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Capt. Thomas West

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Duxbury or Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Death: September 6, 1706 (56-64)
Holmes Hole, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis J. West, Sr.; Francis West and Susanna West
Husband of Elizabeth West
Father of Colonel Peter West; Elizabeth Millard; Abigail Weeks; Abner West; Ruth Cartwright and 5 others
Brother of Francis John West, Jr.; Richard West; Peter West; John West, of Rehoboth; Martha Fones and 6 others

Occupation: Doctor
Managed by: Cecilie Nygård
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About Capt. Thomas West

Life of Thomas West Dr. THOMAS WEST, (Francisl), b. 1646 in Plymouth or Duxbury, Mass. is the ancestor of all of the name on the Vineyard, and the account of him in Vol. II, Annals of T., pp. 25-7, contains all the facts about him or his antecedents known to the author. Nothing has since been learned to embellish that account nor has the identity of his wife, ELIZABETH _____ been discovered. [Note: See also Francis West of Duxbury by Carlton Prince West for more information about Thomas West and his ancestry.] His will dated 15 Jan. 1698 was pro. 11 Oct. 1706. [They are buried in the West Tisbury Village Cemetery.] They had the following named children:

10. ELIZABETH,3 b. (1678); m. (1) JOHN MILLARD; (2) JONATHAN SABIN 25 Mch. 1718. 11. ABIGAIL, b. (1680); m. JOSHUA WEEKS (100). 12. ABNER, b. 9 June 1683. 13. RUTH, b. (1685); m. EDWARD CARTWRIGHT. 14. THOMAS, b. (1687). 15. PETER, b. (1689); res. T., planter; rem. to North Carolina and prob. d. there 1751. 16. WILLIAM, b. (1691); prob. d. y. after 1706. 17. MARY, b. 1692; m. JOHN COTTLE (31) 3 Dec. 1717. 18. SACKFIELD, b. 1694; res. Yarmouth, Mass. physician; d. 12 Sept. 1778; m. (1) MARY HOWES 7 Apr. 1715; (2) RUTH JENKINS 7 May 1729; (3) HANNAH BACON 1778. His son, Rev. Samuel4 West, b. 3 Mch. 1729-30; H. C. 1754, was the well known pastor of Dartmouth, Mass. 19. JUDAH, b. (1696); res. Plymouth, Mass. shipwright; m. BETHIAH KEEN of Pembroke, Mass. 3 Sept. 1718, by whom he had 13 children and descendants resided in that locality.

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  • 'The New England historical and genealogical register (1874)
  • Nathaniel W. was descended from Francis West of Salisbury, Eng., who was invited to America by a Mr. Thomas of Marshfield, and m. Margery Reeves. They settled in Duxbury, and had 5 children, viz : Samuel, 'Thomas', Peter, Mary, and Ruth. Mr. W. died about 1694, aged 86. Samuel m. Tryphosa Partridge, and had 7 children, — Francis, (to be again mentioned ;) Samuel, a poet, b. in 1673, and who lived to be over 90 ; Pelatiah, Ebenezer, John, Abigail, and Bathsheba. Francis m. Mercy Mina, and was one of the early settlers of Tolland, and the first deacon of that church, died. May 12, 1731, aged 62. His children were Samuel, m. Nov. 4, 1724, to Sarah Delano, and Nov. 26, 1754, to Abigail Lathrop, died Feb. 3, 1779 ; Joseph, m. May 19, 1725, died Jan. 27, 1764, aged 62 ; Amasa, m. A. Hatch in 1730 ; Zebulon, of whom we must again speak ; Christopher, who m. Amy Delano, Oct. 25, 1732, and was one of the early settlers of Lee, Mass ; Pelatiah, ditto ; and Mercy. Mr. W. removed to T. in 1720, from Stonington.
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10 (2:Dr. Thomas West) from the will: He made his will on Jan. 15, 1698, and died Sept. 6, 1706, in the sixtieth year of his age. In this document he bequeaths to his 'eldest son' Abner the estate as far south as 'Chunckes' swamp. To son Thomas certain land next southerly, and to son Peter a tract adjoining the previous bequest; to son William 'all that creek stuff or meadow land which I bought of Mr Sam' (Indian). 'Nextly' it continues, 'I will and bequeath all my books and surgery instruments unto my son Thomas, a gun to my son Sackfield and a sword to my son Judah.' His movable estate was left to the widow Elizabeth, 'for bringing up the children,' and he mentions his 'four' daughters in this connection. 'My will is,' he directs in conclusion, 'that none of my children be disposed of without the advice of Brother Nathaniel Skiffe and my son Abner, whom I do make overseers to this my will.[Dukes Co. Probate, I, 8. The property was not finally divided until April 3, 1722, when the children who did not receive landed bequests by will were given their shares (ibid. I, 125).]

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Capt. Thomas West's Timeline

Duxbury or Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Age 24
Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts
Age 32
West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Province of New York
Age 34
West Tisbury, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States
June 9, 1683
Age 37
West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of New York
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Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of New York
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Tisbury, Dukes County, Massachusetts
Age 45