Rebecca Crane

Brief Life History of Rebecca

When Rebecca Crane was born in 1720, in Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, John Crane Sr, was 52 and her mother, Esther Norris, was 42. She married Effingham Townley in 1735, in Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. She died in 1806, in Essex, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in First Presbyterian Churchyard Memorial Garden, Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Effingham Townley
Rebecca Crane
Marriage: 1735
Capt. Richard Townley
Margaret "Peggy" Townley
Sarah Townley
Catherine Townley
Joanna Townley
Abigail Townley
Mary Townley
Charles Townley
George Townley
Joanna Townsley
John Townley
Jane Townley

Sources (2)

  • Rebecca Crane Townley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • NJ, Essex, First Settlers, Littell

World Events (4)


"During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1787 · New Jersey Plan

"Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two ""houses"" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested)."

Name Meaning

English: nickname, most likely for a tall, thin man with long legs, from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird), Old English cran, cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century.

Manx: see Craine .

Dutch: variant of Krane ‘crane’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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