While Hiram West had abandoned farming by 1880 in favor of the lumber
and mill business, brother Asa West was still at it, albeit at a smaller
scale than in 1870. Sometime over that decade, Asa's farm shrank by
35 acres, 20 of it farmland and the other 15 woodland. Consequently
the total value of the farm was down over a thousand dollars to 2600
dollars. The flock of ten sheep was gone. Asa still grew corn and
but no longer buckwheat and he had made more use of… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 23, 2010 at 11:30pm —
As we saw in the last post, my great great granduncle Hiram F. West had
abandoned farming in favor of operating a grist mill and a saw mill. The
images of the 1880 Federal Census Non-Population Schedules for Maine at
Ancestry.com have provided me with a snapshot of Hiram's two businesses
that show him to be successful. Both mills were located on the
Cambridge River in Upton, Oxford, Maine, probably close-by each other.
saw-mill was the more profitable… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 19, 2010 at 12:00am —
By 1880 Hiram F. West was 41 and had given up farming. On the 1880
Federal Census his occupation is given as "Owner Saw and Grist-Mill". Of
the two mills, the saw-mill must have been the busier because there are
three men boarding with Hiram and his family who are
"works in saw-mill":William
Mitchell, age 60Albert F.
Upton, age 41Leonard… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 18, 2010 at 9:00am —
Before I move onto the 1880 Schedules for Hiram West, I'd like to complete my look at the state of three of the West brothers' farms by discussing that of the oldest, Asa Atwood West.
Asa was born in 1830 and married Matilda Barker Marston in 1854. Instead of waiting to inherit a share of his father John Cutter West's farm, Asa started his own in nearby Andover, Oxford, Maine. As we'll see from the 1870 Agricultural Schedule, he was quite succesful, but life was not without sorrow… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:58am —
As I mentioned at the conclusion of my post about Hiram West's farm on the 1870 Census Agricultural Schedule, even though Hiram had a smaller farm than his brother Jonathan Phelps West, his farm's value was only $50 less and he could afford to have a hired hand. The reason he could was that he had another source of income, two mills.
I found an entry for a "Haraig Y. West" on the 1870 Federal Census Products of Industry Schedule at Ancestry.com. That should give you an idea of how hard to… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:56am —
Listed on the same page of the 1870 Federal Census Agricultural Schedule as Jonathan Phelps West is his younger brother Hiram Ferdinand West. Born six years after John in 1838, Hiram's household included his wife "Villa M" (Arvilla Mary Ballard), their daughter Clara M. (2 years old), their son "Winnie H." (Hiram Winfield, 9 months old) and a farm worker, Charles Richards. Hiram's occupation as listed as "farmer/blacksmith". Looking at the Farm Schedule it doesn't seem that Hiram was having as… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:55am —
By 1870 there had been drastic changes on John Cutter West's farm. In 1860 there had been ten people living on the farm, nine of whom were old enough to help out around the farm with the chores. Then came the Civil War and sons Hiram and Leonidas joined the Union Army. More devastating was the epidemic of 1862 in which three of the younger children had died, follwed by the death of John Cutter West himself later that Spring. Asa Atwood West, the oldest son, was already married with a farm of… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:53am —
I mentioned in the last post possible connections between Leonidas
West's wife Valora Abbott and other lines in my family tree. Whenever
I run across anyone with the name Abbott in my research I check
to see if they share my descent from George Abbott (1615-1681)and
Hannah Chandler (1630-1711) of Andover, Ma. Valora's father Otis
Howe Abbott was born in Andover but from everything I've found so
far he was not decended from George but from Thomas Abbott from
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:46am —
This is the latest in a series of posts about the descendants of the
children of John Cutter West and Arvilla (Ames) West in the hopes
it will put me in contact with some of my unknown distant cousins.
John and Arvilla's eighth child was their fourth daughter Arvilla
Electa West who died unmarried at the age of seventeen during the
diptheria epidemic of 1862. (you can read about it… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:43am —
When I finally got back online after a week-long absence I made it a point to check
out what my favorite geneabloggers had been up to while I was gone. One of the blogs
I visited was Randy Seaver's always informative Genea-Musings
and one post caught
my attention,Devier J. Smith… Continue
Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:30am —
This was the most challenging installment of Cousin Quest so far.
The person who transcribed the BMD records from "Grandmother
West's Bible" didn't have much information on Vienna's grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.For example, the entry on Winnifred Goodwin
includes the line:
"m C.Frank Thompson-4 sons.One still living on the old homestead.
Saw him about a year ago."
Luckily the Family Group sheet that my Aut Dot sent us years ago
Added by Bill West on January 13, 2010 at 2:21am —
This is the next in a series of posts on the descendants of
John Cutter West and Arvilla Ames West that I hope will
lead to contact with other West descendants.
Hiram Ferdinand West was the fourth son and sixth child
of John and Arvilla. I had less information to start with on
this branch of the family than the others so far but Ancestry
was very helpful with census records:
1. Hiram Ferdinand West (b.18 Nov 1838-Letter "b"… Continue
Added by Bill West on January 13, 2010 at 2:00am —
This is the latest installment in a series of posts that I hope will
put me in touch with more descendants of John Cutter West and
his wife Arvilla (Ames) West.
Vienna Ames West was their fifth child and second daughter.
I don't have much information on this branch of the family and
had to fill in some blanks from information I found on Ancestry.com.
I'll post some thoughts about all this in my next post.
Descendants of Vienna Ames West
Added by Bill West on January 5, 2010 at 2:53am —
While I was putting together the previous post on the descendants
of Jonathan Phelps West, I was struck by a few thoughts.
One was about the number of instances where West siblings married
siblings from other families:
Asa Atwood West married Matilda Barker Marston, sister of Abel Gage
Marston who had married Ann Matilda West.
Brothers John Cuvier West and Paul Leroy West married the Enman
sisters, Emily and Josephine.
Added by Bill West on December 29, 2009 at 2:51am —
This is the third in a series of posts that hopefully will eventually be
seen by other descendants of John Cutter West and Arvilla Ames
who might want to contact me. Their second son John Cutter
West Jr died at the age of 18 in 1850 without any issue. The third son,
Jonathan Phelps West, however did have children and many
descendants, including myself.
I have a few observations about some of the information here but
since this is so large I'll save them… Continue
Added by Bill West on December 29, 2009 at 2:44am —
This is my second post in search of other descendants of John Cutter West and
Asa Atwood West was their eldest son. He was married three times, his first wife
being Matilda Barker Marston, the sister of his brother in law Abel Gage Marston.
Asa and Matilda's first three children were daughters who all died young. One
died in infancy, the other two died in the diptheria outbreak of the winter of
1861-1862. Their two youngest were born after the… Continue
Added by Bill West on December 29, 2009 at 2:40am —
I've written before about how I've been contacted by distant cousins
as a result of my blog or because of Facebook. Last week I mentioned
my distant cousin Michael who shares my descent from Minuteman
John Ames had found me through West in New England. A few days
after I posted that, I heard from my cousin Betty. She's the great
granddaughter of Hiram West, brother of my great great grandfather
Jonathan Phelps West. And earlier this year through Facebook I… Continue
Added by Bill West on December 29, 2009 at 2:30am —
((Originally posted at "West in New England"
on 25Jan 2009))
Negative Searches: Back in November of 2007 I posted "The Search Goes On"
and told about how those of us researching John Cutter West have so far had
no luck in finding any record of his birth in either Plymouth County or the
town of Plymouth, Ma. So far that still remains the case. Randy Seaver kindly
tried his hand at it and… Continue
Added by Bill West on August 5, 2009 at 2:33am —
((Originally published at "West in New England"
Miriam over at Ancestories
has proposed that those of us with
brickwall ancestors write a detailed post on them with what
we know, what we want to know, results of what we have searched
and where we think we should research next. So here's my first,
John Cutter West. I've used the format Miriam suggested but… Continue
Added by Bill West on August 5, 2009 at 2:00am —
(originally posted on "West in New England"
One of the few complaints I have about the Revolutionary War
Pension Files that I’ve downloaded from Footnotes.com is that
while each image is numbered, they aren’t sorted in chronological
order. Such is the case with Asa Barrow’s file. Rather than to
continue to post them numerically, I'll post them chronologically
and give the… Continue
Added by Bill West on August 4, 2009 at 2:00am —