Nicholas Crannel was born in April 1760 and christened at St. Peter's church. He was the son of Robert and Ariaantie Bovie Crannel. This youngest son grew up in the family of a barber/wigmaker in the third ward.
At one time, he was identified as a sergeant in "Schuyler's" regiment. We seek more precise information on his wartime activities. Afterwards, he was granted a land bounty right in conjunction with the city militia regiment. In March 1790, he was identified as a lieutenant in an Albany militia regiment. In 1798, he was promoted to "lieutenant of light infantry."
In January 1793, he married Geertje Vandenbergh at the Schaghticoke Dutch church. Between 1793 and 1802, four children had been christened in the Albany Dutch church. His mother was buried from the Albany church in 1802 as well.
Albany native Nicholas Crannell is said to have "passed away" in 1805.
Sources: The life of Nicholas Crannel is CAP biography number 7731. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 4/10/12