Marilla (Crane) Storrs
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Marilla (Crane) Storrs (1818 - 1904)

Marilla Storrs formerly Crane
Born in Mansfield, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 6 Dec 1840 in Mansfield, CTmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Mansfield, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jun 2008
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Marilla Crane Storrs was born March 28, 1818 to Jesse Crane and Rhoda Abbe. She died April 30, 1904 at Spring Hill, Mansfield, Tolland County, Connecticut. She married Albert Storrs on December 6, 1840. They had three children. Their only daughter Lovina died as an infant. Marilla continued to live in the family home after the death of her husband. Her son Edgar and his family lived with her.

She may have been an indulgent grandmother. She called her granddaughter Ada "her little rose bud" and gave her a special pressed glass water goblet embossed with rose buds. There is a family story that Marilla wore a wig. Grandchildren Ada and Gilbert had hidden in her room to see her without her wig and they did. There was not an agreement about how much hair - totally bald or just one hair.

We knew from talking to Grandma , who Marilla's parents were, but finding a written source has been difficult. Her birth was not recorded in the town records. Her marriage and Death were. The Abbe genealogy provide an explanation.


  • Abbe. Cleveland and Josephine Genung Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy in Memory of John Abbe and his Descendants, New Haven, Conn., The Tuttle Morehouse and Taylor Company, 1916
  • Storrs, Charles, The Storrs Family, Privately Printed, New York, 1886. Copy online. p360
  • Death certificate (on file at the town clerk's office, Mansfield, Connecticut).
  • Dimock, Susan W., Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths from the Records of the Town and Churches in Mansfield, Connecticut 1703-1850, New York: The Baker & Taylor Company, 1898
  • Cemetery Inscriptions, 807-10, Spring Hill Cemetary, copied October, 15, 1934. Repository: Connecticut State Library, Hartford. Copy also online.
  • Family traditions related to Becky Syphers by her mother, her grandmother and her Great Aunt Mary Storrs.

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