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DOWN ON ASA'S FARM 1880

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 oats

but no longer buckwheat and he had made more use of… Continue

Added by Bill West on May 23, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

HIRAM WEST'S SAW MILL IN 1880

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.



The saw-mill was the more profitable… Continue

Added by Bill West on May 19, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

HIRAM WEST'S GRIST-MILL IN 1880

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

listed as "works in saw-mill":

William Mitchell, age 60

Albert F. Upton, age 41

Leonard… Continue

Added by Bill West on May 18, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

DOWN ON ASA'S FARM

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 — No Comments

HIRAM WEST'S MILL IN 1870

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 — No Comments

DOWN ON HIRAM'S FARM

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 — No Comments

DOWN ON J.P.'S FARM

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 — No Comments

THE VALORA ABBOTT CONNECTIONS

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

a… Continue

Added by Bill West on May 14, 2010 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF LEONIDAS WEST

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 — No Comments

DOWN ON J.C.'S FARM

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 — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST THOUGHTS 2

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

had… Continue

Added by Bill West on January 13, 2010 at 2:21am — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF HIRAM FERDINAND WEST

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 — 2 Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF VIENNA AMES WEST

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

1.… Continue

Added by Bill West on January 5, 2010 at 2:53am — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST THOUGHTS

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.



Sisters… Continue

Added by Bill West on December 29, 2009 at 2:51am — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN PHELPS WEST

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 — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF ASA ATWOOD WEST

This is my second post in search of other descendants of John Cutter West and

Arvilla Ames.



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 — No Comments

COUSIN QUEST: THE FAMILY OF ANN MATILDA WEST

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 — No Comments

MY BRICKWALL ANCESTOR JOHN CUTTER WEST 1802-1862 PART 2

((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 — No Comments

MY BRICKWALL ANCESTOR JOHN CUTTER WEST 1802-1862 PART 1

((Originally published at "West in New England" 22Jan 2009))





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 — No Comments

ASA BARROWS' PENSION FILE2

(originally posted on "West in New England" 3Nov, 2007)





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 — No Comments

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