Crank

Title

Crank

Description

Negro

Contributor

Jackie Dinan

Sex

Male

Location or Address

Southold

Marriage Date

January 2, 1764

Death Date

April, 1825

Biographical Notes

He married Florah (#1512), a Negro.

Source/s

Original Southold parish register accessed at Ancestry.com under the collection entitled, U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701–1970>New York>Southold>First Presbyterian Church>Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths>1749-1832>image 275/340.

Letter. Henry Packer Dering to Nichol Havens, April 19, 1825. Original in the East Hampton Library Long Island Collection.

Biographical Text

Oral tradition from the diary of Augustus Griffin states that Crank was known on Shelter Island "as a manufacturer of salt from salt water by boiling it at Shelter Island in the Revolutionary War." The same source states he was the father of Diana Williams of Shelter Island (#1683). [Transcript from Grania B. Marcus, Discovering the African-American Experience in Suffolk County, 1620-1860 (1995, 1988): 61. Original at the Center for Brooklyn History (formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society).

He was enumerated in the 1790 and 1800 federal censuses, residing in Shelter Island.

Henry Packer Dering, in a letter to Nichol Havens, wrote that "old Crank" died in the first weeks of April, 1825, and was buried at the "old mansion,"i.e., Sylvester Manor, attending were members of the Dering families.

Files

1764.MARR.Crank and Florah.JPG

Collection

Citation

“Crank,” Plain Sight Project, accessed September 28, 2022, https://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1511.