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Womack, Thomas Pancoast

Male 1861 - 1916  (55 years)


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  • Name Womack, Thomas Pancoast 
    Born 26 Apr 1861  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 5619 
    Died 28 May 1916  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Yancey Family Cemetery, Yanceyville, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5543  Caswell County
    Last Modified 5 May 2022 

    Father Womack, Thomas Jefferson,   b. 13 Feb 1831, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1889, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Yancey, Ann Elizabeth,   b. 15 Jun 1821, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1900, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 9 Jul 1855  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 24542 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Record
      Groom: Thomas J. Womack
      Bride: Ann E. Yancey
      Bond or Marriage Date: 9 July 1855
      Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
      Bondsman/Witness: Thomas W. Graves
      Married By: Thomas W. Tobey, Minister of the Gospel
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds (1778-1868), Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 123.
    Family ID F1684  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hatchett, Martha Allen,   b. 2 Jun 1873, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1954, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1891  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 41204 
    Notes 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Thomas Pancoast Womack
      Gender: Male
      Spouse Name: Mattie A. Hatchett
      Spouse Birth Place: NC
      Marriage Year: 1891
      Marriage State: NC
      Number Pages: 1
    Last Modified 5 May 2022 
    Family ID F2863  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Apr 1861 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Oct 1891 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 May 1916 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Yancey Family Cemetery, Yanceyville, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas Pancoast Womack (1861-1916)

      Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 86-87 (Article #13 "Aunt Mat, Mattie Hatchett Womack Allison")

      Caswell County Sheriff: T. P. Womack 1891-1894

      He is buried in the Bartlett Yancey family cemetery on Highway 158 west of Yanceyville. For an image of his tombstone go to: Bartlett Yancey Cemetery.
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      "How Thomas Pancoast Womack Received His Middle Name" by M. Q. Plumblee

      Annie Elizabeth Yancey was born in Caswell County, N.C. on June 15, 1821, and was the sixth child of Bartlett (1785-1828) and Nancy Graves (1786-1855) Yancey. During her early childhood she suffered the common diseases of children. As a young child her health was very poor, so much so that she was unable to attend school. Her entire formal training amounted to only nine months. Annie Elizabeth was blessed with a brilliant mind, was an avid reader, and was eager to learn. It was said that she read all of her father's law books through several times. Medical books were also available to her and she read them. She was determined to learn.

      The disease which haunted her for many years was diagnosed as inflammatory rheumatism. This plagued the child for quite a long period of time. Her doctor tried about every medicine available to him at that time. It was the decision of the doctor, and agreed to by the family, that the patient should be salivated. This was accomplished by giving the patient heavy doses of calomel. Following the treatment the patient contracted what was called "Ozena." Her skin and flesh appeared to be in a state of decay. Her condition became critical. The flesh was in such a condition that her nose dropped off. Survival seemed to be almost miraculous. Of course, loss of her nose greatly disfigured the face. As a young girl and woman, Annie Elizabeth became greatly distressed about the deformity. It grew upon her and she became terribly depressed. No doubt she was self-conscious and avoided people when possible. As a young woman, life became almost unbearable. Often she felt the urge to walk a few yards east, sit on the stone mourner's bench, surrounded by rock walls shaded by the cedars, and among those who had passed, cry over he oppressive burdens. She fully decided that she "could not go through life in that condition." When she arrived at the age to make decisions, it was agreed that she should go to a surgeon in Philadelphia for what we call today plastic surgery.

      After careful study by the doctors and surgeon, she was told that they could take flesh and skin from her arm or forehead and make a nose for her. Annie Elizabeth objected to taking it from the arm on the premise that this might affect her ability to use it. The doctor then asked if she would agree for the transplant to be taken from her forehead. That seeming to be the best solution, the patient agreed. During the entire operation, she watched the procedure through a set of mirrors, and without modern-day anesthetic. Silver tubes were used to hold the nose in proper shape and to serve as nostrils.

      This brought a reawakening to her. It changed her life. Happiness and contentment were again part of her. Life became meaningful. She was truly happy.

      Following the death of her mother, and at age 34, Annie Elizabeth and Thomas Jefferson Womack were married. Secret aspirations became a reality. The fulfillment of love and gratitude filled her heart. She looked forward to children. Their first was a boy and they named him Bartlett Yancey for his late grandfather. Today a large portrait of the three by Roberts is on display at the home of Miss Annie Yancey Gwyn, a favorite cousin of the Womack family. By deduction and some research, the painter has been identified as William Anderson Roberts (1837-1899). He was a famous artist, a nearby neighbor, and at age 20, painted the portrait of the three in 1857. This was his third commercially painted portrait for which he was paid $60. In that portrait the lifetime scar on Mrs. Womack's forehead was almost obscured by the brush. A picture of the portrait may be examined by turning to page 418 in When the Past Refused to Die, A History of Caswell County 1777-1977 by William S. Powell.

      In Annie Elizabeth's adult life she assisted with community problems, assumed civic responsibilities, even the performance of marriages, especially for slaves. When doctors could not be secured she was called into service.

      The Womacks had three other children -- Sally Henry, Nancy and Thomas Pancoast, who was named for his father and the famous surgeon who performed the operation on his mother's nose. Today there is a large Medical Foundation and a Pancoast Surgical Procedure, both so named in memory of the famous surgeon.

      Editor's Note: In so far as is known, the foregoing story has never been placed in writing. Since it is impressive, touching, and of human interest, it appears that it should be recorded for posterity. The essential facts were told to the writer several years ago, and more recently by request. Miss Annie Yancey Gwyn tells it in a most dramatic way. She is a close relative of the principal character. Miss Gwyn taught for several years, is a graduate nurse, was a member of Base Hospital #45 and served in France during World War I. Despite a serious traffic accident in recent years, she goes about her household duties with a chipper tempo, has passed her 89th birthday, and her mind is a clear as a bell.

      Source: Newsletter of the Caswell County Historical Association, Volume III, Number 2 (April 1980).
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      Joseph Pancoast (November 23, 1805 - March 6, 1882) was a renowned American surgeon. His name is eponymic to the practice of surgery, in general, and plastic surgery, in particular. Pancoast was responsible for many seminal advancements in surgery that he described, and were depicted graphically, in numerous scholarly articles and books. His greatest work, A Treatise on Operative Surgery, was published in 1844. He was also famous for his lectures and clinics in anatomy and surgery.

      Pancoast was born of Quaker parentage at Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, the son of John Pancoast (1771 - 1841) and Lucy Abbott, his wife. Joseph Pancoast married Rebecca Abbott.

      In 1828, Pancoast was awarded a degree in medicine by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1839 to 1841, he was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College. From 1841 until his resignation in 1874, Pancoast was Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at the same institution. He was succeeded by his son, William Henry Pancoast, who was also a renowned surgeon.

      Source: "Joseph Pancoast." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Jul. 2016. Web. 20 Jul. 2016.
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      "Lively Politics and Pistols: A Republican Rumpuss in Caswell County -- Adams Painfully Wounded"

      Danville, Va., October 24. -- There was a lively political row at Miner's store, in Caswell county, on Saturday last. The particulars, as far as can be learned, are as follows: S. P. Womack [actually T. P. Womack] announced himself as Republican candidate for sheriff, and in the course of his remarks said that there was a Republican traitor in the camp who was trying to injure him. Reference was had to A. B. Adams [actually S. B. Adams], a well-known Republican and clerk of the Superior Court for that county. After Womack had left the stand Adams denounced him, and Womack struck Adams in the face. B. Y. Womack, brother of the other Womack, then came up and Adams drew a pistol and shot at him. B. Y. Womack then drew his pistol and shot Adams in the arm inflicting a painful but not fatal wound.

      Source: The Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), 25 October 1892.

      The S. P. Womack [T. P. Womack] of the above article is believed to be Thomas Pancoast Womack (1861-1916), who already was Caswell County sheriff at the time, and apparently was announcing his intention to run for the office again. He was successful and served as sheriff 1891 to 1894. His pistol-brandishing brother is Bartlett Yancey Womack (1856-1897).

      The brothers are sons of Thomas Jefferson Womack and Ann Elizabeth Yancey Womack, thus being grandsons of Bartlett Yancey, Jr. (1785-1828).

      The A. B. Adams referred to in the article is S. B. Adams (Spencer B. Adams), who served as Caswell County Clerk of Court 1882-1896.

      The location of Miner's Store is unknown.
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      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: Thomas Womack
      Estimated birth year: abt 1862
      Age in 1870: 8
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1870: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Yanceyville
      Household Members: Name Age
      Thomas Womack 39
      Ann Womack 48
      Bartlett Womack 13
      Nannie Womack 11
      Thomas Womack 8
      Sallie Womack 6
      Susan Tally 39

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: T. P. Womack
      Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 18
      Estimated birth year: abt 1862
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of Household: Son
      Father's Name: T. J.
      Father's birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Name: A. E. Y.
      Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: At School
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members: Name Age
      T. J. Womack 49
      A. E. Y. Womack 59
      T. P. Womack 18
      N. C. Womack 20
      Sallie H. Womack 16
      Susan Tally 50

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Th P Womack
      Home in 1900: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 39
      Birth Date: Apr 1861
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Ethnicity: American
      Gender: Male
      Relationship to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Name: Anna E Y
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Spouse's name: Mattie H
      Marriage Year: 1892
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 8
      Residence : Yanceyville Township, Caswell, North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      Th P Womack 39
      Mattie H Womack 26
      Anna E Y Womack 78
      Susan P Tally 69

      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: Thomas P Womack
      Age in 1910: 48
      Estimated birth year: abt 1862
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Spouse's name: Mattie H
      Home in 1910: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members: Name Age
      Thomas P Womack 48
      Mattie H Womack 37
      Jennie E Ritchell 44 [49]
      Benjamin H Center 52 [50]

      North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
      Name: Thomas P Womack
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 55
      Birth Date: 26 Apr 1861
      Birth Place: Caswell
      Death Date: 28 May 1916
      Death Location: Yanceyville, Caswell
      Father's Name: Thos P Womack
      Mother's Name: Elizabeth Yancey

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: Thomas P Womack
      Race: White
      Age: 55
      Date of Birth: 1861
      Date of Death: 28 May 1916
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Source Vendor: NC State Archives. North Carolina Deaths, 1908-67

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 123.