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Descendants of Sir Thomas West, 2nd Lord de la Warr

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The purpose of this project is to trace the descendants of Sir Thomas West, many of whom were influential in the creation of the American colonies. His son and heir, Thomas West, 3rd Baron de la Warr (1577 – 1618) was the Englishman after whom the bay, the river, and, consequently, an American Indian people and U.S. state, all later called “Delaware“, were named.


Thomas West, 2nd and 11th Baron De La Warr (c. 1556 – 24 March 1601/1602) was a member of Queen Elizabeth I's Privy Council and High Sheriff of Hampshire. Thomas was the only son of William West, 1st Baron De La Warr and Lady Elizabeth Strange, who had been created Baron De La Warr in 1597 by letters patent.

On 19 November 1571 Sir Thomas married Anne Knollys, daughter of Sir Francis Knollys and Catherine Carey. The couple had thirteen children, many of whom rose to prominent positions. Their children were:

  • Walsingham West, died young.
  • Elizabeth West, born on 11 September 1573 in Wherwell, Hampshire, England, and died on 12 January 1632.
  • Robert West (b. 1574), married Elizabeth Coks. Predeceased his father.
  • Margarey West (b. 1576), married Samuel Johnson.
  • Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr (1577–1618) married Lady Cicely Shirley.
  • Lettice West (b. 1579), married Sir Henry Ludlow.
  • Anne West (b. 1581), married John Pellet (Esq.).
  • Penelope West (born Sussex, 9 September 1582), married Herbert Pelham, Esq. stepson of her sister Elizabeth.
  • Catherine West (b. 1583), married Nickolas Strelby.
  • Francis West, Governor of Virginia (b. 1586-1634), married (1) Lady Margaret Reeves; (2) Lady Jane Davye; and (3) Lady Temperance Flowerdew
  • Helena West (b. 1587), married William Savage.
  • John West, Governor of Virginia (1590–1659). It is said he married Anne Percy, daughter of George Percy, but this is debated.
  • Nathaniel West (Lt. Col.) (1592-1623/1624), born on November 30 and died in Virginia, married Frances Greville.

Descendants of Sir Thomas served as governor of Virginia. They married into such prominent families as the Shirleys of Virginia and the Saltonstalls of Massachusetts.

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