And Other Related Surnames


Welcome to my Croom Family Genealogy Site. I'm John Croom. Most of the Croom families and some Crooms, Groom and Grooms families detailed on these pages descend respectively from three sons of Daniel Croom of Virginia: Abel, Major and Jesse. Those sons immigrated to eastern North Carolina between 1738 and 1741. My research has revealed several others with the CROOM and GROOM surnames living in NC prior to 1790. In these pages I describe my efforts to identify the progenitor(s) of these mysterious CROOM settlers.

Recent Research Challenges Some Croom Folklore

Some information presented in these web pages with respect to  the children and grandchildren of Abel and Major Croom, sons of Daniel Croom of Virginia, differs significantly from that presented in the 1950's and 1960's printings of the Croom Families by Doris Croom Outlaw. Go to my main Croom Genealogy Page.

Almost all CROOM families in early North Carolina were descended respectively from the three sons of Daniel. One exception is a John Croom in Stokes County in 1790. I found that he was NOT a Croom, but descended from a German emigrant named Simon Jacob CRON, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. Soon after, his name evolved into CROOM. Several families in the Piedmont region of NC descend from him. Read more at this web site about a CRON who became a CROOM

This site also contains information on several other family surnames of Colonial Eastern North Carolina, each represented in my Croom and/or Howard ancestry: BOOTH, BURNS, CARROLL, COOPER, CORE, COSTIN, COUNCIL, GAVIN, HALL, HARDY,  HAWLEY, HENRY, HERRING, HOWARD, MALPASS, MERRITT, MINOR, MOORE, NUNALEE, REGISTER, SMITH, TREADWELL, VANN, WILLIAMS and WOOTEN. My BOOTH and HAWLEY ancestors were among the earliest English emigrants to settle in Massachusetts. My 9th great-grandparents, Richard BOOTH and Elizabeth HAWLEY, were married there in 1640, just 20 years after the landing of the Mayflower. Click here to see SURNAMES LIST.


Most of the surnames you will find at this web site can be traced back to the eastern region of Colonial North Carolina. The earliest Croom living in North Carolina, whom I have identified, came from Virginia between 1738 and 1741. During the early 1800s, several adventuresome Croom families migrated westward to what is now Tennessee and Arkansas. Others went south to Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Descendants of these early pioneers can be found throughout much of the country today. I have found that at least two North Carolina Croom families immigrated to Georgia as early as the late 1700s.

Close DNA matches have been obtained for descendants of PHILLIP CRUME (1724-1801) of Shenandoah County, VA and descendants of DANIEL CROOM (c1685-1735) of Goochland County, VA. Reportedly, Phillip's father was named Daniel. Is there a common ancestor of these two ancestors who lived in eastern Virginia in the mid-1600s?

The records are replete with instances of varied spelling of surnames. Such is the case with the CROOM surname. Evidence strongly suggests that many families with the surname GROOMGROOMS or CROOMS can trace their ancestry to the surname CROOM. Hopefully, this web site will provide a convenient clearing house for sharing pertinent genealogical knowledge about this early family. Go to another page at this site by clicking CROOM GENEALOGY and read some background on these ancestors. Also see recently found information on other early Croom families in North Carolina and my efforts to discover their ancestry.


Hardy Bryan Croom perished with his entire family when the steamship Home sank in a storm off the coast of North Carolina. The tragedy resulted in a lawsuit that extended over a period of almost two decades in the Florida courts. The resulting decision by the Florida State Supreme Court is studied by most law students today. Click here to read about the litigation, the account of the ship's sinking and a very interesting Croom.

Elizabeth Jane Croom was a younger half-sister of Hardy Bryan Croom. Following her tragic death, many have reported seeing her ghost in Jackson County, Florida . Click here and read an interesting newspaper article about the plantation lives of some early pioneers who helped develop northern Florida and of Elizabeth Jane Croom, her tragic death and ghostly appearances.



In addition to the CROOM name, several other surnames which form extensive branches to my family tree are being researched. Some lines reach back over 400 years. The Cooper line, for example, is charted back for over a thousand years by some family descendants; however, I have reservations that the information earlier than 1700 applies to my Fleet Cooper. I am desirous of additional information on these family names, particularly for those believed to have lived in Southeastern North Carolina in the late eighteenth century. Additional details can be provided.

  Jacob Howard

Jacob Cooper Howard 1819 -1914



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We Know the Likely Parents of Frederick Croom!

  One of this writer's challenges has been authenticating the parentage of Frederick Croom, born about 1788. For a number of years, some people mistakenly have contended his full name was James Frederick Croom and that he was a son of Major Croom, I, who was born about 1722 in Virginia and moved to eastern North Carolina between 1741 and 1743. After several years, my studies and that of a friend and family researcher, Richard Booth,  have determined that Frederick Croom—his full name likely was Frederick J. Croom, not James Frederick Croom—appears to have been a son of John Croom, who was a son of Jesse Croom who in turn was a son of Abel Croom.  Read DESCENDANTS of ABEL CROOM for details on these newly discovered family relationships. For more details on the study of Frederick Croom and why the long-standing belief that he was a son of Major Croom, I, the 2nd son of Daniel Croom of Virginia, is WRONG, click on FREDERICK CROOM.  



(c17881852), a proved resident of New Hanover County, NC, likely was a son of  JOHN CROOM, who was a son of JESSE CROOM who was a son of ABEL CROOM.

An abundance of information refutes assertions that FREDERICK CROOM was a son of MAJOR CROOM, son of DANIEL CROOM.

Click here to read details of these findings at this web site




The Croom Family Reunion is held at 11:00 a.m. on the third Sunday in August at the Croom Meeting House in Sandy Bottom, Lenoir County, NC.

Here are directions from nearby Kinston, NC, to the Croom Meeting House:

From King Street (NC 11), head west about 2 miles to intersection of NC 11 & US 70. Continue straight on NC 11 for about 3 1/2 miles to the intersection of NC 11 and NC 55. Bear right on NC 55. Go about 4 miles and the Croom Meeting House is on the right. It is an old one room church building with a picnic shelter on the far side.

Bring a few dishes and join lots of family members in a short meeting followed by an ole-time family picnic. Beverages are generally supplied.








Old Croom Meeting House            

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