Tests indicate that descendants of Philip Crume and Daniel Croom have identical or almost identical Y-DNA. That suggests that Philip Crume and Daniel Croom were closely related. Descendants of Elijah Groom also have similar Y-DNA.
1. Daniel Croom, probably born before 1683, moved from New Kent County, Virginia to Henrico County, Virginia in 1717. He died in Goochland County, Virginia in 1734.
2. Philip Crume was born 9 Aug. 1724 and first shows up in Augusta County, Virginia in 1746/1747. He died in 1801 in Kentucky.
3. Elijah Groom was born in about 1818, perhaps in Mississippi Territory (present-day Alabama), and died in 1859 in Louisiana.
Surprisingly, the Crume and Croom Y-DNA also very closely matches that of descendants of the Gaunt/Gant family, early settlers of Massachusetts. An intriguing, but possible explanation: Perhaps Daniel Gaunt, who was born about 1680, and Daniel Croom, who died in 1734, were the same person. The fact that there's a closer Y-DNA match between Daniel Gaunt and descendants of Daniel Croom (and Philip Crume) than between other Gaunt / Gant descendants and Croom / Crume descendants bolsters the theory that Daniel Gaunt and Daniel Croom were the same person.
Daniel Gaunt, who was born in about 1680 in Massachusetts, witnessed a will in Philadelphia in 1708 and is mentioned in his father's will in 1720. He's thought to have "gone West," but nothing more is known about him. As noted above, Daniel Croom first shows up in Henrico County, Virginia in 1717.
Is there any way to prove or disprove the theory that Daniel Gaunt and Daniel Croom were the same person? Comparing their signatures might work, but I haven't been able to find either one's signature.
See also these pages on this website:
The Descendants of Henry Crum
The Descendants of Philip Crume
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