Alice Crank

about 1730–7 October 1766
Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Alice

When Alice Crank was born about 1730, in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Edward Crank, was 38 and her mother, Ann Ashton, was 20. She had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with John Birchall. She lived in Cheshire, England in 1729. She was buried in Winwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.

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John Birchall
Alice Crank
Ellen Birchall
Jennett Birchall
George Birchal

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Parents and Siblings

    Edward Crank


    Ann Ashton





    Dorothy Crank


World Events (2)

1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 22

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.
1754 · Seven Years' War

Age 24

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.

Name Meaning

1 English (chiefly Lancashire): from Middle English cranke ‘lively’, ‘lusty’, ‘vigorous’, hence a nickname for a cheerful, boisterous, or cocky person.2 English: nickname from cranuc, a diminutive of Middle English cran ‘crane’ ( see Crane ).3 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Kranke, from Low German Kraneke ‘crane’, applied to someone thought to resemble the bird in some way, or a nickname for a poor physical specimen, from Middle High German kranc ‘sickly’, ‘ailing’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alice Crank, "England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996"
  • Alice Birch in entry for Samuel, "England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963"
  • Alice Birchall, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"

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