Ensign George West

George West, son of Levi West and Mary Unknown, was born on 27 Aug 1749 in MD.1,2,3

George West sold land to a Baptist Church between Apr 1773 and May 1775 in Old Dobbs County, NC. (see Book 10, page 512.)

George West married Mary Ann Dillahunty, daughter of Reverend John Dillahunty and Hannah Neal, on 1 Jul 1773 in Dobbs County, NC.  (She also states they were married 7 Jan 1773). 1,4

George and Mary became the parents of Anna West assumedly in Dobbs County, NC.1,2

George and Mary became the parents of Sally West on 6 Feb 1779 assumedly in Dobbs County, NC.1,2

George West sold land to Charles Markland between Apr 1779 and Apr 1784 in Old Dobbs County, NC. ( see Book 12, page 289)

During the Revolutionary War, George West was enlisted with the 41st Infantry in Jan 1781. He was a private and an ensign.

A letter of recommendation in his pension file states:

New York Jun 6, 1814

Sir,

Ensign George West of the forty first Regiment of Infantry has expressed to me a desire to be transferred to the Artillery in which he is informed are sundry vacancies for the second and third Lieutenants.

Mr. West serve in the state prison guard previously to his appointment in the army and acquainted himself in the former with reputation and I believe is well esteemed in his present station. If there the organization of the Artillery should furnish an opportunity to gratify his wishes, I beg leave to recommend his transfer and am persuaded he will make a reputable and valuable officer.

I am respectfully Sir

Your ???

Daniel D. Tompkins

Another reads:

Honorable John Armstrong

I have taken the liberty of covering a number of Letters on behalf of Ensign George West, recommending his promotion. I think he bids ? to make a good Officer and appears to have many Friends. ~~ Should your good self approve of his promotion you will confer a favor on,

Your Most Obedient and obliged

Humble Servant

Nathel G. Ingraham

New York

June 1814

Another reads:

New York 6th Jun 1814

The Hon. The Secty of War,

Sir,

The undersigned asks liberty to recommend to the notice of the Hon: the Secy of War, Ensign George West of the 41st US Iny. Mr. West is desirous of a transfer to the Corps of Artillery as Lieut. From his information in military science, activity, enterprise of industry, united with sobriety of a gentlemanly deportment much may be expected. The undersigned from his acquaintance with Mr. W, ? confidence in his abilities and deems him worthy of notice and hopes that his application may meet with one regard.

With sentiments of respect and consideration

I am Sir your most obt servt.

Samuel Akerly.4

George and Mary became the parents of Micajah West assumedly in Dobbs County, VA.1,2

George and Mary became the parents of Hannah West on 30 Mar 1784 assumedly in Dobbs County, NC. She’s 26-45 on the 1820 census.1,2,5

George West received a land grant.  His land was entered 21 Sep 1785 in Dobbs County, NC The following is a transcription of that land grant:

State of North Carolina

No. 731 Know ye that we have granted unto George West one hundred and twenty five acres of land in Dobbs County on the Vine Swamp joining Nunz, Lowry’s and John Dillihaunty’s line. Beginning at a state in or near John Dillahunty’s and runs West one hundred and forty poles to a pine Lowry’s Corner then North with Brown’s line forty eight poles to Nunns line then west with Nunns Line North eight degrees East ninety poles to his corner then with his other line North two degrees East one hundred poles to a small red oak in Nunn’s line in Chances Savannah then forth twenty four degrees East eighty poles to a pine then forth thirty six degrees East thirty eight poles to a black Jack John Dillahunty’s Corner then with his line to the Beginning. To Hold unto the said George West his Heirs and assigns forever. Dated the Twenty First day of September 1785.

George and Mary became the parents of Asa H. West on 13 Oct 1786 assumedly in Dobbs County, NC.1,2

George West sold land to Joshua Nunn between Apr 1789 and Apr 1792 in Old Dobbs County, NC. (see Book 14, page 375.)

George and Mary became the parents of Logan D. West.1,2

While it is possible that George West was living in NC in 1790, I have not found him yet. (Not listed in Dobbs County, NC, need to check Wayne County, NC).

In 1779, Wayne County was formed from the western half of Dobbs County. Twelve years later, in 1791, the remainder of Dobbs County was divided into Lenoir and Glasgow (Greene after 1799), and Dobbs County thus ceased to exist. The early records of Dobbs County were destroyed when the Lenoir County Court House was burned in 1878.

George and Mary became the parents of Rachel J. West on 21 Jul 1792.1,2

George and Mary became the parents of Polly W. West on 10 Aug 1795.1,2

George and Mary became the parents of Anda N. West on 22 Apr 1797.1,2

George and Mary became the parents of Elizabeth M. “Betsey M.” West on 27 Oct 1801.1,2

Beginning on 07 August 1820, the 1820 census enumeration was the first to ask about naturalization status. George West was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 census of Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:, Mary Ann Dillahunty, a free white female, over forty-five years of age.6

George West was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 census in 1830 of Rutherford County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:, Mary Ann Dillahunty, a free white female age seventy to eighty years old. Not sure who the other woman living with him is right now. He owned 7 slaves.7

George West wrote his will on 20 May 1835 in Rutherford County, TN. Rachel West, Mary Ann West, Polly Mooney, Hannah Estes, George West, Anna West, Alfred West, Simpson West, George West, Pheby West, Elizabeth West, Anna Vollen, Anna Trail, Sarah Springer, Andrew West, Mary Ann West, Thomas West, Hannah Roberts, Rachel Cooper, Polly McCrory, Elizabeth M. Potts and Logan D. West were listed as an heir.8  The following is a transcription of that will:

In the name of God amen, I George West of Rutherford County and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory do make this my will in form as follows to my wish is that all my lawful debts be paid after that I dispose of the balance of my estate in the following manner. Item the 1st I will that my beloved wife Mary Ann West have the land and plantations whereon I now live and all the appurtenances there unto belonging for her own proper use and benefit during her life and also one horse beast whichever she may chose of out of any belonging to me at my death, two cows and calves two feather beds and furniture and steads and as many hogs and sheep as she may think fit to keep for her use and as much house hold and kitchen furniture besides What is named above as she may think proper to keep for her use and benefit and the farming utenseals (sic) and also all the slaves, the whole of which she is to keep during her life and to use the same for her benefit and also all the ready money that I may have on hand. Item the 2nd the property and tract of land that formally belonged to my son Logan West which I now hold by a deed of Trust my wish is that the whole of it both land and other property be equally divided between his five children namely Polly Mooney formally Polly West, Hannah Estes formally Hannah West, George West, Anna West and Pheby West. The tract of land where on I now live my which is that at the death of my wife the same be sold by my Executor on a credit of twelve months and the proceeds to be then equally divided between my son Andrew West five children, namely Rachel, Alfred, Elizabeth Simpson, and Levi West also all the personal property that remains after my wife takes her part out my wish is that the whole of it be sold on twelve months credit and as to what is in her hands at her death then remaining and the proceeds there of to be distributed as follows my daughter Anna Vollen to have one third part of it and the balance to be equally divided between my sons Andrew West five children and Asa West five children namely Anna Trail formerly Anna West, Sarah Springer formerly Sarah West, Andrew West, Mary Ann West and Thomas West and Andrew West as hereto for named also my wish is that all my slaves that I now hold and there (sic) Increase at the death of my wife be equally divided between my four daughters to wit Hannah Roberts formerly Hannah West, Rachel Cooper formerly Rachel West, Polly W. McCrory formerly Polly W. West, Elizabeth M. Potts formerly Elizabeth M. West to them and their heirs of their body forever to possess and peaceable enjoy I also constitute and appoint William Vinson sole Executor to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the 20th day of May in the year of our Lord 1835..8

George West was last paid his military pension 4th quarter 1837.

George West died on 17 May 1837 in Rutherford County, TN.4,1,2

George West has died and Mary Ann Dillahunty, his widow has applied for a military pension due to his war service on 13 Mar 1838 in Rutherford County, TN. The following is a transcription of a declaration made by Mary Ann West.

Declaration
The order to obtain the benefit of the third section of the act of Congress of the 4th of July, 1836.
State of Tennessee
Rutherford County
     On the 13th day of March, 1838, personally appeared before us Richard Phillips and Lawrence C. Thompson, two of the preceding Justices of this county Court of said county of Rutherford, Mary Anne West, a resident of said county and State, aged about eighty years, who, being duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, passed July 4th 1836: That she is the widow of George West deceased, who was a private and ensign in the army of the Revolution, and whose services are particularly set forth in the Declaration made some years ago by the said George West, and now on file in the Pension office at Washington, to which she refers. That her husband, the said George West, was placed on the Pension roll at the rate of one hundred seventy three dollars 33 Cents per annum, under the act of 7th June 1832, and received his pension at Nashville in this state, up to 4 March 1837–previous to his Death:
     She further declares that she was married to the said George West on the first day of July in the year, one thousand and seven hundred and seventy three, in Dobbs County, state of North Carolina, that her husband the aforesaid George West, Died in said County of Rutherford on the 17th Day of May 1837 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will ? ? by reference to the proof hereto ?.
     She further state that she knows of no person who is now alive that was present when she and Mr. West were married.  It has been so long ago, she believe they are all dead.
    Mary Ann <her mark> West
State of Tennessee
Rutherford County
     On this 13th day of March 1838, Also personally appeared before us, Beceley Esquire, of said county, aged sixty years, who being duly sworn, under oath, That he was well acquainted with George West late of said County, a Pensioner of the United States, and his wife Mary Ann West, in the state of North Carolina- He was raised in the same neighborhood where they lived, and knew them as man and wife, as long ago as he can remember. He has known them for upwards of thirty years in this state, as ? ? oldest children he believes are a few years older than himself.
     Given under my hand the day and date last above written.
Soloman Busley.

State of Tennessee
Rutherford County
     This day also personally appeared before us, William Vinson, Benjamin C. Ransom, Overton McCrockett, and Dennis Holder all of said county, who being duly sworn according to law, depose and ? as follow.
     The said William Vinson, that he has been acquainted with the said George West and Mary Ann West, his wife, since the year 1809- he has  known then for the most of the time since, as man and wife.
     The said Benjamin C. Ransom and Dennis Holder, That they have known the said George West and Mary Ann West, for about twenty five years, as a man and wife, to the day of Mr. West’s death, which took place in the early part of last summer, or the latter part of the spring- And the said Overton W. Crockett, That he has became well acquainted with them as man and wife, up to Mr. West’s death, for the last eighteen years- They all state that Mrs. West has remained a widow since the death of her husband.
     William Vinsion
     V. M Crockett
     Dennis Holden
     B. C. Ransom

Hannah Robert applied for an increase in her father’s pension due to his war service on 5 Jun 1853 in Rutherford County, TN.

    State of Tennessee
    Rutherford County

     Personally appeared before us, Mrs. Hannah Roberts, formally Hannah West, who being sworn according to law, sates that she is a daughter of George West and Mary Ann West, and that she always understood and believes that her father and mother were married in North Carolina on the first day of July 1773, which is according to the family record in the family Bible, which is now before her.  Her mother has remained a widow since the death of her father.
     Hannah <her mark> Roberts

On 17 May 1839, Mary Ann West received a pension for George West, dec’d. 
     The following is a transcription of a letter signed by Hannah Roberts.
     
State of Tennessee
     County of Rutherford

     On the 5th day of June AD 1853, personally appeared before me E. H. White a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid Hannah Roberts who being duly sworn according to Law Declares that she is the child and heir of Ensign George West who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and received a pension of $173.33 per annum and died on the 9th day of May 1837 and that she is informed and alive that she as the heir of the said George West- she is entitled to an increase of the said pension and that she hereby constitutes and appoints J. H. G McCutchen Attorney to examine said claim on file in the Pension Office and to do all acts that may be necessary to secure the allowance of the claims.
    Hannah <her mark>Roberts
     Given to and Subscribed before me the day and year above written.
     E. H. White
for Rutherford County Tennessee

Endnotes

1. Janella Barrett gave information to Carolyn Smotherman. Original held by Carolyn Smotherman,  Hereinafter cited as Janella Barrett, Letter: George West, Pension, #1542.

2. Carolyn Smotherman  (address withheld) gave information to Teresa Ghee Elliott. Original held by Teresa Elliott, (address withheld). This is part of George West’s Pension file. It is a compilation of all the records in the file. Hereinafter cited as Carolyn Smotherman, Letter: George West, Pension, #1545.

3. George West household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 188. 1820 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 19 Dec 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Giles, Maury, Rutherford, Shelby, Stewart, and Sumner Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll No. 124), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: He was 45+. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-George West: # 3860.

4. George West Pension File; unknown file number; Pension Application. Original copy can be found in Carolyn Smotherman, (address withheld).  Hereinafter cited as “George West, Pension File”. George West, Pension:#1543.

5. Thomas Nash household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 114. 1820 Federal Population Census. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Giles, Maury, Rutherford, Shelby, Stewart, and Sumner Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll No. 124), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Estimated date(s) of birth: She’s 26-45.. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Rutherford Co., TN-Thomas Nash: #2292.

6. 1810 Rutherford Co., TN-George West: # 3860.

7. George West household, Rutherford County, TN, Page 322. 1830 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 19 Dec 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Montgomery, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rutherford, and Robertson Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M19, Roll No. 179), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Rutherford Co., TN-George West: #3851.

8. George West: will (20 May 1835). Rutherford County, TN Record Book 10, Page 1-2. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Rutherford County, TN, County Court Record Books 8-10 1830-1840, Roll 260, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville TN, Family History Library Film 380488. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as George West, Will: George West, Pension, #1544.

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