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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James E. Crane. The Crane family was first represented in the United States by three brothers, who came from England and settled in New England, the great grandfather of our subject being one of the brothers. The grandfather of James E. Crane was Elihu Crane, who was born in Massachusetts February 8, 1763, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He moved with his family to Erie County, Penn., at an early day, being one of the first settlers of that region. His son, Elihu Crane, the father of James E., was born in 1791, at Stockbridge, Mass., and when only four years of age was taken with his parents to Erie County, Penn. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 and 1814. He assisted his father in tilling the soil, and January 31, 1827, was married to Nancy Carlin, who was of Irish descent, born in Crawford County, Penn., September 5, 1806. She died in 1886 and he in 1875. The following were their children: James E., Wealthy (wife of J. J, Ticknor), Adonijah, Abiather, Nancy (wife of George N. Sawdy), John (deceased) and Joel. James E. Crane was born in Erie County, Penn., January 14, 1829, and was educated at an academy at Albion, Penn. He followed various occupations, but was principally engaged in farming. He was married in Lockport, Erie Co., Penn., December 29, 1852, to Emily Leach, a native of Pennsylvania, born April 19, 1835, and their union has been blessed in the birth of ten children: Ella L., wife of V. D. Billiang; Wealthy, wife of Walter Robley; George, deceased; Mary I., wife of Henry Robley; Ulysses G., James L., Emily J., John C., Clara L., and Milo T. In 1862 Mr. Crane enlisted in the Union army, and was commanded at various times by Burnside, Hooker and Meade, and served as sergeant for one year. He resided in Pennsylvania until 1876, when he and family moved to Kansas, where he tilled the soil until 1887, and then came to Siloam Springs, Ark. He cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Scott, and in his political views is a Republican.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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