Truth Be Known

I’m happy after several years of research to connect my roots to Elder John through my mother, 11 generations back.   However, since I’m hopelessly ungrateful, all I can think of is that bleak adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” In hindsight, I should have asked the universe for a connection to Elder John through my father.  After all, he is the official Crandall with the authentic moniker.  If only my dad’s cousins and I could share the fun of belonging to The Crandall Association as true descendants and maybe even attend a reunion together, not as the real McCoys exactly, but you catch my drift…

In an 1880 census, a gg-aunt Frances stated that her parents, my ggg-grandparents on my father’s side, were born in Massachusetts.  Alas, we descendants don’t know where in the State of Massachusetts and other than paternal surnames, we have no idea who John and Phebe’s respective parents were.  The earliest solid evidence we have turned up regarding Capt. John and Phebe Freeman Crandall is the date of their intention to marry (05 Nov 1801) and the date of their actual marriage (03 Jan 1802), both duly noted in Town Record of Dighton, Bristol County, MA.  Elder Enoch Goff presided.  Nothing else concrete, nada en absoluto.

As for flimsier evidence, we’ve found a John Crandle and Elisebeth Prat who were married on 18 Sep 1772, Dighton Town Record.  The date and their intents in August were documented by an Ezra Richmond. This second couple may or may not connect to my family. We find no mention of Elisabeth having borne children.  However, from his grave marker in Bristol, Ontario County, NY, we estimate our John’s birth year (the one who married Phebe) to be 1778/9.  Since Elisabeth Pratt’s christening is documented in Dighton, we know she would have been at least 41 years of age.  Although her candidacy to be our John’s mother seems unlikely, Capt. John and Phebe’s last child, my gg-grandfather David Freeman Crandall, was born when Phebe was, according to her gravestone, almost forty-two.  What’s probable can differ from what’s possible!

Uncertainty aside, I’m pleased someone has been researching the line through which my mother connects to Elder John.  Thank you to that person for posting on Rootsweb the information below!  I appreciate all the effort and I especially appreciate knowing my mother’s 8th great-grandparents are Deborah Burdick and Rev. Joseph Crandall.   I’ve read several interesting details about Rev. Joseph on various websites. What a fine man he appears to have been!  I’m anxious to learn more about Deborah. is researching this line. 12/14/2014 3:09 PM[Second Generation]6. Rev. Joseph CRANDALL (John) was born 1661 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. He died 12 Sep 1737 in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island.Crandall Genealogy, page 7 & 8.
Rev. Joseph Crandall was an ordained minister of the Seventh Day Baptist Chruch in Newport RI, May 8, 1715.
Joseph married Deborah BURDICK, daughter of Robert BURDICK and Ruth HUBBARD, about 1681 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. Deborah was born about 1662 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. She died 1734 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island.Crandall Genealogy, page 3.
7. (Rev.) Joseph b. 1661; m. Deborah Burdick.
page 7.
//of Newport, Westerly, and South Kingstown, RI, son of Eld. John. b. abt. 1661 in Westerly RI; d. 12 Sept. 1723; m. abt 1681, Deborah Hubbard Burdick, dau. of Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick. b. 11 Jan. 1640.

They had the following children:

+ 31 M i John CRANDALL was born about 1682 and died Jan 1767.
+ 32 F ii Lydia CRANDALL was born about 1683 and died after 11 Feb 1720.
+ 33 M iii Joseph CRANDALL was born 1684 and died 17 Feb 1750.
+ 34 F iv Mary CRANDALL was born about 1686 and died 1763.
+ 35 F v Deborah CRANDALL was born about 1688 and died 12 Sep 1737.
+ 36 F vi Thankful CRANDALL was born about 1685 and died 1713/1715.
+ 37 F vii Tacy CRANDALL was born about 1692.
+ 38 F viii Jane CRANDALL was born about 1694. m. Cyrus Richmond



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