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 possible answer).
  • 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, MD?



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:

Help Wanted!

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 its name?

1Blake Family of Eastern North Carolina, Donald Pierce Blake, 1997.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 Hardy.
  3. Hannah was born about 1745 and married Lutson Stroud. They lived in Duplin Co., NC and had three sons and three daughters.
  4. 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 FREDERICK CROOM.

QUESTION: 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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