Note: !Sources: "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations" V. 3 Memorandom Book (p. 45) of Samuel West, grandson of Wm., son of Francis, published in "Mayflower Desc." V. 26, pp. 1-10 (Francis discussed pp. 1, 10) Vital Records of Plymouth, Plym., Mass., in "Mayflower Desc." V. 14 A fam gr sheet in the Fam Hist Lib, SLC, Ut, shows Francis son of Matthew West of Newport, Newport, R. I., but this is not given in "Mayflower Fam...." Biography of Francis Waste (1636) from "Mayflower Fam....": Francis and Susanna and family "resided in that part of Kings Towne, R.I. which became North Kingstown in 1722/3. We have been unable to find place or date of birth, date of death or parentage for Francis. When Gov. Andros took over the King's Province in 1687, he levied taxes on the inhabitants of Kingstown, renamed Rochester. Included in the list were Francis Wast senior, Francis Wast junior, and Richard Wast. Only Francis senior had a rate, that of 2 shillings 1 pence. The children of this family have been difficult to trace. Francis, Susannah, and Martha remained in the Kingstown, R.I., area; William removed to Newport, R.I., probably after the death of his first wife; Clement moved to Charlestown, R.I., and then disappears from R.I. records, perhaps moving to Dutchess County, N.Y.; Richard returned to Plymouth and Bristol County, living in Middleboro and Taunton. We have not found Peter, John nor Thomas. This family name has a variety of spellings in the public records: WAST, WEST, WASTE, WEAST being common variants. Of the four "West" families in Plymouth Colony only this family has its surname used in forms other than WEST suggesting that the original name, while phonetically similar, was distinct from West. Some of Susanna's children are identified in the Samuel West Memorandum Book published in the 'Mayflower Descendant'. Parents not proved, but I suspect them to be Francis West and Margery Reeves of Duxbury, neighbors of George Soule, whose daughter Susannah Francis married. Though he is not listed in other sources as a child of this couple, court records indicate that Francis and Margery were found guilty of fornication before marriage, for which Francis was required to build stocks at Duxbury. The other children proved for Francis and Margery were born too late to have been the cause of the early pregnancy charge, leaving an unidentified first child whom I suspect to be our Francis, the couple's first born son, named after his father. His name, age at marriage, and father-in-law's being a neighbor of Francis and Margery all make sense if this connection is true. Samuel West's account of his great grandfather, Francis West, says that he "Came from Europe to Amarica Soon after the first Settlement at Plymouth and Soon after his arival he married A young Lady By the name of Sole daughter of Mr George Sole (he came with his family to Plymouth in the first Vessel that Came their from Europe) by whoom he had Seven Sons & 2 daughters". He then lists the children of Francis and Susanna WEST. The account of his coming to America could actually refer to Francis WEST, Sr., husband of Margery Reeves, assuming that Samuel conflated the two persons because they bore the same first names.
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