Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1709 - 1780)

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Stephen Crane
Born in Elizabethtown, New Jerseymap
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Died in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Stephen Crane was a Civil Servant in the American Revolution



Stephen Crane (son of Daniel Crane and Susannah Miller) was born 1709 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, and died June 23, 1780 in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey. He married Phebe.
Children of Stephen Crane and Phebe are:
  1. Joseph Crane, b. May 20, 1752, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  2. Daniel Crane, b. January 3, 1733/34, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  3. Stephen Crane, b. October 14, 1737, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  4. Elizabeth Crane, b. March 10, 1738/39, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  5. David Crane, b. November 27, 1742, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  6. William Crane, b. 1747, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  7. Phebe Crane, b. June 2, 1750, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  8. Jonathan Crane, b. May 15, 1754, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
  9. Catherine Crane, b. 8 Oct 1756

The War of the Revolution

When the English enacted the "Boston Port Bill" on March 25, 1774, many of the colonists agreed that the parliament had acted in a spirit of revenge with this bill which closed the port of Boston and transferred the seat of government to Salem, Massachusetts. The Colonists responded by calling Town meetings, assembling entire counties and provinces. The American colonists decided to stand by the people of Boston in their opposition to English oppression.

A Leading Patriot of New Jersey

“Stephen Crane, (Daniel,2 Stephen1), was one of the leading patriots of New Jersey during the (American) Revolution, under the Colonial Government; a man of considerable note in his day, although he was sheriff of Essex County under George III, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas during the agitation concerning the ‘’Stamp Act’’, he became an ardent patriot, and was elected a member of the First Continental Congress, which met in 1774, and did much efficient work on committees on supplies, etc., serving two terms. The engraving “The first Prayer in Congress,” contains his portrait. He was also a member of the New Jersey legislature and senate. His homestead was about one and one-half miles from Elizabeth, near the point where the road to Galloping Hill leaves the road to Mulfords. The spot is in sight, and on the north side, of the Central Railroad. The old well was on the opposite side of the road from the house where he lived, and which was a few years ago still standing in firm preservation, and under a large oak tree. He was one of the first trustees of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, and mayor of the Borough. He married Phebe ________, born 1714, and died Aug. 28, 1776, aged 62. He died June 23, 1780.”
  1. Daniel, b. Jan 3, 1735
  2. Stephen, b. Oct. 14 1737; killed by British soldiers
  3. Elizabeth, b. March 10, 1740
  4. David, b. Nov. 27, 1742
  5. William, b. 1747
  6. Phebe, b. June 2, 1750; Capt. Jacob Crane, son of Matthias
  7. Joseph, b. May 20, 1752; m. 1st Susannah Ross; 2d Miss Van Vechten
  8. Jonathan, b. May 15, 1754; killed by the Hessian soldiers, June 1780
  9. Catharine, b. Oct. 8, 1756.[1]


  • Source: Ricord, F. W., History of Union County, New Jersey, Jersey History Company, Newark, New Jersey. 1897. Chapter VII. p. 17, 22,23, 38, 41, 42, 44,49
  1. Source: Genealogy of the Crane family, pg 473
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"Genealogy of the Crane Family" Vol. 2, pg 473 has a small section on Stephen.
Stephen Crane (1709-1780) is the 2nd Great Grandfather of Stephen Crane (1871–1900) author of "The Red Badge of Courage"

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Stephen Crane and 'First Prayer in Congress'
Stephen Crane and 'First Prayer in Congress'

Stephen Crane Tombstone
Stephen Crane Tombstone

Stephen Crane Portrait (1709-1780)
Stephen Crane Portrait (1709-1780)


On 22 Sep 2017 at 12:33 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:

On 22 Sep 2017 at 11:02 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:

"Genealogy of the Crane Family" Vol. 2, pg 473 has a small section on Stephen.

Stephen is 29 degrees from Jelena Eckstädt, 10 degrees from Theodore Roosevelt and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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