Benjamin Elliot Crane collection
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Benjamin Elliot Crane collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Crane, Benjamin Elliot
Title: Benjamin Elliot Crane collection
Dates: 1849-1885
Quantity: 0.209 linear ft. (1/2 document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS341

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Elliot Crane was born in Athens, Georgia on December 19, 1835. He was the son of Ross Crane of Athens who died in 1886. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1854 and went to Troy, New York, where he studied civil engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He entered the Troup Artillery in early 1861, serving as a private in the Confederate Army for twelve months. In 1862, General Thomas R.R. Cobb nominated him as Quartermaster for Cobb's (infantry) Legion. In 1863, he was promoted to Brigade Quartermaster with the rank of major. After the was he was a partner in the firm of Langston, Crane, and Hammock, a wholesale grocery business in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also a member of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and served as president. In 1867, he married Miss Sallie Conley Clayton, daughter of Judge W.W. Clayton of Atlanta. They had one daughter, Carolyn Clayton Crane who married Mr. W.P. Nicolson, Jr. They had three children: W.P. Nicholson, Jr., who married Elizabeth Tuller whose father was president of the 1895 Cotton Exposition; Robert Lowry Nicolson, and Carolyn Nicolson. W.P. Nicholson, Jr. and his wife had one son, W.P. Nicolson, III who married Betty Barnes. They had two children: W.P. Nicolson and Elizabeth Tuller.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of essays, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a manuscript of Crane's biography.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)
Clayton, Sallie Conley--Correspondence
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Crane family
Crane, Benjamin Elliot
Nicolson family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Elliot Crane collection, MSS 341, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970 with subsequent additions.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Materials pertaining to the death of Benjamin E. Crane, 1885
2Essays by Benjamin E. Crance and manuscript of Crane biography, 1849-1877
3Letter about the education of Carolyn Crane from teacher, M.P. Butler, undated
4Calling cards and letters to Sallie C. Clayton, undated
5Letter to Benjamin E. Crane from J.H. Seals, 1884 August 4
6Letters to Sallie C. Clayton, 1864
7Letter to Sallie C. Clayton from her father, Judge W.W. Clayton, 1865
8Certificate of Dismission for Sallie C. Clayton from Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and letters to Sallie from Benjamin E. Crane, 1866
9Letters to Sallie C. Clayton, 1867
10Poetry, undated
11Confederate travel permit for Sallie C. Clayton, 1863