Tuesday, December 11, 2007

North Kingstown, R. I. Births from James N. Arnold's Vital Record of Rhode Island

Source:
James N. Arnold, The Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1630-1850, 1st Series: Births, Marriages, and Deaths--A Family Record for the People, Volume V (Providence, R. I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1894), p. 110.

North Kingstown - Births

William West, of Francis and Susannah, May 31, 1681.

Thomas West, of Francis and Susannah, Sept. 18, 1684.

Mary West, of Francis, June 29, 1711.

William West is my direct ancestor. Thomas West was his brother. I am unsure if Mary West is related to our family (she might be the daughter of Francis West, Jr). I have also seen records that indicate that Thomas West was not born on the date above but rather that his brother Clement West was. Once again I will have to verify this with Louise Throop.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

North Kingstown, R. I. Marriages from James N. Arnold's Vital Record of Rhode Island

Source:
James N. Arnold, The Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1630-1850, 1st Series: Births, Marriages, and Deaths--A Family Record for the People, Volume V (Providence, R. I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1894), p. 51.

North Kingstown - Marriages

Susannah West and Moses Barber, March 20 or 24, 1691-92.

John West and Alice Sweet, March ----, 1730-31 by William Spencer, Justice.

Susannah West and John Tanner, May 9, 1723.

Martha West and ---- Card, March 4 ----.

---- West, and Sarah Baker, November 7, 1731 by William Spencer, Justice.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Record from Clarence Almon Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700

Source:
Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985). PAGE UNKNOWN - found in Rutland Free Library, Rutland City, Vermont.

West, Francis & Susanna [SOULE]; ca 1655?, b 1661; ca 1650?; Kingston, RI

This book also includes marriages for Matthew West and his unnamed wife as well as the marriages of Matthew's sons Bartholomew, Nathaniel, and Robert. Considering that there is no current DNA evidence linking the West-Soule Family to the family of Matthew West I have not included them in this post.

I also apologize for not having written down the page number for this record. Next time I am in Rutland City I will be sure to take a quick glance at the volume for the necessary information.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Record from New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 87

Source:
New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume LXXXVII [87] (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1933), p. 208.

West.-Francis, born probably at Lynn, Mass., about 1645, died at Kingstown, R.I., 2 Jan. 1692.

I have to check with Louise Throop to see how accurate this record is since it is rather old and last I checked it was assumed that Francis was older than his wife Susanna(h), who is believed to have been born around 1642. In addition I have heard that the Francis West from Duxbury, Massachusetts who married Margery Reeves died on the date given above so it would appear there are some further questions to be explored.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Record from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 24

Source:
New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume CXXIV (24) (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1970), p. 123.

Susanna [fifth child of George Soule and Mary Bucket (undoubtedly a variant of Beckett)], b. say ca. 1634 although there is questionable evidence which would place the birth in 1642. Neither the date nor place of her death or that of her marriage to Francis West, Sr. has been established. Issue, surname West:
Francis, Jr., Thomas, Peter, William, Richard, Clement, John, Martha, and Susanna.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Record from Robert Charles Anderson's The Great Migration Begins

Source:
Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volume III, P-W. (Boston: New England Genealogical Society, 1995), p. 1707.

Susanna [daughter of George Soule and Mary Buckett], b. say 1640; m. by 1660 Francis West (estimated birth of first child [MF 3:10].

MF 3:10 denotes Mayflower Descendants Volume Three, Page 10.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Mayflower Descendant Article on Francis and Susanna West

Source:
George Ernest Bowman, "Susanna Soule's Husband Identified She Married Francis West" The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XXVI, January 1924, No. 1.

Through the courtesy of Mrs. Elvira Jerusha (West) Coney of Ware, Mass., we reproduce in the accompanying illustration two pages of an old "Memmorandum Book" written by her grandfather, Elder Samuel West.

This old manuscript is of exceptional interest and importance, because the entries in it, particularly those on original pages forty-five and forty-six, united with data long in possession of the present writer, prove that Susanna Soule, daughter of George Soule, the Mayflower Passenger, married Francis West of North Kingstown, R. I.

It is probable that Francis West lived in Duxbury, Mass., before settling at North Kingstown.

As Francis and Susanna (Soule) West had a large family, and many grandchildren, this old manuscript will enable many persons to prove Mayflower descent who have not before suspected such a connection.

In the present article we begin printing a literal transcript of "Samuel Wests Memmorandum Book", omitting only items of no historical value, such as descriptions of his mental struggles before he decided to join the church.

The data from Plymouth Colony, Plymouth County, Mass., and the North Kingstown, R. I. records which connect the "Memmorandum Book" with George Soule, the Mayflower Passenger, will be printed in an early issue.

I have yet to track down which issue that data was printed in. Hopefully the full account will be put into Louise Throop's history of the West Family.