Gov. Thomas WEST

Male 1577 - 1618  (40 years)


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  • Name Thomas WEST  [1, 2, 3
    • Thomas, who was the 3rd Lord De la Warr, matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford on 9 Mar 1591/2 and received his A.M. 20 Aug 1605. Sir Thomas was Member of Parliament for Lymington in 1597/8. Thomas West followed Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex to Ireland in 1599, distinguishing himself in action near Arklow and was knighted by Essex at Dublin. he adhered to Essex even during the revolt of 1601 and was imprisoned in the Wood Street counter. Sir Thomas was lucky to be granted the liberty of the prison before the end of February and to be sent to his father's house a month latger on giving a bond of L2,000. Sir Thomas appeared before the Privy Council on 28 Apr 1601, and again in the following month, at which time he was fined 1,000 marks but escaped indictment. he succeeded to his father's title and to estates in Sussex and Hampshire within a year of his release. There was some difficulty about his entering into possession, and in May 1602 Sir Thomas Shirley petitioned Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury that the Queen would grant West "those things which his father enjoyed.. for the young gentleman is left in a most broken estate."

      West described himself as "the poorest baron of this kingdom" in a letter to Cecil, which led him to go to Virginia. he arrived at Jamestown in July 1609, the expedition being just in tine to save the colonists from starvation, and was the first Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia from 28 Feb 1609/10. It was while on another voyage to Virginia that West died at sea 7 June 1618. Administration of his property was granted on 1 July 1620 to his widow. His eldest son, Henry, aged 14, succeeded. He immigrated in June 1610 to Jamestown on the ship "De la Warr". [1]
    Prefix Gov. 
    Born 9 Jul 1577  Wherwell, co. Hamps Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 14 Jul 1577  Wherwell, co. Hamps Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death Died on a return trip from England to take up his post as governor of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Fact 3rd Lord Delaware (De La Warre) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Fact 2 1597/8  Member of Parliament Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Fact 1605  Queen's College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Fact 1 28 Feb 1609/10  first Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died 7 Jun 1618  Port La Have, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I80570  Main Tree
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2020 

    Father Sir Thomas WEST,   b. Abt 1556, Wherwell, co. Hamps Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1601/2, Salisbury, co. Wilts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Lady Anne KNOLLYS,   b. 19 Jul 1555, Rotherfield Greys, co. Oxon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1608, Salisbury, co. Wilts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 19 Nov 1571  [2, 3
    Family ID F29520  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cecily SHIRLEY,   b. Abt 1579, Wiston, co. Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1662, Compton Valence, co. Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1602  St. Dunstain's in the West, Fleet Street, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Henry WEST,   b. 3 Oct 1603, Wherwell, co. Hamps Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Elizabeth WEST,   b. 1609, Wherwell, co. Hamps Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1639, Islewort, Ileworth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F32454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDeath - - Died on a return trip from England to take up his post as governor of Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 2 - 1597/8 - Member of Parliament Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - 1605 - Queen's College, Oxford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 1 - 28 Feb 1609/10 - first Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11979] Royal Families Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry Vol. IV Pelham-Avery-West, Marston Watson.

    2. [S5840] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonist Who Came to America before 1700, Frederick Lewis Weis.

    3. [S5008] "Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists", David Faris, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.).