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24 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Findings: Albert Rogers Crandall September 24, 2012

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While in the DAR Library in Washington DC, I came across a book on the history of Rock County, WI.  In it I found a biography of Albert Rogers Crandall (16 Sep 1840 to 12 Jan 1926) who is my Second Cousin Three Times removed and the son of Deacon Jarius Crandall and Julia Ann Wells.    Jarius is the son of Rogers Crandall and Lucy (Potter) Barber and Julia Ann is the daughter of Captain Harris Wells and Sally Fish.

Here is a scan from the book: Rock Co WI Histoyr 1908 Albert Rogers Crandall and below is a transcription of what it says about Albert.  Sounds like he was a really interesting fellow!!

Rock County, Wisconsin: A New History of Its Cities, Villages, Towns, Citizens and Varied Interests, from the Earliest Times, Up to Date, by William Fiske Brown, M.A., D.D. Beloit, Wisconsin, 1908, Pages 864-866

Albert Rogers Crandall, M. A., Ph. D., who ranks among the leading educators of Wisconsin, is a native of Little Genesee, New York, and was born September 16, 1840, son of Jarius and Julia A. (Wells) Crandall, natives of Rhode Island.  They settled in Allegany county, New York, in 1832 and spent the remainder of their lives there.  The genealogy of the family runs back to early colonial days, its first representatives in this country having come from England to this country as early as 1635, settling finally in Rhode Island.

     Our subject developed a fondness for study in early life and after closing his preliminary studies in 1858, entered the academic department of Alfred university, at Alfred, NY.  In response to President Lincoln’s first call for volunteers, young Crandall enlisted and entered the Civil War, and at the expiration of his term reenlisted, service two and a half years, reaching the rank of first lieutenant by promotion.  Resuming his studies he spent three years as a student of Milton college, receiving the degree of B.A. and later the degree of M.A.  After leaving college, he was one year principal of Big Foot academy, at Walworth, Wis., after which he spent five years at Harvard university as a student in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.  At the same time he mad a special study of botany in the Botanical garden, and during one year was an art student in the Boston Lowell institute evening school, and during all these years spent his summer vacations in field studies and as a collector for the Museum of Comparative Zoology his journeyings extending over parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine to Ottawa region in Canada, western New York and along the Appalachian belt from the Catskills to northern Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

In 1873, Mr. Crandall was appointed assistant to Prof. N.S. Shaler of Harvard university in the work of the Kentucky geological survey.  In 1873 he was instructor and three years later became professor in the department of natural history of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, at Lexington.  In 1875 he was instructor in the summer school of geology organized by Prof. Shaler at Cumberland Gap, Kentucky.  In addition to his other duties, Prof. Crandall continued work on the geological survey until 1892.

During the ears 1896 and 1903 he was professor of natural history at Alfred university, and since the latter date has filled the same chair at Milton college, Milton, Wis., his chosen place of residence.  Prof. Crandall has written many papers and delivered various addresses on his specialties and is widely known in educational and scientific circles for his published works on the geology and botany of eastern Kentucky.

On February 16, 1874, Professor Crandall married Miss Ellen A., daughter of Truman and Phebe (Wilcox) Saunders, the former a native of New York and the latter of New England ancestry.  Of three children born to them, Alberta has since 1903 been principal of the piano and organ department of Milton college, where she was a student in the school of music from 1893 until 1898.  From 1898 to 1901 she studied and taught the piano at Alfred university.  During 1891-3 studied under Dr. W.S. Matthews, and in the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston; Ellen, who since 1904 has been instructor of the violin, viola and violoncello at Milton college, and an orchestra leader, was a student in the school of music there from 1893 to 1898, taking violin lessons of Prof. Hardige, of Watertown, Wis., one season, studied and taught the violin at Alfred university, 1898-1901: studied the violin at the Conservatory of Music, Corning, NY, under Prof. Bastleman, 1900-01, and from 1902 to 1904 was a student of the violin and of orchestration at the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, and William T., graduate of Milton college, is at the University of Wisconsin, pursuing post graduate studies, and a member of the university orchestra.

 

30 June 2011 – Elder John Crandall Christening Records June 30, 2011

As promised, here is a copy of Elder John Crandall of Westerly, RI christening records from Westerleigh Parish in Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, England.  Elder John was born in 1617 in England and died 29 November 1676 in Newport, RI.  I remember seeing this document on-line years ago but the scan was so low resolution that it was unreadable.  This scan is pretty good.  I also have a copy here where I circled the information as you have to hunt for it on this old document from 1617!

 

15 June 2011 – Family History Center June 15, 2011

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Yesterday I made my first visit to my local Family History Center.  I went there to order some microfilms of info I’d found on FamilySearch.org so that I could see the original document of items I wanted that were text only on the website.  I ordered 6 films.  They cost $5.50 per reel to order as they come from the library in Salt Lake.  They should take about 3 weeks to get here.  I’m super excited to get them.  4 of them were records from Germany for the Kranz and Erbig families.  1 was a NYC marriage record for my great grandparents. The last one was a birth record for Elder John Crandall, my 8th great-grandfather for his birth in Westerleigh, England.  It is suspected that Westerly, RI gets it name from his home town in England.  I’ll be posting the images I get from all this when I get them so check back after the 4th of July as they should arrive some time after that.

The Family History Center also had access to a bunch of different genealogy websites for free.  You could access ancestry.com, footnote, world vital records and more at no charge.  To find a center near you, check www.familysearch.org’s home page.  I think there was a link to find a center near you at the top of the homepage.

 

Feb 2, 2011 – Updating Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway February 7, 2011

I’ve been busy the past few days trying to update www.findagrave.com ‘s listing for Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway, RI.  When I started, they only had about 360 people listed in the cemetery and I’ve probably doubled that number in the past few days.  I figured since that and First Hopkinton Cemetery are the two most popular cemeteries for my family, it would be very useful to have them on line as complete as possible.  So this is going to be a project in process for a while.

I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on the Kranz side of the family.  I recently made contact with some Kranz relatives in Germany and some distant cousins here in America as well.  It’s been great filling in some info on my Dad’s side of the family tree which is whofully empty in comparrison to my mother’s side.

 I’ve also been writting a biografical article on my great-grandfather, Williams Rogers Wells, for the Hopkinton Historical Society newsletter.  When it’s finished I’ll post it here.  He was a very interesting fellow, I wish I’d have know him.

Here is an obituary I recently was given for Lois Isabelle (Wells) Lipphardt. She was the daughter of Wallace Ray Wells (1856-1921) who was the son of Silas Crandall Wells (1813-1907)who was the son of Russell Wells (1780-1859)

 The Sun, Westerly RI, Sunday, August 29, 1982

Lois I (Wells) Lipphardt of 40 Courtland St. died last night at the Westerly Hospital at the age of 88.  Mrs. Lipphardt, who had a long career in nursing, was the widow of George Brand Lipphardt.  She graduated from Westfield Normal School with a teaching degree, and taught for a year in Westerly and two years in Attleboro.

Mrs. Lipphardt received her R.N. degree from Homeopathic Hospital, now Roger Williams Hospital after which she was a the Providence District Nurse and did school nursing in Providence.  From 1924 to 1925 she was the public health nurse in Walton County, Fla., before marrying Mr. Lipphardt in 1925.

Mrs. Lipphardt was the Westerly School Nurse from 1936 to 1943 and then attended Boston University for her B.S. degree in nursing.  She was a nursing instructor at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals from 1946 to 1947, and in 1948 was supervisor of out patient services at Stanford University and supervisor of outpatient services and instructor of Public Health.  She returned to Lawrence and Memorial as director of nursing education in 1949-50 and was director of nurses for two and one half years at Pondville Hospital.

She attended Simmons College and Harvard in 1953-54 for her master’s degree in public health nursing administration and also in 1954 was public health nursing instructor at Boston University.  She was then director of nursing at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for nine years, from 1955-64.

Mrs. Lipphardt was an organizational director at the inception of the Westerly Nursing Home and served as consultant for a period thereafter.  She also served on the board of directors of the Stonington Visiting Nurse Association, was a member of the faculty of the New England Business Academy, and was licensure consultant at the Mystic Manor Nursing Home.

She was a member of the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church in Ashaway.  A daughter of the late Wallace and L. Lillian (Gray) Wells, she was born in Ashaway, July 14, 1894.  Surviving are a daughter, Marjorie Donahue of Pawcatuck; a son, George W. Lipphardt of Snug Harbor; seven grand-children; and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will he held in the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Tuesday at 10am.  Internment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  There will be no visiting hours.

Here is an Obit I found for Arlene Bliven Crandall:

The Westerly Sun, – April 8, 2005

Arlene M. (Bliven) Crandall, 80, of 57 Lou Ave., Charlestown, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at the South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of Irving H. Crandall.  Born in Charlestown on Jan. 2, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harold B. and Lucy (Main) Bliven.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Crandall is survived by two sisters, Judy Knight and Betty Arzamarski, both of North Stonington; and a brother, Charles Bliven of Ashaway.    Funeral services and burial will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly.

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July 1, 2010 – Elder John Crandall Homestead, Westerly RI July 1, 2010

Today I’m going to talk about Elder John Crandall of Westerly, RI.  John was born in 1617 in Wiscombe, South Leith, Devonshire, England to James Crandall and Elizabeth Drake.  He died Nov 29, 1676 Newport, Newport Co., RI.  He mostly lived in Westerly, RI.   He was married 2 times.  To Hannah Gaylord and to Mary Opp.   He is buried in the Crandall Family Burying Ground in Westerly which is just a little ways from the house he built.  This house still stands and is still occupied by a member of the Crandall family.  A few years back the family donated the land to the local native american tribe in order to avoid the town of Westerly repossesing the land for back taxes owed.    Here are a few pictures of the House, built by Elder John Crandall also his barn and the family cemetery:

OK, I’m copy and pasting in how I’m related to Old John Crandall.  Here’s how it goes.

Elder John Crandall 1617-1676…My 8th Great Grandfather.  Married two times: To Mary Opp & Hannah Gaylord

Mary Opp 1620-1670(My 8th Great Grandmother)           Hannah Gaylord 1646-1678(My 8th Great Grandmother)

John & Mary had:                                                                John & Hannah had:
Rev. Joseph Crandall 1661-1737                                       Peter Crandall Sr.1654/5-1734

Joe married Deborah Burdick1660-1737                            Peter married Mary Babcock 1672-?

Joe and Deborah had 3 children:                                       Peter & Mary had:

#1.Deborah Crandall 1675-1737                                        Peter Crandall Jr.1690-1734

Deborah married George Stillman II,1678-1760                Peter married Mary Burdick 1695-?

 (See Stillman pages for the rest)                                       Peter and Mary had:

#2. Joseph Crandall II 1684-1750                                      Samuel Crandall 1724-1813

Joseph married Ann Langworthy 1690-1773                   Samuel married Hannah Clark  abt 1747-?

Joseph & Ann had:                                                             Samuel and Hannah had:

Joseph C. Crandall III        1716/7-1792                           Jane Crandall 1765-?

Joseph married Elizabeth Crandall 1717/8-1772               Jane married ?

 (They were 1st Cousins. See Below)                 Jane and ?? had:

#3. John Crandall 1682-1767                                             Brg.General Clark Crandall 1785-1862

John Married Mary Yeomans 1685-?                                Clark Crandall married Amelia Jane Vincent 1788-1869

John & Mary had:                                                                Clark & Amelia had:

Elizabeth Crandall 1717/8-1772                                         Orpha Crandall 1814-1880

Elizabeth married Joseph C. Crandall III 1716/7-1792    Orpha married Phineas Crandall Stillman 1809-1892

Joe was her 1st cousin, see above                                      They were distant cousins, see other side

Elizabeth & Joe had:

Phineas Crandall 1743-1821

Phineas Crandall married Ruth Rogers 1748-1783

Phineas & Ruth had:

#1. Lydia Crandall 1782-1865

                Lydia married Russell Wells 1780-1859

                Lydia and Russell had:

                Jonathan Russell Wells 1819-1864

                Jonathan married Martha Ann Rogers 1830-1903

                Jonathan & Martha Ann had:

                William Rogers Wells 1855-1926

                William married Pauline Rudiger Stillman 1855-1922

                (See Below)

#2. Esther Crandall 1775-1864

                Esther married Maxson Stillman Sr. 1774-1857

                Esther & Maxson had:

                Phineas Crandall Stillman 1809-1892

                Phineas married Orpha Crandall 1814-1880

                Phineas and Orpha had:

                Pauline Rudiger Stillman 1855-1922

                Pauline married William Rogers Wells 1855-1926

                Pauline & William had:

                Elliott Ellsworth Wells 1900-1951

                Elliot married Florence Weber 1902-1961

                My MOTHER-

                My Mother  married MY FATHER-

                Me – Jennifer!

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Here are a bunch of references to John that I’ve found over the years.

From: Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island: Genealogical Records, By Higginson Book Company, 1997 (In the Newport Public Library)

 Reverend John Crandall the first American ancestor of the Crandall’s came from Wales to Boston, Mass in 1634/35. He was a Baptist minister and was among those that were persecuted in the Boston Colony and so fled to Rhode Island to find the freedom of thought denied them in Mass. He settled first in Providence in 1637 and later in Westerly, R. I. where he became the first elder.  

On July 21, 1651 he and John Clarke and Obediah Holmes were thrown into prison in Boston for preaching and on July 31 he was sentenced to pay a fine or be publicly whipped. He and his followers were instrumental in the settlement of Westerly but later he and his family moved to Portsmouth to escape the Indians and there died in 1676. He was one of the first preachers of the old Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Twice married, his second wife’s name was Hannah Gaylord and his children were John, Jane, Sarah, Peter, Jseph, Samuel Jeremiah and Eber. From this source came all the early families of the name in Rhode Island and Conn. as well as those that settled in New York. Pg 1115 of same book John Crandall appears at Newport R.I. as early as the year 1651 where he was associated with the Baptists. He subsequently became the first elder of that denomination at Westerly. He was a freeman in 1655, was commissioner several years 1658 – 1662 inclusive. He had a half a square assigned to him at Westerly in 1661, was deputy in 1667 and again in 1670-71, He died in Newport having moved there on account of the Indian War.

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 From: Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants, by John Cortland Crandall, New Woodstock, New York, 1949

 JOHN CRANDALL, Colonial pioneer, First Baptist Elder, Deputy Commissioner, and statesman of Newport and Westerly, Rhode Island, the head of the Crandall family in America, was born in Monmouthshire, England, on the line between England and Wales in 1612. His mother is supposed to have been a Scotch lady. He came to Boston within a very few years after the landing of the Pilgrims, in 1634. Several writers have ascertained that he was associated with the Congregational Church at Salem as 1635 and that “he was certainly living in Providence as early as 1637″ and while there are many reasons for believing these statements correct and that John Crandall was a close associate of Roger Williams was one of the founders of Providence, unfortunately it seems impossible certainly to confirm them. Many of the original Providence records were early destroyed.

 The first valid documentary account of John Crandall in New England shows him to have been actively identified with the Baptist Church in Newport, July 21, 1651. His name next is found, with that of Matthew West in the Freemen’s list of Newport, 1655.

 John Crandall was the first Baptist Elder at Westerly, “Elder Crandall was well calculated both by talent and sufferings to lead his people in their devotions. He took an active part In the border difficulties between Massachusetts and Connecticut and subsequently between Connecticut and Rhode Island, concerning the lines between the states.”

 “With other founders of Westerly Mr. Crandall settled on the Misquamicutt land before 1665. He was commissioner for a number of years, served as deputy from both Newport and Westerly, and in other capacities which evidence that he was a man of importance. Through the seven sons of Elder Crandall the name became a common one and the family numerous in Rhode Island.” (From “Representative men and old families of Rhode Island”.) ………

 Elder John Crandall died before November 29, 1676 at Newport where he was sojourning on account of the Indian War (King Philip’s War).

 The “Journal of American History” gives the following sketch of the life of Elder John Crandall, which is substantially correct with the probable exception of the account of his activities prior to 1651

As early as 1635 Rev. John Crandall, who is believed to have been of Welsh ancestry, was  living in Salem where, as elsewhere in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, there was at this time  much opposition to all dissenters from the authorized tenets of the Puritans. John Crandall was  the minister of the Salem church, but he adopted the opinions of the Baptists, which were very obnoxious to the Congregationalists, and in the autumn of 1635 he was dismissed as pastor. As    did so many others of the early Baptists of New England he determined to settle in the  Narragansett country. The Indians proved friendly and he obtained from them a grant of land.  He has been called one of the founders of Providence. He was certainly living in Providence as  early as 1637.

 In 1669 he appears in “a list of the Free Inhabitants of the Town of Westerle” May the 18, (John Crandall’s name headed the list). Directly after this he, with Tobias Saunders, was authorized by the colony to summon juries and hold corts, they being appointed “Conservators or His Majesty’s Peace.”

 John Crandall was one of the original purchasers from Chief Sosoa of Narragansett of the Misquamicutt tribe, of the land comprising Westerly, from which Hopkinton was later formed. The townships of Westerly, Hopkinton, Charleston and Richmond, as they now are, were a tract called by the Indians Misquamicutt and on August 27, 1661 John Crandall was one of the nine signers of a petition to the Court of Commissioners for the Colony of Providence Plantations, in session at Portsmouth, for the purchase of that part of the tract which became Westerly. His house was near Burdens Pond and a part of it now stands, as one room in the homestead occupied by lineal descendants, of the ninth and tenth generations. Across from the house in the old orchard field is the original cemetery, in which twenty seven bodies are buried. There are three rows of graves containing nine bodies each. These rows of graves run parallel with a swamp near by. Elder John is buried in the row nearest the swamp in the end grave to the left as one stands facing the swamp. Next to his grave is that of his son John. Each of the twenty seven graves is indicated by a field stone some 14 inches in width, appearing four to eight inches above the ground set at the head while a smaller stone marks the foot of the grave. There is no inscription on any of the stones. On the 6th day of October 1932 A. Julian Crandall of Ashaway, Rhode Island and Rev. Wm. S. Crandall of Binghamton, New York, standing in the little historical burying ground, agreed that a suitable marker should be placed thereupon. They further concluded that a large native field granite boulder with a bronze plaque properly lettered, embedded in the same would be most suitable. The two third cousins resolved that they would sponsor the project. He was the first Baptist Elder at Westerly and held a number of public offices at various times. In 1658, 1659, 1662, 1663 he was a Commissioner, and was a Deputy to the General Court in 1667, 1670 and 1671, representing Westerly during the two latter terms.

 He had lived prior to his settlement at Westerly, at Newport.

 There was much dispute between the colonies of Massachusetts and Connecticut as to their jurisdictions, and especially as to jurisdiction over grants in Rhode Island, which however, had been confirmed by a royal charter to their purchasers. A claim was made in 1662 by Connecticut of land reaching beyond Misquamicutt to Narragansett Bay. On October 17, 1667, a letter was sent by the Connecticut authorities, to those of Rhode Island complaining that John Crandall had taken possession of about a square mile of land, which he had laid out to his sort, on the west side of the Pawcatuck River. On May 14, 1669 he and Joseph Torrey were appointed commissioners for the purpose of conferring with the Connecticut authorities concerning these land disputes. Certain individuals lent thirty five shillings to the Colony of Rhode Island in order to pay the expenses of Mr. Crandall to Connecticut. A few months later, on November 18, the governor and assistants of Connecticut sent a letter complaining that John Crandall and some others had appropriated a large tract of land in the township of Stonington, Connecticut. A reply to this complaint was sent by the Town of Westerly on March 11, 1669, signed by John Crandall and Tobias Saunders, in which all illegal seizure of land or other offense against the Colony of Connecticut was denied, and a counter charge was made; “but we are very sensible of great wrongs that we have sustained by them for many years.” In 1671 the dispute grew so serious that Mr. Crandall, with others, were actually carried off by the Connecticut authorities and was imprisoned at Hartford. On May 2, of that year the Rhode Island assembly advised him not to yield to Connecticut’s claims and assured him of the Colony’s support and that his financial losses would be borne by the Colony.

 The Reverend John Crandall was twice married. The name of his first wife is unknown, but she died in 1670 and was buried on August 2 of that year. He married, second, Hannah Gaylord.

 The subjoining summary recorded events in the later life of John Crandall “of Newport and Westerly, Rhode Island” is from Austin’s Authoritative Volumes “Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island,” and “One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families of Rhode Island.”

 John Crandall was early associated with the Baptists, at Newport, subsequently becoming the first Elder of that denomination at Westerly.

 1651, July 21. He, with John Clarke and Obediah Holmes, “being the representatives of the Church of Newport, upon the request of William Witter, of Lynn, arrived there, he being a brother in the Church, who by reason of his advanced age, could not undertake so great a journey as to visit the church. William Witter lived about two miles out of Lynn and the next day being Sunday, they spent in religious services at his house, and were there apprehended by two constables at the instance of the Massachusetts authorities, while Mr. Clarke was preaching, and the next morning they were sent to prison in Boston. For the dire offense of holding this little meeting, and on other frivolous pretexts Obediah Holmes was fined, imprisoned and whipped.

 1651, July 31. He was sentenced to pay a fine of 5 pounds or be publically whipped. He was released from prison upon his promise of appearing at next court.

 1658; 59; 62; 63 Commissioner.

 1661, August 27, he and eight others signed a letter of the Court of Commissioners of Rhode Island, concerning a tract of land at Westerly, that they and others desired approbation and assistance of Rhode Island in settling upon.

 1661, September 9. He had half a share at Westerly assigned him.

 1667, Deputy.

 1667, October 17, Westerly. He was complained of in a letter from Connecticut to Rhode Island authorities, for having come on west side of Pawcatuck River and laid out about a mile square of land to his son.

 1669, May 14. He and Joseph Torrey were appointed Commissioners to treat with Connecticut relative to jurisdiction of lands. The sum of 35 shillings was lent to the Colony of Rhode Island by individuals for John Crandall’s voyage to Connecticut.

 1669, May 18. His name was on the List of Inhabitants. (Westerly)

 1669, November 18. A letter was sent him by Governor and Assistants, of Connecticut, complaining that he and others had appropriated a great parcel of Stonington township, and seeking for satisfaction.

 1669, March 11. He and Tobias Saunders answered on behalf of Westerly denying any guilt in matter complained of, “but we are very sensible of great wrongs we have sustained by them several years.” The letter closes: “As for your advice to agree with those, our neighbors of Stonington and the other gentlemen we hope that your colony and ours, will in the first place lovingly agree, and then we question not but that there will be an agreement between us and our neighbors of Stonington, and the rest of the gentlemen.”

 1670, June 19. He as Conservator of the Peace of Westerly, wrote a letter a little prior to this date, to the Governor of Rhode Island, informing him “of an entrance made into our jurisdiction by some of Connecticut, and of their carrying away some inhabitants prisoners.”

 1670, August 2. His first wife was buried.

 1670, October 3. He deeded eldest son, John of Newport, “for love &c., all my good, chattels, debts, household utensils, and all other personal estate, movable or immovable quick or dead putting him in quiet and peaceable possession by payment of is in silver, by his son.”

 1670, 1671. Deputy from Westerly.

 1671, January 30. Bills were allowed by Assembly, for hire of a boat to go to Narragansett with Mr. John Crandall Sr. in the year 1670 and for hire of Sarah Reape’s horse for use of Mr. John Crandall to go to Hartford.

1671, May 2. He, having been “as is asserted” apprehended and now is in durance, by the Colony of Connecticut and having desired the advice of the Governor &c. of Rhode Island whether to give bond or abide imprisonment, the Colony will bear his charges and endeavor to justify his actings therein.

 1671, May 6. He was allowed 20 shillings, to bear his charge to Connecticut.

 1675, January 23. In a letter from Ruth Burdick, to her father Samuel Hubbard, of Newport, she says, Brother Crandall hath the ague and fever still, and have been but little amongst us this winter, Sister Crandall is brought to bed with a son, and is in a hopeful way.” (Ruth Burdick’s daughter Deborah (Samuel Hubbard’s granddaughter) later married Elder John Crandall is son (by his first wife) Joseph. He died in Newport, having moved there on account of the Indian War.

 1676, November 29. Under this date Samuel Hubbard, writes from Newport to Mr. Edward Stennitt in London, and after speaking of the devastation caused by King Philip’s War, he recounts the recent deaths in the First Baptist Church: He says: “of the old church, First Mr. Joseph Torrey, then my dear brother John Crandall, then Mr. John Clarke, then William Weeden, a deacon, then John Salmon; a sad stroke in very deed, young men and maids to this day I never knew or heard the like in New England.” Samuel Hubbard also wrote a few years later; “my dear brother John Crandall of Squamicut, is dead and his first wife a Sabbath keeper, the first that died in that blessed faith in New England.”

 His second wife was Hannah Gaylord, born 30 Jan. 1647, and probably was daughter of William and Ann (Porter) Gaylord, of Windsor, Connecticut. The said Hannah married a Crandall as is shown by the settlement of her brother Hezekiah Gaylord’s estate in 1677.

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 The Incident in Boston

 From: “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation at the End of the Century: A History” edited by Edward Field; 1:89; The Mason Publishing Company; Boston, Massachusetts; 1903 (974.5 RI/History SCGS)

 “To all of these assignments of her territory, Rhode Island made a vigorous protest. At this time when the interchange of warnings and summons could have engendered little good feeling between the two

colonies, there occurred an exhibition of Puritan intolerance which must have obliterated what little friendship there was left.

1651, July: Three members of the Newport church John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes, and John Crandall were deputed to visit an aged fellow member, who was residing near Lynn. Scarcely had they arrived and begun holding worship in the house when they were arrested, “being strangers“. A few days later they were tried at Boston, charged with being Anabaptists, and heavily fined. Holmes, for refusing to pay his fine, was so unmercifully beaten with a corded whip that it was a torture for him to move for many weeks afterwards. Thus did the Massachusetts clergy, through the fear of being deprived of their

temporal power, repress those who dared to worship God in their own manner. Bigoted as they were, they could not heed Clarke’s prophetic warning that the “forcing of men in matters of conscience towards God to believe as others believe, and to practise and worship as others do, cannot stand with the peace, liberty, prosperity and safety of a place, commonwealth, or nation”.

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 From: A Crandall Heritage and Legacy, by Julian Titsworth Crandall

 1651 July 21 – He, with John Clarke and Obediah Holmes being the representatives of the Church or Newport, upon the request of William Witter, of Lynn, arrived there, he being a brother of the Church who be reason of his age could not visit the Church. William Witter lived two miles from Lynn and the next day being Sunday they spent in religious services at his house and were apprehended by two constables at the instance of Mass. authorities, while Mr. Clare was preaching and the next morning they were sent to prison in Boston For the dire offence of holding this little meeting and on other frivolous pretexts, Obehiah Holmes was fined and imprisoned and whipped.

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 From: Swamp Yankee from Mystic, A Family, A Region and It’s Roots, By James H Allyn,Page 7:

 Although the Congregationalists had renounced the forms of the Church of England, they insisted that all should follow the Congregational rules of conduct. Sixty people were excommunicated from the church. There were too many to banish, but they were forbidden to bear arms. They were not the only ones with whom the Boston authorities had to contend. A small group on Noodles or Noddles Island, in what is now East Boston, had formed a Baptist Church. They were a branch of the church formed some years before in London, and held meetings in Bell Lane, Smithfield. The Baptists and Quakers were outlawed in 1644. Whatever chances there might have been to compromise were lost when Winthrop died in 1649. The next year Endicott banned all churches except the Congregational.

Roger Williams had moved across the Sekonk to settle Providence. In 1638 other Baptists settled on the north end of Aquidneck Island. Three of them, John Clarke, John Crandall (Elder John Crandall) and Obediah Holmes, went to visit an aged brother, William Witter, living in Swampscott outside of Lynn, to preach to him and his family. The three were arrested and brought to court. Cotton charged that the enormity of the crime, denial of infant baptism, would overthrow religion and the government, and was a capital offense. He argued that the prisoners were self-murderers. Governor Endicott pronounced the death sentence, but changed it to whipping or fines. Holmes’ fine was 30 Pounds, a ten years’ income for a person on relief. Clarke’s fine was 20 Pounds and Crandall’s 5 Pounds. Clarke proposed that the three of them debate with three Boston ministers, to which Cotton agreed. However, the three ministers could not agree on their arguments, so the debate did not take place. Without his knowledge or consent, some of Clarke’s friends paid his fine and he was released. Holmes was whipped unmercifully and could not rest, except on his hands and knees for some weeks. When Holmes was untied from the whipping post, a Mr. Hazel, cousin of Samuel Hubbard, shook his hand. Hazel was so severely beaten because of this handshake that he died at the home of a friend in Boston.

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 Winthrop as mentioned in the previous reference is: John Winthrop: One of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Winthrop arrived in 1630 aboard the flagship Arbella. As governor of the Colony, he established the center of government at Boston. On board the Arbella, he prepared and delivered his famous sermon “A Model of Christian Charity.” In this speech, without using those words, Winthrop introduces the concept of Manifest Destiny: “For wee must consider that wee shall be as a citty upon a hill. The eies of all people are uppon us.”

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 Baptizing the Rogers

 From: History of the Rogerenes, Pages 131-132

 (1674) Near the close of this eventful year, Mr. James Rogers sends for Mr. John Crandall to visit at his house. Mr. Crandall has, for some time, been elder of the Baptist church at Westerly, an off­shoot of the Baptist church of Newport. He has recently gone over with his flock to the Sabbatarian church of Newport. If the subject of possible persecution in Connecticut is brought up, who can better inspire the new converts with courage for such an ordeal than he who has been imprisoned and whipped in Boston for dar­ing to avow his disbelief in infant baptism and his adherence to the primitive mode by immersion? The conference is so satis­factory, that Mr. Crandall baptizes John Rogers, his brother James, and the servant Japhet. — (Letter of Mr. Hubbard.)

News of the baptism of these young men into the Anabaptist faith by Mr. Crandall, at their father’s house, increases the com­ment and excitement already started in the town. The minister, Mr. Simon Bradstreet, expresses a hope that the church will “take a course” with the Rogers family. The Congregational churches at large are greatly alarmed at this startling innovation in Con­necticut.

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 From: Seventh Day Baptists in Europe and America: A Series of Historical Papers

By Albert N. Rogers, Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, Pages 646-

While the beginning of the history of Seventh-day Baptists in the vicinity of Waterford was in 1675, only nine years after the members of the Baptist church began to keep the Sabbath in Newport and Misquamicut. Just how the people about New London had their attention directed to the subject does not appear in the original documents, but we know that they were only twenty miles from the Sabbath-keepers in western Rhode Island and fifty from those in Newport and that the families were connected by marriage. The first mention of Sabbath observers here is in a letter which Ruth Burdick wrote March 6, 1675, from Westerly to her father, Samuel Hubbard, in Newport. The letter reads:

 “I judge it my duty to make use of this opportunity to impart to you the dealings and good hand of our God unto us. He hath been at work, as we believe, in the hearts of some of the inhabitants
of New London, and bowing their hearts to be obedient unto the Lord Jesus. The names of them is John Rogers, James Rogers his brother and the third an Indian whose name is Japheth: who gave a very satisfactory account of the work of grace wrought upon his heart. There be four more that sent to us desiring our prayers for them, and as for our part, we five are in love, and with one heart in what is revealed. As for Brother Randall he is highly displeased with brother Maxon about the Sabbath. Brother Crandall hath the ague and fever still, and has been but little amongst us this winter. Upon the I3th day of this month our brethren came again from New London to give us a visit and to partake in the ordinance of breaking of bread : with them another young man who is satisfied as to baptism but judges himself unfit. They declaring what joys and comforts they have found, and what they have met with from the sons of men. Mr. Bradstreet. the minister of the place, being enraged threatened them, warning them not to speak to any of his church, railing against us all that profess believers only to be baptized. Threatened Brother Crandall, saying he shall be ordered next court. Mr. Fitch of Norwich also said lie did hope the next court would take a course with Brother Crandall. Many such like words from many others we hear of. They have earnestly (requested) us to give them a meeting at our brother John Rogers’ house; but I fear brother Crandall’s weakness of body will hinder him, and here is none able to carry on the work there among them. For my part and I think many more would be very glad to see brother Hiscox here, and one more with him, and send them word a week before to give the people notice: they judge there would be many that would be there to hear and some to be baptized.”

It appears from this letter that Elder John Crandall had already been in New London witnessing for the truth, that he had baptized and received into fellowship John and James Rogers and an Indian named Japheth, that he had been threatened by the authorities, that there were others who were interested, that those received into fellowship had been to Westerly twice, joining with the Sabbath-keepers there in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and that it was desired that some one be sent from Newport to New London to carry on the work already commenced. The Newport church responded at once to the request and Mr. Hiscox, Mr. Hubbard and Joseph Clarke were sent this same month.

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 Miscellaneous

 From: “Early Settlers of Westerly, Rhode Island” by J. D. Champlin of Stonington, Connecticut” from the “Genealogies of Connecticut Families: from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register” Gary Boyd Roberts; p. 673;

 1669, May 18: John Crandall appeared on “A List of the free inhabitants of the towne of westerle” as the owner of lot #36 in the Westerly purchase.

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 From: Colonial Baptists: Massachusetts and Rhode Island, By: Edwin S. Gaustad [Ed.]: Arno Press, New York, 1980. p 119.

 On 14 Apr 1668 he participated in a religious debate in Boston, MA. He is called “Grendall of Narragansett.”

*This is a pun referring to the character “Grendel” in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf.

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 From: Civil and Military List of Rhode Island 1647-1800 by Joseph Jencks Smith, 1900, Page 6

 The First Officers of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

1669:    General Sargent:            James Rogers

            Conservators of the Peace:

                        Misquamsacutt & Westerly:

                                    John Crandall, Tobias Saunders

 From: Civil and Military List of Rhode Island 1647-1800 by Joseph Jencks Smith, 1900, Page 7

 1670. June        Messengers to Connecticut:

                                    John Crandall, Joseph Torrey, Jr.

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 From: Elder John Crandall, the Miller, By Judith C. Harbold, November 2000…This article appeared in the Dec 2000 issue of the C.F.A. newsletter.

 We can learn some things about our ancestors by looking into the lives and writings of people who lived in the same places at the same time. Thomas Minor was a contemporary of our immigrant ancestor, John Crandall (1617/8 – 1676). They lived in the same early Colonial area and certainly knew one another. And, fortunately for us, Thomas Minor wrote a diary.

 Thomas Minor came to New England in 1629 from Somerset County, England. First in Salem, he also lived in Charlestown and Hingham, Massachusetts. After a grant of land by the General Court of Massachusetts, a group of men including Thomas Minor founded a plantation in the Pequot territory, now New London, Connecticut. Later, about 1653, Thomas Minor made his permanent homestead in “Quiambaug,” in the town of Stonington, Connecticut. It was then he started his priceless diary, which he continued until 1684. Later Thomas’s son Manasseh also wrote a diary from 1696 to 1720.

 Calendars and almanacs were not readily available and the diaries served to mark the days and briefly record events of family and community interest. We learn when Thomas sowed “turneps,” visited with Mr. Winthrop and less famous friends, when his wife fell off her mare and when she fell out of the “canoow.” We learn of marriages, births, baptisms, deaths of family and associates. He tells us of snowstorms, floods and stolen shirts. Thomas Minor mentions the price of land, tax rates, town meetings and murder investigations.

This selection of events is meant to supplement information about the family of John Crandall, a first settler of Westerly, Rhode Island, however the entire diary is fascinating and informative. Thomas Minor is an ancestor of many of us who are also descendants of John Crandall.

 1667 July…..”saterday the .20 day I was at Crandals mill wensday night 24th the great land fflood” p. 80.

 1667 August…..”wensday the .7. I was at mr Stantons as I went to Crandalls” p. 80.

 1668 July…..”wensday the 8. I was at Crandals mill” p. 85.

 1668 August…..”the ffifte day wensday I was at Crandals mill saterday the .8. Crandall and his wife was heare” p. 86.

 1669 December…..”wensday .29. I was at Crandals mill” p. 93.

 1670 July…..”thursday 21. mr Crandale was heare I had fouer loads of oats” p. 97.

 1670 August…..”The 2 day of Agust 1670. Crandals wife was buried” p. 97.

 1671 January [new style dating]…..”The .10. day of Januarie 1670. the Court about Crandall and lewis was at mr stantons house.” p. 100.

 1671 April…..”the .8. day saterday we wer Laying out Land at the Est side poquatuck River” p. 102.

 1671 May…..”munday .29. the Towne meeting wenesday 31. we wer at Crandalls and sanders to serve Summons.” p. 103.

 1671 July…..”The 24 day wensday samuell was at Crandals mill::” p. 104.

 1673…..”wensday .24. I was at Crandalls mill” p. 119.

 1675-6 [The Indian wars were heating up and endangering scattered homesteaders in Westerly. As a consequence, many settlers, including John Crandall, moved to Newport safely located on the island of Aquidneck. John Crandall died while he was in Newport.]

 1681 July…..”the 30 day I was at Crandalls mill” p. 167.

 1681 August…..”Tusday .23. I was at Crandals mill” p. 168.

 1682 September…..”the .7. day I was at Crandals mill” p. 174.

 1716 June, Manasseh Minor’s Diary…..”22 I went to Crandals mill” p. 131.

 This seems to indicate that the elder John Crandall was a miller in his years at Westerly. In these entries, Thomas Minor does not mention wood or timber that one might take to a sawmill, but he does mention farming oats, wheat, and “corne.”

There was only one Crandall family in the New England Colonies in the 1600s. We know that the first John Crandall in Westerly spent a good deal of time on civic and religious activities, and all colonists participated in farming, but did our ancestor have another profession? What do you think? Was Elder John a miller? Who carried on the mill after Elder John died?

John Crandall’s first son, John Crandall was born about 1649, and would have been 18 or 19 years old in 1667, the first time Thomas Minor mentioned Crandall’s mill. Furthermore, we know from Land Evidence records that John2 became a blacksmith. Thomas Minor mentions Crandall’s wife in 1668 and 1670. John2 was not married until 1672.

The other sons would have been 16 years old and younger.

The mention of Crandall’s wife’s burial date is certainly John’s first wife. It seems likely to me that if there were more than one Crandall in his writings, Thomas Minor would have distinguished them in various entries as has been seen in certain public records where the son John is listed as Junior.

There is a Rhode Island historical marker on Route #3, between Westerly and Ashaway, at the intersection of Chase Hill Road. It marks the location of an early ford of the Pawcatuck River, the first mill dam and grist mill. It is at the foot of a knoll where Peter Crandall, son of Elder John, in 1680, donated land for the first church in that area, a Seventh Day Baptist Church. There are many references in the early town records of Peter Crandall’s mill.

All the evidence indicates that it could be only Elder John who owned and operated the mill. He was not, of course, “Elder” then. But that is another story. The entries above which do not mention a mill, show involvement that both John Crandall of Rhode Island and Thomas Minor of Connecticut had in the historical boundary disputes between the two states. There are many other entries on that subject. Again, that is another story.

 Reference: The Minor Diaries, Stonington, Connecticut; Thomas 1653-1684; Manasseh, 1696-1720. Originally published in 1899. [Re] Published by John A. Miner, Boxborough, Massachusetts, 1976.

Note: The scarcity of punctuation and run-on sentences make it difficult to distinguish exact dates in some cases. For some generations, the Babcock name was spelled Badcock.

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 From: The Early History of Narragansett, By: Elisha R. Potter Jr.   Published MDCCCXXXV, Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society Vol. III, Page 241-242

 Petition to the Assembly.

To the Honorable Gentlemen of the Court of Commissioners ,assembled together in his Majesty’s name for the colony of Providence Plantations at Portsmouth the 27th of August, 1661.

Please ye honored Gentlemen, there being an opportunity or presentment of a certain piece or tract of land, lately discovered or made known; which tract of land lyeth in a situation in the furdest or remotest corner of this Colonies jurisdiction, called by the name of Ascomicutt: which tract of land is fairly promised or ingaged to a sartaine number of adventurers upon the design of purchase of it: which adventurers are members of this Colony and well wishers thereto: who desire to do nothing that shall prove prejudicial to the interest and honour of the Coloneys privileges or advancement : but are now confronting the adversaries of the Colony : which by a species of intrusions are seeking to make inroads upon our privileges of Colonies jurisdiction; the premises considered, your petitioners are bold under correctin to pray in ease we can make the adversarie: which is both to the colony and us to retreatt, which we question not: in point of right and title from the natives: therefore we being willing to proceed in all poynts of loyallity that may suit with the advance and honor of the colony, we humbly crave your favorable approbation countenance and assistance to us in the settleing of a plantation on Towneshepe: in or upon the above said tract of land called by the name Aacomieutt, which number of persons may probably extend to the number of 80, 40 or 50 or thereabout which are thence to inhabit, thearof many of an persons constrained to make inquisition and seek out for land for a comfortable livelyhood. So honored gentlemen if it be your pleasure to grant your petitioners request or petition as we are, so we subscribe and remain your humble petitioners and servants to our power for ourselves and in the behalf of the rest of our company.

WILLIAM VAHAN, + his mark.

JOHN COGGESHALL,

JOHN CRANDALL,                           HUGH MOSIEUR,

JAMES BARKER,                                CALEB CARE,

JAMES ROGERS, I B his mark.

JOSEPH TORRY,                  JOHN CRANSTON.

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From: The Early History of Narragansett, By: Elisha R. Potter Jr.   Published MDCCCXXXV, Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society Vol. III, Page 250-251

 These articles of agreement made in the year one thousand six hundred and sixty or sixty-one, March the two and twentieth, between us whose names are underwritten, about a tract of land bought of an Indian captain called Sosooa, of Narroganset, the land being called Misquamakuck, as appeareth by deed by us John Fairfield, Hugh Mosher,. Robert Stanton and James Longbottom:

First, that we whose names are abovewritten, do give, grant, ratify and confirm the same privileges with ourselves, unto all those names are underwritten, according to their proportion of land in the aforesaid purchase.

2ly. That all we whose names ate underwritten, or the major part of us may transact any thing that we see cause in or about the aforesaid land.

3ly. That if any of us transact any thing about the aforesaid land, without the consent of the whole, or the major part, shall be disowned and of none effect.

4ly. That all charges that hath been already out about the aforesaid land, shall be repayed to the disbursers suddenly without delay, so soon as the disbursers bring us their account to the rest of the company.

5ly. That each of us whose names are here underwritten, or shall be hereafter added, shall bear equal charges to what have been out already, or shall be out hereafter, In any case about the land aforesaid, according to the proportion of land they have.

6Iy. That what changes shall be out from time to time, shall be brought in twenty days after they shall have warning from us or the major part of us.

71y. In case that any bring not their money as is above-said, nor give satisfaction to the company, shall forfeit their land, and what they have been out already.

81y. That the deed and all other writings about the aforesaid lands, shall be kept in William Vaughan’s house, and that each of the purchasers shall have (if they desire it) a

copy of the deed or any other writings that thereto belong, paying for the draught thereof.

9ly. The parties that have interest in the aforesaid land are, William Vaughan having a whole share, Robert Stanton having a whole share, Hugh Mosher having a whole share, John Fairfield having a whole share, James Longbottom baying a whole share, Shubal Painter having a whole share.

lOly. Whosoever that we shall agree with, shall have a proportion of the land aforesaid, shall have the same privileges as ourselves, provided that according to his proportion he set to his band to these or the like articles.

11ly. That we shall meet to consult about the aforesaid land so often as occasion shall present, at William Vaughan’s house.

l2ly. That to all the aforesaid articles we engage each to other to be faithful and true to perform the aforesaid articles that here Is above written, whereto we set to our hands.

 Hugh Mosher,                      William Helmes,                   William Vaughan,               William Weeden,

John Fairfield,                     John Maxson,                      James Longbottom,             Joseph Clark,

John Green,                          Pardon Tillinghast,            Jeremy Willis,                       John Nixson,

John Coggeshall,                                Antony Ravenscroft,            Edward Smith,                     James Babcock, Sen’r.

John Crandal,                      John Room,                           James Rogers,                      William Codman,

James Barker,                      William Dyre, Sen’r.            William Slade,                      George Bliss,

Henry Timberlake,              John Richmond, Junr.        Ed. Greenman,                     James Sands,

Fit. Richmond,                     John Tiler,                            Edward Larkin,                   John Lewis,                          

Sbubal Painter,                   Hugh Parsons,                     John Cranstone,                  Francis Braiton,

Caleb .Carr,                         William Foster,                    Joseph Torry,                       John Havens,       

Robert Carr,                         Jefferey Champlin,              Tobias Saunders, Richard Morris,

Henry Basset,                       John Tripp,                           William Gingill,                   Lawrence Turner,

Obadiah Holmes,                 Robert Burdick,                  Jireh Bull,                             Emanuel Wooley,

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From: Westerly and It’s Witnesses, Page 282

 Crandall Ground (2): This is found about forty rods west of the Pound Road, and west of the Old Crandall house (now the residence of Mr. Charles Crandall), and without inclosure.  None of the fifteen or twenty graves are lettered. 

Here lie the remains of John Crandall, 1st, and his two wives; (Mary Opp & Hannah Gaylord)

John Crandall, 2nd, and his wife Anna; Esther, Lewis, Hannah and Joshua Crandall;

Lydia Crandall, lst wife of Charles; John Crandall, son of Charles.

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 From: “Early Settlers of Westerly, Rhode Island” by J. D. Champlin from the “Genealogies of Connecticut Families: New England Historical and Genealogical Register” Gary Boyd Roberts; p. 676;

 1676, November: In a letter from Samuel Hubbard to Dr. Edward Stennett, pastor of a Baptist Church in Bell Lane in London, England, dated Newport, Rhode Island, appears the following:

“Now, dear brother, although we are not destroyed by the Indians, God hath visited this land by taking away many by death and, in this place of all sorts. Of the old church, first Mr. Joseph Torrey; then my dear brother John Crandall; then Mr. John Clarke; and then William weeden, a deacon; then John Salmon.”

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During King Philip’s War, there were several deadly encounters that pitted colonist against colonist and even Native American against Native American. Ironically, King Philip was the name given the Native American leader named Metacom (Metacomet). Legend has it that Elder John Crandall died as a result of an infection from wounds he suffered fighting with the Narragansetts against militia from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Plymouth and their Pequot and Mohican allies in the Great Swamp Fight in December of 1675. The tragic war claimed over 600 colonists and 3,000 Native American lives, caused devastating damage to the colonies and nearly wiped out the Narragansett and Wampanoag as organized tribes.

.( 8/1/2011 NOTE: If you’re interested in this post, check out my post on June 30, 2011 with Elder John’s Baptismal Records)

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May 23, 2010 – Randall’s Ordinary May 23, 2010

Yesterday I actually got around to sorting through a bunch of loose genealogy papers that had been loitering around since my move.  I found a few items that needed to be scanned and here are a sampling of them.

First is an advertisement I found while looking through an old travel magazine for New London Co.  An advert for Randall’s Ordinary Restaurant.  AKA site of the Randall Cemetery.  See the first few days of this blog for more on that cemetery, when it was the cemetery of the day.

Next is a few random items of William R Wells (my great grandfather) of Ashaway, RI in connection to the Mill he managed.

Here are a few articles I found in connection to the old Crandall Homestead in Westerly, RI.

Here are a few items that are about William R Wells (Same as above) and his poultry business. The article that doesn’t say where it comes from is the one that goes with the Poultry Advocate.

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April 20, 2010 – Alfred, New York April 20, 2010

So today I thought I’d share some pictures and discoveries from my trip to Alfred, NY last fall.  It was truly exciting to walk around places that so many generations of Stillmans and Crandalls have also trodden.

Upon my arrival in Alfred I first visited Alfred University.  Their history/genealogy department in their Library had some information they were holding for me.  I had contacted them in advance to see if they had anything on the Stillmans or Crandalls that I might find interesting.  I was able to get a photograph of my Great Grand Aunt Amelia Esther Stillman in a photograph of the staff of Alfred University.  Amelia was an Art Teacher.  She was a fabulous artist.  We still have some of her paintings in the family.  I’ll post pictures of those at a later date.  I was also able to get a copy of her obituary that ran in The Alfred Sun.   The Univ. had a file on her because she was a teacher.  Here is the front and back of that photo and the obituary.

After I left the Library at Alfred University, I drove down the street to see the house that my Great Great Grandfather, Phineas Crandall Stillman built and lived in with his wife Orpha Crandall located at 26 Church Street, Alfred, NY.  Sadly Phineas’ house is not fairing too well these days.  It is currently occupied with college students from the College and University.  It looks in need of a good restoration. 

Here is an excerpt from my Great Aunt Dot’s memoirs that mentions this home in Alfred:

“Mother’s family lived in a lovely old home in Alfred, New York.  It had a big kitchen with an exit onto a lovely garden above the brook a sloping hill in back on top of which was a sugar bush.  I think her father, Phineas Stillman must have owned the whole section ¼ mile above, for Uncle Albert Stillman lived up there and next to his place was an apple orchard.  Greenings were sent to us from it.  Mother owned that lot and Bill (William Rudiger Wells)  inherited it.  The only property he claimed and sold after mother’s death.  My mother’s father was Phineas, who married Orpha Crandall.  The children of Phineas and Orpha were Amelia (talented artist), she taught art at Alfred for 16 years.  Albert who ran a farm, married Celestia, had two sons, Luin and Clarke.  Eleanor, who went to Kentucky and the age of 16 to teach, met a young Captain in the Northern Army They had been married during, had a military wedding with swords crossed under which the bride and groom walked from or to the alter in the Seventh Day Baptist church in Alfred.  He was a Colonel at the end of the war and she always called him Colonel Ellsworth.    Bill lived with her 1906-1912.  For two years she, Bill and Forest together, for Forest went to Alfred from 1910-1914, she wanted all the children to get a college education and was glad to help the two boys who in turn worked to help her.  She had me come my first year at Alfred, as Forest was there.  We washed and cleaned, did dishes, etc. to help us.  Then my junior year, she had me again as her health was better.”

Here are some pictures of the house that I took on my trip and also a couple of photos of the house out of an old family photo album.  Those old pictures are probably dating back to the 1920’s.

 I next drove up Church Street to 70 Church Street, Alfred, NY.  The 1900 Census puts Albert S, Celestia, A. Clark, Eleanor and Amelia Stillman all living together at 70 church street.  Here is a photo of that house.  It is probably less than a mile up the road from Phineas’ House at 26 Church Street.

 I then drove over to 71 North Main Street to what is now the Alfred Univ. Welcome Center.  This house was lived in by my Great Great Grand Aunt, Amada Melvina Crandall. She was Orpha Crandall’s sister, sister-in-law to Phineas C. Stillman.   She is the Amanda Crandall Prescott mentioned below.  William Clarke Burdick was her second husband.  A picture of the house follows.

The article below (From: http://www.alfred.edu/map/fasano-house.cfm) gives the history of the house.

Alfred University Welcome Center at the Fasano House

The house at 71 N. Main Street in Alfred is an important structure not only for its architecture but also to the history of the village and Alfred University.

Originally constructed as a private home circa 1880 by William Clarke Burdick it’s a two-story, L-shaped frame structure with a cross-gable roof and gabled dormers. Intricate woodwork embellishes the eaves and dormers as well as other features of the house. As a notable example of the Eastlake style, the house is a contributing building to the village’s historic district.

Born in Alfred, William C. Burdick, a man of “sound judgment, of sterling business and Christian integrity” attended the Alfred Academy and was a prominent member of the local Seventh Day Baptist Church. He owned and operated the Allegany Cheese Company, the best known firm in Western New York because of his reliability and honesty. His love and support for Alfred University included generous philanthropic gifts as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for 45 years.

Burdick’s second wife, Amanda Crandall Prescott, was the daughter of Judge Clark Crandall, one of Alfred’s pioneer settlers. She also attended the Alfred Academy and was graduated in 1848; she furthered her studies elsewhere and became a music teacher. When her first husband, E.S. Prescott, died in 1879, she returned to Alfred and eventually married William Burdick in 1885.

In 1893, Amanda invited local women to meet informally in her parlor to establish a reading club. The next year it was officially organized and named the “Amandine Club” to honor Mrs. Burdick for opening her home for their weekly meetings. The club’s activities were, and still are, social and cultural. In 1936, the organization joined with another local group and is currently the Allen Civic – Amandine Club.

Following the death of William Burdick in 1902, Amanda was elected to succeed her husband on the University’s Board of Trustees. She established the Amanda Malvina Burdick Scholarship and gave to the University, with her stepdaughter, Susan M. Burdick, a men’s boarding hall (Burdick Hall) as well as the land currently occupied by Carnegie Hall.

Amanda died in 1920 and has been described as a person with “rare personal charm, broad sympathy, and wise judgment.”

Susan M. Burdick sold the house in 1922 to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity which owned and operated its organization there until 2003 except for a short period during World War II. The University housed regiments of the Student Army Training Corps on campus and needed the main women’s residence, The Brick, for their barracks. Needing a place to now house the women, the University made agreements with the fraternities to use their quarters. Hence the Burdick/Delta House was turned over to the University and used as a women’s hall. It was there that the nurses corps was established; this corps later led to the formation of the University’s College of Nursing.

Fire twice damaged the house. In 1936 a fire caused by the blow torch of a painter gutted the attic and caused damage estimated at $8,000. A slate roof and the winding stairway made it a very difficult job for the firemen. In 1981 a fire broke out on the third floor, believed to be caused by faulty wiring. The fire and water damage was extensive.

The Burdick/Delta House represents the dedication of Alfred’s pioneers to working hard and succeeding, to be contributing members to their town and strong supporters of education, as well as supporting the education and cultural knowledge of women. As a fraternity house for over 80 years, it contributed to the life of hundreds of the University’s alumni, including a number of members of the Board of Trustees. It will continue to be a focal point for the University in its role as a welcome center as well as a reminder of Alfred’s rich heritage.

Alfred University stopped recognizing all Greek societies (fraternities and sororities) in 2002. Delta Sigma Phi turned its house over to the University. Members of the fraternity that had owned the house for more than 80 years led efforts to raise funds and contributed more than half the total needed to restore and renovate the house for its new life, (Jon Tabor ’55 matched dollar-for-dollar all contributions made to the renovation fund.) as an alumni welcome center and home to the Division of University Relations.

The Welcome Center at Fasano House is dedicated to Joseph, AU class of 1954 and the late Ann Saunders Fasano, class of 1953, and their late son, Patrick, class of 1980. Joe and Pat Fasano were both Delta Sigma Phi members.

Through the efforts of Robert Corbin, a 1956 AU alumnus, the University obtained the services of nationally recognized architect Elizabeth Corbin Murphy of Chambers Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects, Akron, Ohio. She worked with interior designer Vivian Hyde of Alfred to uncover and recreate the original architectural details, including intricately carved woodwork, stained glass and raised plaster decorations on the wall. They scraped through layers of paint and paper to determine original color schemes to make the restoration as historically accurate as possible. As much as possible, the exterior of the building and the first floor have been restored to their original Victorian character.

They called upon several local artisans to help them with the restoration. Artisans Joe Dosch, Leroy Herrick and Joe Fasano ’53 helped to create woodwork. John Gill ’75, professor of ceramic art, made molds so that the raised plaster designs could be replicated. Mary Harris ’91 made stencils used to decorate the downstairs meeting rooms. General contractors were Alan and Jason Burdick of Burdick Building Supplies of Alfred – and descendants of the family that originally owned the house.

 The Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church is right down the road from Phineas’ house

The photo below was taken out the window of the Alfred State College Library.  You can see the Steeple of the 7th Day Baptist Church.  After the edge of the parking lot there is a steep hill that leads down the Church Street.  Phineas’ house is directly in the center of the photo at the bottom of the hill behind the trees.  Aunt Dot’s memoirs describe the farm up on the hill behind the house.  This was a Dairy Farm and would have been in the photo in the parking lot and Alfred State College Campus. 

Where the church is, is the lowest part of the valley.  Across the main street in town which is just beyond the church, is Alfred University.   Any building you see that is behind the church would be part of the University Campus.

Here is a picture of the main drag in Alfred. 

I also visited Alfred Rural Cemetery.  Boy if you don’t know where this cemetery is, you’re going to have a hard time finding it.  The entrance is marked by the white sign (See Photo below) but unless you trip on it, you won’t see it.  The best way to say it is that the cemetery is hidden behind the Mobil Gas Station.  I was so lost trying to find it that I went inside the Mobil to ask for directions to the cemetery and the first gal I asked said she had no idea where it was.  She then asked the other gal who was working and she said that she thought there might be a cemetery behind the gas station but she wasn’t sure.  Yes, the driveway is right next to this gas station but the cemetery is completely unseen from the street.  Here are some pictures from the cemetery and a map.  All of the stones with pictures here are in the center of the map.  The two boxes that are shaded slightly darker is where they are. 

Here are some pictures of the Stillmans.   Wish I had better pictures of them.  Not sure where the originals are.  I got these copies of copies from my cousin Pauline but even she is not sure who has the originals.   The picture of Pauline and her twin as girls kinda creeps me out.  They look like the twins in The Shining.

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April 13, 2010 – Ledyard Union Cemetery April 13, 2010

So I see people seem to visiting my blog but no one is leaving any comments… So who are you people??  Leave me a comment and let me know.   

So today I thought I’d share a few interesting items I have.     Here are Russell Wells and his wife Lydia Rogers Crandall obituaries out of the Sabbath Recorder.  Also Phineas Crandall Stillman and his wife Orpha Crandall’s pictures and obituaries out of the Sabbath Recorder. Another thing I like to look for is old handwritten genealogies.   My Great Grandfather Williams Rogers Wells of Ashaway, RI must have been a genealogy buff as well as he seemed to write down the family trees.  Attached is a hand written chart of the descendants of Randall Wells (1747-1821).    Randall would have been Williams’ Great Grandfather.     Another item he wrote out is his line back to Thomas Wells.  The last item is a Stillman Family Tree starting with Phineas Crandall Stillman and going back to George Stillman (1654-1728) and his wife Jane Pickering (1659-1684/85).  Now I say this Stillman lineage was written by Williams Rogers Wells.  Williams was not a Stillman, his wife was.  I think he was the one that wrote it because the hand writing looks the same but also because when I turned the paper over it was written on a piece of letter head paper of a company that Williams owned.  The White Wyandotte Poultry Farm in Ashaway, RI.   When Williams got older and retired he started a poultry business.  He really loved chickens.  I attached a scan of the back of the paper so you can see the letter head. 

So the CEMETERY OF THE DAY is…  Ledyard Union Cemetery, Ledyard, CT ..This cemetery is located at approximately 377 Colonial Ledyard Highway.  Having entered Colonel Ledyard Highway at the road’s intersection, with Route 184, proceed north 1.1 miles.    You will first find a paved entrance to the newer southern section of the cemetery, just before the beginning of the stone wall.   The old section has a separate entrance a few yards further north.   Immediately after passing the cemetery there will be church on the right side of Colonel Ledyard Highway. 

*Rogers, Henry Sr.(Apr 8, 1813 – Aug 18, 1848) 1st Cousin 4Xs Removed 

*Rogers, Henry Jr.(1845 – 1848) 2nd Cousin 3Xs Removed 

*Watrous, Asaph (1814 – Jan 31, 1892) 1st Cousin 4Xs Removed  

 

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April 9, 2010 – Little Rhode Island Cemetery April 9, 2010

So today I worked on the cemetery listing update again.   I thought you might be wondering exactly what this listing I’m working on is so I scanned the original that this an update to and am attaching it here for you to see: Cemetery listing from Vol 3 of OUR FAMILY

Here’s a funny cemetery story for you….  Pecans in the Cemetery  On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.  Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.” He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come here quick” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”   The man said, ‘Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.   Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”   The old man whispered, “’Boy, you’ve been telling’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord.”  Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.  At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”……They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.

Todays CEMETERY OF THE DAY is……Little Rhode Island Cemetery, Genesee, NY  (AKA Little Genesee Cemetery)  Located at Salt Rising Road & Hibbart St., Little Genesee, NY (www.paintedhills.org/ALLEGANY/littlericem.html)  I visited this cemetery last fall when I did a genealogy road trip up through PA, NY, CT and RI.

Crandall, Susannah Wells (Nov 14, 1789-Apr 29, 1861) 3rd Great Grand Aunt

Crandall, Ezekiel  (Sep 7, 1783 – Jul 15, 1855)3rd Great Grand Uncle

Rogers, Lydia Stillman (Aug 16, 1812-May 18, 1845) w/o Clark Rogers 2nd Great Grand Aunt

Wells, William Oscar (Feb 18, 1836 – Oct 11, 1837)4th Cousin 2Xs Removed

Crandall, Ezekiel Rogers (1820 – 1915)1st Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Crandall, N. Celestia Unknown   (Dec 27, 1825 – Nov 14, 1878)w/o Ezekiel R. Crandall

*Babcock, Lucinda Brown (Jul 21, 1803 – Feb 2, 1840) w/o Peleg Babcock Jr. who was also 3rd Cousin 4Xs Removed

Babcock, Anson (1839 – Feb 1840)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

Babcock, Baby  (X – Feb 2, 1840)4th Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Rogers, Elizabeth (X – May 31, 1827)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Rogers, Ephraim (Apr 15, 1775 – X)2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed

*Rogers, Esther Ranson  (X – Mar 12, 1852) w/o Matthew Rogers 3/5

*Rogers, Emily E. (X – May 18, 1817)4th Cousin 4Xs Removed

 *Wells, Joseph (May 7, 1783 – Jun 1, 1837)2nd Cousin 4Xs Removed

*Wells, Lydia Maxson(w/o Joe 1783)   Oct 14, 1785 – Mar 26, 1861)2nd Cousin 5Xs Removed

Children of Joseph & Lydia Wells:

*Wells, Joseph Willard   (Feb 9, 1808 – Sep 19, 1855)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Emma Elizabeth (Jul 15, 1827 – Dec 1, 1878)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Daniel Babcock (Aug 15, 1811 – Sep 12, 1871)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Sarah “Sally” Burdick (Jun 24, 1809 – Apr 27, 1846)w/o Daniel B. Wells

*Wells, Harriet Jenette Lewis (Jun 10, 1822 – May 21, 1876)w/o Daniel B. Wells

*Wells, Samuel  (Jul 27, 1817 – Nov 27, 1897)3rd Cousin 3Xs Removed

*Wells, Lucy W. Clarke (Jun 30, 1818 – Dec 26, 1864)w/o Samuel Wells

*Wells, Emily Clarke (Apr 3, 1827 – Nov 18, 1916)w/o Samuel Wells

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