91st PA: Benjamin Crane

Benjamin Crane

Before the war

He was born on 29 May 1835 (6, 9, 11; 2 (31 in 1865), 7 [35 in 1870], 8 [45 in 1880], 9 [65 in 1900], 10 [74 [in 1910], 12 [14 in 1850]). He was born in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania (2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). He was born to George Wiser Craine and Mary Nearhoof ("Polly") (11, 12).

In 1850, he was living in Snyder Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his parents George and Polly Crane, along with others (12). He had attended school within the year (12).

When he enlisted, he was a labor[er] (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a sandy complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1, 3). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 16 March 1865 (1, 2, 3, 5). He was enlisted for one year, at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Lloyd (2). He was a private in company I (1, 13, 14).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 2, 3 [16 Aug], 5). He was a private, in company I (13, 14).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his siblings Henry, Sarah, and George, and their mother Mary (7). He works on a farm (7).

In 1880, he was living in Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his siblings Henry and Sarah, and niece Sarah Weaver (8). He was a laborer (8).

In 1890, he was living in Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (post office, Olivia, Blair County) (3).

On 25 June 1892, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 5).

In 1900, he was living in Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his brother Henry, and five nieces and nephews (9). He was a farmer (9).

On 25 February 1909, he again applied for a pension (5).

In 1910, he was living in Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his nephew and niece John and Mary Merryman and their children (10). He was not working (10).

He died on 11 February 1915 (5, 6, 11). He died at Bald Eagle, [Blair County,] Pennsylvania (5, 11 [Centre County]). He was buried at Cross Roads Cemetery, Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (6). (Also buried there are Henry Crain (17 Oct 1819-17 May 1902), Sallie Crain (d. Dec 1897, age 6? years 4 months 29 days), and George Crain (1788-7 Jan 1859) and Mary Polly Nearhoof Crain (19 Nov 1792-10 Jan 1872) [see 6].)

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Benjamin Crane)

2 company I, descriptive roll, #53 (Benjamin Crain [sic])

3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 72, page 1 (Benjamin Crane)

4 pension index, by name (Benjamin Crane)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company I (Benjamin Crane)

6 Find a grave, memorial 54997297, created by Clancy Hassler, added 15 July 2010, accessed 6 February 2011 [identification is confirmed by the tombstone inscription: "BENJAMIN CRAIN PRIV. CO I, 91st REGT. PA. Vol. MAY 29, 1835 FEB. 9, 1915"]

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, post office Olivia [?], microfilm series M593, film 1322, page 780 = 3 handwritten (Benjaminm Crain)

8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 7 [?], enumeration district 230, microfilm series T9, film 1112, page 292 = 9 A handwritten (Benjamin Crane)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 10, enumeration district 39 [?], microfilm series T623, film 1392, page 191 = 3 B handwritten (Benjamin Crain)

10 1910 US census, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 42, microfilm series T624, film 1326, page 248 = 3 [?] A handwritten (Benjamin Crane)

11 'Our American cousins', a gedcom, available at RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Jim Atchison, updated 20 November 2010, accessed 24 March 2011 (Benjamin Crain)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Snyder Township, microfilm series M432, film 755, pages 49 = [96] handwritten to 50 = 97 handwritten (Benjamin Crane)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Crane)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Crain)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices
Taylor Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania does have a George (36), Henry (34), and Sarah (27) Crane, who are probably the George, Henry, and Sarah in the 1870 census [see microfilm series M653, film 1090, page 900 = 3 handwritten]. In 1860, a Benja Crane (30, plasterer) was living in Rush Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania [microfilm series M653, film 1090, page 835 = 9 handwritten], with Margaret (27), Mary (13), Jane (7), Milton (5), John (3), and Amos (2). I assume he is not my Benjamin Crane.
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 6 February 2011)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 6 February 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Snyder Township, microfilm series M432, film 755, pages 49 = [96] handwritten to 50 = 97 handwritten]
line394041421234567
Dwellings visited122          
Families visited126          
NameGeorge CranePolly CraneLeran [?] CraneMary CraneHenry CraneGeorge CraneSarah CraneTabitha CraneBenjamin CraneEliza CraneJohn Stirner
Age625240383125191714417
SexMFMFMMFFMFM
Color           
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLaborer   LaborerLaborer    Laborer
Real estate owned$500          
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"""Penna""""""
Married within year           
Attended school within year        1  
Over 20 & can't read/write  1 1      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.           

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, post office Olivia [?], microfilm series M593, film 1322, page 780 = 3 handwritten]
line910111213
Dwelling-house number15    
Family number15    
NameCrain Henry- Sarah- George- Benjamin- Mary
Age5039443577
SexMFMMF
ColorWWWWW
OccupationFarmerHouse KeeperWorks on farm" " 
Real estate value2500    
Personal estate value800    
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year     
Can't read11  1
Can't write11  1
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 11 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 7 [?], enumeration district 230, microfilm series T9, film 1112, page 292 = 9 A handwritten]
line27282930
street name    
house number    
dwelling visit #59   
family visit #61   
nameCrane Henry- Benjamin- SarahWeaver Sarah
colorWWWW
sexMMFF
age61454921
month born if born in year    
relationship BrotherSisterNiece
single1111
married    
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationFarmerLaborerKeeping house 
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read1   
can't write1 1 
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 72, page 1]
[line] 1
[house] 5
[family] 5
[name] Crane Benjamin
[rank] Private
[company] I
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 16 Mar 1865
[discharge date] 16 Aug 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 5 months, [blank] days
[post office address] Olivia Blair Co Pa
[disability incurred] None
[remarks] Drafted man

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 10, enumeration district 39 [?], microfilm series T623, film 1392, page 191 = 3 B handwritten]
line90919293949596
street       
house number       
dwelling number55      
family number55      
nameCrain Benjamin- HenryLewis Miles- Eliza- Elmer- BlairSallie
relationshipHeadBrotherNephewNieceNephewNephewNice
colorWWWWWWW
sexMMMFMMF
birth dateMay 1835Oct 1819Oct 1843Apr 1847July 1879July 1882Aug 1886
age65815653201713
married?SSMMSSS
# years married003434000
mother of how many children?   5   
# of children living   5   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupationFarmerFarm laborerInvalid  Farm laborer 
# months not employed00   0 
# months in school       
can readyesnoyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesnoyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseF      
# of farm schedule40      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Centre County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 42, microfilm series T624, film 1326, page 248 = 3 [?] A handwritten]
line1617181920
street     
house nr     
dwelling nr45    
family nr45    
nameCrane BenjaminMerryman John J.- Mary- Oliver [?] O.- [illegible] B.
relationshipHeadNephewNieceGrandNephewGrandNiece
sexMMFMF
colorWWWWW
age74454346/12
marital statusSM1M1SS
#years present marriage 77  
mother of # children  3  
mother of # living children  2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated     
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish  
occupationNoneFarmerNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc. Tenant farm   
employer etc. OA   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?     
# weeks out of work 1909     
can readYesYesYes  
can writeYesYesYes  
school since 1 Sep 09     
owned/rented R   
owned free or mortagaged     
farm/house F   
nr on farm schedule 35   
civil war vet     
blind     
deaf & dumb     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 25 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Crane Benjamin
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 25 March 2014]

Crain Benjamin
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Crane Benjamin

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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