Margarita Bennewe Crannel
Spelled and referred to variously, Margarita Bennewe was born in August 1702. She was the daughter of Pierre and Hendrickie Van Schoonhoven Bennewe. Her father was of French and/or Huguenot origins. She grew up in a mid-sized family living in Albany and/or the surrounding area. A number of her siblings became Albany County residents.
In June 1726, she married English ancestry Manhattan native William W. Crannel at the Albany Dutch church. By 1739, she had given birth to at least eight children - half of whom were christened in Albany. She last served as a baptism sponsor in Albany in 1758.
This Crannel family probably lived in the first ward or just outside of the city stockade. Aside from church information, these Crannels made the only the lightest impreesion on the community landscape.
Margarita Bennewe Crannel lost her husband in January 1757. She may have died in October 1758. We seek more definitive information on her adult life and passing.
Sources: The life of Margarita Bennewe Crannel is CAP biography number 7315. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
Portrait identified as "Margarita Bennoit," the wife of William Winslow Crannell. Found online via www.ancestry.com without additional explanation on July 4, 2012. That posting used her known birth and death dates. Perhaps the image came from UK.
first posted: 9/15/07; last revised 7/5/12