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Jasper Crane Sr. (1602 - 1680)

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Jasper Crane Sr.
Born in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Newark, Essex County, New Jerseymap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Mar 2011
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Jasper Crane is a Newark Founder



A founder of New Haven, CT and New Ark, New Jersey. His house was where the Yale University Business Bldg is now located near the "village green" of New Haven.

The couple had 6 children:

Jasper, Jr.,
Hannah Crane Huntington,
Macy Bell Crane, b. abt 1653

The Cranes are descended from the Lord Arundell family and inherit the blood of Charlemagne and Hugh Capet, who sprang from Pharemonel, through him from Antena, King of the Cimarians, 445 B.C. Chilton, near Sodbery in Suffolk, is the home of the Cranes. They lived at Chilton Hall, a moated manse of some distinction, and were Lords of the Manor. In Chilton Church is an elaborate monument to the memory of Sir Robert Crane, knighted by James I. The earliest mention of the family in America appears in the year 1637, when Jasper Crane and wife, Alice, the emigrant ancestors, came from England.

"Mr. Jasper Crayne sold his farm of sixteen acres to Matthew Moultrop on Sept. 7, 1765 but he had moved to Totoket (now Branford) in 1644. There is a tradition that he built on the site now occupied by Mr. H. Walter Chidsey; that he said 'he would build the best house on the east side, which would surprise them all.' A corner cupboard of good workmanship now stands in Mrs. Chidsey's dining-room which was taken out of the old house by her father, the late Edwin S. Bradley. Mr. Crayne was one of the wealthy men of the colony. If he built his house, he failed to finish the second story, which was never done thro all the succeeding ownerships. He seems to have been an energetic, active man but of a restless turn, somewhat captious withal. At one time he was interested in the Iron Works, as overseer or agent. His house in New Haven was on Elm Street, where St. Thomas's Church now stands. He was prominent in the counsels of New Haven, on of its magistrates and deputy to the General Court. He was surveyor and laid out much of the town plot, located grants and settled disputed titles [his own plot is shown on the colony layout of 1644. In 1666 he signed the compact to move from Branford to Newark, N. J. the New Ark Colony At the time of the union of the New Haven Colony with that of Connecticut [1664] all the towns under the jurisdiction of New Haven were satisfied except Branford. Rev. Mr. Pierson and almost [all of] his congregation were so displeased that they soon removed to Newark, where Mr. Crayne became very active and influential in State and church until his death in Oct., 1681."[1]

Jasper was quite influential in the Newark settlement:

He was first on the list of deputies to the New Jersey General Assembly for a number of years. After the return of Treat to Connecticut, Crane was the first citizen, after the pastor. He, with Treat and others, represented the town at the solemn ceremonies upon Divident Hill, described in the preceding chapter. He was moderator of town meeting on a number of occasions. He was looked up to for his fair dealing. In those days barter played an important part in all business life, and the settlers often paid off their obligations to the town with goods. In 1670, as the Town Minute Book shows, Jasper Crane's half bushel measure was made the standard.
He was made a member of various important committees, including two appointed to confer with those of other communities in the province upon the advisability of sending petitions and protests to the Crown against the exactions of the Proprietors. With others he represented the town in the negotiations with the Dutch for the ownership of the New Barbadoes tract between the Hackensack and Passaic rivers. For fourteen years he was almost incessantly active in the town's behalf, when his strength began to fail him, and his three sons—John, Azariah and Jasper, Jr.,— took his place in helping, with vigor" and success, to work out the town's destinies. Jasper Crane may be spoken of as a typical Newark founder. Deeply religious, and fearless in following out the dictates of his conscience in his religious life, he was a skillful and far-sighted town builder, working ceaselessly for the prosperity of the community and at the same time having proper care for the welfare of his family.[2]

Will & Estate

His will, dated 1678, mentioned his children John, Azariah, Jasper and Hannah Huntington. He bequeathed to his son John a silver bowl, which afterward was inherited by his brother Azariah, who gave it to the First Church of Newark and which is still in use in this old church as a baptismal font. [3] 1681 Nov. 15. Crane, Jasper, of Newark. Letters of administration on the estate of, granted to his son John Crane and son-in-law Thomas Huntington. 1681 Oct. 28. Inventory of the estate (£200.-.- real, S3. 14.6 personal); made by John Ward and Thomas Pierson. NJ Essex Wills. [4]


Fairmount Cemetery Newark, Essex County, New Jersey (includes photo) Note: Jasper has been moved from the Old Burying Ground to the Founders Vault at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark. [5]


  1. Edward Elias Atwater , Lucy M. Hewitt , Bessie E. Beach , Robert Atwater Smith, History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut, Pages, 598, 611, 612, 624.
  2. Urquhart, Frank J. (Frank John), 1865-1921, and Lewis Historical Publishing Co. A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Embracing Practically Two And a Half Centuries, 1666-1913, Volume 1, Page 83. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1913.
  5. My compiled Crane notes --- [Excerpts from "Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to 1649", trans. by Charles J. Hoadly, 1857] [Excerpted 20 Sep 2007, Mark Murphy] --- [Excerpts from "History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey", compiled by William H. Shaw, Vol. I, 1884] [excerpted 15 Oct 2003] --- [Excerpts from "History of Elizabeth, New Jersey; Including The Early History of Union County", by Rev. Edwin F. Hatfield, D.D., 1868] [excerpted 15 Oct 2003] [Jasper Crane Excerpt from "Americans of gentle birth and their ancestors", by Hannah Daviess Pittman, 1903] [excerpted 4 Jun 2008, Mark Murphy] [Jasper & Azariah Crane excerpts] [Harpers New Monthly Magazine, No. CCCXVII-Oct. 1876, Vol. LIII, p. 677, 661, 663] [abstracted by Mark A. Murphy, 30 Nov 2001] [Excerpt from "History of the Colony of New Haven" by Edward Lambert, 1838] [excerpted 23 Oct 2003] [Excerpts from "Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes, Volumes 3 and 4, 1663-1687, 1697", by Helen Ullmann, 2005] [Excerpted 11 Sep 2007, Mark Murphy] [Excerpts from "List of Officials, Civil, Military, and Ecclesiastical of Connecticut Colony from March 1636 through 11 October 1677 and of New Haven Colony throughout its separate existence", comp. by Donald Lines Jacobus, 1935.] [excerpted and posted by Mark Murphy, 9 Jun 2005] [Notes on a Letter from New Haven Colony Committee, 17 Oct 1662] [From Colonial Records of Connecticut] [excerpted 13 Apr 2004, Mark Murphy]

  • This person was created through the import of Tribal Pages 0004.ged on 25 March 2011.


Note: ref: rootsweb database: jghts (27 June 2010)
Thank you James Lindsley !

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On 20 May 2016 at 15:34 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Jasper's baptism record apparently says that his father's name was Richard Crane:

On 19 Apr 2016 at 18:41 GMT Vicki (Harness) Clements wrote:

Crane-2436 and Crane-170 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates, locations, relationships.

On 7 Feb 2015 at 23:51 GMT Anne B wrote:

Crane-1380 and Crane-170 appear to represent the same person because: New Jersey is correct death place. I don't know where the birth comes from

Jasper is 9 degrees from William Brewster, 14 degrees from Skye Driggs 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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