(Black Section)

            Croom is a mixed-race cemetery off Bowman Road southwest of Medon in southern Madison County. It is approached by a field road on the east side of Bowman Road 0.8 mile west of the junction of Bowman Road and Collins road. The cemetery is in the woods east of the gate. In 2004 the white section of the cemetery seemed to be receiving some minimal maintenance. Fallen tree branches had been removed and it probably was receiving at least a yearly mowing. At one time this section of the cemetery was fenced, but only some of the fence remains. The white section contains about a dozen fieldstone-marked, unmarked, and unidentified graves. Last identified burial was in 1959.

            The black section lies east of the fence of the white section and extends a couple of hundred feet to the northeast. The black section is abandoned and filled with downed trees and tree branches. Last identified burial was in 1966. There are many dozen unmarked graves.

            David Donahue recorded Croom Cemetery March 19, 2004. Faye Tennyson (Mrs. Howell Lee) Davidson recorded the white section of Croom Cemetery in February 1967. Her records appears in Family Findings, Vol. I, No 2, July 1969. She noted that "Maulden Reeves owned the land first. A Methodist Church stood near this cemetery and many unmarked graves are here." Jonathan K. T. Smith recorded the black section of Croom Cemetery about 1995. It appears in the supplement and Volume II of his Tombstone Inscriptions from Black Cemeteries in Madison County, Tennessee.


Agin, Ausin, no dates (homemade)

Agins, Cornelia, 1876-1934
Agins, Earley, 1876-1966

Agins, James, Oct. 20, 1840-July 29, 1888 (fallen) [shares double marker with Sarah Reeves]

Alston, Eddie L., May 24, 1900-May 30, 1914 (broken)

Anderson, Mary, Jan. 24, 1886-Jan. 11, 1928

Auston, Bob, 1846-1910

Blade, Pervis, d. Nov. 21, 1928, military marker "Tennessee Pvt 840 Service Bn Qmc"

Brown, John W., Dec. 24, 1897-Oct. 16, 1918

Gladney, George, July 4, 1901-Nov. 21, 1901 (broken, eroded concrete marker)

Gladney, James, Apr. 15, 1880-May 29, 1909, "Husband" "Father"

Hullum, Martin, 1836-1915

Kelley, Hanner, 1849-1919 (eroded) [Smith reported her death date as Jan. 22, 1919, which he may have known from his death certificate research]

Lacy, Emma, Aug. 27, 1838-Apr. 15, 1915, "Wife of Joe Lacy"

Lacy, Jennie, Aug. 16, 1868-Dec. 23, 1911, "Wife of Joe Lacy" [not found in 2004; reported by Smith]

Lee, Maggie, May 27, 1875-Oct. 17, 1901, "Wife of J. M. Lee"

March, Geo. W., Apr. 16, 1880-Mar. 29, 1915

Reeves, Mima, 1848-June 19, 1910
Reeves, Dallas, 1844-____ (fallen, disintegrating concrete cross)

Reeves, Sarah, 1822-Mar. 4, 1900, "Wife of Tandy Reeves" (fallen) [shares double marker with James Agins]

Winchester, Geo., 1896-Oct. 8, 1918 (fallen)


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