Oak cane, 34.25 in., including a 2.125 in. knob and and 2.5 in. ferrule. Knob is eight-sided, engraved on six of the faces: "L.D. Crippen / Presented by Capt. / Wm. Vannatta / Dec. 25, 1855, taken / from Com. Perry's / Flag Ship Lawrence." The USS Lawrence was Perry's flagship, involved in the victory at the Battle of Lake Erie (September 10, 1813).
Lorenzo Dow Crippen (1806-1864) was the son of Bradley W. Crippen and Esther Ann (Hard) Crippen. He was born in Fairfield, NY and had one brother and one sister. Lorenzo married Ruth H. Haynes on December 13, 1827 in Penfield, NY, and had two children. The entire family, Bradley and his wife, Lorenzo, Philo and Elliott (sons of Bradley) and their wives along with other Methodists moved from New York to Branch County, Michigan in 1835. Janetta, Crippen's daughter, married Clinton Bowen Fisk. Fisk served in the Civil War as colonel of the 33rd Missouri Volunteers and Janetta went along, working as a nurse in the field hospitals and engaging in other charitable service to the troops. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862 and received a brevet major general in 1865. After the war they established Fisk University for African Americans in Nashville. Fisk ran for President on the Prohibition ticket in 1888.
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