Crank Family

CRANK - My Paternal Grandmother's Family - emigrated into Pope County, IL in the 1830's from Tennessee

Read about my family history / mystery. I've had several great responses, and have included some of those emails here in the hopes it may help bring the Crank family together by providing a clearinghouse of information and a way to share Crank addresses on the internet.

The Story Begins
Census Information: [ 1870] [1860] [1850 ]
Marraige Information: [ Pope County] [ Saline County ]
Cemetary Information: [ Sulphur Springs ] [ Partain Cemetary ]
My Research "To Do's"
Interesting email replies I've had: [Joe B. Crank] [Debbie Crank] [David A. Crank] [ Message #1 From Anthony L Crank, a Native American] [Karl Crank] [ Message #2 From Anthony L Crank] Joe Crank's Family Trees
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My paternal grandmother, Katie Crank, died December 14, 1957. I have only vague memories of her, as I was just over 3 when she died. I want to learn more about her family, but am only able to reliably go back to 1838, the year my great great grandfather, John Moses Crank, was born. Here's what I know.

Katie was the child of Nathaniel Crank and Mary Jane Cowsert Crank. She was born October 21, 1893 in Golconda, Pope County, IL. Katie seems to have at least two brothers, Calvin C. and Albert. Nathaniel, Katie's father, was the son of John Moses Crank and Binda Wallace Crank.

The mystery begins with Nathaniel's parents, John Moses Crank and Binda Wallace - who were their parents and where did they come from? Here's the evidence I've collected so far.

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The 1870 Census of Township 11 S, Range 7 E, Pope County (enumerated 23 June 1870) shows Nathaniel Crank, age 3, living in Lusk. His father is listed as Thomas (don't know where Thomas came from, it was John Moses Crank) age 32. His mother is listed as Bindaey (often spelled Binda in other documents) age 28. Nathaniel's listed siblings are: Sarah, female, age 10; Juliett, female, age 10; Garrett, male, age 5; (Nathaniel); and Betty, female, age 1. All the above show IL as their birthplace. Also listed in the household is Betsey Crank, age 59, born in Kentucky. (NOTES: Betsey could be Nathaniel's Grandmother or great-aunt, living with her son/nephew following the death of her husband; Betsey is the right age to be Elizabeth, wife of Samuel D. Crank from the 1850 and 1860 censuses; headstone of Samuel B. Crank in Partain/Santy cemetary shows him dying on Jan 15, 1864 aged 55 years, 8 months, 29 days; headstone of Elizabeth Crank in Partain.Santy cemetary shows her dying Dec 24, 1876 and born Feb 25, 1811.)

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The 1860 Census of Township 11 S, Range 7 E, Pope County, Illinois (enumerated Oct 15, 1860 by James Roper) reveals these clues.

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The1850 Census of Pope County, enumerated Sep 26, 1850, reveals these clues about family #38: Questions this leads to are:

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The Pope County Marraige Register gives these clues about the family of Nathaniel:

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The book, Saline County Illinois Marriages 1847 - 1880 gives this information:

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I visited the Sulphur Springs Cemetary, about 1/3 the distance from Eddyville to Golconda, IL on County Route 5 (Golconda blacktop). It's in a beautiful section of the Shawnee National Forest, along US Bicycle Route 76, the coast-to-coast bicycle route travelled by people from around the world. Here's what I found: Return to Top of page
I also visited the Partain/Santy cemetary, just south of Herod, IL, in the Northeast corner of Pope County. I found lots of information on the Cranks here.

(all above stones are in 16th row, below stones are in 17th row)

(below stones are in 18th row)

(below stones are in 19th row)

My Uncle Hubert Lewis told me this about the Crank family:
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Things to check: Things I want to know:

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Return-Path: jbcrank@why.net

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 1996 18:11:36 -0800

From: "Joe B. Crank"

Reply-To: jbcrank@why.net

To: lewismd@oocities.com

Subject: Crank Data

Hi Mark,

I don't know of any connection between my ancestors and the Crank's of Illinois, yet. I have been able to trace my kin back to Tennessee in the 1800's and Virginia in the mid 1700's (my 4th great-grandfather was Lipscomb Crank b VA abt 1765). My information is in genealogy software and I haven't figured out how to extract individual reports for the Internet. I have some printouts of descendants which I will be glad to send by snail mail if you will send me your address. There are a couple of places on the net where I have found information. You may have already looked at them but here they are anyway; http://www.citynet.net/ mostwanted/cpcz.html and http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/Genea/rsisearch .pl. There is a Robert K. Crank, P.O. Box 936, Venice, Fl, 34284 who has quite a bit of data on the Crank clan. He has some 800 pages of data back as far as Thomas Cranke in Virginia abt 1650. I have some information on a John Crank (Cranch) (no documented relation) b abt 1731 in Pennsylvania and one of his descendants was a Mary J. Crank b 1837 in Ohio. Her siblings are buried in Jefferson Co. Indiana. If any of this sounds interesting, let me know and I will send it.

Bye for now,

Joe Crank

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Return-Path: dcrank@st-agnes.org

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 1996 18:17:39 -0600

From: Debbie Crank

Organization: Saint Agnes Academy

To: lewismd@oocities.com

Subject: Crank Family Mystery

I was very interested in your search for your family roots and have some information you may find useful. A Samuel D. Crank was born in 1808 in KY to parents James Crank and Eleanor (or Ellender) Taylor (related to President Zachary Taylor.) His siblings were David Crockett Crank, Garrett Crank, John Crank, Mary "Polly" Crank Stewart, Cornelius Crank (my great great great grandfather,) Preston Crank, Amanda Crank Stewart, Martha Patsy Crank Combs, Elizabeth Crank Dickerson, William Crank and Ellen Crank Fortney.

There was also a Samuel B. Crank, but he was born in 1828 in KY to Cornelius Crank and Phebe Laws. His sibs were Sarah (Sally), James, Thomas(my great great grandfather,) Cornelius Jr., William, Eleanor (Nellie), John, Mary Jane, Mildred, Elizabeth and Milton. My Crank ancestors have been traced back to circa 1675, when Thomas Crank Sr. (born in England) inherited land in Lancaster or Middlesex Co. Virginia from a Henry Nichols.

You might also be interested to know that there is a Crank Hall (passed out of Crank hands in 1680) in the hamlet of Crank, Lancashire, England.

Sincerely,

Debbie Crank

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Return-Path: dcrank@ca.uky.EDU

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 12:23:26 -0500 (EST)

From: David A Crank

Subject: Re: Family Info

To: Mark Lewis

Mark,

My family name started in West Virginia near the first of this century. It came about because my great grandfather was found as an abandoned child at the crank of the well. He was so named and was not given the name of the adoptive family. This was in Jackson County, WV near Sissonville. There are some of my family in Jackson County and I was raised in Mason County, WV. I was at the Univ. of Illinois for a while and can tell you that I share my name with Dr. David Crank, a veterinarian somewhere near Rantoul, IL.

David Crank

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Return-Path: alc4@dana.ucc.nau.edu

Date: Tue, 03 Dec 1996 14:23:53 -0700 (MST)

From: Anthony Lewis Crank

Subject: Re: Crank Family Info

To: Mark Lewis

hey mark, Idon't know if this Crank is who your looking for, But I am American Indian from the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area(Utah, Arizona,Colorado and New Mexico.) The Name Crank comes from what the Bureau ofIndian Affairs gave my great-grandfather "Huskenenie" in literal translation it means "He who passes on harsh wisdom". Now this may have been not the information you might be looking for, but if so, I am really curious as to how you might be related to me. Heh, but I really doubt it!

As they say in Navajo "JaH-shi Ya-ah", for "..laters Dude",

Tony Crank

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Return-Path: KCRANK@MBAKERCORP.COM

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 1996 13:13:35 -0500

From: Karl Crank

To: lewismd@oocities.com

Cc: erik@natinst.com

Subject: Cranks

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to: Mark Lewis,

from: Karl Crank

Mark,

I am currently the geneaology point of contact for our family. I haven't visited your web page but my brother informs me that there are plenty of the same names as there are in our geneaology. The times and locations aren't the same but they could be related. Another of my relatives has been in contact with one other line of Cranks here in the states. Our line goes back to a William Crank in Virginia probably born around 1750. The other Crank line comes back to Virginia and goes back further than ours. Its possible that we are from the same WIlliam Crank that was sentenced by an English court to be exiled to the colonies, in 1710 (I think I don't have my papers here at the office). Best bet for research is to try to make the leap back to Virginia. Lots of different Cranks in Virginia.

I'll visit your page with my papers handy and see If I find any connections.

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Return-Path: alc4@dana.ucc.nau.edu

Date: Thu, 05 Dec 1996 14:38:50 -0700 (MST)

From: Anthony Lewis Crank

Subject: Ya-a-teh!

To: Mark Lewis

That means hello. I am curious as to who else might be named Crank. Let me know who you already have(live now, ethnic orgin, how they got that name), and who you might come across.

So far, most Cranks that I know come from the Rez. And recently you are the only other person from the east states that I know.

Thanks for your time and good luck on your soul searching(just kidding).

:) PEACE! ;)



Crank Family Data from Joe Crank of Farmers Branch, TX

Thank you Joe for sharing this data.

Descendants of John Crank(Cranch)

1 John Crank(Cranch) Abt 1731 -

. +Unk

........ 2 Abraham Crank

........ 2 Mary Crank

........ 2 Robert Crank

........ 2 James Crank 1779 - 1862

........ 2 John H.Crank Jr 1780 - 1862

............ +Sally Madison(?)

................... 3 William Crank

................... 3 John G. Crank 1806 -

....................... +Jane Ann Harwood

.............................. 4 Mary J. Crank 1837 -

................... *2nd Wife of John G. Crank:

....................... +Rachael Givinup

.............................. 4 Eleanor Crank 1840 -

.............................. 4 Charles Crank 1842 -

.............................. 4 Nancy Crank 1844 -

.............................. 4 Rachael Crank 1848 -

................... 3 James D. Crank 1812 - 1855

....................... +Cinthia C. Higgins 1819 - 1883

................... 3 Charles Crank 1843 - 1863

........ 2 Elizabeth Crank 1782 -

Descendants of Lipdscomb Crank 1 Lipdscomb Crank Abt 1765 - Unknown

. +Mary M. (Polly) Parrish Abt 1782 - Unknown

........ 2 Ann Crank

............ +John A. Walton

........ 2 William B. Crank 1812 - Unknown

............ +Ellinder H. xxx 1815 - Unknown

................... 3 James S. Crank 1833 - Unknown

....................... +Ne?ttie xxx 1845 -

.............................. 4 R. E. Crank 1867 -

.............................. 4 Charles B. Crank 1871 -

.............................. 4 Maggie Crank 1879 -

................... 3 Mary A. Crank 1834 - Unknown

....................... +Mitchel A. Pullias 1838 - 1919

.............................. 4 William B. Pullias 1870 - 1945

.................................. +Sallie A. xxx 1876 - 1939

......................................... 5 Charles C. Pullias 1904 - 1904

......................................... 5 Clifton W. Pullias 1912 - 1912

.............................. 4 Charles Pullias 1872 - Unknown

.............................. 4 John G. Pullias 1874 - 1957

.............................. 4 Thomas J. Pullias 1876 - 1920

.............................. 4 Edward Pullias 1878 - Unknown

................... 3 Richard A. Crank 1835 - Abt 1884

....................... +Permelia Tevis 1832 - 1908

.............................. 4 Mary A. Crank 1856 - Unknown

.............................. 4 Frances Crank 1859 - Unknown

.............................. 4 Jefferson Davis Crank 1861 - 1943

.................................. +Elizabeth Overton Mohon 1861 - 1949

......................................... 5 Richard Allen Crank, Sr 1881 - 1934

............................................. +Kate Goodnight Boggs 1875 - 1923

.................................................... 6 Bettie Kathrine Crank 1909 - 1989

........................................................ +William Calvin Bryant 1906 - 1991

.............................................................. 7 Billie Kathrine Bryant 1927 -

.................................................................. +Joe Robert Haynes

......................................................................... 8 Mary Jo Haynes 1945 -

............................................................................. +Don Menser 1941 -

.................................................................................... 9 Natalie Ann Menser 1961 -

.............................................................. *2nd Husband of Billie Kathrine Bryant:

.................................................................. +George Richard Parvin 1917 -

......................................................................... 8 William Howard Parvin 1950 -

......................................................................... 8 Vera Kaye Parvin 1954 -

.............................................................. 7 James Allen Bryant 1928 -

.................................................................. +Jerry Montgomery 1928 -

......................................................................... 8 James Allen Bryant, Jr 1952 -

......................................................................... 8 Paul Wayne Bryant 1957 -

.............................................................. 7 Martha Ann Bryant 1931 -

.................................................................. +Ralph Scott 1931 -

......................................................................... 8 Margaret Ann Scott 1954 -

......................................................................... 8 Jeffrey Lynn Scott 1959 -

.............................................................. 7 Margaret Aline Bryant 1931 -

.................................................................. +Ralph Worley 1931 -

......................................................................... 8 Harold Wayne Worley 1952 -

......................................................................... 8 Martha Lynn Worley 1953 -

.............................................................. 7 Mary Elva Bryant 1935 -

.................................................................. +Ward Kuykendall

......................................................................... 8 Tammy Kuykendall

......................................................................... 8 Jody Bryant Kuykendall

.............................................................. 7 Betty Lynn Bryant 1940 - 1958

.................................................................. +John Leigh 1938 -

......................................................................... 8 Charles Michael Leigh 1958 -

.................................................... 6 J.W. Crank 1917 - 1922

......................................... *2nd Wife of Richard Allen Crank, Sr:

............................................. +Elva Thompson 1900 - 1966

.................................................... 6 Richard Allen Crank, Jr 1925 - 1968

.................................................... 6 Robert Thompson Crank 1927 - 1986

........................................................ +Violet Gene Martin 1926 - Unknown

.................................................... *2nd Wife of Robert Thompson Crank:

........................................................ +Margaret Read Unknown -

.............................................................. 7 Robert Dale Crank

.................................................... 6 Joe Ben Crank 1932 -

........................................................ +Phyllis Rae Schoby 1934 -

.............................................................. 7 Kevin Duane Crank 1957 -

.............................................................. 7 Pamela Ruth Crank 1961 - 1987

.................................................................. +Max Allen Nelson II

......................................................................... 8 Mellisa Christene Nelson - 1987

......................................................................... 8 Max Allen Nelson III 1983 - 1987

.............................................................. 7 Jeffrey Howard Crank 1965 -

.............................................................. 7 Joseph Todd Crank 1967 -

.................................................... 6 Dorothy Inez Crank 1935 -

........................................................ +James Norman Hodges 1935 -

.............................................................. 7 Norma Beth Hodges 1957 - 1957

.............................................................. 7 Robin Ruanne Hodges 1963 -

.................................................................. +Richard James Burkhardt 1962 -

......................................................................... 8 Ryan Thomas Burkhardt 1983 -

......................................................................... 8 Michael Patrick Burkhardt 1985 -

......................................................................... 8 Sarabeth Taylor Burkhardt 1988 -

.............................................................. 7 J.Norman Hodges 1967 -

................... 3 Elizabeth A.H. Crank 1838 - Unknown

....................... +Frank McKinney

................... 3 Thomas J. Crank 1841 - Unknown

................... 3 John L. Crank 1844 - Unknown

....................... +Marthia xxx 1849 -

.............................. 4 Na?nie Crank 1870 -

.............................. 4 Thomas J. Crank 1872 -

.............................. 4 Lee Ann Crank 1875 -

.............................. 4 Elizabeth Crank 1880 -

................... 3 William J. Crank 1847 - Unknown

........ 2 Richard Henry Crank, Sr 1823 - 1889

............ +Sarah D. Locke 1827 - Unknown

................... 3 Laura D. Crank 1850 - Unknown

................... 3 James B. Crank 1851 - Unknown

................... 3 Mary E. Crank 1854 - Unknown

................... 3 Talbot F. Crank 1855 - Unknown

................... 3 James (Jonas) L. Crank 1860 - Unknown

................... 3 Richard Henry Crank, Jr 1866 - 1951

....................... +Missouri Ellen Moss 1875 - Unknown

.............................. 4 Lorraine Crank 1902 -

.............................. 4 Velma Crank 1904 -

.............................. 4 Henry Harlan Crank 1908 -

................... 3 O. E. Crank 1869 - Unknown


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