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John West, III

Also Known As: "(illigetimate)"
Birthplace: West Point, New Kent (now King William Co.) Virginia
Death: Died in West Point, New Kent Co.(now King William) Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John West of West Point and Ursula Unity West
Husband of Susanna Sarah West and Judith West
Father of John West the Elder; Susanna or Luranna Pace; Maj. Charles West and John West, Sr
Brother of Anne Fox; Capt. Nathaniel West; Unity Susannah Martin and Thomas West, Sr.
Half brother of Robert Blackwell, Jr.; James Blackwell and John West, "sonne to the Queen of Pamunkey"

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About John West, III

John West, III, was born in West Point, Virginia in 1676. He was the son of John West II. His birth is debated: he may have been the son of Colonel John West and wife Unity Croshaw or he might have been the son of Cockacoeske, Queen of Pamunkey with whom John West lived after his wife left him because of his adultery. It is believed that John West II had a son with Cockacoeske. It is known that she had an English interpreter named John West when she signed the Articles of Peace in 1677

John West III lived at 'West Point', the seat established in Virginia by his grandfather, Governor John West. In 1692, he was appointed justice in King and Queen County and also as a sheriff of the county. He represented the newly formed County of King William in the House of Burgesses from 1702 to 1706 and was also a justice of the peace.

On October 15, 1698, in Elizabeth City County, he married Judith Armistead, the daughter of Captain Anthony Armistead. They had the following children:

  • Major Charles West, who inherited the 'West Point' estate of some 4,000 acres (16 km2). Charles died unmarried and without issue. His will dated 1734 bequeathed 'West Point' to his first cousin Thomas West, the son of his uncle, Captain Thomas West. He served in the 3rd Virginia Regiment with the rank of major from February 1, 1777 to July 6, 1778.
  • Luranna West, married William Pace.

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John West, III's Timeline

King William, Surry, Virginia
West Point, New Kent (now King William Co.) Virginia
Age 17
Wisbeach, Isle of Ely, Huntingdonshire, England
October 16, 1698
Age 32
Elizabeth County, Virginia
Age 32
King and Queen, Virginia
Age 60
Cellar Creek, Amelia, Virginia
Age 68
West Point, New Kent Co.(now King William) Virginia