Joseph Crane 2
- Born: 1741, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA
- Marriage (1): Ruth Miller on 8 Jun 1761 in Presbyterian Church, Westfield, Union Co, New Jersey 1
- Died: 7 Jun 1778, New Providence, Passaic Co., NJ at age 37
- Buried: New Providence Churchyard, New Providence, Passaic Co, New Jersey
# Note: According to his tombstone Joseph Crane died "in the 36th year of his age". Two young children of John and Ruth are also buried in this cemetery.
# Will: 3 MAY 1776 Borough of Elizabeth, Essex Co, New Jersey
May 3, 1776, Joseph Crane of the Borough of Elizabeth, Essex Co, New Jersey, made a will, probably before going off to serve in the Revolutionary War.
Sons, Samuel, John, Stephen, Joseph, Abner, Jonathan and Isaac, all my real and personal estate except what I give to daughters.
Daughters, Anna, Ruth and Elizabeth, to each half as much as I give to one son.
Executors: Father-in-law, John Miller and brother, Isaac Crane.
Witnesses: Jonathan Elmer, Jonathan Elmer, Jr., John Parsel.
Proved July 9, 1778 Lib 20, p. 42
# Event: during the Revolutionary War, in the 2nd Regiment, Essex Militia; Capt. Amos Dodd's Company Military ABT 1776 New Jersey
# Event: Joseph Crane moved up from Westfield Migrated ABT 1764 Passaic Valley, New Jersey
The area was originally called "Turkey." The settlement of this attactive portion of the town dates back mainly to the period of the second generation allotment of lands to the original Associates, or their legal representatives, 1736-1738. Some few farms had been located there but it was after this period that families from below the mountains began to move up and locate themselves on their allotments.
Some of the early settlers there with names familiar to our family were Jonathan Mulford, William Piersons, John Pierson, Aaron Thompson. Soon after these were joined by Joseph and Isaac Crane, Abraham Hendricks and Moses Miller.
The first settlers were of the Puritan faith - religiously educated and inclined. They could not content themselves without a church in which to worship on the Sabbath. As early as the year 1737, they put up a rude structure of logs and presented a request to the Presbetery of East Jersey for a minister.
# Event: Joseph Crane purchased the farm of 154 acres from Nathaniel Smith LAND MAY 1764 Passaic Valley, New Jersey
# Note: The farm that Joseph purchased was north of his brother Isaac's, and west of Benjamin Pettit's farm, and extending to the Passaic River. 3
Joseph married Ruth Miller, daughter of John Miller and Martha, on 8 Jun 1761 in Presbyterian Church, Westfield, Union Co, New Jersey.1 (Ruth Miller was born on 11 Sep 1740 in Elizabeth, Essex Co., NJ and died on 8 Feb 1831 in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, USA.)