|West Family Stories|
Samuel Marion West
Civil War Veteran
6th Regt. WV Inf. Co. M (Union)
1841 - 1923
<my paternal 2nd ggrandfather, grandson of Alexander, son of John West, Gilmer Co., WV
West was prominent as a frontier scout. Rev. McWhorter, who saw him
frequently, describes him as "a tall, spare-built man,
very erect, strong, lithe, and active; dark-skinned, prominent Roman nose,
black hair, very keen eyes; not handsome, rather raw-boned, but with an
air and mien that commanded the attention and respect of those with whom
he associated. Never aggressive, he lifted his arm against the Indians
only in time of war. In
addition to the foregoing, my father writes me under date June 28, 1899.
"some things that occurred when I was quite young were so vividly
impressed upon my mind that time has never erased them; none more so than
the sight of Alex West. Long frame, broad across the shoulders,
muscular with no surplus flesh. He wore the old-fashioned plain blue
lindsey hunting shirt, cape and belt and fringed in front of the same
color. His vest and pantaloons were of like material and he wore a black
wool hat and moccasins. I remember the color of the horse that he rode. He
and his wife stopped with my parents for dinner when on their home from
church held in an old log school house, where I got my first schooling.
West was very fleet-footed and but few could outstrip him."
1760 - 1834
Revolutionary War Veteran
Capt. Booth's Co. Rangers 1777
Capt. George Jackson's Co. Rangers 1781
<my paternal 3rd ggrandfather
son of Edmund West
One of the
greatest tragedies on Hacker's Creek during border warfare days was the
slaying of the members of the West family.
Abt. 1731 - 1787
my paternal 4th ggrandfather
historians and genealogists believe it was with the specific purpose of
killing Mary Ann (Hacker) West that Leonard conducted the raid.
Various West family members suggest Leonard knew Mary Ann before his capture by Indians and had fallen in love with her. Mary Ann refused
his advances and married Edmund West Jr.
The Indian raiding party first met twelve year old Martha Hughes, daughter of Jesse and Grace, as she was coming down the creek from John Hacker's with her gift... a new puppy. They captured Martha and left her with a small group of the attackers.
As they passed by Hacker's Creek, they came upon Edmund West Sr. carrying fodder to his stable. The Indians and Schoolcraft captured the old gentleman, leading him back to the location where the raiding party was holding young Martha Hughes.
Edmund West fell to his knees, pleading they would not deal harshly with him. He was killed by a stroke of a tomahawk.
continued to the house of Edmund West Jr.,
where his bride of
ten months, Ann, her eleven year
old sister Margaret, and Edmund's twelve year old brother, Billy,
preparing a meal. Schoolcraft & the Indians