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Manuscript Group 422, Crane-Pierson Family

Papers, 1707-1942 (Bulk dates: 1830-1900), 1.5 linear feet / 3 boxes

Call Number: MG 422 + Box and folder number


Summary:

Family correspondence, land deeds, and financial documents of three branches of the Crane family: the Benjamin Crane (1787-1864) family of Pine Brook, Morris County, New Jersey; the Joseph Sidney Crane (1821-1906) family of New York; and the Reverend George Pierson (b. 1805) family of Orange, New Jersey and Florida, New York.  Contains papers relating to Presbyterian Churches in Wantage, New Jersey and Florida, Orange County, New York, where George Pierson was a minister.  Family correspondence discusses the medical profession (Joseph S. Crane and his two brothers were physicians), youth culture and education in the New York-New Jersey area during the late 1840s-early 1850s, white southern views of African Americans after the Civil War, and economic troubles during this same post-war period.  Also includes genealogical research of the Crane, Pierson, Woodruff, Draper, Hequembourg, and Bowlsby families.

Gift (in part) of Roger P. Williams, 1966

 

Biographical Note:

The three branches of the Crane Family documented in these papers are descended from Jasper Crane (ca. 1605-1681), one of the original settlers of New Haven, Connecticut, and his wife Alice.

Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864) and Family, Pine Brook, Morris County, NJ:

Benjamin Crane, Jr., the second of the seven children of Mehitable Dunning and Benjamin Crane (1753-1819), was born in Cranetown (now Montclair), New Jersey on August 31, 1787.  The family moved to Pine Brook, New Jersey, and Benjamin, Jr. learned the masonís trade there.  In 1809, he built his house near his fatherís in Pine Brook and married Eleanor Stiles (1791-1836), with whom he had nine children: Julia Ann Crane (Van Duyne) (1809-1873), Timothy Ward Crane (1811-1878), Lucinda Canfield Crane (Freeman) (1813-1889), Hetty Mariah Crane (Van Duyne) (1816-1901), Susan Elizabeth Crane (Miller) (1817-1840), Harriet C. Crane (Van Duyne) (1819-1889), Eleanor S. Crane (Martin) (1821-1905), Benjamin Franklin Crane (1829-1897), and Sarah Francis Crane (1833-1835).  After his wifeís death, he married the widow of Thomas Bowlsby, Barbara Parlaman (1796-1886), and with her had two more daughters: Marietta Huntoon Crane (Woodruff) (1837-1912) and Barbara Florinda Crane (Van Wagoner) (1839-1917).

Benjamin Crane, Jr. was a farmer and fruit culturist, but also served as a justice of the peace for Morris County in 1832, a judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas of Morris County in 1832 and 1854, an assistant marshal to aid in the taking of the 7th Census in 1850, a commissioner for taking the acknowledgment and proof of deeds for Morris County in 1860, and as the postmaster for Pine Brook.  He was also interested in family matters and inaugurated the first Annual Crane Family Reunion in 1850.  Benjamin Crane died while traveling on April 16, 1864 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Dr. Joseph Sidney Crane (1821-1906) and Family, NY, SC, GA, AK:

Sidney Crane (1791-1850), the son of Rebeckah Saffer (1769-1847) and John Josiah Crane (1767-1808), married Catherine Hequembourg (ca. 1796-1872) and with her moved from his hometown of Newark, New Jersey to Columbia, South Carolina where he established himself as a merchant.  The couple soon started a family and Joseph Sidney Crane was born on June 10, 1821, the first of Sidney and Rebeckahís four children.  Joseph Sidney Crane graduated from South Carolina College in 1840 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1844, where he studied to become a physician.  On June 9, 1853, he married Harriet Draper (1829-1911), with whom he had six children: Charlotte (1854-1854), Julia Draper (1858-1859), Katherine (1856-ca. 1899), Amelia Brewster (b. 1862), Charles Sidney (b. 1866), and Charlton Wells (b. 1872).  After the birth of their first child, the couple moved to New York City where Joseph set up his practice.  In 1894, almost thirty years later, Joseph and his wife moved to Huntington, Long Island.  Joseph S. Crane died in 1906.

Josephís brothers, Charles Louis Crane (1823-1896) and James Boatwright Crane (1826-1902), were also doctors with practices in Bishopville, South Carolina and Batesville, Arkansas respectively.  Their only sister, Elizabeth Sarah Crane (1828-1899), moved to Marietta, Georgia with her husband ( ) Gregg, and after his death to Acworth, Georgia.

Rev. George Pierson (b. 1805) and Family, Florida, Orange County, NY and Orange, Essex County, NJ:

George Pierson, the fifth of the ten children of Nancy Crane (1775-1841) and Dr. Isaac Pierson (1770-1833), was born on October 16, 1805 in Orange, New Jersey.  He graduated from Princeton College (now University) in 1823 and became the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange and then the First Presbyterian Church of Wantage, New Jersey.  He married Eliza L. Day in Orange, New Jersey and with her and their family moved to Florida, New York, where he became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church there.

Eliza and George Pierson had eight children together: Sarah Ann, George Wilson, Isaac (d. young), Caroline Ellet (b. 1837), Stephen Day (b. 1839), Fanny E. (1841-young), Mary (d. 1849), Charles W., and Ellen Collins.  After Eliza Piersonís death, George Pierson married Caroline Stoll.

George Wilson Pierson, George and Elizaís son, studied at the Flushing Institute from 1847-1849 and from there moved to Newark, New Jersey where he studied to become a doctor.  He married Sarah C. Wheeler, and with her had at least two children: Charles W. and Eliza D.

(See Crane-Pierson Family trees: located in the hard-copy of the finding aid in The New Jersey Historical Society Library's reading room.)

Sources:

Crane, Ellery Bicknell. Genealogy of the Crane Family (Press of Charles Hamilton:Worcester, MA, 1900), Vol. II.

Pierson, Lizzie B. Pierson Genealogical Records (Joel Munsell: Albany, NY, 1878).

 

Provenance Note:

These following documents were donated by Roger P. Williams, the great grandson of Angeline (Crane) Williams, a descendant of Jasper Crane, in 1966: three Azariah Crane land deeds dated 1707, 1739, and 1755, and a bond between John Crane and Noah and Aaron Crane dated 1782.  The source of the rest of the documents in this collection is unknown.

 

Scope and Content Note:

The papers consist largely of the correspondence, land deeds, and financial documents of three branches of the Crane family: the Benjamin Crane family, the Joseph Sidney Crane family, and the Rev. George Pierson family.  The papers date from 1707-1942, with bulk dates of 1830-1900 and are arranged by record type: correspondence, land deeds/survey maps, bonds/mortgages, financial documents, probate records, appointments/certificates, church documents, compositions, genealogy material, newspaper clippings, printed material, and miscellaneous.

The correspondence is largely that of Charles Sidney Crane, Joseph Sidney Crane, and George Wilson Pierson, with a smaller number of letters to George Pierson, Sarah (Wheeler) Pierson, and Marietta H. Crane Woodruff.  The letters cover a variety of topics in the post-Civil War era including the practice of medicine in New York, South Carolina, and Arkansas as described in the correspondence between Dr. Joseph S. Crane and his two brothers Dr. Charles Louis Crane and Dr. James Boatwright Crane; white southern views on "coloured folk" as described in the correspondence between Charles Sidney Crane and Lizzie Crane, and Joseph Sidney Crane and Elizabeth Sarah (Crane) Gregg; investment advice as described in the correspondence between Joseph Sidney Crane and Charles Louis Crane; political events, such as President Grover Clevelandís election in 1885 and the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, as described in the correspondence between Joseph S. Crane and James Boatwright Crane; descriptions of a young ladyís education as described in the correspondence between George Wilson Pierson and Gertrude E. Day, Sarah Pierson, and Matilda K. Pierson; a northern congregationís view on abolition as described in the 1839 correspondence between Rev. George Pierson and Philip C. Day; and Crane family genealogy, which is researched in the correspondence of Charles Sidney Crane.  General themes running through all of the letters include family news, deaths, births, marriages, visits, illnesses, and mentions of cholera, smallpox, and influenza outbreaks.

The land deeds and survey maps in the papers deal largely with land in Morris County, New Jersey, particularly Hanover, Pequannock, and Boonton.  There are also early deeds signed by Azariah Crane (b. 1682) in the 1700s for lands that made up Cranetown, now Montclair, New Jersey.  Other deeds were signed by Barbara (Bowlsby) Crane, Benjamin Crane (1753-1819), Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864), Joseph Sidney Crane, Timothy W. Crane, and Eleanor Woodruff Pennington.

The papers also contain financial documents, probate records, and work-related papers.  These documents include such items as bonds and mortgages; the receipts and bills of the Rev. George Pierson; the account books of Dr. Joseph Sidney Crane and Rev. George Pierson; estate papers of Harriet D. Crane, Stephen D. Day, and Rev. George Pierson; and the wills of Nicholas Cook, Benjamin Crane (1753-1819), Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864), Josiah Crane, and Catharine A. Mower.  The papers also contain the appointment certificates of Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864), Charles Sidney Crane, Charlton Wells Crane, David Nevius, and Peter S. Nevius, along with minutes and resolutions passed by the Sessions of the Presbyterian Churches of Wantage, New Jersey and Florida, New York, where Rev. George Pierson was pastor.  These minutes and resolutions document various disputes such as a discrepancy in money raised for the church, the desire of the Deckertown (now Sussex) residents in the Wantage congregation to split off and form their own church, and a charge brought against Rev. George Pierson for marrying a young lady without her motherís permission.

There are also a number of school compositions, mostly written by George Wilson Pierson, and genealogy research and notes, probably done by Charles Sidney Crane and possibly Marietta H. Crane Woodruff and her sister Barbara Florinda Crane Van Wagoner.  The research involves the Crane, Pierson, Woodruff, Draper, Hequembourg, and Bowlsby families.  There are also various newspaper clippings of obituaries and marriages, notes on the 1850 Crane Family Reunion, and various printed materials, such as invitations, programs, and brochures.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 52, David D. Crane (1763-1838) Receipt book

Manuscript Group 457, Alfred J. Crane (fl. 1898-1919) Record book

Manuscript Group 565, Silas Crane (fl. 1805-1825) Account book

Manuscript Group 1064, Dr. Marietta H. Crane Woodruff (1837-1912) Record book

 

Box List:

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

Correspondence

 

1

1

To Charles Sidney Crane from A-Con:

 
   

- Benj. Adams

1898

   

- Jane E. Andrews (8 letters)

1897

   

- Howard Barney, with 2 enclosures

1900

   

- B. Beacham

1889

   

- C.T. Berry

1888

   

- Dwight E. Bowers, forwarding a letter from Herbert H. Crain

1888

   

- Rev. Joseph Brewster

1897

   

- E. D. Burnet

1891

   

- Kate L. Burnet

1888

   

- Newton W. Cadwell

1898

   

- C. S. Converse (2 letters)

1894

1

2

To Charles Sidney Crane from Cooke-Crain:

 
   

- Mrs. Henry C. Cooke (4 letters), with 2 letters to her from Charles S. Crane

1896-1898

   

- Herbert H. Crain (5 letters)

1888-1891

1

3

To Charles Sidney Crane from Crane, A-Crane, E:

 
   

- Anne Faile Crane

1935

   

- Aug. Crane, Jr.

1894

   

- Aug. S. Crane (2 letters)

1893-1894

   

- C.A. Crane (2 letters)

1888

   

- E. B. Crane (11 letters), with letter to E. B.  Crane from Charles S. Crane

1888-1898

   

- E. N. Crane

1889

   

- Elsie Schuyler Crane (7 letters)

1911-1930, n. d.

1

4

To Charles Sidney Crane from Crane, H-Crane, W:

 
   

- Hallie W. Crane

1898

   

- Harvey S. Crane

1888

   

- Henry W. Crane (2 letters)

1888

   

- Isaac Crane

1889

   

- Israel Crane

1888

   

- John C. Crane

1894

   

- John Jay Crane

1889

   

- John M. Crane

1889

   

- Joshua E. Crane

1888

   

- Lizzie Crane

1885

   

- M. M. Crane

1894

   

- M.S. Crane (2 letters)

1888-1889

   

- Oliver Crane (2 letters)

1888

   

- William Halstead Crane (2 letters)

1899-1900

1

5

To Charles Sidney Crane from D-H:

 
   

- A. S. Draper

1889

   

- Frank B. Draper

1890

   

- J. de B. Draper

1891

   

- L. B.(?) Draper

1891

   

- T. Waln Morgan Draper (9 letters)

1891-1892

   

- William W. Draper

1890

   

- D. R. Frazer

1888

   

- Isaac J. Greenwood

1894

   

- Ellie E. Hall

n. d.

   

- Thomas V. Hall

1891

   

- Annie Amoux Haxtun (2 letters)

1898

   

- F. W. Hequembourg (2 letters)

1895

   

- W. A. Hequembourg (2 letters)

1894-1895

1

6

To Charles Sidney Crane from K-T:

 
   

- Arthur S. Kimball

1898

   

- Dorothy H. Law (2 letters)

1898-1899

   

- John Matthews (2 letters)

1897-1898

   

- Samuel P. May, with enclosed letter from C. A. Crane to Samuel P. May

1886-1888

   

- Ella M. Peetr

1896

   

- S. H. Pemberton

1887

   

- Harry Hequembourg Pierson

1934

   

- Hoffman Kissam Reynolds

1898

   

- F. W. Ricord

1894

   

- Charles E. Run (2 letters)

1888

   

- Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury (2 letters)

1888-1895

   

- J. Reeve Sayre

1888

   

- Lillian B. Sherman

1894

   

- William S. Stryker (2 letters)

1894

   

- M. Adelaide Taylor

1898

   

- George O. Tuck

1904

   

- John Harvey Treat (2 letters)

1888

1

7

To Charles Sidney Crane from W and Unknown:

 
   

- William R. Weeks

1892

   

- J. Whitehead

1889

   

- May B. Williams (3 letters)

1895-1896

   

- N. S. Williams

1895

   

- Charles W. Woolley (11 letters), with one letter from Charles Sidney Crane to Charles W. Woolley

1898-1903, n. d.

   

- Cousin Emily

1891

   

- ( ), Secretary of State of the State of New Jersey

1895

1

8

To Joseph Sidney Crane from B-Crane, B:

 
   

- Phillips Brooks

1886

   

- Anna E. Crane (8 letters)

1887-1896

   

- Arthur J. Crane

1903

   

- B. S. Crane (5 letters)

1893-1903

1

9

To Joseph Sidney Crane from Crane, C:

 
   

-Charles L. Crane (25 letters)

1872-1886, n. d.

1

10

To Joseph Sidney Crane from Crane, H-Crane, I:

 
   

- Hallie W. Crane (7 letters)

1894-1911

   

- Isaac P. Crane

1887

1

11

To Joseph Sidney Crane from Crane, J-Crane, W:

 
   

- James B. Crane (16 letters)

1882-1901

   

- John J. Crane (3 letters)

1884, n. d.

   

- Wilson Crane

1902

1

12

To Joseph Sidney Crane from E-W:

 
   

- Leighton W. Eckard (2 letters)

1881

   

- Samuel Fain

1867

   

- Robert W. Gibbes

1867

   

- Marion Gregg (2 letters)

1899-1900

   

- Sister ( ) (Crane) Gregg (10 letters)

1893-1899

   

- Mary E. Holt-Clark

1903

   

- W. A. Hequeubourg(?)

1903

   

- Julia A. Jones

1903

   

- J. E. Latham

1902

   

- Edith C. Leffert

1903

   

- F. Peyre Porcher

1891

   

- Sally Edmore Taylor

1903

   

- H. C. Wood, with letter from Joseph Sidney Crane to H. C. Wood

1892

1

13

To Rev. George Pierson from:

 
   

- Harriet (Pierson) Collins (5 letters), with note from Phebe S. (Pierson) Condit and Sarah Ann Pierson (Terry)

1836-1846

   

- William L. Collins

1843

   

- Philip C. Day

1839

   

- E. F. Dayton

1835

   

- Moses Holden

1836

   

- A. Mission

1855

   

- George Phillips

n. d.

   

- Albert Pierson (2 letters)

1836, 1845

   

- George Wilson Pierson

1848

   

- Lydia D. Rankin, with Rev. Pierson's reply

1837

   

- Rev. J. W. Wood

1855

1

14

To George Wilson Pierson from A-K:

 
   

- Mrs. ( ) Adams

n. d.

   

- Theodore Baldwin (2 letters), with note from George Pierson

1848, 1853

   

- F. E. S. Condict

1852

   

- Charles R. Day (2 letters, first with note to Eliza (Pierson?) from Mary Day

1843, 1851

   

- Gertrude E. Day (11 letters)

1848-1853, n. d.

   

- Phebe Anna Day

n. d.

   

- Edwin Dikeman

1851

   

- Mr. and Mrs. Zachariah N. Hoffman

1850

   

- Samuel Jessup (2 letters)

1852

   

- Kingsman & Cross

1849

1

15

To George Wilson Pierson from Pierson, C-Pierson, M:

 
   

- Caroline E. Pierson (6 letters), some with notes from Fanny and Ellen Pierson

1851-1853

   

- Eliza L. Pierson (3 letters), with note from Caroline E. Pierson

1851-1853

   

- C. Pierson (2 letters)

1876, n. d.

   

- Fanny E. Pierson (2 letters), with note from Ellen Pierson

1852-1853

   

- Rev. George Pierson (2 letters)

1852

   

- Cousin George Pierson

1852

   

- Matilda K. Pierson

1850

1

16

To George Wilson Pierson from Pierson, Sa:

 
   

- Sarah A. Pierson (22 letters), with notes from her to George Pierson and to George Wilson Pierson from George Pierson Eliza L. Pierson

1847-1853, n. d.

1

17

To George Wilson Pierson from Pierson, St- T and Unknown:

 
   

- Stephen Pierson (4 letters), with notes from Ellen C. Pierson, Caroline E. Pierson, and Fanny E. Pierson

1851-1853

   

- William Pierson, Jr.

1848

   

- William H. Pierson

1851

   

- Clarence Poppins

1848

   

- P. Sidney Post

1851

   

- Theodore F. Seward

1852

   

- Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Florida, NY

1849

   

- Mary ( )

1875

1

18

To Sarah (Wheeler) Pierson from:

 
   

- Caroline E. Pierson (2 letters)

1874-1875

   

- Ellen C. Pierson (2 letters)

1874-1878

   

- Harriet C. Pierson (2 letters)

1875-1876

   

- Sarah A. Pierson

1876

   

- Albert S. Wheeler

1879

   

- ( ), 2 letters

1876, n. d.

2

1

To Miscellaneous, A-P:

 
   

- To Amelia B. Crane from Shearman & Sterling

1936

   

- To Anna Crane from Belle Crane

1895

   

- To Charlton W. Crane from Harry Hequembourg Pierson

1934

   

- To Eugene E. Crane from Carrie Crane Haines

1899

   

- To Hallie Crane from Joseph Sidney Crane

1902

   

- To Harriet Crane from Julia and Emily (Crane?)

1903

   

- To Rev. J. N. Crane from ( )

1864

   

- To ( ) Crane from L. Henry Howard?

1906

   

- To M. E. Darling from William W. Draper

1889

   

- To Hon. Andrew S. Draper from ( )

1889

   

- To Frank E. Draper from Charles Sidney Crane (2 letters)

1891

   

- To Ellen Ellis from Ellis (Draper?)

1890

   

- To ( ) Gaines from Alice V. Draper

1913

   

- To Jennie Heyer from Mr. and Mrs. Z. N. Heyer

1894

   

- To Jennie Heyer from Louis Weiler (3 letters)

1884, 1888, n. d.

   

- To Jennie Heyer from Kathryn ( )

n. d.

   

- To Jennie Heyer from Morris ( )

1907

   

- To Jennie Heyer from Tillie ( ) (2 letters)

1891-1892

   

- To William R. Jenkins from Philip Roeder

1894

   

- To Mrs. Chas. N. Kent from Charles Sidney Crane

1891

   

- To William R. Pennington from George W. ( )

1929

   

- To Charles W. Pierson from George P. Jessup

1879

   

- To Harry Hequembourg Pierson from ( )

1934

   

- To Samuel S. Purple from Tarrant & Company

1894

   

- To Samuel S. Purple from Charles H. Woodruff (2 letters)

1894

2

2

To Miscellaneous, T-Z & Unknown:

 
   

- To Adelaide Taylor from Charles Sidney Crane, copy, with copies of letters to A.S. Kimball and A. A. Haxtun also

1898

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Anna J. Crouthers

1903

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Carrie Crane Haines

1899

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Abbie Crane Jones

1896

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from W. Beach Plume

1906

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Annie W. Reyman

1899

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Hettie E. Rist (2 letters)

1893, 1903

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Joshua R. Salmon

1904

   

- To Marietta H. Crane Woodruff from Sarah H. Van Wagener (3 letters)

1895-1896

   

- To Miss ( ) Woodruff from Harriet J. Cox

1913

   

- To Miss ( ) Woodruff from Alice V. Dixon

1913

   

- To Charles Woodruff Wooley, copies of letters

1898-1899

   

- To Charles ( ) from Eckard Crane

1942

   

- To Cornelia ( ) from ( )

n. d.

   

- To Emily ( ) from Russell ( )

1925

   

- To Fanny ( ) from Phebe and Gertrude Day

n. d.

   

- To "Grandma" from Walter ( )

1903

   

- To "Sister" from B.F. Crane

n. d.

   

- To "Sister" from Caroline E. Pierson

1852

   

- To ( ) from ( )

1871

   

- To ( ) from ( )

1894

       

Land Deeds / Survey Maps:

 

2

3

Land Deeds of Barbara and Thomas Bowlsby:

 
   

- Walter Kirkpatrick, administrator of Thomas E. Bowlsby to Barbara Bowlsby (copy)

1829

   

- Walter Kirkpatrick, administrator of Thomas E. Bowlsby to Barbara Bowlsby

1836

   

- George Bowlsby to Thomas Bowlsby

1788

   

- Allen and Eunice Howard to Thomas E. Bowlsby

1817

   

- John and Sarah Parlaman to Thomas E. Bowlsby

1823

   

- Joseph and Catharine Weymer to Thomas E. Bowlsby

1824

2

4

Land Deeds of Azariah Crane (b.1682):

 
   

- Samuel Baldwin to Azariah Crane

1739

   

- Azariah Crane to Azariah Crane, Jr. (typed copy)

1752

   

- Azariah Crane to Job Crane

1755

   

- Robert Mains and Joshua Mains to Azariah Crane *(in oversize drawer)??*

1707

   

Land Deeds of Barbara (Bowlsby) Crane:

 
   

- Martin R. and Julia Van Duyne, Timothy W. and Catherine Crane, Abraham C. and Hetty Van Duyne, Stephen and Harriett C. Van Duyne, Christopher D. and Mary M.H. Woodruff, B. Flora Crane, Ephraim S. and Rowena Miller, Alexander H. and Lucinda Freeman, Enos W. and Elenor S. Martin, and Benjamin F. and Sarah Crane to Barbara Crane

1864

   

- Barbara Crane to Marietta H. Crane Woodruff

1878

   

Land Deeds of Benjamin Crane (1753-1819) and Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864):

 
   

- Samuel S. Berry to Benjamin Crane and Ezekiel B. Gains

1826

   

- Amzi L. and Nancy Ann Crane and Mehetabel Crane, widow of Benjamin Crane to Benjamin Crane, Jr.

1819

   

- Benjamin and Mehetabel Crane to Benjamin Crane, Jr.

1815

   

- Benjamin Crane to Benjamin Crane, Jr.

1816

   

- Jeremiah Crane to Benjamin Crane

1832

   

- Jeremiah and Charity Crane to Benjamin Crane

1832

   

- Benjamin and Eleanor Crane to John Crane

1821

   

- Samuel and Sally Ward to Benjamin Crane, Jr.

1818

   

- Charles J. and Sarah Graham to Benjamin Crane

1824

   

- Josiah and Sally Wines to Benjamin Crane, Jr.

1815

2

5

Land Deeds of Dr. Joseph S. Crane:

 
   

- Thomas Hindly and John H. Hindly to Dr. Joseph S. Crane

1829

   

Land Deeds of Timothy W. Crane:

 
   

- Stephen and Harriet C. Van Duyne to Timothy W. Crane

1842

- Martin and Juliann Van Duyne to Timothy W. Crane

1840

- Enos W. and Eleanor Martin to Timothy W. Crane

1842

Land Deeds of Eleanor Woodruff Pennington:

- Eleanor W. and William R. Pennington to Standard Oil Company of New Jersey

1929

- Franklin C. and Carrie G. Woodruff, Walter G. and Hazel B. Woodruff, Philip Denman Woodruff, Albert Kip Woodruff, Malcolm Lee Woodruff, heirs of Flora C. Woodruff, to Eleanor W. Pennington

1929

Land Deeds: Miscellaneous

- Samuel Ogden to John Tucker (missing half of it)

n. d.

- William Stiles to Barnabas and Garreke Cook, Richard Garrabrant, Peter Garrabrant, Garret Garrabrant, Jacob and Sarah Garrabrant, David and Mariah Van Buskirk

1819

- Franklin C. Woodruff to Marietta H.C. Woodruff (bill of sale for goods and chattels, not land)

1897

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6

Survey Maps: Crane Family

1817, 1830, 1832, 1868, n. d.

       

Bonds/Mortgages:

 

2

7

Bond: John Crane to Noah Crane and Aaron Crane

1782

   

Bond: Stephen Crane to Silas Crane

1765

   

Bond: George Wilson Pierson to George Pierson

1859

   

Bond: Christopher D. and Marietta H. Woodruff to Barbara Crane

1865

   

Mortgage: Barbara Crane to Frank Baker

1887

   

Mortgage: Frank Baker to Barbara F. Crane

1887

   

Mortgage: Benjamin and Eleanor Crane and Timothy W. and Joan Crane to William Stiles

1835

   

Mortgage: Eleanor W. and William R. Pennington to the Boonton Building and Loan Association

1922

   

Mortgage: George Wilson Pierson and George Pierson

1859

       

Financial Documents: Receipts, Bills, Promissory Notes, Accounts

 

2

8

Receipts & Bills: Rev. George Pierson

1828-1834

2

9

Receipts & Bills: Rev. George Pierson

1835-1843

2

10

Receipts & Bills: Rev. George Pierson

1844-1856

2

11

Receipts & Bills: Rev. George Pierson

1857-1883, n. d.

2

12

Receipts, Bills, Promissory Notes: Woodruff Family & Dr. Joseph Sidney Crane

1879-1912, n. d.

2

13

Account Book: Dr. Joseph Sidney Crane

1850-1853

   

Account Book: Rev. George Pierson in account with the Trustees of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Wantage

1835-1836

   

Account Book: Rev. George Pierson

1841

       

Probate/Estate Documents:

 

2

14

Estate Papers: Harriet D. Crane

1896-1900

2

15

Estate Papers: Stephen D. Day

1864

2

16

Estate Papers: Rev. George Pierson, setting up trust for his children

1859, 1860, n. d.

2

17

Wills:

 
   

- Nicholas Cook

1828

   

- Benjamin Crane (1753-1819), with inventory of his estate

1817, 1819

   

- Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864), inventory of his estate only

1864

   

- Josiah Crane (copy)

1785

   

- Catharine A. Mower (copy), with 2 citations

1903, 1906

       

Appointments/Certificates

 

2

18

Benjamin Crane, Jr. (1787-1864):

 
   

- Justice of the Peace for Morris County

1832

   

- Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Morris County

1832

   

- Assistant Marshall to aid in taking the 7th Census

1850

   

- Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Morris County

1854

   

- Commissioner for taking the Acknowledgment and Proof of Deeds for Morris County

1860

   

- Lawyer's license

1864

3

1

Charles Sidney Crane:

 
   

- Certificates of Merit from the Trinity School

1880-1886

   

Charlton Wells Crane:

 
   

- Certificates of Merit from the Trinity School

1880-1886

   

David Nevius:

 
   

- Justice of the Peace for Somerset County

1800

   

- Justice of the Peace for Somerset County

1812

   

- Justice of the Peace for Somerset County

1817

   

Peter S. Nevius:

 
   

- Justice of the Peace for Somerset County

1829

       

Church Documents of the Rev. George Pierson: Minutes and Resolutions

 

3

2

The Session of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Wantage, NJ: Decktertown residents want to split off and create a new church

1838-1839

   

The Session of the Presbyterian Church of Florida, NY: discrepancy between Jefferson Post and A. Post in the money raised by the church to purchase a seraphim

1858

   

The Presbytery of Hudson and the Session of the Presbyterian Church of Florida, NY: charges by Julia A. Atwood and Leonora Atwood against Rev. George Pierson for marrying her daughter without permission

1862

   

Signed certificate stating that Rev. George Pierson married Thomas Cox and Hannah A. Wynans

1866

   

Subscription to raise money for Rev. George Pierson's salary as the pastor of the  Presbyterian Church of Florida, NY

n. d.

       

Compositions

 

3

3

Joseph Sidney Crane

1840

3

4

George Wilson Pierson

1842-1848, n. d.

3

5

George Wilson Pierson - Composition books

1842, 1844, 1846, n. d.

3

6

Journals (2) - Unknown author, possibly Charles Sidney Crane

1882

       

Genealogy

 

3

7

Genealogy Notes and Research

 

3

8

Genealogy Notes and Research

 

3

9

Crane Family Photos

1889, n. d.

3

10

Notes on the Crane Family Reunion

1850

       

Newspaper Clippings

 

3

11

Engagements and Marriages

1894-1947, n. d.

3

12

Obituaries & Wills

1891-1947, n. d.

3

13

Genealogy

1898-1907, n. d.

3

14

Miscellaneous

1889-1950, n. d.

       

Printed Material

 

3

15

Invitations

1887-1904

3

16

Programs

1881-1900

3

17

Brochures & Flyers

 
       

Miscellaneous

 

3

18

Merit card

n. d.

   

Crane & Co. bond paper

n. d.

   

Report cards (2) - Charles Sidney Crane

1875, 1876

   

Electricity service contract

1919

   

Telephone service contract

1913

   

Subscription to the A. S. S. Union

n. d.

   

List of authors and works, with prices

n. d.

   

Three large empty envelopes

n. d.

   

Signatures and torn pieces

n. d.

 

Processed by Kim Charlton as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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