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-- Manuscript Group 52, David D. Crane (1763-1838), Public official Receipt book, 1786-1836


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Manuscript Group 52, David D. Crane (1763-1838), Public official Receipt book, 1786-1836, 0.01 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 52


Crane served as a Newark overseer of highways and overseer of the poor, as well as an Essex County Justice of the Peace.

Gift of Edward M. Crane, 1955.


Biographical Note:

David Crane, the son of Abigail Ogden and David Crane, Jr. (1721-1794), was born in 1763 in Newark, New Jersey.  He served as a private and a musician in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.  On November 30, 1784, he married Martha Banks (1766-1844) and together they had two sons and one daughter.  He later became known as Judge David D. Crane after serving as an Essex County Justice of the Peace.  From 1787-1829, Crane was a constable, overseer of the poor, and overseer of the highway system.  In 1820, he chaired the committee to manage the town docks at Port Newark and in 1829 headed the committee to supervise the moving of the old cemetery in Newark.  Crane probably died in Newark, New Jersey in 1838.


Jo Anne Crane-Coriston, Crane Chronicles: From Connecticut to Canistear to Today (EPI, 2000).


Provenance Note:

This collection was donated by Edward M. Crane in 1955.


Scope and Content Note:

This receipt book kept by David D. Crane from 1786 to 1836 measures 0.01 linear feet.  The entries include the date, amount paid and to whom.  Some of Crane’s creditors were well known Newark men including Joseph Congar, Caleb Ward, Uzal Johnson, William Halsey, and David D. Crane’s, sister Phebe Davis.  Occasionally Crane noted that his creditors bought building supplies or had land surveyed, while his sister’s account seems to be related to the handling of her husband’s estate.


Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 422, Crane-Pierson Family


Processed by James Lewis, July 2001 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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