Bradford County, Pennsylvania
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ASubj: Re- The story of the Cranmer family in Bradford County Pennsylvania
Date: 9/15/99 1:25:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rod Dalton)
Would you please put this history of the Cranmer Family on your web site.
REBECCA TURNER CRANMER
The Cranmer Family in this country are supposed to be descendants of the martyr Cranmer, who was burned alive for his religious belief in the reign of Queen Mary of England, and to have come to America at about the time of the Pilgrim Fathers, 1620.
Rebecca Turner Cranmer married John Dalton Jr. of Wysox on Jan. 21 1821. John Dalton Jr. was the son of John Dalton.
Below is the story of the Cranmer Family in Bradford County.
NOADIAH CRANMER, born August 26, 1736, was a patriot, and as a soldier participated in nearly all battles fought in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.
In 1791, he followed his son, Samuel, to Monroe, Bradford County, where he died February 14, 1829, in his 93rd year.
He married Catherine (?), Who died November 2, 1793, aged 57 years. They had sons: John, Stephen and Samuel.
JOHN CRANMER was a wagon-master in the Revolutionary War. In 1791 he joined the settlement of his brother, Samuel, in Monroe, where he died May 10, 1810, aged 51 years. He married Katura (???), who died May 23, 1853, aged 93 years.
Their children were:
Sally, who married John E. Kent of Smithfield;
Daniel Calvin, who married Miss Almira, daughter of Coonrod Hartman, and settled in Smithfield;
Luther went West;
Rebecca Cranmer, born 24 April 1796, Towanda, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, died about December, 1875, Anabella, Utah. She married a Mr.
Dalton of Wysox.
Catherine married Harvey Havens of Springfield;
Neoma married first Mark Lyon, second Frederick Schrader.
STEPHEN CRANMER, born October 6, 1756, came from New Jersey to Monroe with his brother, John, in 1791. He was a cripple and weaver by occupation. He died January 29, 1792.
His wife Nancy died January 24, 1792, aged 26 years. They left three sons: Abraham, Dyer and Stephen.
Stephen, born August 25, 1791, became one of the heroic pioneers of Rome. He is remembered as a man of great integrity of purpose, a strong mind to do whatever he conceived to be right, a liberal supporter of any enterprise looking to the upbuilding of the good of society and the establishment of the same upon a religious basis.
Mr. Cranmer married Miss Polly, daughter of Godfrey Vought of Rome. He died April 10, 1845, and his wife, March 27, 1868, aged 74 years 8 months.
Their children, who married as follows, were:
Nancy E. to William Maynard;
Amanda E. to Lemuel Maynard;
Louise M. first to David M. Wattles, second to Bela K. Adams;
John was a soldier in both the Mexican and Civil War;
Festus C. to Henrietta Spalding;
Martha R. to M. Wells Warner.
SAMUEL CRANMER, born July 14, 1766, in New Jersey, started from his native state on horseback unaccompanied, in the spring of 1789, to seek a home in the rich and unsettled country of the West. He was required to follow the footpaths across the mountains, reaching the county by the way of Wilkesbarre. Drifting into what is now Monroe, he found a family by the name of Plantner. Proceeding up the Creek, he examined the broad and fruitful flats between Masontown and Monroe Village and concluded to settle thereon. Accordingly he returned to Plantner and made rrangements for his board and at once began clearing away the thorn and other timbers that grew along the creek. Having put his fallow out to corn he returned to New Jersey. In the fall he returned and harvested his corn, and the following spring moved in his family. He built a log house with a puncheon floor and cob roof. Here alone in the wilds lived Mr. Cranmer and his family with only the Platners for their neighbors. At the mouth of the creek were the Foxes, Bowmans and Meanses who made up the entire circle of acquaintances in the wilderness. And though his surroundings were most gloomy and his hardships and inconveniences many, he was equal to the test of the pioneer times. In 1791, his father and two brothers, with their families, joined his settlement. Mr. Cranmer was a man of great industry, endowed with a big heart and a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church. He married first Hannah Miller; she was born June 6, 1768, died on March 26, 1807. Their children were: Josiah,
Elizabeth, John, Mary, Jedediah, Noadiah and Samuel.
Josiah, born April 2, 1788, married Electa, daughter of Jonathan Fowler, and settled in Asylum.
Elizabeth, born August 3, 1790, married John Brown, died in Cortland County, N. Y.
Jedediah, born September 9, 1795, worked at Blacksmithing, died in Franklin Township.
John, born January 21, 1798, married Sally Steel, settled in Towanda Township and had a large family.
Mary, born April 14, 1800, died, unmarried, with her brother Ashbel.
Noadiah, born August 22, 1802, married Garacy Gould and lived in Monroe Township.
Samuel, born October 5, 1804, married Nancy Northrup and followed farming in Monroe.
Mr. Cranmer married for his second wife Miss Sarah Hubbel. He died May 17,1845, and his wife, Sarah, born February 15, 1769, died August 22, 1854.
They had two sons, Ashbel L. and Enoch H.
Ashbel L. born January 6, 1809, married Miss Mary Griggs, engaged extensively in lumbering, farming and merchandising and was very successful in business affairs, served a number of years as Justice of the Peace and was county Commissioner from 1845 to 1848. He died April 8, 1896.
Children: Albert G., Bernard A., (Elma, Mrs. Elias T. Park),
Wayland S., and (Julia, Mrs. Hiram Sweet).
Enoch H. born January 22, 1813, married Miss Pamela Griggs, sister of Mrs. A. L. Cranmer.
Entered the M.E. Conference 1838, and was for some years presiding Elder of the Troy District; died October 7, 1880.
All towns mentioned except as otherwise noted are in Bradford County.
I have looked in another history by Bradsby which is substantially the same as the material copied and enclosed. Bradsby History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania--Published 1891 Pages 468-9
Noadiah, born August 22, 1802, married Caracy Gould and lived in Monroe east of those of his son John's now included in the Hinman property.
Usual Carter, a warm friend of Samuel Cranmer came to Monroe before 1796: located on lands now with the borough limits.
Noadiah Cranmer came to Monroe from Sussex County, N. J., at an early day. He owned the property where the village stands, and up as far as Mason's Mills. His sons, John and Samuel, had log houses and improvements. The father was an old man of about eighty years when he came into the county and he lived alone. He was the ancestor of a large and important family in the township, who have been identified with its history and interested in its progress from the beginning.
Note--The author has faith that some future descendant of the Cranmers will be able to connect our Cranmer family with the book--Genealogical Memoirs of the Cranmer and Wood Families, by Robert E. C. Walters,
by Robson and Sons, Pancras Road, London, N.W. in 1877.
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Department of Defense
20 August 1959
IT IS CERTIFIED, That the records of this department show that NOADIAH CRANMER--(Also shown as "Crammer") served from New Jersey during the period of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, as follows:
Private, Captain Benjamin Carter's Company, Colonel Silvanus Seely's Eastern
Battallion, Morris County Militia, May 1778.
FOR THE CHIEF OF STAFF:
JOSEPH P. CALLAHAN
Major, Arty, NJARNG
(Seal) Assistant Adjutant General
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Department of Defense
20 August 1959
IT IS CERTIFIED, That the records of this department show that JOHN
CRANMER--(Also shown as "Crammer") served from New Jersey during the period
of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, as follows:
In the fall of 1850 Elizabeths husband John was called upon by President
Brigham Young to be the manager of the church farm about four miles south
of Salt Lake City in the Sugarhouse district. Rebecca Turner Cranmer moved
with her family to the southern part of Utah where she died at the age
of 77 in Dec of 1875. She is buried in the Annabella, Utah Cemetery.