John Cranston was the son of Peleg Cranston. He was born on November 3, 1755 in Rhode Island and later moved to Woodstock, Ohio where he died in 1825. He married Phoebe Ann Edwards on April 4, 1791 and one of their children was Christopher Cranston who was the father of Charles Edward Cranston (Chris’s father). Accordingly, John Cranston was Christopher (Doc) Cranston’s great, great grandfather. Josephine P. Cranston obtained a certified true copy of John Cranston’s service in the Revolutionary War in 1777-1778.