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Womack in the Bradfield Militia

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Thomas Womack (1805-1872), together with his siblings, cousins and nephews appear in the Militia Lists in the period 1819-1831 which are held at the Bradfield Archives

Briefly, the militia were a body of men who could be called for military service in case of war or civil strife. The Militia Act of 1757 and later modified in 1762 arose because of the Jacobite Rebellion plus the threats of invasion by France. The Acts required that the constable of each township should compile a list of men aged between 18 and 50 (later 45) to be submitted to the Lord High Sherriff of their region. Clergy, Quakers, Judges, members of the Aristocracy, among others, were not included. The Sheriff would then decide who could be ‘called up’ and the list would then be posted on a local church door so that objections could be made.

The following table itemizes the Womack members of the Militia.

  • Year is the year of the list.
  • For each person their forename, age, occupation, residence, number of children is given, and, if exempt from service, the reason. Notice that reasons for exemption were Apprentice, Infirmity and Poor. In each of these cases it was argued that the parish might incur an expense because of the need to look after the families of those who were called to service.
  • Ref is the Bradfield Archives reference number
Year Forename Age Occupation Residence Children Exempt Ref
1819 William 21 Grinder Stannington 34168 [1]
George 19 Grinder Stannington Apprentice 34168 [2]
1820 William 22 Grinder Stannington 34156 [3]
George 20 Grinder Stannington 34156 [4]
1821 George 21 Grinder Stannington 34146 [5]
1822 George 22 Grinder Stannington 34137 [6]
John 18 Grinder Stannington 34137 [7]
William 24 Grinder Storrs 1 34138 [8]
1823 George 23 Grinder Stannington 34128 [9]
John 19 Stannington Infirm 34128 [10]
Richard 18 Grinder Stannington 34128 [11]
William 25 Grinder Stannington 1 34129 [12]
1824 Richard 19 Grinder Stannington 34118 [13]
John 20 Grinder Stannington 34118 [14]
1825 Richard 20 Grinder Stannington 34104 [15]
George 25 Labourer Stannington 34104 [16]
John 21 Grinder Stannington 34104 [17]
Thomas 19 Grinder Stannington 34104 [18]
1826 Richard 21 Grinder Stannington 34096 [19]
George 26 Labourer Stannington 34096 [20]
John 22 Grinder Stannington 34096 [21]
Thomas 20 Grinder Stannington 34096 [22]
Simri 18 Grinder Stannington 34096 [23]
1827 Richard 22 Grinder Stannington 1 34084 [24]
Thomas 21 Grinder Stannington 34080 [25]
George 29 Labourer Stannington 34080 [26]
Simri 21 Grinder Stannington 34080 [27]
1828 Thomas 22 Grinder Stannington 34075 [28]
George 28 Labourer Stannington 34075 [29]
Simri 21 Grinder Stannington 34075 [30]
Richard 24 Grinder Stannington 2 Poor 34075 [31]
1829 William 21 Grinder Stannington 34046 [32]
Benjamin 19 Grinder Stannington 34046 [33]
George 29 Labourer Stannington 34046 [34]
Simri 22 Grinder Stannington 34046 [35]
Richard 25 Grinder Stannington 2 Poor 34179 [36]
1831 Benjamin 21 Grinder Stannington 34056 [37]
Thomas 25 Grinder Stannington 34056 [38]
George 32 Labourer Stannington 34056 [39]
Richard 27 Grinder Stannington 2 Poor 34056 [40]




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