I'm thrilled to finally be able to transcribe and publish another one of the letters from the late 1800's my cousin Ron West sent to me. These letters are from my West ancestors and are true treasures! The other two I've already transcribed can be found here: A Letter from Jennet Cowen West, 1888 A … Continue reading Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887
How are you guys today? I am pleased to write that I am tolerably well and I hope you are well, too. (Sorry, I can't help it. After getting buried in all of these old West family letters I want to talk like the writers do!) This letter is from my 3rd Great Aunt Edith … Continue reading Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882
I'm so very excited to be posting the first in a series of four transcribed letters from the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, Georgia.) I received these letters from Ron West, a distant cousin I recently reconnected with. He's of … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West
Thanks to my long lost Arkansas cousin, Ron West, whom I located through FamilyTreenDNA.com, I have just read 5 letters written from relatives in the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (abt. 1819-1895). One letter was even penned by my 4th great-grandmother, Jennet Cowen West, herself. If I can stop bawling my eyes … Continue reading I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!
Last week was an amazing week genealogically! I received DNA results for my father and maternal grandfather (Edward West). The Wests are Vikings! (Okay, that's a simplification, but we are haplotype I-M253 with origins in Scandinavia, and I've been reading about Vikings lately so I'm claiming it.) I also got in touch with a member of our "long … Continue reading West Family Genealogy Update (June 2013)
I spent all this time transcribing these land records having to do with my 4th Great-Grandfather, George W. West, so I thought I would share them with you. The Book and Page where they can be found is at the top of each record. This is my first experience with land records so I have … Continue reading Some Forsyth County, Georgia West Land Records Transcribed
I've been slack on blogging because I've been doing lots of actual work - genealogical and otherwise. Yesterday, I finally made the hour drive to to poke around in Forsyth County's land records. Though I haven't yet found where my ancestor George W. West actually bought his land, I did find where he was selling it off … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday: Try TurboScan instead of Copying
When it comes to the Civil War, I'm not that interested in the generals and battles. The thing that interests me is the depravation, the hunger, the neighbors turning on one another, and the way that - like wars now - poor men end up paying the price for rich men's (misguided) dreams. Mary Ann West was … Continue reading Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Ann West Haunts Concord Baptist Church Cemetery?
Dang it. Last night I found another missing West grave. Rawr. First, a little back story. The graves of my infuriating brick wall ancestor George W. West (b. about 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, GA) and his wife Jennett Cowan West have eluded me for a long while. They both … Continue reading I’m going to have to look for these graves in the woods, aren’t I?
I have a family mystery. (Unlike every other genealogist out there, right?) I'm looking for the record that proves the parentage of George W. West. Read on for more about my West Connection or click here to get straight to the Mystery of George W. West's Parentage. Who was George W. West? GEORGE W. WEST … Continue reading George W. West, b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC – Who’s Your Daddy?