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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

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JOHN J. WOMACK. This gentleman is identified with the vast army of farmers who are doing so much to enhance the prosperity of the State of Illinois, and whose homes attest to their enjoyment of the material comforts which they gain and the advantages afforded by modern civilization. His home is on section 32, Shaw's Point Township, and his farm of one hundred and sixty acres is as carefully and intelligently tilled as any in Macoupin County. His character is one worthy to be held up as a model to those who succeed him, while his record as a citizen can be pointed to with pride by his posterity.

Mr. Womack claims Kentucky as his native State, and in Spencer County he was born November 27, 1819. Being the son of a poor man, he was obliged to assist his father in laboring for the support of the family, and his educational advantages were therefore limited. He has made up for the deficiencies of his early education by careful reading, and is always well posted upon all topics of importance. He spent the first sixteen years of his life in the Blue Grass State, and in 1835 accompanied his father, John W. Womack, to Macoupin County, this State. The father located first in Shaw's Point Township, and thence, after a sojourn of ten years, he removed to Bird Township, where he died. The mother of our subject, Elizabeth (Maddox) Womack, died in Kentucky.

Since 1835 Mr. Womack has resided continuously in this county, where he has been engaged in farming. He was married in Shaw's Point Township, December 23, 1847, to Miss Mary A. Lofton, and of the eight children born to them we note the following: Thomas W. served during the late war in the Seventh Illinois Infantry, and died in Louisville, Ky.; Barbara A. died when two years old; William is at home; Abigail passed from earth at the age of twenty three; Lucy died in infancy; John is at home; George died when about twenty years old; Albartis passed away at the age of less than nineteen years. Mrs. Womack died at their home in Shaw's Point township October 8, 1865.

The lady who now presides over the domestic affairs in the home of Mr. Womack became his wife May 9, 1867. She was born in Kentucky and bore the maiden name of Ann M. Bainbridge. She was the widow of John D. Thompson, of Carlinville Township, and her marriage to Mr. Womack was solemnized in the city of Carlinville. To Mr. Womack and his estimable wife two children have been born - James H. and Frederick M., both of whom are still under the parental roof.

Mr. Womack keeps himself informed regarding political and other issues, votes the Republican ticket and takes special interest in educational matters. His fellow citizens have often called upon him to fill various positions of responsibility and trust, and to the duties of every office he has brought the same enterprise and devotion which has characterized his personal efforts. He has been Supervisor of Shaw's Point Township seven terns, and has served as Justice of the Peace eight years. For twenty-six years in succession he has been the efficient School Director of his district, and has in various ways been identified with the progress of the county. For many years he and his estimable wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he has been Steward and Trustee. He is a firm believer in the power of the Christian principle, and he thinks the good of the people is subserved by religious societies, even though they are not of his denomination.

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