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Monday, March 9, 2020

Replies to Blog Comments from My Readers

March 9, 2010
Since I can no longer reply to comments, I am replying in this post to my two most recent comments from my readers.  I hope this problem will soon be resolved.  Thanks for your patience.

To Bonnie of March 9, 2020, Thanks so much for your comment.  I am a DAR daughter and the registrar of my chapter. I, too, would love to have Eleanor Harbin Triplett as one of my patriots, but I cannot prove that Verlinda Triplett who married Richard Ferguson was her daughter. Several other children have been proved as her children.  If you possibly descend from one of them, all you need to do is link to another DAR member who descends from one of those children and, of course, prove your lineage to that child.  You will not have to prove that Eleanor raised cattle and fed the troops because that has already been proved.  Good luck.  Keep me posted.

To Anonymous of Oct. 12, 2019, Thank you so much for your comment about Ephriam Hamilton West.   I'm sorry that I have not seen your post before now. Yes, I believe that James West who married Ann Stroud was the son of John West and Eleanor Massey. John West and his 1st wife, Mary Madden, were my 6th gr grandparents.  My sister has an FTDNA autosomal match with a man who descends from James. I think you are on the right track.

Problems with Blog Owner's Ability to Make Comments, Mar. 9, 2020

I am so sorry that, for some reason, I am unable to reply to your comments. I hope that Blogger will resolve this issue. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Great News! Y-DNA Proves Suspicions

Since I began my journey to discover my early West ancestors, I have come to believe that my West line belongs in FTDNA’s West Family Group 1.  At last, my strong suspicion has been proved through Y-DNA testing.

Why have I felt so strongly about this?  It’s because so many of the Y-DNA matches in Group 1 descend from West males who, I believed, were brothers--Solomon West, Alexander West, John West, Jr., and Isaac West.  Solomon, Alexander, John, and Isaac lived in the right time frame and in the right location, and many of their descendants were named after them.  I believe that their parents were John West and Mary Madden.

In addition, my sister has an FTDNA autosomal match with a man who descends from John West and his second wife, Eleanor Massey. Unfortunately, my sister’s match does not have the West surname and would not be able to prove the West line with his Y-DNA results.

Before I proceed with “the rest of the story,” I must provide a little background information.  Solomon West (1726-1830), the presumed brother of my Alexander West (about 1730-?), married Isabella Boyd and named one of their sons Alexander (1776-1860) who married Sarah Hawkins.

My Alexander West (1730-?), whose wife is unknown, named his first child Alexander West (1751-1834) who married Hannah Langley. 

Several years ago, a West male who descends from Solomon West (1726-1830) and Isabella Boyd and their son, Alexander West (1776-1860), discovered through FTDNA Y-DNA testing that he belongs in West Family Group 1.  Within the the last month, a Y-DNA match, who is my 5th cousin, was informed that his results also place him in West Family Group 1.  He descends from the son of my Alexander West who was Alexander West (1751-1834) and Hannah Langley.  What a great discovery!

So…we now have two West men who descend from different sons of the same male West who belong to FTDNA’s West Family Group 1. We can presume that Solomon and Alexander West were brothers and were likely sons of John West and Mary Madden.

It would be wonderful if other males with the West surname, who believe that they are biological descendants from John West and Mary Madden or John West and his second wife Eleanor Massey, would participate in Y-DNA testing through Family Tree DNA.

What’s next?  I strongly suspect that the parents of John West, who was first married to Mary Madden and second to Eleanor Massey and the father of these four brothers (Solomon, Alexander, John, and Isaac), may have been the John West who was married to Sarah Haskell.  My suspicion is based on the fact that another John West, who may have been the father of John West (spouse of Mary Madden), appears in land records in the same area and at the same time as that of a John West and his apparent four sons—Solomon, Alexander, John, and Isaac.  Also, for some reason, Sarah Hawkins just keeps popping up as a spouse of a John West!

Anyone may go to the West Family DNA Project Results page ( and read about the various West Family Groups.

©The Wests of Wilkes, Charlotte West Dade, Mar. 16, 2019