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John Daniel Frederick Cranz
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Provenance: The Ohio H i s t o r i c a l Society acquired the John Cranz
papers as a g i f t of Eugene F. Cranz, I r a , Ohio, through Arthur
C. Johnson i n June 1936. Kay Weisman processed t h e c o l l e c t i o n
i n January 1980.
Property r i g h t s : The Ohio H i s t o r i c a l Society owns t h e property
r i g h t s t o t h i s c o l l e c t i o n .
Copyrights: M r . Cranz has not dedicated copyrights t o the public.
Consideration of the requirements of copyright is t h e responsibi. lity
of the author and publisher.
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of the 0l. l. i. o Hi. stori. ca. 1 Society.
Citation: Researchers are recjuested t o ci- t: e c o l l e c t i o n name,
collec:%: i.. on number, and the Ohio tii. sl: orical Society i n a3. l foot-note
and bibliographic references.
Biographical sketch: John Daniel Frederick Cranz was born i n
Wurternk, urg, German, July 111, $ 790. He received a master's
degree a t the Uni- versity of Tubingen c i r c a 1814 and served as an
assistant: v i c a r and pasi: c) r ( S t a d t p f a r r e r ) in several German
v i l l a g e s . He? ~ narrl. ed: ~ r e d e r r k aW ilhelmina Renz ( d. 1861) i n 1815;
they had eigh- t chil. aren. Accompanied by two of M r s . Cranz's
brothers, t h e family iirmigrated t o America i n 1834 and headed
for 1ll. i. noi. s. A drought, however, made the Ohio River unnavigable
anc? the Cranz's stopped i n Columbus, Ohio. A t t h e urging of a
friend Crnnz bought a 100 acre farm near Winesburg i n Holmes
County. After a few years, Cranz rented h i s farm t o sharecroppers
in order t o tak. e up the ministry again. The l a s t of seven
gencxai-. iox: of Lutheran ministers, Cranz served t h e Evangelical
Zior. 1'~ Cliurctl i. n Winesburg for thirty- two years. He r e t i r e d in
126',) and died on June 29, 1876.
Sour<*: Arthur C. Johnson, S r . , The Cranz Family ( n - p . , 1931)
Scope? atid content: The John Daniel Frederick Cranz Papers span
the years 1759 t o 1875 and contain four German volumes and a few
misceiLaneous papers, r e f l e c t i n g d i f f e r e n t phases i n Cranz's
l i f e . The volumes c o n s i s t of an autograph album, a catechism,
a household record book and a t r a v e l d i a r y . The c o l l e c t i o n also
includes copies of four l e t t e r s w r i t t e n by Capital University
p r o f e s s o r s C a r l Vogel and James Toedtman which describe the con-t
e n t s of t h e volumes.
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