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Mary (Crane) Smith (abt. 1673 - abt. 1764)

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Mary (Mariah) [uncertain] Smith formerly Crane aka Baldwin
Born about in Newark, Essex County, New Jerseymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1696 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1718 in Newark, New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Newark, New Jerseymap
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Mary’s birth Year is recorded as 1673 or 1693. Most sources say 1693. Mary, also known as Mariah Crane, the daughter of Azariah Crane and Mary Treat was born in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.

She first married James Smith, apprentice of her father, about 1694 in Newark. He was later a founder of Cranetown, now Montclair, New Jersey.[1]

They had: James Smith b: 1696 Mary Smith b: 1698 Hannah Smith b: 1699 Joseph SMITH b: 1701 John Smith b: 1703 Ebenezer Smith b: 1705 David Smith b: 1706 Sarah Smith b: 1707 Jane Smith b: 1709

She second married John Baldwin in 1718, James having died in 1717. She and John had Children.: Ezekiel, Enos, Nathan, Martha and Phebe, Possibly Hannah, Rebecca, Phineas.

At the date of her father's will (Crane, Azariah, of Newark, Essex Co) she was called Mary Baldwin. John Baldwin witnessed the will dated 1721-2 Feb. 10. [2]

She died in 1764, according to most sources. She is buried at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Churchyard, which is now in Union, New Jersey. Find a grave Record reads: Name Mariah Baldwin Maiden Name Crane Gender Female Birth Date 1693 birth Place Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, death Date 11Aug 1764, Death Place Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, Cemetery, Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church. Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place Union, Union County, New Jersey. Father Azariah Crane mother Mary Crane, Spouse John Baldwin. Children Nathan Baldwin. [3]

research notes —birth year question

Sources differ on her birth Year, listing it either as 1673 or 1693. If Mary was born in 1673, at the birth of her youngest child she would have been age 51, and would have given birth to fourteen children. If she was born in 1693, that makes it impossible for her first marriage to have occurred. Yet, the majority of sources say she was born in 1693. It is possible that these are two different women.

DNA information that may be relevant: I am related to Mary Crane Smith and James Smith, and all of Mary’s children from both marriages. I am not related to John Baldwin, father of her Baldwin children. Nor am I related to the Mary Baldwin, on his page. E. Gustafson


  1. Crane, Ellery B. Genealogy of the Crane Family vol 2. Boston, 1860 pg. 304.
  2. Page 115 Calendar of NJ Wills.
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 June 2019), memorial page for Mariah Crane Baldwin (1693–11 Aug 1764), Find A Grave: Memorial #100848688, citing Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Union, Union County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Our Family History (contributor 47719401). Find A Grave: Memorial #100848688
  • Crane, Ellery B. Genealogy of the Crane Family vol 2. Boston, 1860 pg. 303-4.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Baldwin, Charles Candee. The Baldwin Genealogy From 1500 To 1881 (Leader Printing Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 1881) Page 486

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Crane-164 and Crane-5880 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth place, same spouse. There are discrepancies in birth and death dates that need research.
posted by Bertram Sluys
Baldwin has to be the 2nd husband, see her father's will and the dates of her Baldwin children att.
posted by Beryl Meehan
Crane-168 and Crane-164 appear to represent the same person because: Mariah Crane was also known as Mary Crane. These are the same person, just one is a nickname the other her actual given name.
posted by Susan Fitzmaurice
Sandy - appears to be same person with first and second marriages

M1 to James Smith (1665-1717) in 1696 (9 children born between 1696 and 1709)

M2 to John Baldwin Oct 5, 1718; at least 1 child (Martha 1724-1754)

posted by Robert Kennedy
Crane-164 and Crane-824 appear to represent the same person because: parents and previous profiles align, these may be duplicates, documented first and second marriages possible.
posted by Sandy Culver

Mariah is 12 degrees from Frederick Douglass, 14 degrees from Margaret Summitt and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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