Origins of some1.0. Charles Orson West & Ella Beaver Calhoun Husband: Charles O. West Husband's Father: Orson C. West (A1) b.29 Sep 1862, Quincy, IL(A1) Husband's Mother: Catherine Griffith m. 8 Oct 1889, Kansas City, MO (A1) d. 16 June 1932, Kansas City, MO(A1,B1,D2) bur. 17 June 1932, Mount Washington Cem., Independence, MOD2) Wife: Ella Beaver Calhoun Wife's Father: Samuel V. Calhoun(A1) b. 18 Oct 1862, Calcutta, OH(A1) Wife's Mother: Verlinda Dawson(A1) d. 1 Dec 1912, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO (A1,B2,D2) bur. 2 Dec 1912, Mount Washington Cem, Independence, MO(D2) Children: (A1) 1. Frederick Vincent(A1, E1) b. 29 Nov 1890, Denver, Arapahoe County, CO (A1) m. 14 Oct 1913, Kansas City, MO (A1) d. 4 Nov 1963, Kansas City, MO (A1,E1) sp. Lena Leota Harris(E1) child: Dorothy Jean b. 29 July 1915, m. Thomas Charles Burke 1 Feb 1936, Los Angeles(E1) 2. Cora Verlinda b. 21 Nov 1892,Edgewater, Jefferson County, CO (A1) d. 12 Jan 1898, Rich Hill, Bates Co., MO (A1) 3. Marjorie b. 6 May 1896, Boulder, Boulder County, CO(A1) m. 3 Nov 1915, Kansas City, MO (A1) d. sp. Walter Kruse(A1) children: Walter F. b. 30 Oct 1917m. Suzanne N. Davisson 15 Feb 1941, Kansas City Richard Lynn, b. 21 May 1924, m. Norma Jean Davis, 9 July 1945, St. Louis Jacqueline Jean b. 7 May 1926, m. William J. Clutterbuck 18 Dec 1948, Cleveland 4. Alfred Lynn b. 30 Sep 1901, Kansas City, MO (A1) m. 26 Dec 1926, San Francisco, CA(A1) d. 20 Mar 1993, Seattle, WA(F1) sp. Jewel Kathryn Herr(A1,F1) children: See Alfred West Family Group Sheet Sources CHARLES ORSON WEST & ELLA BEAVER CALHOUN A. Private, unpublished family records: 1. Bible: 1886 Pictorial Family Bible, Parallel Column Edition, King James and Revised Edition [with concordance, illustrated histories, aids to study] compiled from writings of Dr. William Smith, Dean Milman, Rev. John Kitto D.D., Drs. Von Ewald and Michelson. Presented to Ella Calhoun West from Charles O. West, Dec. 25, 1890, Denver Colorado. Contains handwritten birth, death and marriage records as follows; transcriptions in one hand, 1835 to 1901, entries in various hands, 1912 to 1963. Final entry by Marilou West Ficklin, for death of Alfred Lynn West 1993. 2. Autograph Albums of Ella Calhoun: [Album 1, starts Christmas 1879, last entry 19 Feb 1882. Lists various schools, possibly where Ella Calhoun taught]: Elkart School, Sumner, Sumner Co. KS , 1880-1881 Independence School, Wellington (Sumner Co. KS), 1881 North Muddy School, Rich Hill (Bates Co., MO), 1881-1882 Willow Branch School, Arthur, Vernon Co. MO, 1884 Also family entries: "cousin" Ollie Robinson Rich Hill, MO 19 March 1880 T.T. Robinson, Wellington, KS "sister" Carrie, Wellington, KS, 4 April 1880 Mention of travel on the "LL&G" ["Lawrence,____and Galveston] [Album 2, earliest entry 6 July 1880 Wellington KS, last entry 1896. Many entries "at home", Rich Hill, MO 1881-1884; cluster of entries 1888-9, Wellington, KS.] Key family entries: "sister"[in-law] Opal R. West, Sugarloaf, CO, 22 June 1896 "Charles" [future husband?] Rich Hill, MO, 25 February 1886 "sister" Mary, 4 Sept. 1881 "sister" Rosebud at "Brodie,s" Rich Hill 18 Feb. 1882; at home 19 March 1881 "S.V.", [father] 12 Sept 1881 James Beauregard Neptune [future husband of sister Eva Jane Calhoun] Reference to family migration: 1871 classmate, (Burgess) El Paso [IL] and 1887 Wellington, KS 3. Personal letters to Alfred Lynn West, son of Charles O. West. Letters from Charles O. West, Marjorie (West) Kruse, and Frederick V. West. B. Vital Records 1. Charles O. West, Missouri State Death Certificate, Register 2412, Jackson Co., Kansas City, 16 June 1932, at age 69. Information given by wife, Mary West (second wife). Cause of death acute 2. Ella B. (Calhoun) West, Missouri State Death Certificate, Register 3691, file 39183, 1 December 1912, Jackson Co., Kansas City. Age ata death, 50; cause of death chronic interstial nephritis. Residence 3201 E. 26th St. Burial at Mt. Washington. C. Census: D. Burial and Cemetery: 1. Alfred Lynn West (son of Charles O. West) buried Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., CA, 1993, with wife Jewel Kathryn (Herr) West who died 20 February 1955. 2. Charles and Ella Calhoun West buried at Mt. Washington Cemetery, Winner Road at Brookside, Independence, MO, Bridger Gardens 1, Bl. 4, Lot 686, interments 3347 and 14336. Inscription: "Mother Ella B. West 1862-1912, Father Chas. O. West 1862-1932." Burial and lot purchased by Lena West aka Lena Leota Harris, wife of their son, Frederick V. West. Since Fred and Leota did not marry until October 14, 1913, it appears that the plot was purchased a year after Ella's death. E. Obituaries: 1. Obituary of Frederick V. West, Chico Enterprise, 7 November 1963, Chico, Butte County, CA. He died at Kansas City at home of his daughter and son-in-law. Left daughter, granddaughter and great grandchild. Resided in Paradise at 5650 Cherry Lane. F. Personal: 1. Marilou West Ficklin, daughter of Alfred West and Jewel Herr. Family Group Sheet 2.0 ORSON C. WEST & CATHERINE GRIFFITH Husband: Orson C. West (A1) Husband's Father: John West (2.0) b. October 1827, New York (C1, B14, D11) Husband's Mother: Clarissa ____ m. Catherine Griffith abt 1851 (D14-15) d. 8 April 1901, San Francisco, CA (B14) bur. possibly Napa City, Napa, CA Wife: Catherine Griffith (B7, D14-15) Wife's Father: James Griffith b. abt. 1827 OH (D14-15) Wife's Mother: Elizabeth Hall d. abt 1879, Quincy IL (B12) Children: 1. James Griffith, b. 23 December 1851, Missouri (B7) m. abt. 1888 [Carson City, NV] d. 27 September 1942, Napa State Hospital, Napa, CA (B7) sp. Marie A. McDowd, (daughter of Michael J. McDowd b. Ireland and Catherine Brennan, b. Ireland.) (B8, C3,C6,C10) b. 16 June 1858, Canada (B8) d. 23 May 1933, Pythian Home, Sonoma County, CA (B8) No known issue 2. Alfred Lynn, b. 1857, Quincy, Adams Co., IL (G1) m. _______, divorced bef. 1880 (D5, D13) d. 2 January 1929, Willows, Glenn Co., CA (B3) No known issue 3. Albert, b. 1857, Adams Co., IL (D15) died. in childhood 4. Pleasant Morris, b. 1860, Missouri (D13-15) m. ______ d. last known record was in Kansas City, MO 1881 (G14-16) *5. Charles Orson, b. 29 September 1862, Quincy IL (A1, B4) m. 8 October 1889, Kansas City, MO (A1) d. 16 June 1932, Kansas City, MO (A1, B4,B11) sp. Ella Beaver Calhoun (A1, D12)(see Samuel V. Calhoun Family Group Sheet) 6. Cora E., b. 12 February 1865, Quincy, IL. (B5) m. 26 September 1898, Santa Cruz, CA (B1) d. 9 August 1946, Napa County, CA (B5) sp Melvin Beardsley, b. 1835, CT (D7) d. 15 May 1915, Chico, Butte County, CA (B9) No known issue 7. Opal Rachel, b. 1867, IL (D8, 9, 13, 14) m. [7 June 1906, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA] (B2) d. last certain record is probate of Orson West 1902 showing Opal residing in Oakland, Alameda County, CA(C1) sp. [Edwin Colley] (B2) Orson West and Catherine Griffith may have met in Big Grove Township, Johnson County, which is located in the eastern tier of Iowa. They each came with their parents to this region, Orson about 1838 at age 11. Orson's father, John West, platted the town of "Solon" about 1840 but did not record title to any of the town land. Johnson County land sales were sold out of the Iowa City Land Office after the U.S. Treaty of 1832 which acquired the lands of the Sac and Fox Indians as a result of the Blackhawk War. Both Orson and Catherine acquired deeds to farm land in Johnson County about 1850. Orson and Catherine disposed of their land and eventually moved to Illinois or Missouri. Between 1850 and 1860 Orson acquired $3,000 in assets while Catherine's father and brother acquired $47,000 between them. If this did not represent an inheritance, it is possible they went together to the California gold rush and made a substantial strike. Since Orson later became a stock dealer, it is possible he learned the trade from some of the first stock raisers of Solon, Iowa. Orson and Catherine moved frequently between Missouri and Illinois. This movement might be attributed to the Civil War. Missouri was a Union state with strong Confederate sympathies. Kansas City and the region of southern Missouri became a dangerous place. Kansas Jayhawker abolitionists fought Missouri Bushwacker Confederates in the border between Kansas and Missouri. Illinois was a Union state and would have been relatively safe. Quincy, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Based on the birth place of each child as indicated in the census, and upon subsequent residence as shown in city directories, the following approximates the family's movement: 1840-1850 Before marriage they reside in Solon, IA. (F1) 1851 (late) Reside in MO when first son is born (B7) 1857 Reside in Quincy, IL when twins are born. (B3, G1) In 1858, Catherine's sister, Rachel, is said to have married Pleasant Morris Harlan in Quincy 1860 Reside in Kansas City at time of 1860 census (D15) 1862-1879 Reside in Quincy (births of youngest son and 2 daughters) (A1, D14). Catherine apparently dies in Quincy. 1879-1881 Orson and his children reside in Kansas City according to city directories and 1880 census (D13) 1882-1890 Alfred goes to Chicago, Louisville etc. (G1) James goes to Carson City NV and becomes active in the Knights of Pythias Order.(E1, F2) Alfred joins him for awhile and then goes to San Francisco where he works in the insurance business. Charles meets Ella in Kansas City or Rich Hill. (A1, A2) 1891-1896 Charles and Ella marry and go to Denver and then Texas (perhaps Liberty) (A1, A2, G22-24). Daughters Cora and Opal go with Orson to California--Orson to Napa, (D11) Opal to Redwood City,(D9) and Cora to Santa Cruz where she marries oil man, Melvyn Beardsley.(B1) James marries and leaves Nevada to join Orson in Napa. (D3, D10, D11, G2, G3) 1900 and later Charles returns to Kansas City from Texas by 1901(A1, D12). Cora and Melvyn then go to Santa Barbara (D4). When Orson dies in 1901 (B14), Cora and Opal are living in Oakland (C1, D8). Melvyn Beardsley dies a few years later in Chico. (B9, B15) In their advanced age Cora, along with James and his wife, Marie, live at the Pythian Home in Santa Rosa. (B5, B7, B8) Alfred spends his last days in Glenn County, CA. (B3, G1) Sources ORSON WEST & CATHERINE GRIFFITH A. Private, unpublished family records: 1. Bible: 1886 Pictorial Family Bible, Parallel Column Edition, King James and Revised Edition [with concordance, illustrated histories, aids to study] compiled from writings of Dr. William Smith, Dean Milman, Rev. John Kitto D.D., Drs. Von Ewald and Michelson. Presented to Ella Calhoun West from Charles O. West, Dec. 25, 1890, Denver Colorado. Contains handwritten birth, death and marriage records as follows; transcriptions in one hand, 1835 to 1901, entries in various hands, 1912 to 1963. Final entry by Marilou West Ficklin, for death of Alfred Lynn West 1993. 2. Autograph Albums of Ella Calhoun: [Album 1, starts Christmas 1879, last entry 19 Feb 1882. Lists various schools, possibly where Ella Calhoun taught]: Elkart School, Sumner, Sumner Co. KS , 1880-1881 Independence School, Wellington (Sumner Co. KS), 1881 North Muddy School, Rich Hill (Bates Co., MO), 1881-1882 Willow Branch School, Arthur, Vernon Co. MO, 1884 Also family entries: "cousin" Ollie Robinson Rich Hill, MO 19 March 1880 T.T. Robinson, Wellington, KS "sister" Carrie, Wellington, KS, 4 April 1880 Mention of travel on the "LL&G" ["Lawrence,____and Galveston Railroad] [Album 2, earliest entry 6 July 1880 Wellington KS, last entry 1896. Many entries "at home", Rich Hill, MO 1881-1884; cluster of entries 1888-9, Wellington, KS.] Key family entries: "sister"[in-law] Opal R. West, Sugarloaf, CO, 22 June 1896 "Charles" [future husband?] Rich Hill, MO, 25 February 1886 "sister" Mary, 4 Sept. 1881 "sister" Rosebud at "Brodie,s" Rich Hill 18 Feb. 1882; at home 19 March 1881 "S.V.", [father] 12 Sept 1881 James Beauregard Neptune [future husband of sister Eva Jane Calhoun] Reference to family migration: 1871 classmate, (Burgess) El Paso [IL] and 1887 Wellington, KS 3. Personal letters to Alfred Lynn West, son of Charles O. West. Letters from Charles O. West, Marjorie (West) Kruse, and Frederick V. West. B. Vital Records: Birth Certificates, baptismal records: None found. Marriage Certificates, licenses: 1. Cora West to Melvin Beardsley, Santa Cruz, California 26 September 1898. Santa Cruz County Marriage Book 9, p. 14. Groom M.W. Beardsley, age 50, of Connecticut; bride Cora E. West, 34, Illinois. Both residents of city of Santa Cruz. J.B. Orr officiating, First Congregational Church. (Abstract of marriage record, viewed at Santa Cruz County Recorder.) 2. Opal West to Edwin Colley, Index to Marriages, Santa Clara County, 1846-1919, California State Archives, Microfilm 1420198. Opal Rachel West to Harry Edwin Colley, 7 June 1906, records of the San Jose Historical Museum. This record is still unproven. It may be a different Opal West. Death Certificates: 3. Alfred Lynn West, California State Death Index, age 74, 2 January 1929, Willows, Glenn Co. CA, State Certificate #29-7443. Obituary, burial and Glenn County death certificate under investigation. (Not to be confused with Alfred Lynn West, son of Charles O. West, who died in Seattle in 1993. 4. Charles O. West, Missouri State Death Certificate, Register 2412, Jackson Co., Kansas City, 16 June 1932, at age 69. Information given by wife, Mary West (second wife). Cause of death acute endocarditis, gastroenteritis, chronic neuritis. Residence 4714 Harrison, Kansas City. Burial, Mt. Washington Cemetery. 5. Cora Elizabeth (West) Beardsley, Napa County Death Certificate, Registrar No. 340, died at Imola, CA, Napa State Hospital, described as Female, white, widow of Melvin W. Beardsley. She died 9 August 1946 at age 81 yrs, 5 mos., 27 days. Born 12 Feb. 1865 in Illinois. Usual occupation housewife, industry lr business Sales Lady. Mother not given. , father not given. Information from committment papers, Napa State Hospital [not available--privacy]. 6. Ella B. (Calhoun) West, Missouri State Death Certificate, Register 3691, file 39183, 1 December 1912, Jackson Co., Kansas City. Age ata death, 50; cause of death chronic interstial nephritis. Residence 3201 E. 26th St. Burial at Mt. Washington. 7. James Griffith West, Napa County, CA, Death Certificate, #281. Died 27 September 1942 at age 90 at Napa State Hospital, Napa CA; usual residence Pathean Home, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA. Cause of death chronic myocarditis and senile psychosis presbyophrenia. "Removal to Santa Rosa," Hampton & Eggen Funeral Directors. Burial place not specified, presumed Santa Rosa. Information on certificate taken from commitment papers, Napa State Hospital, now unavailable due to legal privacy issues. 8. Marie (McDowd) West, Sonoma County, CA, Death Certificate 1933000363, Register 33-030542 (Vol. 9, p. 726). Died 23 May 1933; spouse J anes G. West, died at, Pythian Home, Sonoma County [Kenwood on Rte 112]. Born in Canada, June 16, 1858, age at death 74 yrs, 11 mo. 7 days. Father Michael J. McDowd born Ireland; ;mother Catherine Brennan, born Ireland. Lived in district six years; in California 25 years. Informant: California Pythian Home . Burial at Pythian Home Cemetery. Cause of death: chronic valvular heart disease since 1910. State death certificate #30542. 9. Melvin Beardsley, California State Death Index, age 76, d. 15 May 1915, Butte County, state certificate #14098, no County certificate. Burial and Cemetery: 10. Alfred Lynn West (son of Charles O. West) buried Alta Mesa Cemetery, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., CA, 1993, with wife Jewel Kathryn (Herr) West who died 20 February 1955. 11. Charles and Ella Calhoun West buried at Mt. Washington Cemetery, Winner Road at Brookside, Independence, MO, Bridger Gardens 1, Bl. 4, Lot 686, interments 3347 and 14336. Inscription: "Mother Ella B. West 1862-1912, Father Chas. O. West 1862-1932." Burial and lot purchased by Lena West aka Lena Leota Harris, wife of their son, Frederick V. West. Since Fred and Leota did not marry until October 14, 1913, it appears that the plot was purchased a year after Ella's death. 12. Catherine Griffith, believed buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sec. 132, south half Bl. 11. According to Quincy Woodland Cemetery, 1846-1900, Vol 4 (Quincy: Great River Genealogical Society, June 1992) Orson West was among original lot owners of the cemetery when the district formed in 1879. The plot is now occupied by a stone for Harriet Wood Shinn) No burial record has been found for Catherine but it is possible that her death prompted Orson to buy the cemetery lot and the stone and burial record have been lost. Inspection of the plot in 2002 did not reveal the potential lot where Catherine might be buried. No later difinitive record has been found; however a "Kate G. West" was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, MO in 1896: this record might be investigated. 13. Melvyn Beardsley's grave in Butte Co., CA has not been found. However Chico Cemetery contains a possible collateral record for Julius O. Beardslee, b. 11 Sept 1814, New Milford CT, d. 29 Mar 1879, buried Sec. 4, Bl. B lot 338, grave 8. Missionary to Jamaica B.W.I. 35 years. [Brotherhood? Woodmen? International?]. Also Tryphena Mae Beardslee, d. 15 June 1963 at age 63 [b. 1900]. Obituaries: 14. Orson C. West , "Fatally Mangled by an Elevator," San Francisco Call, 9 Apr 1901, loose clipping found in Ella Calhoun West Bible; see also Napa Daily Journal, 10 April 1901, 3:1 (abstract of microfilm, Napa Public Library). Orson West death due to accidental fall down elevator shaft while visiting at Phelan Building, with son, Alfred. 15. Melvin Beardsley, Oroville Daily Register, 17 May 1915 (transcript of microfilm, U.C. Periodical Room, Berkeley). "Melvin W. Beardsley, pioneer oil man of California and prominent businessman of San Francisco died at his home yesterday morning after an illness of several months duration." (See also Chico Cemetery: Julius O. Beardslee, b. 11 Sept 1814, [New Milford CT] d. 29 March 1879, "Missionary to Jamaica B.W.I. 35 years", Sec. 4, B; B/. ;pt 338. Gr 8 Albert West: (Twin of Alfred West) Last record: Missouri 1860 census. Pleasant Morris West: Last record: 1881 Directory, Kansas City. C. Court Records--Probate: 1. Orson C. West Estate file #P1014, Napa County, CA. Died intestate. Petition filed by Alfred West. Attorney, H.C. Symonds and E.C. Chapman, Mills Building, Bush and Montgomery, 7th floor, Room 43-5. Bond posted by Alfred L. West, D.S. Kyser, Henry Brown. Distribution: goald watch, $75; Investment Certificate in Realty Syndicate of San Francisco #2584; other items $100. Heirs: James G West, 49 of Napa; Alfred L. West, 44 of San Francisco; Charles O. West, 35, of Kansas City; Cora E. Beardsley, 32, of Oakland; Opal R. West, 30, of Oakland. Papers viewed at Hall of Records, Napa County, Napa, CA. Legal Notice Napa Daily Journal 23 April 1902:3:2 D. Census: U.S. 1920, 14th Census, California, NARA Microfilm T625 [viewed at Sutro Library, 9/29/1998] 2. Glenn County, Roll 93, Vol 14, ED 42, Willows, Sheet17,line 60 , no street given, Enumerated with Lloyd M.Titus: Alfred L. West, 62, b. IL 3. Napa County, Roll 122, Vol. 71. ED 46, Sheet3, line 51, no street given: James G. West, 68, b. MO Marie A.,  b. CAN 4. Santa Clara County, Roll 146, Vol. 120. ED 130, Gilroy, Sheet10, line 6, 250 North Hannah Street, Enumerated with John C .Soward. Opal West, age and birth place not reported. This may be a different Opal West--if subject Opal West married Edwin Colley. [This needs to be re-investigated] U.S. 1910, 13th Census, California, NARA Microfilm T653 [viewed at Sacramento, CA State Library., 8/27/1998] 5. Glenn County, Roll, 77, Vol. 25, ED 31, Sheet 13A, Twp 14, Willows W2, Sheet 13A, Dwelling/Household 165/169, Tehama Street, Enumerated as lodger with proprietor of lodging house, J. Isadore Proulx, Tehama St. Willows, May12, 1910. Alfred L. West, 52, Real Estate Office; b. IL; [widowed or divorced, illegible]; father b. NY; mother b. US. 6. Lake County, Roll 78, Vol. 28. Supr Dist2, ED 39, Twp 4, Lakeport, dw.116, hh 114 , Apr 22, 1910 James G. West, 59, b. MO, f. b. [IN], m b. OH, married once--for 22 years Marie M., 47, b. Can (Eng), f b IRE, m. b. IRE, no children living or dead 7. Santa Barbara Co., Roll 104, Santa Barbara Township 2, Ward 6, Supr. Dist. 8., ED 173, Sheet 2b, 121 Moravilla Avenue [?], April 19, 1910, Melvyn Beardsley, white, head, male, age 70, married [2 times?], last marriage for 12 years, no children, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT, business oil operator, works from home Cora E. Beardsley, white, wife, female, age 45, married once for 12 years, no children living or dead, b. in Illinois, father b.[VT], mother b. [??] 8. Alameda County, Roll 70, Vol 8, ED 121, "LO O3 CA", Opal West, age not reported, birthplace not reported, living with Philip Montague. [This needs to to be reexamined.] U.S. 1900, 12th Census, California, NARA Microfilm T623 [viewed at Sacramento, CA State Library., 8/27/1998] 9. San Mateo Co., Roll 109, Vol.38 ED 38, Twp 2, Sheet 3, line57, Enumerated with John J. Killalee Opal West, 32, Domestic Servant b. Oct 1867, IL, f. b. [VT], m. b. [OH] [This needs to be reinvestigated] 10. Napa Co., Roll 95,Vol.20 ED 91, Napa Twp., Salvador Prect. Sheet 5, line 92, June 1,1900 James G. West, 46, Farmer b. Apr 185[4,], MO, f. b. NY, m. b. [NY] Marie M., 45, b. June 185, CAN (Eng) 11. Napa Co., Roll 95, Vol.20 ED 96, Napa Twp., Sheet 5, line 126, June 1.Enumerated with Albert E. Hatt,739 Main Street Napa City Orson C. West, 72, Farmer, b. Oct 1827 NY, f b. NY, m b. [VT] U.S. 1900, 12th Census, Missouri, NARA Microfilm T623 [viewed at Salt Lake City, LDS FHL, 4 October 2001] 12. Jackson Co., Roll 862, Vol. 43, ED 49, Kaw Twp., Sheet 7, line 86, 3005 Terrace St. Charles O. West, head, 37, b. Sept 1862, IL, father b. NY, mother b. OH; married 11 years Ella B., wife, 37, b. Oct 1862, mother of 3, 2 living Frederick V, son, 9, b. Nov 1890, CO Marjorie, dau., 4, b. March 1896, CO U.S. 1880 Census, Missouri, NARA Microfilm, T9 [Viewed at Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence Missouri, 5 May 2002] 13. Jackson Co., Roll, 692, Vol 16, Kansas City Ward 1, Sup Dist 6, Ed. 1, p. 18, East Levee, dwelling 117, household 127 O.C. West, white male, 52, merchant, b. OH [sic], father b. OH m. b.____ A.L. white male 22, divorced, clerk b. IL, father b OH mother b. OH P.M., white male 20, son, clerk b. MO father and mother as above C.O. white male, 18, son clerk, b. IL " C.E. white female, 15, dau, b. IL " O.R. white female 12, dau. b. IL " U.S. Census 1870, Illinois, NARA microfilm M 593, (LDSRoll#0545686) [Viewed at National Archives, San Bruno, CA September 1982] 14. Adams Co., Roll 186, Quincy, Ward 2 , p. 36, dwelling 253, household 270 . Orson C. West, head, 43, b. NY, stock dealer, $3500, 2500 Catherine, wife, 43, b. OH James, son, 18, b. MO, bookkeeper Alfred, son, 13, b. IL Pleasant, son, 11, b. MO Charlie, son, 8, b. IL Cora, dau, 5, b. IL Opal, dau, 3, b. IL U. S. Census 1860, 2nd filming, Missouri, NARA microfilm M653, Roll 625, (LDS#0017205) [viewed at Salt Lake City, LDS FHL 3 October 2001] 15. Jackson Co., Kansas City, Div. 35, Vol. 11, p. 89, line 17, dwelling 737, household 785, O.C. West, 38, clerk, b. NY, $3000 Catherine, 33, housekeeping, 33, b. OH James, 8, b. MO Albert, 3, b. IL Alfred, 3, b. IL Pleasant M., 7 mo., b. MO U. S. Census 1850, Iowa, Johnson County (See John West Family Group Sheet) E. Voter Records: 1. James G. West, Carson City, NV Date Age Birthplace Address Reg. # 25 Apr 1888, age 36, b. MO, res: Robinson and Elizabeth, reg # 337 24 Apr 1889, age[38?] b. MO, res: "New old ?, Ward 2", reg # 317 22 Mar 1890, age 38, b. MO, res: Sophia and B?, reg # 91 15 Apr 1891, age 39,b MO, res: Ormsby and Sophia, reg # 243 26 Aug 1892, age 40, b. MO, res: Caroline and Washington, reg # 504 16 Apr 1894, age 42, b. MO, res: btw Washington and Clay in Phillips Division, reg # 110 2. Alfred Lincoln [sic] West, Carson City, NV 19 Sept 1887, age 35, b. IL, res: Valley and King, Ward 1, reg # 670 F. Land Records: 1. Johnson County, Iowa, Deed Orson C. West of Johnson County, IA from Charles and Clarissa Gower of Piscatqua, ME, 16 April 1851 for sw 1/4 of sw 1/4 section 12, Twp 81 N R6W , Book 9, p 131. 2. Carson City, Ormsby County, NV, Recorder 885 Musser, Rm 1025, Carson City, NV. James G. West to Thomas J. Jarrell, 30 December 1889, Deed (see below) $1000, Book 25, p. 146. NE 1/4 SE 1/4, Sec 3, Twp 15, Range 20 Ea, Mt Diablo Me S 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 3 Twp 15, Range 20 Ea, Mt Diablo Me NW 1/4 N E1/4 Sec 10, Twp 15, Range 20 Ea, Mt Diablo Mer. 160 acres of contiguous parcels on north and south side of present U.S. 50 northeast of downtown Carson City. (See New Empire 7 1/2 min quad. USGS). No deed was found for James' original acquisition of this land. Study of original patents as shown online at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO) web site, suggests that the parcel lay within a large grant to the Territory of Nevada. Nevada State Land Office sales should be further investigated. The parcel immediately adjacent on the west was owned by Henry Custer (shown at the BLM GLO site, NNVAA 004646, 001960 and 001719). The possible relationship to Custers of Vernon County, MO should be investigated. James G. West from Mrs. M.E. Rinckel, 18 June 1890, Deed to Lot in Block 20, Phillips Division on Washington Street, $400, Book 25, P. 230. James G. West to Mrs. Mary Hopper, 18 June 1890, Deed to same lot and block as above,$500 , Book 25, p. 232. G. Published Records: Biography: 1. Sketch of Alfred Lynn West (son of Orson) Charles Davis McComish and Mrs. Rebecca T. Lambert, History of Colusa and Glenn Counties, Historical Record Company, Los Angeles, CA, 1918, p. . Indicates Alfred traveled to Chicago, Louisville, Kentucky and Carson City before settling in San Francisco in 1901 and later in Willows, Glenn County. Newspaper: 2. Orson C. West, Fractured leg, Napa Republican, 25 September 1896, 1:8 (photocopy Napa Public Library), mentions Orson lives on the Wakerly Place on Dry Creek Road. 3. J G. West, Knights of Pythias, Napa Daily Journal, 1 September 1898, 3:1. J.G. West, Chancellor Commander of Carson City, Nevada, will relocate to Napa, renting Peterson place of 43 acres. Local Directories 1848, Quincy IL J.S. Ware (for future research purposes only) Christian West 3d bet Hampshire & Main 4. 1855-56, Quincy, IL, J.F. Everhart O.C. West teamster ss VT bt 11 & 12 (see also Griffith horse farrier es 6th bt Hampshire & VT)) 5. 1857-58, Quincy, IL McEvoy & Beatty Orson C. West, stock dealer, 98 Vermont 6. 1865 Kansas City James West, clerk 7. 1868-9 Quincy, IL (Williams) O.C. West, stock dealer. Vermont ss e6th 8. 1869-70 Quincy, IL, Roots Orson C. West, residence 608 Vermont; 9. 1871-2 Quincy, IL, Llanagdon & Arntzen Orson C. West, horse dealer 110 n 3rd, r 71 n 6th James G. West, bookkeeper, 27 n 5th r 71 n 6th [Mid Continent Public Library microfilms of directories 1861-81, KC 1879-81] 10. 1870 Kansas City James G. West, salesman, Central house Mrs. Marie West, Cherry bt 6th and Independence 11. 1871 Kansas City A.J. Griffith, I Martin & Lewis, bds 1921 Grant Mrs. M. Griffith, 609 Cherry 12. 1872 Kansas City Marie West, widow of Joseph, 607 Cherry 13. 1873 Kansas City John W. Griffith KPRR J.G. West, bookkeeper, Keenan, res. Kaw Valley Hotel 14. 1879 Kansas City Chas West, clerk Dogget & Smith 2d ne cor Locust O.C. West r locust ne cor 2 P.M. West, inspector Bullene, Moores & Emery, r Locust ne cor 2d 15. 1880 Kansas City Alfred West es Locust bt 1 & 2 Chas West clerk G Y Smith and Co., r Locust \Nelson West, laborer, 517 ;Locust Orson C. West, I. Spellman & Granger, 2d nr Locust P. Morris [P.M] West, inspector at Bullene..., r Locust bt 1 & 2 16. 1881 Kansas City D.A. Griffith, clerk G Y Smith (see Chas West) James A. Griffith, clerk UP RR r. 1611 Washington John W. Griffith, chief clerk UP RR r. 1630 Pennsylvania Robert U. Griffith " Thomas A. Griffith " William Griffith, clerk G.Y. Smith, res. 617 Locust West : Orson C. and P. Morris West see 1880 George S. West bds 507 Locust 17. 1882 Kansas City, Hoye's Orson C. West, team[ster], residence Locust Street near corner of Second James G. West, commercial travel [agent], H.C. Paulsen Co., 1144 Ind. Ave. Charles West works for J.McCue, boards at 300 Main. 18. 1885 Kansas City James U. Griffith, Secty KC Paper Co, bds 407 w 13th (See Sec 2.2.2 - Sources H.) Robert U. Griffith Clerk, UP RR 1216 Pennsylvania Thomas A. Griffith, coal dealer 1216 Pennsylvania No Wests shown 19. 1886 Kansas City James U. Griffith KC Paper, r 407 w 13th - (See Sec 2.2.2 - Sources H.). Mary Griffith, widow of Alfred W. Griffith, r. rear 203 Cherry Mary Griffith widow of William, r. 714 Broadway Matthew W. Griffith, r rear 203 Cherry Robert Griffith reporter Live Stock Record and farmer r 224 w 5th Robert N. Griffith chief clerk, supt. Office UPRR r. 1624 Pennsylvania Thomas A. Griffith, coal dlr, 12 w 9th, r. 1216 Pennsylvania William M. Griffith bds 119 w 5th Maria West, widow of Joseph r 537 Cherry Ollie, Bullene etc, r. 215 e 10th Richard H. West d. 9 June 1886 William West laborer bds 208 Locust 20. 1889-1890 Kansas City Alfred M. Griffith, r rear 203 Cherry William J. Griffith, Elevator Co. Alfred L. West, clerk G. Bernheimer Bros. & Co., 613 e 13 Chas. O. West " 21. 1890-91 Kansas City Alfred West see 1889-90 Charles [O] or [L] moved to Denver Denver, Colorado, 1891 Chas O. West, expressman r 710 30th J.G. West, clk GW Ingalls & Co. r 1125 15th 22. 1891, Denver, Colorado Chas O. West expressman r 710 30th William Griffith, Pacific Express Co. r 707 14th 23. 1892, Denver, Colorado J.G. West clerk G.W. Ingalls & Co. r. 1125 15th 24. 1893, Denver, Colorado Charles O. West, bell boy, Hotel Broadway 1328 12th St. Family Group Sheet 2.1 JOHN WEST & CLARISSA_____ Husband: John West (D2) Husband's Father: (2.1) b. abt 1797, New York (C2,C3,C5) Husband's Mother: d. 4 Aug 1861, Newport, Johnson Co., IA (A1) bur. Sandtown, IA Cemetery, Hills, IA (G1) m. 1 Clarissa ______probably before 1826 m. 2 Mrs. Hannah Hill, 17 June 1853 (b. 16 July 1806 near Denton NC) (A2, C1,5, E1-2) bur. Sandtown Cemetery, Hills, IA (G1) Hannah Stout m1 Zachariah Yarborough; m2 Joseph Hill 1846; m3 John West (G1) Wife: Clarissa ______ Wife's Father: b. abt. 1801, VT (D2) Wife's Mother: d. 1850-1853, Solon, Big Grove Twp, Johnson Co. IA Children: 1. Orson C. West b. 1827, New York (D2) (See Orson West Family Group Sheet) probably others. (D3, D4) John West was a pioneer of Solon, Iowa. He was born in New York in 1797 according to census data. Research has not yet revealed his parents or specific birthplace. The same is true for Clarissa. They may have come to Solon as part of a group migration from New York. Census and other records of Johnson County between 1840 and 1850 suggest that another family was living with John and Clarissa. Possibly John or Clarissa's father was in the household. In that case, that parent may be among those listed as pioneers of Solon. Many such pioneers were known to have come from New York and Ohio. Histories mention that John and his wife were charter members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Solon. Future research may reveal that Clarissa and John's ancestors are related to the Parks, Cannons, Stiles, Pratts, Browns or Adams. Clarissa apparently died between 1850 and 1853 although neither her death nor burial record survived. John married Hannah Hill in 1853. It is not clear whether "Mr. and Mrs. West," charter members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, refers to John and Clarissa or John and Hannah. The church was probably established in the 1840s when Clarissa was still alive, but the structure was not built until 1855 at which time John was married to Hannah. John is mentioned in histories of Johnson County as the partner of Hamilton H. Kerr. Together they hired Cyrus Sanders in October 1840 to lay out eighty acres of Big Grove Township for the town of Solon. Big Grove township was part of the Blackhawk purchase of 1832--land ceded to Johnson County from the Sac and Fox people. Johnson County formed in 1837. The first settlers came in 1838. John was appointed a director to cut a road from Solon to Iowa City in 1842. John later acquired property in Newport Township north of Big Grove (D1-4) where he died in 1861. Possible ancestry of John West and his wife Clarissa is discussed in Part IV of this document. Sources JOHN WEST & CLARISSA____ A. Probate 1. John West Estate, Probate Records, Johnson Co., IA, Vol. 3, 1858-1863, Bk 3:351: Estate of John West deceased, Johnson County Court August 1866, est. opened 10 Aug 1861. Appt. James Hill administrator of estate. John West died intestate on or about 4 Aug 1861. James Hill gave bond. Appraisers Henry Felkner, A.C. Hinman and Serena Hill. P. 407 Hannah West formerly, Hannah Hill guardian of Louisa Hill. Records 56-53 from Court; p. 427 27 March 1862 administrators report by James Hill; p. 432 April Session. 1862. Files petition to sell real estate May 1 to pay debts; p. 436 petition to continue to 1st Mon in June; p. 493 Probate Records Johnson County 19 Dec 1862 sold real estate s1/2 se1/4 sw1/4 Sec 26 T81N R5W for $35; p. 494 Petition of James Hill tto convey real estate--20 acres.; p. 496 Louisa Hill guardianship 19 Dec 1862; Louisa now of age of majority . Asks discharge. 2. Hannah West Estate, Probate Records, Johnson Co., IA, Vol 8, p. 201 Report of Administrator of Hannah West 19 May 1875 to case on note GW Osborn, E. Yarborough, James Hill, Mary Morris, medical bills of Dr. Morris T. North[?], Dr. Adams, Rev. Hastings, 25 Jan 1872 Bk6:615, 1 Feb 1872 Bk 6:623 19 May 1875 Bk 8: 201 3. Index to Guardians, Johnson Co. IA Hill, Joseph to Hannah Hill 20 May 1852, Bk 5:80 Hill, Josiah to Rachel E. Osborn 5 Aug 1869, Bk 3:407; 6:205 B. Vital and Cemetery: 1. Marriages of Johnson Co. IA1839-1910 Solon: 17 June 1853 John West to Hannah Hill, Bk 3, p. 1421 May 1854 George Osborn to Rachel E. Hill, Bk 3, p. 22 C. Census: 1. 1840 U.S. Census, Big Grove Twp., Johnson Co. IA, NARA microfilm M704, Roll 101. John West 112030101 001011 (12 people) This indicates 1 male under 5; 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15 (including Orson); 3 males 20-30; 1 male 40-50 (John) and 1 male 60-70 (possibly his father or Clarissa's); 1 female 30-40 (Clarissa) and one female 20-30, 1 female 10-15. This appears to contain two families. 1844 State Census, Iowa Johnson Co., Big Grove Township, transcription, p. 10, line 5, LDS film #1728630 John West household contains 7 souls (7 people--5 lss than 1840) 2. 1850 U.S. Census, Big Grove Twp., Johnson Co. IA, NARA microfilm M432, Roll 208, p. 180, line 12, household 3 John West, 53, b. NY, farmer, $200 personal property Clarissa 49, b. VT Orsen, 22, b. NY John Ollerman 14, b. OH 3. 1852 State Census for Johnson Co. IA: John West still listed. [See Vol. 2 of Iowa Census 1851-1859 to verify] 1854 State Census, Iowa Johnson Co., Big Grove Township, transcription, p. 3, line 12, LDS film #1022206 John West household contains 2 males and 3 females 4. 1860 U.S. Census, Newport, Twp., Johnson Co. IA, NARA microfilm M 653, 2d filming, Roll 327, p. 541, household 365 John West 60, b. NY $460 real estate, $100 personal property Hannah, 54, b. NC Barbara 20, b. NC Samuel Barble, 18, laborer Louie Hill, 13 John Lucas, 20, Teamster Emily Meacher 30 D. Land Johnson County, Iowa 1. Orson West was owner of record of sw 1/4 of sw 1/4 Sec 12, Twp 81N, R6W. See Family Group Sheet for Orson West.) 2. Quitclaim to John West from A.W. Blain, 8 June 1853 for 28 acres east side se 1/4 of sw 1/4 Sec 12, Twp 81N R6W, Book 10, p. 146. 3. Deed from John and Hannah West to Norman Calkin, 7 July 1854 for 28 ac east side se 1/4 of sw 1/4 Section 12 Twp 81N R6W, Book 11, p. 237. 4. Deed to John West from Sally Kinman 29 Dec 1859 for s 1/2 ne 1/4 sw 1/4 Sec 25, Twp 80 N, R6W (Newport) E. Local History: Index to History of Johnson County 1836-1882: John West as supervisor of Road Dist. In 1841; John West and H.H. Kerr layed out the town of "Solon" Oct 25-27 1840. Also John West and wife, original members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Solon. "History of Town of Solon," Solon Reaper, 28 July 1882, abstracted from History of Johnson County, Iowa, Iowa City 1883, rpt. (Unigraphic, Evansville IN, 1973): "The founder of Solon, as far as information can be ascertained, is one John West, who it is said laid out the first town proper of Solon in the year 1840/42." F. Miscellaneous Court Records . Iowa District Court Records 1839-1841, Iowa State Historical Society Box 2 p. 93 May term 1841 Grand Jury includes John West 2d Jud. Dist. p. 99 May Term 1841; I.C. Lasher vs. Jehiel Parks and John West to dismiss--plaintiff to recover costs. N.d. p. 101 A.H. Frisbee vs John West 1 June 1841 $94.76 prom. Note + damages p. 132 cont. Thomas Ford vs. John West. Mentions Jehiel and Harrison Parks. G. Undocumented Secondary Sources 1. Rootsweb World Connect, "The Eugene and Judith Whorton Henderson Family Tree" Hannah Stout ID145909 and John West ID 129666: states that Hannah and John West are buried at Sandtown Cemetery, Liberty Twp, near Hills, IA. Burial records to confirm this have not yet been found.