a place to begin and end is virtually impossible with a family
such as the Crippen-Crippins. So much research has been done and
redone and redone, that it seems the genealogy on this family will
never be finished. But perhaps that is good. The continuing interest
of descendants and researchers can only lead to a more credible
genealogy to pass along to our own grandchildren.
Willett Comstock of Devon, Connecticut, was one of the first family
researchers to compile a substantial volume of Crippen records.
Hoping to publish his manuscript, dated 1946/47, Mr. Comstock died
before that was possible. One of Mr. Comstock's heirs kept his
material which included his written manuscript and his years worth
of correspondence with various family researchers and county officials.
In the 1960s the collection was purchased by Kathryn (Crippen)
Warner and her husband Russell, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan leaders
of a new generation of Crippen family researchers. Hoping to correct,
add to and finally complete
the family history, this dream was also cut short by the early death of Mrs.
Warner on 4 May 1973.
Much of Mrs. Warner's work had concentrated on the Michigan area descendants,
so those lines of the family are nearly complete. But the branches who migrated
to other areas of the country, as the generations continued to produce more
and more descendants, are the untold story.
The Russell's collection of material was microfilmed by the Church of the Latter
Day Saints (Mormon) and is available to any Crippen researcher. It is unknown
if the two reels of microfilm contain all of the Russell's work, but it does
contain a substantial portion at least. Also included on these films is a copy
of Comstock's manuscript and many of his notes.
But to answer a quesion I know many of you have to my knowledge
no one has published a complete Crippen-Crippin family genealogy.
The following is a compilation of the records I have on the first
generations of Crippens on American soil. I offer it only as a
beginning a place
I welcome, without reservation, any additions, corrections and comments our
readers might have. Below you will find, in chart form, the family of Thomas
Crippen and his wife, Frances (whose maiden name was very possibly Bray). I
am hoping that descendants who have researched the various lines will send
in their work for publication. As I have said before, I am not an expert, and
must count on everyone's contribution to this family history.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
W. Comstock wrote of the history of the Crippen family:
Crippen family are of English descent. Thomas 'the' earliest
known male member of America came over from England not far from
1665 to Plymouth, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
"During the Third Generation some one of them introduced the spelling Grippen
and their descendants followed that but the greater number have spelled the name
Other descendants use the spelling Crippin. It would appear that the majority
of families today use the spelling Crippen, so with no priority given,
I will use this spelling throughout unless it is known, by record, that
a particular descendant used the "in" spelling.
records also included a number of references to early Crippen families
in Virginia. Researchers have speculated that these families are
actually descendants Thomas Crippen but, to my knowledge, this
has not been proven.
Thomas Crippen1 and his wife Frances (Bray?) were in Plymouth, Mass., on 6
March 1665/66. Thomas Crippen and Moses Rowley bought land in the Quaker Colony,
Falmouth, Mass. in 1685/86 called Society of Saconesset. Thomas and his family
moved to Haddam, Conn. and he died in East Haddam about 1709. His will was
dated 10 May 1705; and his estate inventory dated 24 January 1709, gives 47
lbs, 1 sh. The children, as named in the estate settlement, were: Katharine
Rowley, Mary Corbee, Mercy Crippen, Experience Crippen, Thomas and Jabez.
And on the lighter side of their lives:
Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, FASG. Plymouth Colony: Its History
and People 1620-1691. Salt Lake City, UT
Part Two: Topical Narratives
Chapter 12: Morality and Sex
... Of course, barring confession or a couple being caught in
flagrante delicto, it would have been harder to prove adultery than
resulting in pregnancy. The Plymouth courts were probably as fair
as any courts of the time could be, and the Plymouth magistrates
found themselves at times in a very delicate balance between their
desire to punish morality crimes and their sense of not wanting to
injure the innocent. Sometimes they found a compromise. On 2 March
1651/52 the Court of Assistants ordered Edward Holman, who had been
observed to frequent the house of Thomas Shrive "at unseasonable
times of the night, and at other times, which is feared to bee of
ill consequence," to keep away from Shrive's house, and ordered
Shrive's wife not to frequent the house of Holman, and to avoid his
company. In another case, on 1 June 1663 the court went one step
further, ordering Joseph Rogers to remove his dwelling from Namassakeesett,
because he had been keeping company with Mercy, the wife of William
Tubbs "after such manor as hath given cause att least to suspect
that there hath bine laciviouse acts comitted by them." William
Tubbs was ordered not to allow Rogers to come to his house, and Rogers
was told that if he should be found at Tubb's house or in the company
of his wife, he would be severely whipped. On 6 March 1665/66 the
court required a bond of £20 from John Robinson, plus £10
each from two sureties, for his future good behavior, he having been
convicted of some lascivious speeches and actions toward Frances,
the wife of Thomas Crippin. Crippin was also accused of being a "pandor
of his wife in lightnes and laciviousenes," and he, not being
able to find sureties, was required to bind over to the court £40
in livestock and other property. Jonathan Hatch was convicted of
unnecessarily frequenting the house of Thomas Crippin, giving rise
to "suspision of dishonest behavior" towards Crippin's
wife, and he was warned to keep away from her or "hee will answare
it att his peril."
Mary2 married (Samuel?) Corbee 28 Jan 1690. She married
second to Moses Rowley (brother of her sister's husband Shubael)
Jabez2 born about 1680, married in Colchester, New London,
Conn., 9 July 1707, to Thankful Fuller (John3, Samuel2, Edward1
of the Mayflower)
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a list of descendants through the first few generations