May Hunter Cook 1917-2020

My mother, May Hunter (Cookie) Cromartie of Holly Hill, Florida, passed away in Ormond Beach, Florida on December 29, 2020. She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on November 17, 1917, the daughter of May Sedberry Cook and John Henry Cook, the former mayor of Fayetteville. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville and attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She was the sister of Carolyn Cook Weisbecker, also of Fayetteville, who died in 2008. In 1939, she married Robert Samuel Cromartie Jr. of Bladen County who later owned the Dixie Coal and Oil Company on Russell Street. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to her two children, Robert Samuel Cromartie III and Carolyn Cook Cromartie Holt.

Survivors include Robert Samuel Cromartie III and his wife Mary Elaine Collier Cromartie of Ormond Beach, Florida and six grandchildren: Robert Samuel Cromartie IV, David Alan Cromartie, and Kimberly Elaine Cromartie Horwedel, all of Ormond Beach, Florida and Christin May Holt Aquilla of Rockville, Maryland and Catherine Lynn Holt Czifra and Susan Elizabeth Holt both of Fairfax, Virginia. Six great-grandchildren include Thor Connor Cromartie, Alexander Drake Cromartie, and Sage Nicole Cromartie of Ormond Beach, Florida and Samantha Jo Aquilla, Jeffrey Thomas Aquilla and Eden Elizabeth Anderson.

A graveside memorial service will be held in Cross Creek Cemetery Number Two on Saturday, June 24, 2021 at ten o’clock in the morning. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann Street, Fayetteville, N.C. 28301 in lieu of flowers.

Rogers and Breeze Funeral Home will assist with the process.

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2020 Cromartie Reunion

The 2020 Cromartie Reunion has been cancelled due to the Wuhan virus. It will be replaced with a Zoom meeting on Sunday October 11, 2020. I will post the details when they become available.

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Cromartie Family Reunion 2020

The 90th Cromartie Reunion has been scheduled for Columbus Day weekend this year. On Saturday, October 10, there will be a supper gathering, probably in Wilmington, NC and on Sunday, October 11, the program and lunch will take place at South River Presbyterian Church on hwy 210 near Garland, NC.

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Cromartie Reunion 2019

The 2019 reunion will be held the weekend of May 4-5th, 2019. In previous years, we have scheduled the reunion in October. Unfortunately, two of the last 3 years we were forced to cancel the reunion due to tropical weather.

Dinner Saturday evening May 4th will be at Little Pond Caterers.

Their address is: 2010 Princess Place Drive Wilmington NC 28405

Time: 6-9 PM

RSVP Instructions: Please RSVP for Saturday’s dinner by emailing Len Clarke – glc3123@gmail.com.

Annual meeting at South River Presbyterian Church in Bladen County with a catered lunch on Sunday May 5th:

The church address is: 1899 NC 210 Highway East Harrells, NC. 28444

Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker (and piper) for Sunday is Bill Caudill (Director, The Scottish Heritage Center and Instructor, St. Andrews University Pipe Band).

Program:  Bill Caudill will present an Educational program on the Scottish Heritage Center.

Registration opens at 10:15 am. Our program starts at 11 AM.

RSVP Instructions: Please RSVP for Sunday’s attendance and meals by calling Ann Butler at 910-617-0199.

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Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins, Ruhamah Doane’s ancestor who came to Jamestown in 1610 and emigrated to Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620, lived a fascinating life. His biography, Here Shall I Die Ashore, was published in 2003 by Xlibris. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Vol Six chronicles his descendants. It was published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants in 2001.

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The Cromartie Legacy

For those of you interested in Cromartie family genealogy, I published a book entitled The Cromartie Legacy in 2001. It is out of print but is available free in digital form on line. It can be found on my website www.samcromartie.com under the tab entitled The Author.

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Cromartie Reunion

The Cromartie Reunion in Bladen County, North Carolina for 2018 has been cancelled due to the hurricane that hit the state.

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Mary Cromartie

I just received a query regarding Mary Cromartie (daughter of William Cromartie and Ruhamah Doane) and Archibald McNabb. Mary was born in Bladen County, NC on April 7, 1778 and died in Tattnall County, Georgia in March 1860. Archibald McNabb was born in NC about 1770 and died in Tattnall County, Georgia prior to February 27, 1858. They had six children: Daniel McNabb, John McNabb, Hannah McNabb, James Glenn McNabb, Amy McNabb, and Mary McNabb. James Glen McNabb was born in North Carolina on June 17, 1802 and died in Putnam County, Florida on December 5, 1868. I am attaching three documents concerning Mary and Archibald McNabb. First is photo of the Cromartie Family Monument that lists Mary as born in 1778. Second is a page from the William Cromartie Bible which does not list Mary. third is the US Federal Census Mortality Schedules 1850-1885 listing Mary McNabb age 85 at time of her death in March of the year ending in June of 1860 with birth in North Carolina.

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The Centenarian

My mother, May Hunter (Cookie) Cromartie celebrated her one hundredth birthday on Nov 17. She is the first centenarian recorded in my family to my knowledge. Does any one else know of other Cromarties to reach 100?

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Clan Urquhart

The Cromartie family is a sept of Clan Urquhart. The chief of that clan is Colonel Wilkins Fisk Urquhart, an American who was born in New Orleans. He holds a degree in International Studies from the US Air Force Academy and a masters degree in Management from Webster University. After twenty-eight years in the Air Force, he retired as a colonel. More information about the clan is available at its web site. http://www.clanurquhart.com

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