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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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WES BIOGRAPHIES

AND ACTIVITIES: held provincial office within two
years of arrival in Maryland. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: physician, planter, merchant; held one-six-
teenth share of the ship Baltimore. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, Providence
(Anne Arundel County), 1654; Parliamentary
Commission, 1654-1657/58. OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICE justice, Provincial Court, 1654-1657/58.
LOCAL OFFICE: justice, Anne Arundel County,
1658-1665 (quorum, 1661-1665). OUT OF COL-
ONY SERVICE: burgess, Virginia, 1645. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: between June 22 and August 31,
1667, in Anne Arundel County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least £1,735.6.4 sterling, 205,112
pounds of tobacco (including 4 black servants, 5
white servants, and 31 oz. plate). LAND: 4,025
acres in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Talbot
counties.

WEST, JOHN (?-1716). IMMIGRATED: by 1685,
as a free adult, probably from the Eastern Shore
of Virginia. RESIDED: in Monocan Hundred,
Somerset County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. No link
could be found between this legislator and the
descendants of Anthony West (?-1652), who es-
tablished a prominent family in Accomack County,
Virginia. There was a Thomas West (?-1708/9)
of Somerset County, whose son John was under
18 years of age at his father's death. MARRIED on
April 27, 1685, Katherine (1664-1722/23),
daughter of Randall Revell (1613-1686/87). Her
brother was Randall Revell, Jr. (ca. 1661-1718).
Her half brothers were Edward Revell (ca. 1638-
1681/82); John; both of Accomack County, Vir-
ginia. Her sisters were Sarah (1667-?), who mar-
ried in 1687 Nathaniel Horsey (1664/65-1721),
son of Stephen Horsey (ca. 1620-1671); Hannah,
who married in 1681 Stephen Horsey, Jr. (ca.
1651-1722), son of Stephen Horsey (ca. 1620-
1671); and Anne, who married in 1678 William
Coulbourn, Jr. CHILDREN. SONS: John (1686-?);
William (1689-1689); Thomas (1690-?); Randall
(1693-1731), who married Ann; William (1696-
?); and Anthony. DAUGHTERS: Mary (Molly);
Catherine; and Elizabeth (1687-?), who married
by 1722 John Bozman (1679-1743), son of John
Bozman (1650-1716). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate; clerical skills. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE, place-
man; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1708A
(Elections), 1708B-1711 (Elections 1-3; Laws
1-4). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICE: naval officer.
Pocomoke District, 1697-1698. LOCAL OFFICES:

deputy clerk, Somerset County, 1689-1691; clerk,
Somerset County, 1691-1696/97; sheriff, Som-
erset County, 1698-1701; justice, Somerset
County, 1701-ca. 1711/12 (quorum). MILITARY
SERVICE, captain, by 1701. STANDS ON PUBLIC/
PRIVATE ISSUES: supported Revolution of Prot-
estant Associators in 1690. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,770 acres in

Somerset County (500 acres through marriage,
1,270 acres through purchase). WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: will probated on June 9, 1716, in Somerset

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, $223.8.10

(including 6 slaves, 31 oz. plate, and books); FB,
£213.7.2. LAND: at least 1,770 acres in Somerset
County, plus 2 tracts of unspecified acreage men-
tioned in his will.

WEST, STEPHEN (1727-1790). BORN: on July
23, 1727, in Anne Arundel County; elder son.
NATIVE: second generation. RESIDED, in Annap-
olis, Anne Arundel County, until 1754; the
"Woodyard," Upper Marlborough, Prince
George's County, from 1754 until death. During
a visit to the "Woodyard" in 1777, Ebenezer Haz-
ard remarked that "this seat is really elegant, and
the gardens vastly neat, an agreeable air of gran-
deur runs through the whole." The estate was
originally estalished ca. 1692 as the home of Henry
Darnall (ca. 1645-1711) and patented as "The
Delight of the Darnalls." It was conveyed to Ste-
phen West's wife by her uncle, a London mer-
chant. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Stephen

West (1682-1752), merchant, innholder, and ferry
keeper of London Town, Anne Arundel County,
son of John West of Horton Parish, Bucking-
hamshire, England; married first, on August 21,
1712, Elizabeth (?-1725), daughter of Samuel
Maccubbin. MOTHER: Martha (1708-1752),
daughter of Rev. Henry Hall and wife Mary Du-
val. UNCLE: Henry Hall (1702/3-1756). BROTH-
ERS: John Henry (1733-?). SISTERS: Mary (1729-
?), who married by 1767 (first name unknown)
Moore; Mary Magdalene (1731-?), who married
on March 29, 1752, Richard Moore; Rebecca Ann
(1735/36-?); Martha (173?-?), who married (first
name unknown) Lawrence; and Ann (1741-?).
HALF SISTERS: Mary (1714-probably by 1727);
Priscilla (1716-?), who married first, William
Pearce, and second, Richard Smith; Elizabeth
(1721-?), who married William Lyles (?-1790).
FIRST COUSINS: Henry Hall (1727-1770); John Hall
(1729-1797); and Margaret Hall, who married
Richard Harwood (1738-1826). MARRIED on March
5, 1753, at the "Woodyard," Hannah (?-1815),

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