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There are 12 comments on Secrets of the Three Cranes Tavern

  1. Joe Bagley has an interesting job for sure. During my tenure as Community Liaison for the Central Artery North Area (CANA) Project it was awesome every time an item of historical significance was unearthed. Nice to see that we were able to preserve some of Charlestown’s rich history to be enjoyed today. Unfortunate that the items languished since CANA though. Would love to see some of the items returned to Charlestown to the USS Constitution Museum or to the Bunker Hill Monument display area or somewhere else in town. This is just semantics I guess but the CANA Project was not the big dig but rather a stand alone project designed before the CA/THT Project was fully funded. It later was just folded into the overall Big Dig after funding was approved with some final design changes.

  2. My ancestor was Nathaniel Brown, the last proprietor of the Three Cranes Tavern. I would be interested to know what path led to his leaving the U.S.. An apparent loyalist, he ended up in Nova Scotia sometime before the end of the War for Independence but records indicate he sat at least briefly on the Committee of Adjustment with other leading citizens of Charlestown who petitioned the Continental Congress for recompense after Charlestown was razed by the British. Are there any Boston historians who might like to comment on this contradiction? His son in law was Captain Abiel Lovejoy of Pownalboro/Vassalboro Maine as a point of reference. One of Alexander Graham Bell’s letters to his wife makes reference to him.

    1. Hello Vern. Abiel Lovejoy and his wife Mary ‘Polly” Brown are my 5th great grandparents on my mother’s side. Are you descendant from the Lovejoys or the Brown family? Best Regards, Tal Hazelden

      1. Hi Tal (and Vern) – I am a direct descendant of Mary Brown and Abiel Lovejoy. Their grandson, John H Bacon ended up in Australia (I believe he was a crew member of a whaling ship). I have found out quite a bit about Abiel Lovejoy via the internet, but would like to find out further information about Nathaniel Brown.

  3. Robert Longe was my 9th great grandfather. I am extremely interested in the findings in the location of the 3 Cranes Inn and the process that is being followed.
    Mary Long Andrews

    1. I believe I am a descendant of Capt James Parker, who married Elizabeth Long,sister of Ann Long Converse. Lt James Converse is buried in Woburn, Massaschusetts. My 9x great grandfather was Rev Charles Chauncey, father in law of Rev Gershom Bulkeley, so of Rev. Peter Bulkeley, founder of Concord, Massachusetts. Rev. Bulkeley and Dea.Thomas Parker arrived on the Susan and Ellen, with Sir Richard Saltonstall, whose grandson Nathaniel, is also buried in the Old Burying Ground in Woburn. John G. Parker (Key West, Florida) at mrjgpjr@aol.com 02/24/2018

    2. hi mary, my ancestor elias stone married your ancestor Abigail long(e)..
      I have been to the city square site several times and I am working on the stone-long(e) genealogies..

      good luck!!!! Albert

  4. Nathaniel Brown who owned the 3 cranes tavern had a brother John Brown who was my grt ghrt grt grt grandfather..for years the 150 yr old lineage document I inherited had john as the father of joseph brown born Charlestown,mass 1753-4 who fought with Jonas richardsons militia in Chelmsford then moved to hallowell me and died in Chelsea maine in 1824..now I am headed in the right direction..the howland-tilley mayflower family recently gave me a hint to look at the cemeteries in Wills beach,campobello, Horton, and st.andrews ns..lots of good stuff there..including note of a visitation by alexander graham bell who was trying to get his buddy George brown to help him get a patent up in Canada..i still havn’t found where john disappeared during the revolution..supposedly he also had a house in pownall whom Nathaniel went on his way to Canada..john wasn’t there so Nathaniel continued on to Horton where brother abiel had a tract of land he bought in 1760..lots of interesting tombstones including a few that suggested the browns used the stewart name in Scotland..thanks for the info Austin

  5. Apparently John wasn’t at Bunker Hill when the tavern blew-up inderstandibly he had some bad blood with gage 3 times before..when the redcoats arrived in boston knocking oh his door demanding room and board ole john said no but bloody hell no and denied the british soldiers lodging..the night before the bsttle at lexingtom johns grt nephew son of Abraham brown of watertown went horse back riding on the outsjirts of boston that night and were arrested by 6 british soldiers and held overnight..gsgr gsve solomom brown a real hard time interrogating him as was convinced solomom was going to warn the patriots st concord which he denied gsgr gsve Solomon such a hard time he later movrd to Vermont snf chsngrf hid nsme to bower…his sons dau dudith married privateer capt Cornelius thompsom 1st cousin of Samuel THOMPSON

  6. Hello,

    Very interesting discussion about your ancestors from Colonial Charlestown. I have a question about where the British solders were recruited from. I too had an ancestor who fought at Bunker Hill as a Redcoat and lived out the rest of his life in New Brunswick after the war. I am not sure if he was a nativeof NB or England. Where the King got his troops ?

    Gerry Vye

  7. I have been researching my husband’s family “Lovejoy.” And have learned that Captain Abiel and Mary Brown Lovejoy when in port, they lived at Nathaniel Brown’s “Three Cranes Tavern.” This tavern stood on the spot, which is now, a public park in Charlestown Square. Would love to learn more about this dig.

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