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Samuel West

Biography #1

SAMUEL WEST, one of the early pioneers of Boone county, Ind., was born in Estill county, Ky., May 29, 1825. His parents, Willis and Ellen (Dixon) West, also natives of Kentucky, were of English, Irish and German extraction. Willis West was a son of Samuel West, a native of Virginia, who settled in Kentucky at a very early day. He married Lydia Whiteside, and was the father of thirteen children, all of whom grew to maturity: Elizabeth, Nicholas, Lucy, Sarah, Willis, James, Hiram, Tinsley, Nancy, Minerva, Louisa, Samuel and Lydia. Willis West was born September 9, 1800, and was married in 1824. In the fall of 1828 Mr. West moved to Montgomery county, Ind., where he resided until 1834, when he moved to Boone county, and settled in Clinton township, on land which he had entered the year previously. Here he resided in the woods until 1853, when he moved to Lebanon, where his wife died August 23, 1870, leaving four children: Samuel, Sally A., Ebenezer and Margaret E. In February, 1871, he married Mrs. Mary J. Johnson, and died March 18, 1888.

Samuel West, our subject, came with his parents to Montgomery county, Ind., and thence to Boone county in 1834, which he has made his home ever since. He was married in Boone county, Ind., September 28, 1845, to Susanna Evans, who was born in Piqua county, Ohio, August 5, 1827 and was a daughter of Jonathan and Margaret (Bell) Evans, natives of Pennsylvania and Ireland respectively, and of Welsh and Irish extraction. These parents were married in Ohio, and in 1828 moved to Wayne county, Ind., and thence to Boone county in 1839. They were the parents of eleven children: Susanna, James, Jane, David, Elizabeth, Margaret A., Mary, Elvira, Jonathan S., Louisa L. and Elmer. After Mr. West's marriage he first settled in Clinton township, where he resided until 1853, when he moved to Lebanon, Ind., and there resided until 1864, when he moved to Worth township and settled on a part of the same farm which he now resides, and which at present comprises 240 acres, well improved. Twelve children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. West, viz: Willis G., Jonathan E., Martha J., Rosella, James E. (deceased), Sarah M., Mary E., Samuel A., Charley J., Susanna, Albert F. and Harvey W. They are the grandparents of thirty-eight children, and great-grandparents of three, all living. Since the biography of Jonathan E. West, son of the above was printed on page 528, the dates of the birth of the children of the latter (and the grand-children of Samuel West) have come to hand, and are given herewith, as follows: Daniel J., November 21, 1874; Lillian E., August 30, 1876; Samuel J., March 17, 1878; Edgar S., December 17, 1879; Nancy, November 12, 1881; Florence, December 15, 1883; Joseph B., February 2, 1886; and Norah E., May 12, 1888 -- all living.

Mr. and Mrs. West are members of the Regular Baptist church, and with their large family enjoy the respect of all their neighbors.

Note: "The correct name for the elder Samuel West's wife was Lydia White, not Whiteside per their marriage bond. The place of birth for Susannah Evans should read, "Pickaway County," Ohio. I'm interested in corresponding with anyone researching these West & Evans families - T. Stover."

Transcribed & Submitted by: T. Stover - October 21, 2006

Source Citation: Boone County Biographies [database online] Boone County INGenWeb. 2007. <> Original data:"A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Ind." Published: Chicago: A. W. Bowen and Co. 1895. Page 540.

Samuel West

Biography #2


A resident of Worth Township, resides two miles north of Whitestown, and one-half mile south of the Noblesville gravel road. He was born in the state of Kentucky, May 29, 1825; came with his parents to Boone County in the year 1834, in the month of April. He was married to Susannah Evans, September 28, 1845. The following are his childrenís names: Willis G., married to Mandona Dulin; resides in Center Township. Jonathan E., married to Malinda Wheeler; reside in Marion Township. Martha J., married to Milton O. Thompson; the second time to G. W. Shelburn. Rozella, married to Mansfield Shelburn. James E., deceased September 12, 1856; is buried at Mountís Run Cemetery. Sarah M., married to John Klingler. Mary E., married to Albert Carr. Samuel A., married to Mary E. Stark. Susannah, married to Josiah Baber; reside in Center Township. Charles J., Albert F., Harvey W. The last three named reside at home. Mr. and Mrs. West belong to the Baptist Church. Mr. Westís father resides in Lebanon, aged eighty-six years; his mother died in 1870. Mrs. Westís fatherís name was Jonathan Evans; died April, 1856; her mother died in 1873; buried at Mountís Run Cemetery, in Union Township.

Source Citation: Boone County Biographies [database online] Boone County INGenWeb. 2007. <> Original data: Harden & Spahr. "Early life and times in Boone County, Indiana." Lebanon, Indiana. May, 1887, p. 389.

Transcribed by: Julie S. Townsend - July 7, 2007