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Thomas West

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Birthplace: Wherwell, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Atlantic Ocean
Place of Burial: Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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Son of Sir Thomas West, 2nd Baron de la Warr and Anne West, Baroness de la Warr
Husband of Cecily Shirley
Father of Elizabeth West; Henry West, 4th Baron Delaware; Cecilia West; Lucy West; Martha West and 4 others
Brother of Walsingham West; Elizabeth Pelham; Robert West, Sir; Margaret Johnson; Capt. Francis West, Governor and 8 others

Occupation: Captain Governer of Virginia, 3rd Baron de la Warr, privy counciler and governor of virginia, Captain, Governor of Jamestown, Va.
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About Thomas West

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Thomas West, 3rd (or 12th) Baron De La Warr (July 9, 1577 – June 7, 1618) was the Englishman after whom the bay, the river, and, consequently, an American Indian people and U.S. state, all later called "Delaware", were named.

There have been two creations of Baron De La Warr, and West came from the second. He was the son of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr, of Wherwell Abbey in Hampshire, and his wife, Anne daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and Catherine Carey. West received his education at Queen's College, Oxford. He served in the army under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and, in 1601, was charged with supporting Essex's ill-fated insurrection against Queen Elizabeth, but he was acquitted of those charges. He succeeded his father as Baron De La Warr, in 1602, and became a member of the Privy Council.

After the Powhatans murdered the colony's governor, Lord Ratcliffe, and attacked the colony in the first First Anglo-Powhatan War, Lord De La Warr headed the contingent of 150 men who landed in Jamestown, Virginia on June 10, 1610, just in time to persuade the original settlers not to give up and go home to England. As a veteran of English campaigns against the Irish, De La Warr employed "Irish tactics" against the Indians: troops raided villages, burned houses, torched cornfields, and stole provisions; these tactics, identical to those practiced by the Powhatan themselves, proved effective. He had been appointed governor-for-life (and captain-general) of Virginia, and he outfitted their three ships and recruited and equipped those men at his own expense. Leaving his deputy Sir Samuel Argall (circa 1580 – circa 1626) in charge, Lord De La Warr returned to England and published a book about Virginia, The Relation of the Right Honourable the Lord De-La-Warre, of the Colonie, Planted in Virginia, in 1611. He remained the nominal governor, and he had received complaints from the Virginia settlers about Argall's tyranny in governing them for him, so Lord De La Warr set sail for Virginia again in 1618, to investigate those charges. He died en route, and it was thought for many years that he had been buried in the Azores or at sea.

In 2006, recent research had concluded that his body was brought to Jamestown for burial. A grave site thought by researchers to contain the remains of Captain Bartholomew Gosnold may instead contain those of Baron De La Warr.

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Event(s)

Birth:   9 Jul 1577   
 , Wherwell, Hampshire, England   
Christening:   9 Jul 1577   
 , Wherwell, Hampshire, England   
Death:   7 Jun 1618   
 Hampshire, England   
Burial:      
 At Sea   

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Parents

Father:  Thomas WEST (AFN: FQ80-24)  Family  
Mother:  Anne KNOLLYS KNOWLES (AFN: K82C-F3)   
  
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Marriage(s)

Spouse:  Cicely SHIRLEY (AFN: LSF3-5V)  Family  
Marriage:  1602  
 , Hants, Eng.  
   
Spouse:  Cecily SHIRLEY (AFN: 1V6P-G4K)  Family  
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Husband's Name

Thomas WEST (AFN:LSF3-4P)  Pedigree  

Born:  9 Jul 1577  Place:  , Wherwell, Hampshire, England   
Christened:  9 Jul 1577  Place:  , Wherwell, Hampshire, England   
Died:  7 Jun 1618  Place:  Hampshire, England   
Buried:    Place:  At Sea   
Married:  1602  Place:  , Hants, Eng.   

Father:  Thomas WEST (AFN:FQ80-24)  Family  
Mother:  Anne KNOLLYS KNOWLES (AFN:K82C-F3)   

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Wife's Name

Cicely SHIRLEY (AFN:LSF3-5V)  Pedigree  

Born:  1570  Place:  Of Westneston, Sussex, England   
Died:  31 Jul 1662  Place:  Southampton, England   
Married:  1602  Place:  , Hants, Eng.   

Father:  Thomas SHIRLEY (AFN:9GVK-TL)  Family  
Mother:  Anne KEMPE (AFN:9GVK-VR)   

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Children

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1.  Sex  Name    
 F Jone WEST (AFN:14BX-V0N)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1605   Place:  Southampton, England   
   Died:  Abt 1650   Place:  Southampton, England   

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2.  Sex  Name    
 F Anne WEST (AFN:14BX-VBQ)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1609   Place:  Southampton, England   
   Died:  Abt 1660   Place:  Southampton, England   

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3.  Sex  Name    
 F Cecily WEST (AFN:14BX-VGK)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1612   Place:  Southampton, England   
   Died:  1638   Place:  Southampton, England   

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4.  Sex  Name    
 M Henry WEST (AFN:PNXN-99)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt. 1613   Place:  <, Hants, Eng.>   

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5.  Sex  Name    
 F Lucy WEST (AFN:FBWK-DB)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1613   Place:  Of Newstead, Nottingham, England   
   Died:  Abt 1660   Place:  Southampton, England   

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6.  Sex  Name    
 F Catherine WEST (AFN:14BX-V4H)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1616   Place:  Southampton, England   
   Died:  Abt 1660   Place:  Southampton, England   

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7.  Sex  Name    
 M John WEST (AFN:C3CS-16)  Pedigree  

   Born:  1616   Place:  Of, Sussex, England   
   Died:  1648   Place:  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts   

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8.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth WEST (AFN:14BX-V8B)  Pedigree  

   Born:  1606   Place:  Southampton, England   
   Died:  Abt 1660   Place:  Southampton, England   

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9.  Sex  Name    
 M Henry WEST (AFN:14BX-V5P)  Pedigree  

   Born:  3 Oct 1603   Place:  Burgh Wallis, York, England   
   Died:  1 Jun 1628   Place:  Southampton, England  

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Thomas West, 3rd Baron Delaware1

M, #142296, b. 9 July 1577, d. 7 June 1618

    Thomas West, 3rd Baron Delaware was born on 9 July 1577.1 He was the son of Thomas West, 2nd Baron Delaware and Anne Knollys.

2 He married Cecily Shirley, daughter of Sir Thomas Shirley and Anne Kempe, on 25 November 1602 at St. Dunstan's-in-the-West Church, London, England.

He died on 7 June 1618 at age 40.1
    Thomas West, 3rd Baron Delaware succeeded to the title of 3rd Baron Delaware [E., 1570] on 24 March 1601/2.4 He graduated from Queen's College, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, in 1605 with a Master of Arts (M.A.).4 He lived from 1610 to 1611 at Delaware, U.S.A..4 He held the office of Governor and Captain-General of Virginia on 28 February 1610.4

Children of Thomas West, 3rd Baron Delaware and Cecily Shirley

1.Hon. Cecilia West+1 d. Feb 1638

2.Hon. Lucy West+5

3.Hon. Robert West4

4.Henry West, 4th Baron Delaware+3 b. 3 Oct 1603, d. 1 Jun 1628

http://thepeerage.com/p14230.htm#i142296

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Thomas West, 3rd (or 12th) Baron De La Warr (July 9, 1577 – June 7, 1618), was the Englishman after whom the bay, river, American Indian tribe and state all later called "Delaware" were named.

There have been two creations of Baron De La Warr, and West came from the second. He was the son of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr, of Wherwell Abbey in Hampshire, and his wife, Anne daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and Catherine Carey. West received his education at Queen's College, Oxford. He served in the army under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and, in 1601, was charged with supporting Essex's ill-fated insurrection against Queen Elizabeth, but he was acquitted of those charges. He succeeded his father as Baron De La Warr, in 1602, and became a member of the Privy Council.

Lord De La Warr headed the contingent of 150 men, who landed in Jamestown on June 10, 1610, just in time to persuade the original settlers not to give up and go home to England. He had been given instructions by The London Virginia Company to kidnap Native American children. These instructions also sanctioned the life of the Iniocasoockes, the cultural leaders of the local Powhatans. Lord De La Warr proceeded to initiate the First Anglo-Powhatan War. As a veteran of English campaigns against the Irish, De La Warr employed "Irish tactics" against the Indians: troops raided villages, burned houses, torched cornfields, and stole provisions. He had been appointed governor-for-life (and captain-general) of Virginia, and he outfitted their three ships and recruited and equipped those men at his own expense. Leaving his deputy Sir Samuel Argall (circa 1580 – circa 1626) in charge, Lord De La Warr returned to England and published a book about Virginia, The Relation of the Right Honourable the Lord De-La-Warre, of the Colonie, Planted in Virginia, in 1611. He remained the nominal governor, and he had received complaints from the Virginia settlers about Argall's tyranny in governing them for him, so Lord De La Warr set sail for Virginia again in 1618, to investigate those charges. He died en route, and it was thought for many years that he had been buried in the Azore Islands or at sea.

In 2006, recent research had concluded that his body was brought to Jamestown for burial. A gravesite thought by researchers to contain the remains of Captain Bartholomew Gosnold may instead contain those of Baron De La Warr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_West,_3rd_Baron_De_La_Warr -------------------- 3rd Lord De La Warr, Governor & Captain General of Virginia (1610).

The state of Delaware is named after him. -------------------- Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1587. Appointed by King James as the 1st Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia for Life, February 28, 1610, and also given the title of Lord de la Warr at the same time. He married Cecile Shirley in 1602 in St. Dunstan's in the West Church in London, England.

Thomas West, Lord de la Warr, first colonial governor of Virginia, was born in England on 9 July 1577. He was the grandson of William Weat, First Baron de la Warr. His parents were Thomas and Ann West.

Thomas attended Queen's College in Oxford, but left in 1595 to travel to Italy. Acting in various capacities for the British government, West became a knowledgeable leader, and in 1609, when the Virginia Company of London was rechartered, he was appointed Governor of Virginia and Captain General for life.

West succeeded to the peerage in 1602. In 1609 he was appointed first governor of Virginia (Sir Thomas Gates governed as deputy until De la Warr arrived).

Hearing that anarchy and destitution threatened the plantation life in the new colony, he sailed from England in April 1610 with an expedition of 150 men and supplies, including Sir Samuel Argall. On his arrival at Jamestown, Virginia, he found the settlers in such dire need that they were ready to return to England. Only 60 persons were still living at that time. The rest had succumbed to disease, Indian attacks and debauchery. He encouraged the settlers to remain, sent Sir Argall for supplies, and had forts built. He took immediate measures to restore order, appointed an advisory committee, revived industries, rebuilt churches, and established two forts at the mouth of the James River with the goal to keep peace with the Indians.

Although West was an extremely capable administrator, his health was ruined by a harsh winter, and in 1611, he traveled to the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. After his health was somewhat restored, he returned to England and remained there for the next seven years. During this time, Lady de la Warr presented the Indian princess Pocahontas to the English court.

After Lord de la Warr returned to England, the colony was governed by Sir Thomas Gates and Sir Thomas Dale.

In 1618, West mounted his second expedition to sail for Jamestown, but he reportedly died before he reached Virginia. History records West's greatest contribution as his perseverance in rebuilding Jamestown, an act which caused historian Alexander Brown to remark, "If any one man can be called the founder of Virginia, he is that man." (Quoted from Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Sidney Lee, Volume 60, page 345). West may have died either at sea along the coast of Virginia or on the island of St. Michael.

Delaware Bay, the Delaware River, and the state of Delaware were named for Thomas West, Lord de la Warr.

This short biography was adapted partially from "The West Family", a publication of The American Genealogical Research Institute, Arlington, Virginia. No specific authors were credited in this book.

Delaware is not a Native American name. Exploring the Atlantic coast north of Jamestown in 1610, Captain Samuel Argall discovered a large bay which he named in honor of Sir Thomas West, Third Lord de la Warr and the first governor of Virginia. Apparently, Governor West was unimpressed with this honor and returned to England without ever bothering to gaze upon his namesake. However, the name stuck. English colonists later used Delaware for the bay, the river and the native peoples who lived there. The Delaware called themselves Lenape translated either as "original people" or "true men." The Swedish form was Renape. For many Algonquin, the Lenape were the "grandfathers," a term of great respect stemming from the widespread belief that the Lenapi were the original tribe of all Algonquin-speaking peoples, and this often gave the Lenapi the authority to settle disputes between rival tribes. Other names: Akotcakanea (Iroquois), Anakwanoki (Cherokee), Delua (Delaas) (Spanish Texas), Loup (French "wolf"), Mattawa (Mathe, Mathwa) (Nanticoke), Narwahro (Wichita), and Tcakanea (Iroquois).

This story was copied from "Delaware History" revised 25 Feb 2000. This is on a website www.tolitsga.org/dela.html 113k There is no reference as to the author. -------------------- http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/l/i/Debbie-Clinton-OK/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0104.html

_________________________________________________________________________________ Elsing Green Plantation, a National Historic Landmark and wildlife refuge, one of the oldest buildings in Virginia. The original structure, a brick Jacobean lodge now serving as the east dependency of the manor house, was built before 1690 by Colonel John West. It is said that Lord Delaware used the building east of the main house as his hunting lodge. Elsing Green is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and in the National Register of Historic Places. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsing_Green

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Thomas West, 3rd Baron de la Warre's Timeline

1573
September 15, 1573
Wherwell, Hampshire, UK
1577
July 9, 1577
Wherwell, Hampshire, England
July 9, 1577
Wherwell, Hampshire, England
1587
1587
Age 9
1596
November 25, 1596
Age 19
St Dunstans, Fleet St, London, England
1603
October 3, 1603
Age 26
Burgh Wallis, York, Yorkshire, England
1605
1605
Age 27
Southampton, Hampshire, England
1609
1609
Age 31
Southampton, Hampshire, England
1612
1612
Age 34
Newstead, Wherwell, Hants, England
1613
1613
Age 35
Newstead, Nottinghamshire, England