Saturday, May 19, 2012

Line 16, Anthony West, Church of England Royalty?

Many genealogists have tried to connect Anthony West to Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr or Lord Baltimore for whom the city of Baltimore is named, although I haven’t found a firm connection, the possibility is very promising. The connection, if true, may also lead back to Henry VIII through his supposed illegitimate daughter, Catherine Cary, who was the daughter of Mary Boleyn, sister to Henry’s second wife the Anne Boleyn who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth II.

Anthony West was born about 1605 somewhere in England
Married the widow Anne Huffe (possibly of Anthony Huffe) who married 3. Stephen Charlton. Anthony West and Anne Huffe were married 11 March 1632/33 at St. Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, England.
Their children were:
1.      Katherine West born 09 January 1634/35 in Stepney, Middlesex, England. She died 1700 in Accomac, Accomack Co., VA. She married Ralph Barlowe, the son of Edward and Joan Barlowe.
2.      Anne West born about 1636  in Stepney, Middlesex, England and died 1684 in Accomac, Accomack Co., VA. She may have married Charles Scarbough, brother of Matilda who married Anne’s brother John.
3.      John West born 27 May 1703 in Stepney, Middlesex, England and died May 27, 1703 in Accomac, Accomack Co., VA
4.      Anthony West born and died November 1641 in Stepney, Middlesex, England.
Died 25 May 1652 in Northampton Co., Virginia

Anthony West was probably a younger son who lacked money and came to Virginia seeking a better and wealthier life for himself and his future family. If he was a part of the De la Warr family, he more likely a cousin then a child of the Baron, as none of the lists of children I have found include an “Anthony”. The evidence that Anthony was related to the De la Warrs includes the fact that he used the similar coat-of-arms as Lord Delaware’s, a coat of arms. A copy of the family coat-of-arms can be found on the gravestone of Anthony’s great-grandson, Charles. The arms are quartered with his wife’s. In English records dated around 1622 there is a record of an Anthony West receiving a coat of arms. Many young noblemen seeking adventure or riches in the New World wanted a recorded coat-of-arms when they left England. Since 1622ish fits into the timeline of our Anthony coming to the New World, and the coat-of-arms recorded is similar to the one on Charles West’s gravestone, there is a very strong possibility these are the same Anthony West. At this point the records haven’t revealed a positive connection between my Anthony and the Lord Delaware. Both coat-of-arms picture a "fesse dancettee, and the the three leopard's faces" and the only difference is a "martlet" in the cneter of the fesse on the English one but a star point above the fesse on Charles West's arms. The fact that Anthony came to early Jamestown where his supposed West relations also came and the noted coat-of-arms, does point strongly to some kind of family connection.

The adventurous Anthony West came to Virginia as a very young man in 1622 arriving on The James, living first at West and Sherlowe Hundred and then at “Mr. Treasurer’s Plantation” across the river from Jamestown. He settled in Northampton County and became a Lieutenant Colonel in the local militia. He returned to England before 1632 when he married Anne Huffe. Dated 10 March 1633/4, a marriage license signed by the Bishop of London reads: “Anthony West of ye parish of Stepney in the County of Midd[lesex] Surgeon and a batchr aged 28 years ... alledged that he intented to marry wth Anne Huffe of the fr said parish widowe aged 26 yeares the relict of Anthony Huffe.”

Anthony and Anne stayed in London long enough to have four children. Sometime before 1649, Anthony, with his family, returned to Virginia where 'Anthony West, Ann his wife, John West and Kath: West' were given a patent to settle on the “Great Nusewattock River.”

As noted on his daughter-in-law, Matilda Scarborough West’s story, John West followed the Church of England, so it is most likely that Anthony West did too. Unlike the New England settlers who did immigrate in order to practice their faith, the men and women who came to Virginia did so for economic reasons or for the adventure. They tended to be “good” Englishmen and woman who followed the King’s religion. I tend toward feeling that since his son married the daughter of a man who was rather a zealot for keeping the “King’s Church” as the Church of Virginia, that he must have been at the least a frequent attendee of that church.

He died 25 May 1652 [CR / RBNV] His will was written 12 Oct 1651 [AWJV] and proved 25 May 1652 Northampton, E names his wife Ann and issue, John and Katherine [RBNV] Anthony made a will 12 October 1651 in Accomack/Northampton. It was recorded 25 May 1652 (Marshall Wills: 31). An abstract of his will reads: WEST, ANTHONY - 12 October 1651 / 25 May 1652 - My son John West extr. And my wife [no name] and daughter Barloe to have their thirds out of my estate, and my son John to have the rest. And his mother to have the managing of it during her widowhood, but if she married then my son John to enjoy his estate (if it be before he comes of age). No administrator nor overseer to have anything to do with my estate. [GMW]

My West line
Supposed ancestors in parentheses:

[Sir William Boleyn m. Lady Margaret Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler 7th Earl of Ormond]
[Thomas Boleyn m. Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk]
[Mary Boleyn m. William Carey and was mistress of Henry VIII, King of England]
[Catherine Carey (possibly the daughter of Henry VIII) m. Sir Francis Knollys]
[Anne Knollys m. Thomas West, 2nd  Baron De La Warr]
[Sons were Robert, Thomas, Francis and John West, 3rd  Baron De La Warr]
Anthony West married Mrs. Anne Huffe
John West m. Matilda Scarborough
Anne West m. William Sellman
Charles Sellman m. Elizabeth Gassaway
Margaret Sellman m. Joshua Hobbs
Anna “Nancy” Hobbs m. George Burkheart
Mary “Polly” Burkheart m. William Hopkins
Cynthia Hopkins m. Samuel Thomas Miller
Eliza Jane Miller m. Josiah Maltby

1. "Descendants of Anthony West" by Carolyn Rozelle
2. "Anthony West, James city, Virginia" from Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1625
3. "West Families from Colonial Families of U.S."
4. West family lineage, Ralph Barlow, Northampton Virginia
6., Liberal, KS (per Diane Powers)
7.   Gail M. Walczyk, "Anthony West"
8.      Marriage license signed by the Bishop of London, Dated 10 March 1633/4
9.    Rootweb WEST-L Archives Subject: More on Anthony West 
  Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998


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  2. You must mean Anne Boleyn was the mother of Queen Eliz. I not Queen Eliz. the Second.

  3. Anthony West son John was born in 1638 and came to VA in 1649 with the family. He married Matilda Scarborough and they had 13 children. Daughter Catherine married Charles Snead and her bible is online @ Eastern Shore Public Library.

  4. I, too, am part of this line.

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  7. Thank you for this informative article about Anthony West. I am glad that you mentioned the return trip to England to find a wife, as I had deduced that must have been what happened.