Francis West

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ChartsAncestors of Jennie Luene Logan
George Soule to Jennie Luene (Logan) Billings
Francis West, son of Matthew West, was born at England, before 1640.1 He died after September 1687.1

Francis married Susanna Soule, daughter of George Soule and Mary Buckett, about 1661.1,2,3

Francis West was probably born in Aylesworth, Buckinghamshire. His death was after the date of a tax list, but he may haved died in North Kingstown Rhode Island, 2 January 1696.

The proof that he married Susannah Soule is from a diary of Samuel West, a great grandson who wrote that his great grandfather Francis West came to America soon after the first settlement at Plymouth and married a daughter of George Soule and that his sons were Francis, Thomas, Peter, William, Richard, Clement and John and daughters Martha (who m. a Fones) and Susanna who m. a Barber).

Francis may have lived in Plymouth Colony for 20 years, but he apparently never owned any land, and the records of him are sparse. Besides the birth of their three youngest children at Kingstown, there are only a court record and a tax list.

On 29 Oct 1668, Phillip, sachem of Pocanokett, requested justice against Francis West for taking a gun from one of his men, etc. On 1 June 1669, the court ordered Francis Wast pay 30 shillings to the Indians for the hog he took and to return the gun. It appears Francis was living near Taunton at this time.

About the time of King Phillips War or when his father-in-law, George Soule died (1677) leaving only 12 pence apiece to his two daughters, the West's removed to Kingstown, Rhode Island. In the tax list of 6 September 1687, Francis Wast Sr., Francis Wast Jr., and Richard Wast were listed but only Francis Sr. was taxed, 2s. 1d.4


Susanna Soule b. abt. 1642, d. aft. 1684
  • Francis West5 b. abt. 1662, d. Sep 1724
  • Richard West5 b. abt. 1664, d. bef. 17 Nov 1727
  • Peter West1 b. say 1667
  • John West1 b. say 1670
  • Susannah West+1 b. say 1672, d. bt 21 Sep 1755 - 4 Apr 1758
  • Martha West5 b. abt. 1676, d. 2 Dec 1764
  • William West5 b. say 1680, d. aft. 1740
  • Thomas West5 b. 18 Sep 1684
  • Clement West5 b. 18 Sep 1684
This person was last edited on17 Sep 2017


  1. [S647] John E. Soule, Milton E. Terry and Louise Walsh Throop, Mayflower Families In Progress: George Soule of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, 5th ed. (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006), 6-7, further cited as Soule, Terry, and Throop, MFIP (Soule).
  2. [S651] George Ernest Bowman, "Susanna2 Soule's Husband Identified: She Married Francis West," Mayflower Descendant 26 (Jan 1924): 1-11, further cited as Bowman, "Susanna Soule's Husband."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1630, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S647] Soule, Terry, and Throop, MFIP (Soule), 7-8.
  5. [S647] Soule, Terry, and Throop, MFIP (Soule), 26-32.