IL State Archives Marriage Database:
William CRANE and Malinda DANLEY were married 18 Jan 1829 in Sangamon County, IL
James H. CRANE and Harriett Ann MURPHY were married 23 October 1862 in Sangamon County, IL
Benjamin CRANE and Lucy RALE were married 17 Aug 1865 in Moultrie County, IL
James H. Crane was found in the 1860 Census living with Wm. B. and Melinda Crane, his possible parents. James was not found in the 1870 Census, Sangamon Co. although it appears he was in the area in 1871 and that he remarried per the tombstone of Lelah S. (Lillian S.) Crane in Wilcox, to M. M. ?.
1860 Sangamon County IL Census, Illiopolis:
CRANE, William B. 56 MD
CRANE, Melinda 52 KY
CRANE, James 26 IL
CRANE, Benjamin 17 IL
STONEHART, Albert 12 IL
STONEHART, George 10 IL
1870 Sangamon County IL Census, Illiopolis:
CRANE, W.B. 66 MD
CRANE, Melinda 62 KY
CRANE, Benjamin F 26 IL
CRANE, Lucy 23 MI
CRANE, Chas. W 2 IL
CRANE, Sarah 90 MD
(Sarah could be the mother of William B. Crane and grandmother of Benjamin)
1874 Atlas of Sangamon County IL lists W. B. CRANE as land owner in Sec. 6, T17R1, which is north of Illiopolis a mile or so.
Lucy CRANE died on 31 March 1899 and is buried in Stokes Cemetery at Bartlesville, OK. Benjamin CRANE died on 18 Jul 1917 in Ramona, OK. They are listed as coming to the area in abt 1875. Their oldest son Charles was Eric Curry's Great-Great-Grandfather .
Cemetery photo below. For Infant Son of B. F. & L. C. (Benjamin & Lucy) Click Here!