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
Gift of Edward M. Crane, 1955.
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).
This collection was donated by Edward M.
Crane in 1955.
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 Cranes creditors were well known
Newark men including Joseph Congar, Caleb Ward, Uzal Johnson, William Halsey,
and David D. Cranes, sister Phebe Davis. Occasionally Crane noted that
his creditors bought building supplies or had land surveyed, while his sisters
account seems to be related to the handling of her husbands estate.
Manuscript Group 422,
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
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