Cromartie Family Association

William Cromartie (1731-1807)

Our family patriarch is William Cromartie, a Scottish immigrant who was born in South Ronaldsay, Orkney on 31 May 1731.

"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

After arriving in America in 1758, William settled and built a plantation on South River, a tributary of the Black and Cape Fear Rivers 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. He later returned to Scotland and died in South Ronaldsay Island, Orkney Island, Scotland. 

Wiliam married again on 2 April 1766 to Ruhamah Doane, a descendant of 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:

# Name Date of Birth
1 James Cromartie 28 Mar 1767
2 Thankful Cromartie 24 Apr 1768
3 Elizabeth Cromartie 5 Oct 1769
4 Hannah Ruhamah Cromartie 7 Apr 1771
5 Alexander Cromartie 12 Aug 1772
6 John Cromartie 28 Feb 1774
7 Margaret Nancy Cromartie 1 Feb 1776
8 Mary Cromartie 7 Apr 1778
9 Catherine Cromartie 8 Jul 1780
10 Jean Cromartie 15 Mar 1783
11 Peter "Patrick" Cromartie 18 Jun 1787
12 Ann E. Cromartie 1 Mar 1789

Rest of the Story:

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.


The William Cromartie Home was built in 1760 by William Cromartie on South River, Bladen County, North Carolina. Following his death in 1807, the home was inherited by his son, John Cromartie, who moved the home in 1824 along with the outer buildings.
The home burned in 1924.

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 Ruhamah Doane and their twelve children.

The 2020 Reunion is virtual.

Learn more and register here.

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