Francis West (colonel)

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Colonel Francis West (1711 – June 28, 1796) is most notable because he was the Sheriff of King William County in the Colony and Dominion of Virginia and he represented the same county in the House of Burgesses.

Francis was born in King William County, the son of Captain Thomas West and Agnes (?). He was Sheriff there in 1741 and member of the House of Burgesses from 1748–1758. He served in the Colonial Defense forces during the French and Indian War.

In 1732, he was married to Jane Cole (b. 1719–1790).

  • William West (b. 1735), married Letitia Martin.
  • Robert West
  • Joseph West
  • John West
  • Lewis West
  • Peter West
  • Agnes West (1740–1800), married William Dandridge.
  • Richard West
  • Roger West
  • Thomas West
  • Susannah West (1743–1780), married 1. West Gregory; 2. Holt Richardson.
  • Ignatius West (died 1793 in Spotsylvania County), married; had issue.
  • Gregory West

He died in Fairfax County, Virginia.


  • A Few Acres of Snow: The Saga of the French and Indian Wars by Robert Leckie; Wiley & Son.
  • "Delaware Town" and "West Point" in King William County, Va. Malcolm H. Harris.
  • Southside Virginia Families, Vol . I, Boddie.
  • Adventures of Purse and Person. Virginia, 1607–1625.