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Sarah (Crane) Denman (abt. 1708 - bef. 1788)

Sarah Denman formerly Crane
Born about in Elizabeth Town, Union, New Jerseymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 80 in Springfield, Union, New Jersey, USAmap
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Sarah was born about 1708 in New Jersey.[1] She was the daughter of John Crane and Esther.

Daughter Sarah was named in the will of John Crane of Elizabeth Town, Essex County, New Jersey in 1722.[2]

1722-3 Feb 7. Crane, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., carpenter; will of. Wife Esther. Children - John, Joseph, Mathias, Benjamin, Samuel, all except John under 21, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Sarah, Rebekah, Deborah. Two mills on Rahway River in Elizabeth Town, meadow on said river, derived from father Stephen Crane, 100 acres, bought of Benjamin Wade April 13, 1716, 4 a. of meadow in Elizabeth Town, bo't of Jeremiah Osborne, house and lot of 14 a. in Elizabeth Town. Personal estate. Executors - the wife, Rev Jonathan Dickinson and brother Jeremiah Crane. Witnesses - Jeremiah Craine, Daniel Crane, Thomas Donington. Proved February 16, 1728-3

Sarah Crane married Philip Denman about 1734 in Springfield, Union, New Jersey.[3]

Sarah and Phillip had eight children, listed on Philip's profile.

Sarah most likely died before Sept 1778 when Philip wrote his will which did not name Sarah.[4]

Research Notes

Grave Memorial There is a Find-a-Grave entry for this Sarah,[5] but the memorial does not cite a resting place or cemetery and is therefore only the contributor's genealogical 'placeholder', and not a valid source. The text on the grave entry does note that she was not mentioned in her husband's will thus likely died before him. Also the text notes "Sarah is the daughter of John & Esther Norris Crane. She IS NOT the daughter of Esther Williams as shown by some researchers."

Disputed Mother

Esther Williams
The Denman Family History states that Philip Denman born 1704 at Newtown on Long Island married Sarah Crane daughter of John Crane and Esther Williams.[3]
The Families of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut identifies Esther Williams, daughter of Thomas Williams and Rebecca as the wife of John Crane and mother of Sarah, born 1708.[1]
Esther Norris
The Roll document from Ancestry has a good argument regarding her mother. This states that John Crane did not marry Esther Williams; when Samuel Williams made his will in 1706 his daughter Hester (Esther) was a minor and unmarried. John Crane had his first child by wife Esther in 1700. The will of Henry Norris of Elizabethtown dated 1705 probated 1706 names daughter Esther Crane.[6]
Her Grave Memorial[5] notes that "Sarah is the daughter of John & Esther Norris Crane. She IS NOT the daughter of Esther Williams as shown by some researchers."

See also clues for sources: Ancestry Profile


  1. 1.0 1.1 Adams, Sherman W., Henry R. Stiles, ed., Families of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut, New York : Grafton Press, 1904. Vol. II, pp. 827-828
  2. Honeyman, A. Van Doren, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I, 1670-1730 (Patterson, New Jersey: 1901 The Press Printing and Publishing Co.) Lib. A, p. 238.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harris, Harriet Newell, Denman Family History: from the earliest authentic records down to the present time, ( Glendale News: Glendale, California, 1913) pp. 43.
  4. Calendar of NJ Wills Lib 21 p. 204.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 06 October 2021), memorial page for Sarah Crane Denman (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave: Memorial #152818705, ; Maintained by Jim Kimble (contributor 47587114) Unknown.
  6. Wilson, Richard Timbook, Genealogy of the Roll Family, 1921.,%20searchable).pdf p. 465

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  • Crane-452 was started through the import of Godfrey non-living.ged on Jun 14, 2011 by Jim Godfrey.

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Crane-452 and Crane-5 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same husband
posted by Bob Tonsmeire

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