WEST Benjamin

WEST Benjamin[1]

Male 1847 - 1933  (85 years)

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  • Name WEST Benjamin 
    Born 11 Oct 1847  West Gwillimbury, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 5 Sep 1850  Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (age 3.)
    Census 26 Jun 1860  Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (age 12.)
    Census 1 Aug 1870  Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (age 22; farmer; value of real estate $7,000, value of personal estate $1,000.)
    _UID E4F075D8235D4E5CA9A04BE9540F785D005A 
    Died 16 May 1933  Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Aft 16 May 1933  Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Oak Grove Cemetery 
    Benjamin and Esther (Law) West and Derrick & Lillie (Skewes) West gravestone
    Benjamin and Esther (Law) West and Derrick & Lillie (Skewes) West gravestone

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    BENJAMIN
    1847-1933
    ESTHER LAW
    1843-1935

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    WEST

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    DERRICK W.
    1884-1949
    LILLIE SKEWES
    1991-1920

    Notes 
    • BENJAMIN WEST lives upon a well improved farm in Raymond township, Racine county, which was the homestead of his father, who came to this locality among the early settlers. The family has been settled in New England for several generations past, Mr. West's great-grandfather, who was the founder of this branch of the family in America, having come hither as a missionary from his native country, England.

      Thomas West, grandfather of Benjamin West, was born in Massachusetts. For some time he lived not far from Montpelier, Vt., and was in the dairy and milk business there, but he afterward went to Canada and thence to Wisconsin, spending the latter part of his life in Franklin township, Milwaukee county. However, he was buried in Raymond township, Racine county. He married Mary Davis, and they became the parents of ten children, viz.: Julian, Deborah, Thomas, Benjamin, Eliza, George, Quincy, Alfred, Derrick and David.

      Thomas West, son of Thomas, was born in Massachusetts, and was always a farmer by occupation. He was quite a young man when he went to Canada, whence he migrated to Wisconsin, landing at Milwaukee Oct. 25, 1848. From there he proceeded at once to Raymond township, Racine county, where he purchased 740 acres of land, to which he subsequently added, and there he reared his family. He devoted all his time to the improvement of his property, and was not only a successful farmer but one of the prominent citizens of his locality in the early days, serving as a member of the State Legislature, as well as in local office. He married Hannah R. Phillips, who was born in Pennsylvania, daughter of William Phillips, a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer by occupation. He and his wife died in Canada. They were the parents of the following named children: Owen. Mary, Gideon, and Hannah R. (Mrs. Thomas West). To Mr. and Mrs. West were born eleven children, namely: Thomas, of Raymond township; William and Timothy, deceased; George, of Raymond Center, Wis.; Gideon and David, deceased ; Owen, of Raymond township; Derrick, deceased: Stephen and Benjamin, both residents of Raymond township; and Rebecca H., who died when twenty years old. The mother of this family died at the age of sixty-five years, in February, 1876, and the father, who survived her. lived to be almost eighty, dying in Iowa. True to her ancestry, she was a Friend in religious belief, and Mr. West was a Free-Will Baptist.

      Benjamin West was born Oct. 11, 1847, in Canada, and was therefore only a little over a year old when his parents landed at Milwaukee. His home has ever since been in Raymond township, and there he received his education in the district schools. After he had grown up he left home to go to Iowa, where he remained sixteen months, but he returned to his old home and has settled there permanently on his father's old homestead to which he fell heir on the death of his brother Derrick, who willed it to him. It consists of 160 acres in Section 15, Raymond township, and is valuable land, judiciously improved by the most practicable modern methods. Mr. West is a useful member of his community and has taken his part in the discharge of public duties, having served eighteen years as town clerk. He has taken an active part in church work, he and his wife belonging to the Congregational Church, in which he has served as Sunday-school superintendent. In politics he is identified with the Republican party.

      On Thanksgiving Day, 1871, Mr. West was united in marriage with Miss Esther Law, and they have had three children, Robert B., Mary Rebecca and Derrick W. Robert B. West, who married Miss Emma Halter, is a farmer near Franksville, in Mt. Pleasant township, Racine county. Mary Rebecca West died when nine years old. Derrick W. is still with his parents.

      Samuel Law, Mrs. West's grandfather, was born in England, and died there when nearly ninety years old. His wife, Mary also lived to advanced age and they had a large family. He was a farmer by occupation.

      George Law. son of Samuel, was born in England, and lived in Ecton, Northamptonshire. On May 16, 1840, he was married at Lambert, in Surrey, to Rebecca Mansfield, who formerly lived at Black Heath, a suburb of London, and whose parents, Hugh Mansfield and wife, passed all their lives in England. They had at least six children. Mr. Mansfield was a gardener by calling. Mr. and Mrs. Law came to America the year of their marriage, and for the first few years after their arrival lived in New York State, in Delaware county, coming West to Waukesha county, Wis., in 1848. There Mr. Law carried on farming for many years. He died in 1899, at the advanced age of eighty-five, and Mrs. Law passed away in 1894, aged seventyfour years, nine months. They had two sons and two daughters, viz.: Charles, now a resident of Milwaukee; Robert, of Neenah, Wis.; Mary Ann, widow of Anson E. Walker, of Kenosha; and Esther, Mrs. West. Of this family Charles and Robert Law and Anson E. Walker served in the Union army during the Civil war.
    Person ID I116607  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2017 

    Father WEST Thomas, IV,   b. 26 Jun 1805, Montpelier, Washington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1886, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother PHILLIPS Hannah Rebecca,   b. 25 Oct 1806, West Gwillimbury, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1876, Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1826  Montpelier, Washington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Divorced 25 Oct 1864  [8
    Family ID F39937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family LAW Esther,   b. Feb 1847, , , Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, , Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1871  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. WEST Robert Benjamin,   b. 21 Jun 1876, Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1923, Franksville, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     2. WEST Derrick Wendel,   b. 22 Feb 1884, Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1949, Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F47040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Oct 1847 - West Gwillimbury, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 Sep 1850 - Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 26 Jun 1860 - Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Aug 1870 - Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 May 1933 - Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Oak Grove Cemetery - Aft 16 May 1933 - Raymond, Racine, Wisconsin
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  • Photos
    West family (1919) Franksville, WI
    West family (1919) Franksville, WI

    From the Robert Benjamin West Family Collection and Linda Pliska.

    (Top L to R) Esther, Derrick, Stephen (Benjamin's brother), Benjamin, Byron West (Stephen's son) and bottom row (L to R) possibly Winnie May West, daughter of Stephen West, and then Lillie (Skewes).

    West family circa. 1905, Franksville, WI
    West family circa. 1905, Franksville, WI

    From the Robert Benjamin West Family Collection and Linda Pliska.

    (Top L Clockwise) Robert, Benjamin, Esther (Law), Emma (Halter) and Derrick. I assume this picture is right after Robert and Emma get married, as I see no kids.

    Benjamin & Esther (Law) West
    Benjamin & Esther (Law) West

    circa. 1910


  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #51991175 [Nadeen Sobottka] 5/4/2010.

    2. [S372] Book-Samuel & Joseph Davis, CS71.D26., p.234.

    3. [S7105] Census-1850-WI-Racine-Raymond, Roll: M432_1004; Page: 119A; Image: 239.

    4. [S7108] Census-1860-WI-Racine-Raymond, Roll: M653_1427; Page: 839; Family History Library Film: 805427.

    5. [S7115] Census-1870-WI-Racine-Raymond, Roll: M593_1733; Page: 480B; Image: 102977; Family History Library Film: 553232.

    6. [S6318] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908, Montpelier, VT.

    7. [S372] Book-Samuel & Joseph Davis, CS71.D26., p.233.

    8. [S4670] Correspondence-Email-WATSON Gar, Proposed Change: DAVIS Mary (I97132); 27 September 2012; Paul M. Noyes.