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William Richard Workman

William Richard Workman

Male 1875 - 1945  (69 years)

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  • Name William Richard Workman  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 4 Oct 1875  Fulton County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth 18 Sep 1876  Fulton County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 1 Jul 1945  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I1775  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2020 

    Father Jefferson Porter Workman,   b. 3 Mar 1835, Weakley, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1919, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Narcissa Jeffers Hammonds,   b. 21 Aug 1845, Milan, Gibson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1922, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1864  Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 9
    Family ID F1017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kate Jacobs,   b. 11 Mar 1886, Milan, Gibson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1964, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1903  Gibson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    SEPA Bef 1930 
    Children 
     1. Neville Workman,   b. 12 Dec 1904, Fulton County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1986, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Mildred Workman,   b. 9 Mar 1911, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1990, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
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    Jacobs-Workman marriage license
    Jacobs-Workman marriage license
    Workman-Jacobs marriage bond
    Workman-Jacobs marriage bond
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S21] Kentucky birth records, 1852-1910, on ancestry.com.

    2. [S27] Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S4023] 1920 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S4021] 1910 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    5. [S2818] Find a Grave page for William Richard "Willie" Workman., year only.

    6. [S558] Jefferson Porter Workman, Co. E, 46th Tennessee Infantry., date only.

    7. [S2818] Find a Grave page for William Richard "Willie" Workman.

    8. [S558] Jefferson Porter Workman, Co. E, 46th Tennessee Infantry., "24th of March 1864".

    9. [S237] Jesse and Mourning Adams Family Bible., "3-26-1864".