Gilbert J. Crane

Gilbert J. Crane was born in 1824 in Palmer, New York.

Gilbert was married to New Jersey native Jane (b. 1836) and they had at least three children: Elitha (b. 1854), John (b. 1857) and Frances (b. 1860).

Gilbert settled his family in Michigan sometime before 1854 and by 1860 he was working as a farmer (he owned some $700 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and children in Otisco, Ionia County. He may have been living in Berlin, Ionia County in 1864.

He stood 5’5” with black eyes, brown hair and a light complexion when he enlisted in Company C at Grand Rapids, Kent County, on January 27, 1864, for three years, and was mustered in the same day. He was not taken up on the company rolls and there is no further record. (There is only a muster and descriptive roll card found in the military service record files for the Third Michigan infantry.)

In fact he actually joined Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry, and was discharged for disability on June 7, 1865 (curiously, the same day as George Bracy).

Gilbert returned to Michigan after the war. In 1882 he was living in Michigan when he applied for and received a pension (nos. 448188 and 744805).