Twyford West

Twyford WEST (1616 – 1684) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miller line through his daughter Elizabeth.  He was also Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather of the Shaw line through his daughter Hannah

Twyford West – Coat of Arms

Twyford West was baptized 22 Dec 1616 in Brinkhill, Lincolnshire, England.   Many genealogies state that his parents were Thomas WEST 3rd Baron De La Warr (Wikipedia) and Cicely SHIRLEY. However, it is unlikely that the son of a Baron would indenture himself as a servant for seven years.  He arrived in Boston in 1635 aboard the “Hopewell” at the age of 19 with an agreed indenture of seven years to Edwad Winslow, who paid for his passage.   Twyford married Mary CROSS on 1651 in Rowley, Mass. Twyford died 11 Jan 1684 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Mary Cross was born 1630 in England. She died 25 Jun 1697 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Children of Twyford and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth WEST c. 1652 in Ipswich, Mass. Joseph CHAPLIN
22 Feb 1670/71 in Rowley, Mass.
12 Oct 1702 in Rowley, Mass.
2. Mary West 1654
Rowley, Mass
28 Dec 1659 Ipswich, Mass
3. Hannah WEST 1659 Ipswich, Mass Samuel PERKINS
1 Jan 1675/76 Ipswich, Mass
21 Aug 1732 Ipswich, Mass
4. John West 20 Oct 1661 Apr 1733
5. Nathaniel West 1 Jan 1666 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass .

Thomas West was Governor of Virginia. Leaving his deputy Sir Samuel Argall in charge, his dad returned to England and published a book about Virginia in 1611.  Thomas West remained the nominal governor, and received complaints from the Virginia settlers about Argall’s tyranny, so he set sail for Virginia again in 1618, to investigate. He died en route. Since Twyford was born in 1616, he really didn’t know his father.  In fact, since Twyford arrived in America as an indentured servant, it is less than likely that his father was a Baron.

Twyford was indentured to Edward Winslow (1595 – 655) an English Pilgrim leader on the Mayflower.   Winslow served as the governor of Plymouth Colony in 1633, 1636, and finally in 1644. His testimony in Mourt’s Relation is one of only two primary sources of the “first thanksgiving” in existence.

Twyford was an indentured servant for Edward Winslow 3rd, 6th and 10th Governor of Plymouth Colony

Jan 1634/35 – The Plymouth court noted that “The servant of Nicolas Snow was willing to serve out his time with John COOPER, according to the tenor of his indenture”. This servant was not the same as Twiford West who, after brief service with Nicholas Snow, agreed on 12 Feb 1635/36 to return to Edward Winslow, with whom he had originally made his indenture.

22 Feb 1635 : Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 1, p. 37.

“Twiford West, hauing bound him selfe by an indenture to serue Mr Edward Winslow, of New Plimoth, or his assignes, for the terme of sixe years, vpon shuch conditions as apears more at large in ye said indenture, the said Ed: Winslow haueing assigned him to serue Nicolass Snow [our ancestor Nicholas SNOW], of ye same towne of Plimoth, the said Twiford West (after some triall) disliking to be with ye said Nicolas Snow, came to ye afforesaid Ed: Winslow, & desird he might dwell with him selfe, and he would serue him one year more then is expresed in ye said indenture; vpon which his request, ye said Ed: Winslow compounded with ye said Nicolass Snow for ye said Twiford West, so as the said Twiford West is now (by his own free desire) bound to serue ye said Ed: Winslow seauen years, his time beginning from ye date mentioned in ye afforesaid indenture. This agreemente was acknowledged by all ye parties before ye Gouer, Feb: 12, 1635, and was desired to be recorded.”
Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 1, p. 37.

31 Jan 1545/55 – Twyford purchased fifty acres in Ipswich from the estate of [our ancestor] Thomas SCOTT (1595 – 1654) another of our ancestors Richard KIMBALL was an executor of the estate.

16 Sep 1658 – (Ipswich Deed IV : 340) . . . Marke SYMONDS of Ipswich . . . for . . . fifty pounds . . . Have Granted . . . unto John PICKARD of Rowley … his pcell of ground . . . lyeing on the North Syd of the North River … at the end of his farme formarly sold to John Crose containeing seaven acres . . . with about halfe an acre bought of Robert Lord . . . having the land of Twyford WEST toward the Southwest …  . . . Rec. June 9, 1680.

List of Men With Commonage Rights, 1678 – Materials for the History of Ipswich New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol 7, January 1853, pg 77

18 Feb 1678 – a List of ye Names of those psons yt have right of Comonage according to Law and order of this Town.

Twiford WEST

Twyford may have had a brother, John West , who also emigrated. John West was born 1616 in Sussex, England; died 1648. He may have been the son of Thomas West and Cicely Shirley. He married Mary Taft  Bef. 1640 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

Mary Taft born 1615; died April 02, 1675 in Beverly, Essex, MA.

Children of John West and Mary are:

i. Capt. Thomas West, b. 1640 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA; died 6 Sep1706 in Homes Hole, Dukes, MA; m. Elizabeth Jackson 12 Dec 1661 in Beverly, Essex, MA.

ii.Joseph West, b. 1644 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; died 1 Jan  1659/60.

iii. John West, b. 1647 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA; died 26 Jul 1668.


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