WILLIAM CROMARTIE (1731-1807)
...Patriarch of The Cromartie Family in America
Our family patriarch is William Cromartie, a Scottish immigrant who was born in South Ronaldsay, Orkney on 31 May 1731. After arriving in America, in 1758 William settled and built a plantation on South River, a tributary of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, North Carolina. We know very little about William's first wife, with whom he had one child, named William Jr. born on 10 September 1765. Some time following the death of William's first wife, their only child left North Carolina presumably for India and built a plantation on South River, a branch of the Black River, a tributary of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, North Carolina.
William married again on 2 April 1766 to Ruhamah Doane, descendant of the Stephen Hopkins, a voyager to Jamestown in 1610, who returned to England and subsequently arrived in Plymouth on the Mayflower. Ruhamah was born on 31 October 1745 in Wilmington, North Carolina, the daughter of Major Hezekiah Doane, Jr and Thankful Bickford. Over the next 22 years, William Cromartie and Ruhamah Doane were blessed with the birth of four sons and eight daughters. It is these twelve children who became the founding ancestors of our Cromartie Family in America:
- James Cromartie born on 28 Mar 1767
- Thankful Cromartie born on 24 Apr 1768
- Elizabeth Cromartie born on 5 Oct 1769
- Hannah Ruhamah Cromartie born on 7 Apr 1771
- Alexander Cromartie born on 12 Aug 1772
- John Cromartie born on 28 Feb 1774
- Margaret Nancy Cromartie born on 1 Feb 1776
- Mary Cromartie born on 7 Apr 1778
- Catherine Cromartie born on 8 Jul 1780
- Jean Cromartie born on 15 Mar 1783
- Peter "Patrick" Cromartie born on 18 Jun 1787
- Ann E. Cromartie born on 1 Mar 1789
William Cromartie died at the age of 76 in Bladen County, North Carolina on 21 September 1807. He is buried in the William Cromartie Cemetery along with his wife, Ruhamah Doane Cromartie who died six years later, on 26 December 1813 at the age of 68. Although the date of death on Ruhamah's tombstone reads 1812 (engravers error done 80 years subsequent to her death), the William Cromartie Bible and her signed Wills document her death in 1813.
"Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your children's children."-Deuteronomy 4:9
Every October, on a selected weekend, Cromartie Family Members and others interested in early settlement and history, travel from around the country to Bladen County, North Carolina to reunite and teach our children and our children's children about their history; ancestors; and share with them a heritage given to us by William Cromartie and his twelve children.
We invite you to explore our website; become a member of The Cromartie Family Association and celebrate with us on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at the Cromartie Family Reunion. You'll find information on both Membership, the Reunion, and other educational programs and events sponsored by the Association, on this site.