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The mystery of Henry West (1608-1647)

Genealogy requires rather a substantial amount of critical thinking and deductive reasoning. This is especially true the further back in time you go…when the paper trail becomes sparse. I’m going through this right now with one ancestral cousin, the English immigrant Henry West who settled in the Virginia Colony. He would found an outpost settlement in what is the Richmond, Virginia area (The Origins of Richmondhttp://www.envisionthejames.org/detail/the-origins-of-richmond/evj79769abf7da845298)

He’s a double cousin. He an ancestor that is shared in my father’s Roane family line and my mother’s Matthews family line.

I have two distinct lines of Wests in my family tree. Henry “The Immigrant”‘s is one. The Barons de la Warr are another (the State of Delaware was named for this line). Contemporary records say that Henry was related to the Baronial line of Wests.  He is cited as being a nephew of Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr and the 2nd Governor of the Virginia Colony:

contemporary account of the death of Henry West
Account gathered from contemporary records. Taken from Plantation Homes of the James River by Bruce Roberts, Elizabeth Kedash https://books.google.com/books?id=6S515rAAEpgC&pg=PA6&dq=henry+west+killed+by+indians&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC4P7G_7bMAhULHD4KHY1BC9gQ6AEIIjAB#v=onepage&q&f=false Click for larger image

Nephew is a pretty cut and dried familial term. So you’d think that Henry’s relationship to either Thomas should be all done and dusted. Far from it.

Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr, 2nd Governor of Virginia.
Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr, 2nd Governor of Virginia.

Thomas West does have one known brother. However, records for that brother are extremely scare. So far, I have only found one son for this brother. His name isn’t Henry. So no nephew Henry’s to be found here. My hunch is that untangling his descendants will require a visit to the British National Archives in London.

On numerous online family trees, I’m finding stories that my Henry’s proper name was William. So it was back to the drawing board to search. It turns out that Thomas West did indeed have nephew named William West:

A few months short of a year after he arrived, [Thomas West, 2nd Baron] De La Warr left Virginia because of illness. A third of the colony’s population was dead, mostly from disease. Miners, brought to Virginia to search for gold, silver, and copper, had planned a mutiny and seen their ringleader hanged. The governor’s nephew, Captain William West, had been killed in battle [with the Powhatan tribe]. From http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/jamestown_settlement_early

This William West, however, was born earlier than Henry “The Immigrant” West – and died much earlier.

So this William isn’t a match either.

It’s the usual genealogy blunder.  Just because two men from the same family died in battles with Native Americans does not make them one in the same person.

So it was back to the drawing board yet again. I’ve had to go back to the first West who was created Baron de la Warr and sketch out his descendants. There are Henry Wests to be sure…none are even close to being a match for my cousin, Henry “The Immigrant” West. They are either born too soon, too late or never travelled from England to the American colonies.

At the moment, I’ve ruled out all of the possibilities for identifying who Henry “The Immigrant” West actually is. That’s not a bad thing. While I know who he isn’t…I know enough about to him to eventually identify who he is in terms of his relationship to the overall West family. If he’s a relation at all. It just requires more research and hunting.

What is interesting is that Henry “The Immigrant” West had land along the James River, near to properties owned by Thomas and Francis West. Henry is also associated with Jamestown, Thomas and Francis West’s base of operations in the Virginia Colony, upon his arrival in the Virginia Colony. Which leads to me to believe that the strongest possibility is that Henry was a cousin to Thomas, rather than a nephew.

Critical thinking and deductive reasoning suggests:

  1. The original account for Henry “The Immigrant” is incorrect. This would mean that somehow, somewhere back in time, Henry “The Immigrant” West was confused with Henry West, son of Thomas West.
  2. My Henry may not be a relation to the Baronial line of Wests at all. He may simply be from an unrelated West family.
  3. My Henry may share a much older common ancestry with the Baronial line of Wests in England; making him a cousin.
  4. A contemporary may have heard the name West and simply assumed he was a relation to Thomas West.
  5. Henry may be his middle name, which he preferred using. Meaning his first name is unknown.
  6. Whatever colonial records that could shed light on Henry’s relationship to Thomas West have either been lost or destroyed in the course of time, skirmishes (e.g. Bacon’s Rebellion) or various wars.

The search for Henry continues…

9 thoughts on “The mystery of Henry West (1608-1647)

  1. Did you ever solve your Henry West mystery? I may have a lead. I have a ancestor, William West, who was active in Bacon’s Rebellion and sentenced to death. His brother, Henry West, lead a petition (1677) to spare his life, partly because he had taken up arms against the indians who had “murdered his father.” So, my Williams & Henry’s father (killed by indians) might be your Henry. My William married Rebecca Bracewell, abt 1667, dau. of Rev. Robert Bracewell Isle of Wright. I don’t know his birth date or parents, but his will is dated 20 Oct 1708. If you have any info, please let me know!

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. That’s a very helpful lead. I have your Henry in another part of my tree. I’m trying to slowly unlock four Henry Wests, all born around the same time, to be certain I’m picking up the trail for the Henry I’m searching for. The one you mention is the strongest candidate. I’m just not 100% certain

      1. I am Sonja C West a direct descendant of the West line. Here is information that might help everyone. It also lead back to my direct line to Willis West Sr.

        It is as follows:

        William West, SR to Willis West, SR

        Willis West Sr Old field stone marker with VA marker with inscription in picture at right.

        WILLIS WEST, SR., was born in 1755, in Bladen County, North Carolina to James H. West and wife Elizabeth (Bettie) Zadey, died 23 Nov 1837 in Fayette County, Georgia USA, buried Lot 223, Willis West Cemetery in Fayette County, Georgia, USA, Plot: knoll about 700 feet from Westbridge Road on the fifty acres he was given for his service during the Revolutionary War.

        Notes: Burial Information
        From Fayetteville – Take GA Hwy 92 N for approximately 6 miles to Westbridge Road. Turn right on Westbridge Road and travel 1.3 miles to Wagon Wheel Trail. Turn left on Wagon Wheel Trail go approximately 100 yards and follow the gas line to the top of the hill where the cemetery is located.
        Latitude: 33.53809, Longitude: -84.48932

        Willis West, Sr., was first married Abt. 1777 to Sarah Gainey, of Sampson County, daughter of (Bartholomew Gainey born 1738 in Duplin County, North Carolina USA, died 16 Nov 1820 in Sampson County, North Carolina and Daisey Reddick died 1799). Of this union ten children were born: Willis, Jr., Nell, Allen, Handy, Loyd, Edna, Nancy, Sallie, Colin, Noel E. He moved with his second wife Silvey Harmon to Fayette County, Georgia around 1830; born circa 1786 in Sampson County,North Carolina USA, died 1860 in Arkansas USA and married 1807 in Sampson County, North Carolina USA.

        Story of Willis’ first wife Sarah “Sally” Gainey. Seems Willis was a man of means. He had purchased a family of slaves. The father of the slaves was very upset and unhappy with his new surroundings, and for some reason murdered Sarah. Some of the children then beat the slave to death for killing their mother.

        He enlisted as Private in the NC Militia Continental Line in Bladen County during the American Revolutionary War. According to family legend, Willis West, Sr. was a Tory during the Revolutionary War period, according to many family “relatings” of the covert trips Willis West, Sr. made back to Sampson County to visit relatives during that time and that years later, his second wife Silvey Harmon West, had applied and was denied a U.S. Widows Pension in 1843, which would tend to substantiate this family legend. Plus the fact that shortly after being denied this widow’s pension she moved to Arkansas with her youngest daughter, where she lived until her death, would lend further credibility to this family legend, especially during this time period of the State History regarding the treatment of British sympathizers.

        By 1880 there were over 190 descendants in the townships of Mingo, Turkey, Taylors Bridge, Honeycutt, and Westbrook and some of both set of children had settled in Fayette County, Georgia between 1820-1830. Among some of those early descendants included a shoemaker, two coopers, teachers, a casketmaker, a forty three year veteran of Atlanta’s (Georgia) police force, farmers, merchants, and two representatives to the State Legislature.

        REFER TO:
        The Will of Bartholomew Gainey, father of Sarah married Willis West, Sr.:
        (It list Handy West with brothers and sisters for connections to membership with SAR or DAR.)

        Davis and Shaw Families of North Carolina
        Website Address: http://02ec0a3.netsolhost.com/getperson.php?personID=l10759&tree=ncshawfamily

        ?Individual:
        [Jesse West]

        “…Willis sr. was also born in Sampson county N C its a documented fact that he served in the continental army during the revolutionary war as a private with the 10th N C under a captain Roundtree from 1779 to 1781 I had to prove this to become a member of the sons of the American revolution ”

        ? America Revolution: West, Willis: b. 1755-1760 N.C., d. 23 Nov 1837 Ga.; married (1) Miss Gainey (2) Sylvia. Pvt. N. Carolina
        Revolutionary war pension # R 18901
        Story of Willis’ first wife Sarah “Sally” Gainey. Seems Willis was a man of means. He had purchased a family of slaves. The father of the slaves was very upset and unhappy with his new surroundings, and for some reason murdered Sarah. Some of the children then beat the slave to death for killing their mother.

        Willis West lived in the Westbrook Township, Sampson Co., N.C. He was believed to be of Scotch/Irish descent. Had children to live in N.C. and Ga. Willis moved to Fayette Co., Ga., soon after 1830 For Rev. War service Willis received 50acres of land in Fayette Co., (land lot 223). Willis is buried there in family cemetery.

        Sources

        1.[S505] Hall Web Site, Alvin E. Hall, Willis West (Reliability: 3), 31 May 2010.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match
        2.[S578] Jarrett Web Site, Rusty Jarrett, Willis Sr. West (Reliability: 3), 7 Feb 2011.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match
        3.[S1246] WestHandy01 Web Site, Tommy West, Willis West (Reliability: 3), 23 Apr 2011.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match
        4.[S505] Hall Web Site, Alvin E. Hall, Willis West (Reliability: 3), 7 Jul 2011.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match

        REFERANCE OF PROOF:
        Website Address: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8260925

        Photograph Grave Memorial Mark to right of Willis West, Sr

        Welcome To The Genealogy World Of William Dale Barfield
        Website Address: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wbarfieldsr/pafg130.htm#3434

        James H. WEST was born1733 in Johnston County, North Carolina. He died 1803 in Sampson County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth (Bettie) ZADEY.

        Revolutionary War Records Duplin and Sampson Counties NC by Virginia L. Bizzell and Oscar M. Bizzell WEST, James, private, N.C. Militia, 1st continental Line Soldier was living in Bladen county and saw service in the militia light horse under Col. Nicholas Long. Then in 1782 he enlisting as a private to serve for 18 months in Capt. Sharp’s company.

        In 1765 he bought land on Little Cohera in what was to be Sampson County but continued to live in Bladen, this was sold in April 1772.
        On 20 April 1773 he purchased 200 acres on the east side of Great Cohort.

        His wife was Elizabeth (Bettie) ZADEY and they had the following children:
        1- James, Jr about 1750.
        2- John born about 1752 who married Nancy Swann.
        3- Willis about 1755 who married lst to Sarah Gainey and
        2nd to Sylvia Harmon.
        4-Samuel born about 1760. And
        5- William born about 1775 who married 7 Nov 1846 to Hannah Jane Fowler.

        Bettie UNKNOWN was born Unknown. She died Unknown. She married James WEST.

        They had the following children:

        M i James WEST Jr. was born about 1750. He died Unknown.

        M ii John WEST

        M iii Willis WEST

        M iv Samuel WEST was born about 1760. He died Unknown.

        Revolutionary War Records Duplin and Sampson Counties NC by Virginia L. Bizzell and Oscar M. Bizzell WEST, Samuel, private, N.C. Militia Soldier fought under Capt. Joseph Williams and Capt Jabez Jarves for 31 days at the battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. On 1 Aug 1782 he enlisted in Capt. Shepard’s Company of the N.C. l0th Regiment and was discharged 11 June 1783. West was credited with 18 months service. When taxes were listed in 1784 for Sampson County, soldier was taxed for 450 acres and 1 white poll.

        M v William WEST

        Second Sources:

        1.[S505] Hall Web Site, Alvin E. Hall, James Willis (Reliability: 3), 31 May 2010.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match

        2.[S507] Family Tree Web Site, Tonia Young, James H West (Reliability: 3), 31 May 2010.
        Added by confirming a Smart Match

        His “WILL” gives witnesses: William Green (his brother in law), Richard Green (this is probably his nephew) Mary Green (this is his sister) His Executrix is his wife Isabella. He also names his nephew Thomas Green in the will.

        West, Robert
        Date: Jun 7, 1712
        Location: Isle Of Wight
        Record ID: 21351
        Description: Testator
        Book Page: 2-542

        Remarks: Robert West. Leg.-son Henry; wife Isabella; son Arthur; son Robert; son William; Thomas Green. Wife Extx.

        Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

        More About ROBERT WEST:

        Source: Isle of Wright, VA 1647-1800 Wills & Admin. by Chapman page 51

        Will: June 07, 1719, Isle of Wright, VA

        Notes for ISABELLA (MAYBE SMITH): (Just Going by the Naming Pattern)

        West, Robert
        Date: Oct 1, 1645
        Location: Isle Of Wight., VA
        Record ID: 21126
        Description: Overseer
        Prove Date: Feb 9, 1693
        Book Page: 2-330

        Remarks: Arthur Smith. Of Warrisqueake. Leg.-sons Arthur and Richard, the land called the “Freshett”; Godson Arthur Long; son George, the land known as
        John Roe’s Neck; daughter Jane, land adjoining Christopher Reynolds; son Thomas; Godson Arthur Virgin, son of

        Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

        WILLIAM WEST, SR., born circa 1643 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA, died 1702 in Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA, military 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion.

        William West petition 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion was born in 1643. William West petition 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion’s father was Henry immigrant West and his mother is Joan Hickman. He was an only child.

        He was adopted by John West #1802 & Sarah #1803. He died at the age of 59 in 1702. Henry immigrant West was born about 1608. He died in 1647.

        Son of Henry who was killed by the Indians
        William participated in Bacon’s Rebellion but was later pardoned.

        A. Rebecca West

        WILLIAM WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION:

        West, William
        Date: Oct 20, 1708
        Location: Newport Parish
        Record ID: 21293
        Description: Testator
        Prove Date: Feb 9, 1708
        Book Page: 2-490

        Remarks: William West of Newport Parish. Leg.-son William; son Richard all my land between William Green and Robert Bagnall; son Robert; daughter Mary Green; daughter Rebecka. Extx. my wife.

        This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

        More about WILLIAM WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION:

        Burial: February 09, 1708/09, Will was probated, of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight, VA

        Source: Boddie & Southwest VA families Vol 1

        Generation No. 1 – Information of the Father of William West, Sr., since he was adopted by John West and Rebecca Bracewell, his lineage continues through them. HENRY1 WEST and JOAN HICKMAN parents of William West, Sr parents have not yet been established at present. I hope that the in direct route through John West and Rebecca Bracewell adds a little color of their history, that is very interesting going back through there lineage.

        He married 1st Rebecca Bracewell:

        Rebecca BRACEWELL was born in 1647 in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died 1700 in Isle Wight, Virginia, USA (daughter of Robert Bracewell, Reverend and Rebecca (Izzard) Izard). Rebecca married William West in 1668 and they had only one daughter, Rebecca West. William was involved in Bacon’s Rebellion (see page 154) along with his brother-in-law, Robert Stokes. Both William and Robert were captured by the British January 16, 1677 (SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, by John Boddie) during the conflict, but William escaped and was later pardoned by the King. (Greater detail on the role played by William West and Robert Stokes in Bacon’s Rebellion may be found in Hildon Braswell’s book see end of this report for title.)

        REBECCA BRASWELL:

        West, Rebecca
        Date: Feb 15, 1667
        Location: Isle of Wight
        Record ID: 20771
        Description: Daughter
        Prove Date: May 1, 1668
        Book Page: 2-52

        Remarks: Robert Braswell. Leg.-daughter Jane Stokes and her children; daughter Rebecca West; son Robert; son Richard; servant Elizabeth Hall; daughter Ann Bagnall. Mr. Richard Izard and George Guillen to be guardian to my children; daughter Ann Bagnall.

        This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

        Children of WILLIAM WEST and REBECCA BRASWELL are:

        5. i. RICHARD3 WEST.
        6. ii. ROBERT WEST, d. June 07, 1712, Isle of Wright, VA.
        7. iii. MARY WEST, b. Isle of Wright, VA; d. November 19, 1737, Isle of Wright, VA.
        8. iv. REBECCA WEST, b. Abt. 1652.
        v. WILLIAM WEST, JR., m. MARTHA WILLS.

        MORE ABOUT Rebecca BRASWELL:

        Rebecca married William WEST, who was very active in Bacon’s Rebellion. He led a rebel force to attack a loyal fort, but was captured on 16 Jan. 1677. Like his brother-in-law, Robert STOKES, he was sentenced to death. He escaped from prison and a petition for his reprieve was circulated by his brother, Henry WEST, in Oct. of 1677. It was signed by 88 people (almost half the inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co.). Among the signers were his brothers-in-law, James BAGNALL and Richard BRASWELL.

        Henry WEST, in the petition, stated:

        “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William WEST, a rebel absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.” (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia by John Bennett Boddie.) The petition apparently was granted.

        Children:

        i. Joseph P14 West #1045, born 1662 in Prince Georges, Maryland, USA, died Aug 1731 in Bladensburg, Prince Georges, Maryland, USA.

        22. ii. Robert West, Sr #1038 born 1673.

        iii. Marjorie Rebecca West #1046, born circa 1665 in Isle Wight, Virginia, USA, died in Virginia or North Carolina USA.

        iv. Rebecka West #1047, born circa 1680 in Isle of Wight, VA, USA.

        v. Thomas West #1048, born circa 1681 in Isle Of Wight, Norfolk, Virginia USA.

        vi. Sarah West #1049, born circa 1684 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia, USA.

        vii. Elizabeth West #1050, born circa 1686 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia, USA.

        viii. Ann West #1051, born circa 1690 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA.

        ix. William West, Jr #1052, born 1680 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 4 Dec 1744 in Isle Wight, Virginia USA.

        He married Martha Wills #1910.

        Martha:
        MARTHA WILLS: (This is only a guess)
        West, Ann Oct 31, 1765
        Location: Isle Of Wight., VA
        Record ID: 23886
        Description: Witness
        Prove Date: May 7, 1772
        Book Page: 8-142

        Remarks: John Wills. Of Newport Parish. Leg.-wife Martha; son John Scarsbrook Wills; son James Wills; son Thomas; son Emanuel; son Benjamin; son Mills; son Micajah; son William. Captain Brewer Godwin to have the care of my sons, Emanuel, Benjamin and Mills

        Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

        x. Richard West #1053, born 1695 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 13 Jul 1747 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA.

        xi. Mary West #1054, born circa 1688 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 19 Nov 1737 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA.

        She married John Dickinson #1816, 1720 in Chowan, North Carolina, United States, born 1695 in Chowan, North Carolina, United States, died 1749 in Northampton, North Carolina, United States.

        He married 2nd Martha:

        William West married 2nd Martha some say Martha is the mother of the rest of his children

        b. Mary West married William Green
        c. Richard West
        d. William West Jr.
        e. Robert West.

        WILLIAM WEST – BACON’S REBELLION

        BRASWELL BRANCHES – Nona Williams – Volume I, Issue 1 – Winter 1991/92

        Rebecca married William WEST, who was very active in Bacon’s Rebellion. He led a rebel force to attack a loyal fort, but was captured on 16 Jan. 1677. Like his brother-in-law, Robert STOKES, he was sentenced to death. He escaped from prison and a petition for his reprieve was circulated by his brother, Henry WEST, in Oct. of1677. It was signed by 88 people (almost half the inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co.). Among the signers were his brothers-in-law, James BAGNALL and Richard BRASWELL. Henry WEST, in the petition, stated:

        “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William WEST, a rebel absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.” (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia by John Bennett Boddie.)

        The petition apparently was granted. William WEST made his will 2 Oct. 1708, pr. 9 Feb. 1708/09. He gave to sons William and Richard “all land between William GREEN and Robert BAGNALL’s”; to William, land purchased from Capt. William OLDIS and William WESTRY; to son Robert, land “where he now lives”; to daughter, Mary GREEN, an Indian girl; to daughter Rebecca, an Indian woman; his second wife, Martha, and daughter Rebecca, were bequeathed the rest of the estate.

        NOTE: Rebecca Bracewell was the daughter of the Reverend Robert Bracewell.

        WILLIAM WEST IN BACON’S REBELLION

        William West’s participation in Bacon’s Rebellion was evidently quite extensive. The following is the petition sent to the Commissioners of Isle of
        Wight County for the pardon of William West, who was captured January 16, 1677, and subsequently escaped. William was the husband of Rebecca BRACEWELL, daughter of the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL (see page 10).

        “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William West, a rebel
        absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.

        “(signed)

        John Marshall
        John Jones
        John Seward
        Nicholas Fulgham
        Michael Fulgham
        Thomas Williamson
        Edward Prime
        Hopkins (H) Howell
        Roger (D) Davis
        Ed. (EH) Hailed
        Walter (WH) Harris
        John (L) Stevenson
        Will (O) Fly
        Thos. (X) Smythe
        Robert Morgan
        John (A) Askew
        Thomas Joyner, Jr.
        Will (X) Seller
        Owen (O) Griffin
        Roger Jones
        Rob (RM) Mercer
        Rob (O) Sturdy
        Bridgman (B) Joyner
        Will (C) Cooke
        John Wakefield
        John Bressie
        Edward Hinkson
        Thomas Davis
        James (X) Bryan
        Nicholas (NH) Osborne
        Reuben Gladhill (R)
        John (IH) Richards
        John (X) Whitely
        August (M) Mandue
        John Forrest
        Thos. (H) Howell
        Noah Madocke
        Walter (M) Morgan
        Clark (W) Webster
        Will (W) Askew
        Henry (N) Hearne
        Jo (X) Sharp
        Rich (X) Jones
        Robt (O) Oldis (?)
        Wm. Bamber (WB)
        Gilbert (B) Adams
        Hercules Calcott
        Rob (BR) Barkley
        Edward Goodson
        William Bateman
        Tho Blake
        Henry Maddison (I)
        Rob (RE) Edwards
        Rich (R) Jackson
        John (IH) Francis
        John Frizelle
        John Williamson
        Anthony Mathews (A)”

        * James Bagnall was brother-in-law to William West by his marriage to Ann BRACEWELL. Richard BRACEWELL was Rebecca’s younger brother.
        This account was taken from SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA by John Bennett Boddie (1959).

        SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VIRGINIA: A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY … By John Bennett Boddie

        WEST

        The West family strongly opposed Governor Berkeley during Bacon’s Rebellion because Henry West, father of the family, had been barbarously murdered by the Indians, and William West, his son, took up arms and headed a force which marched a force which marched against Berkeley’s troops but was captured as related in the chapter on Bacon’s Rebellion.

        William West escaped and evidently was afterwards pardoned. He married, first, Rebecca, daughter of Robert Braswell, the minister, but the wife mentioned in his will in 1708 was “Martha.” He left daughters Rebecca West, Mary, wife of William Green, and sons, Richard, William and Robert.

        More About HENRY WEST:

        Emigration: 1622, Aboard The Ship MARGARET & JOHN

        Source: Date Will Recorded

        JOAN HICKMAN:

        Children of HENRY WEST and JOAN HICKMAN are:

        2. i. WILLIAM2 WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION, b. 1634, By other records not proven to me, in Sussex, England; d. October 02, 1708, Will was Made.

        3. ii. HENRY WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION, b. Abt. 1636.
        iii. (POSSIBILY) ANN WEST, b. Abt. 1638.

        Notes for (POSSIBILY) ANN WEST:

        There is a Ann West mentioned in the will (proven Nov 22 1656) of Robert Bird in the Isle of Wight don’t know if there is any connection or not. Earliest West I have found so far.

        4. iv. (POSSIBILY) RICHARD WEST, b. Abt. 1645, Of Newport Parish.
        v. (MAYBE NICHOLAS) WEST, b. Abt. 1640; m. SARAH.

        Reference Source:

        THE FAMILY OF JOSEPH ALSTON AND CAROLINE GREEN HATCHER
        Website Address: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=7213&id=I22000

        ID: I22000
        Name: Henry West
        Sex: M
        Event: Fact Murdered by the Indians

        Father: Peter West b: ABT 1670
        Mother: Priscilla Williams b: ABT 1686 in Nansemond County, Virginia USA

    2. That is my ancestor as well. His daughter, Rebecca, mentioned in his will: 1708: The will of William West was written Oct. 2, 1708, and probated Feb. 9, 1708/9 lists sons: William, Richard, and Robert, all to receive land; to daughter Mary Green an Indian girl; to daughter Rebecca an Indian woman and all the rest of the estate.
      William was sentenced to death for his part in Bacon’s Rebellion (1677), but he managed to escape from the jail located on the land of Col John West (part of which is now know as “West Point.”)
      John West was in a relationship with the “Queen of the Pamunkey, Cockacoeske, who left the estate about the same time as William West escaped. SO,
      I guess that William West was somehow related to John West, maybe through an illegitimate child, and that he arranged the escape.
      2. That the Pamukey took William with them to the Carolinas.
      3) That William took up with a woman while there and had a children, Rebecca and Mary, the aforesaid mentioned “Indians.”
      This is especially rich as William’s reprieve and pardon (before April 1708) was “because Henry West, the family patriarch, had been murdered by Indians.”

      Strange fact: almost no Rebeccas in my family tree, both Rebeccas are of mixed ancestry. (& I am Rebecca)

  2. In olden times, relationship terms often vary from their modern meanings. Eg, a cousin could be a nephew or vice versa, daughter could also be the daughter in law, etc…

  3. Hello, my name is Sonja and I found this back in summer of July 2011 regarding William West and father Henry, but I also have two lines as you will notice. A lot of my information came from The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints and what I found is pretty interesting.

    I am pasting my information here for ones that might can help. It is as follows:

    WILLIAM WEST, SR., born circa 1643 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA, died 1702 in Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia USA, military 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion.

    William West petition 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion was born in 1643. William West petition 1677 Bacon’s Rebellion’s father was Henry immigrant West and his mother is Joan Hickman. He was an only child.

    He was adopted by John West #1802 & Sarah #1803. He died at the age of 59 in 1702. Henry immigrant West was born about 1608. He died in 1647.

    son of Henry who was killed by the Indians
    William participated in Bacon’s Rebellion but was later pardoned.

    a. Rebecca West

    WILLIAM WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION:

    West, William
    Date: Oct 20, 1708
    Location: Newport Parish
    Record ID: 21293
    Description: Testator
    Prove Date: Feb 9, 1708
    Book Page: 2-490

    Remarks: William West of Newport Parish. Leg.-son William; son Richard all my land between William Green and Robert Bagnall; son Robert; daughter Mary Green; daughter Rebeckah. Extx., my wife.

    This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

    More About WILLIAM WEST, OF BACONS REBELLION:

    Burial: February 09, 1708/09, Will was Probated, of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight, VA

    Source: Boddie & Southwest Va families Vol 1

    Generation No. 1 – Information of the Father of William West, Sr., since he was adopted by John West and Rebecca Bracewell, his lineage continues through them. HENRY1 WEST and JOAN HICKMAN parents of William West, Sr parents have not yet been established at present. I hope that the in direct route through John West and Rebecca Bracewell adds a little color of there history, that is very interesting going back through there lineage.

    He married 1st Rebecca Bracewell:

    Rebecca BRACEWELL was born in 1647 in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died 1700 in Isle Wight, Virginia, USA (daughter of Robert Bracewell, Reverend and Rebecca (Izzard) Izard). Rebecca married William West in 1668 and they had only one daughter, Rebecca West. William was involved in Bacon’s Rebellion (see page 154) along with his brother-in-law, Robert Stokes. Both William and Robert were captured by the Brittish January 16, 1677 (SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, by John Boddie) during the conflict, but William escaped and was later pardoned by the King. (Greater detail on the role played by William West and Robert Stokes in Bacon’s Rebellion may be found in Hildon Braswell’s book see end of this report for title.)

    REBECCA BRASWELL:

    West, Rebecca
    Date: Feb 15, 1667
    Location: Isle Of Wight
    Record ID: 20771
    Description: Daughter
    Prove Date: May 1, 1668
    Book Page: 2-52

    Remarks: Robert Braswell. Leg.-daughter Jane Stoikes and her children; daughter Rebecca West; son Robert; son Richard; servant Elizabeth Hall; daughter Ann Bagnall. Mr. Richard Izard and George Guillen to be guardian to my children; daughter Ann Bagnall.

    This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

    Children of WILLIAM WEST and REBECCA BRASWELL are:

    5. i. RICHARD3 WEST.
    6. ii. ROBERT WEST, d. June 07, 1712, Isle of Wright, VA.
    7. iii. MARY WEST, b. Isle of Wright, VA; d. November 19, 1737, Isle of Wright, VA.
    8. iv. REBECCA WEST, b. Abt. 1652.
    v. WILLIAM WEST, JR., m. MARTHA WILLS.

    MORE ABOUT Rebecca BRASWELL:

    Rebecca married William WEST, who was very active in Bacon’s Rebellion. He led a rebel force to attack a loyal fort, but was captured on 16 Jan. 1677. Like his brother-in-law, Robert STOKES, he was sentenced to death. He escaped from prison and a petition for his reprieve was circulated by his brother, Henry WEST, in Oct. of 1677. It was signed by 88 people (almost half the inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co.). Among the signers were his brothers-in-law, James BAGNALL and Richard BRASWELL.

    Henry WEST, in the petition, stated:

    “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William WEST, a rebel absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.” (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia by John Bennett Boddie.) The petition apparently was granted.

    Children:

    i. Joseph P14 West #1045, born 1662 in Prince Georges, Maryland, USA, died Aug 1731 in Bladensburg, Prince Georges, Maryland, USA.

    22. ii. Robert West, Sr #1038 born 1673.

    iii. Marjorie Rebecca West #1046, born circa 1665 in Isle Wight, Virginia, USA, died in Virginia or North Carolina USA.

    iv. Rebecka West #1047, born circa 1680 in Isle of Wight, VA, USA.

    v. Thomas West #1048, born circa 1681 in Isle Of Wight, Norfolk, Virginia USA.

    vi. Sarah West #1049, born circa 1684 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia, USA.

    vii. Elizabeth West #1050, born circa 1686 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia, USA.

    viii. Ann West #1051, born circa 1690 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA.

    ix. William West, Jr #1052, born 1680 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 4 Dec 1744 in Isle Wight, Virginia USA.

    He married Martha Wills #1910.

    Martha:
    MARTHA WILLS: (This is only a guess)
    West, Ann Oct 31, 1765
    Location: Isle Of Wight., VA
    Record ID: 23886
    Description: Witness
    Prove Date: May 7, 1772
    Book Page: 8-142

    Remarks: John Wills. Of Newport Parish. Leg.-wife Martha; son John Scarsbrook Wills; son James Wills; son Thomas; son Emanuel; son Benjamin; son Mills; son Micajah; son William. Captain Brewer Godwin to have the care of my sons, Emanuel, Benjamin and Mills

    Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

    x. Richard West #1053, born 1695 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 13 Jul 1747 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA.

    xi. Mary West #1054, born circa 1688 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA, died 19 Nov 1737 in Isle Wight, Isle Of Wight, Virginia USA.

    She married John Dickinson #1816, 1720 in Chowan, North Carolina, United States, born 1695 in Chowan, North Carolina, United States, died 1749 in Northampton, North Carolina, United States.

    He married 2nd Martha:

    William West married 2nd Martha some say Martha is the mother of the rest of his children

    b. Mary West married William Green
    c. Richard West
    d. William West Jr.
    e. Robert West.

    WILLIAM WEST – BACON’S REBELLION

    BRASWELL BRANCHES – Nona Williams – Volume I, Issue 1 – Winter 1991/92

    Rebecca married William WEST, who was very active in Bacon’s Rebellion. He led a rebel force to attack a loyal fort, but was captured on 16 Jan. 1677. Like his brother-in-law, Robert STOKES, he was sentenced to death. He escaped from prison and a petition for his reprieve was circulated by his brother, Henry WEST, in Oct. of1677. It was signed by 88 people (almost half the inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co.). Among the signers were his brothers-in-law, James BAGNALL and Richard BRASWELL. Henry WEST, in the petition, stated:

    “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William WEST, a rebel absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.” (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia by John Bennett Boddie.)

    The petition apparently was granted. William WEST made his will 2 Oct. 1708, pr. 9 Feb. 1708/09. He gave to sons William and Richard “all land between William GREEN and Robert BAGNALL’s”; to William, land purchased from Capt. William OLDIS and William WESTRY; to son Robert, land “where he now lives”; to daughter, Mary GREEN, an Indian girl; to daughter Rebecca, an Indian woman; his second wife, Martha, and daughter Rebecca, were bequeathed the rest of the estate.

    NOTE: Rebecca Bracewell was the daughter of the Reverend Robert Bracewell.

    WILLIAM WEST IN BACON’S REBELLION

    William West’s participation in Bacon’s Rebellion was evidently quite extensive. The following is the petition sent to the Commissioners of Isle of
    Wight County for the pardon of William West, who was captured January 16, 1677, and subsequently escaped. William was the husband of Rebecca BRACEWELL, daughter of the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL (see page 10).

    “Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William West, a rebel
    absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children.

  4. Hello, I am a descendant of Richard Longe, Basse’s Choyce, Isle of Wight. I believe that I can connect a few dots concerning the West family. William West’s son, Robert West, was married to Elizabeth Long, the daughter of Daniel Long, Isle of Wight. It appears that for the next several geneartions the Wests and Longs migrated together from the Isle of Wight, down to Edgecombe, North Carolina, where they settled on the same creek. Most of this information is posted on FindaGrave.com.

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