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Francis West

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Probably England
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis West's father and Francis West's mother
Husband of Margery Margaret Reeves and Margery West (Reeves)
Father of Mary Skiff; Samuel West, Sr; Peter West and Ruth Skiffe

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About Francis West, of Duxbury

This is Francis West of Duxbury. He does NOT belong to the De la Warr family.

He is also NOT related to the family of artist Benjamin West.

  • 'Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, biographical--genealogical; (1916-[2(5])) (Volume 12).
  • Pg. 43
  • ' (I) Francis West, immigrant ancestor, was a resident of Salisbury, England, prior to his emigration to this country, and his first place of residence here was in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was a carpenter by trade, which line of work he followed as a means of livelihood. In 1642 he was a member of the Grand Jury, a freeman of Plymouth Colony, 1656, a surveyor in 1658, and a constable in 1661. He married, in 1639, Margery Reeves, who bore him five children : Samuel, of further mention ; Thomas, a physician ; Peter ; Mary ; Ruth. Francis West died January 2, 1692, aged eighty-six years.
  • (II) Samuel West, eldest son of 'Francis and Margery (Reeves) West', was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1643, and died in 1689, at the early age of forty-six years. He was a man of prominence in the community, and was chosen to serve as constable in 1674. He married Tryphosa Partridge, daughter of George and Sarah (Tracy) Partridge, of Duxbury. They were the parents of eight children, among whom was Francis (2), of further mention. ......
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  • 'Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, genealogical-memorial; representative citizens; (1917-[23])
  • Pg. 118
  • (II) Samuel West, son of 'Francis and Margery (Reeves) West', was born in 1643, and died May 8, 1689. He lived in Duxbury, where he was constable in 1674. He married, September 26, 1668, Tryphosa Partridge, daughter of George and Sarah (Tracy) Partridge, of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Issue : Francis, born November 13, 1669, died in 1731 ; Juen, born September 8, 1671, died young; Samuel, born December 23, 1672; Peletiah, born March 8, 1674, died in 1756; Hon. Ebenezer, born July 22, 1676; John, born March 6, 1679; Abigail, born September 26, 1682 ; Bathsheba.
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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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ID: I582785651

Name: Francis WEST

Given Name: Francis

Surname: West

Sex: M

Birth: 1606 in Salisbury,Wiltshire,Eng.

Death: 2 Jan 1691/1692 in Duxbury,Plymouth Co.,MA

Change Date: 28 Jun 2004 1


House carpenter by trade, being a single man, left Salisbury, ENG and

came to New England, settling in Duxbury, MA.

1640--made a pair of stocks for Duxbury.

1640 & 1642--member of the Grand Jury'

1642--bought a house and land in Duxbury [Millbrook].

1643--on list of those able to bear arms.

1656--admitted freeman.

1658--surveyor of highways in Duxbury.

1661--constable of Duxbury.

From "Duxbury Records"

10 October 1670--The town have given unto Francis West, about 30 acres

of land on the East side of Experience Mitchils lands near

Namasskeesit, of the same breadth with the said Mitchels his land, and

so extending eastward to a marked tree near a little run in a swamp,

abouth sixty rods distant from Mitchels land, the tree marked is a

maple tree William Pabodie, T. C.

Estate amounted to only 16:15:00 given to son Peter.

1606. Since Francis of Virginia was called a minor in his father's will of 1629, he could not have been born before ca. 1608. Furthermore, Francis senior requested in the will that his surviving third wife Jane take care of the son Francis. The general tone of this request suggests that Francis was either a young boy or in some way physically or mentally defective. It is unlikely that a healthy male in his late teens would have been in need of any special care. He might therefore have been born several years after 1608.

Father: Capt. Francis WEST b: 28 Oct 1586

Mother: Margaret SALISBURY

Marriage 1 Margaret REEVES b: 1610 in Dusxbury,PlyCo.,MA

Married: 27 Feb 1638/1639 in Duxbury,Plymouth Co.,MA


Samuel WEST b: 1643 in Duxbury,Plymouth Co.,MA
Peter WEST b: in Duxbury,,MA
Pelatiah WEST b: 8 Mar 1673/1674 in Duxbury,Plymouth Co.,MA
Richard WEST
Thomas Dr. WEST b: 1646 in Duxbury,PlyCo.,MA


Author: Deborah Ann Jaillett

Title: GEDCOM File : debbie jaillett.ged


Loganville, Georgia

Date: 25 Jun 2004

   "Francis West, a house carpenter by trade, being a single man, invited by a Mr. Thomas, of Marshfield, Massachusetts, left the town of Salisbury in England, and came to New England, and settled in Duxbury, Mass., and married there Margery Reeves, by whom he had five children, viz: Samuel; Thomas; Peter; Mary and Ruth." So writes Zebulon West (1707-70), a great-grandson of the emigrant, who probably learned these facts from his father, also named Francis (1669-1731), who lived with the emigrant in Duxbury until he grew up.
   He is spoken of as a carpenter in the Duxbury records, and the Plymouth colony records show that he made a pair of stocks for the town of Duxbury in 1640. In 1640 and 1642 he was a member of the grand jury; in 1642 he purchased a house and land in Duxbury (Millbrook); in 1643 he was on the list of those able to bear arms; he was admitted a freeman in Plymouth colony in 1656; in 1658 he was surveyor of highways in Duxbury; constable in 1661; and in 1662-69-74-78-80-81 was a member of the "Grand Conquest."
   During the last years of his life his son Peter took care of him, and his estate, which amounted to only sixteen pounds and fifteen shillings, was given to Peter by the probate court. He married, in Duxbury, February 27, 1639, Margaret Reeves, and died there January 2, 1692, aged eighty-six years.
   Children, probably born in Duxbury: Samuel, 1643; Dr. Thomas, 1646; Peter; Mary; Ruth, 1651, married Nathaniel Skiff and died December 31, 1741, aged ninety years (New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume IV, page 2036).

Notes: Francis West, a house carpenter, being a single man, invited by a Mr. Thomas of Marshfield, MA came from Salisbury, England and settled in Duxbury, MA before 1639. In 1637-38 Francis West lived in Marshfield. He married Margaret Reeves in Duxbury and lived at Marshfield for two or three years after his marriage. He is spoken of as a carpenter in the Duxbury records and the Plymouth County records show that he made a pair of stocks for the town of Duxbury in 1640. The need for stocks was pointed up at this time since Francis was sentenced to sit in them. In 1640 and 1642 he was a member of the grand jury. In 1642 he bought a house and land in Duxbury, and in 1643 he was on the list of those able to bear arms. He was admitted a freeman in Plymouth Colony in 1656. In 1658 he was a surveyor of highways in Duxbury; constable in 1661; a member of the "Grand Inquest" in 1662-74-80-81. In 1671 he was appointed as one of two men to inspect ordinairies in Duxbury to see if regulations were being observed.

"June 5, 1671:

For the prevention of great abuse by the escessive drinking of liquors in ordinaryes, this Court doth order, that euery ordinary keeper in this goument shalbe heerby impowered and required, that incase any pson or psons doe not attend order, but carry themselves vnciuilly, by being importunately derirous of drink deneyed, and doe not leaue the house when required, such ordinary keeper shall returne theire names to the next Court, that soe they may be procecuted according to the nature of the offence; and incase any ordinary keeper shall neglect soe to doe, hee shalbe fined fiue shillings for euery default. It is further ordered by this Court, y some two or three men be appointed in euery towne of this jurisdiction to haue the inspection of the ordinaries, or in any other places suspected, to take notice of such abuses as may arise in reference to the pmises or otherwise, and make report therof to the Court." - Records of Plymouth Colony. Court Orders. Vol. V 1668-1678 pg. 59

Twice Francis found himself in court. On Nov 2 1640 he and his wife Margery were sentenced to sit in the stocks for incontinency before marriage. Since Duxbury had no stocks, Francis was required by the court to build a pair. Again he was indicted 29 Oct 1668 for stealing a gun and a hog from an Indian. He was sentenced 1 July 1639 30 shillings to the Indian and was ordered to return the gun.

"29 October 1668:

In answare vnto a letter from Phillip, the sachem of Pocanokett, &c, by way of petition, requesting the Court for justice against Francis Wast, for wronge done by him to one ofhis men about a gun taken from him by the said Wast, as alsoe for wronge done vnto some swine of the said Indians, the Court haue ordered the case to be heard and determined by the celect men of Taunton, and incase it bee not by them ended, that it be refered vnto the next March Court att Plymouth be ended. - pg. 6

1 June 1669:

In reference vnto Francis Wast, his takeing an hogg from an Indian neare vnto Mattapoisett, on pretence that that the said Indian had forfeited his hogg by marking of him contrary to order of Court, the Court haue ordered that hee pay the sume of thirty shillings to the said Indian ; and whereas hee tooke a gun from the said Indian, that hee speedily returne him his gun againe. (pg.22) - Records of Plymouth Colony. Court Orders. Vol. V 1668-1678

History of the Town of Stonington, county of new London, Connecticut, from its first settlement in 1649 to 1900, with a Genealogical Register of Stonington Families by Richard Anson Wheeler, New London, Conn: press of the Day Publishing Co., 1900.

FRANCIS WEST of Salisbury, Eng., was invited to America by a Mr. Thomas of Marshfield, MA., and he married Margery Reeves Feb 27, 1639.

1641 Francis West was at Duxbury, Mass. He moved from there and purchased land at Mill Brook in 1642, and was one of the first proprietors of Bridgewater in 1645, He returned to Duxbury in 1655. He held various public offices. Was surveyor in 1757 and constable in 1660. In 1671 was appointed by the court to have oversight of the ordinances, and in 1672 was one of the proprietors who received lots of land of five shares each. He d. 2 Jan., 1692, aged 86 years. pg. 626

Francis West was one of the constables that had little regard for the laws of social/religious nature. Francis West fornicated before marriage. Francis West will be remembered for his impatience before wedding Margery. This is probably a significant sign of his character in Plymouth colony; not stringently religious. Nevertheless he was made constable and served on the Grand Inquest several times.

2 Nov 1650 Francis and wife Margery presented for "incontenancy" with one another before marriage, Margery became pregnant, he was the constable. Apparently the Puritan leaders started counting from the day the couple married and if the wife began "showing too soon, the "authorities" filed charges against them. They "were censored to be both set in the stocks and that Francis shall make a paire of the stockes to be set up in a convenient place in Duxburrow, within the space of two months now ensueinge" (PCR 1: 164) 8 Jun 1655 Admitted a freeman. (PCR: 377) Circa 1658 listed as freeman of Duxbury (PCR 8: 198) 29 May 1670 listed as freeman for Duxbury (PCR 5: 275) 1689 Listed as freeman of Duxbury (PCR 8: 204) 1 June 1658 Made highway surveyor for Duxbury with Experience Michell (PCR 3: 136) 6 Jun 1660 Made constable for Duxbury (PCR 3: 187) 3 June 1662 Served on Grand Inquest (PCR 4: 14) 1 June 1669 Grand Inquest (PCR 5: 18) 5 Mar 1661-2 Served on court jury (PCR 7: 171) 3 Jun 1674 Grand Inquest (PCR 5: 145) 7 Jun 1676 Grand Inquest (PCR 5: 196) 5 June 1678 Grand Inquest (PCR 5: 256) 3 June 1679 Appointed to lay out a highway at the south end of Joseph's Howland's land, with 11 other men, for George Soule (PCR 6:15) 1 June 1680 Grand Inquest (PCR 6:36) 7 June 1681 Grand Inquest (PCR 6: 60) 6 June 1682 Grand Inquest (PCR 6: 85)

The Pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list by Charles Henry Pope [Boston, MA Charles E. Pope 1900] pg. 487 "West, Francis, carpenter, Duxbury, in court 2 Nov 1640. Marshfield constable March 1, 1641-2. Bought home and land Aug 4, 1642 Atba. 1643. Frm 8 June 1655. He m. Margery - about 1640. Weston, Francis, Plymouth, taxes 1632 frm. 1633. He m. 27 Feb 1639-40, Margery Reeves."

Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate Index 1686-1881 Transcribed by Ralph

V. Wood, Jr., C.G. [Camden, Maine:  Picton Press 1988]

Surname: West, Francis Year: 1693 Place: Duxbury Case: admn Docket: 22311 West, Samuel Year: 1689, Place: Duxbury, Case: admn,

               Docket: 22319

West, Tryphosa Year: 1703 Place: Duxbury, Case: admn,

               Docket: 22323
          Look for Mitchell, Nahum  History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts Boston, 1840, reprint Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland, 1983 {herein after Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pgs 10-11}
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Francis West

Born in Salibury, England on 1616 to Francis West and Margaret.

He passed away on 1694 in Duxberry, Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members


Francis West 1586-1634

Margaret 1606-1611 '

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Francis West, of Duxbury's Timeline

Probably England
Age 35
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
November 28, 1643
Age 38
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 43
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 46
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
January 2, 1692
Age 87
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts