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Jasper Crane

Male Abt 1605 - Abt 1681  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Jasper Crane  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1605  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1681  Newark, Essex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Removed from New Haven to Branford 1668, thence to Newark, NJ. Children (incomplete) Deliverance, bp 12 Jun 1642, Mercy, bp 1 Mar 1645, Micah, 3 Nov 1647, Jasper, 2 Apr 1651.
      Deputy (New Haven) to New Haven Legislature, 1648-1650; Deputy (Branford) to New Haven Legislature, 1653-1657; Judge (New Haven town) 1645-1650; Judge (Branford town), 1654-1657; Assistant, N. H. Col., 1658-1664.

      Jasper Crane was one of the original settlers of the New Haven Colony, June 4, 1639, and signed the first agreement at a general meeting of all the free planters held in Mr. Newman's barn. He took the oath of fidelity at the organization of the government. He was a member of the General Court and many years a magistrate.
      He was a surveyor and merchant, as well as a magistrate, and with Mr. Myles laid out most of the New Haven town plot, located grants, established division lines, and settled disputed titles. In March, 1641, he received a grant of 100 acres of land in the East Meadow. In 1643 his estate was voted at £480, with three persons in his family—self, wife and son John.
      He removed to Branford in 1652 and was elected a deputy to the General Court of Electors in 1653 and a magistrate in 1658. Jan. 30, 1667, he headed the list of signers to a new covenant and disposing of his property at Branford that year took up his permanent home in Newark.
      He did not go, it is said, with the first company to "Milford" as the first settlement at Newark, NJ was called, but signed with twenty-two others, the first contract in 1665. Jan. 20, 1667, he headed the list of signers and church members of the first Church at Newark, and became one of the most influential and active men in the new colony.
      He was the first president of the town court, and the first on the list of deputies to the General Assembly of New Jersey. At a town meeting of Newark, held January, 1668, Jasper Crane and Robert Treat were chosen magistrate for the year ensuing, and also deputies or burgesses for the General Assembly. Jasper continued to hold positions of importance in Newark for many years and was chosen magistrate again in 1674 at the age of 70 or so.
      His will dated 1678, named wife Alice and children John, Azariah, Jasper, and Hannah Huntington, and granddaughter Hannah Huntington; John to have his "silver bole." Crane was probably born about 1605, and died in 1681, his will having been proved that year.


      The Cranes in the United States are generally the descendants of some one of the five families that were known as early as the year 1666. How they were related, and from what particular locality in England they came, remains yet to be learned. These five families are represented by Jasper of Newark, NJ, Benjamin of Wethersifield, CT, Henry of Killingworth, CT, Henry of Dorchester, MA, and Stephen of Elizabethtown, NJ. Jasper, one of the founders of Newark, NJ was evidently the eldest, having a family before he came to this country, and appearing in the New Haven colony as early as 1639. HIs eldest son John was born in 1635 and was a native of England. He had, besides John, three sons and two daughters. His sons were: John, b. 1635; Delivered or Deliverance, b. 12 Jun 1642; Azariah, b. 1648, d. 3 Nov 1730; Jasper, b. 1650, d. 16 Mar 1712. His daughters Hannah and Mercy were both married, one in Newark, NJ and one in Stamford, CT

      15 Nov 1681. Crane, Jasper of Newark. Letters of Administration on the estate of, granted to his son John Crane and son-in-law Thomas Huntington. 28 Oct 1681, inventory of the estate 200 pounds real estate, 83.14.6 personal estate. Inventory made by John Ward and Thomas Pierson. Essex Wills. [1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
    Person ID I38522  Mindrum
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2017 

    Family Alice,   d. Dec  
    Children 
     1. John Crane,   b. 1635, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 6 Jan 1695, Newark, Essex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 60 years)
     2. Hannah Crane,   b. Abt 1639
     3. Deliverance/Delivered Crane,   b. 12 Jul 1642, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mercy Crane,   b. Abt 1645, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1671, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     5. Michah Crane,   b. Abt 1647, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Deacon Azariah Crane,   b. 1648, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1730  (Age 82 years)
     7. Jasper Crane,   b. 2 Apr 1651, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1712  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F26276  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S220] Donald L. Jacobus, (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974), Vol. I-III, p. 463.

    2. [S7091] Ellery B. Crane, (Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1900), p. 295.

    3. [S7091] Ellery B. Crane, (Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1900), p. 301.

    4. [S7091] Ellery B. Crane, (Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1900).

    5. [S220] Donald L. Jacobus, (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974), Vol. I-III: 976.

    6. [S7091] Ellery B. Crane, (Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA 1900), pp. 295-301.

    7. [S5499] Gary Boyd Roberts, (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983), Vol. I: p. 491.

    8. [S8613] Jasper Crane Abstract of Will.

    9. [S438]