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Re: Joseph P. West ca 1662 - 1731
Posted by: Jerrilynn Eby (ID *****9725) Date: February 04, 2010 at 20:20:19
In Reply to: Joseph P. West ca 1662 - 1731 by Mary L. West of 531

Dear Ms. West,

I probably can't be of much help to you, but I'll throw out a couple of thoughts. In 1664 Stafford was cut from Westmoreland County. At that point in time, Stafford was described as all that land that drained into the Potomac River. That meant that it ran from a point in what is now King George County northward to the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Because folks hadn't walked too far west and didn't know where the Potomac River had its head spring, Stafford County had no designated western boundary. Prince William (the county to the immediate north of Stafford) was cut from Stafford in 1731. Fairfax County (the county to the immediate north of Prince William) was cut from Prince William in 1742. That's probably more information than your really want or need. I believe Little Hunting Creek is now in Fairfax County. As you can see, at the time that West and Rose owned their 300 acres, it would have been in Stafford and that's why Charles Rose's will was recorded here. It appears from your posting that you've seen Charles Rose's will from the Stafford records. I wish I could say there was something more substantial than that, but I'm not seeing it at this point.

Gertrude Gray and Nell Nugent have compiled some very useful volumes on early land grants. You may have seen those, too, but I toss them out there as an excellent source of land information.

There have been Wests in Stafford since the county's earliest days and I've always been fascinated with them. There is an old tract near the Potomac River that was long called the West Farm. It's not "west" of anything in particular and I've always wondered if it might have belonged to the West family early on. During much of the 18th century and part of the 19th, it belonged to the Cooke family and their descendants, then passed to the Wallers. I've never seen any documentation that would substantiate my notion that it might have belonged to the West family.

Jerrilynn Eby


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