I wanted to post the information about your Womack family on this forum because I don't think the guys on the Civil War forums like for us to post genealogy.
John B. Womack was born ca. 1804 VA and died 30 Jun 1861 Charleston, Charleston Co., SC.He married ca. 1844 Mary Mayo, born in VA and died on or after 3 Feb 1845 (probably) New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.Three census records indicate John B. Womack was born in SC, but his son, Joel repeatly told census emunerators both of his parents were born in VA.
On Joel Mayo Womack's 14 Jun 1921 Jefferson Co., KY death certificate, informant, A. R. Martin gave Joel's parents as John Womack, born in Virginia and Mary Mayo, born in Virginia.
In 1850 Joel Mayo Womack was enumerated in New Orleans, LA with a Creole family.
1850 Ward 1, New Orleans 3rd Municipality, Orleans Parish, LA
House 611(in 1850, these were free Black people)
H. Ducomman80 LARace: Black(female)
M. J. Ducomman 35LARace: Black(female)
Fel. Victor 70LARace: Black(female)
Julius Williams 30VARace: Mulatto
Mary Williams 15 LARace: Mulatto
Joel Wammack 5LA
Ditto marks under Mary William's place of birth for Joels's place of birth indicate he was born in LA.
In 1850 John B. Womack was enumerated New Orleans, LA.
1850 Representative District 3, New Orleans, Orleans Parish., LA
J. W. Boazman34 SCOccu: Slave Dealer
C. M. Boazman 26 KY(female)
J. B. Wammock 40 SCOccu:Slave Dealer
Edward Bennard 28VAOccu: Slave Dealer
The head of John B. Womack's household was supposedly James Whitfield Bozeman/Boazman who was born in Newberry Co., SC.
My research partner, Womack DNA administrator, Robert E. Burke, Jr.'s1850 census identification of John B. Womack and his son Joel Mayo Womack:
"Orleans Parish, LA
This was primary the City of New Orleans, spans several rolls of microfilm, all individual Womacks or names that are similar to Womack.
John B >> UNKNOWN
Joel Mayo>> John B >> UNKNOWN - Joel's race left blank, and others in household all black or mulatto"
Actually they were Creole.
By "unknown", Robert indicated he didn't know the parents of John B. Womack.And after I traced both John B. and his son, Joel Mayo Womack, we learned that John was Joel's father.
Written by Robert E. Burke, Jr. regarding John B. Womack on the 1850 Orleans Parish, LA census:
"John B Womack left a will in Charleston Dist, SC, Vol 49 (1856-62), p.862. I have not seen the will yet. In 1860, John B Womack was enumerated twice, once in New Orleans, and once in Charleston, SC. He was a wealthy slave trader. See SC Supreme Court Case - Joel M Womack vs Robert Austin, where John B's son, Joel M, sued the executor of his father's will. Joel M Womack attended the Citadel, and fought in the Civil War. He is noted as being one of the few people to escape from the Union prison camp at Elmira, NY."
You can see in 1860 the value of John B. Womack's estate, and for 1860, that was apparently a large estate.
Census dated 11 Jun 1860
1860 Slave Schedules
Ward 2, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC
J B Womack - a total of nine slaves
1860 Ward 2, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC
Jno B. Womack 56 SC Occupation: Broker
Value of Real Estate: $5,000
Value of Personal Estate: $15,000
John B. Womack's Will was dated 25 Jun 1860 and proved 3 Jul 1861 before the Ordinary of Charleston District by W. W. Wilbur and Robert Austin.
Dated 19 Jun 1960
1860 Ward 3, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
John Womack 56 SCOccupation: Trader
Mary Mayo and John B. Womack's only known son, Joel Mayo Womack was born 3 Feb 1845 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, 14 Jun 1921 Deaconess Hospital, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY and was buried 16 Jun 1921 Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY.Cause of Death: Psilosis contacted in the Tropics.Duration of illiness: 2 years.I haven't been able to ascertain whether he has a Civil War tombstone, but if he doesn't he should have one.
"Womack, Pvt. Joel M.
Co. D, 5th SC Cavalry
WOMACK, Joel M. (1845.1921): Age: 17; Born: 3 February 1845, New Orleans, LA; Residence: Charleston, SC; Occupation: Student. Physical description: blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 6 feet, 0 inches tall. As a cadet at the South Carolina Military Academy (the Citadel), he was detailed as a drillmaster at Camp Butler, near Aiken, SC, and helped train the 14th SC Infantry. He enlisted for Confederate service in Captain Moses B. Humphrey’s Co. (Cadet Rangers), 16th (Aiken's) Battalion SC Partisan Rangers, (subsequently Co. F, 6th SC Cavalry), on 9 June 1862, at the Citadel, and transferred to Co. D, 5th SC Cavalry, in exchange with Marx E. Cohen, Jr., on 28 February 1864. In April 1864, the 5th SC Cavalry was sent to Richmond, VA, to join the Army of Northern Virginia as part of Butler’s Brigade, Hampton's Cavalry Division. On 20 June 1864, Womack was captured at White House near Louisa Court House, VA, on the York River. He was sent to Point Lookout, MD, on 23 June 1864, and transferred to Elmira, NY, on 25 July 1864. On 27 October 1864, he escaped through the main gate of the prison using a forged pass made from a blank form found in a book lent to him by a Union officer. With the aid of Southern sympathizers, he made his way back to Richmond, VA, arriving there on 16 December 1864. The Secretary of War, James A. Seddon, granted him a 21-day furlough on 16 December 1864, following which he rejoined the company in South Carolina, and surrendered at Hillsboro, NC, on 27 April 1865. After the war, he was a clerk in Charleston, SC, and lived at 40 Reid Street. He moved to Kentucky in 1870, and in 1912, was living in Frankfort, KY, where he was employed in the state Attorney General’s office. He applied for a Confederate pension on 12 March 1917, stating that he was then an insurance salesman living in Louisville, and was suffering from rheumatism. He died in Jefferson Co., KY, on 14 June 1921."Written by Fred Knudson, Civil War buff.
Joel Mayo Womack vs. Robert Austin, Executor of John B. Womack's estate.This a very interesting law suit.If this link doesn't work, please let me know and I'll email it to you.
I couldn't find Joel Mayo Womack in 1860 or 1870, but by 1870 he was in KY, and as Fred wrote, Joel was hired as a clerk in the office of the State Attorney General at Frankfort, KY. He subsequently is referenced as a commissioner for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.If I remember correctly, Joel was hired to research Civil War soldiers who served in the Union Army.And if I'm not mistaken, the KY State Attorney General designated Joel's rank as a Major.
The 1887 Louisville, KY directory indicates that J. M. Womack of 223 E. Broadway was a lawyer.The 1900 Louisville census has his occupation as solicitor for an insurance company.I haven't found where Joel obtained his law degree.
On 15 Jul 1918 Joel Mayo Womack, age 73, born in New Orleans, LA, was a passenger on the ship Brazos.He departed San Juan Porto Rico and arrived in New York this date.He had been for a visit with his daughter Elise Peay Womack Hull.I don't know whether Nannie Gibson O'Bannon Womack died in San Juan, but she was enumerated in her son-in-law and daughter, Harwood and Elise P. Womack Hull's household in San Juan in 1930.Elise supposedly died in New Orleans in the home of her son, Coleman Womack Hull in Feb 1967.
I have given the information regarding John B. Womack, his wife, Mary Mayo and their son, Joel Mayo Womack to Fred Lager, and he has them in his database with Nannie Gibson O'Bannon Womack's parents, Isham Bushrod O'Bannon and Mary Margaret Smith and their ancestors.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Audrey, I would love for you to share with us some information about the books your grandmother wrote!