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4232. John CRANDALL was born on Feb 15, 1617 in , , Gloucester Co., eng. He died on Nov 29, 1676 in Newport, Newport, RI. He was buried on Dec 1, 1676 in Westerley. He is reference number 1M00-R9. As early as 1635 REVEREND JOHN CRANDALL, who is believed to have been of Welsh ancestry, was living in Salem, where, as elsewhere in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, there was at this time much opposition to all dissenters from the authorized tenets of the Puritans. John Crandall was the minister of the Salem church, but he adopted the opinions of the Baptists, which were very obnoxious to the Congregationalists, and in the autmn of 1635 he was dismissed as pastor. As did so many other of the early Baptists of New England, he determined to settle in the Narragansett country. The Indians proved friendly and he obtained from them a grant of land. He has been called one of the founders of Providence. He was certainly living in Providence as early as 1637.

In 1651, while with John Clarke and Obadiah Holmes at Swampscott, near Lynn, Massachusetts, he held a religious service at the house of William Witter, both the latter and Obadiah Holmes being also ancestors of Mr. Francis Augustus Loveland. He was imprisoned in Boston for this offense, but released on a payment by his friends of the fine imposed.

In 1669, he appears in a list of "the Free Inhebetants of the Towne of Westerle," Rhode Island, this list being dated May 18. Directly after this, he, with Tobias Saunders, was authorized by the Colony to summon juries and hold courts, they being appointed "conservators of his Majesty's peace."

John Crandall was one of the original purchasers of the land comprising Westerly, from which Hopkinton was later formed, these two Rhode Island towns being homes of many of Mr. Loveland's ancestors. The townships of Westerly, Hopkinton, Charlestown, and Richmond, as they now are, were a tract called by the Indians Misquamicut, and on August 27, 1661, John Crandall was one of the nine signers of a petition to the Court of Commissioners for the Colony of Providence Plantations, in session at Portsmouth, for the purchase of that part of the tract which became Westerly. He was the first Baptist Elder at Westerly and held a number of public offices at various times. In 1658, 1659, 1662, 1663, he was a Commissioner, and was a Deputy to the General Court, in 1667, and 1670 and 1671, representing Westerly during the two latter terms. He had lived, prior to his settlement at Westerly, at Newport, where he was certainly by July 21, 1651, the time of his apprehension at the house of William Witter, referred to above.

There was much dispute between the Colonies of Massachusetts and Connecticut as to their jurisdictions, and especially as to jurisdiction over grants in Rhode Island, which, however, had been confirmed by a royal charter to their purchasers. A claim was made in 1662 by Connecticut of land reaching beyond Misquamicut to Narragansett Bay. On October 17, 1667, a letter was sent by the Connecticut authorities to those of Rhode Island, complaining that John Crandall had taken possession of about a square mile of land, which he had laid out to his son, on the west side of the Pawcatuck River. On May 14, 1669, he and Joseph Torrey were appointed Commissioners for the purpose of conferring with the Connecticut authorities concerning these land disputes. Certain individuals lent thirty-five shillings to the Colony of Rhode Island in order to pay the expenses of Mr. Crandall's journey to Connecticut. A few months later, on November 18, the Governor and Assistants of Connecticut sent a letter complaining that John Crandall and some others had appropriated a large tract of land in the twonship of Stonington, Connecticut. A reply to this complaint was sent to the town of Westerly, on March 11, 1670, signed by John Crandall and Tobias Saunders, in which all illegal seizure of land or other offense against the Colony of Connecticut was denied, and a counter-charge was made: "but we are very sensible of great wrongs that we have sustained by them for several years." In 1671 the disputes grew so serious that Mr. Crandall, with others, was actually carried off by the Connecticut authorities, and was imprisoned at Hartford. On May 2 of that year the Rhode Island Assembly advised him not to yield to Connecticut's claims and assured him of the Colony's support and that his financial losses would be borne by the Colony.

His death was November 29, 1676, at Newport.

The Reverend John Crandall was twice married. The name of his first wife is unknown, but she died in 1670 and was buried on August 2 of that year. He married, second, Hannah, who may have been Hannah Gaylord. The settlement of Hezekiah Gaylord's estate in 1677 shows that his sister, Hannah, married a Crandall. Hannah Gaylord was born in 1647, January 30, and was the daughter of William and Ann (Porter) Gaylord of Windsor, Connecticut.

The children of Reverend John Crandall by his first marriage were:
i John Crandall, of Newport, Rhode Island, a blacksmith, married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Gorton of Warwick, Rhode Island, June 18, 1672; this marriage taking place at Warwick, Rhode Island, and being performed by John Greene, Justice. John Crandall, Junior, and Elizabeth, his wife, had five children: John, Peter, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary. In 1671 he was made a Freeman. On October 3, 1670, he received from his father, Reverend John Crandall, "for love," "all my goods, chattels, debts, household utentils, and all other personal estate, movable or immovable, quick or dead--putting him in quiet and peacable possession by payment of 1 shilling." On May 13, 1678, he, in a document stating that he was the son of John Crandall, of Newport, deceased, confirmed to his brothers, Jeremiah and Eber Crandall, a house in Westerly, "formerly the mansion house of my father, John Crandall," with two hundred acres of land. On December 12, 1682, he sold, for forty shillings, land in Narragansett, to George Lawton. Both he and his wife died in 1704.
ii James Crandall, who took the oath of allegiance September 17, 1679.
iii Jane Crandall, married Job Babcock, son of James and Sarah Babcock. They had nine children. She died in 1715, and her husband died in 1718.
iv Sarah Crandall, of whom below.
v Peter Crandall, prominent in public affairs. He was Deputy to the General Court in 1699, 1700, 1701, 1702, 1703, and 1704. From 1703 to 1708 he was Justice of the Peace, and he held the military rank of Lieutenant. His wife's name was Mary, and they both died in 1734.
vi Joseph Crandall was chosen to be Town Councilman of Westerly, April 20, 1704, but declined the honor. In 1712 he removed to Kingstown, Rhode Island. On May 8, 1715, he became the pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Newport. His wife was Deborah, daughter of Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick. He died September 12, 1737.
vii Samuel Crandall was born in 1663, and died May 19, 1736. He married Sarah Colby.

Children of Reverend John Crandall by his second marriage, with Hannah (perhaps Gaylord), were:
viii Jeremiah Crandall married Priscilla, daughter of John and Ann (Gorton) Warner. He died in August, 1718.
ix Eber Crandall was born in 1676. He was three times married. The name of his first wife is unknown. His second wife was a daughter of George Lamphre, and he married, third, Mary Cottrell, daughter of Nicholas and Dorothy (Pendleton) Cottrell. He and his last wife died in 1727.
2 SARAH CRANDALL, daughter of Reverend John Crandall and his first wife, married, as his second wife, Josiah Witter. As has been shown, under the account of the Witter family, Josiah and Sarah (Crandall) Witter were ancestors of Mr. Francis Augustus Loveland.

Bibliographic Information: Washburn, Georgia Cooper. Witter Genealogy. The National Historical
Company. New York 1929


Rev. John Crandall, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England, and settled in Providence, Rhode Island, as early as 1637. He is the progenitor of all of the name, of colonial ancestry, in this country. He was a Baptist in religion, and for differing with the Puritan church was persecuted in Massachusetts, where he settled first. From Providence he went to Newport, Rhode Island, as early as 1651, and became a prominent member of the Baptist church there, subsequently the first elder of the denomination at Westerly, Rhode Island. With John Chace and Obadiah Holmes he went to Lynn, Massachusetts, to hold services for the Baptists, and was there arrested, July 21, 1651, and sent to prison in Boston. Ten days later he was convicted of breaking the law by holding services and fined five pounds, in default of which he was to be publicly whipped. Upon his promise to appear at the next term of court he was released. In 1655 he was a freeman of Rhode Island; in 1658-59. 1662-63, he was a commissioner, With eight others he signed a letter to the court of commissioners of Rhode Island, dated August 27, 1661, in relation to a tract of land at Westerly, where they and others desired to settle. He was a deputy to the general assembly in 1687, and in the fall of that year was living at Westerly. He and Joseph Torrey were appointed commissioners to treat with Connecticut as to jurisdiction over disputed territory, May 14, 1609, and he was supplied with thirty-five shillings by the colony of Rhode Island to pay his expenses to Connecticut. He received a letter from the governor and assistants of Connecticut, November 18, 1669, complaining that he and others had appropriated a large tract of land belonging to Stonington, Connecticut. He and Tobias Saunders answered the complaint for the Westerly people. He was conservator of the peace at Westerly in 1670, and deputy to the general assembly again in 1670-71. He was arrested by the Connecticut authorities, May 2, 1671, and by advice of the Rhode Island government declined to give bond. The Rhode Island colony promised to pay his expenses and defend him. His first wife died August 1, 1670, and he married (second) Hannah, probably daughter of William and Ann (Porter) Gaylord, of Windsor, Connecticut. She died in 1678. He died at Newport, whither he had removed on account of King Philip's war in 1676. Children: John, married Elizabeth Gorton; James; Jane, married Job Babcock; Sarah, married Josiah Witter; Peter, died 1734; Joseph, mentioned below; Samuel, born 1663; Jeremiah, died 1718; and Eber, born 1676.

Bibliographic Information: Cutter, William Richard. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV. 1915. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.

John CRANDALL and Mary OPP were married in Mar 1649 in Great Island, , RI.

4233. Mary OPP died on Aug 20, 1670 in Westerly, WASH. CO., RI. She was buried on Aug 22, 1670 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. She was born of newport, Newport, RI. She is reference number B62D-5G. World Family Tree Vol. 4, Ed. 1 Tree #2906 Children were:

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John CRANDALL Jr..

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James CRANDALL9 was born between 1651 and 1653 in Newport, Newport, RI. He is reference number 1M01-DJ.
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Jane CRANDALL9 was born about 1653 in Westerly, Washington, RI. She died in 1715 in Westerly, Washington, RI. She is reference number 1M00-Q4.
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Samuel CRANDALL9 was born in 1661 in Westerly, RI, RI. He died on Sep 12, 1737 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. He was buried in , Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island. He is reference number FGC2-RR.
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Sarah CRANDALL9 was born about 1653 in Westerly, Newport, Rhode Island, Rhode Island. She died in 1696 in Rhode Island Or, New London, CT, Rhode Island. She is reference number JVML-4G.
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Peter CRANDALL9 was born in 1655 in Westerly, Washington, RI. He died in 1734 in Westerly, Washington, RI. He is reference number 1M01-GV.
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Joseph CRANDALL [Rev]9 was born in 1661 in Westerly, , RI. He died on Sep 12, 1737 in , , Rhode Island. He is reference number J3TL-0S.