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Husband of Mary
Father of Betty Buckle
Also Father of Henry, William, Micaiah, Ruth, Judith, infant Esther, Lucy Holborow and Mary Sarjent
William West married Mary and had at least nine children. They would seem to have arrived in Nettleton in about 1739.
There are baptisms of four children of William and Mary West at Hawkesbury between 1731 and 1738.
On 27th November 1761 John Bethel was appointed as administrator of his father’s estate. Joseph Hall, a carpenter of Nettleton, and William West, blacksmith of Nettleton, were also named. This could be William or his son who bore the same name.
William West was buried on 1st July 1773 at Nettleton
William West was a blacksmith and yeoman of Nettleton and left a detailed will in 1771 which referred to a court roll at Nettleton dated 1739. The will was proved in 1773.
Will of William West
The will of William West of Nettleton in the County of Wilts and district of Sarum. This is the last will and testament of me William West of Nettleton in the County of Wilts Yeoman made the thirtieth day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy one. First I will that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged by my executor herein after named and of my ready moneys book debts stock in trade and other residuary estate herein after to him bequeathed and whereas by virtue of a copy of court roll bearing date the fifteenth day of October one thousand seven hundred and thirty nine granted by John Howe Esquire then Lord of the Manor of Nettleton aforesaid I am seized and well XXXX to for and during the lives of myself William and Henry my sons according to the custom of the Manor of Nettleton aforesaid of on and to one messuage and seven acres of land called Force Inn with the appurtenances and common of pasture for one cow beast in the Marsh in Nettleton aforesaid now in my possession which said messuage lands and premises my now wife Mary will be entitled to hold and enjoy after my death during her widowhood according to the custom of the said Manor of Nettleton which I do hereby as far as in me lies confirm in every respect and from and after the second marriage or death of my said wife I give devise and bequeath to my said son Henry West all that the said copyhold messuage seven acres of land and common of pasture for one cow beast in Nettleton Marsh for and during all my estate xxx and interest which shall then be come thereon subject with my leasehold estate herein after bequeathed to my son Henry West with the payment of two shillings and sixpence per week to my son William West for and during the term of his natural life. Also I give and bequeath to my said son Henry West all that my household estate in Nettleton aforesaid called Marriage Farm or by what other names the same leasehold estate and premises have at any time heretofore been cleed known or distinguished which said leasehold estate is now also in my possession and which I make changeable with my said copyhold estate with the said sum of two shillings and six pence per week payable to my son William for his life as aforesaid to hold the same leasehold estate to my son Henry West his executors and administrators for and during all my estate farm and interest which shall be to come and unexpired at the time of my decease. Also I give and bequeath to my son Micaiah West all that my other leasehold close of ground called Shrub Hay in the parish of Nettleton aforesaid for and during all my estate farm and interest that shall be to come and unexpired at the time of my decease and also the sum of ten pound to (Wm West) be paid him within eighteen months next after my death. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Sargent the sum of twenty pounds to be paid her eighteen months after my decease. Also I give to my daughter Betty Buckle thirty pounds to be paid her at the same time. I give to my daughter Lucy Holborrow the sum of one guinea only she having received a considerable more of me in my life time than any other of my children. I give to my son William all my smiths tools in my shop at Nettleton aforesaid. All the rest and all my residue of my stock book debts implements of husbandry estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath to my my said son Henry West subject to the payment of the several legacies above mentioned and I do hereby appoint the said Henry West sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking all former will or wills by me at any time made. In witness whereof I the said William West the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first set my hand and to this last sheet my hand and seal the day and year first above written – Wm West.
Signed sealed and published and declared by the above named William West the testator and as for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names and witnesses thereto. Sarah Stout (?) and Robt Dyer Junr.
This will was proved at Chipenam the 7th July 1773 before the Revd Richard Keble Clerk Ma lawful surrogate of the worshipful Charles Gould MA Chancr of the Diocese of Sarum and by him admin of the effects of the deceased was granted to Henry West the sole executor within named being first sworn to the truth of the said will …the same to … render a just account when lawfully required. Joseph Elderton …
Their children were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:
WILLIAM WEST, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton
William West, was born in about 1733 and was a beneficiary of his father’s will of 1771. He was probably baptised at Hawkesbury on 23rd February 1731.
He married Susanna Archard at Nettleton on 14th November 1754 and both signed their names. The witnesses were James Archard and John Tanner who also signed.
He was a blacksmith at Nettleton and was buried there on 27th January 1784 aged fifty-one-years. His widow Susannah was a Quaker and affirmed the administration of his estate on 17th December 1784. She was accompanied by Nicholas Beaker of Nettleton a gentleman and William Comley of Nettleton, a yeoman. His widow, Susannah, was buried on 6th November 1787 aged fifty-seven-years.
Administration of her estate was granted to Susannah’s son, Isaac West, a labourer of Nettleton, on 14th December 1787 at Chippenham. Susannah was described as a widow of Nettleton. Isaac was accompanied to Chippenham by Zechariah Huggins, maltster of Nettleton and Samuel Chappel, a yeoman of Littleton Drew. All three parties signed the agreement.
Their children were cousins of Hester Noad:
William West (born about 1761) was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton. He was buried there on 29th August 1805 aged forty-four-years.
Mary West was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton. She may have married William Golding on 17th January 1788 at Nettleton and both were from the parish. The witnesses were Isaac Hall and John Baker. Only the witnesses signed the marriage register.
Betty West (born about 1769) was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton and buried there on 19th March 1798 aged twenty-nine-years.
Lucy West (born about 1769) was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton and buried there on 18th January 1785 aged fifteen years.
Susannah West was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton. Having had an illegitimate son in 1787 she married William Neal of Nettleton on 17th January 1788 and both were of the parish. Mary Widcomb and Thomas Bethel were witnesses. Of the four parties only Mary Widcomb could sign her name.
Her son was a second cousin of James Noad II:
Joseph West was baptised on 11th February 1787 at Nettleton, base born son of Susannah West
Isaac West was born in about 1769 and baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton. He married Sarah Harrison of West Kington on 17th August 1786. The witnesses were Joseph Hall and Elias Tookey. Only the witnesses signed their names. Isaac was buried on 15th April 1801 aged forty-five-years at Nettleton.
James West was baptised on 4th August 1769 at Nettleton
HENRY WEST, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton
Henry West was born in 1733. He was probably baptised at Hawkesbury on 8th July 1733. He was the principal beneficiary and executor of his father’s estate in 1771. He probably married Betty Wallop at Castle Combe on 7th June 1759.
Henry was buried on 21st August 1784 aged fifty-one-years and there is a gravestone at Nettleton:
‘Henry West who died on August 19th 1784 aged fifty-one-years. Also Jane West daughter of Henry and Betty West June 22nd 1784 aged 18 years. Also Betty West died April 3rd 1793 aged 59 years’
Henry made his will on 10th August 1784. He was described as a yeoman of Nettleton and he left everything to his wife Betty. He made his mark and John Broom was witness. The will was proved on 22nd July 1785 at Chippenham and Betty West was the executrix.
His children were cousins of Esther (Hester) Noad, Great IV Grandmother
Mary was buried on 3rd December 1760 at Nettleton, daughter of Henry & Susannah (sic).
Hester was baptised at Nettleton on 23rd April 1764, daughter of Henry & Betty.
Jane was born in about 1766 and buried with her parents at Nettleton having died at Nettleton aged eighteen years. She was buried on 27th June 1784 aged eighteen years (daughter of Henry & Elizabeth).
Jacob was baptised on 30th November 1772 at Nettleton, son of Henry & Elizabeth
MARY SARJENT or SERJANT, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton
A Mary was baptised at Hawkesbury on 25th April 1736.
She was a beneficiary of her father’s will of 1771. She married Isaac Sarjent at Nettleton on 3rd January 1757. The witnesses were John Gale and William West. The bride and groom were both from Nettleton and all signed the register except for John Gale.
ESTHER WEST, Infant Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton
Esther West, daughter of William and Mary was buried on 14th January 1753 at Nettleton. Esther was probably baptised at Hawkesbury on 2nd April 1738.
JUDITH WEST, Infant Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton
Judith West, daughter of William and Jane (check) was baptised at Nettleton on 24th August 1740. Judith the daughter of William and Mary West was buried at Nettleton on 13th October 1741.
RUTH WEST, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton
Ruth West, daughter of William and Mary was baptised on 28th August 1743 at Nettleton.
MICAIAH WEST, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton
Micaiah West, son of William and Mary was baptised on 13th July 1745 at Nettleton. He was a beneficiary of his father’s will of 1771 and was buried at Nettleton on 10th July 1829 at Nettleton aged eighty-four-years. His wife Sarah was probably buried on 21st May 1818 aged sixty-seven-years.
He seems to have married Betty and she seems to go under that name in Netttleton registers but she seems to be Sarah in the register of West Kington. Certainly we have a Sarah West dying in 1818 and being buried at Nettleton who would seem to be this woman.
There are baptisms of children Micaiah 20.11.1772 at Nettleton, Betty 9.5.1768 Nettleton, Henry 3.3.1770 at Nettleton, Mary 28.5. 1775 and all have the mother as Betty. There are baptisms at West Kington of Sarah 5.2.1775 and Alice 24.10.1779 but the parents are Micaiah and Sarah.
Micaiah West made his will on 23rd January 1827. He was described as a yeoman of Nettleton. His daughter Sarah West was appointed as sole executrix and he bequeathed ‘all that freehold house or tenement I live in and garden belonging to and the stable to her and her heirs for ever’. The property was occupied by Ann Hall, a widow, who was not to be turned out or to have any rent rise while she live. He gave to John Freem the other house or tenement joining the brewhouse now occupied by George Hall during his natural life. Sarah was to receive all household goods and one pound and one shilling was to be given to his daughter Mary. The will was signed in the presence of Henry West and George Hall.
An inventory was compiled by A. Bethel, a carpenter and this was valued at £8-19-6d.
The list included: a clock and beurough (sic), a tea table, 2 cupboards, 2 dining table chairs, a cast iron boiler, grate fender, fire irons, pepper mill, 2 beds and bedsteads, 1 oak chest, 1 elm dressing table, glass, barrel, horse, a teakettle, bellows, garden and other tools.
The will was proved on 20th August 1829 at Chippenham and Sarah West was executrix.
He may be buried next to his brother Henry West at Nettleton.
Their children were cousins of Esther (Hester) Noad, Great IV Grandmother
Betty, daughter of Micaiah and Betty West, was baptised on 9th May 1768 at Nettleton. On 5th May 1787 a Betty West married Isaac Bethel at Netherton and they were both of that parish. The witnesses were William Golding and Thomas Hart. Only Thomas Hart signed his name (check groom).
Henry, son of Micaiah and Betty West, was baptised on 3rd March 1770 at Nettleton. Banns were called at Nettleton on 1st, 8th and 15th May 1796 for the marriage of Henry West to Mary Ranger of Marshfield.
However at Nettleton we find baptisms for four children of Henry West, maltster, and his wife Elizabeth – John in 1807, Isaac in 1809, Stephen in 1811 and Jacob in 1815.
Micaiah, son of Micaiah and Betty West, was baptised on 20th November 1772 at Nettleton.
Sarah, daughter of Micaiah and Sarah West, was baptised on 5th February1775 at West Kington and was the Executrix and beneficiary of her father’s will of 1827.
Mary, daughter of Micaiah and Betty West, was baptised on 28th May 1775 at Nettleton. She was a beneficiary of her father’s will of 1827.
Alice, daughter of Micaiah and Sarah was baptised on 24th October1779 at West Kington. Alice the daughter of Micaiah and Betty West was buried at Nettleton on 21st November 1779.
Daughter of William West and Mary
Wife of William Buckle
Mother of Hester (Esther) Noad
Also Mother of infant Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary
Betty West, daughter of William and Mary was baptised on 17th August 1748 at Nettleton.
On 7th November 1769 Betty West of Nettleton married William Buckel, of Nettleton, in the parish church. William made his mark and Betty signed her name. The witnesses were Henry West who signed his name and Jane Raven who made her mark.
William and Betty (sometimes Elizabeth) had at least six daughters who were born between 1770 and 1789 and were baptised in Nettleton Parish Church. Their eldest daughter, Esther (Hester), seems to have had an illegitimate child in 1788. She later married Isaac Noad and both moved to Gloucestershire where they endured ill health and considerable poverty.
In 1773 Betty received a legacy of £30 from her father’s estate and William received £5 in 1786 from his father’s estate.
Betty Buckle was buried on 22nd March 1823 aged seventy-five-years and William Buckle was buried on 18th April 1824 aged eighty-four-years.
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