Hi Susan, if I figured it out right, we're 3rd cousins, or at least 1/2 3rd cousins. I believe your great grandfather William Criner was the son of John Criner and Mary Ann Smith. After John passed away, she married John Strickling and had 3 more daughters, the youngest being my great grandmother, Elizabeth Strickling Powers.
Have you researched the Smith line? I haven't gotten past Mary Ann's parents, William M K Smith and Catherine Clark (I don't have that info in front of me now, so I may have misspelled her name.) I'd love to compare notes with you!