Welcome to the page for surnames beginning with “Cran”. CranCousins currently researching the Cranfield, Crankfield, & Cranfill surnames will find resources, documents, etc. within. These pages are “under construction” as well as always being updated or corrected. Additions or corrections are always appreciated. Other surnames beginning with “Cran” are also welcome.
The name for “CranCousins” came about by a mailing list started by one of our very special CranCousins. Included were descendents looking for our Cran ancestors. Lots of wonderful information was shared and friendships were made. After 2004, due to a hurricane, computer files were lost and basically our list came to an end. This site is an attempt to retrieve that information and put our resources in a safe place. Safe from floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, computer crashes, etc. Rest assured though, no information about living descendents will be shared unless that person has granted permission.
**NEW IDEA** Has anyone else wondered about the name of Crampfield showing up in Delaware, mostly in Sussex Co.? I have begun researching this name because I think it could be a variant spelling of Crankfield. Wish I knew what happened to all those children of Moses and Nancy Crankfield...
**NEW INFO** Found Joseph Crankfield listed in the 1755 Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware tax list in the Maryland and Delaware Genealogist Vol. 29-31 p. 56
**NEW INFO** Found Moses Crankfield (spelled Crankfeald) as a witness for the will of John Price dated October 22, 1774 in the Calendar of Kent County Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800. In this will as executor and trustee is Philip Barratt, who "In May 1780, contributed the ground upon which Barratt's Chapel was erected, known as "The Cradle of Methodism," because Bishop Asbury and Thomas Coke met there, November 10, 1784, and arranged the preliminaries for organizing the Methodist Episcopal Church in America". Philip Barratt was born October 12, 1730 and died October 28, 1784 and had " lived on a farm near Frederica, Kent County, Delaware", which was according to Wikipedia, "across the field from the Chapel". My thought here is that Moses Crankfield and John Price were friends as well as Philip Barratt who was a wealthy and very influential man. I am sure they all lived near each other. Philip Barratt is buried in the Chapel cem, but have not found the others there yet since the online listing is likely incomplete.
quotes from: History of the state of Delaware Vol 3, by Henry Clay Conrad, 1908 Harvard University and from Wikipedia Barratt's Chapel .
***PROJECT*** I am "still" working on putting all the Cran's into an excel file for each year. So far I have worked from 1790 - 1840. I would like to be able to show all Cranfield, Crankfield, and Cranfill names, as well as eventually show all spelling variations too. These will run from 1790 - 1930. We will be able to see at a glance which families were located where and when, and also be able to track them easily from each decade to the next. (This idea has been shelved for now, unless someone wants to volunteer?)
New sections coming: Obituaries & Basic History of the Cranfill/Cranfield/Crankfield surname in America
Last updated 3/05/2015