Do You Know These Virginia Crooms?
Issue of Edward and Sarah Croom:
- C? Matthew Croom, born October 6, 1734
- Mary Croom, born 1736
- Robert Croom, born 22 of Apr 1739 -- (Read my comments below for
- Edward Croom, born ye 24 day of December 1741
- Joseph Croom, born ye 23 day of November 1744 -- (Died 1750-1753)
from an old Bible as reported in
Tyler's Quarterly, July 1929
Records reveal that others with the Croom surname were living
in eastern Virginia contemporaneously with my ancestor, Daniel CROOM,
and his family. On 9 Nov 1666 John Paramore received a grant of 1500
acres in Accomack County for transportation of 30 persons. Among those
listed was an Edward CROOME.
Entries on the fly leaf of an old Bible dated 1724 show the names and
dates of birth of four sons and a daughter born to Edward and Sarah
CROOM. Is this Edward a descendant of the Edward CROOME who landed in VA
prior to Nov 1666? What happened to this family?
Terri BROWN, APG, sent me information about this family that she
found among copies of Virginia records in the National Genealogical
Society Library. So far, I do not know the parents of Edward, but I have
learned that he and his family lived in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
He was married to Sarah RICHARDS, the daughter of Robert RICHARDS who
died about 1733 in Isle of Wight County. Edward and Sarah had four sons
and a daughter as listed in the above table. Records reveal that Sarah
died shortly after Nov 23, 1744 and Edward was married soon thereafter
to Patience GARNER, the daughter of James GARNER who died about 1748.
Apparently, Edward did not live long following his second marriage and
records show that he died about 1749. Records pertaining to an
accounting of his estate in 1753 reveal that his youngest son, Joseph
died between 1750 and 1753. While it is possible that this family, like
many during those times, succumbed to some disease like typhoid, the
most likely explanation is that they had been loyal to the Crown. It is
known that many such Loyaltists had their properties confiscated and
were forced to flee to Canada and other places to escape the persecution
of their neighbors during and after the Revolutionary War.
Another possibility: Was Robert CROOM, the son who was born in
Virginia in 1739 the same Robert CROOM whose estate settlement in Person
County, NC, was noticed 26 Nov 1807?
How About These CROOME
Names in South Carolina
- 1760 ---- Frederick CROOME, payroll of SC Militia.
- c 1775 -- Henry CROOME, list for payment of Colonial services,
waggon for hire.
Who were these two men?
Does anyone know of any additional records for these two?
Major Croom I and his wife Olief reportedly had a son,
Asa, who is believed to have been born about 1757 in Dobbs County, North
Carolina. Records of Asa's life are not known to me. Some speculate that
Asa left home at an early age to find his fortune and that he is the
same Asa Croom who reportedly was a noted minister in the Washington, DC
area in the late eighteenth century. Some believe the town of Croom in
Prince George's County, Maryland is named for Asa.
The notion that Croom, Maryland was named for Asa, son of Major
Croom, is refuted by an article appearing in the Washington Post on
November 5, 1988.The article, entitled Croom Fights to Stay a
Country Haven, describes the village of Croom as being once a part
of the estate of Thomas John Claggett, the first Episcopal bishop
consecrated in America. The article also contains this passage: "Croom,
the name of Claggett's estate, comes from the Old English by way of
Latin and means 'crooked.' Locals are quick to note that the name refers
to the meandering, deep-cut roads, some of them built during colonial
times, and not to their ethics."
Do you have any information pertaining to Asa or the town of Croom,
A MAJOR MYSTERY!
ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MAJOR CROOM?
|A study of the Croom families of North Carolina and
their descendants in many parts of the country indicates that the Christian
name Major was very popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Daniel Croom of Goochland County, VA, named his second son Major. His oldest
son, Abel, reportedly named a son Major. Daniel's youngest son, Jesse, named
a son Major. Many more Majors can be found descended from these three sons
of Daniel. One particular Major, however, is an enigma to me. While a number
of records and other documents provide information for the study of Daniel's
son Major I who moved to North Carolina about 1741, there seems to be
little information on his alleged nephew,
Major Asa Croom, reportedly the son of Abel Croom. In The Croom
Family, Doris Croom Outlaw states that Abel Croom and his wife
Elizabeth Hardy had the following issue:
Page one of the BLAKE FAMILY1 lists
an Elizabeth "Eliza" or "Becky" CROOM who was born 1767 to
MAJOR ASA CROOM and married John BLAKE of
the Crooms Bridge area of what is now Pender County. Today, Crooms
Bridge spans the Lower Northeast Cape Fear River in the northeast corner
of the county and is a part of Croomsbridge Road, which stretches from
Route 53 in Pender County, across the river and into Duplin County.
Can anyone tell me the given names of any early CROOM members who
lived in this area, preferably before 1790? When did this bridge acquire
1Blake Family of
Eastern North Carolina, Donald Pierce Blake, 1997.
Elizabeth was born before 1730 in Goochland County, VA and died 29 Jun
1784 in Dobbs Co., NC. About 1744 in Dobbs County, she married Loverick Young
who died 6 Feb 1779 in Dobbs County. They had four sons and one daughter.
- Jesse, most likely named after his uncle, was born 12 Jan 1739/40 in
Cumberland Co. VA. and died 15 Feb 1827 in New Hanover County, NC. Jesse first
married Anne Grady and they had two sons and five daughters: John, Mary, Abel,
Lydia, Zilpha, Anne and Elizabeth. After his wife died between 1779 and 1783,
Jesse married a second time to Sarah Ramsey. They had six sons and three
daughters: Jesse, Major, William R., Lany, Ascenath, Treacy, Lott, Nancy and
- Hannah was born about 1745 and married Lutson Stroud. They lived in Duplin
Co., NC and had three sons and three daughters.
- Major, (no proof found; considered
speculative), most likely was raised in Craven County and that portion that
became Dobbs. Though I have found no evidence of his birth, it would appear to
be about 1744.
Why does this Major not appear in early census records for North
Carolina? A number of land records in Duplin County suggest that he lived in
that county during latter part of the 18th century. Did he die young and leave
offspring? My studies suggest that he likely was the father of Frederick Croom
and a daughter, Elizabeth. Are there others? Some recent discoveries pertinent to these questions can be found at this
web site by visiting
DESCENDANTS OF ABEL CROOM. and
IS THERE A MISSING LINK? Did
this alleged Major, son of Abel, have other sons?
I would like to hear from anyone who believes they know of descendants of this
Major Croom, a son of Abel Croom.
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