Biography of William H. West
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William H West was born in Rensselaerville, Albany Co., N. Y., Oct. 1, 1815, and was the son of Hubbard and Anna (King) West, natives of Massachusetts, both of whom are deceased. lie was reared on a farm till about eighteen years of age, when be went to Michigan where he spent one season. He then went to Wayne County, N. Y., and in 1842 he came to La Salle County, Ill. He worked at the cooper's trade, which he had learned at Clyde, Wayne Co., N. Y.. on the Vermillion River, for ten years. He settled on a farm in 1852 or 1853 where he resided till his death, which occurred April 4, 1885. He was married Nov. 5, 1837, to Hannah E. Ward, a native of Wayne County, N. Y., and daughter of Jacob and Anna (Wheeler) Ward, both of whom died in Livingston County, Mich. Of tile four children born to this union three are living - Charles L., born in New York in 1842, now living on a farm in this township; Anna V., wife of Augustus D. Arthur, of Adair County, Iowa, and Albert H., born in Vermillionville, Ill., May 15, 1846. One child, Jesse, died in New York State aged seven months. Mrs. West's paternal grand father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and for a long time was on General Washington's staff, and till his death at the age of ninety two years he received a pension of $96 per year. Albert H. West, son of our subject, enlisted in the late war Oct. 4, 1862, in Hienshaw's Light Artillery Battery, and was at the siege and battle of Knoxville, Strawberry Plains and battle of Nashville. He was married Jan. 4, 1870, to Mary Buckingham, a daughter of Dennis and Harriet (Peaster) Buckingham, the father now living with Mr. West. The mother died May 10, 1865, in South Ottawa, and is buried in this township. Mr. and Mrs. Albert West have five children - Caroline B., born Dec. 15. 1870; Jesse H., Jan. 22, 1873; Florence A., May 22, 1875; Walter B., Feb. 2, 1879, and an infant unnamed, born Jan. 1, 1884. Mr. William H. West held the office, of Supervisor and also of Road Commissioner, holding both positions for several years with credit to himself and to his constituents.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886