The Womack Family of Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas






This page is dedicated to that branch of the Womack family which migrated from Georgia to Tallapoosa County, Alabama in the early 1840's.   The origins of the family appear to have been Virginia, perhaps as early as the 17th century in Henrico County.  There is a considerable body of evidence to show that the lineage runs as follows:
  1. William Womack - The Immigrant - born about 1620 in England, came to Virginia circa 1630-1640 and died in Henrico County before 1674.
  2. Richard Womack - born about 1655 in Henrico County, Virginia - married Mary Puckett about 1673 - died in Henrico County, Virginia about 1684.
  3. Richard Womack, Jr. - born about 1674 - married Elizabeth Ann Puckett about 1706 - died 1723 -all in Henrico County, Virginia
  4. Thomas Womack - born about 1706  in Henrico County - married Sarah Woodson, probably in Chesterfield County - died in 1782 in Chesterfield County Virginia
  5. Josiah Womack - born in 1732 in Chesterfield County - married Keziah Wilkinson about 1765 - died in Nottoway County before 1800
  6. Bird Womack - born about 1785, probably in Amelia County, Virginia - married Ann, surname unknown, - died in Stewart County, Georgia after 1840.
  7. Joel Womack - born about 1811, probably in Oglethorpe County, Georgia - married Sarah Ann Matthews in Stewart County, Georgia in 1838 - died in Tallapoosa County, Alabama between 1876 and 1880.

The first ancestors about which clear and unambiguous history exists were Joel W. Womack and his younger brother, Henry W. Womack.  Joel W. Womack reported on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Censuses for Tallapoosa County that he was a native of Georgia.  Henry W. Womack reported on the 1850 Census for Tallapoosa County that his birthplace was unknown to him.  It appears that Joel and Henry came to Tallapoosa County, probably from Stewart County, Georgia although that was not their birth place.  Joel was born in Oglethorpe County and Henry may well have been born there also but he could have been borne in Greene County because the family moved there before 1820.   Joel and Henry came to Tallapoosa County before 1845 and probably came about 1843.  Henry settled on 40 acres in Section 7, Twp 23-N, Range 23-E in Tallapoosa County, Alabama while Joel acquired title to more than 200 hundred acres in Section 20, Twp 24-N, Range 23-E.  The distance between the two tracts of land is about three miles.  Joel was married and had three children when he arrived in Alabama while Henry did not marry until after his arrival in Alabama.  They probably came to Tallapoosa County together although that is not known for certain.. 

Joel Womack's children grew up in Alabama, married there and began their families.  But by the 1880's, several had moved further west.  His son, William Harrison Womack,  relocated to the Ozark foothills in what was then Independence County, Arkansas in 1878.  John S. Womack moved to Mississippi before 1888.  Three children,  Georgeanna America Womack and her husband, Eli Jasper Foshee, Joel Franklin Womack and his wife, Lucinda Walls, and Susan Carillar Womack and her husband, Henry Clay Walls, moved to Pike County, Arkansas near Kirby in 1881.  Henry Clay Walls and Lucinda Walls were siblings.

Henry W. Womack was married in Tallapoosa County, Alabama in 1845 to Amanda Kite.  Samantha was born in 1849 but we have been unable to find further records for her.  Amanda died after 1850 but before 1854 and Henry was remarried in 1855 to Serene Musick, the widow of James White with whom she had borne a son, Jimmy.  Serene bore Henry a son, Joel Buchanan Womack, in October 1856.  About nine months after the birth of Joel Buchanan Womack, Henry died from blood poisoning leaving Serene to care for her six year old son, Jimmy,  and her baby, Joel.  She moved to Weogufka in Coosa County, Alabama with her sons and lived on a farm as they were growing up. The best records we have show her to have lived until about 1910.  Joel Buchanan Womack married Sarah Belle Hardy in 1878 and later moved to Elmore County, Alabama.  He was listed on the 1920 and 1930 Census for Elmore County, Alabama and there he died in 1946. 

The Joel W. Womack Story is chronicled at the link below.  Subsequent links provide biographical essays about William Harrison, Mary Ann, Georgeanna, Mary Darcus, Amanda Evaline, Joel Franklin, and Susan.


 The Joel W. Womack Story
About 1810 - After 1870
Married(1): Before 1839
Sarah Matthews
About 1820 - Between 1870 - 1876
Married(2): August 1, 1876
Emily Childers

  Six of his children have yet to be researched and little is known about them.  The table below discloses the names of those children and the current knowledge available.  If you know anything about this family, please help us by emailing  me at the address below.

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Joel W. Womack

Name Birth  Birth Place Spouse and Marr Date Death  Death Place
Martha A. Womack 12-23-1838 Georgia Perhaps Richard Franklin Wallace - 1854 1-21-1910 Tallapoosa
John S. Womack 1841 Georgia   Aft 1888 Prob. Mississippi
Nancy Elizabeth Womack 1843? Alabama William J. Galloway - 1868    
Missouri Francis Womack 1845? Alabama Willoughby H. Carter - 1874    
William Womack 1846 Alabama   bef 1860 Prob. Tallapoosa
Melvina Womack 1849? Alabama Perhaps Duckett D. McKelvey - 1878    

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In 1881, three of Joel W. Womack's children left Alabama for Pike County, Arkansas.  Their decision to go and the hardships encountered in getting there would be story enough but this story is much larger because it is about lifelong relationships.  

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The purposes of this page are to continue the research to find the immigrant ancestor of this branch of the Womack family and to engender an appreciation among the current descendants for the struggles that our ancestors faced.  We invite comments, additions, and corrections to this page and the links associated with it.

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Joel W. Womack was born in Georgia, probably Oglethorpe County about 1811-1812.  Current scholarship suggests that he was the son of Bird Womack and had three brothers in addition to Henry cited above.  Those brothers were Thomas J. Womack, John B. Womack, and George W. Womack, all of whom remained in Georgia until their deaths..  Joel moved to Tallapoosa County when he was about 32-33 years of age.  He then acquired land in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and lived there for at least another 30 years and, indeed, may have died in the county although no death date nor place has been determined.  Tallapoosa County Marriage Records show that Joel W. Womack married Emily Childers August 1, 1876.  For a variety of reasons, it seems probable that the record pertains to our Joel W. Womack.

The following links contain biographical essays of some of the children of Joel W. Womack

The William Harrison Womack Story
March 1, 1840 - August 4, 1905
Married:  November 13, 1860
Harriett Euline Smith
July 4, 1840 - December 24, 1916

The page displayed at the above link describes the life and times of William Harrison Womack and his wife, Harriett Euline Smith Womack.  It contains a brief narrative of their early years, their struggles following the Civil War, and the relocation to Arkansas in 1877-78.  Descendants and spouses are listed along with numerous links to other pages with items of particular interest to the descendants of William and Harriett.  William died in 1905 and was buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Concord, in Cleburne County, Arkansas.  Harriett died in 1916 and was buried at Republican in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

The Mary Ann Womack Story
October 10, 1842 - April 14, 1880
Married (1):  December 18, 1860
Lemuel P. Smith
About 1841 - June 24, 1862
Married (2): March 19, 1865
Jesse Thompson Epperson

The Mary Ann Womack Story is one of the most intriguing of all the stories about the Womack children.  The marriage to Lemuel P. Smith, a brother to Harriett who married William Harrison Womack, Mary Ann's brother,  is an interesting story within itself and the page goes into considerable depth to establish the story in the face of numerous erroneous records and indexes.  The tragic end to the marriage with the death of Lemuel just a few months later and within days of his enlistment in the Confederate Army foreshadowed the grief that would befall the South over the next several years.  Mary Ann, now a young widow of 20 spent the War alone but by 1865 she had met and married Jesse Thompson Epperson.  Together they raised his children from the first marriage and the seven they had.  Mary Ann's short life came to an end at the age of 38 in Russell County, Alabama in 1880.   Don't miss this one!

The Mary Darcus (Dorcus) Womack Story
September 4, 1846 - June 26, 1913
Married: March 3, 1868
Drewry Morgan Ethan Brewer
December 3, 1846 - October 10, 1920

Mary Darcus (Dorcus) Womack saw the Alabama she loved engulfed in the flames of Civil War when she was a teenager.  Along with her family and countless other families similarly situated, they endured the devastation and destruction that war brought.  But she didn't let despair keep her from the things that make life not only bearable but useful.  Her marriage to Drewry Morgan Ethan Brewer just a short time after the Civil War ended and in the middle of Reconstruction is a living tribute to the indomitable spirit of people - especially women who, in the middle of the worst of times,  always seem to know what is expected of them.  She lived her entire life in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and died leaving the country better for her having been a part of it.

The Georgeanna America Womack Story
August 2, 1852 - After 1910
Married: December 14, 1871
Eli Jasper Foshee
February 28, 1850 - April 3, 1917

The Georgeanna America Womack story is a fascinating account of a young  southern woman caught in the Civil War struggle and its aftermath.  Born in the mid 1850's, she was typical of the women who saved the South and perhaps the country following the devastation and despair of the Civil War.  She as a  nine year old child when the Civil War broke out, endured the terror and hardships brought on by it, married Eli Jasper "Bud" Foshee in 1871 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  Four children were born during the next 10 years.  In about 1881, she and her husband, several of his siblings and two of her siblings,  relocated to Pike County, Arkansas where they spent their remaining days.  Georgeanna and Eli were parents to four children, all of them born in Alabama.

The Amanda Evaline Womack Story
November 26, 1854 - November 2, 1919
Married: December 16, 1873
George E. McKelvey
1852 - 1934

Amanda Evaline Womack, the 11th child of Joel W. Womack and his wife, Sarah, probably grew into adulthood in the house where she was born.  She married George E. McKelvey in 1873 and they lived the remainder of their lives in Tallapoosa County.  She gave birth to nine children but at least five did not survive to adulthood.  She died at the age of 64 and was buried in Dillard's Cemetery near Hackneyville, Alabama.

The Joel Franklin Womack Story
November 1859 - 1928
Married: December 19, 1878
Lucinda Walls
December 1857 - 1961

Joel Franklin Womack,  the 12th child and youngest son of Joel W. Womack and his wife, Sarah,  was born in 1859 just two years before the Civil War began and he was only a six year old when the War was over.  But that War had a great influence on his life just as it influenced the other members of his family and hundreds of thousands of his countrymen whose lives were forever altered by the circumstances of the War and its aftermath.  He married Lucinda Walls in Alabama and fathered a son, Henry M. "Tobe" Womack, before moving with his sisters and their husbands to start a new life in Pike County, Arkansas.  He and his wife, Lucinda, had seven children, four of whom grew to adulthood.  After 1910, he moved to Clark County, Arkansas where he died in 1928 at the age of 69.  He was buried in the Jones Cemetery in Clark County.  Lucinda lived 33 years after his death and she was laid to rest beside him in 1961.

The Susan Carillar Womack Story
January 6, 1862 - August 3, 1918
Married: December 19, 1878
Henry Clay Walls
February 14, 1858 - June 4, 1942

Susan Carillar Womack,  the youngest of the 13 children of Joel W. and Sarah Womack,  was born January 6, 1862, a few months after the Civil War had begun with the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861.  Her knowledge of the conflict would have been through the eyes of a child but she undoubtedly instinctively understood that bizarre and wrenching events were taking place. She grew to adulthood in Tallapoosa County and there she married Henry Clay Walls in 1878 at the ripe old age of 16.  Three years after the marriage, she and her husband joined with her sister, Georgeanna, her brother, Joel Franklin, and several other families to make the move some 600 miles westward to Pike County, Arkansas.  They lived in Pike County for more than 20 years before relocating to McIntosh County, Oklahoma.  Susan lived in McIntosh County until her death in 1918 at the age of 56.  Henry lived 24 additional years and died at the age of 84.  Both are buried in the Hitchita Lackey Cemetery, Hitchita.

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