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Joel W. Womack 1810? - ?

   

         
  Born Birth Location Death Death Location
  ca. 18101 / 18112 / 1812, GA3    
         
         
Father        
Womack        
         
Mother        
  ? ? ?  
         
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Chronology of Joel W. Womack by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1811 Born - ca. 18101 / 18112 / 1812, GA3
1838 Married Sarah Ann Matthews (b. ca. 18204 / 1822, GA5 ) - March 24, 1838, Stewart County, GA
1840 U. S. Census, Stewart County, GA
1849 Received patent to 39.82 acres of Tallapoosa County, AL: NW Ό SW Ό, Sec. 20, T24N, R23E - May 1, 1849
  Received patent to 39.82 acres of Tallapoosa County, AL: SE Ό NW Ό, Sec. 20, T24N, R23E - June 1, 1849
1850 Received patent to 39.82 acres of Tallapoosa County, AL: NE Ό SW ½, Sec. 20, T24N, R23E - May 1, 1850
1850
1850 U. S. Census, Township 24, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Enumerated Jan 10, 1851 by Eli T. Pouncy
Name   Gender Age Occupation Birth Place  
Wamick Joel M 40 Farmer / 350 GA  
  Sarah F 30   GA illiterate
  Martha A F 11   GA in school
  John S M 10   GA in school
  William H M 9   GA  
  Mary A F 8   AL  
  Elizabeth F 7   AL  
  Darcus F 6   AL  
  Francis F 5   AL  
  William M 4   AL  
1851 Received patent to 39.82 acres of Tallapoosa County, AL: SW Ό SW Ό, Sec. 20, T24N, R23E - October 1, 1851
1854 Received patent to 39.9025 acres of Tallapoosa County, AL: NE Ό NE Ό, Sec. 30, T24N R23E - June 15, 1854
  The land to which Joel W. Womack held the patents was located within a mile or two of several gold mines. Goldville was located a few miles north of New Site Post Office6
1860







 
1860 U. S. Census, New Site PO, Western Division, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Name   Gender Age Occup/Income Birth Place
Warmack Joel W M 48 Farmer / 1200 / 970 GA
  Sarah F 38   GA
  William M 20   GA
  Mary F 17   GA
  John M 19   GA
  Elizabeth F 13   AL
  Darcass F 14   AL
  Misouru F 12   AL
Melvina F 11 AL
  Georgia A F 9   AL
Evalina F 6 AL
  Franklin M 1   AL
1870













 
1870 U. S. Census, New Site PO, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Wammock Joel W M 59 Farmer / 359 / 300 GA
  Sarah W F 50 Keeping house GA
Frances W F 21 asst. AL
  Elvira/Elmina W F 19 asst. AL
  Georgia W F 17 asst. AL
  Eviline W F 15   AL
  Joel W M 12   AL
  Susan W F 8   AL
1876 Married Emily Childers - August 1, 1876, Tallapoosa County, AL
                     
                                                                              
From Joe Waters; “Goldville District.”
http://jovikri.tripod.com/public-index.html
In 1842, gold was discovered in Northeast Tallapoosa County. . . . The population of Goldville quickly reached 3,500. Almost overnight Goldville became one of the largest towns in Alabama.

In the "Goldville District", gold veins were rich. The gold was there, but the methods of obtaining it were crude. There also was free gold, concentrated at the surface by weathering which made it possible to work with a shovel and pan in some places. Gold was worked down to water level. A great amount of work was done as indicated by the trenches, pits, and shafts that can still be found.

There were at least fourteen merchants, seven saloons, and two hotels that served the miners needs. Most of the miners lived in tents. There is not any evidence of a church in the gold rush days. The town of Goldville was born and died between the census of 1840 and 1850.The amount of gold taken from the mines and pits will never be known. Most of the miners were gone before 1850. When news of the California gold strike reached Goldville, the miners packed up and left not even taking time to put out their campfires.

The first mine in the Goldville District was the Birdsong Pits (S4, T24N, R23E) owned and operated by Edward Birdsong who between 1840 and 1850 carried on mining operations with negro labor(slaves). Other mines included the Jones Pits (S5, T24N, R23E) which is one of the oldest mines in the county. The Log Pits (S24, T24N, R23E) which was one of the richest operations ($30,000.00 in gold and a small amount of silver).

The Ulrich Pits, later called Dutch Bend or Romanoff Mine (S8, T23N, R22E) were located on the east bank of Hillabee creek about eight miles from Alexander City. Dr. Ulrich, a German, found gold here while digging a wine cellar. As late as 1906 a stamp-mill was operating on this property. The mining equipment here included a 20 stamp-mill and a cyanide plant. The Ulrich Pits were acquired by Robert A. Russell of Alexander City, who operated these mines till 1934.

Other mines that operated in the Goldville District mostly before 1900 were the Early Pits (SW1/4, S26, T24N, R22E), Stone pits (S34, T24N, R22E), the Chisolm prospect (S9, T23N, R22E), the Duncan prospect (S16, T23N, R22E), the Mahan Pits (S4, T23N, R22E), the Croft Pits (S34, T24N, R22E), the Tallapoosa Mine (Sw1/4 S26, T24N, R22E), the Tine Burnett Lode (SE1/4 S24, T24n, R22E), the Houston Pits (S18, T24N, R23E), the Hawthorne Mine (S8, T24N, R23E), the Goldville Pits (S8, T24N, R23E), the Germany Pits (NW1/4 NE1/4 S9, T24N, R23E), and the Lowe Mine (NW1/4NE1/4S9,T24N,R23E). There were numerous other pits that were worked and abandoned.

Men in the financial capital of the United States were aware of the gold in Tallapoosa County. A letter to Colonel Dean from E.M. Morgan of R.A. Ammons and Company, bankers and brokers of #2 Wall Street, New York dated December 2, 1887 states " Regarding that Birdsong and Jones property. Mr. Roudebush leaves tomorrow for London and from cables and letters which we have received we are confident that the property will be taken by some people over there." There were many similar inquiries.
Land Entries of Womack Surname in Butler County
George L. Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T12, R12 – January 2, 182329
 
Jesse Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T10, R12 – November 20, 182630

John Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T11, R12 - 1820
31

John H. D. Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T14, R10 – April 28, 1836
32

John M. Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T12, R13 – January 20, 1836
33

Kincheon R. Womack – resident of Butler County; entered T11, R11 – November 2, 182534

Mancel Womack – resident of Monroe County; made payment at Cahawba for land in T6, R10 – May 14, 181935

Mancil N. Womack – resident of Lowndes County; entered T13, R14 - April 5, 183636

Mansil Womack – resident of Jones County, GA; made payment at Milledgeville for land in T10, R14 – September 8, 181737 Resident of Butler County; entered land in T11, R11 – October 20, 182438

Noland L. Womack – resident of Butler County; entered land in T11, R13 – December 25, 183239

Sarah Womack – resident of Bulter County; entered land in T11, R13 – August 29, 183640

Thaddeus A. Womack – located a military warrant granted to James R. Durand on December 31, 1847 in T11, R13 – October 14, 184741
Obituary for John M. Womack
Greenville Advocate, May 31, 1877
John M. Womack was born in Jones Co., GA 7/21/1818 and moved to Butler Co. with his parents when 1 year old. He died in Pine Flat on the 21st. He joined the Methodist Church at age 23 and was baptized at Old Breast Works Church by Elder D. T. Seale. He is survived by his wife and child.
1 1850 U. S. Census, Tallapoosa County, AL; Township 24.
2 1870 U. S. Census, Tallapoosa County, AL; Newsite P. O.
3 1860 U. S. Census, Tallapoosa County, AL; Western Division, New Site P. O.
4 1850 U. S. Census, Tallapoosa County, AL; Township 24.
5 1860 U. S. Census, Tallapoosa County, AL; Western Division, New Site P. O.
6 Farris Wade Womack; “The Joel W. Womack Story”. April 2001. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fww64/womfam.html
29 Hahn; p. 95.
30 Hahn; p. 62.
31 Hahn; p. 35.
32 Hahn; p. 152.
33 Hahn; p. 133.
34 Hahn; p. 215.
35 Hahn; p. 30.
36 Hahn; p. 149.
37 Hahn; p. 2.
38 Hahn; p. 53.
39 Hahn; p. 103.
40 Hahn; p. 169
41 Hahn; p. 180.
   
 
 
May 11, 2007