Kim, I am the author of Unpuzzling Your Past. Thank you! No, the Major Lee Croom is not a descendant of the Major whose wife was Olief Avery, but a descendant of one of his brothers. This Madison County bunch did come from NC. Major Lee Croom was my grandfather's brother and I'm trying to find descendants. I finally solved a long-standing problem of identifying the mother and maternal grandparents of Major Lee Croom and siblings and wanted to see if any of his descendants are researching as well. That case study is published in my newest book, The Sleuth Book for Genealogists (Betterway Books, 2000). It is a problem-solving focus, based on the premise that we genealogists can learn from the literary sleuths such as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and scads of others. Listening to what they say can help us think through our problems and evaluate our research. It may sound crazy, but I really did let Poirot and Miss Marple "advise" me in the Croom study, and it really helped. So...there you have it. The Croom book I did was my own line, not the Major who m Olief Avery. There's alot out and about on that couple, but be careful with what is published and online. There's alot of garbage mixed in with the good stuff. Thank you for replying to my query.