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Ursula "Unity" West (Croshaw)

Also Known As: "Blackwell", "Ursala Unity Crenshaw", "Ursala Unity Croshaw"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: West Point, King William County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Virginia
Place of Burial: New Kent, New Kent County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. Joseph Croshaw and Mary Croshaw / Bromfield
Wife of Col. John West of West Point and Ralph Graves
Mother of Capt. Nathaniel West; Anne Fox; Ursula Unity Susannah Martin; John West, III; Thomas West, Sr. and 4 others
Half sister of Rachel Barnes; Richard Croshaw; Benjamin Croshaw; Joseph Croshaw, Jr. and Mary Taylor (Croshaw)

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About Ursula "Unity" West

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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Unity Croshaw (ca. 1636 - April 20, 1669, New Kent County, Virginia) was the daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw, one of the main figures of early Jamestown Settlement. She was the grandchild of Raleigh Croshaw, one of the founders of Jamestown. She was the daughter-in-law of Colonial Virginia Governor John West (governor) of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia (now part of the United States). But she is perhaps most notable as the reportedly shrewish wife of Colonel John West, son of Governor John West, who divorced him for adultery when he left her to live with Cockacoeske who was the queen of the Pamunkey Indians and a cousin of Pocahontas.

Unity Croshaw was born at Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, James City, Virginia. She was christened in 1636 at West Point, King William County, Virginia, and she married Colonel John West there in 1654. The couple had the following children:

•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. Their son-in-law, William Danridge, 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. 1670-1714), married Agnes Frances Ester

Unity died on April 20, 1669 in New Kent County Virginia.

SOURCES: •"Records of York County, Croshaw, vol. 1664-1672, p. 257" •"Long Melford Through The Ages, by Barry L. Wall, East Anglian Magazine Ltd., Ipswich, Suffolk" •"Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne, The First Eight Generations, by John Frederick Dorman and Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD,Gate Way Press Inc., Baltimore, Maryland" •"The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Apr., 1894)" •"Middle Peninsula Historic Marker "Cockacoeske" •"Cockacoeske, Queen of Pamunkey: Diplomat and Suzeraine." W. Martha W. McCartney." •"Tax Rolls, March 1660. 3 March 1659."

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Ursula "Unity" West's Timeline

1636
1636
West Point, King William County, Virginia, United States
1636
West Point, King William, Virginia
1636
1655
1655
Age 19
West Point, King William County, Virginia
1655
Age 19
West Point, King William, Virginia
1658
December 24, 1658
Age 22
Drayton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
1666
1666
Age 30
West Point, New Kent (now King William Co.) Virginia
1669
April 20, 1669
Age 33
Virginia
April 20, 1669
Age 33
New Kent, New Kent County, Virginia, United States