I just began doing research on my family a few weeks ago.It seems that all of my relatives were the founders and trustees of the Bear Creek Church, by this I mean Stephen Ruddell, Sarah Crawford (my great grandmother), John M Crawford (my great grandfather), James M Crawford, and Samuel Crawford (John's brothers).
Since I've only been working on this connection a short time, I have little to share, and it's very late to participate in any church related celebrations.I would like to solicit your help.
Sarah Crawford lived in the Ursa Quincy area from about 1830 to about 1845 when Stephen died.At this point I have no records whatsoever of this occupancy, no birth certificates, Christenings, census data, nada.In fact the only information I have that she was there are the blurbs in the Disciple of Christ History, 1820 to 1920, and birth location data from the 1850 Livingston, Mo census. Sarah's cousin, William Kingery was in the Ursa area on 1860 census as was Samuel Crawford.
I have been in contact with my cousin Jeff, who knows nothing about this period of Sarah's life.If you could share anything you have learned about this phase of my family's history, I would be ever so grateful. Or if you could put me in touch with a genealogy expert in your area.
I know what happened to my grandparents.They went to California and had a very difficult time of it, but their descendents have done fairly well.Sarah and John Crawford are buried in the Liberty Cemetery near Galt, California.John died in 1865 and Sarah died in 1872.Sarah had about 17 live children.I don't know the exact number at this time.Mason Crawford, John's father had 20 children by two wives.
If you have not learned anything significant, I would appreciate you sending me the email copies of those Ruddells and Crawfords who did respond as even very tiny, almost insignificant bits and pieces can be monumental information to me.