Monday, January 11, 2010

American Womack Records Before 1701, Part III

See Part I and Part II.

Part III deals with Henrico Co, VA Orphan's Court records. Rather than just the records before 1701, I typed out every Womack reference in Henrico Orphans Court, which ran from 1677 to 1739. Some of these were also transcribed by Valentine, p.1780-1781. Also, the Library of Virgina (LVA) has a transcription on the same microfilm reel as the original.

It is no mistake that these court records often occur on 20 Aug, since that was the day designated for many years for Orphans Court to meet; it usually met just one day a year.

The earlier records are tough to read, and I am using Pauline Pearce Warner's transliteration.

Orphans Court Book 1677-1739 of Henrico County, Virginia by Pauline Pearce Warner, An Accurate Transliteration

Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 1 Oct 1677, p.1

{Note that Pearce was unable to read the word after "Timothy Allen" (ink spot or page yellowing), but others have said it says "Junr", and same say "Senr". I cannot make it out in the original either, but my guess is that it says "Vizt" like the wording of all the surrounding paragraphs. Vizt or Viz is a Latin abbreviation meaning "that is to say", used to introduce details, and commonly used in legal documents.}

{Note that this the one and only reference in any records whatsoever of William Womack, whom some call "the Immigrant". There is some healthy debate that this record refers to William Womack, brother of Abraham Womack, and if so, than this is only one of two records referring to William, Abraham's brother, the other being the Virginia Colonial Council reference in Part II. However, I agree with Ann McDonald's Proposal, that this refers to William Womack Sr. I respectfully disagree with Ann's opinion that this Orphans Court record is referring to two Mary Womacks - I think it just refers to one Mary Womack, daughter of William Womack Sr.}

{I uploaded a scan of my photocopy here. Unfortunately, some of the words that are legible in the photocopy are not legible in the scan.}

An accott of Cattle belonging to the orphs of William Womeck decd presented by Timothy Allen ___ Mary Womeck 4 Cowes and one heifer. Mary Womeck and Thomas Womeck hath between them 4 Cowes and 3 Calves - the sd Marys proper stock is 5 head of Cattle and the stock between Mary and Thomas is 7 head of Cattle - which is in all - 12 head.
It is consented by the Court that one of Mary Womecks Cowes which is changed for a 3 yeare old heifer of Abraham Womeck shall soe stand confirmed.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 20 Aug 1678, p.3

An Accott of the Cattle belonging to Mary and Thomas Womeck presented by Timothy Allen Vizt Mary Womeck hath to her selfe 2 Cow, Two Heifers; one of them two in the swamp - in all 4, three Cowes dead, but 2 of them sold.
Mary and Thomas Womck hath between them two Cowes one Calfe at home, 3 heifers in the sw____
Augst 20th 1678


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 20 Aug 1692, p.33

John Granger this day appeared in open Court & promises to bind Over his Estate to Peter Ashbrook & Thomas Puckett as Counter Security, the sd A______ and Womeck being Security for the sd Granger _____ payment of what Estate is left to the ____ Richard Womeck decd.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 20 Aug 1694, p.36

Samuell Newman did this day in open Court tender unto Capt. Joseph Royall, Mr. Edwd Stratton, & Mr. Abra: Womack an acct of the Cattle Horses &c: belonging to the orph: of Carles Ffeetherstone pursuant to an order of the Court dated Augst the 1st 1694 in the other book, and Capt. Peter Field & Capt. Thos. Cocke offer themselves to become Security with them for the same Whereupn the sd Royall, Stratton & Womack doe consent agree to stand bound as formerly and the Clerke is ordered to take bond of them, and Newman ordered to pay all costs ariseing abt the sd Estate.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 20 Aug 1703, p.46

It is ordered that Mr Abra: Womack Guard: to Robert Elam - one of the orphs. of Gilbert Elam decd doe give an Accot of what Estate he hath in his hands belonging to the sd. Orphan and that he give security for the same next Octr Court.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 20 Aug 1711, p.53

John Easly by his petition Setts forth that he marryed the Daughter of Jeremiah Beuskin and therefore prays order for her estate which is in the hands of John Bolling Gentleman, and said Bolling appears and assumes to pay an Account of the said Easly to Abraham Womack the Sum of five pounds five shillings current money and also promises to pay the said Easly thirty six pounds ten shillings in goods at fifty per cent on the first Cost or in Tobacco at one penny per Pound, either of which payments is at the election of the said Easly, and in full satisfaction for his wifes estate, to which the sad Easly consents.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 5 Oct 1725, p.54

Daniel Nunnally (who intermarried with Susanna Relict of William Womack deceased) failing to appear and comply with the order of September Court relating to Orphans, it is ordered that he be summoned to appear at the next County Court to Comply with the said order of September Court.


Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 5 Oct 1725, p.54

{Three paragraph after David Nunnally paragraph, this next one deals with Martha Womack, daughter of Abraham Womack, who married first John Mosby, and second James Hambleton.}

James Hambleton (who intermarried with Martha Relict of John Moseby deceased) failing to appear & comply with the order of September Court relating to Orphans, it is ordered that he be summoned to appear at the next County Court to Comply with the said order of September Court.


{The very next paragraph deals with Womack Pucket who married Mabel the widow of William Pucket, worded almost exactly the same as the James Hambleton paragraph.}

Henrico Co, VA Orphans Court, 1677-1739, 5 Oct 1725, p.55

Ordered that the Churchwardens of Bristol Parish do make enquiry in what manner Elizabeth Womack Educates & provides for the Orphans of Richard Womack deceased and if her care of the said orphans be not such as they approve then they bind out the sd. Orphans according to the directions of the act of Assembly for the ditribution of Intestate Estates &c.

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