John Stephen West

Brief Life History of John Stephen

When John Stephen West was born on 7 April 1878, in Palmerston North, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand, his father, Henrik Christian West, was 35 and his mother, Emma Hartley, was 24. He married Rhoda Blanford Smith in 1900, in Wellington, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 19 July 1917, in New Zealand, at the age of 39, and was buried in Rongotea Cemetery, Rongotea, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

John Stephen West
Rhoda Blanford Smith
Marriage: 1900
Stephen Henry Murray West
Nita Catherine West
Norman Stanley West
Silby Emma West
Mavis Rhoda West
Thelma West
Lisa Catherine West

Sources (9)

  • John Stephen West, "Find A Grave Index"
  • J S West in entry for Norman Stanley West, "New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981"
  • John Stephen West, "BillionGraves Index"

World Events (6)

1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.


New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.

1896 · National Council of Women

The National Council of Women of New Zealand was created as an organization after women won the right to vote. Today works to help achieve gender equality in New Zealand and in 2017 introduced Gender Equal NZ, which is fighting for Zealanders to have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future no matter which gender they are.

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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