I don't know whether we are closely related but my family originates fom a very small village called West Stainton near Cartmel in Cumbria. The information I have been able to trace so far is that my GGGGrandfather was John Crewdson born 1794 in West Stainton, he married Agnes Gibson on 8th June 1818 at Heversham Parish Church. John and Agnes had 4 children: Mary, Agnes,Margaret, and Thomas. I like you am trying to trace back further again than 1794. I currently live in Formby U.K. so have not moved as far away from my ancestral home! I do know that the family name is not all that common in the U.K. except in the area of Cumbria and the English Lake District.