Martin Crane

M, #2409, b. about 1834, d. 28 March 1865
FatherStephen B. Crane1 b. a 1794
MotherEunice McCarty1 b. 15 Apr 1796, d. 31 Oct 1870
Family BackgroundGrant - Klinger Ancestry and Allied Families
ChartsDescendants of Stephen Crane


     Martin Crane was born about 1834. Martin was killed in action by a confederate sharpshooter on 28 March 1865 in Petersburg, Virginia.2,3 If the two are the same, Martin was originally buried at Meade Station near Petersburg, Virginia, probably in a single shallow pit or mass grave.3
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     Martin Crane may be one of the inhabitants enumerated in the federal census of 1 June 1840 in the household of Stephen B. Crane in Tyre, Seneca County, New York.4 On 9 July 1850 he appeared on the 1850 federal census in the household of his parents in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.5 He may be the same Martin Crane who enlisted in the Union Army with the rank of private on 22 April 1861.2 This Martin Crane lived in Allegan County, Michigan, prior to his enlistment.2 Martin enlisted in the 2nd Infantry Regiment of Michigan, Company I on 25 May 1861.2 Martin re-enlisted in the same regiment and company on 31 December 1863.2 What is certain is that Martin Crane, son of Stephen B. Crane and Eunice McCarty, died sometime before June 1869. This evidence suggests that it's possible that the Martin Crane killed at Petersburg is the same man.6 Martin was reburied between 1866 and 1869 at Poplar Grove National Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia, by the U.S. Burial Corps.3
Last Edited20 Jul 2016


  1. [S1128] Supposition made by Author (Seattle, Washington) based on the preponderance of evidence. No record definitively establishing parentage has been found.
  2. [S571] American Civil War Soldiers,, online, no. 87559. Hereinafter cited as American Civil War Soldiers.
  3. [S901] Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service, online, burial record of Martin Crane, no. 522, Poplar Grove National Cemetery. Hereinafter cited as Civil War Soldiers & Sailors.
  4. [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.
  5. [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..
  6. [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 are parents and heirs of Martin Crane, deceased.