John Crane, early settler and soldier in the Texas revolutionary army, was probably a native of Virginia and moved from Virginia to Tennessee, where he was a private in the Tennessee cavalry and served as a sergeant in the Tennessee militia in the War of 1812. In 1834 he moved to Texas and settled in what is now Walker County as a member of Joseph Vehlein’s colony. Crane raised a company of volunteers for the Siege of Bexar in 1835 and the next year participated in the Runaway Scrape, during which he cared for his own family and that of his son-in-law, who was with the army at the battle of San Jacinto. From June 30 to September 30, 1836, Crane served in the Texas army in John M. Wade’s cavalry company. He was killed in the battle of the Neches during the Cherokee War in July 1839.
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