Saturday, December 8, 2007

Chesterfield Co, VA tax lists

These are from an LDS microfilm of fragmentary tax lists of Chesterfield Co, VA (formed 1749 from Henrico Co, VA]

1747 [Chesterfield not created yet, this is actually a Henrico tax list]
Henry Wamock - 1 tithable

Francis Womack - 1

Jossiar Womack - 1
Thomas Womack, Sam, Abram [Sam & Abram were slaves] - 3
Thomas Womack - 1
[above three in a row]
William Womack - 4 [?]
Francis Womack - 1

1758 - incomplete, no Womacks

William Wammock Nunelie - 1
Josiah Wommack, Robin [slave] - 2
Henry Wammack - 1

Wm W[omack] Nunnally, Frank, Doll - 3

1777 - incomplete, no Womacks

1778 - incomplete, no Womacks

1814 Insolvents - incomplete, no Womacks

1821 Insolvents
Ann Womack - 1 white

Undated tax list fragments, circa 1751
Thos Womack, Jossiah Womack, Thos Womack, Abram, Sam - 5

David Womack and Esther Tanner

David Womack married Esther Tanner in Rutherford Co, NC:

Groom: David Womack
Bride: Esther Tanner
Bond_Date: 04 Oct 1809
County: Rutherford
Bondsman: Philip Wood
Witness: James Morris

In the 1810 Census, David was in Rutherford Co, NC; in 1820 he was in Union Co, KY; in 1830 his widow Esther was in Union Co, KY.

In the 1840 Census, their son, Oliver Clayton Womack, was in Hopkins Co, KY. I am not sure where Esther was, but possibly with her daughter, Ursula (Womack) Tanner. (A John D Tanner was in Shelby Co, IL in 1840).

In the 1850 Census, Esther (age 66, born in VA)was with her daughter Ursula in McDonough Co, IL; her son Walton B Womack was in McDonough as well. In 1860, she was again with Ursula in Story Co, IA (Iowa) (age 76, born in VA).

The three known children of David Womack and Ursula Tanner were Oliver Calyton Womack, Ursula Womack (married John D Tanner), and Walton B Womack.

Union Co, KY marriages
Squire R David to Louisa E Warnock 23 Nov 1832
John D Tanner to Ursula W Womack 18 Feb 1833

Louisa E in the above marriage record may have been a Womack; various WorldConnect entries claim she was. Squire Davis was in Hancock Co, IL in 1840 (as S R Davis), and again in 1860. I cannot find him in 1850. Louisa died and Squire remarried 24 Sep 1853.

Ursula, Oliver Clayton, and Walton B were all in the 1880 Census, and Ursula and Walton B were also in the 1900 Census.

Here are some Census citations:

Uralda "Lanner" - 35 NC (mother Esther Warmack in HH)

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , McDonough, Illinois; Roll: M432_116; Page: 261; Image: 366.

Ursula Tanner - 45 NC

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Washington, Story, Iowa; Roll: M653_339; Page: 21; Image: 282.

Ursula Tanner - 55 NC

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Washington, Story, Iowa; Roll: M593_420; Page: 195; Image: 392.

Ursla Tanner - 56 NC VA VA

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Leota, Norton, Kansas; Roll: T9_391; Family History Film: 1254391; Page: 397.3000; Enumeration District: 203; Image: 0439.

Ursla Tanner - 85 (April 1815) NC PA PA

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Cimarron, Woods, Oklahoma; Roll: T623 1343; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 217

O C [Oliver Clayton] Warmack - 67 NC __ __

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Dixon, Webster, Kentucky; Roll: T9_446; Family History Film: 1254446; Page: 39.1000; Enumeration District: 25; Image: 0076.

Walton B Womack - 66 KY Germany Germany

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Saint Claire, Jewell, Kansas; Roll: T9_383; Family History Film: 1254383; Page: 316.2000; Enumeration District: 121; Image: 0638.

W B Wammuck - 83 (Dec 1816) KY Germany Germany

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Nevada, Story, Iowa; Roll: T623 460; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 121.

So, Walton thought his foks were from Germany. the parent's birthplace for Oliver Clayton was left blank. In 1880, Ursula said her folks were both born in VA, and in 1900 she said they were both born in PA.

Walton was wrong about his parent's birthplaces, and we get no info from Oliver Clayton. We know Esther (Tanner) Womack was born circa 1784 in VA. So, it is likely that the 1880 Census for Ursula was correct. Thus, David Womack was born in Virginia.

David's parentage has been claimed by some as Thomas and Louvisa (Rice) Womack. Certainly, the majority of the Womacks in Rutherford Co, NC were this family. However, the "known" sons of Thomas/Louvisa - Anderson, Abraham, George, James, William - all have records that tie them together at least circumstantially. There are no such records I am aware of for David that tie him with the other Rutherford Co, NC Womacks.

I have a theory who David's parents might be. Hint: there was another Womack family in McDonough Co, IL in 1850, which might be circumstantial, but McDonough was a very small population county.

I think a DNA test with a male Womack descendant of David Womack and Esther Tanner might be very helpful in narrowing down the possibilities.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chesterfield County, Virginia Wills


I transcribed many estate records from Chesterfield Co, VA. The data comes from LDS microfilms of the originals. I did not transcribe the earlier wills, since they are here:

I can say who some of these people probably were. I have photocopies of other records transcribed from Chesterfield Co, VA that I still need to type out, so some of my evidence comes from these records.

Here is a quck overview of each, with the will book number and page number in parentheses.

1) Jesse Womack (5-101) - son of Thomas, son of Thomas, probable son of Richard Jr, son of Richard Sr.

2) Sarah Womack (5-149) - widow of Thomas Womack(Jr), son of Thomas (Sr), probable son of Richard Jr, son of Richard Sr. Susannah was her daughter who she named as "Suckey" in her will. Suckey was a common nickname for Susannah.

3) Thomas Womack (6-259) - Thomas III, son of Thomas, son of Thomas, probable son of Richard Jr, son of Richard Sr.

4) William Womack (6-280) - I think this was the William Womack married to Martha LNU who was mentioned in the transcription of Chesterfield Co, VA Womack records by E. P. Valentine. I think this William was the son of William, son of Abraham (Jr), son of Abraham Sr. The John and William Womack mentioned as administrators were likely the sons of William.

5) John (8-319) - married to Catharine LNU. He was the son of Joel, son of Thomas, probable son of Richard Jr, son of Richard Sr. See

6) William (12-94) - married to Elizabeth Perkinson. Son of Francis, son of Thomas, son of Abraham Sr.

7) Suckey (12-446) - not sure who she was. She was NOT the Susannah "Suckey" Womack who was the daughter of Thomas Womack (Jr) and Sarah LNU, since that Susannah Womack married John Spears and was still alive in the 1850 Census of Chesterfield.

8) Catharine (16-72) - Catharine (LNU) Womack, widow of John - see 8-319 above.

9) Francis (17-53) - Francis Jefferson Womack, son of William - see 12-94 above.

10) Isham (17-156) - Isham C Waymack from Prince George Co, VA. He married a cousin of some sort, Critty Womack.

11) Elizabeth (18-158) - Elizabeth (Perkinson) Womack, widow of William - see 12-94 above.

12) Jame (18-420) - James Madison Womack, son of William - see 12-94 above.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Womack Family in America before 1850 - Classification

The Womack family in America circa 1850 was fairly large - about 2400 to 2800 individuals, not counting slaves held by Womacks. A couple years ago, I abstracted all the Womack US federal census records up to and including 1850. At the time, I had no idea how many of them were related. I still do not know how many are related, but I have made some headway. This has led me to classifying the Womacks into several divisions.

Scientists are always classifying things, such as species of living things, minerals, stars, languages, etc. They make their groupings based upon similarities between things.

I have two types of groupings for the Womack family, which I call branches and divisions. A branch is group of people with one common Womack ancestor - the head of that branch. A division is a group of people who are possibly not related, but grouped together by similar characteristics. Some of these may form divisions may eventually become branches with more research.

I believe the vast majority of white Womacks in America in 1850 were the descendants of the Womacks of the late 1600s in Henrico County, Virginia. This includes all spellings, including Warmack. For each branch or division, I have a description that includes a name and a place. The place is usually where the person was known to have lived last.

Note that I do not trace the descendants of Womack females. Sorry, this project is large enough just with Womacks.

Some branches come from other branches. I do this to make the branches smaller, and thus easier to understand.

Before asking me questions about these branches, remember it for Womack individuals in America before 1850. So please, no comments/questions about other families, Womacks in other areas of the world, or Womacks after 1850.

A) The Core Womack Family from Henrico Co, VA - the first 4 generations, starting with William Womack, sometimes called "the Immigrant". Researchers have made many mistakes in this part of the family, leading to an enormos amount of confusion. However, a great deal of this part of the family is understood.

B) The 17 Womack great-grandsons of the Immigrant

B.1) William Womack of Cumberland Co, VA - son of William, son of Abraham

B.2) Abraham Womack of Lincoln Co, NC - son of Thomas, son of Abraham - see branches D.1 and D.2 below.

B.3) William Womack of Charlotte Co, VA - son of Thomas, son of Abraham - married Jane LNU; they had no children, but William's estate records hold many clues to the families of his siblings.

B.4) Thomas Womack of Nottoway Co, VA - son of Thomas, son of Abraham

B.5) Isham Womack of Halifax Co, VA - son of Thomas, son of Abraham

B.6) Francis Womack of Chesterfield Co, VA - son of Thomas, son of Abraham

B.7) Abraham Womack of Halifax Co, VA - son of Abraham, son of Abraham

B.8) William Womack of Chesterfield Co, VA - son of Abraham, son of Abraham

B.9) Thomas Womack of Rowan Co, NC - son of Abraham, son of Abraham

B.10) Richard Womack of Goochland Co, VA - son of Abraham, son of Abraham - father of William Warmack of Davidson Co, TN and Matthew Warmack of Wayne Co, MO.

B.11) Richard Womack of Burke Co, GA - son of Richard, son of Richard

B.12) Alexander Womack of Campbell Co, VA - son of Richard, son of Richard

B.13) Thomas Womack of Chesterfield Co, VA - probably son of Richard, son of Richard

B.14) Matthew Womack of Amelia Co, VA - probably son of Richard, son of Richard

B.15) Henry Womack of Goochland Co, VA - son of William, son of Richard

B.16) William Womack of Halifax Co, NC - son of William, son of John

B.17) John Womack of Johnston Co, NC - probably son of William, son of John

C) Womack Family of Prince George Co, VA - this is a division rather than a branch. These Womacks appear to be the descendants of John's three sons John, Richard, and Abraham. Despite the records loss in Prince George, we know Richard was there as late as 1742, and Abraham at least until 1759.

D) Branches off of (or probably off of) the "B" branches

D.1) Thomas Womack of Burke Co, NC - married Louvisa Rice - the son of Abraham (B.2). See also E.6.

D.2) William Womack of Gallatin Co, IL - married Rebecca LNU - the son of Abraham Womack (who married Elizabeth Stubblefield), son of Abraham (B.2). This was NOT the William who married Lucy Womack, dau of Thomas/Louvisa (C.1). Nor was it the William Womack, son of Thomas of Rowan Co, NC (B.9).

D.3) Thomas Womack of Jasper Co, GA - married Lavina Dennis - probably the son of Richard (B.10)

D.4) Allen Womack of Buchanan Co, MO - probably the son of Richard (B.10)

D.5) Abraham Womack of Monroe Co, GA - married Judith Minter - probably the son of Abraham (B.7)

D.6) Benjamin Womack of Gadsden Co, FL - probably the grandson of Frederick, son of William (B.16)

E) Other Womack Branches and Divisions that almost certainly descend from the Henrico Co, VA Womack Family.

E.1) Richard Womack of Smith Co, TN - wife Catherine (supposedly Steetman). From VA, supposedly Halifax Co, although a search of tax records for every year from 1782 to 1810 failed to find him. Descandants spell the name "Wommack".

E.2) Terry Womacks of Brown Co, OH - from VA, supposedly the son of Henry Womack (see B.15), but I would need more documentation or DNA testing to believe this.

E.3) Peter, Lewis, and David Womack of Lincoln Co, TN - all born in NC, probably brothers from their proximity, occupations, and similar names of their children.

E.4) Warmack Family from Franklin and Habersham Cos, GA - descend from an unknown male Womack or Warmack, who married Sarah LNU. After his death, she married Jesse Putman. Son John born in SC. Dau Susannah married Littleton Meeks. Not descended from Ian Warmack (no such person, see Fictional Womacks below). Ian supposedly settled in GA, which makes little sense, given that John Warmack was born in SC, possibly Union Co, SC where Jesse Putman was from.

E.5) Archibald Womack of Lincoln Co, NC - married Sarah Hager - confused with Archibald, son of Thomas (B.9). Possibly the Archer Womack, son of Thomas, son of Thomas (B.13).

E.6) William Womack of Marion Co, TN - married Lucy Womack, dau of Thomas/Louvisa (D.1). NOT the son of Abraham Womack (wife Elizabeth Stubblefield), son of Abraham (B.2). Possibly the son of Isham (B.5).

E.7) William Womack of Campbell Co, VA - married Catherine (possibly Blankenship). NOT the son of Francis (B.6). William son of Francis married Elizabeth Perkinson, and he wrote a will in Chesterfield Co, VA in 1830 naming his wife Elizabeth. Also, DNA evidence strongly suggests that William in Campbell Co, VA could not have descended from Francis, since DNA of his descendant matches that of descendants of Richard (B.11) and Alexander (B.12).

E.8) Womack Family of Northern Virginia - there was supposedly a William Womack in Frederick Co, VA in 1779 and 1782 tax lists. More research needed here, but my gut feeling is that this was actually a Hammack family that was mis-transcribed. The Womacks in northern VA counties after 1800 were probably the descendants of Peter Womack, son of Thomas, son of Thomas (B.9).

E.10) Womack/Warmack family of Montgomery Co, GA - a division that is very little understood. John and William Womack/Warmack appear in early records in Montgomery Co, GA, and then in Twiggs and Pulaski Co, GA. John Warmack moved to MS, and people from this group were in Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, and Yazoo Cos, MS among others. A Timothy Womack was probably John's brother, and John had sons John and William Warmack, and possibly other children, such as Patience Warmack, Benjamin Womack, and Joel Sherrard Warmack. Note that some descendants spelled the name Womack, but most were Warmack.

E.11) Josiah Womack of Hancock Co, GA - married Nancy Holliman

E.12) David Womack of Union Co, KY - married Esther Tanner - possibly a son of Thomas/Louvisa (D.1).

E.13) Abraham Womack of Obion Co, TN (later in Arkansas Co, AR)

F) Other unclassified single Womack families before 1850 that probably decsend from Henrico Co, VA - This includes Womack families that were not extended families in 1850, and the head of household was born after 1800. This includes families such as Newton Womack in Fayette Co, TN in 1850. Note that there are very few Womacks in this category.

G) Womacks NOT descended from the Henrico Co, VA Womack Family

G.1) Recent Womack Immigrants - mostly or all in New York in 1850, all from England

G.2) African-American - a handful of free black Womacks in 1850; the vast majoity were slaves.

G.3) Native American - there were NO Native American Womacks. The Womack name comes from England. There were Womacks with Indian blood from their mother's side of the family.

H) Womacks who were not really Womacks - mistakes

H.1) Mistakes made in the past - mistakes made in censuses, newspapers, by county clerks, etc where people were called Womack who really were not. Example: Elizabeth Womack in the 1850 Census of Madison Co, TN was actually Elizabeth (Fly) Warmath, widow of Henry Warmath.

H.2) Mistakes made in record tanscriptions - Womack is difficult to tell from several other names in some old handwriting, and in documents that are faded or otherwise hard to read. An example is the supposed Womacks in Stewart Co, TN, all of whom were Warnicks.

I) Non-existent Womacks

I.1) Legendary or Fictional Womacks - often handed down in family oral traditions. Example: Ian Warmack of Georgia. Real research either finds no proof of these people, or finds other (and real) ancestors. These fictional Womacks do proove that someone was a great story teller.

I.2) Fraudulent Womacks - the Womacks in this category were created by unscrupulous "professional genealogists" to separate people from their money. Example: Henry Womack of Accomack Co, VA.


Whew, that was a lot of typing - I count 46 branches and divisions. I think that covers all the Womacks in America prior to 1850.

Hopefully, this will get some discusion going. Obviously, I left a lot of details out. Let me know if I missed a grouping, or any other comments/questions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Abraham Womack of Goochland Co, VA, continued

In an earlier post (, I wrote how I found this deed record online:

Goochland County, DEED BOOK 4, Page 239
Aug 15 , 1743 from Ashford Hughes of the Parish of St. James and Goochland, to Alexaander Wamack [incorrect!!!] of same, for 55 (Pounds), all that tract of land in Goochland on the south side of the James River and bounded by Bollings Quarter Branch, the branches of Muddy Creek, Womack, about 400 acres. Signed -Ashford Hughes. Wit- Charles Raley, Fras Amoss, Thomas Dillon. Recorded Sep 20, 1743..

I saw the microfilm of the actual deed today and it very clearly says Abraham Womack, NOT Alexander. It also says the land was on Womack's line.

Thus, Abraham Womack, son of the original Abraham (born circa 1644), owned 800 acres in Goochland - 400 bought from Ahford Hughes, and 400 in an adjacent parcel in a land patent dated 25 Aug 1731.

I also abstracted a 1747 deed of Abraham Womack to William Womack:

Goochland Co, VA Deed Book 5, p.352. 17 Nov 1747 - Abraham Womack Junior of Goochland Co to brother William Womack for "natural affection" 100 acres on Bollings Quarter Branch, "part of the survey that my father lived on". Wit: Richard Ligon, James Ligon, Sarah Ligon. Acknowledged by Abraham Womack in Goochland Court 17 Nov 1747.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Iverson Womack/Wammack

Iverson Womack or Wommack or Wammack was intersting - born in Gorgia, moved to Florida with this mother as a boy, fought in the Seminole Indian Wars and for the Confederacy in the Civil War, then moved to western Pennsylvania where he worked the oil wells, then finally to California, where he died in 1914.

Note that the 1880 Census incorrectly gives his birthplace as North Carolina, when he was in fact born in GA. The census taker wrote the states of birth on the wrong lines for people - the person before Iverson was listed as born in GA, Iverson as born in NC, and his wife as born in PA. In fact, Iverson was born in GA and his wife in NC.

Here are some notes I gathered several months ago on this family:

Info I found tracing Nora Belle Wammack, dau of Iverson.

Marion Co, FL marriages

Iverson was in the Seminole Indian Wars - see

Iverson H Wammack - Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Ocala, Marion, Florida; Roll: M432_59; Page: 118; Image: 231.

Iverson Wammick - Image Source: Year: 1860; Census Place: Not Stated, Marion, Florida; Roll: M653_108; Page: 257; Image: 258.

Iverson Wammock - Image Source: Year: 1870; Census Place: Allegheny, Venango, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1459; Page: 15; Image: 32.

I H Wammock - Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Fairview, Butler, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1109; Family History Film: 1255109; Page: 210.3000; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 0069.

Iverson Wammock - Source Citation: Year: 1890; Census Place: Fairview, Butler, Pennsylvania; oll: 89; Page: 1; Enumeration District: 15. This was the census for Civil War Veterans, it says Iverson was a "Reble".

Ive Wommack - Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Fairview, Butler, Pennsylvania; Roll: 623 1387; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 72.

Nora B Jones - Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: South Fayette, Allegheny, ennsylvania; Roll: T623 1371; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 501.

Nora B Jones - Image Source: Year: 1910; Census Place: Los Angeles Twp, Los Angeles, alifornia; Series: T624; Roll: 80; Page: 101A; Enumeration District: 234; Part: 3; Line: 3.

California Death Records - Iverson H Wammock age 79, Los Angeles County, 22 Feb 1914, 1422

I think Iverson's parents were James Wommack and Eliza P Smith.
James Womack, Eliza Smith, 13 Jul 1828, Jones Co, Georgia

Smith marriages in Jones Co, GA: - note that there as an Iverson Smith, so perhaps a name that ran in the family.

I think James Womack was the son Carter Womack and Catharine LNU of Halifax Co, NC, a ell-known line. In the censuses, James Womack and later Eliza lived near several Alsobrook families n Jones Co, GA. These Alsobrook families were from Halifax Co, NC. James Wammack from lsobrook's district of Jones Co, GA won land in both the 1832 GA Cherokee Land Lottery, and the 1832 GA Gold Land Lottery.

I also took a look at tax records of Jones Co, GA at the GA state archives during the late 1830s. ames Wommack is near several Alsobrook families. In a couple of years, Wilson C Alsobrook paid the poll tax for Thomas Wommack, James' brother. In Jones Co, GA deed records James ammack bought land from Wilson Alsobrook; sold land to William Barron & Isaac Harris.

halifax County, NC. Grantor deed Vol. 32, p. 168 - Abstract of Deed 8 Oct 1844, James ommack of Jones County, GA. appts. Joseph (?) B. Rose, of Jasper County, GA. his atty. to receive from Joseph Powell Atty. & ?? administrate of estate of Martha Wommack, all my money, atc. due me from said estate.Halifax County, NC.

James' aunt Martha never married and left everything to nieces & nephews: Halifax Will Book 4, page 197 - Will of Martha Wammock dated 15 July 1836; probated Feb. 1841. One-eleventh art to each of the following: Jordan Wammack's children; William Wammack's children; James ammack; Thomas Wammack; David Wammack; Kinchen Wammack; Asa Wammack; Kinchen arris & children; Carter Harris & two children; James & Tempy Alsobrook's children; Drew King's children

Not sure why Eliza Wommack was listed as head of household in the 1840 Census if James was till alive in 1844.

WORD OF CAUTION: Early Georgia was like a blender for Womack families. What I mean by hat is that several Womack families from very different lines might live in the same county, ever make the assumption they are closely related. I think the 8 land lotteries held in Georgia had a ot to do with this.

Womacks or their relatives won land all over the state and moved to new counties, often near omacks from different lines. Jones Co, GA had at least 4 lines of Womacks prior to 1850.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Womacks at Virgina DOT

I found some great old Womack records at an unusual site, the Virginia Department of Transportation. These were done for the VA DOT by a historian, Nathaniel Mason Pawlett.

They are PDF files, and 4 of them mention Womacks.

Goochland County

Lunenburg County

Amelia County

Albemarle County

The ones for Lunenburg Co, VA show that Richard Womack "III" was there from 1746 to 1759.

The ones for Amelia Co, VA mention the "the Race Paths at Abraham Wawmocks". This was Abraham, son of Thomas, son of the first Abraham Womack. This shows that the first Abraham's descendants shared his love for racing horses.

Here is the most interesting one from Amelia:

22 August 1751 O. S., Page 351
Thomas Haskins is Appointed Surveyor of the Road that leads from Sailors Creek Bridge to the fork of the Road a little above Sandy River Bridge and that his Tythes AbrahamWawmock's John Gentry, Charles Causton, John Spradling, Benjamin Ruffin's Tythes, Thomas Wawmock Abraham Wawmock jur and John Nash's Tythes on Sailor's Creek, this Gang and William Wawmock's Gang are to meet and repair Sailors Creek Bridge, And then from the Fork above Sandy River Bridge to Bush River Bridge and from thence to Buffelow Road Mr. Nash's Hands is to Clear the Same and William King is appointed Surveyor of the Said Road

Here we have 3 sons of Thomas and Mary (maybe Farley) Womack - Abraham Sr, Thomas, and William. In addition, we have Abraham Sr's son Abraham Jr, and two son-in-laws, Charles Cauthon and John Spradling, married respectively to Elizabeth and Mary Womack.

Goochland Co, VA Deed and Will Indexes

While at my local LDS Family History Center tonight, I made the discovery that part of their "permanent collection" of miscrofilm includes early records of Virginia counties such as Henrico, Amelia, Prince Edward, and Goochland. They were closing in 30 minutes, so I only got a glance of it all.

They had an index to Goochland Co, VA deeds and wills, which were recorded in the same books, years 1728-1839. I copied all the Womack stuff.

  1. 4 Jan 1731, William Kent to William Womack deed, 1-314

  2. 24 Jan 1731, William Womack to James Holman deed, 1-317

  3. 18 Sep 1735, William Womack to William Womack, Jr deed, 2-145

  4. 17 Mar 1739, John Williams to William Womack deed, 3-329

  5. 9 Jan 1740, William Womack and John Williams to Ralph Graves deed, 3-400(?)

  6. 15 Aug 1743, Ashford Hughes to Abraham Womack deed 4-239(?)

  7. 17 Nov 1747, Abraham Womack to William Womack deed, 5-232

  8. 16 Mar 1762, William Womack will, 8-235

  9. 17 Jul 1762, William Womack inventory, 8-255(?)

  10. 25 Sep 1762(?), William Womack (what type of record?), 8-295(?)

  11. 19 Aug 1771, Collam Bailey to Henry Womack deed, 10-148

  12. 20 Jan 1790, Henry Walmack will, 15-377

  13. 21 May 1790 Henry Womack and wife to Whitehead Ryan deed, 15-375

Some of the actual deeds and wills were there as well, and I had just a little time to peek at a few.

The Henry "Walmack" will does not mention a wife, mentions daughters Athary Russell and Lucy Lawrence and son Henry Walmack who gets all real estate. In a deed, right before the will, Henry Womack and wife Ann sold land to Whitehead Ryan. This was Henry Jr selling the land his father willed him.

I did not look yet at the 1743 deed from Ashford Hughes to Abraham Womack. At least two poeople have transcribed this deed as saying Alexander Womack, not Abraham, so I need to see the original.

I did look at the 1747 deed from Abraham Womack to William Womack. It actually says Abraham Womack Jr to his brother William, part of the land their father lived on, on Bollings Quarter branch. I will get a photocopy next week when the FHC is open again.

I also found these records on the web:

Goochland County, Virginia Deeds Book 4, 1741-1745

Page 346.
December 17, 1743 from Richard Parsons, and Lydia, his wife, of the Parish of St. James and Goochland, to John Alexander of same, for 70 lbs, a certain tract of land of 200 acres in Goochland on the south side James River on the west side Muddy Cr, being half of 400 acres of land granted to George Briggs by patent dated Jun 20, 1733, which the said George Briggs, by his Goochland will, gave to his sister, Lydia Briggs alias Parsons. The tract is bounded by Bowler Cocke, new lines run by Robert Walton on the division of the said 400 acres. Signed Richard Parsons, Lidia (L her mark) Parsons. Wit - Francis Amoss, Isac Hughes, Abram Womack, Miles Gathwrit, Joell Chandler, Recorded May 15, 1744.

Page 510
February 25, 1744 from Francis Amoss of Goochland and Parish of Southam, to Richard Ligon of same, for 45 lbs, all that tract of land in Goochland on both sides of the upper branch of Muddy Creek alias Little Muddy Creek, and bounded by Richard Parsons, Major Bowler Cocke, James Terrel, containing 400 acres. Signed Francis Amoss. Wit - John Alexander, Abrm Womack, Abrm Womack Jr. Recorded March 19, 1744. Judith, the wife of Francis Amoss, relinquished her right of dower to the conveyed lands.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thomas Womack and Mary Farley

One of the most accepted "facts" in modern Womack genealogy is that Thomas Womack of Henrico Co, VA, son of Abraham Womack, Sr (who was born circa 1644) married Mary Farley, daughter of John Farley, Jr.

I really question that.

How do we know that Mary Farley married Thomas Womack, son of Abraham Sr? Thomas Womack certainly had a wife named Mary. Also, John Farley (Jr) named a daughter Mary Womack in his 1754 will, so we have a Mary Farley who was married to a Womack. How do we know Mary Farley was married to a Thomas Womack, and how do we know it was the particular Thomas Womack, son of Abraham Sr?

Farley researchers put Mary's birth around 1707, while many Womack researchers put it around 1690 or earlier. I think the Farley researchers are right.

Thomas Womack, son of Abraham Sr, had a son Thomas Jr who also had a wife Mary. Thomas Jr was NOT the one who left a will in Chesterfield Co, VA in 1782; he WAS the Thomas Womack who left a will in 1803 in Nottoway Co, VA (naming his wife Mary); there is irrefutable proof of this in the probate records of his brother William Womack. So, maybe it was Thomas Jr that married Mary Farley?? This jibes better with what Farley researchers believe about when Mary was born.

Mary, widow of Thomas (son of Abraham Sr), died before Oct 1755, when her will was presented in Chestefield Co, VA court. John Farley made his will 6 Apr 1754, and an inventory of his estate was made 3 Jan 1756. So Mary Womack and John Farley died around the same time.

If Mary was 65 (born circa 1690), and John Farley (Jr) was her father, he would have died at around 85 or older, pretty unlikely, though not impossible - Abraham Womack Sr lived into his late 80s.

If there is some documentation that Mary Farley was married to a Thomas Womack, and not just some unknown Womack male, I would like to see it.

The Fictional Abraham Womack

Over the years, researchers have invented Womack ancestors out of thin air to fill percieved gaps in their family history. The most egregious of these is an Abraham Womack supposedly born about 1666, son of the "original" Abraham Womack (born circa 1644). This Abraham, born circa 1666, was also supposedly the one who died in 1733 in Henrico Co, VA, rather than the Abraham born c1644. The reasoning for this is weak, as I will show below.

Note that I take the later end of when Abraham Womack could have been born. He gave his age in several Henrico court depositions:

1643/4 - Abraham Womecke aged 35 years, deposition - June 2, 1679
1643/4 - Abraham Womocke aged aboute 35 years, Deposeth - June 2, 1679
1643/4 - Abrah Womecke aged 35 years or therabouts - 1679
1644/5 - Abraham Womeck aged abt. 42 - Augt. 1, 1687
1645/6 - Abraham Womeck , aged aboute 32 years - June 20, 1678
1644/5 - Abra. Womeck aged 33 years or thereabouts, Deposeth. - June, 1678
1641/2 - Abraham Womeck aged 49 years, makes a deposition. Augt. 1, 1691

The concensus seems to be he was born in 1644.

First, I would like to talk about a few other fictional Womacks, the supposed children of William Womack, brother of Abrham c1644.

Anyone interested in this era should read Ann McDonald's proposal.

Ann is absolutely correct. In 1674, when Abraham got two-thirds of his brother William's estate, and William's widow (who is not named, but was by then the wife of William Clarke) got one-third, it absolutely means that William had no children. There was no estate left for any children. Thus, the 1677 reference to a William Womack, deceased, with heir Mary and Thomas, was a different William Womack, the so-called "mythical William Womack the Immigrant", father of Abraham, William, Richard, John, and Thomas Womack. I do not think he was all that mythical. He just lived and died in an era for which there are very few surving records for Henrico, Co VA.

This is what the Virgina Archives says about Henrico:

Henrico: created in 1634 as an original shire, all county court records prior to 1655 and almost all prior to 1677 are missing; additionally, many isolated records were destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and almost all Circuit Court records were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865.

Thomas son of William left a will in which he did not name wife or kids, but lots of other relatives. Of the five sons of William "the Immigrant", only three had children. The sons of each of these were William, Thomas, and Abraham (sons of Abraham); Richard and William (sons of Richard); and William, Richard, John, and Abraham (sons of John). From these 9 Womack grandsons of William "the immigrant" there were approximately 2,500 Womacks of various spellings in the US in 1850.

When I show lineages, I do so like this:
Alexander > Richard > Richard > *William*

This is for my ancestor, Alexander Womack, who died 1784 in Campbell Co, VA. He was the son of Richard, son of Richard, son of William the immigrant, who I write like this: *William*

Thomas > William > *William* is FICTIONAL.

The 1677 record was referring to:
Thomas > *William*

Back to the fictional Abraham Womack. There are three arguments for him.

1) Given that Abraham was born circa 1644, there is no way he lived to 1733, given average life spans at the time.

2) A 1708 deed in Henrico in which an Abraham Womack, Jr gives land to son Thomas for "love and affection".

3) Abraham's son Thomas supposedly married Mary Farley, but Farley researchers have her born later (circa 1707) than most Womack researchers (circa 1690), so to make Mary Farley born later, she must have been married to Thomas, son of Abraham (c1666), son of Abraham (c1644).

I will address these three concerns one by one.

1) About Abraham's age - Some people did live to be that old. Infant mortality was high, but if you survived childhood, you had a good chance of living into your 60s or 70s. Living to 89 was unusual, but not unheard of.

2) The 1708 deed saying Abraham Jr gave land to Thomas - I have not seen the original to see if it was transcribed correctly. I do know that I often have difficulty telling Junior and Senior (or their abbreviations) apart. If it does really say Abraham Jr, chalk it up to a mistake by the clerk recording the deed, a rather easy mistake to make. Such mistakes happened all the time, you see them in census records where Womacks were recorded as Wormoths or vice-versa, or even in old newspapers - one old Georgia newpaper referred to Eli Womack and his wife Monica; it took me a while to figure they were talking about Eli Warnock and his wife Monica Gray. Another thing that does not make sense about this deed if it does say Abraham Jr, is that he gave land to son Thomas for "love and affection" when this fictional Abraham Jr was only about 42, assuming he was born circa 1666. I have seen plenty of "love and affection" deeds, and they almost always happened when the grantor was pretty old, not in his 40s. If Abraham Jr was in his 40s, and Thomas in his 20s, Thomas would have been working that land with his dad, not getting it handed to him on a silver plate.

3) About the Thomas Womack and Mary Farley timeline - see my blog entry on Mary Farley -

Womack genealogy, like most genealogy, is chock full of theories that are presented as hard facts. Documentation is awful. One of the points of this blog is to try to rectify that. Theories are not bad, they can actually be very good, but there should be notes with the GEDCOM file that explain that "this is a theory" and then lay the theory out.

The theory that Abraham Womack, Sr had a son Abraham born circa 1666, and it was this son who left a will in Henrico in 1733, NOT Abraham Sr, is JUST PLAIN WRONG!

Womack genealogy is complicated enough without inventing Womacks who never existed.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Abraham Womack - Bolling's Quarter Branch - Follow the School Bus

I have been trying to locate a land patent in Virginia granted to Abraham Womack, Jr.

This is from Roger Womack records (I use Roger's and Sam's records almost every day, thank you so much for posting Womack info on the web!):

Patent Book 14, page 267 - 25 August 1731 - Abraham Wamack, Jr. - 400 acres - Goochland County. "George The Second &c To all &c Know ye that for divers good causes and considerations but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of forty shillings of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia we have given granted and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and confirm unto Abraham Wamack Junior one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being on the south side of James River on the branches of Deep Creek in Goochland County, and bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at a corner white oak it being Thomas Mosses south west corner and where he corners on the land of Daniel Croom thence on Crooms line south ninety three chains to a corner white oak thence south four degrees east fifty six chains to a corner ash in a branch of Bollings Quarter branch thence east twenty five chains to a corner hickory near the said branch thence down the branch according to its meanders one hundred and two chains to a corner gum at the fork of the said Bollings Quarter branch thence north five degrees east one hundred and two chains to the line of Thomas Moss thence on his lines according to their several courses to the place began at With all &c To have hold &c To be held &c yielding & paying &c Provided &c In witness &c Witness our trusty well beloved William Gooch Esqr. our Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the twenty fifth day of August one thousand seven hundred and thirty one in, the fifth year of our reign. /S/ William Gooch."

Locating this patent was a bear. Finding Deep Creek was fairly easy. On my Delorme Atlas, I found it flows into the James River in modern Powhatan County, a few miles east of the line between Powhatan and Cumberland Counties. It flows northeast, actually starting in modern Cumberland Co, but most of its length is in Powhatan. Unfortunately, the Delorme map did not show a branch named "Bollings Quarter", though it did show several branches that it did not give names to. None of the maps on the internet, including, showed this branch either.

A google search showed some interesting links. There are only a few hits for "Bollings Creek" and two of them are for Womacks, which I will get to in a second. I found a Powhatan County school bus route that mentioned "Bolling Quarter Road". I could not find that road on mapquest, googlemaps, etc. However, I found some of the roads listed on the school bus route, enough to determine that Bolling Quarter Road is a little north of the town of Trenholm is northwest Powhatan County. So, I guess Bolling's Quarter Branch of Deep Creek is near the road - the road probably goes over the creek. And I see on my Delorme map there is fairly large branch of Deep Creek that is crossed by Duke Rd, and that starts in a small lake above Trenholm.

Also, some branches of Muddy Creek are in that area. Muddy Creek flows north into the James River, just inside Powhatan Co from Cumberland Co. Muddy Creek is mentioned in one of the Womack deeds, below.

Now, for VA county formation around this area:

1) Part of Henrico until 1728 when Goochland was formed
2) Part of Goochland until 1749 when Cumberland was formed
3) Part of Cumberland until 1777 when Powhatan was formed
4) Powhatan to the present day

Abraham Womack, Jr in the 1731 patent was the son of the original Abraham Womack in America, who was born circa 1644, and died in Henrico Co, VA before Oct 1733.

The terms Sr and Jr as used back then were different than we think of them today. They just mean that there were two men in the same area with the same name, and Jr and Sr were ways of distinguishing them. The terms did not necessarily imply a father/son relationship. Also, a man who was called Jr in early life, might be called Sr later in life. I have dozens of examples of this, and I could do an entire blog entry on this subject, since it is such a big stumbling block for many modren researchers.

Another stumbling block is how loose people were with names - trust me, "Abraham" and "Abram" were considered the same name back then.

Abraham in the 1731 patent was designated Jr because his father, also named Abraham, was still living in 1731, and both Jr and Sr were living in Henrico, Co. After his father's death, Abraham "Jr" would be called "Sr", first to distinguish him from his nephew Abraham (son of Thomas) in Henrico, and later in Goochland to distinguishhim from his son Abraham.

See for corrections to the info below:

The next record to mention Bollings Quarter Branch is this:
Goochland County, DEED BOOK 4, Page 239

Aug 15 , 1743 from Ashford Hughes of the Parish of St. James and Goochland, to Alexaander Wamack of same, for 55 (Pounds), all that tract of land in Goochland on the south side of the James River and bounded by Bollings Quarter Branch, the branches of Muddy Creek, Womack, about 400 acres. Signed -Ashford Hughes. Wit- Charles Raley, Fras Amoss, Thomas Dillon. Recorded Sep 20, 1743..

This was my ancestor, Alexander Womack, son of Richard, son of the original Richard, and thus the first cousin once removed of Abraham Womack who patented the land on Bollings Quarter Branch in 1731. Alexander Womack was in Amelia Co, VA a few years later, near other Abraham Womacks, Abraham son of Thomas and Mary, and his son Abraham. Note that his land is adjacent to a Womack, who I believe was Abraham, son of the original Abraham.

Next, I found this:

Source: Goochland Co. Virginia Tithe Lists 1735-47, transcribed and indexedand published by A. Jean Lurvey, 1864 E. Page, Springfield, MO 65802. 1979.

page 4. Tithe List by Stephen Bedford 1746 [parish not named]

4 [tithes] Abraham Womack Jr.

4 [tithes] Abraham Wormack Sr., Thos. Wormack, Richard Wormack

page 6. Tithe List by James Holman 1746 [parish not named]

3 [tithes] Wm. Womack

page 8. Tithe List by Alexander Trent 1746 continued

3 [tithes] Wm. Womack

page 16. Tithe List by Jas. Holman 10 June 1747 continued

4 [tithes] William Wamack

Jean Lurvey is a well-known Womack researcher, who descends from Thomas Womack and Sarah Owen.

The term "tithable" meant a person who was part of the labor force - free white males 16 and up, slaves or indentured servants of either gender 16 and up. Basically, everyone 16 and up except free white females.

It appears the tax collectors listed free white males by name in households but not slaves. Thus, Abraham Womack, Jr appears to have had 3 slaves aged 16 and up since he had 4 tithes, one for himself, and 3 for his slaves. Abraham Womack, Sr had 4 tithables - himself, sons Thomas and Richard (both 16 and up), and presumably a slave 16 and up.

The various William Womacks in 1746 and 1747 were probably William Womack, son of the original Abraham (born c1644), and William's son William. These were the "Cherry Grove" Womacks, and they had extensive records in Goochland and Cumberland counties.

Abraham (1731 lad patent) had a son William but he apparently lived in Chesterfield Co, VA:
Goochland Co. DB 1?-352 17 Nov 1747, Abraham Womack to William Womack, his

(Benjamin B. Weisiger III, GOOCHLAND COUNTY WILLS AND DEEDS 1742-1749)
Reference to this deed from Abraham Womack to his brother is found in Cumberland Co. DB 1-62. Cumberland Co. was formed from Goochland Co.

DB 1-62 Jul 3, 1749 from William Womack of Dale Parish in Chesterfield County, to Thomas Stratton of same, for 30 pds and for divers good causes, one tract of about 100 acres of land in C[umberland] on the south side of James River known by a place called Bollings Quarter Branch, being the land acknowledged to me in Goochland Court by my brother, Abraham Womack. Signed - William (X his mark) Womack. Wit - Thos Bedford, John Canifix, William Stratton. Recorded Sep 25, 1749.

(TLC Genealogy, CUMERLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS, 1749-1752 [Miami Beach: TLC Genealogy, 1990], p. 8)

From this, it appears that Abraham Womack (1731 patent) had died by Nov 1747, and his 400 acres had been inherited by his sons. This was complicated by the fact the area changed from Goochland to Cumberland in 1749. Need to see Goochland and Cumberland and possibly Powhatan records to see what became of all this land. Abraham Womack "III" remained in Cumberland for a while, because he was in the 1759 tax list:

1759 Cumberland Co, VA partial tithables list

Alexr Moss, 9
Henry Stratton, 3
Wm. Stratton, 7
Abram Womack, 5
Edwd Tabb, 11
James Moss, 6
Allin Creddle, 2

Note that Abraham Womack "III" is near two Stratton men. The land this Abraham acknowleddged to his brother William Womack was in turn sold by William to a Thomas Stratton of Chesterfield Co, VA.

Getting late, I will continue tomorrow...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Virginia 1790 and 1800 Tax Lists

This site is incredible!

I will post more about this later after I find all the Womacks!

Joel and Sarah Womack Children

Found this at the VA Archives site:

If you search for "Womack, Joel" (without quotes), you get about 5 results.

One is this:

Call Number 37152
Title Womack-Mills family genealogical notes.
Publication Compiled 1798, 1811.
Material 4 leaves.
Summary Includes
information on the heirs of Sarah Womack Mills (d. 1802), who was married to
Joel Womack in first marriage, and to Henry Mills in second marriage, all of
Chesterfield County, Virginia. Other surnames mentioned: Broughton and Coleman.
Format Photocopies.
Related Womack family Bible records, 1776-1780 (Acc.

This is talking about Joel Womack, son of Thomas Womack of Chesterfield Co, VA. See Roger Womack's Will Page:

An inventory of Joel Womack of Chesterfield Co, VA was taken in 1783. Thomas Womack wrote his will in Chesterfield on 6 Apr 1780, naming three of Joel's children: Nancy, Betsy, and Richard.

The other interesting item at VA Archive for Joel Womack is this:

Call Number 38521
URL (Click on link) Bible Record Image
Womack family Bible record, 1776-1797.
Material 1 leaf.
Summary Area
covered is Chesterfield County, Virginia. List of birth dates of the children of
Joel Womack and Sally Womack, compiled for a 1798 Chesterfield County Chancery
Format Photocopies.
Related Womack-Mills family genealogical
notes (Acc. 37152).

This has an actual image of a handwritten list of Joel and Sarah's children. The summary notes this was for a 1798 Chancery Case in Chesterfield. On the image, I read the following:

Ann Womack daughter of Joel Womack and Sally his wife was born March 15th 1776. 11 Years
Elizabeth Womack daughter of the above was born October the 9th 1777. - 10
Richard Womack son of the above born March 14 [?] 1779. 8 Years died Mar. 97 -
John Womack son of the above was born Sept 13, 1780. 7 years - boarded out since [?] Feby 98 -

The number of years after each child seems to be the age they were in 1787, but I do not know why that was noted. Note that John was born after his grandfather Thomas Womack wrote his will. Ann was listed in Thomas's will as Nancy; and Elizabeth as Betsy.

Thomas left land to grandson Richard, who died 1797. This probably was the cause of the 1798 chancery case, since Richard probably had no heirs besides his siblings. The other item of note is that after Joel's death in 1783, his widow Sarah married Henry Mills, and she died in 1802.

Green Womack, Malissa Coore

Found a marriage record of "Greene Wammack" to Malissa Coore in some South Carolina newspaper (reference in a SC genealogy magazine). Forgot to copy down the reference, so working from memory. The marriage was in Moore Co, NC in 1838. Green and Malizza Womack were in the 1850 Census of Chatham Co, NC with their children. From my analysis of census records from Moore, Chatham, and Wake counties, I am pretty certain that Green was the son of Brittain Womack (son of Albridgton "Brittain", son of William).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Edward Parker, father-in-law of William Womack

Edward Parker wrote his will 3 May 1819, in Rowan Co, NC, naming many children, among them Rebecca, wife of William Womack.

Many people, myself included, believed the William Womack in question to be the William who was the son of Thomas Womack, who left a will in Rowan Co, NC in 1799. Some went further to state that this William and Rebecca Womack were the William and Rebecca who settled in Gallatin Co, IL and were the parents of Green Womack; that part I always doubted, and I know now who THAT William was, but I'll leave that for another post...

Edward Parker came from Halifax Co, VA:

Ancient records in the Register of Deeds office of Rowan County at Salisbury, North Caroline, reveal that Edward Parker of Halifax County, Virginia purchased from Joseph Rowland and wife Catherine on March 19, 1796 a tract of 200 acres of land on Bear Creek adjoining the property of Daniel Hendricks and John Rowland for the consideration of 200 pounds.

Mark Womack posted this to WGN in June 1997:

I made a major breakthrough today regarding my ggg grandfather, Henry Womack b ca 1800 of Halifax Co, VA. The microfilm I borrowed from the Library of Virginia records his death on Jun 20th, 1875. It also lists his parents names as William & Rebecca Womack. I need to recheck my records, but I don't think I have any records of a William & Rebecca Womack in Halifax Co. It is most likely they cam from another county. Does anyone have an sources that list them?
Thanks, Mark

I recently ordered the Halifax Co, VA personal property tax lists for the years 1782-1821. I was actually trying to find a Richard Womack (married to Catherine Streetman). I never found him, but since I am interested in all Womack lines, I copied down all the others I found.

Halifax Co, VA was divided into Northern and Southern Districts with separate tax lists each year for each district. There were Womacks in both districts. The Womacks in Southern District were the "Cherry Grove" Womacks:

Much less is known about the Womacks in Northern District. An Abraham Womack was in every year from 1782 thru 1797. He does not show up in 1798 or thereafter, so he probably died. In 1783 and 1784, a William Womack is listed in Abraham's household, and from 1785 thru 1821, William is listed as a household head. Other Womacks begin appearing starting in 1813: Abraham, John, Henry, etc. These are often listed in a row with William.

In the 1786 list, I found the following households in a row:

William Womack
Alexander Magginnis
Edward Parker
Abram Womack

As an aside, the "Magginnis" (McGinnis) name is interesting. I found this page: It has this Halifax Deed record:

1768-1 Nov-Daniel Hudson of Charlotte Co to Abraham Womack of Halifax 480A bounded by Beavers CR, John Williams, William McGinniss, William Hunt, Signed Daniel (X) Hudson wit Walter Robertson, Thomas Boaz, Samuel Calland. Recorded Nov 17, 1768. Tabitha wife of Daniel relinquished Dower. Halifax Deed BK 7 p 267.

I was excited to find Edward Parker nearby, since I knew William Womack had a wife named Rebecca. I looked in more tax lists for Edward Parker.

Starting in 1787, the state of Virginia required the tax lists to be "fair alphabetical", meaning all the "A" surnames together, etc. This makes it more difficult to tell who was neighbors with whom. However, on most of the tax lists, the tax collector wrote the date he collected the tax. The tax collection process took three or four months, so we can deduce that the on any given date, the persons collected from were near one another.

In 1787, on 4 Apr, the tax collector collected from Abraham Womack, William Womack, and Edward Parker. A Francis Parker was collected from on 3 Apr.

I skipped ahead to 1791: Edward Parker on 29 Apr; Francis Parker, Abraham Wamack and William Wamack all on 2 Apr.

In 1792: Edward Parker and David Parker (in a row) on 26 May; William Womack on 9 May; Abraham Womack on 19 July.

In 1793: no dates: the Womacks listed were Abraham and William. The Parkers listed were William Parker Sr, Edward Parker, David Parker, and Francis Parker.

In 1794: no dates: William Womack, Abraham Womack, Francis Parker, David Parker, William Parker Sr, Edward Parker, "Daniel Parker (son of Edward)", William Parker Jr.

In 1795: 25 Apr: David Parker, Francis Parker, William Parker Jr. 21 May: William Womack, "Edward Parker & son", Daniel Parker. 20 Jun: "William Parker Sr & sons". 21 Sep: Abraham Womack.

In 1796: 6 May: William Womack and Abraham Womack (in a row), Edward Parker. 9 Apr: Thomas Parker. 7 Oct: Francis Parker, William Parker Jr.

In 1797, I could no longer find Edward Parker. This coincides with his land purchase in Rowan Co, NC. There were other Parkers still in Northern Dist of Halifax. Note that there also Parkers in Southern Dist in every tax list.

Each year, there were numbers for white males over 21, slaves, horses, cattle, etc, and I copied those as well.

So, Edward Parker was in Northern Dist of Halifax Co, VA. In a few tax years he was listed on the same day as William Womack. In 1786 (the last year the tax list was not alphabetized), he was one line away from William Womack.

In his will, Edward Parker lists sons Daniel, David, William, Henry, Miles, Turner, and Peter. David, Daniel, and William are in the tax lists of Halifax with Edward; in fact Danial was specif ally noted as Edward's son. I do not know who the William Sr and Francis were, possibly one was Edward's father and another a brother. Note that because there was a William Parker Sr and a William Parker Jr did not mean that they were necessarily father and son. It just means that the tax collector needed to distinguish between two men of the same name.

Some sites list Edward Parker's Susannah as the Sussanah Parker who married Abraham Womack (son of the Thomas Womack who made his will in Rowan Co, NC in 1799). THIS IS WRONG!!! Edward's dau Susannah married Thomas Hughes, as Edward states in his will. Abraham Womack, son of Thomas, married a Mrs. Susannah Parker. See

I looked for Edward Parker's son-in-laws besides William Womack in Halifax Co, VA. I did not find any of them, but I did find other tax payers of most of their surnames: Bailey, Purcell, Hughes, Abbott, and Nelson.

See Mark Womack's Halifax Co, VA census records:

The other Womacks in Northern Dist of Halifax were Abraham (born circa 1786), John (circa 1795), Henry (circa 1798), Edward (circa 1805), Miles (circa 1806), and William C (circa 1808). Abraham may have been William Womack's younger half-brother, but John, Henry, Edward, Miles, and William C were very likely his sons. In fact, we know from Henry's death record that his parents were William and Rebecca.

Note that Edward Parker named sons Henry and Miles. William Womack and his wife Rebecca named sons Edward, Henry, and Miles.

I conclude that William Womack's wife was Rebecca Parker, daughter of Edward Parker.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More VA land patents

See Roger's page:

Abraham Womack 376 34-550 Halifax

From here:

Land Office Patents No. 34, 1756 - 1765, p 550 (LVA Reel 33-34)
10 Jun 1760, to Abraham Womack
Halifax County, 376 acres on the north side of Smiths River adjoining Elkins

This matches with this deed from Henry Co, VA -

DEED pgs 27, 28
8 Feb 1777
ABRAHAM WOMACK of the province of NC in Orange County to JOHN KELLY of the couny of Henry, state of VA, for the sum of 30 pounds sells said KELLY land in Henry County on the north side of Henry County, by estimate 326 acres, beginning at a branch to Elkins corner chestnut.

The deed probably says "376 acres" not 326, and was mis-transcribed in the book I found it in.

Abraham Womack who married Elizabeth Stubblefield moved from VA to Orange Co, NC, the area which later became Caswell Co, NC.

Pittsylvania Co, VA was formed frm Halifax in 1766/1767.
Henry Co, VA was formed from Pittsylvania in 1776/1777.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Anna Womack Kirk - notes

Levi Kirk Rebecca Peel 14 Mar 1826 Jones
Louisa Kirk Alexander J. Hunt 16 Jun 1831 Jones
Lucinda Kirk Wilkinson Hunt 22 Feb 1825 Jones
William Kirk Huldah Menefer 4 Mar 1825 Monroe

1830 Census of Jones Co, GA -
Source Citation: Year: 1830; Census Place: , Jones, Georgia; Roll: 18; Page: 444.
These three in a row
Levy Kirk 0000 1 / 0001
Anna Kirk no males / 0001 0001
Sarah Cabiness 0000 1 / 0021 01

1830 Census of Monroe Co, GA -
Wilkins Hunt - 1000 1 / 1111 1

Georgia Tax Index, 1789-1799
Year: 1794
Page: 38

Anna Womack married Stephen Kirk; she was in her 50s in 1830, thus born 1770s.

Will of Abraham Womack of Monroe Co, GA: - Stephen Kirk - good notes

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Locating VA Land Grants

I am using my DeLorme Atlas of VA to locate some Womack land grants.


Patent Book 18, page 383 - 22 Sept. 1739 - Richd. Womack - 400 acres - Amelia County. Consideration: 40 Shillings. To Richard Womack, 400 acres in Amelia Co., on both sides of Tomohitton Swamp

Modern spelling appears to be Tommeheton. I cannot find a Tommeheton Swamp, but there is a Tommeheton Lake in modern Dinwiddie Co, VA. A Tommeheton Creek starts in Nottoway Co, VA to the northeast of Ft Pickett Military Reservation (very near the modern border between Nottoway and Dinwiddie), and flows through Dinwiddie Co into Tommeheton Lake, then back out to the Nottoway River.

Amelia Co, VA was authorized in 1734 and became effective in 1735; it was created from Prince George and Brunswick counties. Dinwiddie was created in 1752 from Prince George Co, VA, and Nottoway was created from Amelia in 1788/1789.

I think that dams and drainage canals turned Tommeheton Swamp into Tommeheton Lake.

Given the proximity to Prince George Co, VA, the Richard Womack of this patent may be Richard son of John Womack (Prince George will, 1725); I think this Richard was the same who had a 1748 patent in Brunswick Co, VA.

It may also be Richard Womack (III) who later had patents in Lunenburg and Halifax, and who later moved to NC and then GA.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Womack, Cooper, Honnell, Rogers revisited

A Cooper researcher asked a question about Jane "Jennie" Cooper Womack at the Womack Google Group:

Jane Cooper married Hawkins Womack, son of David Womack and Elizabeth Hawkins. They had several daughters and one known son, Solomon Womack, apparently named after Jane's brother, Solomon Cooper.

Hawkins died in 1854. His will is mentioned in a Bedford Co, TN newspaper article, but the actual will was lost along with the destructionof most Bedford Co, TN records (except for deed records, which go all the way back).

Will of Hawkins Womack, deceased, produced for probate. W.N. Price and L. Lisenby witnesses. April 1854.

There is a grave in Beford Co, TN (I think it is named Cumberland Springs cemetery) that has a grave that says "Jennie Womack, 83 years" but no dates.

Jane is with her husband Hawkins Womack in the 1850 Census of Bedford Co, TN:

In the 1860 Census of Bedford Co, TN, I cannot find Jane, but I do find a May or Mary Warmack (50, TN) living with William Cooper (85, SC or NC).

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 5, Bedford, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1239; Page: 125; Image: 251.

Nearby are some Lisenby families, a Lisenby witnessed the will of Hawkins Womack.

William Cooper is listed in censuses for Bewdford Co, TN from 1830 thru 1860. In 1850, he was listed as 74, born in NC.

In 1870, Jane Warmack (71, NC) was listed in Bedford Co, TN:

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 5, Bedford, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1514; Page: 186; Image: 146.

Jane was apparently alive in 1880, but missed in the census.

Hawkins Womack was the brother of my ancestor Josiah Womack. Josiah Womack married a Miss Rogers (first name unknown). The Rogers, Cooper, and Honnell families intermarried. In the 1820s, the Womack, Cooper, and Rogers families left Bedford Co, TN and went to western TN. Josiah Womack stayed, settling in Hardeman Co, TN, but the other Womacks returned to Bedford. While in west Tennessee, Hawkins Womack got in some legal trouble, and his brother-in-law, Solomon Cooper, helped him out. This is detailed at the following links:

Note that I originally thought the David Womack in the Carroll Co, TN records was David Jr, Hawkins's brother. I have since come to believe it was David Sr, Hawkin's father. David Womack, Jr was in Arkansas during this time.

Some notes on John Warmack of Habersham Co, GA - mistake on this page - Jesse PUTNAM should be Jesse PUTMAN

Jesse & Sarah Putman,

Jesse Putnam's wife was Sarah LNU whose first husband was FNU Womack/Warmack, father of John Warmack of Franklin/Habersham Co, GA

From Jesse's brothers named in his will, Jesse was the son of James Putman who died in Union Co, SC.

John Warmack was born in SC.

See WorldConnect for Susannah WOMICK wife of Littleton MEEKS - search for Womick

Littleton Meeks who married Susannah Womack or Warmack is mentioned in Goodspeeds History of Mississippi

Habersham Co, GA formed 15 December 1818 from Franklin Co, GA and Indian Lands

1819 Tax List of Franklin Co, GA - John Wammack, Littleton Meeks, Jesse Putman

1820 Census of Habersham Co, GA

These 4 familes in a row
i.1 of 12, p.113, l.5 - Littleton Meeks - 100100 / 20100
i.1 of 12, p.113, l.6 - Hampton Holcombe - 300010 / 00100
i.1 of 12, p.113, l.7 - John Warmock - 310100 / 13100
i.1 of 12, p.113, l.8 - Sherod Holcombe - 111201 / 03001

i.1 of 12, p.113, l.24 - Jesse Putman - 000001 / 00001

NOTE: John Warmack is living next to Holcombe family in 1820, 1830, 1840. Hampton Holcombe had a son named Littleton Meeks Holcombe.

Jesse Putman on 1800 Census of Union Co, SC and 1830 Census of Bedford Co, TN. Jesse Putman
was on tax lists of Franklin Co, GA from 1807 to 1819

South Carolina Records:

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Found this site,, which seems to advocate the "Ian McRae/Warmack" theory, which I personally have seen no evidence for, and sounds very unlikely. Basically, an Ian McRae from Scotland was convicted of rebellion against England and sent to Georgia, where he changed his surname from McRae to Warmack, and got a land grant in 1752. If someone has documentation of this land grant, I would love to see it. I have been to GA State Archives, and could find nothing about an Ian McRae or Warmack. Also, I have seen names change over time, but nothing like McRae to Warmack.

Anyhow, their focus appears to be the Warmack line of William Warmack of Davidson Co, TN. I have done research which indicates this William Warmack was the son of Richard Womack of Goochland Co, VA:

Anyhow, this site says that William Warmack may be the son of Ian McRae/Warmack, despite the fact that Ian has been claimed as the ancestor of John Warmack of Habersham Co, GA (also an unlikely theory), and that Ian supposedly came to Georgia, whereas William Warmack of Davidson Co, TN was born in Virginia.

The website has a guest book, which I have not been able to sign, but apparently spammers have figured a way to do, since it is mostly full of spam junk. I have tried to contact the site owners, but no luck so far.

I personally believe all three early Warmack lines in America come from Womack ancestors, and that DNA tests would confirm this. Will blog more on this later.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

South Carolina Archives Search

SC Archives Search -

Spellings found:



Womack as a Given Name

Did a quick search on ancestry to find Womak and variations used as given names. Several ancestry databases do not distinguish surnames from given names, but the census ones do, and a few others.

Here are a few names:

Womack Blankenship
Womack Puckett
Womack Nunnally
Warmack Epes
Womac Parker
Womack Smith
Womack P Cartwright
Womuck Gammon
Womack Knight
Womack Arnet
Womack Giddens
Womack Hutson
Womack Dunlap
Womack Wilborn
Warmack Fulghum
Womack Pollock
Wamock Fowler
Wamack Durele

Yuck, this blog does not paste stuff on a separate lines very well. I had to go back and separate the lines manually, pretty annoying.

Also, found a few Womack references in the censuses I had missed earlier:

Womack, 37 M Carpenter GA
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana; Roll: M432_230; Page: 333; Image: 181.

Womack Foster an old Tanyard not occupied
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Nottoway, Virginia; Roll: M432_965; Page: 376; Image: 203.

Venable, Sam W & Wamack
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: , Prince Edward, Virginia; Roll: 70; Page: 589; Image: 488.00.

Stephen S Archie Plantation by Warmack
Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Holmes, Mississippi; Roll: 214; Page: 266.

Womack who married Mary Lanier

I have done some research on Benjamin Womack who married Nancy Jones, and who was in the 1850 Census of Gadsden Co, FL. See:

I see the proof that this Benjamin was the son of Mary Lanier and her first husband, a Mr. Womack. I have also seen the assertions that he was Benjamin Womack (or Wommack), Sr, but as of yet no proof that his name was Benjamin.

Frederick Womack of Effingham Co, GA was a Lt. in the Rev War, had sons William, Wiley, Allen, Frederick, John, and possibly Jacob. Besides William, I have just bits and pieces on the other sons, but enough to show relationships if anyone is interested.

I found this Bible record of Frederick's son William, also a Rev War vet:

Besides William's kids, it lists two daughters of Allen Womack, Betsey and Lucy. In his will (Screven Co, GA, dated 21 Apr 1817, proved 3 Nov 1817), Benjamin Lanier lists Sally, Lucy, Betsey, and Hannah as the daughters of his dau Mary. So, two of the names match Allen's daughters. Also, the time period is correct.

I have seen Allen and Wiley Womack on militia lists in the 1790s for Effingham Co, GA. I have never seen any record of a Benjamin Womack in Georgia in that time period. I have seen a LOT of Womack records for Georgia, since I live here and have easy access to some great libraries and the GA State Archives.

So, my hypothesis is that Mary Lanier married Allen Womack. There was no "Benjamin Wommack, Sr" that I can find.

Getting started

Hi, I am starting this blog on my genealogy research. I have been researching my family's genealogy for 15 years.

My current interest is the Womack family. Womack is my grandmother's maiden name. Womack is a southern family. My focus is on sorting and categorizing all the Womacks in America prior to 1851. After that time, records, especially census records, are detailed enough for most people to trace their family back rather easily to 1850. Beyond 1850, census records sometimes do not exist, they have far less detail, and records are harder to come by over all.

My Womack research can be found here:

More specifically, my "Womack Early Records in America" can be found here:

I want to use this blog as kind of a scratch pad to capture my thoughts and discoveries as I research. What you find here may be pretty raw research, and sometimes just hunches or guesses. That is how I work. I make a hypothesis and try to prove or disprove it.

More on my purpose for this blog later. Right now, I would like to post some genealogy notes!