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Col. John West, II

Also Known As: "John West"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chicksack Bellfield Plantation, York River, New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America
Death: 1689 (56-57)
West Point, King William County, Virginia, British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. John West and Anne West
Husband of Unity West
Partner of Cockacoeske, Leader of the Pamunkey
Father of Capt. Nathaniel West; Anne Fox; Unity Martin; Matilda West; Colonel Thomas West, Sr. and 3 others

Occupation: Colonel, Lt. Colonel in the British Army
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About Col. John West, II

In 1685 West represented New Kent in the House of Burgesses. His will dated November 15, 1689, was probated about 1691. It was destroyed in a later destruction of the County records.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_West_%28colonel%29

Sadly, the will of Col. John was lost, but these are the children shown in _Adventures of Purse and Person_:

  • John West III, married Judith Armistead.
  • Thomas West, married Agnes (?)
  • Nathaniel West, married Martha Woodard, widow of Gideon Macon.
  • Anne West, married Henry Fox.

Col. John West married Unity, Daugther of Joseph Croshaw, Burgess for York County as listed in most of the 129 Family Search trees.

Note on named West, separate on ydna chart of haplogroup I 3 is Maj. John West. One John West married Judith Armistead and their children are listed in Family Search as: Unity , Charles , Luranna , John Iv , William , Robert , Richard, Agnes Susanna, Livey and Thomas.. This John West had a patent in Glouchester at the same time as Col John West patented in a different location. (See Discussion Tab).

Col John West is different that Maj John West whose mother was the Cockacoeske, Queen of Pamunky, an actual title she received which passed to "Betsy Ann Elizabeth", her neice. See the will on Maj John West; ghe will of John West is found in the Discussions tab of this profile. Under the sources, please see the source of the National Park Service professional researchers, Captain John West was the young son of Coekeaske/Kosiesco/Kocsciusco and is mentioned in Chapter 4 of the National Park Service study by Moretti- Langholts at [http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/james1/moretti-langholt...]. FTDNA West Family Project has Maj John West in the I 1 ydna haplogroup and he can not be the son of any of the Wests who have the R ydna. The dad of Maj John West can not be the Interim Gov of Virginia, in this case; or, one of the Governor's direct sons.

Do not confuse him with Lt. Col. John West of Accomack.

'John West' was born in 1632, the first child of English parents born on the York River. His ydna is shown to be I 1 and his x mark verified he is the son of Cockakoeoske in the 1677 Middle Plantation Treaty, when he signed with her and was 20 years old at the time he signed the treaty.

He is not the biological child of the R1b ynda John West III - Burgess 1685-6

John West III first married Unity, Daughter of Joseph Croshaw, Burgess for York County. Second, he married Judith Armistead. His children were: Unity , Charles , Luranna , John Iv , William , Robert , Richard, Agnes Susanna, Livey and Thomas according to Family Search.

Served in Militia 1652-1673

The government granted John's father a large tract of land in honor of his birth. He was the son of the Interim governor, Col. John West, of Virginia and the nephew of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr (Delaware).

West was taken prisoner in Bacon's Rebellion. As to what Bacon's men did to him, it is not recorded. West sat on the court-martial that tried the rebels, and he evened the score with them. He was active on the side of Governor William Berkeley. He later sat on Berkeley's Court Martial at Green Spring Plantation. As Charles II of England said, the Court Martial condemned "more men in that naked country than I did for the murder of my father".

In 1685 West represented New Kent in the House of Burgesses. His will dated November 15, 1689, was probated about 1691. It was destroyed in a later destruction of the County records.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_West_%28colonel%29

Sadly, the will of Col. John was lost, but these are the children shown in _Adventures of Purse and Person_:

• John West III, married Judith Armistead. • Thomas West, married Agnes (?) • Nathaniel West, married Martha Woodard, widow of Gideon Macon. • Anne West, married Henry Fox.

Boddie added UNITY who married Col. William Dandridge, but she was the daughter of Nathaniel West,

Source re: the children of John West and Unity Croshaw:

"The heirs of Col. West were named in his last will which has long been lost in the records of the county of King and Queen but are found in other records and were: John West, son and heir; Thomas West and Nathaniel West, and a daughter, Ann, who married Henry Fox." (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 1, page 424; vol. II, page 338) [http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/WEST/1998-01/0884066069 ]


John West was born about 1632. He was the son of Governor John West of Virginia and the grandson of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr. West served in the militia from 1652 to 1673, ending with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a supporter of Governor Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion, and appears in the list compiled by the King's Commissioners of those who suffered grievances during the uprising:[1]

   Col. John West a person greatly impaired in his stock & goods by the Rebells, and a most constant Loyall Gentleman during the late Rebellion, and was for some time after Bacon's death Imprisoned by the Rebell Partie.[2] 

West served as a member of the courts-martials which tried the rebels.[3] In 1659, West's father died, the last of the four sons of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr who came to Virginia. In recognition of the family's contributions to the colonial enterprise, the Virginia Assembly passed the following Act:

   WHEREAS the many important favours and services rendred to the countrey of Virginia by the noble family of the West, predecessors to Mr. John West, their now only survivor, claim at least that a gratefull remembrance of their former merrits be still continued to their survivor, It is ordered, That the levies of the said master West and his family be remitted, and that he be exempted from payment thereof during life.[4] 

In 1685 West represented New Kent in the House of Burgesses.""

His will dated November 15, 1689, was probated about 1691. It was destroyed along with the other County records in a fire in 1787.[5]

In 1664, (some sources state on November 1667) John West married Unity Croshaw, daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw of York, member of the House of Burgesses, in Accomack County, Virginia[22]

The children of Colonel John and Unity Croshaw were:[23]

       John West III (b. 1666) married Judith Armistead.
       Thomas West (1670-1714)married Agnes (?)
       Capt Nathaniel West (1655-1724). Nathaniel married his second cousin, Martha Woodard (the widow of Gideon Macon). Their son-in-law, William Danridge, was Martha Washington's uncle.
       Anne West (1660-1708 married Henry Fox.
       Unity Susannah West, (b. 24 Dec. 1658, married George Thomas Martin (b. 1656) in 1676 and died on 12 MAY 1708 at Elsing Green in King William County. 
   Marriage Date: 4 November 1667. 
   Marriage Place: Accomack Co, VA. [15] 

Children of John West and Cockaoeske

       John West 

Lt. Col. John West was the son of Governor John West of Virginia, and grandson of Thomas West, second Baron De la Warr, and Governor George Percy of Virginia. His uncle Thomas West was the third Lord De la Warr.

William and Mary Quarterly, vol. XIV (1906), p.64: "YORKTOWN. "On October 8, 1630, the Council of Virginia determined to plant a settlement in the Indian district called Chiskiack, on the south side of York river. The leaders of the settlers were two councillors, Captain John Utie and Captain John West, brother of Lord Delaware, who were allowed 600 acres apiece on York river, on opposite sides of the mouth of King's creek. "Captain Utie settled at 'TJtimaria," on the west side, and Captain West on the east side, at a plantation afterwards called "Bellfield." Other settlers ranged themselves on the river on either side of Utie and West, and soon there were two parishes, Chiskiack and York. ...In 1633 was born, at "Bellfield," John West, Jr., founder of West Point, the first child born on York River."

From 'The Armistead Family' by Virginia Armistead Garber (1910) page 58: "Colonel West was one of the first settlers to patent lands on King's Creek. His plantation was known as "Bellfield". In 1632 his son, John West Jr, was born, becoming the first child of English parents born on the York River. Governor West sold Bellfield plantation in 1650 to Edward Digges, Esquire (Governor of Virginia from 1655-1656) and moved to his plantation called West Point in the fork of the York River. It is now located in the city of West Point, Virginia."

John West II was Commander of the New Kent Militia in the Colony and Dominion of Virginia, and a representative of the same county in the House of Burgesses.

He served in the militia from 1652 to 1673. He was a supporter of Governor Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion, and appears in the list compiled by the King's Commissioners of those who suffered grievances during the uprising: "Col. John West, a person greatly impaired in his stock & goods by the Rebells, and a most constant Loyall Gentleman during the late Rebellion, and was for some time after Bacons death Imprisoned by the Rebell Partie." (ref., Persons who Suffered by Bacon's Rebellion. The Commissioners' Report", The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jul., 1897), pp. 64-70.)

He afterward served as a member of the courts-martials which tried the rebels.(ref., Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, p.27.)

In 1659, his father died, the last of the four sons of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr, who came to Virginia. In recognition of the family's contributions to the colonial enterprise, the Virginia Assembly passed the following Act: "WHEREAS the many important favours and services rendered to the countrey of Virginia by the noble family of the West, predecessors to Mr. John West, their now only survivor, claim at least that a grateful remembrance of their former merrits be still continued to their survivor, It is ordered, That the levies of the said master West and his ffamily be remitted, and that he be exempted from payment thereof during life." (ref.,Hening, Statutes at Large, vol. 1, p. 547.)

In 1685 West represented New Kent in the House of Burgesses. "His will dated November 15, 1689, was probated about 1691. It was destroyed along with the other County records in a fire in 1787" (ref., Wikipedia).

He married Unity (Ursula) Crowshaw, daughter of Maj. Joseph Crowshaw and granddaughter of Rawleigh Crowshaw, and had a number of children including John West III (1676–1734)who was a justice and sheriff of King and Queen County and a House of Burgesses representative for King William County.

He and Cockacoeske, Queen of the Pamunkey, had one son, John West born in 1677. She was the former consort of his first cousin, "Toby" (Totopotomoi) West, who was a son of Thomas West, third Lord Delaware, and Rachel Powhattan.

Various references give his dates of birth and death as "about 1632" and 1689-91. Kerry Phillips (#47317145), 9th Great-Grandson of Capt. John West of West Point, gives his birth date Jun. 6, 1632 and death as 1691.

Historic marker erected by Colonial Dames of the XVII Century:

"COL. JOHN WEST II (1633-1689) Inherited 6,000 acres of this land from his father, John West I. Land-grant ca. 1650. John West II was taken prisoner during Bacon's Rebellion. He later sat on court martial for those 'Rebels'. He was Colonel of Militia and Burgess for New Kent County 1685-1686. In the 1669-60 session of the House of Burgesses an act was passed to exempt him from taxes for life in consideration of 'the many important favors and services rendered to the country (sic) of Virginia by the noble family of the Wests, predecessors to Mr. John West, their now only survivor."

From Quinnhistory.com: "He was the first English child born on the York River. On June 6, 1632 the Council of Virginia took recognition of the first Christian child born on the York River and granted his father 2000 acres of land for this honor. It is likely that he was sent to England for his education, and returned to Virginia about 1651. At that time his father Governor John West made a claim for land for the entry of his wife and his only son into the colony. Mentioned in various records as Captain in 1662, Major in 1667 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1673. He figured prominently in Bacon's Rebelliion in 1676. Senior presiding justice of County Court of Kent County in 1680, and Colonel commanding the militia of the county. He was taken prisoner during Bacon' Rebellion. As to what Bacon's men did to him is not recorded but as he later sat on the court-martial that tried the rebels he more than evened with them. In the 1659-60 session of the House of Burgesses, an act was passed exempting him from taxes for life in consideration of the important favors and services rendered to the county of Virginia by the noble family of the Wests, predecessors of John West and their now only survior. Member of House of Burgesses, 1685 - 88. He inherited 3/4 of the "Popular Neck Plantation" from his father-in-law Major Joseph Crowshaw due to his brother-in-law's death prior to reaching majority. His will was dated November 15, 1689. The Wests were Tories."

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography Volume I (1915) by Lyon G. Tyler, page 356: "Colonel John West, son of Captain John West, governor, etc., was born at "Bellfield", York River in 1632. being the first child of English parents born on York River; lived at West Point, sat on the courtsmartial that tried the rebels in Bacon's time; senior justice and colonel of the New Kent county militia; married Unity, daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw; burgess of New Kent county in 1685 and 1686. He had three sons, John, Nathaniel and Thomas, and one daughter, Unity, who married Henry Fox of King William county."

Capt. Nathaniel West, reported as the son of Col. John West, married Martha Washington's grandmother, Martha Woodward Macon, and was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Patrick Henry, Dorothea Spottswood Dandridge. Patrick Henry was himself a descendant of Toby West (Indian name Totopotomoy), first cousin of Capt. John West II, and Cockacoeske, Queen of Pamunkey.

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Col. John West, II's Timeline

1632
June 6, 1632
Chicksack Bellfield Plantation, York River, New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America
1638
April 13, 1638
Age 5
Mile End, London, England
1655
1655
West Point, King William, Virginia, United States
1655
West Point, King William County, Virginia
1655
West Point,King William,Virginia,USA
1658
December 24, 1658
New Kent, Virginia, Colonial America
1666
August 31, 1666
Clifton, Fairfax County, VA, United States
1666
West Point, King William County, Virginia, Colonial America
1670
1670
West Point, Gloucester County, Virginia Colony, Colonial America