Wedding Wednesday – Elias Cranmer and Hannah Spragg Married March 21, 1821 (3rd great grandparents) (Blog 16)

Our first record of Elias Cranmer and Hannah Sprague, my third great grandparents, describes their marriage in Manahawkin, New Jersey on March 22, 1821:

Marriage Elias Cranmer Hannah Sprague

Page 77

To the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the county
of Monmouth in the State of New Jersey, I Samuel Gray
one of the Justices of the Peace, in and for said County, Do hereby certify, that on the twenty second day of March 1821 at Manahawkin in said County I married Elias Cranmer and Hannah Spragg, both of said county and then did Pronounce Man and Wife, agreeably to the laws of this state
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the
day and year above written. Samuel Gray

We find Elias and Hannah along with some of the children listed in the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 census records in Stafford and Seder Run (also spelled Ceder Run) with Elias working as a laborer and farmer with personal property valued at $200-$600.

Hannah died on October 22, 1876.  Her death record lists her father as Joseph Sprague and her mother as Rebecca. She was buried at the Beach Avenue Cemetery in Manahawin, New Jersey.  Her gravestone reads : OUR MOTHER, HANNAH, Wife of, Elias Cranmer, Died Oct 22 1872, Aged 70 years, 6? Mos, 15 days, words at the bottom of the stone difficult to read.  We presume that the information from the stone is what was used for folks to calculate a birth date of Nov 7, 1801.

We’re not sure when Elias died.  The death record attached to him lists a date of April 1876 but that record states an Elias age 45 and this Elias would be 75.  Either there is a mistake in the transcription of this document and it should say 75 or this record belongs to a different Elias.  Unfortunately at this time we can only access the transcribed version of the document.

According to Ancestry DNA, I share ancestors Elias and Hannah with at least five individuals through whom I’ve  discovered more of his children and some additional sources (thanks for sharing!!!).  We’re currently reviewing sources to learn more about Elias, Hannah, and their children focusing at the moment on the New Jersey Courier which is accessible via the Ocean County Library online.  It’s a bit of a project due to the various spelling of the name Cranmer — Cramer, Crammer, Craumer, etc.

CHILDREN: (still in a state of review)

Nathan Cranmer (1822-1892) – married Sarah Ann Cranmer, worked as teaming & farmer

Harriet Cranmer (1824-1907) – married Samuel Cook

Mary Ann Cranmer (1824-1864) – married Stacy Conklin

Michael W Cranmer (1830-1872) – married Margaret A Havens, died of typhoid fever at age of 42 leaving many. young children

Job C Cranmer (1833-1921) – married Margaretta Cranmer

Melinda Cranmer (1835-1901) – married George W Patterson [my direct ancestor]

Sarah Elizabeth Cranmer (1839-1918) – married Charles Pitman Conklin

Walter H Cranmer (1840-1912)

Lewis A Cranmer (1840-1869) – married Susan Carr

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1840 United States Federal Census, Monmoouth County, New Jersey, population schedule, Somerset, Elias C Cranmer; digital images, ( : accessed 14 January 2018).

1850 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Stafford, Page No 102 (penned) 52 (stamped), dwelling 249, family 258, Elias Cranmer; digital images, ( : accessed 23 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Sedar Run Stafford, Page No 15, dwelling 108, family 108, Elias Cranmer; digital images, ( : accessed 22 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Stafford, Page No 17, dwelling 139, familiy 138, Elias Cranmer; digital images, ( : accessed 23 January 2018).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 23 January 2018), Hannah Cranmer,.

“New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1798-1971,” database, ( : accessed 23 January 2018), Hannah Cranmer.

“New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965,” index, Ancestry (: accessed 12 January 2018), Elias Cranmer m Hannah Spragg.

(updated 10/3/18 to increase the number of shared matches on Ancestry; 4/17/18 to mention that there are there shared matches on ancestry; 1/24/18 to remove son Ephraim as there were no sources for him)

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