REV WAR from Sampson /Duplin Co., NC =

JAMES WEST, private, NC Militia, lst cont line. Lived in Bladen Co , service under Col Nicholas Long

1782 in Capt Sharps company.

Pay voucher #932 from Wilmington district
1796 Capt G. Bradley certified James had served 3 yrs”
in Price’s book he is gaven?/yes N.C. #91135  and shows a final payment of $76.60.

Listing of taxes (no year, shown) for the new county of Sampson, James West is taxed on 450 acres, 1 white poll and 1 black poll.

In 1765 he bought land on Little Cohera in what was to  be Sampson Co, but continued to live in Bladen, this was sold in april 1772. april 20, 1773 he purchased 200 acres on east side of Great Cohort.

His wife was BETTIE and they had the following children.

JAMES, JR born about 1750






Oct 18, 2003

From FRAN <powell@closecall.com>


Subject:  [GM] Re: Duplin Co., NC tax and land records, 1811




Listmembers, excerpted from extant Duplin Co., NC tax lists is the

following information.


I am interested in determining location of the lands of the WEST men

who appeared on the Duplin tax lists of 1811.


I have land records of the other WEST men herein listed.


To date, I have searched both grantor and grantee land records of

the Duplin Co. courthouse for the surname WEST up to about 1950.

Three other known allied family land records have been searched,



Original wills and estates records for those four surnames have been

searched at the NC State Archives.


Is this any other method of determining location of the lands for

which the WEST men of Duplin County, 1811, were taxed?


Any help appreciated.


Fran     powell@closecall.com


Microfilm C.035.70002

Duplin County tax lists, 3 volumes

1783-1817; 1895-1917; 1918-1925


1783: Captains WALLER & STALLINGS

1. Samuel WEST total 74 lbs.

 2. William WEST total 9 lbs, no inventory

3. James WEST total 123 lbs. WARD & PIPKINS CO.


1783: Captains TOOLE, WARD, PIPKINS Companies

 1. Willis WEST 1 lb. 5 shillings

 2. William WEST 1 lb. 5 shillings


Assessments and taxes of Captains Gillespie, Stallings and Wallers

Companies 1783: pp6 & 7

Britton POWELS

Elijah BOWEN, Senr.

Jonathan DAVIS, Jr.

**Wm. WEST (9 lbs. no inventory)

Abraham NEWTON


William BLAND

Daniel ALDERMAN, Jr.

Joseph WILLIAMS, Senr.




1787: Samuel WEST 200 acres

1788: p68 Samuel WEST 1 white poll 100 acres


1806: Daniel WEST no land, 1 white poll

 James WEST no land, 1 white poll


1811: p37 Samuel WEST 20 acres 1 white poll

 p 38: Samuel WEST 106 acres 1 white poll

 p 38: William WEST 136 acres 1 white poll

 p38: Daniel WEST 140 acres 1 white poll

 p 38: James WEST 100 acres 1 white poll


1812: p42: James WEST 100 acres 1 white poll

 p42: Daniel WEST 160 acres 1 white poll


1813: James WEST 100 acres 1 white poll

 Daniel WEST 170 acres 1 white poll


1815: James WEST 100 acres

 Samuel WEST 100 acres (?)


1818: James WEST 100 (?) acres valued at 150 (pounds? dollars?) 1

 white poll


"Frederick Powell Sr" <powell@closecall.com>




West/Jones Gift Deed, 1719 - Isle of Wight Co. VA

Deed of Gift.  Rebeccah ____ Jones West. 1719.  Isle of Wight County Virginia

"Know all men by these presents that I Rebeccah West in the Lower Pish of Isle of Wight County,
Widow, for and in consideration of the naturall affection which I have for my four children
Edward Jones, Obedience Jones, James Jones and Sarah Jones and also for Divers other good
causes and considerations moving me at this psant have given granted and by these presents Do
give grant confirm unto my son Edward Jones one young horse, one heifor of three years old
another of five year old and two of one year old and their Encrease and two Sows and their
Encrease and one gunn and ye ten pounds which is Dow from William Bradley to me by hand in
Hennarico County and unto my Daughter Obedience Jones I give one Heifor of two years old and
two heifors of one year old and their Encrease and one horse colt of a year old and two sows
and their Encrease and after my Decease my Side Saddle and to my Son James Jones I give ten
pounds current money to be payd out of my present Estate to him when he shall attain to ye age
ot twenty he being eleven years of age in February nex Ensuing.   And to my Daughter Sarah I
give one young Cow and Calf and their Encrease and five pounds current money to be payed when
she shall attain to ye age of Sixteen years she being five years of age next July and if any of
my Children shall die before ye said ages of twenty or Sixteen then in my will and meaning is
that Every Such part or parts of the Deceased shall be divided in Equal portions among ye
survivors of them all and their Heirs for Ever to them and their own proper uses and behoof for
ever Frely and Quietly without any murmor of Challenge claim or Demand of me the Sd Rebeccah
mother of ye aforesaid Children or of any other pson or psons Whatsoever for me in my name by
my causement or Procurement and without any money or other thing therefore to be yielded payd
or Done unto me Ye sd Rebeccah or my Exrs Admrs or Assigns and I the said Rebeccah all and
Singular the aforesaid Creatures and money to my aforesaid Children to them to their Exrs,
Admrs and Assigns to them and their use aforesaid against all people do Warrant and forever
Defend by these presents and further be it known that I the Sd Rebeccah have put my Sd Children
in Inescapable and quiet possession of all and singular the aforesd Creatures by the delivery
of them at ye ensealing hereof unto them.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto Interchangably fixed my hand and Seal this Twenty First day
of November in the Year of our Lord 1719.

                                                             Rebeccah    R       West   [SEAL]

At a Court held for Isle of Wight County the 23 Day of November 1719 Rebecca West Acknowledged
this her Deed and Admitted to Record.

Teste:  H. Lightfoot. Cl  Ct.

Deeds Wills Isle of Wight County Virginia. Great Book Vol. 2 part 1 1713-1726. pp. 311, 312.
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       Sat, 24 Nov 2001 10:11:57 -0700
       "Kathi Vincent" <jimnkathi@earthlink.net>
Subject:  Re: [SCHORRY-L] Re: Researchers in area

Hi, I am wondering if you suspect that your Mary WEST is connected to Robert
WEST Sr. Rev. Soldier of Horry County, he was born abt 1755 died 29 Dec
1827. He had a 2nd wife named Mary, 1st wife is unknown (at least to me).
With his 1st wife he had:
Abraham???? b. abt 1780?
Cornelious b. abt 1790, moved to Fla. md. 1. Mary Jane TUCKER, 2. Winnifred
Elizabeth b. abt 1790 m. Solomon SMITH
Robert Jr. (I descend) b. 1795 md. 1. Unknown 2. Anna, moved to Fla.
Kittittesa "Kitsey" b. Abt 1794 m. Matthias VAUGHT Jr.
Mary b. abt 1800 md. William McClamma moved to Fla.

Robert Sr. md. Mary abt 1804 and had
Arthur b. aby 1805 md. Lochey MOORE, moved to Fla.
Joseph Sion b. abt 1805 md. Ann "Nancy" HEARL
Dicy b. abt 1805

I have watched the Bladen and Columbus County records and feel there was a
James and Arthur who was connected to my Robert WEST and that he probably
came from that area. Let me know if you find any connection. Kathi Hall

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrie Dominguez" <orchid@sunflower.com>
To: <SCHORRY-L@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2001 9:21 AM
Subject: RE: [SCHORRY-L] Re: Researchers in area

> Does anyone know of any researchers based in the area of Horry Co. near
> junction of the Waccamaw River, Columbus and Brunswick Counties?
> I am looking for information on the family of James Thomas and Mary West
> living there from ca. 1800-1837 and cannot seen to find the information I
> need online.   Three of James' children married into the Sellers family of
> Brunswick Co., NC and James' son James D.(my direct line) married a
> Catherine (?) from Columbus Co.  Both James and Mary were born in NC ca.
> 1780, but where in NC is unknown. Looking for information on James and
> Mary's parents as well as info on Catherine.  Any assistance would be very
> much appreciated!
> TIA,
> Carrie Thomas-Dominguez
> Lawrence, Kansas

> ==== SCHORRY Mailing List ====

april 1, 2003

In the last two days, I have spent about ten hours in libraries in Biloxi and
New Orleans...didn't find much new, but did get a "refresher" course.  I
cannot "connect" WILLIAM SELLER to any shipment of convicts...and I scanned
the entire book og HOTTEN today.

I did see why you concluded that WILLIAM SELLER was "involved" in Bacon's
Rebellion...there is a notation, by the author, that most, if not all, of
those who signed the petition for leniency for WILLIAM WEST, were
involved...yet, I have been unable to "connect" WILLIAM SELLER to an active
 Please consider (1) WEST was married to a daughter of Rev BRASSWELL
and (2) Rev BRASSWELL's land was adjacent to that of WILLIAM SELLER and (3)
SELLER and BRASSWELL, obviously, were WELL acquainted, as they appeared in
court together a number of times...and went to court together to record land

Good to see something from you...you've been silent for about a week...hope
you haven't been ill.


Source: WEST-L@rootsweb.com
Subject: Nathaniel West

I have found quite a few references/inquiries on various forums about one Nathaniel WEST of LA who married a Marie SELLERS/ARS. The email addresses of those persons making the inquiries are no longer valid. I have some information on Nathaniel and am hoping to contact interested persons. This Nathaniel, born NC, was in LA by 1820, possibly earlier.

Many thanks.


Awkoska Powell [westhistorian@yahoo.com]


Re: [GAMITCHE-L] Sellers and West family, late 1800's

If anyone knows Elija Sellars' wife Susan's maiden name I would like to
learn what it is. I've been thinking that maybe besides being wife of
one of Jacob Benjamin Sellers' (sic) brothers, she might also herself
been related Jacob Benjamin Sellers' wife Georgia Ann Joiner. Georgia
Ann was a daughter of Bennett Joiner and Charity "Salenee" Sherrod.

Richard White
Tallahassee, Florida

Richard White [rw@pone.com]


rw@pone.com writes:
If anyone knows Elija Sellars' wife Susan's maiden name I would like to learn what it is.

The wife of Elijah SELLARS was Susan WEST SELLARS who was daughter of William and Anna Jane THOMAS WEST.



So, my great grandfather's brother's Confederate back pay was presumably
claimed by Susan West Sellars. I could probably know this for certain
if the claim affidavit wasn't blackened to nearly complete illegibility
by age.

My great grandfather later married Missouri Lester West who was
previously married to Levi Harper. Missouri's father was Mallie West.
Do you (or anyone here) know how or if Mallie was related to Susan's
father William West?

My great grandfather's son Daniel L. Sellars married Missouri West's
daughter Lizzie Harper.



Fran replies:
It might be useful for me to ascertain just which SELLERS/ARS we are discussing. I am writing on belief that your GrGranddaddy's brother was Elijah SELLERS who lived out his days in Mitchell Co., GA after having been cut into that county from Baker. Elijah was born Sampson Co., NC ca 1813.

If that is correct, I don't have record that Elijah served during the War, so cannot address the statement regarding the back pay from the War.



Richard, I forgot to mention that I can also document JOYNER/JOINER and WEST connections back to NC.



rw@pone.com writes:
---but he was the oldest son of Jacob Benjamin Sellers and Georgia Ann Joiner Sellers and was in their household in the 1850 census in Dooly County----

Richard, a Jacob SELLERS died in Dooly Co., GA, and was recorded on the mortality schedule of 1850, as having been ninety (maybe more) years of age. How is this Jacob SELLERS, born NC, related to your GA lineage?

I would like to correspond with anyone who is researching, or has information on, the family of this particular Jacob SELLERS.



rw@pone.com writes:
That was "Alford" Sellers. Alford was living with the younger Benjamin Franklin Veal in DeKalb County in 1880, and was very important in my Sellars line's oral history because he was an itinerant stove repairman who "found: my great grandfather Richard M. Sellars in the course of his travels, and reunited him with at least two of his (Richard M. Sellars') sisters. Given that George W. was living in the household of Alfred Joiner in 1860, "Alford" Sellars might be a son of George W., but so far as I know it is most likely that he was one last child of Jacob Benjamin and Georgia Ann... or at least one of possibly two, because somewhere I got the idea that the Georgia Ann who married John Pollock in Camilla, and was also born in 1862, might also be a child of Jacob Benjamin and Georgia Ann.


I do BELIEVE, though, that Elijah's father was William Sellers and that his mother was Nancy Moye.

Richard, it occurs to me you might be interested in knowing that way back in mid seventeen hundreds, a NC WEST girl named Ann married a Thos. ALFORD. From that time to this present time, the surname ALFORD has been used by many folks related to, descended from that very early ALFORD/WEST marriage.

A POLLOCK/WEST association goes back to at least NC late seventeen hundreds.

Finally, a WEST of Mitchell Co., GA married Mary MOYE. I seem to recall
(inaccurately??) that Mary, too, was living in Mitchell Co., GA at the time of their marriage.

Intertwined? Good choice of words.



Also forgot to ask the GA SELLERS/ARS researchers:

Where does Jesse SELLERS fit in this discussion? Jesse was born GA ca 1827 and married Eliza (Elizer as sometimes it has been written) WEST, who was born NC ca 1831, a daughter of James E. and unknown WEST. Eliza was the oldest known child of James E. WEST.

Some of the known children of Jesse and Eliza WEST SELLERS were: Lemuel, John, Samuel, Sarah, Gibson and Susan (who was born about 1859).

No record of Jesse has been found after the War, so at this point I am suspecting he died/was killed in that War.

Thanks very much.

fredandfran [awkoska@adelphia.net]


JAN 2006

Subject: Re: WEST/SELLERS - NC & Mitchell Co., GA

Message Board URL:


Message Board Post:

My husband's 3ggfather was Gibson West. His son James Bunion WEST married Frances DAVIS in Burke Co., Ga. abt 1844. They moved to Baker Co., Ga. James B. WEST m-2nd Mary SELLERS (dau. of Simeon Thurman SELLERS and Rutha Green LEWIS, of Thomas Co., Ga.) More about the SELLERS family in "History of Grady Co., Ga. by Yvonne Brunton) The children of James and Frances DAVIS WEST were: 1-Mary WEST b-29 Mar 1845, Baker Co., Ga.
m-John W. SHARPE, d-6 Feb 1905 Mitchell Co., Ga.
Hopeful Cem.
2-Louisa WEST b-7 Nov 1847, Baker Co., Ga.
m-"Tom" Thomas Joseph CROSS (22 Dec 1867) Mit
d-29 Nov 1907 Mitchell Co., Ga. (Pelham Cem.)
3-'Carrie' Caroline WEST b-3 Feb 1850, Baker Co., Ga.
m-'Dave" David B. HARRISON
d-24 Jan 1927 Mitchell Co., Ga. (Hopeful Cem.)
4-Frances WEST b-27 Feb 1853, Baker Co., Ga.
m-Peter WASHINGTON 27 Oct 1882 Mitchel Co., Ga.
5-Martha WEST b-27 Oct 1855, Baker Co., Ga.
m-'Jimmy' James W. CROSS 31 Dec 1874,Mitchell Co
d-23 Apr 1919 Mitchell Co., Ga. (Hopeful Cem.)
6-'Susie' Susannah WEST b-2 Feb 1858, Mitchell Co., Ga.
m-Thomas Jefferson SELLERS abt1883
d-14 Apr 1933, Mitchell Co., Ga. (Hopeful Cem.)
7-'Buddy' James B. WEST b-9 Jul 1860, Mitchell Co., Ga.
d-24 Aug 1867 Mitchell Co.Ga.
8-Georgia WEST b-22 Dec 1862 Mitchell Co., Ga.
m-William Green SELLERS 18 Oct 1884, Mitchell Co., Ga.
d-13 Jun 1954, Grady Co., Ga. (New Hope Cem.)
(This couple are my hus. great grandparents. Georgia's
sister, Susie was married to William's brother Thomas) 9-Lula Margaret WEST b-21 Jan 1866, Mitchell Co., Ga.
m-'R. B.' Ransom Beaureguard WINGATE 19 Dec 1882
Mitchell Co., Ga.
d-17 Apr 1936, Mitchell Co., Ga. (Oakview Cem.)
James Bunion WEST and Mary SELLERS children"
1-"Pryor" James W. T. WEST b- 22 Aug 1874, Mitchell Co.,
d-1889, Mitchell Co., Ga.
2-Minnie L. WEST b- 2 Jun 1876, Mitchell Co., Ga.
d-25 Aug 1880, Mitchell Co., Ga.







The three WEST brothers from NC enumerated 1850 Baker County, GA[1] turned out to be not brothers at all but uncles and nephew[2]. Gibson and William were brothers[3], James E[4]. was their nephew[5]. Gibson born NC ca 1792 died Mitchell County, GA December 1869[6]. William born NC ca 1790 died Baker County, GA prior to 6 October 1857[7]. James E. born NC ca 1804 died probably Bridge Creek, Colquitt County, GA after 1880[8]. Gibson and his wife were in Burke Co., GA about1817[9]. William, his wife Anna Jane[10], and three other persons in household were in Burke Co., GA in time to be enumerated on the census of 1820[11]. After living in Burke County for more than ten years, William moved with his family to Baker County, GA[12] in the early 1830’s. Gibson moved to Baker County between 1847[13] and the time of the census enumeration in 1850. James E. was first enumerated as head of household 1840 Baker County, GA[14]. Immediate neighbors of James E. 1840 were Henry CROSBY, John ADAMS, James M. ROBINSON, Parris BUTLER, Richmond LEVINS, William WEST and Samuel SELLARS. James lived between Parris BUTLER and James M. ROBINSON.




The research goal of this paper is to identify the father of James E. WEST by tracking Gibson WEST, a proved uncle of James E. WEST. Since Gibson was such an unusual WEST given name, it was decided Gibson would surely be easier to track than the many James and William WESTs of Bladen, Duplin and Sampson Counties. From the widow’s pension application papers of Anna Jane Thomas WEST[15] it was learned that the father of James E. WEST was an older brother of William and Gibson. The purpose of the NC search is to locate and identify the birth family of Gibson and William WEST and by so doing to identify their older brother who was the father of James E. WEST. 




              While conducting research in the Duplin County courthouse another researcher [16] located a Duplin County Court Record of Gibson WEST[17]. She was kind enough to forward that record to me. The Duplin County search for parentage of James E. WEST  (by tracking Gibson WEST) began with that record.


October 1808, Duplin County, NC, Gibson WEST[18] was declared by a Duplin County Grand Jury to be an orphan under twenty one years of age with no visible means of support. The persons with whom Gibson was living were ordered to appear in the next session of court in order to make provisions for Gibson[19]. Duplin original court minutes were searched for the next three court sessions and no other mention was found of Gibson WEST[20]. There are no extant bastardy bonds for this time period in Duplin County[21]. In the Duplin Court Minutes, 1784-1816, there is no further mention of Gibson WEST[22]. As further study would show, there were quite a few Duplin County records located on WEST men named William, one of whom was Gibson’s brother.


Two WEST families were enumerated in the Duplin County census of 1800. A Samuel WEST[23] household was composed of two males 16-26, one male 45 and up, 1 female 16-26. The household of Delila (sometimes spelled Delilah) WEST[24] was composed of 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-26 and 1 female 45 and up.


Four WEST families were enumerated Duplin County 1810. Delila WEST[25] was head of household with household composition of 1 male under 10; 1 male 10-under 16; 2 females 16-under 26; and 1female 45 and up. Samuel WEST’s[26] household consisted of 3 males under 10, 1 male 26 and under 45 and 1 female 16 and under 26. In the James WEST[27] household of 1810 there were 2 males under 10; 1 male 16-under 26; 1 male 45 and up; 1 female under 10 and 1 female 16-under 26. Daniel WEST[28] lived next door to James in 1810 and Daniel’s household was composed of 1 male 16-under 26; 2 females under 10 and 1 female 16-under 26.


Delila of the 1800 and 1810 Duplin County census has not been found on later census records of the county.[29] Other than the tax record of 1808, no further record has been found of a Samuel WEST, listed by name, who was more than 45 years of age in 1800[30]. Since Delila WEST’s households of both 1800 and 1810 had males of an age to have been Gibson, William and the unknown older brother of William, it was decided to look at WEST records of Duplin County, from its creation to about 1840. (Gibson and William WEST were in Burke County, GA 1820[31]; James E. was in Baker County, GA as head of household by 1840[32].)


No WEST family has been found on the Duplin County population census of 1820[33]. 


Statewide Marriage Bond Index search yielded no Delila WEST[34]. There were no land records found for Delila WEST. The abstracts of deeds for Duplin County, NC[35] yielded no information; nor did a hands-on search of Register of Deeds records in Kenansville, NC[36]. There are no extant newspapers for Bladen, Duplin or Sampson Counties, NC prior to 1890[37]. Feme sole status and divorce records[38] were checked and Delila was found in neither. Searches of the records of Wardens of the Poor[39] revealed no WEST records. Since Delila was enumerated as head of household, she could have acted in her own right, either as widow, single female over 21, or by having declared feme sole status. If Delila did any transaction of any nature in her own name, in Duplin County during the time period of study, no record of that transaction has been found. 


Following is a listing of some of the WEST records found in Duplin County.


In 1770 a William WEST witnessed the Duplin County will of one Richard WILLIAMS[40]. A male could witness a deed at age fourteen[41], but that may not apply to being witness to a will; therefore, for purposes of this study, this particular William will be considered as having been born circa 1749. Richard was noted in the will as “being of Southampton”. Other witnesses were Leucey HEDGPETH and Bennett BIRDSONG. Although the elder Samuel WEST lived among many WILLIAMS families[42], searches of Duplin records revealed no additional connection of Richard to Leucey HEDGEPETH, Bennett BIRDSONG or to William WEST. 


John DOLLAR[43] in 1777 sold forty acres to William WEST so we know this William was at least twenty-one years of age that year. His birth year then, would have been circa 1756. The only legal description of the land William purchased is the reference to land along John STEPHENS’s plantation and along the patent line[44]. No land transaction has been found that shows William disposed of those forty acres[45].


A William served in a militia group during the Revolutionary War[46]. Two William WEST men were enumerated on the Duplin tax list of 1783[47]. One William WEST was listed in the tax assessments of the company of Captains TOOLE, WARD and PIPKINS[48] and the other William WEST was listed in the tax assessments of Captains STALLING and WALLER’S[49] Companies.


On 22 April 1789, Jacob SELLERS gave a deed of sundries to “WEST’s children”[50] but no deed has ever been found. Asa SUTTON proved the deed in open court[51]. Jacob was enumerated two houses from Delila WEST on the Duplin census of 1810[52]. He lived in the immediate neighborhood of William WEST 1783[53].


There are no extant Duplin Tax Rolls 1790-1806[54]. Beginning, then, with 1806:  James WEST was taxed on one white poll 1806, no land; Daniel WEST was taxed on one white poll, 1806, no land. 1807 James and Daniel each owned 100 acres and each was taxed on one white poll. 1808 Samuel WEST was found on the Duplin tax list as owner of 100 acres with no polls[55]. On the Duplin County tax list of 1811 are found William WEST, 136 acres[56]; Samuel WEST 106 acres[57]; James WEST 140 acres[58] and Daniel WEST 160 acres[59]. No record has been found that either of these men purchased the land, nor has any will or deed has been found showing these men inherited the land. In 1812, James had 100 acres[60] and Daniel had 160 acres[61]. Samuel and William were not found on the Duplin tax lists of 1812. 1813 James and Daniel owned 100 acres of land each; 1814 no WEST families could be located on the filmed tax rolls; James WEST in 1815 owned 100 acres and Samuel WEST owned 100 acres. 1818 found only James WEST on the tax rolls, with 100 acres valued at 150—the tax roll does not show whether the 150 was pounds or dollars.


Three KNOWLES/WEST records have been found among the Duplin Court Minutes. (1) 22 January 1806 Elizabeth KNOWLES was called before the Grand Jury [62]: “Grand Jury reported that sundry orphan children in this county are suffering and likely to be bed up in illness; Jean MILLER & Dolly MILLER orphans of Robert MILLER, deceased; Obby KNOWLES orphan of Elizabeth KNOWLES; Scott BRAY living on Maxwell; ordered clerk issue citations bringing them to next court that they may be provided for”. (2) 1814 Elizabeth KNOWLES charged William WEST with paternity of her child for which William posted a bond[63]. In 1816, Elizabeth KNOWLES charged William WEST with two years back payment of child support, $43[64].


The William WEST who fathered the child of Elizabeth KNOWLES has not been identified beyond the name in the court records[65]. It is unknown whether that William WEST of the 1814 and 1816 Court records, was also the father of Obby KNOWLES. It is unclear as to whether there were two children or just Obby. Did Elizabeth give birth to a child after the birth of Obby? Unfortunately, the Court did not cite the child’s name for whom William WEST acknowledged paternity by posting a bond. Nor did the Court name that child when in 1816 Elizabeth sued William for non-payment of two years’ support. Perhaps all this information would be contained in bastardy bonds that are not available for that time period of Duplin history[66]. 


 A William WEST is listed on the Duplin Tax List of 1811[67] as having 136 acres of land. William possibly inherited the land as there is neither deed nor will showing William as grantee. The only other known William WEST of that time period in Duplin County was born about 1810[68], probably a son of James WEST. That William could not possibly have owned 136 acres 1811 nor could he have served in the War of 1812. He did not father Elizabeth KNOWLES’ child when he, William, was only four years old. No Duplin County record of the William WEST who bought the forty acres from John DOLLAR was found after 1783.


William, brother of Gibson, entered service Duplin County, 25 July 1812, Captain

Bryan GLISSON’s Company, and was discharged 21 October 1812[69] after serving eighty-nine days. This William was the William WEST who married Anna Jane THOMAS Bladen County, NC August 1814[70].


Land records of Duplin County have been searched through 1860 for both WEST and known allied family lands. No record has been found that shows the four WEST men of the 1811 tax list as either grantees or grantors to the lands on which they were taxed; to date no record of their having sold the land has been found. No land division or petition to partition record[71] is extant for that period of Duplin County history.


To summarize: William WEST of this study, brother of Gibson, had either inherited or been given, by 1811, 136 acres of land in Duplin County from an unknown, at present, source; joined the Duplin militia 1812, was discharged 89 days later; married Anna Jane THOMAS in Bladen County and left for GA arriving Burke County in time to be enumerated on that county’s census of 1820. No record of William’s disposal of the 136 acres has been found. Was this the William WEST that Elizabeth KNOWLES charged with paternity of her child? In 1806 when Obby KNOWLES was named as Elizabeth KNOWLES’ orphan by the Grand Jury, this William WEST would have been about sixteen years old. However, in 1814 he would have been about 24 years old. In view of the fact no other William WEST has been found in Duplin 1814, of an age to father a child, the evidence points toward this William as father of the un-named child of Elizabeth KNOWLES. After his marriage to Anna Jane in Bladen County, 1814, did the couple return to live in Duplin on William’s 136 acres? Although it is known they were in GA prior to the arrival of Gibson WEST[72], at this time there is no record of just when William and Anna Jane left NC and arrived in GA.


It is possible a William WEST from another county was the father of Elizabeth’s child.


The 1808 court record showing Gibson as an orphan is to date the only Duplin County record found of Gibson WEST. In 1814, he enlisted in Captain John DuBose’s Company of SeaFencibles, Elizabethtown, Bladen County, NC. A Samuel WEST[73] also served in the SeaFencibles with Gibson. 21 March 1815, Gibson was discharged Beacon Island, NC[74]. He returned to Bladen County where he and Musgrove JONES witnessed a deed in May 1815[75]. No further NC record of Gibson WEST has been found. There were letters waiting for Gibson at the Burke County, GA post office 1817[76]. Gibson and family were enumerated Burke County on the population census of 1820[77].


Samuel WEST born probably Duplin County late 1780’s moved to Bladen County by 1821 where he obtained a land grant of fifty acres on Lyon Swamp[78]. Was Samuel the heretofore unknown, older brother of Gibson and William WEST; therefore the father of James E. WEST? Is this Samuel of Duplin the Samuel who served with Gibson in the SeaFencibles, War of 1812[79]? If this Samuel was the older brother of William and Gibson, why was not Gibson a Duplin landowner as were both Samuel and William? Additional discussion of this Samuel WEST will be found in the Bladen County section of this paper.


James WEST was born Duplin County ca 1785[80]. Daniel WEST was probably born Duplin County, NC ca 1786. Search of Sampson County census of 1850 might reveal the birthplace of Daniel. By 1816[81] Daniel was buying and selling land in Sampson County.


James E. WEST was married NC ca 1830[82]. Eliza, his first known child, was born NC December 1831[83]. James E. and his family were enumerated on the Baker County, GA population census of 1840[84]. To date no NC record has been found to prove James E. WEST ever lived in NC.


Present hypothesis is that Daniel and James were heirs of Samuel WEST the elder. Since the elder Samuel was not enumerated on the Duplin census of 1790, his family composition is unknown before the census of 1800[85]. At that 1800 enumeration, Samuel had two males ages 16-under 26 living in his household. Samuel, the elder, was last enumerated by name on the Duplin census of 1800. In the James WEST household of 1810, it is probable that Samuel was the 45 years and upwards male therein enumerated. Note, too, that in 1807 both Daniel and James owned one hundred acres of land but in 1806 neither was a landowner. For hypothetical purposes, Samuel, the elder, died after the census enumeration of 1810. He began disposing of his lands 1807 by giving them to his heirs, Daniel and James.


Establishing parentage of Daniel, James, Samuel, William and Gibson is to be the next step in this search.


              During the time period of this study, one WEST of Duplin County remains to be presented. James WEST moved to Duplin County by 1772[86] and was last taxed in Duplin County 1783[87]. This James WEST (not to be confused with the James WEST born Duplin County ca 1785) was born ca 1725. When Sampson County was formed, James born ca.1725 was cut into that County. He was listed on that county’s first tax list of 1784[88] as owner of 450 acres. At present it is not known when and where James died.


Brittain WEST, son of the James being discussed, identified in his will his siblings and most of their spouses. Brittain wrote his will 8 November 1828, Perry County, MO[89]. On 6 April 1829[90] the witnesses to Brittain’s will went to court to have the will probated. Portions of Brittain’s will are here transcribed with original wording and grammar exactly as written:


In the name of God, Amen. I, Brittain WEST of the state of Missouri and county of Perry being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory and being desirous to settle my business distribute my worldly substance wherewith it has pleased God to bless me do make ordain and establish this instrument to be my last will and testament in manner and form as follows. That is to say:

Item 6: I will and bequeath to my beloved nephew, Brittain WEST, son of Isham WEST eighty acres of land which I hold in the state of Indiana, Warrick County—to him his heirs and assigns forever. Also I will and bequeath (should it ever be collected) a Judgement I have against Joseph E. FORESS to my beloved brother Isham West his heirs and assigns. 

Item 7: I will and bequeath to my brother James West one dollar to him his heirs and assigns.

Item 8: I will and bequeath to my sister Patience West (now wife of James Parker) one dollar to her and him their heirs and assigns.

Item 9: I will and bequeath to my sister Anna West (now wife of Thos. Alford) one dollar to her and him their heirs and assigns. 

Item 10: I will and bequeath to my sister Lucretia West (now wife of McKinney Sole) one dollar to her and him their heirs and assigns.

Item 11: I will and bequeath to my brother William West one dollar to him his heirs.

Item 12: I will and bequeath to my brother Willis West one dollar to him his heirs.

Item 13: I will and bequeath to my sister Delilah West (now wife of Elmore Carter) one dollar to her and him their heirs and assigns.

Item 14: I will and bequeath to my sister Mary West (now wife of James Barker) one dollar to her and to him their heirs.

Item 15: I will and bequeath to my sister Margaret West (now wife of Wm. Bass) one dollar to her and to him their heirs.

Item 16: I will and bequeath to my brother Joel West one dollar to him his heirs.

Item 17: I will and bequeath to my sister Celia West (now wife of Joseph Sole) one dollar to her and to him their heirs.


              The purpose of printing excerpts from the will of Brittain WEST is to isolate one James WEST from among the several of Bladen, Duplin and Sampson Counties, NC by positively identifying his children and their spouses. It is hoped this will prevent confusing the WEST families of this paper and WEST families of Bladen, with the children of James WEST who are identified in Brittain’s will. The James WEST of the 1790 Bladen census is the brother that was named in Brittain’s will. Children of the Bladen James include James, William, Willis, Sarah and John. Further discussion of this family will be done in the Bladen and Sampson Counties portion of this study.


              A follow-up article on the WEST families of Duplin County will be done as further information perhaps answers some of the questions raised by the records presented in this paper. This article is excerpted from a larger work which will be published 2001. The study is of WEST records, 1750-1850, Bladen, Duplin and Sampson Counties, NC. A copy of this part of the paper is donated to the Duplin County Historical Society.


A copy of this portion of the paper is donated to Chalmer W. WEST.



Problems?Diane Siniard

More Information? Discussion? Fran Powell





[1] 1850 U.S. population census Baker County, GA National Archives Film #432 reel 61: Gibson WEST p35, James WEST Family 10 Dwelling 10; William WEST Family 12, Dwelling 12.

[2] National Archives, Washington, DC, Original Military Records War of 1812; W9318 and W6523, Captain B. GLISSON’s Company: Affidavits of James WEST and Susannah WEST from the widow’s pension application of Anna Jane WEST, widow of William WEST. 

[3] ibid

[4] Baker Co., GA, Grantor (Direct) Index to Deeds: James E. WEST to James PORTIVENT.

[5] Affidavit of James WEST; referenced footnote 2 above.

[6] 1870 U.S.  Mortality schedule, Mitchell County, GA National Archives Film T655, roll 9, p212A.

[7] Baker County, GA Court of the Ordinary: Anna Jane WEST appointed administratrix of William WEST’s estate prior to 6 October 1857.

[8]  1880 U.S. population schedule Colquitt County, GA National Archives Film # T9, reel 141, np (no page);  James was enumerated as age 75, paralyzed, living with his son, Leonard Eugene WEST, Leonard’s family and James’ daughter, Elizabeth WEST.

[9] Alice O. WALKER: Personal Name Index to the Augusta Chronicle, Volume III, 1811-1820: Gibson had letters waiting for him in the post office 1817.

[10] See footnote 2.

[11] 1820 U.S. population census Burke County, GA National Archives Film #M33, reel 8 p22.

[12] Burke County, GA Deed Book B pp 192-193.

[13] Burke County, GA Deed Book 10 p161.

[14] 1840 U.S. population schedule Baker County, GA, National Archives Film # M704 Reel 37, np.

[15] Referenced footnote 2.

[16] Eloise F. POTTER of Zebulon, NC, author of  RACKLEY: A Southern Colonial Family.

[17] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC C.R.035.301.6: Duplin County Minute Docket, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1804-1810, October Term 1808: Gibson WEST, orphan. (In 1808, orphan status could

indicate death of only one parent, usually the father. See p589, NC Research, Genealogy and Local History 2nd edition, Editor Helen F.M. LEARY, C.G.; F.A.S.G.)

[18] Referenced footnote 17.

[19] Leora H. MCEACHERN: Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1805-1809, Part 7 p91. Neither Gibson’s residence nor the folks with whom he was living was identified.

[20] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: C.R.035.301.6, Original Duplin County Court Minutes, 1804-1810.

[21] Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records, Eleventh revised edition.

[22] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: C.R.035.301.6, Original Duplin County Court Minutes, 1804-1810, were searched item by item for any family that might have taken Gibson into the home.

[23] 1800 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film M32, reel 31 p401/402

[24] 1800 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film # M32, reel 31 p407.

[25] NC State Archives: F.2.11 Federal Records 1810 NC census p667, Duplin and other counties.

[26] 1810 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film # M252 reel 40; p663

[27] 1810 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film #M252, reel 40, p638

[28] ibid

[29] 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 U.S. population census schedules Duplin County, NC searched by this writer; National Archives. The late Fred WEST in his groundbreaking work The Wests of The Cape Fear Valley Area 2nd edition, noted on p152 a Samuel and a Delila WEST enumerated Duplin County 1820. Samuel’s household composition was 2 males 16-under 18; 1 male 45 and upward; 1 female 16-under 18. Delila’s household composition as written by Mr. WEST contains no female age 45 and upward.

[30] ibid

[31] See above section of this report entitled GEORGIA.

[32] ibid

[33] Referenced footnote 29.

[34] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: Microfiche Statewide marriage bond index.

[35] Eleanor Smith DRAUGHON: Abstracts of Deeds 1784-1813, Volume 1.

[36] This writer searched Register of Deeds and Clerk of Court records in Kenansville, NC 24-26 April 2000. Copy of Duplin County extant records may be obtained from the Register of Deeds, Kenansville, NC 28349

[37] Roger C. JONES: Guide to North Carolina Newspapers on Microfilm

[38] Ransom MCBRIDE:Divorces and Separations Granted by Act of NC Assembly from 1790-18-08  North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Volume 111, #1, February 1977.

[39] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: C.R.087.927.1 Sampson County Vestry Minutes (wardens of the poor) and C.R.035.927.1 Duplin County Records, St. Gabriel’s Parish, Wardens Records 1799-1817.

[40] William L. (Bill) MURPHY: Genealogical Abstracts Duplin County Wills 1730-1860, p185 #566.

[41] Helen F.M. LEARY, C.G; F.A.S.G. Editor: North CarolinaResearch, Genealogy and Local History 2nd edition  p61.

[42] C.035.70001: Duplin County tax records purchased from NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: 1786, Frederick WILLIAMS, Joseph WILLIAMS, Jr., Aaron WILLIAMS, Samuel WEST, David WILLIAMS, Joseph WILLIAMS, Sr., John WILLIAMS and Stephen WILLIAMS.

[43] Duplin County Deed Book 5, p292.

[44] ibid

[45] Duplin County Deed Book 7B pp30 & 31, 6 February 1835, David RIVENBARK sold forty acres located Buck Hall to Danl WEST; Duplin Deed Book 13, p72, 1837, Daniel WEST sold to Henry BEST 40 acres located Buck Hall; Duplin Deed Book 24, p282, 1859, Daniel WEST sold to Joshua WEST 40 acres located Stewart’s Creek.

[46] Virginia L. BIZZELL & Oscar M. BIZZELL: Revolutionary War Records of Sampson and Duplin County: A Contribution to Genealogy p306.

[47] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: CR.035.701.1, Duplin County Tax Records 1783-1817, 1 volume, np.

[48] Some neighbors of the William of this tax assessment company: James WEST, Mary KILLET, Henry SMITH, Alexr CHESNUTT, William WEST, remaining names on page illegible.

[49] Some neighbors of the William of the tax assessment company of 1783: Britton POWELL, Elijah BOWEN, Sr., Jonathan DAVIS, Wm. WEST, Abraham NEWTON, Sarah NEWTON, William BLAND, Daniel ALDERMAN, Jr., Joseph WILLIAMS, Sr., Aron WILLIAMS.

[50] Guide to Research Materials in the NC State Archives, County Records, eleventh revised edition, p116, Court Records, County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Minutes, 1784-1868, 20 volumes, Part II (1788-1791).

[51] Some researchers reading the Duplin County Original Minutes in the NC State Archives have read this name as Asa SELLERS. The Abstracts of Minutes names this man as Asa SUTTON. That name is used in this paper.

[52] 1810 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film #M252, reel 40, p667.

[53] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: CR.035.70001.1, Duplin County Tax lists 1783-1817, 1 volume, Captains STALLINGS and WALLER’S tax assessments.

[54] Referenced footnote 53; series is very broken, 1790-1806 missing.

[55] Helen F. M. LEARY, C.G., F.A.S.G. Editor: North Carolina Research, Genealogy and Local History, 2nd edition p232, A law of 1801 exempted free males over the age of fifty (from paying poll taxes.)

[56] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: C.R.035.70001.1, Duplin County Tax lists 1783-1817, 1 volume.

[57] ibid p38

[58] ibid p38

[59] ibid p38

[60] C.035.70002, Microfilm purchased from NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: Duplin County tax records, 1783-1817.

[61] ibid

[62] Leora H. MCEACHERN: Duplin County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Abstracts of Minutes 1805-1809, np.

[63] Guide to Research Materials in The NC State Archives, County Records, eleventh revised edition, p116, Court Records, County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Minutes 1784-1868, 20 volumes, 18 January 1814, William WEST was charged with a bastard child begotten on the body of Elizabeth KNOWLES. WEST appeared in Court and posted a bond.  

[64] ibid 17 January 1816: Elizabeth KNOWLES came into Court and charged William WEST for delinquency in payment of $43 for two years support of a bastard child begotten by William WEST.

[65] C.R. 035.101.2: Duplin County Apprentice Bonds and Records 1801-1908 (Broken series), no apprentice bonds prior to 1860; no bastardy bonds prior to 1868.

[66] Referenced footnote 63.

[67] Referenced footnote 56.

[68] 1850 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives Film #M432 reel 629, family 129.

[69] Referenced footnote 2.

[70] National Archives, Washington, D.C. Widow’s application for pension W9318 and W6523; James CROMARTIE, J.P. performed marriage ceremony Bladen County August 1814.

[71] Guide to Research Materials in the NC State Archives, County Records, eleventh revised edition, Original Records, Land Records: Land Divisions, Partitions and Sales 1796-1936.

[72] Referenced footnote 2, testimony of Susannah WEST, widow of Gibson WEST. Susannah stated in her affidavit that William and Anna Jane had left for GA prior to her departure. That Gibson had mail waiting for him Burke County, GA 1817 suggests he was already there or that someone knew he was expected to arrive there.

[73] National Archives, Washington, D.C.: Old Military and Civil Records, Textual Archives Services Division, Muster Rolls Captain John DUBOSE’S Company, War of 1812, SeaFencibles.

[74] National Archives, Washington, D.C.: Original Military Records, War of 1812, U.S. Volunteers, SeaFencibles.

[75] Bladen County Deed Book 10, p312

[76] Referenced footnote 9.

[77] 1820 U.S. population census Burke County, GA National Archives Film #M33 reel 8 p22.

[78] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: S.108.494 Bladen Co. 0616-0876; Entered: 27 December 1820; Surveyed 29 October 1821; there were no chain carriers named. 

[79] National Archives, Washington, D.C. has neither service record nor pension application for any Samuel WEST who served from NC in the SeaFencibles. The only extant record found to date that Samuel served in the SeaFencibles is the muster roll referenced in footnote 71.

[80] 1850 U.S. population census Duplin County, NC National Archives film M432, reel 629, dwelling 81, family 81.

[81] Virginia L. BIZZELL and Oscar M. BIZZELL: A Portrait of Sampson County, NC 1810-1820, p129.

[82] NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC: Statewide marriage index; marriage records of Bladen and Duplin Counties, NC have been searched. No record of this James’ marriage has been found. The mother of Eliza remains unknown.

[83] Birth date from tombstone: Bridge Creek Cemetery, Moultrie, Colquitt County, GA.

[84] Referenced footnote 14.

[85] Samuel owned land in both Duplin and Sampson Counties. Further research among Sampson County records may clarify this matter.

[86] Duplin County Deed Book 26 pp378-380.

[87] C.035.7002, Microfilm purchased from the NC State Archives: Duplin County 1783 tax assessments of the company of Captains TOOLE, WARD and PIPKIN

[88] Sampson County, NC Courthouse, Clinton, NC: Sampson County tax list 1784

[89] Perry County, MO Probate Records: copy of original will #7

[90] Perry County, MO Probate Records: copy of original attachment to will #7







I am looking for information on
Nathaniel West who was married to Mary
Sellers in North Carolina. Nathaniel was
in the Attakapas region of Louisiana before
1779. When Mary Sellers died he then married
Sarah Bonn. Nathaniel West and Mary Sellers
had a daughter, Unity West.

Nathaniel is supposedly the son of a
John West of North Carolina. This would
probably be the early l700's to mid l700's.

I would appreciate any information on
either the West and/or Sellers lines.
Unity West had a brother, Creed West.

I have other information on the Wests
of Louisiana including Unity West's marriage
to John Reed and after his death to James

Jo Ann Heinrich


If you have info on when Nathaniel and Mary Unity Sellers were married i would like it . I understand that Nathaniel was married to Sarah Bonn with Children Nathaniel, Joel, Sarah. I'm still looking for more info on them.
Nathaniel West & Mary Unity Sellers (William Sellers & Marie)
Children Of Nathaniel & Mary
Unity Genevieve West B-abt. 1764
Creed Robert West B- 1765 D- 1850 M- Mary LeJaune
John West B-abt. 1768

I understand that there were other children but which mother was their i dont know
Catherine West died 1801 Opalousas, La
Winifred West B- NC
Noel 1771/8-5-1838
Sneed West 1773/4-5-1786
Hope this helps I would like any info that you have on this family or there children. Norma


Hi Norma...In response to your message the following. Nathaniel West B about 1732, d about 1776,m twice,1st to Marie Sellers about 1753/54 and had 1-Winifred,b about 1755,d about 1799,m 1776 William Russ,m 2nd James Hillen.2-Catherine b 1757/8,d (buried 10 Mar 1801,m Daniel Calahan,(divorced 6 May 1795).3-Unity Genevieve,b about 1760/65,d 1840-50,m 1st John Reed,m 2nd James Campbell.4-Robert Creed,b about 1765,d 1850,m 20 Apr 1801 Marie Lejeune.5- John,b about 1768.Children all born in North Carolina.Nathaniel and Sarah Bonn,(b about 1742 ,d 2 Jan 1781)his 2nd wife had 1-Joel,b about 1772,d 5 Aug 1838,age 66.2- Noel(twin to Joel)B about 1772,d 10 Sept 1789,3-Snide(Louiside,Sarah Lucinda,Lucille)b 1773,d 5 Apr 1786(age 13).4-Nathaniel,b 1776,d (Succ 22 Oct 1838),m 12 Nov 1805,Marie Cochran.My wife is a decendant of Winifred and William Russ.Hope this helps to sort it out for you.Sencerely,Robert Ogden


Hi Norma,

I have just come across your posting. My
e-mail address was changed to gwjarich
@ipa.net in April. Thanks so much for the
info. I really don't know when Nathaniel
and Mary (Marie) Sellers were married in
NC. Do you happen to know who the parents
are of Nathaniel?

Am descended from Unity West and James
Campbell. How are you descended from
Nathaniel and Mary (Marie)?

I have some info I will have to go through
re: children and Sarah Bonn. Will be back
in touch with you.

Jo Ann

Jo Ann,
My husband is descended from Unity West Campbell and her second husband, John Reed. Do you know where Unity was born? Were they Quakers? Many Quaker records for North Carolina are accessible.
Alma B. Reed
Eunice, LA


Hi Alma,

It was great having you respond to my
query - thanks.

First, I believe John Reed was Unity's
first husband. She married James
Campbell ca 1792 in a Catholic Church
in Opelausas. I have a copy of this
marriage certificate which was in

Unity was born in NC, but I am not sure
what county. I do not know if they were
Quackers or not.

I will go through my records on Nathaniel
and Unity and see what I can find. Right
now, I am just doing this off the top of my

I would very much like to e-mail you
privately and we can share information.


Jo Ann (Sandefur) Heinrich


from D. STODDARD, OCT 1999dastoddard@aol.com

Looking for more details about descendency of Wests in early Nash & Edgecombe Co, neighbors to Stricklands, Moores,

Have many deed entries from these counties consider William West, John West, Dempsey West, and their involvement with others.

Some facts are known:

Catherine West, orphan of John West Bond 1787, term 1790 by Faithful (Faithy) West, gdn. (Nash Co bonds & returns 1777-1859)

Mar 8 1798
Fatha Sellers, wife of James Sellers, was widow of John West, deceased.
(Nash Co Deed Bk 6 p 448)

Oct term 1781 - Nash
John West inventory by Edward Moore, admr. Sale held by James Battle, coroner, 1782. Faithey West, William West, Dempsey West, Arthur West and Nathan West were buyers. Account current with Wilson Taylor, exr. of Edward Moore, decd., who was admr for John West. Accounts paid to Williami West, Nathan West and Dempsey West in Virginia money, no date.

May 14, 1792
Summons Lazarus Strickland, son of Lazarus Strickland and Edith his wife to appear at next court to give testimony against James Sellars for abusing the orphan of John West. (Nash Co Court Minutes)

(Date missing)
Summon James Sellars & Faithfull his wife to make their personal appearance at the next term and bring Catherine West, orphan of John West deced to shew cause why, etc. (source missing)

Will of William West 26 Nov 1749 prob Feb Ct 1749 [sic]
Daughter Mary Williams. Cousin Williams West (son of my brother Henry West). Son Williams West 200 acres south side Rockey Swamp along with grist water mill thereon to main my wife Martha West his mother as long as she shall life. Son William rest of my lands...Ex: son Williams, Wit: Wallis Jones, John Long, Joel Jones.
Edgecombe Co Will Abstracts p 88

January 4, 1798
Dempsey West, William West, and Simon Strickland jointly sold three tracts of land on the west side of Toisnot Swamp containing 447 acres to Lazarus Strickland for L100 Virginia money in 3 tracts west of Toisnot Swamp on Crooked Branch, Bear Branch, Miry ranch and John's Branch adj said Simon Strickland (70 acres from 150 patented in 1763; 200 granted to Strickland on October 25, 1780; 177 granted to William West Nov 1 17840. Wit: John Taylor, Lazarus Strickland (Nash County Deed Book 6, page 324)

Oct 1781 - court term
John West inventory by Edward Moore admn. Sale by James Battle, coroner, 1782. Faithy West, William West, Dempsey West, Arthur West, Nathan West among buyers. Acct. current with Wilson Taylor, exr. of Edward Moore decd., who was adm of John West. Accounts paid to William West, Nathan West, Dempsey West in Virginia money, no date. (Nash sales/accts 1777-1859)

Have many more details.


Dempsey West is an ancestor of mine through the Threadgill family. Do you have any infor on Dempsey's father or mother?

Stephen Latham



Notes from Mary Fran (WEST) POWELL’s research of Duplin and Sampson Counties, NC:

What is the connection of Alexander WEST of Sampson County, 1830, 1850, 1860, to the Alexander WEST of Duplin Co., NC, 1809? Is there a connection?

            Monday 16 October 1809, Duplin County Court Minutes, np (NC State Archives C.R.035.301.6, Duplin County Minute Docket, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1804-1810): “Upon motion (ordered) Alexander WEST, a child of colour now about sixteen years of age, be bound apprentice to John HUFHAM till he attain to the age of twenty one years to learn to be a farmer and to get his living by labour.
Ordered the Clerk file up indentures.”

Please note that all efforts to document parentage of this child have failed. Alexander was born about 1793 but his place of birth remains unknown as does his parentage. There are no bastardy/apprentice records for this time period in Duplin County history.

February 1830 Sampson Co., NC Court Minutes #8 Stephen HERRING vs Alexander WEST and others. Ca Sa Bond. Martin FRYAR and Taylor JOHNSON brought the defendant Alexander WEST to Court and surrendered him in

discharge of themselves. The defendant, in compliance with the terms of his bond, proved by the oath of Isabel JOHNSON that the services of a notice to Stephen HERRING were timely. Then the defendant took the oath for the relief of insolvent debtors. Ordered that said WEST be discharged.

----Chester ROCKWELL & George W. HOFFERMAN vs. Alexander WEST and others. Alexander took the oath of insolvent debtor and was discharged. Other persons involved in this court case were Martin FRYAR, Taylor JOHNSON, Isaac ROBERTS, Hiram BIRDSEY and Abraham SELLERS.

 Fran’s note: Alexander WEST of Sampson County, 1860, ancestor of Tyrone GOODWYN, named two of his sons James and Gibson; Alexander named a daughter Delila. The naming patterns follow those of Samuel WEST of Duplin and Sampson Counties, NC, 1800 and 1810, and Delila WEST of Duplin Co., NC 1800 and 1810. Hopefully this information will induce male, lineal descendants of Alexander WEST of Sampson County to submit their DNA for YDNA testing to determine descent from (if any) Samuel WEST born before 1753, died Duplin County after 1808.