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Ursula Unity West (Croshaw)

Nicknames: "Blackwell", "Ursala Unity Crenshaw", "Ursala Unity Croshaw"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bruton Parish, James City, Virginia
Death: Died in New Kent, Virginia
Place of Burial: New Kent, New Kent County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. Joseph Croshaw and Elizabeth Croshaw
Wife of Col. John West of West Point and Robert Blackwell, Sr.
Mother of Anne Fox; Capt. Nathaniel West; Unity Susannah Martin; John West, III; Thomas West, Sr. and 2 others
Sister of Mary Taylor (Croshaw); Richard Croshaw; Rachel Barnes; Benjamin Croshaw and Joseph Croshaw, Jr.

Managed by: David Thrower
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About Ursula Unity West (Croshaw)

Unity Croshaw was born c.1636 at Bruton Parish, James City, Virginia and was baptized in 1636 at West Point, King William County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw, one of the main figures of early Jamestown, Virginia. She was the grandchild of Raleigh Croshaw, one of the founders of Jamestown. Unity died on April 20, 1669 in New Kent County Virginia.

She married Colonel John West in 1654 in King William County, Virginia. John West was son of the colonial governor John West. He was born in 1632, the first child of English parents born on the York River. He served as commander of the New Kent Militia in Virginia, and was a representative of the same county in the House of Burgesses.

At some point after the marriage, West left her to live with Cockacoeske, queen of the Pamunkey Indians and a cousin of Pocahontas. His will dated November 15, 1689, was probated about 1691. It was destroyed in a later destruction of the County records. Although West was clearly living apart from his first wife, Unity, there appears to be no record of a divorce.

The children of Colonel John and Unity Croshaw were:

  • Captain Nathaniel West (b. 1655-1724), he was mentioned in records as a Captain in 1662, a Major in 1667, Lt. Colonel in 1673. He commanded the militia of the county. Nathaniel married his second cousin Martha Woodard (the widow of Gideon Macon). Their son-in-law, William Dandridge, was Martha Washington's uncle.
  • Unity (Susannah) West (b. 1657), married George Martin.
  • Anne West (b.1660-1708), married Henry Fox.
  • John West III (b. 1666), married Judith Armistead.
  • Captain Thomas West (b. c.1669-1714), he was a Captain in the King William County Militia and served as a member of the House of Burgesses representing the same county in 1703-05, 1705-06 married Agnes and had four children.

West was recorded as having lived with Cockacoeske, the Weroansqua of the Pamunkey tribe. It was written that she "kept company" with John West. They had several sons, one of whom was named was John West after his father. Although West was clearly living apart from his first wife, Unity, there appears to be no record of a divorce.

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Ursula Unity West's Timeline

1636
1636
Bruton Parish, James City, Virginia
1636
West Point, King William, Virginia
1636
1645
1645
Age 9
1647
1647
Age 11
York, Virginia, United States
1654
November 4, 1654
Age 18
King William, Virginia
1655
1655
Age 19
West Point, King William, Virginia
1655
Age 19
West Point, King William, Virginia
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1657
Age 21
1666
1666
Age 30
West Point, New Kent (now King William Co.) Virginia