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HISTORICAL SNAPSHOT
 
(photo: c. 19?-19?)
William Alexander Crider,
1867-1959
Mary Willa (Todd) Crider,
1870-1928
  The commercial venture of the 1606 Virginia Company failed. Death by disease and Indians secured its end. However, its failure was to be an avenue of opportunity. What became the crown colony of Virginia also became an open door to thousands of people to this new land called America. People who thought their lives were stories whose endings were known suddenly found themselves experiencing new chapters and even new volumes of their lives.

   The Crider family was among them. From Virginia in the late 1700s, the family name soon found its way to the frontier of land of Kentucky. Here the rich soil and plentiful game allowed the Crider family to become deeply rooted.

  Caldwell County, Kentucky became home. So well-known in that region did the Crider family name become, that a soil -- typical in 35 counties of Kentucky -- is known today as “Crider soil.”

   The rich assets of Kentucky, however, did not prove strong enough to hold back the adventurous spirit of all. By 1860 a number of the Crider family had already moved to the lands being newly developed in southern Illinois. Not only was there rich farmland in Illinois, but, as in Kentucky coal was being mined.

   Whether for adventure and economic gain or because of the proximity of the growing civil unrest threatening the nation, many Criders moved to stay. It was to be in Illinois, where, for the next hundred years the family would take root and grow.

   John Crider Jr. who started in Virginia with his wife Elizabeth from North Carolina, Abraham and Sarah Crider (both from Kentucky) and their eight children all were once pioneers and adventurers in Kentucky. They are now ancestors from Illinois.


They began writing the chapters of their lives with hopes and dreams and expectations. Those chapters are now family history and the outcome of their dreams have become the foundations of our own lives.

--Jim Roper    

 
NEWS...NEWSLETTERS...AND FAMILY UPDATES...
 
CRIDER • MCGREGOR • GRAY • BOYD • AMBROZI • WURSLIN • LANHAM • MARTENS • et al

Let the rest of the family know what's happening in your branch of the woods.

Send us an email with things to share with the rest of the extended family: births, deaths, marriages, graduations, family reunions, hangnails, fenderbenders, whatever!!

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Also ...check out the Crider Photos & Docs page! Jessie Boyd has her family photo collection posted. It's GREAT!!

Jackie had this to say about Jessie Boyd's photo collection:

"Each time I look at those photos, the one thing that I notice in most of them is that in the background of each of them, I can pick out something familiar at Teresa & Fred's... It seems that most of the family gatherings took place there.....

"I don't know if it was because they had the most room or what the reason was..... It certainly wasn't because they had most modern facilities... I vividly recall that if you wanted a drink of water, you had to prime the old hand pump in the kitchen... And sitting on those huge holes in the outhouse as a young girl, scared the dickens out of me..... I was always afraid that I would fall in... And boy did it stink in there!!! You sure didn't want to spend a lot of time in there... With all those spiders!!

"But it seemed like when we were at Aunt Teresa's, there was always work to be done.... Like shelling peas, snapping beans, digging up potatoes or picking berries.... Just beyond the raspberry bushes, you could see a clear path that lead directly over to Aunt Ruby's .... Then after it was all done and we had eaten supper, what fun it was to sit on the front porch swing.....

"Those are some of my memories..."

--Jackie (Gray) Martens.

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FAMILY CONTACTS AND OTHER INFO...
 
CRIDER • MCGREGOR • GRAY • BOYD • AMBROZI • WURSLIN • LANHAM • MARTENS • et al

Let us know if we can post your address or other contact information here.

With your contact info we'll also put up an eight by ten glossy of your family if you like!

(Well...it may not actually be eight by ten...and it will only be glossy if you have a cheap monitor like mine with no glare proof coating...I guess its the thought that counts...)

 

 

 

Last updated 10/9/03
© 2002 James E Roper