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William Richard Workman

William Richard Workman

Male 1875 - 1945  (69 years)

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  1. 1.  William Richard WorkmanWilliam Richard Workman was born on 4 Oct 1875 in Fulton County, Kentucky (son of Jefferson Porter Workman and Narcissa Jeffers Hammonds); died on 1 Jul 1945 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 18 Sep 1876, Fulton County, Kentucky

    Notes:

    Dates for William Richard Workman:

    Kentucky Birth Records, 1852-1910, on ancestry.com, gives his birth date as 7 October 1875.

    Kentucky Birth Records, 1847-1911, on ancestry.com, gives his birth date as 18 Sep 1876. But the handwritten record of 1876 Fulton County births is peculiar. The births are in neither name nor date order, which suggests that this ledger was made well after 1876 by copying a stack of individual records. And while most of the records show the name and birth state of both parents, Wm. Workman's shows only that his father was J. P. Workman. So we're not sure how much stock we can put in this record.

    Notes taken by Jeannette Hayden in conversation with his daughter Neville Workman give his birth date as 4 October 1875.

    The 1880 Fulton County, KY census lists him as "W. R." and gives his age as 5, which is consistent with that.

    The 1900 Fulton County, KY census gives his birthdate as "Sept. 1876" and his age as 23.

    The 1910 census gives his birth date as "about 1877"; the 1920 census says "abt 1878".

    And the Hammonds family tree page gives his birthdate as 4 October 1877.

    The Hammonds page is our only source for his death date. We've put Detroit down as his place of death because Patrick's mother recollects, based on conversations with his father's family members, that in later years he came up north and had a small store -- "a little candy store, which could have been a sort of convenience store, in Detroit." Evidently his wife Kate and his daughter Mildred wouldn't see him, but his daughter Neville would visit him and called him "Papa."

    There is a Richard Workman listed in the 1940 US Federal census as living at 1012 Clay St. in Detroit, born in Kentucky, estimated birth date "abt 1877", listed as "married" but evidently living alone. His occupation is given as "salesman" for a "supply shop"; he is shown as self-employed; he worked all 52 weeks of 1939, and he worked an eye-popping 90 hours in the week of March 24-30, 1940. (This is an actual question in the 1940 census.) All for an income of $300 a year. This certainly could be our William Richard Workman.

    (1012 Clay Street is about a half-mile southeast of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. The street today is at least half composed of vacant lots; there is no building standing at number 1012, but it's clear that it was never an affluent area.)

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    This, which is primarily about his father, gives his dates as 4 Oct 1877 - 1 Jul 1945. It also calls him "Willie R. Workman."

    We're going to go with 4 October 1875 for these reasons:

    (1) It's what his daughter Neville remembered
    (2) The Kentucky record (7 October) may actually be a christening
    (3) It's also the date given by the rootsweb page cited just above, albeit in 1877, not 1875

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    There is a Find a Grave page for William Richard "Willie" Workman, who would appear to be our William Workman. There is no genealogical information shown -- neither parents, nor spouse, nor children -- and the only date shown is a birthdate of 1876. But it does claim that he's buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Kentucky, and it shows a headstone which reads:

    WORKMAN

    GRACE HORACE WILLIE JEFF SIS

    Our William Workman had siblings named Grace and Horace; his father was named Jefferson; and his mother Narcissa was generally addressed as "Sis." So wherever and whenever he died, he would appear to be buried here.

    William married Kate Jacobs on 12 Nov 1903 in Gibson County, Tennessee. Kate (daughter of Monroe Marshall Jacobs and Mary Frances "Fannie" Butler) was born on 11 Mar 1886 in Milan, Gibson, Tennessee; died on 4 Jul 1964 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried on 7 Jul 1964 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Neville Workman was born on 12 Dec 1904 in Fulton County, Kentucky; died on 22 Mar 1986 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
    2. Mildred Workman was born on 9 Mar 1911 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; died on 30 Sep 1990 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Oakland, Michigan.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Jefferson Porter WorkmanJefferson Porter Workman was born on 3 Mar 1835 in Weakley, Tennessee (son of John Mack Workman and Dorothy Alan Cates); died on 25 Oct 1919 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    US Civil War, Confederate. Enlisted 29 Nov 1861 at Paris, Tennesse. Company E, 46th Tennessee Infantry. Captured at Island No. 10 on 8 Apr 1862, sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois. He took the oath to the U.S. while in prison, and was discharged 30 August 1862.

    Jefferson married Narcissa Jeffers Hammonds on 27 Mar 1864 in Gibson County, Tennessee. Narcissa (daughter of Jesse Hammonds and Martha Mourning Adams) was born on 21 Aug 1845 in Milan, Gibson, Tennessee; died on 24 Nov 1922 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Narcissa Jeffers HammondsNarcissa Jeffers Hammonds was born on 21 Aug 1845 in Milan, Gibson, Tennessee (daughter of Jesse Hammonds and Martha Mourning Adams); died on 24 Nov 1922 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1917, Fulton County, Kentucky

    Notes:

    Often called "Sis" Hammonds.

    Children:
    1. Charles Workman
    2. Robert Alexander Workman was born on 20 Dec 1865 in Tennessee; died on 11 Sep 1947 in Fulton County, Kentucky.
    3. Fredonia Ellen Workman was born on 8 Aug 1871 in Kentucky; died on 3 Feb 1950.
    4. Ellen Workman was born in Aug 1874 in Tennessee.
    5. 1. William Richard Workman was born on 4 Oct 1875 in Fulton County, Kentucky; died on 1 Jul 1945 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.
    6. Emma Workman was born in Feb 1879 in Fulton County, Kentucky.
    7. Horace Workman was born on 28 Sep 1881 in Fulton County, Kentucky; died on 1 Nov 1971 in Fulton County, Kentucky.
    8. Mona Workman was born on 16 Sep 1883 in Fulton County, Kentucky; died on 14 Feb 1964 in Fulton County, Kentucky.
    9. Grace Ammie Workman was born on 1 Apr 1887 in Fulton County, Kentucky; died on 25 Sep 1975 in Hopkins, Kentucky.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Mack Workman was born about 1799 in Orange, North Carolina (son of Richard D. Workman and Cathrine Ann Williams); died in 1889 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1805, North Carolina

    John married Dorothy Alan Cates in 1835. Dorothy was born in 1800 in North Carolina; died before 1859. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Dorothy Alan Cates was born in 1800 in North Carolina; died before 1859.
    Children:
    1. 2. Jefferson Porter Workman was born on 3 Mar 1835 in Weakley, Tennessee; died on 25 Oct 1919 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.
    2. Harvey R Workman was born in 1837 in Tennessee; died on 18 Mar 1862.
    3. Mahala Workman was born in 1840 in Tennessee.
    4. Isaiah Elson Workman was born on 18 Feb 1842 in Tennessee; died in 1915 in Tennessee.
    5. Mary Elizabeth Workman was born on 8 Apr 1846 in Tennessee; died on 27 Oct 1913 in Hickman, Kentucky.

  3. 6.  Jesse Hammonds was born on 11 May 1800 in Franklin, North Carolina (son of Charles Hammonds and Rahab Manning); died on 29 Jan 1852 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Jesse married Martha Mourning Adams on 29 Aug 1823. Martha (daughter of Jesse Adams and Unicy) was born on 2 Oct 1806 in Franklin, North Carolina; died on 8 Nov 1893 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Martha Mourning AdamsMartha Mourning Adams was born on 2 Oct 1806 in Franklin, North Carolina (daughter of Jesse Adams and Unicy); died on 8 Nov 1893 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 13 Nov 1806, Franklin, North Carolina

    Notes:

    Martha Mourning Adams is currently the earliest-born direct ancestor of PNH for whom we have a photograph, albeit an obviously-retouched one.

    Children:
    1. Martha Patsy Hammonds was born on 28 Jul 1825 in Humphreys, Tennessee; died on 28 Aug 1875.
    2. Young Jackson Hammonds was born on 17 Oct 1827 in Humphreys, Tennessee; died on 30 Apr 1896 in Gibson County, Tennessee.
    3. William Newton Hammonds was born on 5 Oct 1829 in Humphreys, Tennessee; died on 19 Nov 1902 in Gibson County, Tennessee.
    4. Charles Covington Hammonds was born on 15 Dec 1832 in Humphreys, Tennessee; died on 2 Jan 1892 in Gibson County, Tennessee.
    5. Jesse Washington Hammonds was born on 28 Sep 1835 in Humphreys, Tennessee.
    6. Louisa Catherine Hammonds was born on 2 Feb 1838 in Humphreys, Tennessee.
    7. Uriah Jasper Hammonds was born on 10 Sep 1840 in Benton, Polk, Tennessee; died on 27 Dec 1915 in Gibson County, Tennessee.
    8. Lurena Attaline Hammonds was born on 9 Jan 1843 in Benton, Polk, Tennessee; died on 25 Feb 1873 in Gibson County, Tennessee.
    9. 3. Narcissa Jeffers Hammonds was born on 21 Aug 1845 in Milan, Gibson, Tennessee; died on 24 Nov 1922 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.
    10. Rowena Abigail Hammonds was born on 25 Jun 1850 in Gibson County, Tennessee; died on 23 Mar 1883 in Fulton County, Kentucky.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard D. Workman was born about 1776 in Orange, North Carolina (son of John Workman and Sylvia Cate); died on 6 May 1845 in Weakley, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 6 May 1848, Weakley, Tennessee

    Richard married Cathrine Ann Williams in 1796 in North Carolina. Cathrine was born in 1784 in Bertie, North Carolina; died in 1868 in Weakley, Tennessee. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Cathrine Ann Williams was born in 1784 in Bertie, North Carolina; died in 1868 in Weakley, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Or perhaps Anna Kathrine Williams.

    Children:
    1. Sarah Workman was born in 1798; died in 1814.
    2. Margaret Workman was born in 1798 in North Carolina; died in 1846.
    3. Richard Workman was born in 1798.
    4. 4. John Mack Workman was born about 1799 in Orange, North Carolina; died in 1889 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.
    5. Berry Workman was born in 1808 in North Carolina; died in 1860.
    6. William S Workman was born about 1808 in Orange, North Carolina; died in 1869 in Weakley, Tennessee.
    7. Allen Ruffin Workman was born in 1810 in Orange, North Carolina; died on 7 Jun 1847 in Weakley, Tennessee.
    8. Pleasant Green Workman was born on 12 May 1822 in Orange, North Carolina; died in 1859 in Weakley, Tennessee.

  3. 12.  Charles Hammonds was born about 1773; died in 1817 in Nash County, North Carolina.

    Charles married Rahab Manning. Rahab (daughter of Willoughby Manning and Martha Culpepper) was born in 1775; died in 1858 in Nash County, North Carolina. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 13.  Rahab Manning was born in 1775 (daughter of Willoughby Manning and Martha Culpepper); died in 1858 in Nash County, North Carolina.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Abt 1859, Franklin, North Carolina

    Children:
    1. Willoughby Hammonds was born in in North Carolina; died in 1836 in Franklin, North Carolina.
    2. 6. Jesse Hammonds was born on 11 May 1800 in Franklin, North Carolina; died on 29 Jan 1852 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee.

  5. 14.  Jesse Adams was born in 1753 in Granville, North Carolina (son of Jesse Adams and Martha Johnson); died on 6 Dec 1835 in Humphreys, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    From Jesse Adams's application for a Revolutionary War pension, 20 Sep 1832:

    "[S]tates he was mustered into service at Kingston in the state of North Carolina under Capt John Whitley and Matthew Crellars Lieutenant under Col Wm Caswell and marched monks corner in South Carolina thence to the White Cliffs in view of Augusta and down through Augusta and down near the mpouth of Briar Creek in pursuit of the British and when they got there they had taken up the bridge and that our enemy was stationed between Briar Creek and the Savannah River until the British army marched -- and marched around and came down on the back of our troops; that he was sick at the time of the battle of Briar creek and was not at the same -- he then returned home to Franklin co North Carolina 1781."

    From the Hammonds Family Tree page:

    "In 1769 there is a record of deed of land in Bute Co., N.C. (Also shows deeds in 1774 and 1777 where he sold land.) Jesse Adams served in the Revolutionary War. He applied for a pension in 1832 while living in Humphreys Co., TN. In 1810 he is in the Nash Co., NC census. He moved that same year and is in the Smith Co., Tn census. In 1820 they are still in Smith Co.

    "They then moved to Humphreys Co., TN shortly after that because Jesse Hammonds and his wife Martha Mourning Adams married there in 1823. Jesse Adams died in Humphreys Co., TN on Dec 6, 1835, he was 82 years old! Nancy Alice (Nica) continued to live there until some of her children along with Jesse and Mourning moved to Gibson Co. around 1850. She then lived with some of her children. They had 12 children and they migrated through TN, KY, GA, AL."

    Note that Bute County, North Carolina was carved out of Granville County in 1764.

    Jesse married Unicy on 26 May 1782. Unicy was born on 21 Nov 1766 in North Carolina. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 15.  Unicy was born on 21 Nov 1766 in North Carolina.

    Notes:

    Also called Audrey; Nancy.

    The Hammonds Family Tree page gives her name as Nancy Alice and adds a "???". It has her birth date as 21 Nov 1766, just as we do.

    A note on their page for her spouse, Jesse Adams, refers to her as "Nancy Alice (Nica)". It's easy to see how "Unicy" could be derived from that.

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    Document transcribed on the "Hammons & Garvin Family Tree" on ancestry.com:

    Declaration

    In order to obtain the benefit of act of Congress of the 7 of July 1838 entitled An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows

    State of Tennessee

    Benton County

    On this thirty first day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty personally appeared before me JESSE HAMMONDS as acting Justice oof the peace in and for Benton County band state aforesaid UNICY ADAMS a resident of the State of Tennessee in the county of Benton aged seventy three years November 21st 1839.

    Who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath made the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7 1838, entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows: That she is the widow of JESSE ADAMS who was a private in the militia in the revolutionary wwar having a certificate of pension from the War department for twenty six dollars and sixty six cents per annulment during his natural life.

    She farther declares that she was married to JESSE ADAMS on the 26th day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty two.  That her husband, the aforesaid JESSE ADAMS died on the 6th day of Dec one thousand eight hundred and thirty five.  That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the services, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four.

    viz: at the time above stated sworn to and subscribed to on the day and year above.

    Written before

    JESSE HAMMONDS, Justice

    of the peace for Benton County

    UNICY x ADAMS

    her mark 

    Children:
    1. 7. Martha Mourning Adams was born on 2 Oct 1806 in Franklin, North Carolina; died on 8 Nov 1893 in Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.