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.

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