The 1st Generation of the Womack ancestors in England was Bishop Lawrence Womack, born in 1550 in Kent, where he lived to be 92. He was a Rector in the Church of England and also the Bishop of St. David's.
2nd Generation of the Womack ancestors in England was William Charles Augustus Womack. William Charles Augustus Womack, born in 1575 in England, presumably in Kent, like his father. He also was a Rector in the Church of England and a half-brother of the Duke of Albermarle. Presumably he had the same mother as George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608–1670), who was rewarded with his peerages for his intriguing part in the Restorationi.
The 3rd Generation of our English Womack ancestors
The 3rd Generation of our English Womack ancestors includes Lawrence Womack, who follows his grandfather’s footsteps as the Bishop of St. David’s on the one hand, and William the Emigrant, our presumed ancestor, who rebels, converts to the Quaker persuasion, and leaves for America – never to return.
William Charles Augustus Womack had two sons: a namesake of Lawrence Womack and our assumed ancestor William B. Womack
Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Englandii
Charles’ son Lawrence was born in County Norfolk, May 12, 1612, and died on 3/12/1685 in London, England. He attended Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England and earned his M. A., Cambridge, England 1632.
He went on to become Chaplain to Lord Paget. A benefice is church office endowed with fixed capital assets that provide a living through the revenue from such assets. Lawrence had benefice in west of England, where he attained fame by his preaching.
Little known of him from 1648 to 1660. This corresponds to a revolutionary period in England that included the the overthrow of the monarchy, the outbreak of the Second English Civil War in 1648, followed by the execution of King Charles I in 1649, and the short-lived Commonwealth of England. A political crisis that followed the death of Cromwell in 1658 resulted in the restoration of the monarchy. King Charles II restored the crown in 1660. Charles's English parliament enacted laws known as the Clarendon Code, designed to shore up the position of the re-established Church of England.
At this point, Lawrence Womack returned to prominence, and obtained a prebend in Hereford Cathedral in 1660. A prebend is a stipend drawn from the endowment or revenues of an Anglican cathedral or church by a presiding member of the clergy. On Dec. 8, in 1660, he became Archdeacon of Suffolk; in 1661, he earned his Doctor of Divinity degree. In 1663 Lawrence had a prebend from Ely Cathedral. Like his grandfather of the same name, Lawrence Womack was a Rector in the Church of England and in 1683 was consecrated Bishop of St. David's. Was noted for his publications supporting the liturgy, etc. Had a fine collection of books.
Hereford Cathedral and its Library
Lawrence married, three times. By first marriage, Lawrence had at least one son, Edward. The second marriage, in West Bradford, Nov. 18, 1668, to Anne, daughter of John Hill and widow of Edward Alymer, of Claydon County, Suffolk. Ann was buried at Horringer Suffolk, 1665. Next he married at Brideford on 18th November 1668 a woman called Anne Aylmer of Bury and they had a daughter, Anne, who died in 1685. Third marriage, at St. Bartholomew, the Less, London, on April 25, 1670, was to Katherine Corbett, of Norwick, aged 40. She was still living in 1697. Lawrence Womack and Katherine Corbett had a son named John Richard Womack born in 1670 in Suffolk, England. John Richard Womack also migrated to America and died in 1738 in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
Lawrence Womack died in Westminster, Nov. 7, 1685; buried at St. Margaret's Church, London, where there is a tablet to his memory. St Margaret’s Church, is known affectionately as the parish church of the Houses of Commons. St Margaret’s Church, known affectionately as the parish church of the Houses of Parliament When Elizabeth I re-founded the Abbey as a collegiate church in 1560 she maintained its exemption from episcopal authority and made her new foundation a ‘royal peculiar’, subject to the authority of the Sovereign as Visitor.iii
St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey
The Anglican church of St. Margaret, Westminster Abbey is situated in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square next to the “Big Ben” clock tower, and is the parish church of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London.iv
Lawrence left his books and property to his nephew, Lawrence Womack, Rector of Castor, of Yarmouth.