Crippen Name Study

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Crippen One Name Study


The scope of this study is to research the Crippen last name within the United States, any immigration to the United States, and descendant lines that went from the United States to Canada.

How to Join

Please contact the project leader Eric Weddington or post a comment. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!



  1. Source any unsourced family member
  2. Connect any unconnected family member to one of the oldest Crippen lineages in the United States
  3. Discover the relationship between the oldest Crippen individuals within the United States and any immigration to the United States

Adding a Profile to this Study

Please avoid adding every Crippen profile to this Study. See List of Crippen Profiles below, to get a sorted list of every Crippen profile on WikiTree.

The criteria for adding a Crippen profile to the study are:

  1. Add a Crippen profile to this study if their Crippen ancestor is currently unknown.
  2. Add a Crippen profile to this study if they are Adopted. See the "Adopted" section below for more information.
  3. The top level progenitors of the main Crippen families have already been added to the study.

To add your ancestor to this study, simply copy the following template to the Biography section of his or her profile:

{{One Name Study|name=Crippen|category=Crippen Name Study}}

Once the profile is connected to the main Crippen family line, then remove the template from the profile.


  1. Take existing Crippen profiles on WikiTree, and use records found on, and Find A Grave, to reconstruct pedigree as much as possible
  2. Find other Crippens on and Find A Grave, add them to WikiTree, reconstruct pedigree or find where they fit in existing families
  3. Find any historical newspaper references to any Crippen in the United States
  4. Find any histories of the Crippen family, whether books, previous personal research, or other written materials. Use these to compare against primary records.

Crippen Genealogy


The oldest Crippen family in the United States seems to descend from Thomas Crippen (1640 - 1709) and his wife, Frances Bray (1645 - 1705). Both were supposedly born in England, emigrated from England to the Plymouth Colony before 1665, married in Connecticut, and also died in Connecticut. This family originates in the New England area of the United States and branches out from there throughout the U.S. It is to be determined if all Crippens in the United States descend from this family. That is partly one of the goals of the Crippen Name Study, to find out if this is true.

There is another Thomas Crippen (1660 - ~1735) and his wife, Elizabeth Fooks (1667 - aft 1720). However, this couple is found in Virginia. This family is currently being researched, and so far, has a much smaller family tree. Current research shows that the Crippen name in this family has not carried forward.

Another Crippen progenitor in the United States is John T. Crippen, supposedly born 1797 in England, and migrated to Maine, United States.

It's clear that the Crippen family name originated somewhere in England, but there hasn't been enough research yet into the English families.

Name Variations

Name variations that are known:

  • Grippen - At least one of the descendant branches has a last name variation of Grippen.
  • Crippin - Crippin is also a common misspelling of this name that has stuck with some branches.
  • Grippin - This misspelling on top of a misspelling is also found in the family.

List of Crippen Profiles

Oldest in the United States

We believe, so far, that these are different Crippen families in the United States. It is to be determined if they are related further back in England.

  • Thomas Crippen (1640 - 1709) and his wife, Frances Bray (1645 - 1705) - Descendant List
    • We believe that this is the main Crippen family, that started in New England, and is the vast majority of the Crippen family now found throughout the United States.
  • Thomas Crippen (1660 - ~1735) and his wife, Elizabeth Fooks (1667 - aft 1720) - Descendant List
    • This is another Thomas Crippen that is found in Virginia, and is currently being researched. This particular family tree is much smaller.

United Kingdom / England

We know that the Crippen family originated in England. We don't have much information yet on the Crippen families that have stayed in the United Kingdom / England. However, below is a start of what is known. Please help us add more information.

  • William Crippen (abt. 1655 - abt. 1691) - Descendant List
    • Note that his last name might be spelled Crippin.
    • A descendant branch immigrated to New Zealand

Crippen Research

A. Hayes has done extensive research on Crippens in Vermillion IN and Vermilion IL Counties.

Crippen Sources

Below is a collection of sources for the Crippen family. Caution on doing research on a number of basic errors has been found when researching older Crippen generations (1700s and 1600s). These family connections online are not always reliable and should be better researched and sourced to confirm what is correct and what is not.

  • Davis, Stella Malinda Crippen (1978). The Westward Trails of the Crippen Family: A History and Genealogy. W. R. Crippen, Kansas City, Missouri.
    • Have not found a free, online version of this book.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines. The Waterman Family (E.F. Waterman, New Haven, Conn., 1939-1954).
    • The Crippen and Waterman families intermarried. See Silas Crippen for example.

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I would love to be involved in this.
Thank you, Elizabeth! I've added you to the project.
posted by Eric Weddington
The Crippen name was changed to Grippen following a land transfer that misspelled Crippen in McHenry, Illinois.
posted by Cindy (Grippen) Ehlen