Ron Bauerle's Crom Family Page
CROM Family Genealogical Research
(by Ron Bauerle)
My fifth great-grandparents, Rev. John and Margaret (Miller) Crom
Welcome to my CROM family page. I am descended from
Rev. John Crom (1781-1851) who was born in
Lancaster Co, PA
and was a
United Brethren minister. He married Margaret Miller (1780-1854) and ended
up in Wood Co, OH
via Harrison Co, OH
(and possibly others). My branch of the family ended up in
Clinton Co, MI
and married into the Beck family.
There's a rumor that we're connected to the Dutch immigrant
Gysbert Crom (1650-1724), but since there's a 130-year gap between him and Rev. John
and we don't know who the latter's parents were, this connection may never be proved.
Another tantalizing possibility is
While the name matches and the birth date is only off by a week, there's no other
information on wife/children :^(
If you have any problems accessing anything, or any additions/corrections,
please let me know at
Contents of this page:
- A list of my Crom ancestors and their spouses
- My Crom Descendants List with living persons
Warning: big file! (102k, 63 pages). Most of this information came from
my cousins Russell Crom and
Karl Oberdorf; the latter supplied
me with a nice Oberdorf book and a CD copy of it, and has given me permission
to put as much of it on the web as I want; I have yet to do that, but my
Oberdorf Descendants List may be found here.
- Rev. John's will and obituary.
Also, from the
"Early History of Bowling Green, Ohio" part of the Commemorative,
Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio: Its Past and Present;
Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1897:
The United Brethren Church was organized in 1874, with a few members.
For forty years prior to that time itinerant preachers of this denomination
visited Bowling Green, Rev. John Crom being the pioneer in the work.
- A write-up on the "Leatherwood God" about a cult that
flourished briefly in 1828 in Guernsey Co, OH; it mentions a "Rev. John Crom,
PE", and since Guernsey Co. is right next to Harrison Co, OH, I'm suspect
this is "my" Rev. John.
- There is a Crom street in Tontogany, Wood Co, OH;
I thought it was named after a Crom who donated land for the cemetery there,
but the deed I found indicates it was a Caleb North who donated it...
- Write-ups on William O. Crom and
David Henry from "Stories of Nebraska";
they were the
son and son-in-law of Rev. John's first son
Rev. Jacob Crom and his wife
- Rev. John's son Josiah's picture (copy of a copy
which explains the quality).
It appears when he moved out West he went by
- Rev. John's daughter Mary's obituary; she married
- Rev. John's daughter Hester's picture along with her
husband John Hill.
- Some biographical info on Rev. John's son Daniel Crom
(my fourth great-grandfather). The bit about his being born in Oxford Co, PA
is wrong since there is no such county. He married Barbara
Oberdorf. Also some of his
estate records. There appears to have been some
problem with the administration of it, but this doesn't appear to be the
- Some biographical info on Daniel's son Simeon Crom
along with a supposed picture of him.
- The Civil War records of Daniel's son John, my third
great-grandfather, including his signature on his
volunteer enlistment. Note that he died of measles three weeks after
enlisting :^( (more deaths were caused by disease in the Civil War than
by battle). He married Sarah Jane Lee
- Civil War John's oldest son Edwin "lived most of his life in or near Bowling
Green, Ohio, where he ran a livery stable, and later
had a Cadillac Dealership. He owned a farm near Leslie, MI (he's listed in the
1916-21 Ingham County, MI Directory),
but this was not profitable, as he trusted tenant farmers to manage it for
him and they ran him in debt terribly" (quote from my grandmother's Crom
booklet mentioned below; the picture is from "Bowling Green, Ohio: A Sequiscentennial
History 1833-1983" (1985)). My grandmother lost contact with his descendants,
so I have little info on them.
- The following articles were taken from my Grandmother Dorothy
booklet "A Brief History of the Ancestry of George Crom and Louisa
(Nelson) Crom and a Record of Their
Descendants Through 1978" - I helped her with some of the typing for this
booklet, and this is probably what planted the seed of my future interest in
genealogy. George was the son of Civil War John, and my great-great grandfather.
- George Crom's early life, and a
picture of him as a young man
- "George Crom takes a bride", and a
picture of them, possibly on their wedding day
- "An account of the lives of George and Louisa
Crom", a picture of them, possibly on their 25th
anniversary, and some August, 1995 pictures from the north,
east, and south of the
house south of Elsie that they ended up in (I assume this is the main
house - I don't know where the tenant house was or what happened to it).
This house was bought by the adjacent school and torn down in late 1995
to enlarge their football field :^(
- Also, I found this page
showing the George Crom farm of Elba Township,
Gratiot Co, MI. Note from the previous accounts that George lived in
Fulton Center, Gratiot County (west of Elba Twp), then North of Elsie.
I had thought this was _just_ north of Elsie, thus still in Clinton
County, but the farm pictured was supposedly in Gratiot County,
so I need to do some more research to try to confirm that this really
"my" George Crom's farm.
- "The Crom daughters", and an undated
picture of them
- "Memories of a visit to my Grandparents",
by my great-uncle Gaylord Beck
- "Recollections about great-Grandpa Crom and
my Sister Donna Beck",
by my mother's cousin Mary Jane Beck Larsen
- "Some Recollections of my grandparents" by
my grandmother Dorothy Beck
- "Christmas at Grandpa and Grandma's"
by my grandmother Dorothy Beck
- Gravestone pictures:
- Subscribe to the
Rootsweb Crum mailing list (there isn't one for Crom yet). If that link
doesn't work for you, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and type
"subscribe" only in the subject and body of your message.
- To just search the Rootsweb Crum mailing list, go
it's not an active list, thus you won't find much there :^(
- Other Crom links:
- Yahoo/Google search results for
Rev. John Crom
(less than six, two of which are
both by the same poster, but e-mail to him bounces :^(
- Rev. John's
- The Genforum
Crom page (30+ posts, most related to Rev. John)
- The familyhistory.com Crom forum
(30+ posts, many related to Rev. John)
World Connect Files; lots of them - suggest you search by name or state.
- The Gendex Crom files,
- Rootsweb Crum resources
- The SurnameWeb
site, nothing there other than a link that doesn't work :^(
- A biography of my third cousin thrice removed
John Maurice Crom, engineer and inventor.
He founded the Crom Corporation,
though it's no longer in family hands. More references to it may be found
(about 130 links total). John's son
(businessman, clock hobbyist, B negative blood donor) ran it for a while;
more about Ted may be found
(about 100 links total).
- A list of Crom material available from cousin
Sandra Oldman. She's willing to share,
but would like to trade for things she doesn't have.
Back to my genealogy home page
Begun; updated 3/24 and 3/31/01.
Finished (except for Descendants List) and uploaded to
Added Descendants List (warning: big file! (102k, 63 pages));
updated Crom ancestors and their spouses.
Added Daniel Crom's estate records and biography of
John Maurice Crom,
updated Descendants List.
Added biographical info on Daniel's brother Simeon Crom
and supposed picture of him.
Updated Descendants List with info from
Added info about the Crom Corporation
and its former CEO Ted Crom
(see above for more links).
Added familyhistory.com Crom forum
and George Crom farm in Elba Twp, Gratiot Co, MI
Added Rev. John's daughter Mary's obituary,
courtesy of her descendant Dale Parrott.
Also corrected "Daniel's brother Simeon" to read "Daniel's son Simeon".
Added William O. Crom and
David Henry write-ups from "Stories of Nebraska",
courtesy of Chris Highsmith;
they were the son and son-in-law of Rev. John's first son Rev. Jacob Crom.
Added list of Crom material available from cousin
Added pictures of Rev. John's children Rev. Jacob Crom
and his wife Anna (Overholt/Overholser),
Josiah/Joseph Crom (copy of a copy which explains the quality), and
Hester Crom along with her husband John Hill,
all courtesy of Billie Jo Read
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