wife at tbe time of 
tbeir marriage, September 19, 1755. Her maiden name was Prudence 
Spear, and she was a great granddaughter of George Spear, who is sup- 
posed to have couio from Yarmouth, England, to Dorchester, Mass. He 
was made freeman IG-i-l; resided in Braintree, and was the founder of 
Speartown, now in Quincy. 

Among the freeholders of Braintree in 1 G47, we read the names of Lieut. 
John Baxter, Benjamin Savel, Nathaniel Owen, Henry Crane and Samuel 
Spear. This last, son of George and Mary Spear, was born in Braintree 
15, 8, 1652. He inherited a part of his father's estate, and added greatly to 
bis possessions, whereby, at tbe time of bis demise, his property was valued 
at the unusually large sum (for those days) of £1,118 10s. OOd. He mar- 
ried June 5, 1694, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Dorothy (Badcock) 
Daniels of Milton, Mass., and granddaughter of "William and Catherine 
(Greenway) Daniels of Dorchester and Milton. He died December 14, 
1713, aged 55 years, as his gravestone at Quincy, now in good preservation, 

His son, John Spear, born April 10 (or 8) 1710, was one of the privates in 
Captain Ward's company of soldiers sent for the reduction of Canada in 1758. 
He married about 173G, Mary Arnold, and died July 5, 1776, in his 6Gth 
year (gravestone). Plis daughter Prudence, as we have above noted, mar- 
ried Daniel Baxter; their daughter, Sarah Spear, married Thomas Crane, 
and died August 18, 1824, aged 55 years ; Thomas Crane died September 
25, 1818, aged 48 years, and in tbeir son Thomas Crane concentrates all 
these sterling New Englaud ancestors, all of tbem sprung from sturdy Eng- 
lish stock and from tbe stalwart men who came to create homes founded on 
strong religious faith, and rigid adherence to codes of honor, integrity and 
probity. Grave Puritans they, who in tbeir toil and concern to establish 
strongholds of noble political and civil life could not unbend to light enjoy- 
ments, but wrought at their self-appointed, God-given tasks witb knit brows, 
and close set lips, weighted with sense of personal responsibility and dignified 
by their labor. 

I I 

ilary. ileroy. 

Deborah Owen, 
lu. Jau. 13, 1732. 



. 1796. 
l'.9, 1S24. 


rah. Elizabeth B. Caroline B. 

Henry C. Ida A. Ella F. 


Tabitlm Kingsl£y= 1. IIENF 

d. March 21,' i;o< 


Mary. Mercy. 

-Miiry. i. B<'iiliniifii=.4l<leiin IIohbIiH 

Tiibitliii. I). Deo. 1<, 1IW3. 


. ZniRs— r^uclndfl Bubcock. 

d. Jinit-,'0, 1815. m.Nnv.:(lj, ISOO. 

Luciiida. Zl-d 

Jaiiifs «. Lindlcy M. Seyn 

Kzekiel. I.ydia. 

Tabithii. Henry. 


'lioiiia^=.-Dehorah Owie 

9. Jospp'>=5Iary .Sav 

12. Thomas— Saraii Bii.v 
b. May, 1770; I b. !??!; 

Btnjamtn. Mary ricld 
r.i. JInrch .■), 
d. Sipl. 3, 

jljali^'d, .Sarah Beverley. 

— 10. John= 
b. Dec. 
7, irn ,- 

John. Alice. Jlchitablo. Abijiih. Isaac. Chorlj 

enjamin F. Albert=Ellen Jfansfield, Frances A. 

b. Dec. m. Jan. 24, ]8oi : 
30, i&U. d. Jan. 5, 18M. 

(To be pasted on tiie Chart in .Mis-, [ cvivitt's book 
entitled: '"Henry Crane of Milton, .Mass, and Some of 
his Descendants.") 

For "Ellen Mansfield." read " Kilcii Manslield Davies - 
see page tC. ' 

Mrs. Clarissa I,. Crane died April zz, .Snj. 

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