Columbia Co, GA - HANNAH CRUTE, 11 Feb 1805:13 Jan 1806, p.62-65
Ch: Caty D Jennings, Rebekah Foster, Mourning Womack. Exrs: Friends, Edmond Womack (son-in-law) and Thomas Barron of Lincoln Co. Wits: Thomas Hogan, Mary Hogan.
A reading of the actual will shows that it mentions Hannah Crute's land in Virginia. Edmund (often spelled Edmond) was a very rare name among Womacks. The only Edmund Womack at that time was the one married to Mourning Crute. He appeared in tax records of Nottoway Co, VA in the late 1790s, last appearing in 1799. In 1801, he was in the tax list of Lincoln Co, GA, which is adjacent to Columbia Co, GA where Hannah Crute made her will.
Edmund Womack was most likely the son of Alexander Womack, Jr. In 1799, Edmund Womack and Mourning his wife sold 140 acres in Lunenburg Co, VA to Jacob Womack, which was adjacent to land of Alexander Womack. Womack researcher Sam Womack and others have proved that this Jacob Womack was the son of Alexander Womack, Jr. DNA tests have confirmed this. Since Edmund sold land to Jacob, and they were about the same age, we think they were brothers.
Mourning Crute, wife of Edmund Womack, was the daughter of Richard Crute Jr and Hannah Lamkin (according to Crute family research). Richard Crute Jr died in 1794 and his widow Hannah moved to GA a couple years later. Edmund Womack and family came to GA between 1799 and 1801.
Edmund Womack can be found in tax and land records of Lincoln, Columbia, Jasper, Newton, Jackson, Putnam, and Washington Counties in Georgia. He appears to have been somewhat of a land speculator, as many were back then as GA opened up to settlers. He was a farmer and a miller. He won land in the GA Land lotteries in 1820 and 1832. He was also involved in several law suits that were mentioned in GA newspapers of the time.
In 1826, Edmund Womack and his son John Edmund Womack killed a man named William Robertson. This proclamation appeared in GA newspapers on 11 July 1826:
Georgia -- By his excellency GEORGE M TROUP, Governor ... A Proclamation. Whereas I have received official information that on the 24th day of June last, and aggravated murder was committed on the body of WILLIAM ROBERTSON, in the county of Jasper, by EDMUND WAMACK and JOHN WAMACK, of Newton County in this State, and that the said JOHN WAMACK made his escape. Now therefore, I have thought proper to issue this my Proclamation, offering a reward of $250.00 ... Given under my hand ... at the State House in Milledgeville, this 6th day of July 1826 ... (Signed) GEORGE M TROUP. By the Governor. (Signed) DANIEL NEWNAN, Secretary of State. Note. -- JOHN WAMACK is about 19 years od age, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, dark complexion, sandy hair, blue eyes, and stout made; he rode off a large blood bay horse.
"The Georgia Black Book" by Robert Scott Davis, Jr, lists the convicts at the GA State Penitentiary at Milledgeville up to 1850:
#313 EDMOND WOMACK; Voluntary manslaughter; sentenved to 4 years, running from 21 Aug 1826 to 21 Aug 1830, convicted in Jasper county, Farmer, born in Virginia, 55 yrs, 5 ft 9.5 in, fair skin, grey hair, blue eyes. Pardoned 16 Dec 1826.
#314 JOHN E WOMACK; Voluntary manslaughter; sentenved to 5 years, running from 21 Aug 1826 to 21 Aug 1831, convicted in Jasper county, Farmer, born in Georgia, 19 yrs, 5 ft 4.5 in, fair skin, sandy hair, hazel eyes. Pardoned 2 Nov 1829.
I live not too far from the GA State Archives, so I tried to find the court preceedings. I cannot find my notes, but they were in Jasper County, Georgia Superior Court, for either July or Aug 1826. Edmund Womack had been suing William Roberson for a debt. They were in court in Jasper Co, GA about the debt. Robertson had paid back some of the debt, but Edmund and his son John E thought that the money they had been paid with was counterfeit, and they were very angry about that. John E confonted Robertson in front of the Jasper County court house (and several witnesses) and struck Robertson in the head with a wooden walking stick, killing him. Originally, Edmund and John E pleaded not guilty to murder, but after a few witnesses testified, they changed their plea to guilty of manslaughter, for which they got much lighter sentences.
I cannot find Edmund Womack in the 1820 Census of GA, the first available for GA. In 1830, he was in Putnam Co, GA. In 1840, he was probably the Edmond Womack in Bibb Co, GA. After that, I do not know what became of Edmund Womack or his wife Mourning. I know they were both a live in the 1820s because of newspaper notofications of letters at post offices for both Edmund and Mourning.
John E. Womack
Nancy Louisa Stone
8 Jul 1830
In 1840, John E Womack was in Coosa Co, AL. In 1850, he was in Independence Co, AR.
According to "Goodspeeds History of Independence County", J E Wamac helped build the court house for Independence Co, AR.
Edmund Womack and Mourning Crute probably had other kids besides John Edmund:
Hope H. Wommack
18 Oct 1830
Since John Edmund Womack named a son Hope, it is possible this Hope H Wommack was his brother. However, I know nothing more about this Hope.
Update 2 Jan 2009 - Hope H Wommack was actually Hope H Hammack or Hammock. The Womack/Wommack name is often confused with Hammack/Hammock in old handwritten records. Hope H Hammack can be found in censuses of Talbot Co, GA, and it was he who married Martha McCrary. See WorldConnect for Hope H Hammock.
There was also a Josiah Womack in Putnam Co, GA, and his Army enlistement record indicates he was born in 1793 in Charlotte Co, VA, and that he was a miller. I cannot find Edmund Womack in the tax records of Charlotte Co, VA, but his father Alexander and brothers Jacob and William were there in the 1790s, so possibly Edmund was there long enough for Josiah to be born.
10 Aug 1819
Josiah Womack was in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses of Putnam Co, GA. In 1850, he was in Hancock Co, GA.