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John Crandall

Male Bef 1618 - Bef 1676  (< 58 years)


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  • Name John Crandall  [1
    Born Bef 15 Feb 1618  Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 15 Feb 1618  Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died Bef 29 Nov 1676  Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I5728  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2016 

    Father James Crandall,   b. Abt 1589, Kendleshire, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Oct 1662, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Eleanor,   d. Bef 8 Jun 1619 
    Family ID F714  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 (Unknown) First Wife of John Crandall,   d. 2 Aug 1670 
    Married 1649 
    Children 
    +1. Rev. Joseph Crandall,   b. Abt 1661, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1737, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2017 08:17:45 
    Family ID F1383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah Gaylord,   b. 30 Jan 1647, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1678, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married Aft 2 Aug 1670  [5
    Children 
    +1. Eber Crandall,   b. 1675,   d. Bef 15 Sep 1727, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 52 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2017 08:17:45 
    Family ID F2037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Wikipedia:

      John Crandall, one of the founding settlers of Westerly, Rhode Island, was born in 1618 (baptized February 15, 1617/8) in Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, England to James Crandall, a yeoman of Kendleshire in that parish, and his first wife Eleanor. The origin of the name is undoubtedly a place-name, Crundelend, in Abberley, Worcestershire, where people bearing the name were concentrated in the 16th century. [...]

      While the exact date of Crandall's arrival is not known, it is believed to be 1637 when he arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, then a new settlement and a refuge for dissident Puritans from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

      From Providence he came to Newport, Rhode Island, as early as 1651. (The first actual documentation for Elder John Crandall in American is in 1643 when he appears as a grand jury member in Newport.) He became a prominent member of the First Baptist Church in Newport there, subsequently the first elder of the denomination at Westerly, Rhode Island. With John Clarke and Obadiah Holmes he went to Lynn, Massachusetts, to hold services for the Baptists, was arrested there July 21, 1651, and sent to prison in Boston. Ten days later he was convicted of breaking the law by holding services and fined five pounds, in default of which he was to be publicly whipped. Upon his promise to appear at the next term of court he was released.

      In 1655, he was a freeman of Rhode Island; in 1658-59, 1662–63, he was a commissioner.

      With eight others he signed a letter to the court of commissioners of Rhode Island, dated August 27, 1661, in relation to a tract of land at Westerly, where they and others desired to settle.

      He was a deputy to the general assembly in 1667, and in the fall of that year was living at Westerly. He and Joseph Torrey were appointed commissioners to treat with Connecticut as to jurisdiction over disputed territory, May 14, 1669, and he was supplied with thirty-five shillings by the colony of Rhode Island to pay his expenses to Connecticut.

      On November 18, 1669, he received a letter from the governor and assistants of Connecticut, complaining that he and others had appropriated a large tract of land belonging to Stonington, Connecticut. He and Tobias Saunders answered the complaint for the Westerly people. He was conservator of the peace at Westerly in 1670, and deputy to the general assembly again in 1670-71.

      He was arrested by the Connecticut authorities, May 2, 1671, and was advised by the Rhode Island government to decline to give bond. The Rhode Island colony promised to pay his expenses and defend him.

      The name of his first wife (by whom he had at least seven children) is not known, but it was not Mary Opp as was previously thought and is widely mentioned. He married, as his second wife, Hannah Gaylord (born 1647), daughter of William Gaylord and Ann (Porter), of Windsor, Connecticut. She died in 1678. He died at Newport, where he had moved because of King Philip's War, in 1676.

  • Sources 
    1. [S43] Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, from Gale Research, on Ancestry.com.

    2. [S930] Paul M. Gifford, "The Probable Origins and Ancestry of John Crandall, of Westerly, Rhode Island (1618-1676)." Rhode Island Roots 32:165, December 2006.

    3. [S160] Wikipedia.

    4. [S160] Wikipedia., year and place.

    5. [S756] The Early Families of New England Study Project, by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.