Sunday, December 6, 2009

American Womack Records Before 1701, Part II

This blog entry completes all known pre-1701 Womack records that were not recorded at the Henrico County, Virginia level. We did the Land Patents in Part I. Here, we have two court records at the Virginia Colony level, plus Charles City Co, VA deeds, and a letter from William Byrd I concerning the death of Richard Womack.

Subsequent entries will deal with records at the Henrico County level.

VA Colonial Council, 1670-1676, p.177, 8 Apr 1674, Jamestown, VA

Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, By Henry Read McIlwaine, published 1924, p.369.

8 Apr 1674.
Tho: Ludwell {Secretary of Virginia}
Womeck & Clarke.
The Difference Between Abra: Womeck and Wm Clarke about the estate of Wm Wm {sic} Womeck Deced. It is ordered that the Said Abra: Womeck (brother of the said William) have two thirds of his Estate, both reall {sic} and psonall {sic} and the widdow have the other Pt.

VA Colonial Government, 12 Sep 1688, Jamestown, VA

Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscipts, 1652-1781, Wm P Palmer, editor, Volume I, p.21.

John Womack vs. Jno. Granger and wife -- action for Slander. 12 Sep 1688.

Charles City Co, VA, Fragmentary Will & Deed Book 1692-1694, p.155, 5 Jun 1693

Charles City County, Virginia Records 1737-1774 With Several 17th Century Fragments, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B Weisiger III

p.155 Deed of gift John Farley, Sr. of Apamatock in Henrico Co. for love & affection, to his son John Farley, half of my land at Blackwater in Charles City Co., which I purchased of Hercules Flood, 75 acres, being the lower part. .20 Nov. 1692
Wit: Nich. Dison, Margarett (T) Dison, Nich. (H) Dison, Jr.
Signed: John Farley
Recorded 5 June 1693
Wife of John, Sr. relinquished her dower right

p.l55 Deed John Farley, Sr. of Bristol Parish, Henrico Co. for an exchange of land of John Womack of same, where he now lives, 100 acres, granted to him by his brother Richard Womack, I grant him 75 acres in Blackwater, Charles City Co., next to land I gave my son John, 75 acres. 5 June 1693
Wit: Thomas (X) Gayton, Wm Walthall, Nich. Dison
Signed: John Farley His wife Mary relinquished her dower right

{REB - Note that Prince George Co, VA was formed from Charles City Co in 1702.}

Westover (Charles City Co), VA, Letter from William Byrd I, dated 25 Apr 1684, possibly later

Copied from Markie Owen's website.

The Virginia Historical Register

Vol. 1-11-64...
Capt. Byrds Letters
James City in Virginia
April the 25th, 1684

To Thomas Grendon per Zack Taylor

Dear Sir,
This I hope will come to your hands to congratulate your safe
arrival in England, having little news to send, all being well
at your house. The General Assembly is now sitting, and your
neighbour Hill Speaker. I hope all things will go on smoothly.

Old Sturdivant, his son, Millner {,} Shipy, Womacke, and Hugh Cassell were all killed by the Indians in their returne from the Westward, about 30 miles beyond Ochanechee. What prejudice it is to mee you may guesse, they having (had they come will in) made a very advantagous journey. On Easter monday I spoke with 50 Seneca Indians about 12 miles abouve my house; they have promised to behave themselves hereafter very peaceable towards the English. I shall not trouble you further at present, but with my best respects and service to yourselfe and all our friends, wishing all health and prosperity, I am, Sir, Your reall friend and Servant
Jack Warren and Will Randolph our worthy Burgesses, frequently
drinke your health.

Pray be mindfull of my shoes and Boots & C.


The Valentine Museum indicates that the Susquehanna
Indians conducted the raid which killed the above

{REB - More on William Byrd here.

Adventures of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, Virginia M Meyer editor, p.351, footnote #18 - Marion Tinling, ed, The Correspondences of the Three William Byrds of Westover, Virginia, 1684-1776 (Charlottesvill, 1977), I, pp 15-16. The date of this letter may have been later in the yesr. Letters of administration on the estates of John Milner, Thomas Shippy, Richard Womeck (and John Davis) were granted to their widows at the same Henrico County court, 1 Aug 1684, and all of these men's inventories show some connection with the Indian trade: Indian boys and girls, trading knives, a tomahawk, Indian baskets (Henrico Co Wills & Deeds 1677-92, pp. 282-290). The Occaneechee Trail or Path led from Fort Henry (Petersburg) through Ocaneechee Town (near present Clarksville, Meklenburg County), close to the forks of the Dan and Roanoke Rivers. Twenty miles west of that would be present Person Co, NC.

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