Hello cousin! I was looking for information about our family, and found your posting. I think it is neat that you are intrested in our family history. We live in Missouri, but I was raised in Northern Indiana, close to South Bend, and so I think of that place as home. South Bend is in Saint Joseph county, which is close to Elkhart county where I have heard that our family was one of the first to break sod in the virgin prairie grass found there. In fact in South Bend is a Cripe cemetairy!! Another neat fact is that we are somehow related to Annie Oakly, a famous woman that was a great shot with a gun, and put on shows to make money doing very hard shots and amazing people. We have an amazing family, and I do not think that you will be disapointed in your search, but get ready to put in a lot of time as you look for information, but there are folks out here that are happy to help in your search.