Francis West

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Francis West was a Philadelphia merchant. His father, William West, was appointed to the nine-member Pennsylvania Indian Commission to barter with the local tribes. Francis, like his father, was a major supplier of goods sold. Francis West in company with his brother John West under the firm of Francis & John West were popular merchants in 1791 and for many years after. Their place of business was between Spruce and Walnut on the Westside at 937 S. Front Street, (1785) and 108 S. Front Street, (1791). The company made voyages to England, Holland, Europe to buy cloth, tobacco, linens, wines, and conduct discussions of economic conditions.

The Philadelphia Cash Accounts, 9 May–22 September 1787, includes this note: GW (George Washington) does not record receiving payment from the state of Virginia during July, but GW wrote this order, dated “Philadelphia 28th July 1787”: “Sir, Please to pay to Messrs Francis and John West on order, the sum of One hundred pounds Virginia Currency, and place it to acct of Yr most Obedt Hble Servt Go: Washington.” GW directed the order to “Beverley Randolph Lt Govr of Virginia.” Below GW’s signature is written “Philadelphia August 2. 1787. This bill will be paid on sight,” signed “Edm: Randolph” (Virginia Cavalcade, Winter 1951, 43). GW left the place blank where someone, probably Edmund Randolph, inserted the names of John and Francis West.

There is a record (Lineage Book, 1812, listed below) of Francis fighting prior to the War of 1812. "West Francis b Philadelphia Pa 14 September 1761 d Philadelphia 29 June 1843 m Mary Davis Nixon 1793 Private 1st Troop City Cavalry Philadelphia Militia under Captain John Dunlap 1794 (the time of the Whiskey Rebellion Trials), also under Captains Stephen Kingston and William Lawrence Enlisted 1786 and 1787 Member 2nd Company 3rd Regt when discharged in 1794 Ancestor of 1031 9566"

Family Group



Francis West
Birth: 14 Sep 1761in Philadelphia, British Colony of Pennsylvania
Death: 29 Jun 1843 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: 03 Jul 1843 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15257
Married: 10 Jan 1793 in Pennsylvania County, Pennsylvania, USA
to
Mary Davis Nixon West
Birth: 29 Sep 1770 in British Colony of Massachusetts
Death: 7 Oct 1848 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: 15 Oct 1848 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: Nixon-3656
Children:

Elizabeth Ann (West) Hemsley
Born: 28 Sep 1795 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: on 08 Jun 1887 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15356

William Henry West
Born: 16 Mar 1797 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 05 Jun 1853 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15357

John Wharton West
Born: 27 Oct 1798 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 24 Nov 1852 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
WikiNo: West-15250

Anna Maria West
Born: 12 Jul 1800 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 28 Feb 1873 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA.
WikiNo: West-15361

James West
Born: 16 May 1802 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 03 Nov 1883 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15358

Helen Catherine (West) Champlin
Born: 25 Mar 1804 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 08 Apr 1889 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15362

Francis West
Born: 05 Mar 1810 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 24 Sep 1868 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15359

Caroline West
Born: 05 Jan 1812 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 02 Feb 1890 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15360

Resources



People of the American Frontier
: The Coming of the American Revolution, Walter Scott Dunn, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - History - 235 pages (Pages 132-133)

Philadelphia and Her Merchants: As Constituted Fifty @ Seventy Years Ago : Illustrated by Diagrams of the River Front and Portraits of Some of the Prominent Occupants, Together with Sketches of Character and Incidents and Anecdotes of the Day, Abraham Ritter author, 1860 - Merchants - 223 pages (Page 184)

Marriage - Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, Volume 1, John B. Linn, William H. Egle, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1968 - Reference - 1391 pages, (Page 190)

The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1877), pp. 188-202 (page 201 for proof of Mary's marriage to Francis West)

Lineage Book, National Society, United States Daughters of 1812. Pennsylvania, s.n., 1812 (Page 171)

Some account of Capt. John Frazier and his descendants: with notes on the West and Checkley families Josiah Granville Leach, Printed for private circulation by J.B. Lippincott Co., 1910 - 138 pages (Page 79)

Find A Grave, Francis West, Birth 14 Sep 1761, Death 29 Jun 1843 (aged 81), Burial Christ Church Burial Ground Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA, Memorial ID 11323004

Burial Francis - Christ Church in Philadelphia Book Year 1785 - 1900, page 3844

Marriage - Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, Volume 1, John B. Linn, William H. Egle, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1968 - Reference - 1391 pages, (Page 190)

Marriage Christ Church in Philadelphia, Book Year, 1709 1800, page 4507

Some account of Capt. John Frazier and his descendants: with notes on the West and Checkley families Josiah Granville Leach, Printed for private circulation by J.B. Lippincott Co., 1910 - 138 pages (Page 79)

Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Volume 6 By Thomas Sergeant, William Rawle (pages 457-459)