James Tignall Womack was born in Kentucky in 1831. Kentucky was a state with divided loyalties during the Civil War, and although Kentucky was officially a Union state, many of its citizens fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. James Womack served on the Union side and after being discharged for disability moved to Minnesota. Two of his cousins, who were brothers, fought on opposite sides during the war. One of those cousins, (the Union soldier) was the grandfather of Roy Rogers, the Singing Cowboy, which made him James Womack’s first cousin twice removed. Whichever side their relatives fought on, modern-day descendants are proud to claim Roy Rogers as one of their forebears.