Household 45 - Benjamin West - Contributed by Gail M. Walczyk
District 8 - Household 45
was born circa 1740. He was the son of Benjamin West and Elizabeth his wife (Nottingham
Wills p. 288). He married Elizabeth, Mrs. Benjamin West circa 1765. Her
maiden name is unknown. In the wll of his father Benjamin, in 1775, Benjamin was
named as heir. An abstract of his will reads:
WEST, BENJAMIN - 8 May 1774
- 29 Nov. 1775 - To daughter Comfort Collen 25 acres at Hills Branch, & for want
of heirs to daughter Elizabeth West. To son Benjamin all the rest of my land that
is over Hill's Branch during his natural life, reversion to my grandson Thomas West.
To daughters Elizabeth & Abigail West all the remainder of my land till my grandson
Kendall West comes to age to bring my said grandson up, & then I give the land to
my said grandson. Daughters Elizabeth & Abigail West residual legatees & Exrs. Witt:
William Young, Sr., William Hickman, Richard Justice. In order of prob: George Corbin
app; guardian to the heir at law
On 26 January 1796 the lands of Benjamin
West were processioned. (Walczyk Processions 1796-1816 p. 22). The text reads:
Jany 26th - Lines between Laban Powell, William Shreives, William Stran, Elijah Colony,
Benajmin West, John Barnes, John Gootee, Benjn West present.
1796 Benjamin West (wife Elizabeth) bequeathed the home
and 3 acres to his son Parker West who with his wife Catherine , sold two years later
. . .
Benjamin made a will on 21 Jan 1794 at Accomack Co., VA. It
was probated on 1 November 1796 (Nottingham Wills p. 442). An Abstract of
his will reads:
West, Benjamin - 21 Jan. 1794 - 1 Nov. 1796 - To son Parker
West 3 acres and the house thereon which I have already laid off for him adjacent
William Riley's land. I lend the use of the rest of my land to my 2 sons Parker &
Benjamin West during the life of my wife Elizabeth West & no longer, & at the death
of my said wife I then lend the use of the same to my son John West during his life,
& at his death I lend the use of the said land to my son Parker West, & at his death
I lend the use of the said land to my son Benjamin West, & at the death of the aforesaid
persons I give the said land to the heirs of my son John West. To son Benjamin 15£
cash - Negroes - To son John West personalty, provided he does not disturb my son
Parker West in the possession of the land &c. 3 children Parker West, Tabitha Melson
& Benjamin West residual legatees - Sons Parker West, Benjamin West & Caleb Melson
Exrs. Witt: William Drummond, William Willets.
On 26 January 1796 the
lands of Benjamin West were processioned He also witnessed the processioning. (Walczyk
Processions 1796-1816 p. 22).
The text reads: - Lines between
Laban Powell, William Shreives, William Stran, Elijah Colony, Benjamin West, John
Barnes, John Gootee, Benjn West present.
Benjamin died before 1 Nov
The children of Benjamin West and Elizabeth his wife were:
Thomas West was born at Accomack Co., VA, circa 1767. Thomas was named as heir in
the will of his grandfather, Benjamin West(Nottingham Wills p. 288). NOTE:
He was not named in the will of his father (p. 288), nor was he listed in the two
accounts dividing the slaves of his father (Chancery 1804-012).
West was born circa 1769. Tabitha was named as heir in the will of her father Benjamin
(Nottingham Wills p. 442). She married Caleb Melson (St. George Parish 17), son of Isaac Melson, circa 1787.
Parker West was born circa 1772. Parker was named as heir in the will of his father
Benjamin (Nottingham Wills p. 442). He married Catherine Hall, daughter of
Henry Hall (Accomack
Parish 11) and Mary Shay circa 1788. Parker
died before 24 June 1799 (Nottingham Wills p. p. 456). Parker West and Catherine
Hall had the following children: a. Henry Hall West was born circa 1790 (Accomack
Chancery 1804-012). b. Benjamin West was born circa 1795. (1804-012).
Benjamin West was born at Accomack Co., VA, circa 1775. He married Margaret Russell
on 7 Jun 1800 at Accomack Co., VA.. The record reads: Benjamin West to marry Peggy
Russell on 7 June 1800. John Custis (B.S.) surity. Turman Marriages p. 315).
5. John West was born circa 1777. John died before
1804 without issue. Neither John nor any descendants were named the tow division
accounts of the slaves of Benjamin West (Accomack Chancery 1804-012).
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