Miletus Cress West

Brief Life History of Miletus Cress

When Miletus Cress West was born on 22 August 1825, in Augusta, Virginia, United States, his father, James West, was 29 and his mother, Catherine Cress, was 20. He married Arabella Fauber on 30 May 1847, in Woodford, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Washington Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 27 December 1917, in Washington, Tazewell, Illinois, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Washington Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Miletus Cress West
1825–1917
Arabella Fauber
1825–1902
Marriage: 30 May 1847
William Thomas West
1848–1902
Charles Marshall West
1850–1927
Harriet G. West
1853–1943
Andrew H. West
1855–1949
Nathaniel Oscar West
1858–1931
Almond Eugene West
1861–1861
Laura Belle West
1862–1945
Mary E. West
1866–1936
George L. West
1869–1934

Sources (20)

  • Winstead West, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Miletus West, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Miletus Cress West, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

English and German: from Middle English, Middle High German west ‘west’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the west of a settlement, or a habitational name for someone who had migrated from further west.

Americanized form of Finnish Vesterinen: from the personal name Vesteri (a short form of Sylvester ) + the surname suffix -nen.

History: This name was brought to North America independently by many bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Thomas West, 12th Baron De La Warre, was captain general of Virginia in 1610–11. The state of DE is named for him. One of the earliest permanent settlers was Francis West (1606–92), who came to Duxbury, MA, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, in or before 1638.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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