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
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
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
GENEALOGY & the CROOM SEARCH
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.
IMPORTANT DNA RESULTS
Close DNA matches have been obtained
for descendants of PHILLIP CRUME (1724-1801) of Shenandoah County, VA and
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 GROOM,
GROOMS 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.
INTERESTING CROOMS WHO MET TRAGIC DEATHS
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.
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.
OTHER SURNAMES AT THIS SITE
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 Cooper Howard 1819 -1914
Click underlined names for details
- CORE (COORE)
- COST?N (COSTIN, COSTON, COSTEN, ect.)
- SMITH, CARROLL, HOLLINGSWORTH,
- WOOTEN, TREADWELL, BOOTH, COUNCIL,
HARDY, HAWLEY & MINOR
Return to top of page
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
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
(c17881852), 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
|This Croom Genealogy Web Site was featured
by Cyndi Howells in the May/June 1999 issue of Heritage Quest.
Click the icon and visit Cyndi's over 264,000 genealogy links.
1995-2017 by John H. Croom, all rights reserved.
|INDEX: Click for other pages at this
| FREDERICK CROOM |
COURT DETAILS |
DESCENDANTS of FRED'K CROOM | OTHER
SURNAMES | MISSING & WANTED
This page last revised on 2 February 2017
Back to the top