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In Remembrance of 

THE WEST FAMILY REUNION 



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IONIA, MICHIGAN 

AUGUST 12-13, 1912 



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Lest We Forget 

The earliest event we know of which led directly to our 
reunion was the birth of Donald Campbell (Kamel, from 
Gaelic "Caimbeul," Wrymouth), in the yeSr 1758, in 
Scotland, and probably in Argyllshire where he is known 
to have lived and which was the territory of his ancient 
clan. He married Janet Lamon (or Lamont), and they 
lived in North Knapdale, Argyllshire, where she died 
about the year 1827. He came to Canada in 1812, and 
he died there in 1846. when he was eighty-eight years old. 

Alexander Campbell, son of Donald and Janet, was 
born in Knapdale, October 12, 1788. 

John Patterson and Margaret jMcKillop lived in Knap- 
dale, and it was there that their daughter, Mary Patter- 
son, was born, June 12, 1789. 

Alexander Campbell was a Scot, as will testify any- 
body who ever heard him talk, and he was a "hielanman," 
too, and a first cousin of the Mary Campbell who loved 
the poet Burns and who is known to the world as "High- 
land Mary." The surroundings of his early life are there- 
fore suggestive of warring clans, skirling pipes, kidnapped 
brides, and secret trysts ; but whatever of romance there 
may have been in his courtship of h'xs Highland Mary is 
lost to view in the mists of gathering years. We know, 
however, that Alexander Campbell and Mary Patterson 
were married in Knapdale, February 10, 1813. 

Their wedded life covered a period of sixty-four years. 
They had ten children: Daniel (or Donald), born Febru- 
ary 14, 1814, died in infancy; Margaret, born May 12, 
1810, died Feb. 9. ]!H)4; Daniel, born August 12, 1818, 



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died November 2G, 1801; John, born July ^^, 1820, died 
Marcii 15, 1875; Neil, born July IS, 1822, died in 1879; 
Archibald, born July 18, 1824, died March 15, 1885 ; Janet, 
born July 10, 182(!, died August 1, 187G; Duncan, born 
May 5, 1828, died May 10, 1828 ; Christie, born March 28, 
1830, died October 18, 1881 ; and Sarah, born January 2. 
1833, still living. The lirst three were born in Scotland. 
Excepting the tw^o who died in infancy, all reached and 
passed the age of fifty, one was eighty-eight when she 
died, and one (Sarah), still living, is seventy-nine years 
old. 

In May, 1819, Alexander Campbell and his wife, with 
their two children, sailed from Greenock for Canada, and 
after a voyage of three months landed at Quebec in 
August, and from there went by boat to Glengarry, about 
seven miles from Cornwall. Their son John was born in 
Glengarry. In 1821 they went to Dundee, where their 
other children were born. Their house in Dundee was 
burned in 1831, and with it was destroyed a family record 
of many generations. In July, 183G, they moved to Ek- 
frid, Ontario, where they lived until 1870, when they 
again moved, this time to the township of Brooke, near 
the site of the village of Tancred, Ontario. There Mary 
Patterson-Campbell died, March 18, 1877, in her eighty- 
eighth year, and there also Alexander Campbell died, 
October 5, 1877, in his eighty-ninth year. 

Christie Campbell was born in Dundee. Huntingdon 
County, Quebec, March 28, 1830, at 4 o'clock on a Sun- 
day morning. She was named after her father's eldest 
sister and her mother's eldest sister, both of whom bore 
the name Christie. The name Christina and its diminu- 
tive, Christie, have for centuries been common in the 
Campbell clan. She was six years old when the family 



moved to Ekfrid, where she Hved until 1S51. On August 
2i<, isrj, she married John McNeil, who was born in the 
State of New York, November 13, 182G, of a Scottish 
father and an American-born mother, lie met death by 
drowning, at Chatham, Ontario, May 18, 1850. 

It was but a few months after Alexander Campbell 
came from Scotland to Canada that Henry West came 
from England to the United States. He was born in 
1792, on the Isle of Wight, where he grew to manhood. 
His father died while Henry was a child, and his step- 
father not only failed to provide him with an education 
but also thrust upon him the steppaternal name of Jones, 
and so it was as Harry Jones that he was known to his 
associates. He seems to have acquired good ideas of his 
own about his name, for when the banns were cried in 
the church the announcement was that Henry West wouhl 
marry Sarah Harvey. 

Sarah Harvey was born in Brighton, on the South 
coast of England, in l?y5. But little information con- 
cerning her is now available, but the vigor and character 
transmitted to her children is ample proof of what she 
must herself have been. They had seven children: Will- 
iam, born August 15, 1817, died August 1, 1901 ; Edmund, 
born January 19, 1820, died October 31, 1882; George, 
born and died in infancy, about 1X23; George, born Sep- 
tember 13, 1825, died January 5, 188G ; Harriet, born 
November 28, 1828, died June 12, 1889; John, born June 
84, 1831, died December 28, 190G ; and Silas, born Novem- 
ber 23, 1833, still living. Excepting the one who died 
in infancy, all reached and passed the age of sixty, one 
was seventy-five when he died and another eighty-four, 
and one (Silas), still living, is seventy-nine years old. 

After their marriage they lived in the Parish of Braden, 



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Isle of Wight, where their son William was born. In the 
fall of 1811) they sailed for iVmerioa, ;in(l, probably late 
in December or early in January, landed at Ualtimore, 
Maryland. 

Tradition has it that Henry West inherited consider- 
able money and that he left a whole hat full of gold on 
deposit "in the Bank of England." Oh, that mystic for- 
tune ! "Peter Piper once was told, and was fdled with 
wonder, that a fabled bag of gold hangs the rainbow 
under." Fortunately for us, we have never been much 
given to rainbow-chasing. 

The family remained in Baltimore about three and a 
half years, and there Edmund was born and George was 
born and died. They then moved to Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, where George 2nd was born. In 1S27 they went 
to Canada. It was on this journey that young William 
fell oft of the canal-boat and l^efore he reached the water 
shouted "Man overboard I" And why not? Was he not 
ten years old? You had l)etter not tell a chap of that age 
that he isn't a man ! 

They settled on a farm in the township of Southwold. 
Elgin County, Ontario, and there Plarriet was born. The 
farm had been conveyed to Henry West by quitclaim 
deed, and, fearing that the title was not entirely clear, he 
gave it up in 1829 and took a farm in the then sparsely- 
settled country south of Chatham, Ontario, and near the 
place now called Charing Cross. There John and Silas 
were born. 

Sarah Plarvey-West died at Charing Cross in 1840. 
Some years thereafter Henry West married Magdaline 
Blakesly, a widow whose maiden name was Arner. She 
died at Charing Cross in 185G. He died at Charing Cross, 
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Edmund Washington West was horn at tlie Rising Sun 
Hotel, in Baltimore, Maryland, January 19, 1820, but a 
few weeks at most after the arrival of his parents in 
America. He was about three and a half years old when 
the family moved to Philadelphia, about seven and a 
half when they went to Canada, and about ten when they 
moved to their frontier home at Charing Cross. When 
he was eighteen years old he enlisted in the Canadian 
volunteer army raised to sui)prcss the rebellion led by 
William Lyon Mackenzie in Upper Canada, but the com- 
pany of infantry to which he was assigned saw no active 
service, and, tiring of the monotony, he gave a man. or 
perhaps a mere boy like himself, five dollars and his uni- 
form to take his place. Afterward, probably in quest of 
adventure, he went to Michigan where he was variously 
employed, but for the most part in connection with the 
construction of what was probably the first railroad built 
in the State. \Yhile in Michigan he was taken sick, and 
yielded to the written persuasions of his father to re- 
turn to Canada. He thought seriously of going as a 
sailor to sea, and in company with his chum, George Hol- 
brook, started to try it out on the Great Lakes. They 
were unable to lind a vessel which would take on two 
green hands at once, and. being inseparable, they re- 
mained ashore. When the California gold fever broke 
out he resolved to be "a miner, a forty-niner," but the 
plea of his father not to leave him in his old age pre- 
vailed. His father counseled him to marry and settle 
down on a farm, but he replied that he had seen but one 
woman he would marry, and he had no idea that she 
would have him! He had met the "one" at the home 
of his brother William, whose wife, Vienne, was her 
sister-in-law. "But," said his brother George, who knew 



and admired the younjy widow, "if it were me 1 would 
try; I would find out." And so he tried, and he found 
out, and they were married, Edmund and Christie, at Ek- 
frid, Ontario, March 1, ]8r)l, and went to Hve on their 
farm near Charing Cross. In March, 1S55, with the 
courage with which pioneers have ever faced the hard- 
ships of frontier life, they left Canada for Michigan, 
traveling by team, and in about ten days arrived at Ionia, 
where a few weeks later they were joined by William 
West and his family who took a farm adjoining the one 
on which they had settled. A year or two later they sold 
their place to William Hinds, and purchased, from one 
Harvey Harter, the farm on which they spent the re- 
mainder of their lives. She died October IS, 1881, and 
he, October 31, 1882. 

Their lives, though uneventful, had been successful. 
They had reared a family of ten children, providing each 
with every necessity ; they were possessed of a competence 
against the old age which through no fault of their own 
they were not privileged to know ; and they had the love 
and respect of all who knew them, well-earned, l^ecau^e 
"An honest man's the noblest work of God." 

On August 13, 1912, thirty years after the time when 
we first stood about their new-made graves, we, their 
ten children, were permitted to again gather there, all iri 
good health, although with a combined age of 522 years 
or an average, age of over T)-?, the youngest 42 years old. 
No greater tribute was ever paid to man and woman than 
this, for the children of the weak and vicious generally 
die young, and none but the children of those whose lives 
are clean and whose characters are strong can participate 
in such a scene. Add the fact that all but one of our 






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children are living, and all of the ciiildren of our chil- 
dren are living, and the evidence is coni])lcle. 

Here are our names with places and dates of birth, and 
(in italics) of those united with us in marriage. Per- 
haps the West family contains l)ut little of what the 
world is wont to call greatness ; but neither is there in it 
any physical or moral degeneracy or the slightest trace 
of crime. Each member has filled, with a reasonable de- 
gree of success, his place, whether large or small, in the 
afifairs of men, doing his duty as God has given him to 
see his duty, and that's enough. There is no black sheep 
in this flock. Who among us or of the generations yet to 
be wants the odium of breaking this honorable record? 
Do you? 

Mary Anne McNeil. Ekfrid, Ont., Jan. 1, 1851. 
Guilford P. Burtch. Tedrow, Ohio, April 17, 1848. 

Sarah Bethiah Burtch. Crystal, Mich., Sept. 11. 1870. 
Arthur Van Sickle. 

Lallah Ellen Van Sickle. Carson Citv, Mich., Dec. 12. 
1898. 
Olive Priscilla Burtch. Tecuinseh, Mich., Oct. 5, 1878. 
Cirtus G. Sampson. 

Lyle Burtch Sampson. Crystal, Mich., Mav 21, 1000. 
Leta MarjTuerite Sampson, Crystal. Mich., Jan. 1, 1903. 
Mary Ernestine Sampson. Crystal, Mich.. July 9, 1906. 

Alfred Henry West. Charing Cross. Ont., Sept.- 29. 1852. 
Rose M. Hubbel. Grattan, Mich., Xov. 19. 1853. Died at Ionia. 
Mich., Oct. 4, 1882. 
Kate Jane West. Lowell, Mich.. Dec. 11. 1S79. Died at 

Lowell, Aug. 22, 1880. 
Effie May West. Ionia, Mich., May 10. 1882. 
Emvta C. Stacy. Hopkinton, Mass., Dec. 23. 1853. 

John Alexander West. CharinR Cross, Ont., Aufj. 27, 1854. 
'Marv D. Borcu. Guntown, Miss., Feb. 16, 1803. 

Edmund Boren West. Horatio, Ark., Mav 1, 1901. 

Christina May West. Deming, Wash.. Feb. 16, 1903. 

Sarah Janet West. Ionia, Mich.. July 24. 1850. 
Florence IV. Eddv. Ionia. Mich., Nov. 16. 1854. 

Clarence Edmund Eddy. Ionia. Mich., Feb. 6. 1887. 

Glenn West Eddy. Grand Rapids, Mich., July 19, 1891. 



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Julia Francis West. Ionia, Mich., Apr. IG, 1858. 
Charles H. Thomlyson. Lawton, Ohio. Oct. 17, 1854. 

J. West Thompson. Stanton, Mich., Oct. 2G, 1884. 

Llojd luhnund Thompson. Stanton, Midi., Feb. 25, 18SG. 

Frank Alfred Thompson. Stanton, Mich., July 24, 1887. 

Zella Adeline Thompson. Stanton, Mich., June 27, ImH'J. 

Frank Ja>ncs. 

Charles William James. Linnton, Ore., Au.lc. 8, 1910. 

Clara Eliza West. Ionia, Mich., Apr. 3, 18C1. 
touis N. Tuttlc. Ionia, Mich., Au^'. 9, 1S58. 

Lois Florence Tutlle. .Inn Arbor, Mich., Feb. 19, 1884. 

Roy R. Smith. 

Olive Margaret Tuttle. BeldiuR, Mich.. July 19, 188G. 

Fred H. Cooke. 

Raymond West Tuttle. Belding, Mich., May 12, 1894. 
Olive Margaret West. Ionia, Mich., Jan. 8, 18G4. 
Delbert L. Thomas. Tyrone, Mich., Nov. 14, 18G0. 

Ray Henry Thomas. Albion, Mich., Feb. 2, 1888. 

Charles Edmund Thomas. Saginaw, Alich., June 3, 1894. 

George Harvey West. Ionia, Mich., Oct. 27, 1SG5. 
Bertlia Wcisgerber. Ionia, Mich., Sept. 25, 18GS. 

James Harry West. Ionia, Mich., .A.ug. 5. 1887. 

Bernece Elizabeth West. Ionia, Mich., Nov. 26. 1888. 

Charles Samuel West. Ionia, Mich., June 24, 18G8. 
Elicabeth M. Park. Greenock, Scotland, Jan. 27, 1870. 

Edmund Graham West. Omaha, Neb., Apr. 13, 1894. 

William Abram West. Ionia, Mich., May 30, 1870. 
Grace B. Alger. Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 15, 1S75. 

Gladys Christie West. East St. Louis. 111., June 19, 1897. 



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