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He is buried in the Crandall Family Burying Ground in Westerly which is just a little ways from the house he built.
He was a Baptist minister and was among those that were persecuted in the Boston Colony and so fled to Rhode Island to find the freedom of thought denied them in Mass. On July 21, 1651 he and John Clarke and Obediah Holmes were thrown into prison in Boston for preaching and on July 31 he was sentenced to pay a fine or be publicly whipped.
There are three rows of graves containing nine bodies each. The two third cousins resolved that they would sponsor the project.
These rows of graves run parallel with a swamp near by. He was the first Baptist Elder at Westerly and held a number of public offices at various times.
He took an active part In the border difficulties between Massachusetts and Connecticut and subsequently between Connecticut and Rhode Island, concerning the lines between the states.” “With other founders of Westerly Mr.
The “Journal of American History” gives the following sketch of the life of Elder John Crandall, which is substantially correct with the probable exception of the account of his activities prior to 1651 As early as 1635 Rev.
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.
He had a half a square assigned to him at Westerly in 1661, was deputy in 1667 and again in 1670-71, He died in Newport having moved there on account of the Indian War.
_____________________________ From: Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants, by John Cortland Crandall, New Woodstock, New York, 1949 , Colonial pioneer, First Baptist Elder, Deputy Commissioner, and statesman of Newport and Westerly, Rhode Island, the head of the Crandall family in America, was born in Monmouthshire, England, on the line between England and Wales in 1612. He came to Boston within a very few years after the landing of the Pilgrims, in 1634.He subsequently became the first elder of that denomination at Westerly.He was a freeman in 1655, was commissioner several years 1658 – 1662 inclusive.John was born in 1617 in Wiscombe, South Leith, Devonshire, England to James Crandall and Elizabeth Drake. Here are a few pictures of the House, built by Elder John Crandall also his barn and the family cemetery: OK, I’m copy and pasting in how I’m related to Old John Crandall. Elder John Crandall 1617-1676…My 8 the first American ancestor of the Crandall’s came from Wales to Boston, Mass in 1634/35.