Stephen B. Crane1,2

M, #1041, b. about 1794
FatherStephen Crane3 b. a 1749, d. 24 Jan 1834
MotherPolly Masco3

Family

Eunice McCarty b. 15 April 1796, d. 31 October 1870
Children
Family BackgroundGrant - Klinger Ancestry and Allied Families
ChartsDescendants of Stephen Crane

KEY EVENTS:

     Stephen B. Crane was probably born about 1794. A less reliable census record suggests that he may have been born as early as 1785.4,5 Stephen and Eunice McCarty, daughter of John McCarty and Eunice (?), were married before 1818.6
     
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NARRATIVE:

     At least one document indicates he may have been born in Scotland. son Joseph's death record.1
     Stephen was likely the son of Stephen Crane and Polly Masco of Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York, although as of yet we have been unable to uncover no definitive evidence of his parentage.3 Stephen enlisted in the New York State Militia in Junius, Seneca County, New York, on 7 September 1813.5 Stephen was a private in Capt. Samuel Blaine's Company during the term of his first enlistment.5 Stephen was discharged on 7 December 1813 in Buffalo, New York.5 Stephen re-enlisted in the the New York State Militia, this time for a six-month term of enlistment, on 1 May 1814 in Junius.5 Stephen was in Capt. Hooper's Company initially during his second term of service. After Capt. Hooper was killed in action, this regiment was absorbed into Capt Freeman's Company.5 Stephen was discharged from his second term of service on 8 November 1814.5 Stephen may be the head of household who appeared on the federal census of 7 August 1820 in Junius, presumably along with Eunice Crane.7 On 14 November 1829, Stephen, along with Eunice McCarty, sold to Samuel Lay for $515 80 acres of land on lot 49 in Tyre, Seneca County, New York. This property was bounded on the south by land owned by Darrow Lay; on the west by lands owned by Stephen Crane and Moses M. Crane; on the north by lands owned by Stephen Crane and the heirs of James Ashbell; and on the east by Moses M. Crane's Marsh.8 Stephen may be the head of household who appeared on the federal census of 1 June 1830 in Tyre, presumably along with Eunice Crane, Thomas Collins Crane, Stephen L. Crane, Joseph Delevan Crane and Orvis Crane.9 Stephen may be the head of household who appeared on the federal census of 1 June 1840 in Tyre, presumably along with Eunice Crane, Thomas Collins Crane, Stephen L. Crane, Joseph Delevan Crane, Orvis Crane, Ann Crane, Martin Crane and Ira Crane.10 On 8 March 1844, Stephen purchased 80 acres of land in Brady Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.11 On 7 June 1844, Stephen purchased 80 acres of land in Brady Township.12 On 19 August 1845, Stephen purchased 80 acres of land in Brady Township, from Thomas Collins Crane and Mary Ann (?)13 On 20 December 1845, Stephen, along with Thomas Collins Crane, purchased 40 acres of land in Brady Township.14 On 8 June 1846, Stephen, along with Thomas Collins Crane, Eunice Crane and Mary Ann Crane, sold 40 acres of land in Brady Township.15 On 22 August 1846, Stephen, along with Eunice Crane, sold 80 acres of land in Brady Township.16
     On 9 July 1850 Stephen was enumerated as the head of the household in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in the federal census of 1 June 1850. His wife, Eunice, also lived there at the time of the enumeration, along with their children, Ann, Martin, Ira and Orvis.17
     Stephen filed an application for a bounty land warrant on 6 November 1850 in Kalamazoo. By an act of Congress passed earlier that year, Stephen would have been eligible for a bounty land warrant given his service during the War of 1812. He petitioned for 160 acres of land. The warrant was apparently granted and issued on 23 June 1851. It is uncertain from the records we have seen, however, where this land was located.5
     On 24 July 1860 Stephen was enumerated as the head of the household in Kalamazoo, in the federal census of 1 June 1860. His wife, Eunice, also lived there at the time of the enumeration, along with their children, Joseph and Ira. Also living with them were Joseph's wife, Lucyette, and their children, Clinton, Horace and Mary. Lavinia Bastin is also listed as living in the home at that time, although it's not clear what her relationship to the rest of the family is, if any.4
     Upon the death of his grandson on 29 June 1863, Clinton Delevan Crane, Stephen purchased lot 22 in block E at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, for $10.18 All in all, the years of the American Civil War were not kind to Stephen and Eunice. Apart from the death of their young grandson in 1863, four of their sons served in the Union Army during the war, and two of them died during the conflict. Their oldest son died in November 1862 in Nasthville after sustaining fatal wounds. Then very near the end of the war, their son, Martin, was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter at Petersburg in March 1865. Another son, Ira, was wounded twice, while only their son, Joseph Delevan, survived the war relatively unscathed.19 On 23 June 1869, Stephen, along with Eunice Crane, sold a lot previously owned by Martin Crane, in Kalamazoo, to Ann Williams.20
     On 19 July 1870 Stephen was enumerated as the head of the household in Kalamazoo, in the federal census of 1 June 1870. His wife, Eunice, also lived there at the time of the enumeration, along with their daughter, Ann. Their granddaughters, Delia Williams and Mary Williams, also lived with them.21
     His wife, Eunice McCarty, died on 31 October 1870 in Kalamazoo, at age 74.22
     Stephen filed an application for a military pension on 8 March 1871 in Kalamazoo. He applied for the pension based on his service in the War of 1812 and an act of Congress passed on 14 February 1872. Stephen appeared before a notary public on 3 July 1871 to be duly sworn for his claim, which was finally granted on 11 July 1871 for the sum of eight dollars per months.5
Last Edited28 Aug 2016

Citations

  1. [S583] Joseph D. Crane, St. Joseph County, Indiana certificate of death no. 11-4 (17 November 1909), Indiana State Board of Health, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Hereinafter cited as certificate of death.
  2. [S553] Stephen B. Crane household, 1830 U.S. Census, Tyre, Seneca County, New York, page 36, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M19, roll 109.
  3. [S1128] Supposition made by Author (Seattle, Washington) based on the preponderance of evidence. No record definitively establishing parentage has been found.
  4. [S454] Mr. Crane household, 1860 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, Kalamazoo, page 528, dwelling 886, family 886, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M653, roll 548.
  5. [S1462] Stephen B. Crane file; S.O. 1602, S.C. 993; War of 1812 Pension Files (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration).
  6. [S1055] Supposition made by Author (Seattle, Washington) based on the preponderance of evidence. No marriage record has been found.
  7. [S552] Brant Crane household, 1820 U.S. Census, Junius, Seneca County, New York, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M33, roll 75. Enumerated in the household of Brant Crane are: 1 male under 10 years of age, 1 male aged 26 to 45, and 1 female aged 16 to 25.
  8. [S1465] Seneca County Deed Registrations, Liber V: 163, Schuylkill County Clerk, Waterloo, New York. Hereinafter cited as Seneca Co. Deeds.
  9. [S553] Stephen B. Crane household, 1830 U.S. Census, Tyre, Seneca County, New York, page 36, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M19, roll 109. This census enumeration reveals the following persons residing in the Stephen B. Crane household: 2 males under the age of 5, 3 males aged 5 to 9, 1 male aged 30 to 39, and 1 female aged 30 to 39. James Crane doesn't exactly fit in this scheme, as he should be about 11 years old, however his age may be misrecorded.
  10. [S554] Stephen B. Crane household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyre, Seneca County, New York, National Archives and Records Administration M704, roll 339. This census enumerates the following persons in the Stephen B. Crane household: 1 male under the age of 5, 1 male aged 5 to 9, 2 males aged 10 to 14, 2 males aged 15 to 19, 1 male aged 40 to 49, 1 female aged 5 to 9, 1 female 15 to 19, and 1 female aged 40 to 49. Only the female aged 15 to 19 cannot be acouunted for among the children of Stephen and Eunice Crane. She may be an unknown child, some other relative, or an unrelated person living in the household.
  11. [S588] E. Gray Williams and Ethel W. Williams, compiler, Kalamazoo County, Michigan: internal boundary changes and township development: first land owners (Kalamazoo, Michigan: n.pub., 1970). Hereinafter cited as First Landowners of Kalamazoo County. The land, consisting of the east half of the northwest quarter of section 34, was purchased from the State of Michigan.
  12. [S588] E. Gray Williams and Ethel W. Williams, compiler, Kalamazoo County, Michigan: internal boundary changes and township development: first land owners (Kalamazoo, Michigan: n.pub., 1970). Hereinafter cited as First Landowners of Kalamazoo County. The land, consisting of the east half of the southwest quarter of section 36, was purchased from the State of Michigan.
  13. [S563] Kalamazoo County Deed Registrations, Liber J: 446, Kalamazoo County Register of Deeds, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo Co. Deeds. The plot, located on the north half of the southwest quarter of section 15, was sold for $200, and the transaction was witnessed by S. L. Crane and L. O. Crane. S. L. Crane may be Stephen L. Crane, brother of the grantor and son of the grantee.
  14. [S575] Kalamazoo County Deed Registrations, Liber M: 399, Kalamazoo County Register of Deeds, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo Co. Deeds. The land, consisting of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of section 22, was purchased from Allen Rawson and Sophia Rawson for $120.
  15. [S575] Kalamazoo County Deed Registrations, Liber M: 32, Kalamazoo County Register of Deeds, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo Co. Deeds. The land, consisting of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of section 22, was sold to Lucinda Blackman for $130. S. L. Crane, who may be Stephen B.'s son, Stephen L., and I. C. Crane signed as witnesses to the transaction.
  16. [S561] Kalamazoo County Deed Registrations, Liber K: 551, Kalamazoo County Register of Deeds, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo Co. Deeds. The land, comprising the east half of the northwest quarter of section 34, was sold to Benjamin Burlingame for $400, and the transaction was witnessed by T. Collins Crane and Allen Smith.
  17. [S564] Stephen B. Crane household, 1850 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, Kalamazoo, dwelling 157, family 161, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M432, roll 353, Among those enumerated in the Stephen B. Crane household is Phebe Crane, age 17. It is unclear whether or not this may be the same person as daughter, Ann..
  18. [S216] Kalamazoo, Michigan, Account Book Maintained by a Blacksmith, 1851-1862, including interments in Kalamazoo Township Cemetery; microfilm 0932044, item 3, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Account Book Maintained by a Blacksmith.
  19. [S571] American Civil War Soldiers, Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, records 145363, 145382, 187900, 74983, and 87559. Hereinafter cited as American Civil War Soldiers.
  20. [S576] Kalamazoo County Deed Registrations, Liber 33: 278, Kalamazoo County Register of Deeds, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo Co. Deeds. According to the deed, Stephen and Eunice Crane sold the north half of lot 1 in block 34 in the village of Kalamazoo for $1000.
  21. [S573] Stephen G. Crane household, 1870 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, Kalamazoo, page 227, dwelling 1283, family 1252, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M593, roll 680.
  22. [S551] Eunice Crane entry, Kalamazoo County Death Registrations, Liber 1: 40, no. 705, Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo County Deaths.
  23. [S1881] Anna Weaver entry, Kalamazoo County Death Registrations, Liber 2: 334, no. 5689, Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo County Deaths.