The William Henry Crane Manuscript Collection
Scope and Content
The collection primarily consists of sermons delivered between 1848 and 1894.
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There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.
- 1818 December 01
- Born in Elizabeth, N.J.
- Entered Princeton Theological Seminary
- Left the Seminary for health reasons and accepted an assistant teaching position at Wilkes Barre Academy, Pa.
- 1848 October
- Ordained as an evangelist by the Presbytery of Florida
- Served as Pastor in Marianna, Fla.
- Served as Pastor in Madison and Oakland, Fla.
- Served as Pastor in Mineral Spring and Bainbridge, Ga.
- Served as Pastor at Euchee Valley Church, Fla.
- Served as Principle of Phila Academy in Gadsden County, Fla.
- Served as Pastor at Damascus Church
- Served as Principle of Bainbridge Academy, Ga.
- Served as a Pastor and teacher in Iamonia, Fla.
- Served as missionary for the Presbytery of Fla.
- Again served as Principle of Phila Academy, Fla.
- Served as Principle of Quincy Academy, Fla.
- Served as Superintendent of Gadsden County Schools, Fla.
- Served as a missionary to Quincy, Fla.
- Served as pastor in Quincy, Smyrna, Eureka, and Iamonia, Fla.
- Died in Quincy, Fla.
The following is taken from the article “Memorial of Rev. W. H. Crane”, which appeared in Southern Presbyterian on November 21, 1895.
Reverend William Henry Crane was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on December 1, 1818. He entered the Presbyterian Church in his youth and felt called of God to the ministry. After several years of tutelage, he entered the College of New Jersey in 1840, but left shortly thereafter due to respiratory problems. When his health improved, he came to the Seminary at Princeton in order to finish his studies, but he left again after little more than a year, because of respiratory issues.
On the advice of his physician and others, he moved south to the milder climate of Florida and entered into ministerial service there. He was ordained to service as an evangelist by the Presbytery of Florida on April 7, 1848. He married Julia Atwater in 1849, and was called to the church in Madison, Fla. that same year.
As his health improved, he served many weaker churches throughout the state of Florida, including Mineral Spring and Bainbridge (1851), Euchee Valley (1852), Damascus (1854), Iamonia(1855-58), Quincy (1877-93), Smyrna, Eureka, and Iamonia (1878-93). Crane also served many schools as a Principle including Phila Academy (1853, 1861-65), Bainbridge Academy (1854-55), and Quincy Academy (1866-68). He died in Quincy on November 30, 1894, at the age of 76.
0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)
The William Henry Crane Collection consists of a single box.
The collection was processed by Joshua Wilder in Spring 2015 under the supervision of Curator of Special Collections and Archivist Kenneth Henke.
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