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W E S T
Thomas West and Descendants
Furnished by : Diana Bryson-Brooks

1. Thomas WEST
Born about 1789 in Maryland, USA
Married Rebecca STATON on August 16, 1809 in Mason, Kentucky, USA
       Rebecca STATON was born about 1793 in Kentucky, USA
       Daughter of Joseph STATON (1762-1803) & Martha GLOVER
       Died on December 13, 1859 in Lewis County, Kentucky
Died in 1862 in Lewis County, Kentucky, USA

Children of Thomas & Rebecca (nee STATON) WEST :
       James Madison WEST (1815-1868)

Source : "Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850"
       Staton, Rebecca - West, Thomas 16 Aug 1809, Mason County, Kentucky
 
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1.1. James Madison WEST
Born October 22 1815 in Kentucky, USA
Married Sarah MARK on December 23, 1841, Lewis County, Kentucky, USA.
       Sarah MARK was born about 1823 in Kentucky, USA
       Daughter of
            Elijah MARK (~1795-1854) and Elizabeth McCORKLE (~1801-1869)
       Died in 1893 in Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Burial at Brick (Union-Brick) Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois
Occupation was Preacher for the American Missionary Association
       See : Letters of James Madison WEST
Died May 9, 1868 in Richview, Washington, Illinois, USA
Burial at Brick (Union-Brick) Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois

Children of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST :
       1.1.1. William Preston WEST(1842-1920)
       1.1.2. Elijah T. WEST(1844-1921)
       1.1.3. Mary J. WEST (1847-1925)
       1.1.4. Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" WEST(~1849-1920)
       1.1.5. Lucinda WEST(1852-1927)
       1.1.6. Laura A. WEST(1854-1926)
       1.1.7. John Gregg WEST(1857-1924)
       1.1.8. Emma WEST(1860-1920)
       1.1.9. Lydia WEST(1864-1936)


Seated left to right: Gregg, Emma, & Lydia.
Standing: Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie", William, Lucinda "Lucy", Elijah, Laura Ann, & Mary.

1840 United States Federal Census - Lewis, Kentucky, USA
1850 United States Federal Census - District 1, Fleming, Kentucky, USA
1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA

 

 

 

James Madison WEST's Family "Bible" Records


Births
W. P. West 10-23-1842
E. T. West 8-23-1844
M. J. West 11-17-1846
S. E. West 5-9-1849
L. C. West 3-5-1852
L. A. West 11-2-1854
J. G. F. West 5-25-1857
Emma West 6-24-1860
Lydia West Nov. 7, 1864
Father James M. West 10-22-1815
Mother Sarah Mark 12-29-1822
 

Marriages
12-23-1841
James M. West - April
Sarah Mark Both of
Fleming Co. Ky By John L. House
Mary West + Newt Smith 12-11-1866 B. House
              Mary
W. P. + Marth West - 5-24-1866
By J. Brooks Lucy + Floyd Brooks 1st + 1st 1868
E. T. + Emma West 10-5-1871 By Eld Brown
Laura + Walt Cammack 10-3-1872
Lizzie + James Stephenson 12-9-1870
Emma + J. H. Bledsoe 4-4-1883
J. G. + Kate West 3-17-1881
all of Illinois Ashley Washington Co
Sarah West + G. W. Cammack 6-23-1868

Notes :
1. J. Brooks is Reverend Joshua Brooks
Lucy 'Lucinda' West & Floyd W. Brooks
were married by Floyd's father
the Reverend Joshua Brooks.

2. Sarah (nee Mark) West & George W. Cammack
were married 23 Jun 1868 in Washington County, IL.

 
Deaths
Wm P. Aldrich
Departed this life
Oct. 23, 1907
James Martin West 5-9-1868
Sarah Mark 4-28-1895
G. W. Cammack 11- 8 -1899

"Catalog of the American Missionary Association Archives"
American Missionary Association archives. Illinois
Illinois Reel 11
Correspondence from Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" West 

Ashley, Ill, 
May 14th, 1868
Rev George Whipple

Dear Sir

  I write you these lines to inform you of the death of my dear father James 
M West.
He died last Saturday, May the 4th - his disease was Consumption and oh how 
he suffered-but during all his suffering, he never murmered nor seemed to 
wish his suffering less.  He was a life member of the A.M.A. and has served 
as Colporter for a number of years, he was an earnest laborer in the cause of 
Christ and was ever willing to do the duty assigned him.
  He died in the full triumph of faith, and I feel that our loss is his 
eternal gain.  What a comfort to know he is far happier now than we.  He 
leaves a wife with four little ones to support.  We all miss Pa sadly, but we 
mourn not as those who have no hope left to comfort them in their 
afflictions.  We can only commend ourselves to Him who healeth the broken in 
heart and say thy will be done.  Pray that we may make an unbroken family in 
Heaven.

Yours Truly,
Lizzie West
Ashley, Ill.
 
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1.1.1. William Preston WEST
Son of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born on October 23, 1842 in Lewis County, Kentucky, USA.
Military :
      Served during the Civil War for five years with Company B, 62nd Regiment, Illinois Vol. Infantry
Married Martha Jane MOORE on May 24, 1866, in Woodlawn, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA.
       Martha Jane MOORE was born about 1846 in Illinois, USA.
       Died on October 5 1925, in Stearns County, Minnesota, USA
Occupation was Farmer
Died on July 28, 1920 in Maine Prairie Township, Stems County, Minnesota, USA
              Source : Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
             Name: William Preston West
             Death Date: 28 Jul 1920
             Death County: Stearns
             State file number: 015116
             Certificate Number: 015116
             Certificate Year: 1920
             Record Number: 308391

Children of William Preston & Martha Jane (nee MOORE) WEST
       Frank Alvin WEST (1867-1896)
       Anna Mae WEST (1869-1970)
       1.2.3. Harry Clark WEST (1871-1953)
              NOTE: Harry Clark West is included in this report to incorporate the
             correspondence between him and his brother John Chester West.

1.2.3. Harry Clark WEST
Birth: 29 Nov 1871, Minnesota, USA
Death: 5 Sep 1953, Buffalo, Wright, Minnesota, USA

Spouse: Ruth Ann LUDEMANN
Birth: 20 Nov 1871, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 18 Apr 1966, Buffalo, Wright, Minnesota, USA
Marr: 24 Dec 1899

Correspondence contributed by Wayne Wandmacher, West Family Researcher

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT    
UNIVERSITY STATION 
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA

November 10, 1933
H. C. West
Buffalo, Minnesota.

Dear Harry:

Attached is a letter from one Paul West.  I don't know that there is anything 
illuminating in it, but it has prompted me to wonder just who we are.  I 
think that you have looked this up a little.  I remember that our father was 
born in Kentucky and that his father preached on Sundays and was a gunsmith 
during the week.  This is about the extent of my direct knowledge.  If you 
have anything handy, will you send it to me?

I have been out here more than four months now and find the work rather 
pleasant.  The future is extremely insecure, as it is every were else.  
Caroline is at Nevis, Minnesota, teaching and seems to be dreadfully 
homesick.  I guess we must have spoiled her.

CORDIALLY,
 /s/ John C. West
            President

Sharpsville, Ind.
Nov. 5, 1933

Pres. John C. West
Grand Forks, N. Dak.

Dear Sir:
Since hearing your name, I have had a curiosity to know who your ancestors 
were.  Prof. Paul E. Barr, who is on the faculty there at your university is 
a brother to my wife, so I asked him when he was home a while back to ask you 
where you were born and where your folks came from, but have not received the 
information yet.  My grandfather and grandmother West were natives of Clinton 
Co. Ohio and they started to California in 1848 during the gold rush but 
stopped in Tama Co. Iowa where they ran a tavern for a time.  After a few 
years they moved to Johnson Co Ia. And lived there until about 1865 when 
grandfather died.  Then grandmother came back to Indiana where she had two 
sisters.  There were three children living when she brought them with her 
back to Indiana and my father, John T. West, was the youngest.  Grandfather's 
name was James S. West and Grandmother's name was Terrell before she was 
married.  Grandfather also had some brothers who went West and settled in 
Missouri and Iowa.  Their names were Harmon and Isaac, but we never knew much 
about them or their families.  We trace relationship back to the painter, 
Benjamin West, and also to the ones in Virginia.

I think Uncle Harmon always lived around Lancaster Mo. after leaving Ohio but 
I don't know just where Uncle Isaac lived in Iowa.  My father has always 
lived here in Howard and Tipton Co. Indiana since his mother brought him from 
Iowa when he was a child.  He was 74 years of age Oct. 27 and is in fairly 
good health yet.  Does quite a bit of work here on the farm.  He came to the 
place where I live in 1869 and I was born here although father and mother 
moved to Russiaville a few years ago, so he drives out to the farm most of 
the days when the weather is nice.

We had an old cousin in Ohio named Col. Owen West who just died last Sept.  
He knew a lot about the history of the West family and the relationship is 
traced back to tree brothers who came over from England in an early day.  
Col. West was past 98 years old when he died so I guess the West's are a 
rather long lived people.  A cousin of ours at Indianapolis has spent some 
time tracing relationship of the West family and she has proven beyond a 
doubt that all the West's in America are related.

I would appreciate having a letter from you sometime at your leisure telling 
me about your family as we know so little about some of grandfather's 
brothers who left Ohio years ago.
Respectfully yours,
/s/ L. Paul West
		NOTE:  
		Thomas West Family Researchers have found 
			no relationship to this family to date.  
				Diana Bryson-Brooks

REPLY
November 13, 1933

Mr. J. C. West
Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Dear Chester:
RE: West Genealogy

Tradition is that our ancestry goes back to one of three brothers who 
emigrated from England in an early day and who settled in Virginia at an 
unknown date.  Thomas West (1790 ?) was the father of James M. West (1815) 
who was the father of William P. West (1842).  It seems that they were in 
Lewis county, Kentucky, and at an early day, probably in the 1850 or 
thereabouts, emigrated to Southern Illinois.

In the State Historical Library in St. Paul there is a comprehensive 
genealogy of the West family and there is now published a late work, The West 
Genealogy, published by the Colonial Publishing Company, 2002 North Park 
Avenue, Philadelphia.

I take it that our family was a branch without distinction and it would
 probably be a hard matter to fill in the details.
Sincerely,
/s/ Harry C. West

       Rose W. WEST (1876-)
       Walter Guy WEST (1879-1970)
       Nellie W. WEST (1882-1969)
       John Chester WEST (1885-1961)

Source : American Civil War Soldiers
Name: William West
Residence: Richview, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 15 Jan 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Service Record: Promoted to Full Sergeant.
Mustered Out Company B, 62nd Infantry Regiment Illinois.
Enlisted as a Private on 15 January 1862.
Enlisted in Company B, 62nd Infantry Regiment Illinois on 10 Apr 1862.

Transcribed Copy of Discharge of William P. West
Furnished by Wayne Wandmacher, West Family Researcher



To all whom it may Concern:

  Know ye, that William P. West, a Corporal of Captain Henry T. Ingram's 
Company ("B") 62 Regiment of Illinois Infantry Volunteers, who was enrolled 
on the 15th day of January, One Thousand eight hundred sixty-two to serve 
three years, or during the war, is herby discharged from the service of the 
United States, this 31st day of January, 1864, at Little Rock, Arkansas, by 
reason of re-enlistment as a Veteran Volunteer under the provisions of 
General Order No. 191, Series of 1863, from the War Department.  (No 
objection to his being re-enlistment being known to exist).
  Said William P. West was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, is 22 years of 
age, 6 feet 1 inches high, fair complection, grey eyes, fair hair and by 
occupation when enrolled a farmer.

(Signed)  S. M. Meeker
  Lt. Col. 62 Ills Vol. Infantry.

(Signed) H. T. Ingram
  Capt. 62 Ills. Infantry Vols.
  Comdr Co.

To all whom it may Concern:

  Know ye, that William P. West, a Sergeant of Captain Edwin U. Lovelan's  
Company "B" 62nd Regiment of Illinois Veteran Infantry Volunteers, who was 
enrolled as a veteran on the first day of February, On thousand eight hundred 
and sixty-four, to serve three years or during the war, is herby discharged 
from the service of the United States, this sixth day of March, 1866, at 
Little Rock, Arkansas, by reason of War Department Circular Bo. 30, of 1863 
(5?) (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist)
  Said William P. West was born in Lewis County, In the State of Kentucky, is 
22 years of age, 6 feet 1 inches high, fair complection, grey eyes, fair hair 
and by occupation when enlisted a farmer.
  Given at Little Rock, Ark. This sixth day of March, 1866.

(Signed) Fred W. Schauste
  Brt. Lt. Col. U.S.A.
  A.C.M. Dpt. Ark.

(Signed) E. N. Jordan
  Capt. Co. B 62 V.V.S.
  Comdr. Co.

Furnished by Wayne Wandmacher
From "History of Wright County, Volume II", 1915, by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge.
F612.W86, C9, 1915a Minnesota Historical Society Library
Page 1088:
William P. West, pioneer, was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, October 23, 1842, descended from early colonial stock. In 1855 he was taken by his parents to Pope County, Illinois. Later he moved to Washington County in the same state. January 15, 1862 he enlisted in Company B, Sixty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served until he was mustered out as a corporal, March 6, 1866. He returned home, was married, and in 1868 came to Minnesota and settled in Wright County. He became a prominent man, served as assessor and justice of the peace some quarter of a century, and also did good work in various other positions of public honor and private trust. Several years ago he and his good wife moved to Kimball, where they now reside. Mr. West was married May 24, 1866 to Martha J. Moore and to this union have been born seven children: Frank A, who died in Georgia; Annie May, now Mrs. C.D. Shoemaker of Kimball; Harry Clark, a Buffalo attorney; Rose, now Mrs. John Lasswell of Tiger, Washington; Walter G. of Ignacio, Colorado; John Chester, of Barnesville, Minnesota; and Nellie, the wife of Rev. Harry Harris, an Episcopal clergyman, of Petoskey, Michigan.

1850 United States Federal Census - District 1, Fleming, Kentucky, USA
1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1880 United States Federal Census - Clearwater, Wright County, Minnesota, USA
Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses - 1 May 1885; County: Wright; Locality: Clearwater
Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses - 1895; County: Wright; Locality: Clearwater
1910 United States Federal Census - Maine Prairie, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA
1920 United States Federal Census - Maine Prairie, Stearns County, Minnesota, USA

 
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1.1.2. Elijah T. WEST
Son of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born August 23, 1844 in Lewis County, Kentucky, USA
Married Emma W. CAMMACK
       Emma W. CAMMACK was born October 31, 1844 in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
       Daughter of George Warner CAMMACK (~1817-1880) & Martha BAKER (-1848)
       Died on April 17, 1910 in Sheridan Township, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
       Burial was at Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas
Military Service
       Served in the Civil War with the Union Army with Co. B, 136th Illinois Inf. & Co. B, 62nd Illinois Inf.
Elijah T. West, a farmer from Ashley, Washington Co., Illinois stood 6' 2" tall with brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion, when he entered the military for service during the Civil War.

Served in the Civil War with the Union Army with Co. B, 136th Illinois Infantry where he enlisted on May 16, 1864 in Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, and mustered in as a Corporal on June 1, 1864 in Centralia, Illinois for 100 days service. He mustered out on October 22, 1864 in Springfield, Illinois
He also served with Co. B, 62nd Illinois Infantry. He enlisted as a Recruit from Collinsville, Madison Co., Illinois on February 7, 1865 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois, where he mustered in as a Private on February 7, 1865 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. Upon consolidation of the units he was transferred to Co. B, 136th Illinois Consolidated Infantry and mustered out as a Corporal on February 18, 1866 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Died on May 26, 1921 in Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial was at Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas
       See : Biography of Elijah T. WEST             

Children of Elijah T. & Emma W. (nee CAMMACK) WEST :
      James Scott WEST (1872-)
      Flora A. WEST (1874-1953)
      George Leon WEST (1876-1904)
      Thomas Howard WEST (1884-)

Mr. and Mrs. Elijah T. West have three children living, and
George Leon, a son who died January 6, 1904. He was a well known carpenter and fine finisher of wood. Socially, he was a prominent member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at McCune, and left many friends to mourn his loss.

The other children are:
James Scott, a blacksmith of Sherman City, Kansas, who married Queen B. Anthony; Flora, wife of G. W. Hayden, of Sheridan township;
Thomas H., who lives at home managing the work on the farm.

The married life of Mr. and Mrs. West has been spent on the farm purchased by him on his first visit to Kansas. They have made all the improvements, erected good farm buildings, and brought the farm to a state of cultivation which produces all of the small grains of the average farm of this section. Besides general farming, many horses, cattle and hogs are raised each year.

Mr. West is what may be called a successful, self-made man. He is well known in the county, and has hosts of friends. He has always evinced a deep interest in the welfare of the community, and has several times been honored with office, serving as a township trustee and also as treasurer of the School Board. In religious faith he and his family are Christians and have been earnest and valued workers in that denomination.

1850 United States Federal Census - District 1, Fleming, Kentucky, USA
1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1870 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 - 1 Mar 1875;
      Residence County: Cherokee; Residence State: Kansas; Locality: Sheridan
Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 - 1 Mar 1895;
      Residence County: Cherokee; Residence State: Kansas; Locality: Sheridan
1880 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 - 1 Mar 1885;
      Residence County: Cherokee; Residence State: Kansas; Locality: Sheridan
1900 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 - Census Date: 1 Mar 1905;
      Residence County: Cherokee; Residence State: Kansas; Locality: Sheridan
1910 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
1920 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA

See : Elijah T. West's Obituary
See : Emma W. (nee Cammack) West's Obituary

 
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1.1.3. Mary J. WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born in 1847 in Kentucky, USA
Married Elijah Newberry SMITH
       Elijah Newberry SMITH was born in 1845 in Illinois, USA
       Son of Elijah & Rhoda (nee DARTER) SMITH
       and died after 1920 in Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Burial in Richview Township Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA
Died in 1925 in Washington County, Illinois, USA
Burial in Richview Township Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA

Childeren of Elijah Newberry & Mary J. (nee WEST) SMITH
       Edward SMITH (~1868-)
       Harvey SMITH (~1870-)
       Otis SMITH (~1877-)
       William C. SMITH (~1879-)
       Preston SMITH (~1880-)

Source: "American Civil War Soldiers"
Name: Newberry Smith
Residence: Decatur, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 9 Feb 1865
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 9 February 1865.
Enlisted in Company C, 152nd Infantry Regiment Illinois on 9 Feb 1865.
Mustered Out Company C, 152nd Infantry Regiment Illinois on 11 Sep 1865 at Memphis, TN.

1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1880 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1900 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1910 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Name: Mary J Smith
       Age in 1910: 53
       Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
       Birthplace: Kentucky
       Relation to Head of House: Wife
       Spouse's Name: Newberry
       Marital Status: Married
       Mother of how many children:
       Number born - 7
       Number now living - 2
1920 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA

 
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1.1.4. Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born about 1849 in Kentucky, USA
Married James M. STEPHENSON
       James M. STEPHENSON was born November 16, 1831 in Illinois, USA
       Son of William Jefferson STEPHENSON (1804-1873) & Celina R. CRAWFORD (~1810-)
       and died April 6, 1876 in Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Burial was in Ashley IOOF Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA
Died after 1920 in Colorado, USA

Children of James M. & "Lizzie" (nee WEST) STEPHENSON :
       Wallace STEPHENSON (~1872-)
       Elizabeth Ruth STEPHENSON (~1876-)
              NOTE: Newspaper clippings taken from the Golconda Herald of the 9th
              or 16th of March 1860, was in the possession of Mrs. Albert Elizabeth
              Ruth (nee Stephenson) Fitt and is presented in this report under James Madison West.

Source: "American Civil War Soldiers"
Name: James Stephenson
Residence: Ashley, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 14 Aug 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Service Record: Enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant on 14 August 1861.
Commission in Company F, 44th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 13 Sep 1861.
Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 5 Apr 1862.
Resigned Company F, 44th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 22 Apr 1863.

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
Name: James M. Stephenson
State Filed: Illinois
Widow: Sarah E. Stephenson

1850 United States Federal Census - District 1, Fleming, Kentucky, USA
1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1870 United States Federal Census - Township 2 Range 1, WashingtonCounty, Illinois, USA
1880 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1900 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1910 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1920 United States Federal Census - Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
       Name: Sarah Stephenson
       Home in 1920: Denver, Denver, Colorado
       Age: 70 years
       Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
       Birthplace: Kentucky
       Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
       Father's Birth Place: Kentucky
       Mother's Birth Place: Kentucky
       Marital Status: Widow
       Race: White
       Sex: Female
       Able to read: Yes
       Able to Write: Yes
       Household Members: Name Age
              Alfred J Fitt 48
              Elizabeth R Fitt 44
              Sarah Stephenson 70
              Wallace Stephenson 48

 
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1.1.5. Lucinda WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born March 5, 1852 in Golconda, Larue County, Kentucky, USA
Married Floyd Walker BROOKS on January 1, 1868 inAshley, Washington, Illinois, USA
       Floyd Walker BROOKS was born April 23, 1845 in Hodgenville, Hart County, Kentucky, USA
       Son of Joshua William BROOKS (1815-1891) & Margaret HARPER (~1815-1855)
       and died September 8, 1926 in Sherman, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
       Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas
  Floyd Walker
age 77 years

Lucinda (nee West) Brooks
age 70 years

Married 54 years

 

Died May 14, 1927, Sherman, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas

Children of Floyd Walker & Lucinda (nee WEST) BROOKS :
      Eva May BROOKS (1869-1873)
      Merrit L. BROOKS (1872-1932)
      Lily Ann BROOKS (1874-1929)
      Tanserd BROOKS (1878-1945)
      Grace BROOKS (~1881-1944)
      Mary E. BROOKS (1884-1957)
      Rhoda Lucinda BROOKS (~1885-1961)
      Hester Leona BROOKS (1890-1960)
      Arthur Floyd BROOKS (1895-1958)

OBITUARY
McCune Herald, May 20, 1927, Labette County, Kansas

Mrs. Lucindia Brooks Dead
Mrs. Lucindia Brooks passed away at her home near Sherman Monday morning at 2:55, following an illness of several months. Her husband passed away about a year ago.
Mrs. Brooks was born March 3, 1852, and was 75 years, 2 months and 11 days of age at the time of her death. Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church in Sherman Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Cloninger, of Oswego, and burial took place in the Sherman cemetery.
Mrs. Brooks was one of the old residents of the Sherman neighborhood, having been a pioneer settler in this part of Kansas. She was the mother of a large family of children, some of whom live in the home neighborhood, while others are scattered about in other communities.

The Modern Light, May 19, 1927, page 10, column 7

Sherman City
Our community was grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. Lucy Brooks on Saturday morning. She was one of the early settlers here having lived in our community since 1872. She lived an exemplary Christian life and was loved by all who knew her. Her husband F. W. Brooks, preceded her nine months ago. They reared a fine family. They are Merrit L. of Tonkawa, Okla., Grace J. Bay and Hester L. Trollope of Columbus, Arthur F. of Joplin and Tanserd Brooks, Mrs. Lily Smith, Mrs. Mary E. Smith and Mrs. Rhoda Dunn of this community. Their first child Eva May, died at the age of 2 1/2 years in 1873. Besides these, she leaves 30 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews in this community and a host of friends. There was a large crowd at her funeral and the floral offerings were beautiful. Her funeral was held at the church here Sunday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Cloninger of Oswego, who rendered a very impressive funeral sermon.

History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens,
ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Josh Lewis,
student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 2/26/97.

FLOYD W. BROOKS, a well known farmer of Sheridan township, whose farm lies in section 12, township 31, range 22, was born in Hart County, Kentucky, April 23, 1845. He comes from the old Kentucky family bearing that name and is a son of Rev. Joshua and Margaret (Harper) Brooks, both natives of Hart County, where they grew to maturity and were married.
Rev. Joshua Brooks was a Baptist preacher and for many years preached in his native county, Hart, besides managing the work of the farm. In 1858, after the death of his wife, which occurred some four years earlier, he removed to Jefferson County, Illinois, where he resided 10 years; after a short time spent in his native State, he again moved to Illinois, locating in Washington County. In 1874, Mr. Brooks, with his family started for Kansas, at that time the Mecca of the West. Locating in Cherokee County, he continued to preach the Gospel, while looking after his farming interests, and here he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring in August, 1891. His life was devoted to work for the Master, whose precepts were his guide in his daily intercourse with others. The purity and kindliness as exemplified in his life, exerted an influence over all he met, and he was loved and revered throughout the county.
Rev. Joshua Brooks' second marriage was to Mahala Gray of LaRue County, Kentucky, who is still living and makes her home with her step-son, Floyd W. Brooks. Rev. Mr. Brooks' family consisted of 11 children, all the issue of the first marriage. Floyd W., the subject of this sketch, and his brother James H. are the only two of the children who reside in Cherokee County.
During the school years of Floyd W. Brooks, there were few available opportunities for acquiring an education. From early boyhood until he was 27 years of age, his life was spent in the hard work of the farm. In 1864 he enlisted in Company D, 60th Reg. Illinois Vol. Inf., at Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was in the 14th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, and went to Chattanooga, Atlanta and Savannah. At Jonesboro, Georgia, he had his right thumb shot off, and was consequently given an honorable discharge at Louisville, Kentucky, in August, 1865.
After the war, Mr. Brooks returned to Southern Illinois, and in 1869 was married to Lucinda West, a native of Kentucky. To this union were born eight children, as follows: Merritt L., a wagon-maker of Sherman City, Kansas; Lillie Ann, wife of John Smith, of Sheridan township; and Tanserd, Grace, Mary, Rhoda, Hester and Arthur, who live at home.
In the fall of 1870, Floyd W. Brooks came to Kansas, driving through the country with horses and wagon and completing the journey in five weeks. He l ocated on the farm of 80 acres in Sheridan township, Cherokee County, where he now resides. The land, uncultivated and without buildings of any kind, held little encouragement for the newcomer, but he proceeded at once to erect a log cabin, and make for himself and family a home out of the wilderness. In great contrast to that first view of the new home, stands the improved farm of to-day, whose comfortable farm buildings and well cultivated soil speak of the years of perseverance, energy and hard toil spent to good purpose by the owner. The land produces all of the various grains raised on a Western farm, and in the pasture and barns are found the usual stock, - cattle, horses, sheep and hogs. Besides being a farmer, Mr. Brooks is a carpenter by trade, and has done a great deal of that work in various parts of the county.
He takes a great interest in politics, for many years voting the Republican ticket, but later becoming a Populist. In religious faith he is a Baptist and is a consistent member of the church. A man of strong character, inheriting many of the traits of his father, he has made for himself an enviable place in the community, his acquaintance extending over the entire county, where he is held in the highest esteem.


Source: "American Civil War Soldiers"
Name: Floyd Brooks;
Residence: Mount Vernon, Illinois;
Enlistment Date: 20 Mar 1864;
Side Served: Union;
State Served: Illinois
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 20 March 1864.
Enlisted in Company D, 60th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 17 Apr 1864.
Mustered Out Company D, 60th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 31 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY.
 
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1.1.6. Laura A. WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born November 2, 1854 in Fleming County, Kentucky, USA
Married Adolphus CAMMACK
       Adolphus CAMMACKwas born July 9, 1852 in Christian County, Kentucky, USA
       son of George Warner CAMMACK (1817-1899) & Amanda L. FORTSON (1820-1869)
       died in 1930 in Sheridan Township, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
       Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Died on January 2, 1926 in Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA

Laura Ann (nee West) Cammack
      
Adolphus Cammack

Mary M. (nee Cammack) Bledsoe
(2nd wife of John H. Bledsoe)

Children of Adolphus & Laura A. (nee WEST) CAMMACK :
       James Addison CAMMACK (1873-1928)
       Thomas Warner CAMMACK (1876-1930)
       Harry CAMMACK (1879-)
       Leonard A. CAMMACK (1881-1960)
       Manley A. CAMMACK (1883-)
       Carl Leslie CAMMACK (1887-1930)
       John F. CAMMACK (1990-1971)
       Anna Rae CAMMACK (1892-1988)
       Sumner Hayes CAMMACK (1906-1949)

1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1870 United States Federal Census - Township 2 Range 1, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1880 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1900 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1910 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
Kansas State Census; Census Date: 1915 -
       Residence County: Cherokee; Residence State: Kansas; Locality: Sheridan
1920 United States Federal Census - Sheridan, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA

See : Adolphus Cammack's Obituary
See : Laura Ann (nee West) Cammack's Obituary

 
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1.1.7. John Gregg WEST
Son of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born in 1857 in Pope County, Illinois, USA
Married Kathrine A. RANDELL
       Kathrine A. RANDELLwas born about 1861 in Illinois, USA
       Daughter of James RANDELL (~1822-1880) & Jane McCARY (~1825-)
Died in 1924 in Illinois, USA
Burial at Brick (Union-Brick) Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA.

Child of John & Kathrine A. (nee RANDELL) WEST :
       Nellie E. WEST (1882-1935)
             Married : George Richard BARBER
                     Child of George & Nellie BARBER is Malcom West BARBER (1914-1978)
             Buried in Union-Brick Cemetery, RR, Ashley, Washington Co., IL.

1860 United States Federal Census - Township 13 S Range 5 E, Pope County, Illinois, USA
1870 United States Federal Census - Township 2 Range 1, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1880 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1900 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
1910 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Name: John G West
       Age in 1910: 52
       Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
       Birthplace: Illinois
       Relation to Head of House: Head
       Marital Status: Married
       Spouse's Name: Cathrine
       Mother of how many children:
       Number born - 5
       Number now living - 1
       Household Members: Name Age
              John G West 52
              Cathrine West 49
              Nellie Barber 27 (daughter)
1920 United States Federal Census - Anna State Hospital, Anna, Union County, Illinois, USA
       Age: 62 years
       Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
       Birthplace: Illinois
       Relation to Head of House: Inmate

 
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1.1.8. Emma WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born in June of 1860 in Pope County, Illinois, USA
Married John H. BLEDSOE about 1883
       John H. BLEDSOE was born in February of 1859 in Washington County, Illinois, USA
       son of William J. BLEDSOE (1840-1926) & Elizabeth J. FLANAGAN (1837- 1921)
       he died on December 3, 1939 in Ashley, Washington County, Illinois, USA
       Burial at Brick (Union-Brick) Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA.
             (no death date on tombstone)
The identical obit appeared in both papers in Nashville, on December 7, 1939 under the "Ashley" news.
The Nashville Journal page 4
The Nashville News page 8

JOHN BLEDSOE
      John Bledsoe passed away at his home Sunday morning at 4:50, after a lingering illness of an incurable malady. He was 80 years, 9 months, and 15 days old. The departed was a citizen of high esteem, having taught school for 55 years. His widow survives, Mrs. Mollie Bledsoe, and a great number of nieces and nephews. Services were held Tuesday afternoon from Union Church, interment in Union Cemetery.

Died July 7, 1916 in Illinois, USA
Burial at Brick (Union-Brick) Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois, USA.
Source : Washington County, Illinois Death Index 1916 - 1950

1870 United States Federal Census - Township 2 Range 1, Washington County, Illinois, USA.
1880 United States Federal Census - Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, USA.
1900 United States Federal Census - Casner, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA.
1910 United States Federal Census - Casner, Jefferson County, Illinois, USA.

 
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1.1.9. Lydia WEST
Daughter of James Madison & Sarah (nee MARK) WEST
Born November 7, 1864 in Illinois, USA
Died September 28, 1936 in Oklahoma, USA
Burial at Sherman Cemetery, Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA       

1870 United States Federal Census - Township 2 Range 1, Washington County, Illinois
1880 United States Federal Census - Ashley, Washington County, Illinois
1900 United States Federal Census - Centralia, Marion County, Illinois
1920 United States Federal Census - Muskogee Ward 4, Muskogee, Oklahoma

 


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