Some contend that LOTT CROOM, father of Joseph Rasberry Croom and his six siblings, was a son of MAJOR CROOM, the second son of Daniel of Virginia. After much study by this writer and Richard Booth, records and strong circumstantial evidence suggest otherwise. LOTT CROOM, father of Joseph Rasberry Croom and his six siblings, was a son of ABEL CROOM, the elder brother of MAJOR, and ABEL's second wife. Here is the reasoning of this writer:
The petition of LOTT CROOM, prepared by Richard Croom, Wayne County Justice of the Peace and his first cousin, is very important in several respects:
This writer's conclusions do not rest solely on Lott's 1801 Petition to the North Carolina Governor.
My study of various censuses, court documents and deeds places LOTT smack in the middle of the land originally purchased by ABEL CROOM back in 1741 on the south side of the Neuse and the west side of Whitley Creek. Additional records as early as 1745 refer to ABELís ferry operation on the south side of the Neuse and the west side of Whitley Creek and an additional grant in that same area in 1758. Additional evidence suggests that ABEL CROOM married a HESTER (last name unknown), possibly his second, but more likely his third wife. After ABEL died between March 1756 and December 23, 1763, Hester, his widow continued to live on the same land. Apparently, she remarried to a STRINGER and is listed in the 1780 Dobbs County tax census. Hester appears to have died between 1780 and 1782, at which time LOTT took title to the land, as per the terms of his father ABEL's will. (See the 1801 Petition and my foregoing comments).
Records dated between 1780 and 1820 confirm SHADRACH WOOTEN--the one mentioned in Lottís 1801 petition to the Governor--and Shadrachís descendants, especially Shadrach's son Allen and daughter-in-law, Lucy, as neighbors of LOTT CROOM on the south side of the Neuse and the west side of Whitley Creek. By the time of the 1860 Census, this area was designated as being in the Trent District of Lenoir County. This area is but a short distance from Sandy Bottom. Shadrach's grandson, ALLEN WHITFIELD WOOTEN, later would be a trustee of the Baptist Church located in what is now known as the Croom Meeting House at Sandy Bottom.
If LOTT CROOM was a son of ABEL, one might ask why did LOTT name a son MAJOR. Other research by Dick Booth and this writer over the past few years has convinced this writer that ABEL had a son named MAJOR. [See the Descendants of Abel page at this website]. This son accounts for a number of records in Duplin County previously―and erroneously in my opinion―attributed to MAJOR CROOM, I, of Dobbs County. It appears to me that LOTT CROOM, son of ABEL, named a son MAJOR in honor of his brother, though it could be argued for his uncle Major, as well.
A contributing factor in my reasoning that ABEL had a son named MAJOR developed from my study of the Courtís 1810 Division of the Estate of HARDEE CROOM, who died intestate in 1807. While many land transactions among descendants of MAJOR CROOM, I, ensued from that estate division, no record has been found to suggest that LOTT was a brother of the whole-blood or the half-blood of HARDEE, a son of MAJOR CROOM, I.
John H Croom
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