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Submitted by Creig Crippen

    These are copies of pages in Osmer Crippen's family bible. I believe most of it was written by Ada Ann Crippen, Osmer's wife, my grandmother. The last two entries on the obituary page were written by Osmer's daughter, Florence, my aunt. The bible is in the possession George Osmer Crippen, it was left to him by Aunt Florence when she died in Oct. 1983. George O. Crippen presently resides at 160 E. Elm Dr., Orange City, FL  32763.

       The bible was published in Portland, ME, by Geo. Stinson & Co. It contains two versions of scripture, the King James and a revised version, in a two column format. There is no date of publication given but this revised version came out in 1885 so I would assume the book was probably purchased in the 1890s, from one of those bible salesmen who used to travel the rural areas.

       On the "MARRIAGES" page Ada has entered the birth dates for Osmer and herself. She has entered that Osmer was born in "the town of Rutland." There is no town by that name, Rutland is the name of the township in which the village of Roseville is located. Also she lists her birth place as "the town of Delmar", Delmar is not a town it is the name of the township where the Tioga County seat, Wellsboro, is located. Delmar Township is about 20 miles west of Rutland Township.

       My father has told me that Ada Ann Redfield was teaching school at a  small country school near the Crippen farm in the 1870s. That is how she and Osmer met, they were married in 1879. It seems the Crippens of that generation were enamored of school teachers. George Rush Crippen, Osmer's brother, also married a school teacher, Lottie Seeley, whom he met at a local school. They were married in 1890. My father, Eugene, was one of Lottie's students.


Mr Osmer Crippen and Miss Ada Ann Redfield were married Dec. 17th, 1879 At Canton, Bradford Co.,Pa.


Osmer Crippen was born Dec.24th 1848 in the town of Rutland, Tioga Co., Pa.
Ada Redfield was born Aug 28th 1854 in the town of Delmar, Tioga Co., Pa.

Eugene Crippen was born Sept. 23rd 1880 in Rutland, Tioga Co., Pa.
Augustus Crippen was born Sat., Nov.7th, 1885
Ora Crippen was born Tue., Nov.5th, 1889
Florence C. Crippen was born Mon. Mar. 28th, 1892 in Rutland, Tioga Co., Pa.


Osmer Crippen died Apr. 5th 1908 in Rutland. Aged 59 years, 3 Months and 11 days.
Ada A. Crippen died July 13th 1923 in Roseville, Pa.  Aged 68 yrs, 10 months, 23 days.
Augustus Crippen died in Columbia Twp., Bradford Co. October 16, 1954 aged 68 years, 11 months, & 9 days.

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