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Anthony West

Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Northampton, Colony of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of West and (No Name)
Husband of Anne Huffe West Charlton
Father of Anne Scarburgh; Katherine West; Lt. Col. John West, Sr., of Accomack and Anthony West

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About Anthony West

Anthony West came to Virginia in the "James," 1622, and in the census, 1623/4, is listed at James City, where he is living at "Mr. Treasuror's Plantation," across the river from Jamestown, 1624/5. At a court held at James City, 12 Dec 1625, Henry Menefre, merchant, testified that Mrs. Rowsley did set Anthony West free and delivered his Indenture to Capt. Sampson to carry into England to his friends. [With that kind of introduction, he did not come of a wealthy or powerful family...not legitimately.]

[Note: "Mr. Treasuror" (George Sandys) had three well-staffed plantations in close proximity. He could afford them.]

On 9 Jan 1625/6 he testified at a James City court concerning the quality of some tobacco. He is mentioned in Virginia records between 28 Feb 1627/8 and 14 Apr 1628 as having shipped 1380 pounds of tobacco to the port at Dartmouth, England.

Subsequently he returned to England, and as Anthony West of Shadwell, chirurgion, he married Anne Huffe. He may be the Anthony West referred to in a York County order, 1644/5, in which a debt of tobacco, incurred by Hercules Bridges, was due and payable to Anthony West in 1644 within five days.

He definitely returned with his family to Virginia by 5 Oct 1649, when Anthony West, Ann his wife, John West and Kathe West were named as headrights in a patent issued to Capt. Randall Herle, mariner, for 600 acres in Northampton County on the Great Nusewattock River, from Chingandehee Creeke Mouth unto Arokoko Creeke. His will names his wife Ann and children John and Katherine (Adventurers of Purse and Person, pp. 661-662).

Y-DNA testing shows his line to be the highly unusual R-U198. This matches no other tested West family to date.

In 1649 Anthony West and his wife Ann Barloe moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia  from Jamestown.

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Anthony West's Timeline

London, England
Age 21
Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States

Arrived on the "James" -- age 17

Age 23
Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States

In the muster of 1624 he was living at "Mr. Treasuror's Plantation"

December 12, 1625
Age 24
Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States

On 12 Dec 1625 affidavit was made in court that "Mrs Rowsley did set Anthony West free and delivered his indentures to Capt. Sampson to carry to England to his friends. Anthony West, sworne and examined, sayeth that he made an agreement with Zacharie Crips and Edmund White to have 1500 plants and after, he intendinge to goe to England, he quitted that agreement and after purposing to staye about planting time Zacharie Crips promised to give him the said deponent Content for his labor, and so he stayed and contynued in worke, with him till the Cropp was in." From the "Adventurers of Purse & Persons" published by the Dietz Press, INC., pages 661 & 662.

Some notes on the Row(s)leys, who brought Anthony to Virginia:

Source: Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635: a biographical dictionary
By Martha W. McCartney:

William Rowley (Rowsley)

William Rowley/Rowsley, a surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth, came to Virginia on the James with their ten male servants and leftE England on July 31, 1622. On April 3, 1623, Rowley, who was in Jamestown, informed Virginia Company officials that his wife wanted to return to England. He said that there was much famine and death in Jamestown and that all of his servants were dead. He added, however, that he and his wife fared as well as the best people there. William Rowley said that the colonists' livestock were depleted and that they needed help from England. He indicated that he had purchased a cow for an exorbitant price and that the woods were very dangerous because of the Indians. William and Elizabeth Rowley died at their home in urban Jamestown sometime prior to February 16, 1624, and their maidservant also perished (FER 400;VCR 4:228, 235, 238; CBE 39; MCGC 80.)

Elizabeth Rowley/Rowsley (Mrs. William Rowley/Rowsley)

Elizabeth Rowley/Rowsley came to Virginia on the James, accompanied by her husband, William, and ten servants. They departed from England on July 31, 1622. On April 3, 1623, William Rowley informed Virginia Company officials that Elizabeth was eager to return to England, as there was much famine and death in Jamestown, where they lived. William and Elizabeth Rowley died there sometime prior to February 16, 1624. On December 12, 1625, several people testified that Mrs. Rowsley made a nuncupative will while she lay ill in her late husband's house in urban Jamestown. She then freed Anthony West, one of the Rowleys' servants. (FER 400; VCR 4:228, 235, 238; CBE 39; MCGC 80.)

March 11, 1633
Age 32
St. Dunstans, Stepney, Middlesex, England
September 1, 1634
Age 33
Accomac, Accomack, Virginia, USA
January 9, 1635
Age 34
Accomack County, Virginia, Colonial America
April 7, 1638
Age 37
London, England
November 4, 1641
Age 40
Stepney, Middlesex, , England
May 25, 1652
Age 51
Northampton, Colony of Virginia