An American Family History




Thomas West was born about 1735 in Kingwood, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Mary West (1764, married Absolom Haworth, son of Absalom son of George Haworth),
Edward West (1766)
Samuel West (1767, married Elizabeth Thompson),
Rachel West (1776, married David Boyles),
Rebecca West, and
Jerusha West (married Isaac Adams).

Thomas died in January, 1796 in Jefferson County, Virginia.

The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser
East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Edward West was born on October 29, 1766 in Virginia.

He married Lydia Stanfield.

Thomas West (1792)

He married Elizabeth Humphreys on December 15, 1793 in Washington County, Tennessee.

Edward and Elizabeth's children included:
Richard Humphreys West (1794, married Jane Robinson),
Samuel Hamilton West (1796),
Edward Humphreys West (1797, married Isabella Rankin),
Humphreys West (1800, married Penelope and Ellender Pugh),
Ann West (1803, married Henderson Conway),
Mark West (1805),
Elizabeth West (1807, married William Looney),
Robert Gentry West, (1809, married Leah Crouch and Mary Anne Ryland), and
Joseph West (1812, married Eliza Robertson).

In 1788 Edward West was in an expedition against the Cherokee under General Joseph Martin.

On October 17, 1794 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, Thomas West sold 450 acres on the South Holston River to Edward West.

On April 3, 1809 in Washington County, Tennessee, Edward West from Grainger County bought 100 acres on the Nolichucky River for $1,200. from George Sherrill. The deed was witnessed by Richard Jones, Ja. McCarrol, and Richard Humphreys.

Edward was listed in the 1809 Grainger County tax list.

Edward West was listed in the 1830 and 1840 census in Washington County, Tennessee.

Edward filed his will in Washington County, Tennessee. He left his estate to his living children: Thomas, Richard, Samuel West and deceased: Edmund Humphreys, Ann Clark, Mark, Elizabeth Looney, Jentsey and Joseph West.

He emancipated several enslaved people.

Now my colored man, Airy, is to get a horse, $50 cash, plow, hoe, straw beds in kitchen, 5 acre entry on the ridge adjoining Joseph West and James Jones.

The executors were Edward West and John Humphreys.

Edward died April 08, 1849 in Washington County, Tennessee.

Edward, Lydia and Elizabeth are buried in Cherokee Cemetery.

The Cherokeewere indigenous people who lived in the southern Appalachian mountains. European Americans called their towns in eastern Tennessee, the Overhill Towns. The towns included Chota, Tellico and Tanasi.

In 1776, the Cherokee planned to drive settlers out of the Washington District. The settlers were warned and stopped the first attack at Heaton's Station. The second attack was stopped at Fort Watauga. In response to these attacks, the militia burned Tuskegee and Citico.

In 1780, while the militia was away at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Cherokee raided the setttlements. When the militia returned, Colonel John Sevier's men defeated the Cherokee at Boyd's Creek and destroyed most of the remaining towns.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

The Nolichucky River flows through Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is a tributary of the French Broad River. During the 1770s, European Americans established the "Nolichucky settlements" in what is now Greene County, Tennessee.

The Village Messenger 
Fayetteville, Tennessee
06 Oct 1824, Wed  •  Page 2











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