229. Capt. John I WEST Gov.
(49) was born on 14 Dec 1590 in Hampshire, England. He died in 1659
in West Point, York Co. VA.(50) Charlemagne.s
Desc.V. II, p.265, says he m. Anne (Shirley?)
The West family is listed in Weis,"1-38: ANNE KNOLLYS, m Sir THOMAS WEST
(18-38), Lord Delaware." He is father of John I West, Governor of Virginia
Brother Thomas, 1st Gov. VA, third Lord de la War(r), died, along with all
members of his ship's crew, on his way to Jamestown, VA, bringing supplies to
the surivors of the VA Colony. This Thomas West is regarded as the 'Father of
Virginia'. Bro. Francis was second Gov. of VA, 1633-34.
"1. JOHN WEST (1590-1659), twelfth child of Sir Thomas West, second Lord
De La Warr and his wife Lady Anne Knollys, daughter of Sir Francis Knollys, K.G.,
and his wife Catherine Cary, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth I of England, born
in Hampshire, received the degree of Batcheler of Arts from Magdalen College,
1 Dec. 1613, came to Virginia in the BONY BESS, 1618. Three of his brothers
also came to Virginia: Sir Thomas West (1577-1618), third Lord De La Warr, first
Lord Govenor and Captain General of Virginia, 28 Feb. 1610; his timely arival
at Jamestown, June 1510 saved the colony from abandonment by the disheartened
settlers; *Francis West (1586-1634) member of the Virginia Company, came
to Virginia with Captain Chrisopher Newport, 1608, elected to the Council and
appointed Governor of Virginia, 14 Nov.1627, serving two years and continuing
a member of the Council until his death; NATHANIEL WEST (30 November 1592 -
by 16 Feb 1623) (Hotten 190) married in VA, Frances Greville (see Peirsey and
Mathews) and had issue ; Nathaniel listed in the muster.
From the time of his arrival in the colony, JOHN I WEST was associated with
the military and after the massacre of 1622 he commanded a company of men against
the Indians. He was member of the House of Burgesses from 'The other Side of
the Water,' 1629-30, member of the Council, 1631, Justice of York County, 1644
and after the colonists had 'thrust' out Governor Sir John Harvey, JOHN I WEST
was a senior member of the Council, was selected to fill his place and served
as Governor, May 1635-18 Jan. 1636/7 when Harvey was returned as Govenor.
When decision was reached, 1630, to plant a settlement on the York River,
Colonel John I West was among the first to patent lands there. (he along with
Capt. John Utie each were granted 600 acres at Chiskiacke, 8 Oct. 1630 (MCGC
479).-), and by 1632 was established on his plantation, which, sold to Edward
Digges, 1650, was then known as the 'E.D. Plantation' and later as 'Belefield.'
From York, John I West removed to his plantation at the fork of the York River
on the site of the present town of WEST POINT, originally called DELEWARE. This
track of 3000 acres may be identified in a patent issued to him 6 March 1653,
which included 850 acres granted to him 8 July 1652 (CP 258,295). In addition,
he was granted 1550 acres, 6 May 1651, 'About 6 mi. up York River up the [fork]
on the south side of the River.' which he subsequently sold to Major William
Lewis, who included the land in his patent for 2600 acres issued, 20 Jan 1656,
(Ibid. 213, 336). On 27 May 1654 West patented 1000 acres in Gloucester Co.,
on the side of the Mattopony River.' (Ibed. 232).
Colonel JOHN I WEST died at his West Point Plantation, 1659, and March 1660
the House of Burgesses passed a resolution of good will in recognition of 'the
many important favors and services rendered to the country of Virginia by the
noble family of West, predecessors of Mr. John II West, their now only survivor'--It
is ordered that the levies of the said Master West and his family be remitted,
and that he be exempt from payment thereof during life.'
Colonel John I West married Ann---claimed as a headright 'twice' in the patent
issued to him, 1651, Issue John II West, continued under John II--' West. NEW
ARMS: Argent, a fease dancettee sable.
CREST: Out of a ducal coronet or, a griffin's head asure ears and beak gold.
MOTTO: Jour de ma vie." (Adv. of Purse and Person, pp 339-361)
Of Col. John II: "--He m. Ursula, dau. of Major Croshaw of York Co, --issue:
John, Nathaniel, Thomas and dau. Ann, who m Henry Fox." (Virginia Heraldica.
He was married to Lady Ann WISTON. Lady Ann WISTON
was born in Hampshire, England. She died in Hampshire, England. Capt. John
I WEST Gov. VA and Lady Ann WISTON had the following children:
Col.John, II WEST.