For the Canadian members, OLD AUTOS newspaper has a write-up on WC Durant, the first of two parts. This one is entitled "A brief biography of Billy Durant". It seems very thorough and begins with 1855. Now I know where Crapo comes from. It's pointed out that the correct pronounciation is Cray-po.
If you get the paper off the rack, get this one!
Where Are You From? www.ronjpics.com/durantstuff.htm