The Genealogy & Family History Social Network
This group is for individuals interested in researching the West surname.
Latest Activity: Jun 28
Started by Alice West-Ferguson. Last reply by Alice West-Ferguson Mar 8, 2012.
Started by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS. Last reply by DWest Aug 18, 2011.
Started by Cheri Boyd Jun 4, 2011.
I am researching the West Family of Massachusetts, beginning with immigrant John West who died 6 Oct 1683.
So very true, DWest. Has anybody on this board joined the West DNA Project? My grandfather is going to take the test and that might help us figure out our major groups. Here's the link: West DNA Project
Thank you Susan, and Jennifer, I am watching this board, as the families seem to be large and siblings moved around. My Great Grandfather moved away from Fayette County PA (from a very large family, to Iowa and d. in Kansas. My quest is the West line to Mathew West, b 1598 and d England, 1659 and the pieces in between as there was activity in NJ and RI. As I mentioned, families were large, and sometimes siblings moved away like my Great Grandfather.
Darn, I think we're not researching the same line then. Mine were geographically different. That's the futility of such a common surname sometime. Back to the drawing board!
Jennifer, I haven't seen any references to an Edward West in my line. In Georgia, they were in Baldwin County, Houston County, Sumter County and Schley County.
I have made progress on the 2 sons that stayed in Dallas, they married into very established Dallas families. My great-grandfather (and another of the sons) moved to Oklahoma.
Though my grandparents lived in Arkansasa (Hazel Valley/Fayetteville), I don't know that anyone moved there permenantly.
I think the line I am tracking came from Craven County, North Carolina and then directly to Georgia.
I'm currently on a West Quest! My maternal grandfather is Edward West, he's 87-years-old and getting frail. We love talking about family history together so I'm working hard on this line. I'm descended from George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg County, SC.) He married Irish immigrant Jennet or Jenny Cowan before 1840. They lived in Union County, SC in 1840 and 1850, then moved to Forsyth County, Georgia in about 1853.
I've detailed more about them in a blog post here: George W. West - Who's Your Daddy?
I'm also VERY interested in connecting with my West cousins who went on to Yell County, Arkansas in the 1870s-1890s. It's sad to me that we got so disconnected over a 100 year period.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all and talking West shop. :)
My West family came from England with Francis West who eventually settled in Tolland, CT. He then moved to Oneida, NY, Beaver Co, PA, Monroe Co, Ohio and Dearborn Co, Indiana. His daughter, Roxanna married Thomas Steele. Their child was Warren Steele, my great great grandfather.
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