West Family Chronicles

With Brown, Dare, Watts, and Whiting

Seventeenth Century

1607 May 13 The first permanent English colony in America is established on the left bank of the James River in northern Virginia, named Jamestown
1620 December 26 The Mayflower lands at Plymouth, the first English settlement in New England

Eighteenth Century

1776 July 4 Declaration of Independence is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1790 August 1 The first US Census is completed and the population placed at 3,929,625 including 697,624 slaves and 59,557 free blacks. The most populous state is Virginia, with 747,610 people, and the largest city Philadelphia with 42,444. The US population is about equally divided between New England and the Middle Atlantic States, and the South. Only Massachusetts reports having no slaves.

Nineteenth Century

1800 The second US Census records a population of 5,308,483, including 896,849 slaves, an increase of 1,379,269 and 199,168. The center of the US population is 18 miles SW of Baltimore, a westward shift from 1790 reflecting the expansion of the frontier.
1810                      The third US Census records a population of 7,239,881, an increase of 1,931,398 over 1800. Black population rose by 481,362 to 1,378,110, of whom 186,746 are free citizens. The center of population moves to a point 40 miles NW of Washington, DC.
1820 The fourth US Census reports a population of 9,638,453, the center of population placed 16 miles east of Moorefield, West Virginia.
1823 December 6 Phillip Brown is born, in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
1827 March 31 Caroline Dare is born, in Fairfield, Franklin County, Indiana; future wife of Phillip Brown
1830 The fifth US Census records a population of 12,866,020 with the geographic center of population 19 miles WSW of Moorefield, West Virginia
1840 The sixth US Census records a population of 17,069,453 with a population center located 16 miles south of Clarksburg, West Virginia
1845 March 16 Marriage of Phillip Brown, age 21, and Caroline Dare, age 17, in Henry County, Indiana
1846 September 15 Sarah Emily Brown is born, first child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Posey, Rush County, Indiana
1847 October 6 Hannah Brown is born, second child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Posey, Rush County, Indiana
1849 May 27 Harriet Brown is born, third child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Posey, Rush County, Indiana
1850 The seventh US Census reports a population of 23,191,876 in 31 states with a center of population 23 miles SE of Parkersburg, West Virginia
1850 August 6 John W. Brown is born, fourth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Indiana
1851 April 4 Charles Henry West is born, son of Amos West and ??? Davison, in Groveland, Tazewell County, Illinois
1852 May 16 Emeline Brown is born, fifth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Illinois
1854 February 13 Jeremiah Brown is born, sixth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1856 February 4 Stephen Louis Brown is born, seventh child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1858 October 25 Margaret Brown is born, eighth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1860 On the eve of the Civil War, the eighth US Census reports a population of 31,443,321, including 448,070 free blacks and 3,953,760 slaves; the center of population shifting westward to a point 20 miles SE of Chillicothe, Ohio.
1861 April 12 The American Civil War begins, at 4:30 AM, when Confederate shore batteries in Charleston, South Carolina, open fire on federal garrisoned Fort Sumter.
1861 July 15 Flora Brown is born, ninth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1862 June 12 Phebe Ann Watts is born, in Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois; future wife of Stephen Louis Brown
1864 January 19 Laura Bell Brown is born, tenth child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1865 April 9 General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox, Virginia, effectively ending hostilities
1865 April 14 President Abraham Lincoln is shot by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Boothe at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC, during a performance of "Our American Cousin", dying the following morning. Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th president
1865 Nora Mary Whiting is born, in Newark, Wayne County, New York; future wife of Charles Henry West
1866 June 7 Lizie Brown is born, eleventh child of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, in Crawford County, Illinois
1870 The ninth US Census records a population of 39,818,449 with the population center shifting westward to a point 48 miles NE of Cincinnati, Ohio
1880 The tenth US Census records a population of 50,155,783 with the center of population located 8 miles SW of Cincinnati, Ohio, in western Kentucky. New York became the first state to achieve a population in excess of 5,000,000 people.

Marriage of Charles Henry West, age 29, son of Amos West and ??? Davison, and Nora Mary Whiting, age 15

1882 November 10 George Amos West is born, first child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1884 February 14 Marriage of Stephen Louis Brown, age 28, son of Phillip Brown and Caroline Dare, and Phebe Ann Watts, age 21, in Watson, Atchison County, Missouri
1885 July 18 James Roscoe Brown is born, first child of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, in Greeley, Greeley County, Nebraska
1885 August 8 Jasper Earl West is born, second child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Boone County, Nebraska
1887 October 19 Jessie May West is born, third child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Boone County, Nebraska
1887 October 23 Genoa Rachel Clary is born, future wife of Ray Benjamin Brown
1887 November 25 Pearl Elizabeth Brown is born, second child of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, in Greeley, Greeley County, Nebraska; future wife of George Amos West
1889 February 14 Ray Benjamin Brown is born, third child of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, in Greeley County, Nebraska
1889 October 22 Ina Blanche West is born, fourth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Boone County, Nebraska
1890 The eleventh US Census records a population of 62,947,714, with a population center shifting NW to a point 20 miles east of Columbus, Indiana
1892 January 6 Mabel Elsie West is born, fifth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Clackamas County, Oregon
1892 August 9 Estella Ferl Swindle is born, in Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska; future wife of Frank Phillip Brown
1892 October 9 Frank Phillip Brown is born, fourth child of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, in St. Edwards, Greeley County, Nebraska
1894 c. Ethel Anna ??? is born, future second wife of George Amos West
1894 June 4 Hazel Viola West is born, sixth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Clackamas County, Oregon
1896 October 14 Luther Adelbert West is born, seventh child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Clackamas County, Oregon
1898 February 15 The US battleship Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, Cuba; US goes to war with Spain
1899 January 23 Vivian Bell West is born, eighth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1899 March 22 Louis Everett Brown is born, seventh child of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, in Cedar Rapids, Greeley County, Nebraska

Twentieth Century

1900                               The twelfth US Census reports a population of 75,994,575 with a population center placed 6 miles SE of Columbus, Indiana. Illiteracy reaches a new low of 10.7%; life expectancy is 49 years
1900 May 8 Minnie E. ??? is born, future wife of Louis Everett Brown
1901 October 3 Vera Irene West is born, ninth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1904 May 7 Fern Mary West is born, tenth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1905 Thomas C. Reeves is born, future husband of Ruth H. West
1907 February 6 Gordon Henry West is born, eleventh child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1908 c. Marriage of George Amos West, age 26, son of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, and Pearl Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Stephen Brown and Phebe Watts, in Garden County, Nebraska (?)

Hazel Caroline West is born, first child of George Amos West and Pearl Elizabeth Brown, in a sod house in rural Garden County, Nebraska

1908 June 30 Earl Jennings Rook is born, second child of Francis Marion Rook and Delpha Blanche Reiter, in Phillips, Hamilton County, Nebraska; future husband of Pearl Irene West
1910 The 13th US Census reports a population of 91,972,266 with a center of population at Bloomington, Indiana. Farm population continues to decline to 32,077,000
1910 March 17 Pearl Irene West is born, second child of George Amos West and Pearl Elizabeth Brown, in a sod house in rural Garden County, Nebraska
1910 April 2 Edith M. ??? is born, future wife of Gordon Henry West
1910 April 10 Death of Pearl Elizabeth Brown, age 23, husband of George Amos West, after childbirth, in a sod house in rural Garden County, Nebraska
1912 September 27 Mildred Alta West is born, twelfth child of Charles Henry West and Nora Mary Whiting, in Albion, Boone County, Nebraska
1913 October 23 Marriage of Ray Benjamin Brown, age 24, son of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, and Genoa Rachel Clary, age 26, in Big Springs, Deuel County, Nebraska
1914 August The German armies of Kaiser Wilhelm invade France through neutral Belgium, plunging Europe into the "Great War," World War I
1915 Ruth H. West is born, fourth child of George Amos West and Ethel Anna ???
1915 October 20 Marriage of Frank Phillip Brown, age 23, son of Stephen Louis Brown and Phebe Ann Watts, and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska
1917 April 6 The US declares war on Germany and enters the war on the side of Britain and France
1917 July 14 Lucille Brown is born, first child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska; future wife of Gerald Brown
1918 November 11 Armistice in Europe, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, outside Paris
1919 January 12 Laverne Brown is born, second child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1919 January 29 The 18th amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, prohibiting the transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages, beginning the era of "Prohibition"

Henry C. West is born, fifth child of George Amos West and Ethel Anna, in Garden County, Nebraska; known as Hank West

1920 The 14th US Census reports a population of 105,710,620 with a center 8 miles SSE of Spencer, Indiana. Fewer than 50% are rural; less than 30% are living on farms
1920 December 15 Warren Chester Brown is born, third child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1922 June 2 Eugene Everett Brown is born, fifth child of Ray Benjamin Brown and Genoa Rachel Clary
1922 June 9 Shirley Ann Brown is born, fourth child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1923 December 29 Marvin Ellis Brown is born, fifth child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1925 December 6 Phoebe Rose Brown is born, sixth child of Frank Phillip Brown and Estelle Ferl Swindle, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1926 January 23 Death of Charles Henry West, age 74, husband of Nora Mary Whiting, in Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska
1927 May 20 Charles Lindberg makes first solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by air
1929 March 3 Marriage of Earl Jennings Rook, age 20, son of Francis Marion Rook and Delpha Blanche Reiter, and Pearl Irene West, age 18, daughter of George Amos West and Pearl Elizabeth Brown, in Julesburg, Sedgewick County, Colorado
1929 October 29 The stock market crashes, ushering in the Great Depression
1930 The 15th US Census records a population of 122,775,046 with a population center 3 miles NE of Linton, Indiana. Illiteracy reaches a new low of 4.3%
1930 Stephen L. McDaniel is born, second son of Orville McDaniel and Hazel Caroline West, in Garden County, Nebraska
1932 May 16 Death of Stephen Louis Brown, age 76, husband of Phebe Ann Watts, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1933 Death of Hazel Caroline West, age 25, wife of Orville McDaniel, in Garden County, Nebraska
1933 March 4 Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated President of the United States, an office he will hold through the Depression and the Second World War until his death in 1945.
1934 Death of Stephen L. McDaniel, age 4, son of Orville McDaniel and Hazel Caroline West, in Garden County, Nebraska; run over by road grader driven by his father Orville
1934 June 20 Mary Louise Rook is born, two months premature, second child of Earl Jennings Rook and Pearl Irene West, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska; dies within weeks
1940 On the eve of the second world war, the 16th US Census reports a population of 131,669,275 with a center of population 2 miles ESE of Carlisle, Indiana. Illiteracy drops to 4.2%; the average life expectancy is 64 years
1941 December 7 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii brings United States into World War II
1945 August 6 Hiroshima, Japan is destroyed by the first atomic bomb to be used in war. A second bomb is dropped on Nagasaki on the 9th; the Japanese surrender on the 14th
1946 January 4 Death of Phebe Ann Watts, age 83, widow of Stephen Louis Brown, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1946 March 30 Death of George Amos West, age 63, husband of Ethel Anna, in Lewellen, Garden County, Nebraska
1950 The 17th US Census reports a population of 150,697,361 with a center of population placed 8 miles NNW of Olney, Richland County, Illinois, former home of the Kipp family. Illiteracy drops again, to 3.2%
1950 June 25 North Korean armed forces cross the 38th parallel and invade South Korea; hostilities will continue until 1953 leaving 25,604 Americans killed, 137,051 wounded, and 7,955 missing in action.
1954 March 10 Death of Frank Phillip Brown, age 61, husband of Estella Ferl Swindle, in Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska
1960 The US population reaches 179,245,000
1961 November 19 Death of Estella Ferl Swindle, age 69, widow of Frank Phillip Brown, in Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska
1963 Death of Stephen Brown, son of James Roscoe Brown and Jessie May West
1963 June Death of James Roscoe Brown, age 77, husband of Jessie May West
1963 November 22 President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas and dies the same day; Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as the 35th President of the United States.
1966 Death of Thomas C. Reeves, age 61, husband of Ruth H. West
1969 July 16 Neil Armstrong, in Apollo 11, becomes the first person to walk upon the Earth’s moon
1970 April 1 The 19th US Census recorded a preliminary population count approaching 205,000,000
1972 January 10 Death of Ray Benjamin Brown, age 82, husband of Genoa Rachel Clary, in Oshkosh, Garden County, Nebraska
1976 Death of Louis Everett Brown, age 77, husband of Minnie E.
1976 July 30 Death of Eugene Everett Brown, age 54, son of Ray Benjamin Brown and Genoa Rachel Clary
1976 October 30 Death of Earl Jennings Rook, age 68, husband of Pearl Irene West, at home in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington; of heart disease
1980 The 20th US Census recorded a population of 226,504,825 with a strong shift to the South and West
1983 February 22 Death of Pearl Irene West, age 72, widow of Earl Jennings Rook, in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington
1983 February 28 Death of Genoa Rachel Clary, age 95, widow of Ray Benjamin Brown, in Oshkosh, Garden County, Nebraska
1986 Death of Minnie E., age 86, widow of Louis Everett Brown Death of Henry C. West, age 67, son of George Amos West and Ethel Anna ???
1991 Death of Laverne Brown, age 72, in Bayard, Morrill County, Nebraska

Twenty-First Century

To be continued…..


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